12 days in Hamburg, Amsterdam & Rotterdam Itinerary

12 days in Hamburg, Amsterdam & Rotterdam Itinerary

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12 days in Hamburg, Amsterdam & Rotterdam Itinerary

Start: Cape Town, South Africa
Fly:  17​h
1
Hamburg, Germany
— 2 nights
+2
train + tram + Fly:  4​h
2
Amsterdam, Holland
— 3 nights
train:  45​min
3
Rotterdam, Holland
— 4 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: Cape Town, South Africa

2
nights
Hamburg, Germany

Hamburg ©
As the country's biggest port and one of the busiest in all of Europe, Hamburg has a well-deserved reputation as Germany's Gateway to the World.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Park Planten un Blomen and Stadtpark. Venture out of the city with trips to Bergen-Belsen Memorial (in Bergen) and Deutsches Panzermuseum (in Munster). Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Speicherstadt, make a trip to Rathausmarkt, and see the interesting displays at Miniatur Wunderland.

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Cape Town, South Africa to Hamburg is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Cape Town to Hamburg due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Cape Town in July; daily highs in Hamburg reach 27°C and lows reach 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Hamburg

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Deutsches Panzermuseum, Bergen-Belsen Memorial
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Park Planten un Blomen ©
Park Planten un Blomen
Speicherstadt ©
Speicherstadt
Miniatur Wunderland ©
Miniatur Wunderland

3
nights
Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
On the 22nd (Mon), get to know the fascinating history of Begijnhof, then get lost in a book at Central Library (Openbare Bibliotheek), then see the interesting displays at Zaanse Schans, and finally learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at Anne Frank House, wander the streets of The Jordaan, and then admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Amsterdam attractions planner.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Hamburg to Amsterdam takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in July, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Rotterdam.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Tours Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Zaanse Schans
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Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Zaanse Schans ©
Zaanse Schans
Beer Tastings & Tours

4
nights
Rotterdam, Holland

Rotterdam ©
Located in the South Holland province, Rotterdam is one of the Netherlands' most lively cities, as well as one of the largest trading ports in the world.
Step off the beaten path and head to Efteling and Theme Park Plaswijckpark. Get out of town with these interesting Rotterdam side-trips: Madurodam (in The Hague), Beach Wassenaarseslag (in Wassenaar) and Skyview De Pier (in Scheveningen). And it doesn't end there: take in the waterfront at Wilhelminapier, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, don't miss a visit to Witte de Withstraat, and explore and take pictures at Stadium Feijenoord (De Kuip).

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Rotterdam journey planner .

Traveling by train from Amsterdam to Rotterdam takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in July, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rotterdam

Theme Parks Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

The Hague, Delft, Beach Wassenaarseslag, Efteling
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Efteling ©
Efteling
Madurodam ©
Madurodam
Destroyed City ©
Destroyed City

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