20 days in Germany & Upper Rhine Valley Itinerary

20 days in Germany & Upper Rhine Valley Itinerary

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20 days in Germany & Upper Rhine Valley Itinerary

Start: Boracay, Philippines
+3
ferry + bus + Fly + train:  22​h 15​min
1
Cologne, Germany
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Baden-Baden, Germany
— 3 nights
train:  1​h
3
Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany
— 2 nights
train:  45​min
4
Basel, Switzerland
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
5
Mulhouse, France
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
6
Strasbourg, France
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
7
Frankfurt, Germany
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + foot + ferry:  21​h
End: Boracay, Philippines

2
nights
Cologne, Germany

Cologne ©
Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
Venture out of the city with trips to Deutsches Eck (German Corner) (in Koblenz) and Burg Eltz (in Wierschem). Pack the 28th (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Phantasialand. There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Cologne Cathedral, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, pause for some photo ops at Joseph Frings Monument, and see the interesting displays at Chocolate Museum.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Cologne online trip maker .

Boracay, Philippines to Cologne is an approximately 22.5-hour combination of ferry, bus, flight, and train. You can also do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Boracay to Cologne is minus 7 hours. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Boracay in July; daily highs in Cologne reach 29°C and lows reach 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to travel to Baden-Baden.

Things to do in Cologne

Theme Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Deutsches Eck (German Corner), Phantasialand, Burg Eltz
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Cologne Cathedral ©
Cologne Cathedral
Chocolate Museum ©
Chocolate Museum
Burg Eltz ©
Burg Eltz

3
nights
Baden-Baden, Germany

Baden-Baden ©
Scenically located at the edge of the Black Forest, Baden-Baden offers scenery, culture, and relaxation in addition to a vibrant nightlife and dining scene, specializing in traditional German dishes.
Baden-Baden is known for spas, parks, nature, baths, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Lichtentaler Allee, don't miss a visit to MerkurBergbahn, try your luck at Casino Baden-Baden Spielbank, and step into the grandiose world of Burg Hohenbaden.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Baden-Baden trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by train from Cologne to Baden-Baden takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. In July in Baden-Baden, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to take a train to Freiburg im Breisgau.

Things to do in Baden-Baden

Parks Nature Wineries
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Lichtentaler Allee ©
Lichtentaler Allee
MerkurBergbahn ©
MerkurBergbahn
Museum Frieder Burda ©
Museum Frieder Burda

2
nights
Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany

Freiburg im Breisgau ©
In the heart of a major wine-producing region, Freiburg im Breisgau serves as the primary entry point for tours into the scenic Black Forest mountain range.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): find something for the whole family at Europa-Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the striking features of Munsterplatz, admire the striking features of Freiburger Münster, then explore the activities along Bachle, then explore the world behind art at Augustinermuseum, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Schlossberg.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Freiburg im Breisgau trip planner .

You can take a train from Baden-Baden to Freiburg im Breisgau in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Basel.

Things to do in Freiburg im Breisgau

Theme Parks Nature Parks

Side Trip

Europa-Park
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Europa-Park ©
Europa-Park
Freiburger Münster ©
Freiburger Münster
Munsterplatz
Munsterplatz

2
nights
Basel, Switzerland

Basel ©
Situated where the Swiss, German, and French borders meet, Basel is considered the hub of Dreilandereck, this "three countries corner." Its location makes Basel a center of culture and history, brimming with important theaters and museums.
On the 3rd (Sat), test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basel Munster, then examine the collection at Basel Paper Mill Museum, and finally meet the residents at Zoo Basel. Here are some ideas for day two: take a stroll through Altstadt-Spaziergange durch Basel, look for gifts at Johann Wanner, make a trip to Tinguely-Brunnen, then admire the masterpieces at Jean Tinguely Museum, and finally explore the world behind art at Fondation Beyeler.

For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Basel online trip planner .

You can take a train from Freiburg im Breisgau to Basel in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Basel are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Mulhouse.

Things to do in Basel

Museums Zoos & Aquariums Parks

Side Trip

Fondation Beyeler
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Basel Paper Mill Museum ©
Basel Paper Mill Museum
Basel Minster ©
Basel Minster
Zoo Basel ©
Zoo Basel

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Mulhouse, France

Mulhouse ©
An industrial town nicknamed "the French Manchester," Mulhouse is famous for its Peugeot factory, esteemed museums, Alsace wine, and cultural riches.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): make a trip to Vieille ville d'Eguisheim, then make a trip to Old Town, and then take a stroll through Little Venice. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Cite de l'Automobile, examine the collection at Cité du Train - Musée français du chemin de fer, then view the masterpieces at Orlinda Lavergne, and finally take an in-depth tour of Maison du Patrimoine Edouard Boeglin – Centre d’Interpretation de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Mulhouse trip planner .

Mulhouse is just a short distance from Basel. In August, daytime highs in Mulhouse are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Strasbourg.

Things to do in Mulhouse

Museums Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Colmar, Vieille ville d'Eguisheim
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Little Venice ©
Little Venice
Cite de l'Automobile ©
Cite de l'Automobile

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg and then get to know the resident critters at La montagne des singes. On the 8th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a stroll through La Petite France, then examine the collection at Palais de Rohan, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg, and finally stroll around Parc de l'Orangerie.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Strasbourg trip planning site .

You can take a train from Mulhouse to Strasbourg in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Strasbourg can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Frankfurt.

Things to do in Strasbourg

Historic Sites Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

La montagne des singes, Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg
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Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg ©
La Petite France ©
La Petite France
Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg ©
Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg

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nights
Frankfurt, Germany

Frankfurt ©
A global center of finance and transportation, Frankfurt is perhaps best known for its futuristic cityscape.
Get out of town with these interesting Frankfurt side-trips: Heidelberg (Altstadt (Old Town) & Heidelberg Castle (Schloss Heidelberg)) and Wurzburg (Alte Mainbruecke, Marienburg Fortress, & more). There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Romer, make a trip to Gerechtigkeitsbrunnen, admire the masterpieces at Staedel Museum, and admire the natural beauty at Palmengarten.

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Take a train from Strasbourg to Frankfurt in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Frankfurt

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Wurzburg, Heidelberg
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Würzburg Residence ©
Würzburg Residence
Romer ©
Romer

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