12 days in France & Germany Itinerary

12 days in France & Germany Itinerary

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12 days in France & Germany Itinerary

Start: New York City, United States
bus + Fly:  11​h 45​min
1
Versailles, France
— 1 night
train:  15​min
2
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Nuremberg, Germany
— 3 nights
4
Munich, Germany
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  12​h 15​min
End: New York City, United States


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1
night
Versailles, France

Versailles ©
Renowned for its vast royal palace and gardens built by King Louis XIV, Versailles is also one of the wealthiest suburbs of Paris and home to a new cultural notability, such as a thriving artistic and musical scene.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): step into the grandiose world of Palace of Versailles and then make a trip to La Galerie des Batailles. On your second day here, get a taste of the local shopping with The Royal Chapel, appreciate the extensive heritage of Grand Canal, contemplate the long history of Le Petit Trianon, step into the grandiose world of Hameau de la Reine, then make a trip to Académie Équestre de Versailles, and finally explore the historical opulence of The Trianons & The Hamlet.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Versailles trip itinerary maker site .

New York City, USA to Versailles is an approximately 12-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Versailles is 6 hours. In December in Versailles, expect temperatures between 46°F during the day and 36°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can take a train to Paris.

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Palace of Versailles ©
Palace of Versailles
The Trianons & The Hamlet ©
The Trianons & The Hamlet
Grand Canal ©
Grand Canal

3
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre and Arc de Triomphe. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Musee d'Orsay and Louvre Museum. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, take in nature's colorful creations at Luxembourg Gardens, examine the collection at Musee Rodin, and make a trip to Hotel de Ville.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Paris trip itinerary builder app .

Paris is just a stone's throw from Versailles. In December, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 47°F, while at night they dip to 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel to Nuremberg.

Things to do in Paris

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Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower

3
nights
Nuremberg, Germany

Nuremberg ©
Nuremberg's historic town center stands in the shadow of a towering imperial castle that dominates its northwestern corner.
Let the collections at Germanisches Nationalmuseum and Merks Motor Museum capture your imagination. Würzburg Residence and St. Lorenz Church are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Nuremberg's surroundings by going to Rothenburg (Town Walls, Old Town, & more). There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Kaiserburg Nurnberg, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Sebaldus Church, examine the collection at Bernstein Museum, and contemplate the long history of Reichsparteigelande (Nazi Party Rally Grounds).

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Nuremberg trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Getting from Paris to Nuremberg by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Paris in December, things will get slightly colder in Nuremberg: highs are around 41°F and lows about 31°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Munich.

Things to do in Nuremberg

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Rothenburg, Würzburg Residence
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Würzburg Residence ©
Würzburg Residence
Germanisches Nationalmuseum ©
Germanisches Nationalmuseum
Kaiserburg Nurnberg ©
Kaiserburg Nurnberg

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Munich, Germany

Munich ©
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.
Visit Neuschwanstein Castle and Schloss Nymphenburg for their historical value. Munich Residenz and St. Peter's Church are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Alte Pinakothek, don't miss a visit to Marienplatz, examine the collection at BMW Welt, and engage your brain at Deutsches Museum.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Munich trip planner .

Getting from Nuremberg to Munich by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. December in Munich sees daily highs of 41°F and lows of 29°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Munich

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Side Trip

Schloss Neuschwanstein
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Marienplatz ©
Marienplatz
Schloss Neuschwanstein ©
Schloss Neuschwanstein
Nymphenburg Palace ©
Nymphenburg Palace

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