12 days in France & Germany Itinerary

12 days in France & Germany Itinerary

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12 days in France & Germany Itinerary

Start: New York City, United States
bus + Fly:  12​h
1
Versailles, France
— 1 night
train:  30​min
2
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Nuremberg, Germany
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Munich, Germany
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  12​h 30​min
End: New York City, United States


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1
night
Versailles, France

Versailles ©
Renowned for its vast royal palace and gardens built by King Louis XIV, Versailles is also one of the wealthiest suburbs of Paris and home to a new cultural notability, such as a thriving artistic and musical scene.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): explore the historical opulence of Palace of Versailles and then don't miss a visit to La Galerie des Batailles. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the exciting artwork at The Royal Chapel, appreciate the extensive heritage of Grand Canal, step into the grandiose world of Le Petit Trianon, then experience rural life at Hameau de la Reine, then steep yourself in history at Académie Équestre de Versailles, and finally contemplate the long history of The Trianons & The Hamlet.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Versailles day trip tool .

New York City, USA to Versailles is an approximately 12-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from New York City to Versailles. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from New York City in September: high temperatures in Versailles hover around 24°C and lows are around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Versailles

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Palace of Versailles ©
Palace of Versailles
The Trianons & The Hamlet ©
The Trianons & The Hamlet
Grand Canal ©
Grand Canal

3
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre and Louvre Museum. You'll explore and learn at Musee d'Orsay and Musee Rodin. There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, get to know the fascinating history of Montmartre, contemplate the long history of Sainte-Chapelle, and don't miss a visit to Eiffel Tower.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Paris trip planner.

Paris is just a stone's throw from Versailles. In September, daytime highs in Paris are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Nuremberg.

Things to do in Paris

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Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower

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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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Würzburg Residence and Kaiserburg Nurnberg. You'll explore and learn at Germanisches Nationalmuseum and Merks Motor Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Nuremberg: Rothenburg (Town Walls, Vieille Ville, & more). There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Lorenz Church, examine the collection at Bernstein Museum, and contemplate the long history of Albrecht Durer's House.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Nuremberg road trip tool .

Getting from Paris to Nuremberg by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Paris in September, expect slightly colder with lows of 10°C in Nuremberg. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Munich.

Things to do in Nuremberg

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Rothenburg, Würzburg Residence
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Würzburg Residence ©
Würzburg Residence
Germanisches Nationalmuseum ©
Germanisches Nationalmuseum
Kaiserburg Nurnberg ©
Kaiserburg Nurnberg

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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.
Popular historic sites such as Schloss Neuschwanstein and St. Peter's Church are in your itinerary. Nymphenburg Palace and New Pinakothek are good opportunities to explore the local culture. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Munich Residenz, admire the masterpieces at Alte Pinakothek, learn the secrets of production at BMW Welt, and get curious at Deutsches Museum.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Munich online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Nuremberg to Munich takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In September, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Munich

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Schloss Neuschwanstein
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Schloss Neuschwanstein ©
Schloss Neuschwanstein
Nymphenburg Palace ©
Nymphenburg Palace
Munich Residenz ©
Munich Residenz

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