42 days in Germany, Rome & Paris Itinerary

42 days in Germany, Rome & Paris Itinerary

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42 days in Germany, Rome & Paris Itinerary

Sydney, Australia
Fly:  25​h
Munich, Germany
— 9 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Rothenburg, Germany
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
Wurzburg, Germany
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
Rome, Italy
— 11 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
Paris, France
— 9 nights
train:  4​h
Frankfurt, Germany
— 6 nights
Fly:  28​h
Sydney, Australia

8
days
Munich, Germany

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.
Munich is known for sightseeing, museums, nature, nightlife, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Marienplatz, explore the world behind art at Alte Pinakothek, contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Church, and explore the historical opulence of Nymphenburg Palace (Schloss Nymphenburg).

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Sydney, Australia to Munich is an approximately 25-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 9 hours traveling from Sydney to Munich. Traveling from Sydney in December, things will get cooler in Munich: highs are around 5°C and lows about -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Rothenburg.

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Deutsches Museum
Marienplatz

2
days
Rothenburg, Germany

An old imperial city, Rothenburg is the main tourist stop on the scenic Romantic Road of Bavaria.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Fri): admire the striking features of Evang.-Lutherisches Pfarramt St. Jakob, make a trip to Georgsbrunnen, browse the eclectic array of goods at Käthe Wohlfahrt - Weihnachtsdorf, then wander the streets of Old Town, and finally steep yourself in history at Town Walls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Schmiedgasse, make a trip to Am Plönlein, then see the interesting displays at Criminal Medieval Museum, then examine the collection at Deutsches Weihnachtsmuseum, and finally admire the natural beauty at Burggarten.

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You can drive from Munich to Rothenburg in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Rothenburg are 3°C, while nighttime lows are -1°C. You'll set off for Wurzburg on the 31st (Sun).

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Town Walls
Old Town
Burggarten

2
days
Wurzburg, Germany

Founded in the 10th century, Wurzburg served as the home of powerful prince-bishops for many centuries.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Sun): take in nature's colorful creations at Würzburg Residence, snap pictures at Alte Mainbruecke, then make a trip to Market Square, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Marienkapelle. On the next day, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Kilian Cathedral, pause for some serene contemplation at Neumünster, then take in nature's colorful creations at Furstengarten Marienberg, then step into the grandiose world of Marienburg Fortress, and finally get some fabulous bargains at Wertheim Village.

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Drive from Rothenburg to Wurzburg in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 5°C, and evening lows to 0°C. You will leave for Rome on the 2nd (Tue).

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Wertheim Village
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Würzburg Residence
Marienburg Fortress
Neumünster

10
days
Rome, Italy

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Step out of Rome to go to Tivoli and see Villa d'Este, which is approximately 48 minutes away. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Colosseum, admire the local landmark of Santa Maria in Trastevere, don't miss a visit to Trevi Fountain, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona.

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Explore your travel options from Wurzburg to Rome with the Route module. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Wurzburg in January: high temperatures in Rome hover around 15°C and lows are around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Paris.

Things to do in Rome

Sightseeing Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Vatican City, Villa d'Este
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Basilica di San Pietro
Colosseum
Pantheon

8
days
Paris, France

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Paris: Palace of Versailles (in Versailles) and Disneyland Park (in Marne-la-Vallee). There's much more to do: enjoy breathtaking views from Eiffel Tower, examine the collection at Musée Rodin, take in nature's colorful creations at Luxembourg Gardens, and admire the striking features of Dôme Sacre Coeur.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Paris trip builder.

You can fly from Rome to Paris in 5.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Rome in January, expect nights in Paris to be about the same, around 1°C, while days are little chillier, around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Frankfurt.

Things to do in Paris

Sightseeing Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Palace of Versailles, Disneyland Park
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Arc de Triomphe
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum

6
days
Frankfurt, Germany

A global center of finance and transportation, Frankfurt is perhaps best known for its futuristic cityscape.
Venture out of the city with trips to Reichsburg Cochem (in Cochem), Burg Eltz (in Wierschem) and Heidelberg (Market Square (Marktplatz), Altstadt (Old Town), & more). There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Städel, admire the landmark architecture of Römer, don't miss a visit to Deutsches Eck (German Corner), and snap pictures at Eiserner Steg.

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You can take a train from Paris to Frankfurt in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In January in Frankfurt, expect temperatures between 6°C during the day and 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Frankfurt

Sightseeing Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Heidelberg, Koblenz, Burg Eltz, Kath. Pfarramt St. Stephan, Reichsburg Cochem
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Städel
Liebieghaus Skulpturensammlung

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