27 days in Germany, Amsterdam & Paris Itinerary

27 days in Germany, Amsterdam & Paris Itinerary

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27 days in Germany, Amsterdam & Paris Itinerary

Start: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Fly:  15​h
1
Amsterdam, Holland
— 7 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
2
Paris, France
— 4 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
3
Amsterdam, Holland
— 10 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Cologne, Germany
— 1 night
train:  1​h 15​min
5
Frankfurt, Germany
— 2 nights
Fly:  14​h
End: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

7
nights
Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Anne Frank House and Brouwersgracht. Appreciate the collections at The Resistance Museum (Amsterdams Verzetsmuseum) and Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House). Change things up with these side-trips from Amsterdam: Frans Hals Museum (in Haarlem) and The Hague (The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery & Madurodam). Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through The Jordaan, admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum, stroll through ARTIS, and take an in-depth tour of Het Scheepvaartmuseum| The National Maritime Museum.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Amsterdam route planner.

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam to Amsterdam is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Ho Chi Minh City to Amsterdam is minus 6 hours. Traveling from Ho Chi Minh City in July, things will get a bit cooler in Amsterdam: highs are around 26°C and lows about 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

The Hague, Frans Hals Museum
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Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum

4
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou and Musee d'Orsay. Champs-Elysees and Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with a short trip to Palace of Versailles in Versailles (about 48 minutes away). There's still lots to do: explore the galleries of Louvre Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Basilica du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, head off the coast to Île de la Cité, and wander the streets of Le Marais.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Paris day trip planning tool .

Traveling by train from Amsterdam to Paris takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or drive. In August, daytime highs in Paris are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
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Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Palace of Versailles ©
Palace of Versailles

10
nights
Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Sint-Bavokerk (Church of St. Bavo) and Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. Get some historical perspective at Royal Palace Amsterdam and Old Church. Venture out of the city with trips to Hofjeswandeling in Haarlem (in Haarlem), Efteling (in Kaatsheuvel) and Zuiderzee Museum (Zuiderzeemuseum) (in Enkhuizen). Explore Amsterdam further: stroll through Zandvoort aan Zee, see the interesting displays at Sexmuseum Amsterdam Venustempel, stop by PGC Hajenius, and explore the wide array of goods at De Bijenkorf.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Amsterdam vacation planner.

You can take a train from Paris to Amsterdam in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or drive. When traveling from Paris in August, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Amsterdam: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Cologne.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Shopping Museums Theme Parks

Side Trips

Haarlem, Delft, Zaanse Schans, Efteling, Zuiderzeemuseum
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De Kaaskamer ©
De Kaaskamer
Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam ©
Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
Madame Tussauds Amsterdam ©
Madame Tussauds Amsterdam

1
night
Cologne, Germany

Cologne ©
Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): examine the collection at Chocolate Museum.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Cologne tour itinerary builder site .

Getting from Amsterdam to Cologne by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in August, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Frankfurt.

Things to do in Cologne

Museums Historic Sites
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Museum Ludwig ©
Museum Ludwig
Cologne Cathedral ©
Cologne Cathedral
Chocolate Museum ©
Chocolate Museum

2
nights
Frankfurt, Germany

Frankfurt ©
A global center of finance and transportation, Frankfurt is perhaps best known for its futuristic cityscape.
On the 17th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the landmark architecture of Cathedral of St. Bartholomew (Dom St. Bartholomaus), admire the masterpieces at Staedel Museum, then take in the views from Eiserner Steg, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with MyZeil.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Frankfurt driving holiday planner .

Take a train from Cologne to Frankfurt in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. August in Frankfurt sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Frankfurt

Shopping Zoos & Aquariums Museums
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Kleinmarkthalle ©
Kleinmarkthalle
Staedel Museum
Staedel Museum

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