11 days in Karlsruhe, Heidelberg & Paris Itinerary

11 days in Karlsruhe, Heidelberg & Paris Itinerary

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Start: Karlsruhe, Germany
1
Karlsruhe, Germany
— 3 nights
Drive:  45 min
2
Heidelberg, Germany
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h
3
Paris, France
— 5 nights
Drive:  8 h 30 min
End: Karlsruhe, Germany

3
nights
Karlsruhe, Germany

Karlsruhe ©
One of Germany's first truly "planned" cities, Karlsruhe is naturally a center for technological development and important national institutions.
Change things up with these side-trips from Karlsruhe: Baden-Baden (Lichtentaler Allee, Weingut Schloss Neuweier, &more) and Stuttgart (Fernsehturm Stuttgart, Porsche Museum, &more).

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Karlsruhe trip planner.

If you are flying in from Germany, the closest major aiports are Karlsruhe Baden-Baden Airport, Stuttgart Airport and Saarbrücken Airport. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Heidelberg.

Things to do in Karlsruhe

Museums Wineries Parks

Side Trips

Baden-Baden, Stuttgart
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Mercedes-Benz Museum ©
Mercedes-Benz Museum
Museum Frieder Burda ©
Museum Frieder Burda
Spas

2
nights
Heidelberg, Germany

A vibrant university city, Heidelberg is nestled in the picturesque Neckar river valley.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): wander the streets of Altstadt (Old Town), admire the masterpieces at Museum of the Palatinate (Kurpfalzisches Museum) and restaurant, thenstep into the grandiose world of Schloss Heidelberg, and finally partake in some friendly competition at ENMAZE LiveGames. On the 14th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the views from Old Bridge (Karl Theodor Bridge), contemplate the long history of Student Jail (Studentenkarzer), and then deepen your understanding of the past and present with a heritage tour.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Heidelberg route planning site.

You can drive from Karlsruhe to Heidelberg in an hour. Another option is to take a train. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in December, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Paris.

Things to do in Heidelberg

Wineries Tours Historic Sites
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Schloss Heidelberg ©
Schloss Heidelberg
Altstadt (Old Town) ©
Altstadt (Old Town)

5
nights
Paris, France

Paris ©
A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
When in Paris, make a side trip to see Palace of Versailles in Versailles, approximately Versailles away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, visit Le Marais, shop like a local with Champs-Elysees, and steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Paris travel planner.

You can take a train from Heidelberg to Paris in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. December in Paris sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Arc de Triomphe ©
Arc de Triomphe

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