12 days in France & Germany Itinerary

12 days in France & Germany Itinerary

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Versailles, France
— 1 night
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Nuremberg, Germany
— 3 nights
Munich, Germany
— 3 nights


Versailles, France

— 1 night

Royal Paradise

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 15th (Sun): step into the grandiose world of Palace of Versailles and then don't miss a visit to La Galerie des Batailles. Here are some ideas for day two: view the masterpieces at The Royal Chapel, appreciate the extensive heritage of Grand Canal, explore the historical opulence of Le Petit Trianon, experience rural life at Hameau de la Reine, then contemplate the long history of Académie Équestre de Versailles, and finally admire the landmark architecture of The Trianons & The Hamlet.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Versailles attractions planner.

New York City, USA to Versailles is an approximately 12-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is 6 hours. December in Versailles sees daily highs of 46°F and lows of 36°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can drive to Paris.

Things to do in Versailles

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums
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Paris, France

— 3 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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Louvre Museum and Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Eiffel Tower and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, see the interesting displays at Musee Rodin, walk around Luxembourg Gardens, and contemplate the long history of Arc de Triomphe.

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Traveling by car from Versailles to Paris takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. December in Paris sees daily highs of 47°F and lows of 37°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel to Nuremberg.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks
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Nuremberg, Germany

— 3 nights

Gingerbread Capital of the World

Nuremberg's historic town center stands in the shadow of a towering imperial castle that dominates its northwestern corner.
Get some historical perspective at Würzburg Residence and Town Walls. Get a sense of the local culture at Altstadt and St. Lorenz Church. Change things up with a short trip to Medieval Crime Museum (Mittelalterliches Kriminalmuseum) in Rothenburg (about 1h 15 min away). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Germanisches Nationalmuseum, examine the collection at Dokumentationszentrum Reichsparteitagsgelände, contemplate the long history of Reichsparteigelande (Nazi Party Rally Grounds), and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Sebaldus Church.

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Getting from Paris to Nuremberg by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In December, Nuremberg is little chillier than Paris - with highs of 41°F and lows of 31°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can drive to Munich.

Things to do in Nuremberg

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

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Munich, Germany

— 3 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.
Let the collections at Munich Residenz and BMW Museum capture your imagination. Schloss Neuschwanstein and Deutsches Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Nymphenburg Palace, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter's Church, explore the world behind art at Alte Pinakothek, and examine the collection at BMW Welt.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Munich trip planning app.

You can drive from Nuremberg to Munich in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect a daytime high around 41°F in December, and nighttime lows around 29°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Munich

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

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France travel guide

Architectural Buildings · Art Museums · Landmarks
France has been the world's most popular tourist destination for decades, and geographically, it is one of the most diverse countries in Europe. Its cities are holiday hot spots and contain some of the greatest treasures in Europe, its countryside is prosperous and well tended, and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions, like Paris, the French Riviera, the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the French Alps, as well as the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany, and Normandy. The country is renowned for its gastronomy, particularly wines and cheeses, as well as its history, culture, and fashion industry.

You'll find that the French people are very polite and may react coldly to you if you forget this. You might be surprised as you're greeted by other customers and the proprieter when you walk into a restaurant or a shop. Be sure to take your sightseeing off the beaten path in France. Besides the famous Eiffel Tower and the chic resorts of the Côte d'Azur (French Riviera) you'll find many places to visit in the form of museums filled with fine art, crafts, and archaeological relics, wonderful medieval villages and castles, diverse national parks, and local shopping direct from artisans themselves.

Whether you're touring the Christmas Markets or going skiing during winter, viewing the springtime influx of color in Provence, sunbathing on the Mediterranean coast in the summer, or watching the fall foliage against the backdrop of the châteaux in the Loire Valley, you're sure to find just the right place to be. Spring is a time when the tourist attractions are just starting to expand their hours, but it may still be cold in the mountainous regions and the north. Summer is the busiest time in France with the longest hours for many museums and attractions, but it's often when you will experience the most crowds. Winter in France is filled with winter carnivals, Christmas Markets, and of course, skiing. Fall is a time to celebrate the release of Beaujolais nouveau wine in November, as well as experience Nuit Blanche, a day in October when major attractions, museums, galleries, parks, and swimming pools remain open all night.

Germany travel guide

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.