21 days in Germany, Munsingen & Giethoorn Itinerary

21 days in Germany, Munsingen & Giethoorn Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Dammam, Saudi Arabia
Fly:  15 h 15 min
1
Munich, Germany
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  6 h 15 min
2
Munsingen, Switzerland
— 7 nights
Drive:  6 h
3
Baden-Baden, Germany
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
4
Essen, Germany
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h
5
Giethoorn, The Netherlands
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  12 h 15 min
End: Dammam, Saudi Arabia

3
nights
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Nymphenburg Palace and St. Peter's Church. Get a sense of the local culture at Deutsches Museum and Haidhausen. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Munich Residenz, hunt for treasures at Viktualienmarkt, explore the activities along English Garden, and wander the streets of Schwabing.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Munich holiday planner.

Dammam, Saudi Arabia to Munich is an approximately 14.5- hour flight. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Dammam to Munich due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Dammam in August, things will get much colder in Munich: highs are around 28°C and lows about 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Munsingen.

Things to do in Munich

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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St. Peter's Church ©
St. Peter's Church
Nymphenburg Palace ©
Nymphenburg Palace
Munich Residenz ©
Munich Residenz

7
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Munsingen, Switzerland

Munsingen ©
Münsingen is a municipality in the Bern-Mittelland administrative district in the canton of Bern in Switzerland. Get some cultural insight at Gotthelf Zentrum Emmental Lutzelfluh and Sensorium im Ruettihubelbad. Kirche Wurzbrunnen and Pfarrkirche Wahlern will appeal to history buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Schloss Schwarzenburg (in Schwarzenburg), Stockhorn (in Erlenbach im Simmental) and Schloss Trachselwald (in Trachselwald). The adventure continues: get outside with Seilpark Gantrisch, have fun at Aare, examine the collection at Illusoria-Land, and catch a movie at KITAG CINEMAS Cinedome.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Munsingen online tour planner.

Explore your travel options from Munich to Munsingen with the Route module. In August in Munsingen, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 15°C at night. You'll set off for Baden-Baden on the 21st (Wed).

Things to do in Munsingen

Outdoors Fun & Games Museums

Side Trips

Riggisberg, Toffen, Schwarzenburg, Affoltern im Emmental, Sensorium im Ruettihubelbad
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Stockhorn ©
Stockhorn
Abegg-Stiftung ©
Abegg-Stiftung
Sensorium im Ruettihubelbad ©
Sensorium im Ruettihubelbad

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Baden-Baden, Germany

Baden-Baden ©
Scenically located at the edge of the Black Forest, Baden-Baden offers scenery, culture, and relaxation in addition to a vibrant nightlife and dining scene, specializing in traditional German dishes.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Museum Frieder Burda and Faberge Museum. Get some cultural insight at Hohenbaden Castle and Trinkhalle. And it doesn't end there: try your luck at Casino Baden-Baden Spielbank, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, make a trip to MerkurBergbahn, and take in the awesome beauty at Merkur.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Baden-Baden vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Munsingen to Baden-Baden in 3 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can go by car to Essen.

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Merkur ©
Merkur
Museum Frieder Burda ©
Museum Frieder Burda
Hohenbaden Castle ©
Hohenbaden Castle

2
nights
Essen, Germany

Essen ©
For centuries one of Germany's major coal and steel centers, Essen offers some of Germany's best shopping, religious sites, and historical atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sun): explore the world behind art at Museum Folkwang, browse the different shops at Einkaufszentrum Limbecker Platz, and then steep yourself in history at Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex in Essen.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Essen day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Baden-Baden to Essen in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and train; or take a train. On the 26th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Giethoorn.

Things to do in Essen

Shopping Parks Nature
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Einkaufszentrum Limbecker Platz ©
Einkaufszentrum Limbecker Platz
Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex in Essen ©
Museum Folkwang ©
Museum Folkwang

4
nights
Giethoorn, The Netherlands

Giethoorn ©
Giethoorn is a village in the Dutch province of Overijssel. Get a sense of the local culture at Museum Giethoorn 't Olde Maat Uus and Gloria Maris Schelpengalerie. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at De Oude Aarde and stop by Lekkers & Zo.

For ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Giethoorn trip planning website.

You can drive from Essen to Giethoorn in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in August, and nighttime lows around 14°C. On the 30th (Fri), you're off to home.

Things to do in Giethoorn

Museums Shopping
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De Oude Aarde ©
De Oude Aarde
Museum Giethoorn 't Olde Maat Uus ©
Museum Giethoorn 't Olde Maat Uus
Gloria Maris Schelpengalerie ©
Gloria Maris Schelpengalerie

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