13 days in Karlsruhe, Strasbourg & Paris Itinerary

13 days in Karlsruhe, Strasbourg & Paris Itinerary

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13 days in Karlsruhe, Strasbourg & Paris Itinerary

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

3
nights
Karlsruhe, Germany

Karlsruhe ©
One of Germany's first truly "planned" cities, Karlsruhe is naturally a center for technological development and important national institutions.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Main-Taunus Zentrum and Ettlinger Tor. Trifels Castle and Heidelberg Castle (Schloss Heidelberg) will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Karlsruhe: Museum Auberlehaus (in Trossingen), Uhrenindustriemuseum (in Villingen-Schwenningen) and Stuttgart (Porsche Museum, Markthalle, & more).

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Karlsruhe road trip planning tool .

Chicago, USA to Karlsruhe is an approximately 23-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a 7 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Strasbourg.

Things to do in Karlsruhe

#Museums, #Historic Sites, #Shopping

Side Trips

Stuttgart, Trifels Castle, Heidelberg Castle (Schloss Heidelberg), Uhrenindustriemuseum, Main-Taunus Zentrum
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Ettlinger Tor ©
Ettlinger Tor
Trifels Castle ©
Trifels Castle

4
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Centre International d'Art Verrier de Meisenthal (CIAV) and Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg. Head to Confiserie des Hautes Vosges and Alsagardenfor plenty of shopping. Venture out of the city with trips to Colmar (TONIN Creations l'Atelier Amoureux, Old Town, & more), Riquewihr (Hanss Camille et Jean-Marc & Feerie de Noel) and Cristal Lehrer Bruno (in Garrebourg). There's still lots to do: stop by Thil Chocolatier.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Strasbourg travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Karlsruhe to Strasbourg in 1.5 hours. December in Strasbourg sees daily highs of 44°F and lows of 33°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Strasbourg

#Shopping, #Historic Sites, #Museums

Side Trips

Colmar, Riquewihr, Thil Chocolatier, Confiserie des Hautes Vosges, Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg
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Mon Oncle Malker de Munster ©
Mon Oncle Malker de Munster
Musée d'Unterlinden ©
Musée d'Unterlinden
Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg ©
Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg

4
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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Beer Town and Marche Raspail. Step off the beaten path and head to Le Roy Lire and Chateau de Fontainebleau. Go for a jaunt from Paris to Chartres to see Chartres Cathedral about 1h 35 min away. The adventure continues: wander the streets of Le Marais, explore the world behind art at Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou, get to know the fascinating history of Île de la Cité, and look for gifts at Edwart Chocolatier.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Paris trip itinerary builder site .

You can take a train from Strasbourg to Paris in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. December in Paris sees daily highs of 47°F and lows of 37°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Shopping

Side Trips

Provins, Chartres Cathedral, Chateau de Fontainebleau
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Chartres Cathedral ©
Chartres Cathedral
Chateau de Fontainebleau
Chateau de Fontainebleau
Beer Town ©
Beer Town

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