15 days in France, Germany & Brussels Itinerary

15 days in France, Germany & Brussels Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Paris, France
— 4 nights
2
Strasbourg, France
— 3 nights
3
Heidelberg, Germany
— 2 nights
4
Cologne, Germany
— 2 nights
5
Brussels, Belgium
— 3 nights


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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.
Take a break from the city and head to Île de la Cité and Seine River. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Champs-Elysees and Le Marais. There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, and stop by Ile Saint-Louis.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Paris holiday maker app.

Nantes to Paris is an approximately 3-hour train ride. You can also fly; or drive. Traveling from Nantes in December, you will find days in Paris are slightly colder (9°C), and nights are about the same (3°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to take a train to Strasbourg.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Champs-Elysees ©
Champs-Elysees
Le Marais ©
Le Marais

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Strasbourg side-trips: Cristal Lehrer Bruno (in Garrebourg), Schnepfenried Ski Resort (in Sondernach) and Colmar (Little Venice & Old Town). There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg, take a stroll through La Petite France, admire the landmark architecture of Gare de Strasbourg, and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Strasbourg trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by train from Paris to Strasbourg takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, shuttle, and train; or drive. In December in Strasbourg, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Heidelberg.

Things to do in Strasbourg

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Colmar, Cristal Lehrer Bruno, Schnepfenried Ski Resort
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La Petite France ©
La Petite France
Schnepfenried Ski Resort ©
Schnepfenried Ski Resort
Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg ©
Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg

2
nights
Heidelberg, Germany

Heidelberg ©
A vibrant university city, Heidelberg is nestled in the picturesque Neckar river valley.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): admire the landmark architecture of Elizabeth Gate, step into the grandiose world of Schloss Heidelberg, then wander the streets of Altstadt (Old Town), then take in the views from Old Bridge (Karl Theodor Bridge), and finally get outside with Philosopher’s Walk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Fri): explore the activities along Wolfsschlucht, contemplate the long history of Student Jail (Studentenkarzer), and then stop by Vickermann & Stoya.

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Traveling by car from Strasbourg to Heidelberg takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. December in Heidelberg sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of 1°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Cologne.

Things to do in Heidelberg

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Vickermann & Stoya, Wolfsschlucht
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Philosopher’s Walk ©
Philosopher’s Walk
Wolfsschlucht ©
Wolfsschlucht
Vickermann & Stoya ©
Vickermann & Stoya

2
nights
Cologne, Germany

Cologne ©
Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
On the 28th (Sat), test your team's savvy at 66 Minuten - Theater Adventures and then admire the striking features of Cologne Cathedral. Keep things going the next day: take a stroll through Konigsallee, then look for gifts at Altstadt, then don't miss a visit to KolnTriangle, and finally snap pictures at Hohenzollern Bridge.

For where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Cologne road trip planning app.

You can take a train from Heidelberg to Cologne in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car and train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 3°C. On the 30th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Brussels.

Things to do in Cologne

Historic Sites · Shopping · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Dusseldorf, 66 Minuten - Theater Adventures
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Cologne Cathedral ©
Cologne Cathedral
Altstadt ©
Altstadt
Konigsallee ©
Konigsallee

3
nights
Brussels, Belgium

Brussels ©
The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
Step out of the city life by going to Minnewater Lake and Bruges Art Route. Venture out of the city with trips to Bruges (Historic Centre of Brugge, Belfry of Bruges, &more). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Grand Place, buy something for everyone on your list at Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), and see the interesting displays at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM).

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Brussels day trip tool.

Traveling by car from Cologne to Brussels takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December in Brussels, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Brussels

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Bruges
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Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert ©
Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert
Minnewater Lake ©
Minnewater Lake

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