42 days in Germany, Rome & Paris Itinerary

42 days in Germany, Rome & Paris Itinerary

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Munich, Germany
— 8 nights
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Rothenburg, Germany
— 2 nights
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Wurzburg, Germany
— 2 nights
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Rome, Italy
— 11 nights
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Paris, France
— 9 nights
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Frankfurt, Germany
— 6 nights
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Munich, Germany

— 8 nights

Village of a Million People

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 museums, historic sites, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Marienplatz, enjoy breathtaking views from Frauenkirche, explore the world behind art at Alte Pinakothek, and examine the collection at BMW Welt.

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Sydney, Australia to Munich is an approximately 26-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a -9 hour difference. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Sydney in December; daily highs in Munich reach 5°C and lows reach -1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can go by car to Rothenburg.

Things to do in Munich

Museums · Tours · Historic Sites · Parks
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Rothenburg, Germany

— 2 nights

Medieval Heart of 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): take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Jacob's Church (St. Jakobskirche), admire the local landmark of St. Georgs Brunnen, stop by Kathe Wohlfahrt's Christmas Shop, then steep yourself in history at Altstadt, and finally steep yourself in history at Town Walls. On your second day here, make a trip to Schmiedgasse, don't miss a visit to Das Plonlein, then examine the collection at Medieval Crime Museum (Mittelalterliches Kriminalmuseum), then see the interesting displays at German Christmas Museum, and finally admire the natural beauty at Burggarten.

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Drive from Munich to Rothenburg in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In December in Rothenburg, expect temperatures between 5°C during the day and 0°C at night. You will leave for Wurzburg on the 31st (Sun).

Things to do in Rothenburg

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Shopping

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Wurzburg, Germany

— 2 nights

Pearl of the Romantic Road

Founded in the 10th century, Wurzburg served as the home of powerful prince-bishops for many centuries.
On the 31st (Sun), step into the grandiose world of Würzburg Residence, then snap pictures at Alte Mainbruecke, then don't miss a visit to Market Square, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Marienkapelle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the landmark architecture of St. Kilian Cathedral, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Neumuenster, admire the natural beauty at Furstengarten Marienberg, then explore the historical opulence of Fortress Marienberg, and finally browse the different shops at Wertheim Village.

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Getting from Rothenburg to Wurzburg by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train. In December, daytime highs in Wurzburg are 6°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. You will leave for Rome on the 2nd (Tue).

Things to do in Wurzburg

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Museums

Side Trip

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Rome, Italy

— 11 nights

Eternal City

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 with an excursion to Villa d'Este in Tivoli--about 48 minutes away. There's lots more to do: delve into the distant past at Colosseum, admire the masterpieces at Galleria Borghese, ponder the design of Trevi Fountain, and contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica.

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You can fly from Wurzburg to Rome in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Wurzburg in January, things will get a bit warmer in Rome: highs are around 15°C and lows about 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

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Paris, France

— 9 nights

City of Light

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Paris: Disneyland Paris (in Marne-la-Vallee) and Palace of Versailles (in Versailles). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, stop by Le Marais, admire the striking features of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

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You can fly from Rome to Paris in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Rome in January: highs in Paris hover around 8°C, while lows dip to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Frankfurt.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Theme Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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Frankfurt, Germany

— 6 nights

Mainhattan

A global center of finance and transportation, Frankfurt is perhaps best known for its futuristic cityscape.
Explore Frankfurt's surroundings by going to Reichsburg Cochem (in Cochem), Eltz Castle (in Wierschem) and Heidelberg (Market Square (Marktplatz), Altstadt (Old Town), &more). There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Stadel Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Palmengarten, step into the grandiose world of Marksburg, and admire the landmark architecture of Romer.

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Traveling by flight from Paris to Frankfurt takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 5°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Frankfurt

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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Germany travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Germany is the home of high culture, fine art, classical music, world-class sports, award-winning cuisine--and some of the world's best beers. It's also one of the major economic and political powers of the European continent. One of the founding members of the European Union, Germany is a federation of 16 states. Each boasts its own distinct culture, art, cuisine, regional traditions, and array of things to do. The country is known worldwide for its precision engineering and high-tech products. Equally, though, Germany is admired for its old-world charm and what is locally known as gemutlichkeit (coziness). This is one of the easiest countries in the world to explore, offering an abundance of sightseeing opportunities. German transportation runs with German efficiency. Therefore, getting around the various regions is almost always easy, quick, and pleasant. Visit the cities to explore museums, art galleries, modern restaurants, and trendy shops. Also be sure to venture deeper into the countryside. Here, you can discover ancient castles and bustling little villages. Often in these off-the-beaten-path areas, the main tourist attraction remains the simple hospitality of the friendly locals.