42 days in Germany, Rome & Paris Itinerary

42 days in Germany, Rome & Paris Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  25 h
1
Munich, Germany
— 8 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
2
Rothenburg, Germany
— 2 nights
Drive:  45 min
3
Wurzburg, Germany
— 2 nights
Train + Fly:  7 h 45 min
4
Rome, Italy
— 11 nights
Fly + Train:  5 h 30 min
5
Paris, France
— 9 nights
Train:  4 h
6
Frankfurt, Germany
— 6 nights
Fly:  28 h
End: Sydney, Australia

8
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.
Munich is known for museums, historic sites, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Marienplatz, contemplate the waterfront views at English Garden, steep yourself in history at Nymphenburg Palace, and explore the world behind art at Pinakothek der Moderne.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Munich vacation site.

Sydney, Australia to Munich is an approximately 25- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Munich is minus 9 hours. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Sydney in December, with highs in Munich at 5°C and lows at -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Rothenburg.

Things to do in Munich

Museums Tours Historic Sites
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Deutsches Museum ©
Deutsches Museum
Marienplatz ©
Marienplatz
Munich Residenz ©
Munich Residenz

2
nights
Rothenburg, Germany

Rothenburg ©
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.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Rothenburg itinerary planner.

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

Side Trip

St. Georgs Brunnen
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Town Walls ©
Town Walls
Altstadt ©
Altstadt
German Christmas Museum ©
German Christmas Museum

2
nights
Wurzburg, Germany

Wurzburg ©
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.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Wurzburg trip itinerary tool.

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

Side Trip

Wertheim Village
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Würzburg Residence ©
Würzburg Residence
St. Kilian Cathedral ©
St. Kilian Cathedral
Market Square ©
Market Square

11
nights
Rome, Italy

Rome ©
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. The adventure continues: explore the ancient world of Colosseum, admire the masterpieces at Vatican Museums, make a trip to Piazza Navona, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Catacombs of Saint Callixtus.

Planning Rome trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Wurzburg to Rome in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. 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

Side Trips

Vatican City, Villa d'Este
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain

9
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.
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.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Paris trip planning app.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Rome to Paris in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; 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 take a train to Frankfurt.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Theme Parks

Side Trips

Disneyland Paris, Palace of Versailles
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris ©
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris

6
nights
Frankfurt, Germany

Frankfurt ©
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, snap pictures at Iron Bridge, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Stephan's Church (Stephanskirche), and admire the landmark architecture of Romer.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Frankfurt trip planner.

Traveling by train from Paris to Frankfurt takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; 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

Side Trips

Heidelberg, Koblenz, St. Stephan's Church (Stephanskirche), Reichsburg Cochem, Eltz Castle
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Schloss Heidelberg ©
Schloss Heidelberg
Stadel Museum
Stadel Museum
Liebieghaus ©
Liebieghaus

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