13 days in Castle Road Itinerary

13 days in Castle Road Itinerary

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13 days in Castle Road Itinerary

Start: Helsinki
Fly:  6​h 30​min
1
Heidelberg
— 3 nights
train:  15​min
2
Mannheim
— 2 nights
3
Rothenburg
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Nuremberg
— 4 nights
+2
train + bus + Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Helsinki

3
nights
Heidelberg

Heidelberg ©
A vibrant university city, Heidelberg is nestled in the picturesque Neckar river valley.
Appreciate the collections at Old Heidelberg University (Alte Universitat) and Friedrich Ebert Memorial (Gedenkstatte). Heidelberg Tun and Burgruine Zavelstein will appeal to history buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Heidelberg: Guttenberg Castle (Burg Guttenberg) (in Hassmersheim), Miltenberg Castle (in Miltenberg) and Kloster Hirsau (in Calw). There's much more to do: browse the collection at University Library (Universitatsbibliothek), don't miss a visit to Bergfriedhof Heidelberg, tour the pleasant surroundings at Neckarwiese Heidelberg, and admire the landmark architecture of Elizabeth Gate.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Heidelberg driving holiday planner .

Helsinki, Finland to Heidelberg is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Helsinki to Heidelberg due to the time zone difference. Expect much hotter evenings in Heidelberg when traveling from Helsinki in May, with lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Mannheim.

Things to do in Heidelberg

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Guttenberg Castle (Burg Guttenberg), Burgruine Zavelstein, Miltenberg Castle, Kloster Hirsau
Find places to stay May 2 — 5:
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Heidelberg Tun ©
Heidelberg Tun
Burgruine Zavelstein ©
Burgruine Zavelstein

2
nights
Mannheim

Mannheim ©
Mannheim is one of Germany’s major metropolitan and immigration centers, home to a large number of U.S.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Palace Church, look for gifts at Kurfursten Parfumerie, take in the spiritual surroundings of Synagoge, have some family-friendly fun at Lasertag One Mannheim, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Christuskirche - Kirche Christi, and finally browse the different shops at Q6 Q7 Das Quartier. On the 7th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: do a tasting at Eugen Spindler Weingut Lindenhof, contemplate the long history of Konig Ludwig Pavillon Gimmeldingen, contemplate the long history of Romisches Weingut Weilberg, then delve into the distant past at Burg Neuleiningen, and finally see the interesting displays at Toy Museum.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Mannheim itinerary planner .

Mannheim is just a stone's throw from Heidelberg. In May, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to drive to Rothenburg.

Things to do in Mannheim

Historic Sites Shopping Wineries

Side Trips

Burg Neuleiningen, Toy Museum, Konig Ludwig Pavillon Gimmeldingen, Romisches Weingut Weilberg, Eugen Spindler Weingut Lindenhof
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Mannheim Palace Church ©
Mannheim Palace Church
Burg Neuleiningen ©
Burg Neuleiningen
Konig Ludwig Pavillon Gimmeldingen ©

3
nights
Rothenburg

Rothenburg ©
An old imperial city, Rothenburg is the main tourist stop on the scenic Romantic Road of Bavaria.
Visit Katholische Pfarrkirche St. Johannis and Schrannenplatz for their historical value. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Toppler Castle and Der Pulverturm. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rothenburg: Muensterschwarzach Abbey (in Schwarzach am Main), Schwabisch Hall (Haalplatz, Johanniterhalle, & more) and Maria Im Sand (in Dettelbach). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Spitalviertel, examine the collection at Roentgen Memorial Site Wuerzburg, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael's Church, and don't miss a visit to St Peter und Paul Kirche Detwang.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Rothenburg online trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Mannheim to Rothenburg in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Mannheim in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Rothenburg, with lows of 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can go by car to Nuremberg.

Things to do in Rothenburg

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Schwabisch Hall, Wurzburg, Maria Im Sand, St Michael Church, Muensterschwarzach Abbey
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Sulferturm ©
Sulferturm
Muensterschwarzach Abbey ©
Muensterschwarzach Abbey
Maria Im Sand ©
Maria Im Sand

4
nights
Nuremberg

Nuremberg ©
Nuremberg's historic town center stands in the shadow of a towering imperial castle that dominates its northwestern corner.
City Walls of Nuremberg and turmdersinne are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore hidden gems such as Schloss Seehof and Maybach-Fahrzeuge Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nuremberg: Bamberg (Obere Pfarre Unsere Liebe Frau & Kirche St. Maria und St. Theodor) and Regensburg (Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Kirche Sankt Kassians, & more). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Elisabethkirche, admire the masterpieces at Neues Museum, examine the collection at Museum fur Kommunikation, and admire the landmark architecture of Nassauer Haus.

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Drive from Rothenburg to Nuremberg in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in May, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nuremberg

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Regensburg, Bamberg, Museum Fur Historische MaybachFahrzeuge, Schloss Seehof
Find places to stay May 10 — 14:
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City Walls of Nuremberg ©
City Walls of Nuremberg
Schloss Seehof ©
Schloss Seehof
Obere Pfarre Unsere Liebe Frau ©
Obere Pfarre Unsere Liebe Frau

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