20 days in Germany, The Ardennes & The Netherlands Itinerary

20 days in Germany, The Ardennes & The Netherlands Itinerary

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Munich, Germany
— 3 nights
Cologne, Germany
— 1 night
Liege, Belgium
— 3 nights
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 5 nights
Hamburg, Germany
— 3 nights
Berlin, Germany
— 4 nights


Munich, Germany — 3 nights

Village of a Million People

Often described as the city of laptops and lederhosen, Munich is an international center of business, engineering, research, and medicine that still maintains a rich cultural heritage and age-old traditions.
Get a sense of the local culture at Nymphenburg Palace and Deutsches Museum. Your inner history buff will appreciate St. Peter's Church and Asamkirche. Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at English Garden, examine the collection at BMW Welt, admire the masterpieces at Alte Pinakothek, and admire the striking features of New Town Hall (Neus Rathaus).

For photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Munich online trip builder.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Munich is an approximately 7-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Israel Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Tel Aviv in May, expect nights in Munich to be cooler, around 9°C, while days are slightly colder, around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can fly to Cologne.
Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Nature
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Cologne, Germany — 1 night

City of Churches

Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
On the 5th (Fri), identify plant and animal life at Wildpark, then look for all kinds of wild species at Wahner Heide, then steep yourself in history at Domschatzkammer, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cologne Cathedral.

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You can fly from Munich to Cologne in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. May in Cologne sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Liege.
Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites
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Liege, Belgium — 3 nights

The Fervent City

Although decidedly industrial on the outskirts, Liege also boasts impressive architecture.
Get in touch with nature at La Roche-aux-Faucons and Musee en plein air et Tour St Martin. Visit Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery and Abbaye du Val-Dieu for their historical value. Get out of town with these interesting Liege side-trips: Domaine de Berinzenne (in Spa), Forestia (in Theux) and High Fens (in Eupen). The adventure continues: trek along Le Ninglinspo, identify plant and animal life at La Vallee de la Hoegne, and explore the activities along Butgenbacher Lake.

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Traveling by car from Cologne to Liege takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Liege can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Amsterdam.
Parks · Wildlife · Trails · Outdoors
Side Trips
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands — 5 nights

Venice of the North

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Step out of the city life by going to Landtong Rozenburg and Emperor's Canal (Keizersgracht). Do some cultural sightseeing at Van Gogh Museum and Rijksmuseum. Change things up with these side-trips from Amsterdam: Wassenaar (Duinreservaat Meijendel-Kievietsduin & Lentevreugd), Haarlem (Sint-Bavokerk (Church of St. Bavo) & Grote Markt) and Keukenhof (in Lisse). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Anne Frank House, wander the streets of The Jordaan, stroll around Vondelpark, and identify plant and animal life at Rhoonse grienden.

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Drive from Liege to Amsterdam in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In May in Amsterdam, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 10°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Hamburg.
Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Historic Sites
Side Trips
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Hamburg, Germany — 3 nights

Gateway to the World

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Speicherstadt and Alter Elbtunnel. Visiting Tister Bauernmoor and Altes Land will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Hamburg side-trips: Arboretum Ellerhoop (in Ellerhoop) and Himmelmoor (in Quickborn). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Miniatur Wunderland, identify plant and animal life at Boberger Duenen, and explore the world behind art at Kunsthalle Hamburg.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Hamburg trip planner.

You can fly from Amsterdam to Hamburg in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and train. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in May, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Berlin.
Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Historic Sites
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Berlin, Germany — 4 nights

Athens of the Spree

The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Charlottenburg Palace and Berliner Dom will appeal to history buffs. Get some cultural insight at East Side Gallery and Memorial of the Berlin Wall. Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Pergamonmuseum, pause for some photo ops at The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, get to know the fascinating history of Stolpersteine in Berlin, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Berlin trip builder site.

Getting from Hamburg to Berlin by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.
Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Parks
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Germany travel guide

Specialty Museums · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Germany is the home of high culture, fine art, classical music, world-class sports, award-winning cuisine--and some of the world's best beers. It's also one of the major economic and political powers of the European continent. One of the founding members of the European Union, Germany is a federation of 16 states. Each boasts its own distinct culture, art, cuisine, regional traditions, and array of things to do. The country is known worldwide for its precision engineering and high-tech products. Equally, though, Germany is admired for its old-world charm and what is locally known as gemutlichkeit (coziness). This is one of the easiest countries in the world to explore, offering an abundance of sightseeing opportunities. German transportation runs with German efficiency. Therefore, getting around the various regions is almost always easy, quick, and pleasant. Visit the cities to explore museums, art galleries, modern restaurants, and trendy shops. Also be sure to venture deeper into the countryside. Here, you can discover ancient castles and bustling little villages. Often in these off-the-beaten-path areas, the main tourist attraction remains the simple hospitality of the friendly locals.

The Ardennes travel guide

Military Museums · Landmarks · Specialty Museums
One of Europe's last truly unspoiled natural areas, the Ardennes offers visitors lush greenery. A region of wooded hills and low mountains, this verdant corner of southeastern Belgium continues to welcome mostly Flemish and Dutch cyclists and motorists, drawn largely by the land's gentle topography. A lack of tourist crowds means that you can take the time to explore the region's caves, forested hills, rich river valleys, and small villages at your own unhurried pace. Made for active holidays, the region lets you split your time between fishing, canoeing, kayaking, rock climbing, and hiking. If you prefer a calmer vacation, head to Spa--the original spa town.

The Netherlands travel guide

Art Museums · Specialty Museums · Nightlife
Low Country
The Netherlands literally means "Low Country", inspired by the country's low and flat geography, where only about 50 percent of the land exceeds one meter (three feet) above sea level. Since the late 16th century, large, flat land areas called "polders" have been reclaimed from the sea and lakes and protected by dikes, amounting to nearly 17 percent of the country's current land mass. The Netherlands is. This is small, densely populated country lies mainly in Western Europe but also includes three islands in the Caribbean; it's the main constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The European part of the Netherlands borders Germany to the east, Belgium to the south, and the North Sea to the northwest, sharing maritime borders with Belgium, the United Kingdom and Germany. Amsterdam, The Hague, and Rotterdam serve as the three largest and most important cities in the Netherlands. Amsterdam is the country's capital, while The Hague holds the Dutch seat of government. The port of Rotterdam claims the title as the largest port in Europe, in fact, it's as large as the next three ports combined.