15 days in Germany, Strasbourg & Colmar Itinerary

15 days in Germany, Strasbourg & Colmar Itinerary

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Koblenz, Germany
— 3 nights
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Cochem, Germany
— 2 nights
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Trier, Germany
— 2 nights
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Strasbourg, France
— 4 nights
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Colmar, France
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Koblenz, Germany — 3 nights

Gateway to the Romantic Rhine

Calling itself "Germany's most beautiful corner," Koblenz is tucked in the picturesque valley formed by the Rhine and Moselle rivers and is one of the most popular spots on tourist itineraries.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Koblenz: Drachenfels (in Koenigswinter) and Bonn (Rheinaue, Beethoven-Haus Bonn, &more). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Deutsches Eck (German Corner), pause for some photo ops at Historiensaule, steep yourself in history at Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, and explore the historical opulence of Schloss Stolzenfels.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Koblenz online trip itinerary builder.

Nieuwegein, The Netherlands to Koblenz is an approximately 3.5-hour car ride. You can also drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to drive to Cochem.
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Cochem, Germany — 2 nights

Pearl of the Mosselle Valley

Nestled away within the rolling hills of the Moselle River Valley, Cochem possesses an archetypical German appearance and medieval charm that provides one of the best atmospheres in the country.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): see the interesting displays at Historische Senfmuehle, get great views at Prinzenkopfturm, learn about winemaking at Weingut Kloster Ebernach, then explore the historical opulence of Eltz Castle, and finally do a tasting at Wein- und Sektgut Georg Andre Sohne. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Wed): do a tasting at Weinhaus Hieronimi, take an unorthodox tour of Bundesbank-Bunker Cochem, admire the local landmark of Winzerbrunnen, then step into the grandiose world of Reichsburg Cochem, and finally don't miss a visit to Rathaus.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Cochem trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Koblenz to Cochem in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. When traveling from Koblenz in August, plan for little chillier days in Cochem, with highs around 24°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Trier.
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Trier, Germany — 2 nights

Oldest City in Germany

Trier may be the oldest city in Germany, founded long before the Roman times.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Thu): delve into the distant past at Trier Amphitheater, explore the ancient world of Porta Nigra, take in the spiritual surroundings of Liebfrauenkirche, Trier, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter's Cathedral (Dom), then browse the eclectic array of goods at Hauptmarkt, and finally look for gifts at Rituals. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along Saarschleife, take in the awesome beauty at Petrisberg, examine the collection at Rhineland Museum (Rheinisches Landesmuseum), then admire the striking features of Kurfurstliches Palais, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Konstantinbasilika, and finally delve into the distant past at Kaiserthermen.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Trier trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Cochem to Trier in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In August, daytime highs in Trier are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Strasbourg.
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Strasbourg, France — 4 nights

Crossroads of Europe

Strasbourg is famous for its beautiful historical center, the Grande Île, which was the first city center classified entirely as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Strasbourg is one of the nine largest cities in France with nearly half a million inhabitants in the metropolitan area crossing the river to the German city of Kehl, on the eastern bank of the Rhine River.
Get out of town with these interesting Strasbourg side-trips: Place Stanislas (in Nancy), Parc Animalier de Sainte-Croix (in Rhodes) and Œuvre de la cathédrale (in Metz). Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of La Petite France, get a sense of history and politics at European Parliament Strasbourg, don't miss a visit to Barrage Vauban, and get to know the fascinating history of Centre-ville de Strasbourg.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Strasbourg sightseeing planning tool.

Traveling by car from Trier to Strasbourg takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Trier in August, you will find days in Strasbourg are a bit warmer (30°C), and nights are about the same (16°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can drive to Colmar.
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Colmar, France — 3 nights

Little Venice

Situated along the Alsatian Wine Route, Colmar is renowned for its German and French culture, well-preserved old town, numerous architectural landmarks, and its museums.
Explore Colmar's surroundings by going to La Montagne des Singes (in Kintzheim), Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg (in Orschwiller) and Musee National de l’Automobile – Collection Schlumpf (in Mulhouse). Next up on the itinerary: stop by Little Venice, don't miss a visit to Statue of Liberty, examine the collection at Musee du Jouet, and explore the activities along Lac de Gerardmer.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Colmar trip itinerary builder app.

Drive from Strasbourg to Colmar in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August in Colmar, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 16°C at night. On the 3rd (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive back home.
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Germany travel guide

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Germany is the home of high culture, fine art, classical music, world-class sports, award-winning cuisine--and some of the world's best beers. It's also one of the major economic and political powers of the European continent. One of the founding members of the European Union, Germany is a federation of 16 states. Each boasts its own distinct culture, art, cuisine, regional traditions, and array of things to do. The country is known worldwide for its precision engineering and high-tech products. Equally, though, Germany is admired for its old-world charm and what is locally known as gemutlichkeit (coziness). This is one of the easiest countries in the world to explore, offering an abundance of sightseeing opportunities. German transportation runs with German efficiency. Therefore, getting around the various regions is almost always easy, quick, and pleasant. Visit the cities to explore museums, art galleries, modern restaurants, and trendy shops. Also be sure to venture deeper into the countryside. Here, you can discover ancient castles and bustling little villages. Often in these off-the-beaten-path areas, the main tourist attraction remains the simple hospitality of the friendly locals.
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