5 days in France & Central Europe Itinerary

5 days in France & Central Europe Itinerary

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Frankfurt, Germany
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Heidelberg, Germany
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Colmar, France
— 1 night
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Mulhouse, France
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Lucerne, Switzerland
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Colmar, France
— 1 night
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Strasbourg, France
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Frankfurt, Germany

Mainhattan

A global center of finance and transportation, Frankfurt is perhaps best known for its futuristic cityscape.
On the 26th (Wed), make a trip to Fountain of Justice and then admire the masterpieces at Stadel Museum.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Frankfurt trip planner.

If you are flying in from Greece, the closest major aiports are Frankfurt am Main Airport, Frankfurt-Hahn Airport and Ramstein Air Base. October in Frankfurt sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Heidelberg.
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Heidelberg, Germany — 1 night

City of Romanticism

A vibrant university city, Heidelberg is nestled in the picturesque Neckar river valley.
On the 26th (Wed), head outdoors with Philosopher’s Walk.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Heidelberg trip planner.

Getting from Frankfurt to Heidelberg by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in October, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Colmar.
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Trails · Outdoors · Parks
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Colmar, France — 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): explore the world behind art at Musée d'Unterlinden, then take a memorable drive along Vins Sipp Mack, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at NaturoparC - Hunawihr, and finally take a memorable drive along Route des Vins.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Colmar travel route builder app.

Traveling by car from Heidelberg to Colmar takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in October, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to drive to Mulhouse.
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Mulhouse, France

An industrial town nicknamed "the French Manchester," Mulhouse is famous for its Peugeot factory, esteemed museums, Alsace wine, and cultural riches.
To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Mulhouse trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Colmar to Mulhouse takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Mulhouse can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. You will leave for Lucerne on the 28th (Fri).
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Lucerne, Switzerland

In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
On the 28th (Fri), stroll through Mt Pilatus.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Lucerne online journey planner.

You can drive from Mulhouse to Lucerne in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to drive to Colmar.
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Colmar, France — 1 night

Little Venice

Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Old Town.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Colmar journey maker.

Traveling by car from Lucerne to Colmar takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can drive to Strasbourg.
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Strasbourg, France — 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): admire the striking features of Gare de Strasbourg, get a dose of the wild on Les 2CV de la Bruche, take in the dramatic scenery at Cascade de la Serva, then don't miss a visit to Sanctuaire du Mont Sainte Odile, and finally test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Strasbourg route maker app.

You can drive from Colmar to Strasbourg in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October in Strasbourg, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive back home.
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France travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Art Museums · Landmarks
France has been the world's most popular tourist destination for decades, and geographically, it is one of the most diverse countries in Europe. Its cities are holiday hot spots and contain some of the greatest treasures in Europe, its countryside is prosperous and well tended, and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions, like Paris, the French Riviera, the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the French Alps, as well as the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany, and Normandy. The country is renowned for its gastronomy, particularly wines and cheeses, as well as its history, culture, and fashion industry.

You'll find that the French people are very polite and may react coldly to you if you forget this. You might be surprised as you're greeted by other customers and the proprieter when you walk into a restaurant or a shop. Be sure to take your sightseeing off the beaten path in France. Besides the famous Eiffel Tower and the chic resorts of the Côte d'Azur (French Riviera) you'll find many places to visit in the form of museums filled with fine art, crafts, and archaeological relics, wonderful medieval villages and castles, diverse national parks, and local shopping direct from artisans themselves.

Whether you're touring the Christmas Markets or going skiing during winter, viewing the springtime influx of color in Provence, sunbathing on the Mediterranean coast in the summer, or watching the fall foliage against the backdrop of the châteaux in the Loire Valley, you're sure to find just the right place to be. Spring is a time when the tourist attractions are just starting to expand their hours, but it may still be cold in the mountainous regions and the north. Summer is the busiest time in France with the longest hours for many museums and attractions, but it's often when you will experience the most crowds. Winter in France is filled with winter carnivals, Christmas Markets, and of course, skiing. Fall is a time to celebrate the release of Beaujolais nouveau wine in November, as well as experience Nuit Blanche, a day in October when major attractions, museums, galleries, parks, and swimming pools remain open all night.
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