15 days in Germany, Austria & Czech Republic Itinerary

15 days in Germany, Austria & Czech Republic Itinerary

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15 days in Germany, Austria & Czech Republic Itinerary

Start: Frankfurt, Germany
1
Frankfurt, Germany
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
2
Heidelberg, Germany
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Fussen, Germany
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
4
Munich, Germany
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
5
Hallstatt, Austria
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Vienna, Austria
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
7
Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
9
Nuremberg, Germany
— 1 night
train:  2​h 30​min
10
Frankfurt, Germany
— 1 night
End: Frankfurt, Germany

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Frankfurt, Germany

Frankfurt ©
A global center of finance and transportation, Frankfurt is perhaps best known for its futuristic cityscape.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Mon): explore the world behind art at Städel and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Frankfurt Zoo (Zoologischer Garten Frankfurt/Main). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Mainz Cathedral, then explore the activities along Rhine River, and then explore the historical opulence of Marksburg Castle.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Frankfurt day trip planner.

If you are flying in from China, the closest major airports are Frankfurt am Main Airport, Frankfurt-Hahn Airport and Cologne Bonn Airport. In January, daytime highs in Frankfurt are 6°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time for the train ride to Heidelberg.

Things to do in Frankfurt

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums

Side Trips

Mainz Cathedral, Rhein, Marksburg
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Zoo Frankfurt ©
Zoo Frankfurt
Stadel Museum
Stadel Museum
Marksburg ©
Marksburg

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Heidelberg, Germany

Heidelberg ©
A vibrant university city, Heidelberg is nestled in the picturesque Neckar river valley.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): contemplate the long history of Studentenkarzer, wander the streets of Altstadt (Old Town), and then steep yourself in history at Carl Theodor Old Bridge (Alte Brucke).

To find reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Heidelberg trip maker app .

Getting from Frankfurt to Heidelberg by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Heidelberg are 5°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to drive to Fussen.

Things to do in Heidelberg

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

Technik Museum Speyer
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Schloss Heidelberg ©
Schloss Heidelberg
Student Jail (Studentenkarzer) ©
Student Jail (Studentenkarzer)

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Fussen, Germany

Fussen ©
Framed by the Alps and set upon a riverbank, the city of Fussen in addition to its historic architecture is the epicenter of Germany’s traditional violin-making industry.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Wies Church, step into the grandiose world of Schloss Hohenschwangau, then take an in-depth tour of Museum of the Bavarian Kings, and finally admire the sheer force of Lechfall.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Fussen route planning website .

Traveling by car from Heidelberg to Fussen takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Fussen when traveling from Heidelberg in January, with lows around -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can drive to Munich.

Things to do in Fussen

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trips

Hohenschwangau, Pilgrimage Church of Wies
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Museum of the Bavarian Kings ©
Museum of the Bavarian Kings
Schloss Hohenschwangau ©
Schloss Hohenschwangau
Pilgrimage Church of Wies ©
Pilgrimage Church of Wies

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Munich, Germany

Munich ©
Often described as the city of laptops and lederhosen, Munich is an international center of business, engineering, research, and medicine that still maintains a rich cultural heritage and age-old traditions.
On the 6th (Sat), engage your brain at Deutsches Museum, then get to know the fascinating history of Haidhausen, and then see the interesting displays at BMW Welt.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Munich trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Fussen to Munich in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 3°C, and evening lows to -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to travel to Hallstatt.

Things to do in Munich

Museums Childrens Museums Historic Sites
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Deutsches Museum ©
Deutsches Museum
BMW Welt ©
BMW Welt
Haidhausen ©
Haidhausen

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Hallstatt, Austria

Hallstatt ©
Historically known for the production of salt, Halstatt's fine architecture reflects the small village's salt mining legacy.
On the 7th (Sun), contemplate the long history of Salz Welten, enjoy breathtaking views from Hallstatt Skywalk "Welterbeblick", then examine the collection at Museum Hallstatt, and finally stroll the grounds of Beinhaus, Karner, Ossuary.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Hallstatt online trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Munich to Hallstatt. Expect a daytime high around 3°C in January, and nighttime lows around -4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Vienna.

Things to do in Hallstatt

Historic Sites Museums
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Old Town ©
Old Town
Museum Hallstatt ©
Museum Hallstatt
Hallstatt Skywalk ©

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Vienna, Austria

Vienna ©
The cultural, economic, and political center of the country, Vienna has developed from its early Celtic and Roman roots into a medieval and Baroque city, with an old town that was designated a World Heritage Site in 2001.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): admire the landmark architecture of St. Stephen's Cathedral. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Imperial Palace (Hofburg), then see the interesting displays at Sisi Museum, then stop by Albin Denk, and finally take a stroll through Historic Center of Vienna.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Vienna trip itinerary app .

You can drive from Hallstatt to Vienna in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. In January, plan for daily highs up to 3°C, and evening lows to -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Cesky Krumlov.

Things to do in Vienna

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral
Imperial Palace (Hofburg) ©
Imperial Palace (Hofburg)
Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien ©
Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien

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Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic

Cesky Krumlov ©
Known around the world for its medieval castle, Cesky Krumlov offers the chance to experience the charm of a small European city seemingly frozen in time several centuries ago.
On the 11th (Thu), explore the world behind art at Egon Schiele Art Centrum, step into the grandiose world of Cesky Krumlov Castle, then get to know the fascinating history of Historic Center of Cesky Krumlov, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Jost Church.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Cesky Krumlov trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Vienna to Cesky Krumlov takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Cesky Krumlov are 3°C, while nighttime lows are -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can drive to Prague.

Things to do in Cesky Krumlov

Historic Sites Museums
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Historie mesta Ceský Krumlov ©
Historie mesta Ceský Krumlov
Cesky Krumlov Castle ©
Cesky Krumlov Castle
Egon Schiele Art Centrum ©
Egon Schiele Art Centrum

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Prague, Czech Republic

Prague ©
Prague lures millions of tourists each year with its World Heritage-listed medieval city center--a labyrinth of narrow lanes, bridges, cathedrals, and palaces overlooked by a thousand-year-old castle.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): explore the historical opulence of Prague Castle, admire the landmark architecture of St. Vitus Cathedral, and then don't miss a visit to Prague Astronomical Clock. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at Jewish Museum in Prague, make a trip to Old Town Square, and then take in the exciting artwork at DOX Centre for Contemporary Art.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Prague tour app .

Traveling by car from Cesky Krumlov to Prague takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. January in Prague sees daily highs of 1°C and lows of -3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to drive to Nuremberg.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
St. Vitus Cathedral ©
St. Vitus Cathedral
Prague Astronomical Clock ©
Prague Astronomical Clock

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Nuremberg, Germany

Nuremberg ©
Nuremberg's historic town center stands in the shadow of a towering imperial castle that dominates its northwestern corner.
To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Nuremberg trip itinerary maker tool .

You can drive from Prague to Nuremberg in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of flight and train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 4°C, and evening lows to -1°C. You'll have a few hours on the 14th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Frankfurt.

Things to do in Nuremberg

Historic Sites
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Frauenkirche ©
Frauenkirche

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Frankfurt, Germany

Frankfurt
On the 14th (Sun), take in the local landmarks with Frankfurt Airport Tours and then admire the landmark architecture of Römer.

To see other places to visit and other tourist information, refer to the Frankfurt trip planning app .

You can take a train from Nuremberg to Frankfurt in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Frankfurt

Museums Fun & Games Shopping
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Stadel Museum
Stadel Museum
Kleinmarkthalle ©
Kleinmarkthalle
Room Escape Games

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