12 days in Paris, Strasbourg & Karlsruhe Itinerary

12 days in Paris, Strasbourg & Karlsruhe Itinerary

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12 days in Paris, Strasbourg & Karlsruhe Itinerary

Start: Chicago, United States
Fly:  11​h 30​min
1
Paris, France
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
2
Strasbourg, France
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Karlsruhe, Germany
— 4 nights
Fly:  22​h 45​min
End: Chicago, United States

2
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Beer Town and Musee Jardin Bourdelle. Museum-lovers will appreciate La Grange aux Dimes and Chateau de Fontainebleau. Change things up with these side-trips from Paris: Disney Village (in Marne-la-Vallee), Le Roy Lire (in Provins) and Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte (in Maincy). And it doesn't end there: get a taste of the local shopping with Le Marais, examine the collection at Musee Rodin, head off the coast to Île de la Cité, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Germain des Pres Quarter.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Paris journey maker .

Chicago, USA to Paris is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Central European Time, which is usually a 7 hour difference. In December, Paris is somewhat warmer than Chicago - with highs of 47°F and lows of 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Strasbourg.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Provins, Musee Jardin Bourdelle, Disney Village, Chateau de Fontainebleau, Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte
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Chateau de Fontainebleau
Chateau de Fontainebleau
Musee Jardin Bourdelle ©
Musee Jardin Bourdelle
Beer Town ©
Beer Town

3
nights
Strasbourg, France

Strasbourg ©
Strasbourg is famous for its beautiful historical center, the Grande Île, which was the first city center classified entirely as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Let the collections at Centre International d'Art Verrier de Meisenthal (CIAV) and Musee du Verre et du Cristal capture your imagination. Discover out-of-the-way places like Confiserie des Hautes Vosges and Thil Chocolatier. Get out of town with these interesting Strasbourg side-trips: Colmar (TONIN Creations l'Atelier Amoureux & Little Venice), La Grande Place musee du cristal Saint-Louis (in Saint Louis-les-Bitche) and Hanss Camille et Jean-Marc (in Riquewihr). There's still lots to do: look for gifts at Cave Jean Baptiste Adam and steep yourself in history at Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Strasbourg vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can take a train from Paris to Strasbourg in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Strasbourg are 44°F, while nighttime lows are 33°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Karlsruhe.

Things to do in Strasbourg

Shopping Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Colmar, Meisenthal, Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg, Cave Jean Baptiste Adam, Confiserie des Hautes Vosges
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Mon Oncle Malker de Munster ©
Mon Oncle Malker de Munster
Confiserie des Hautes Vosges ©
Confiserie des Hautes Vosges
Crystal Museum Saint-Louis ©
Crystal Museum Saint-Louis

4
nights
Karlsruhe, Germany

Karlsruhe ©
One of Germany's first truly "planned" cities, Karlsruhe is naturally a center for technological development and important national institutions.
Let the collections at Mercedes-Benz Museum and Porsche Museum capture your imagination. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Outletcity Metzingen and Altstadt (Old Town). Venture out of the city with trips to Castle Waldeck (in Bad Teinach-Zavelstein), Burgruine Hohennagold (in Nagold) and Trifels Castle (in Annweiler am Trifels). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Koenigstrasse, look for gifts at Ettlinger Tor, step into the grandiose world of Heidelberg Castle (Schloss Heidelberg), and steep yourself in history at Konig Ludwig Pavillon Gimmeldingen.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Karlsruhe trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Strasbourg to Karlsruhe takes 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Karlsruhe

Shopping Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Stuttgart, Heidelberg, Doktorenhof, Outletcity Metzingen, Burgruine Hohennagold
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Outletcity Metzingen ©
Outletcity Metzingen
Castle Waldeck ©
Castle Waldeck
Trifels Castle ©
Trifels Castle

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