8 days in Castle Road Itinerary

8 days in Castle Road Itinerary

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8 days in Castle Road Itinerary

Start: Vancouver
Fly:  14​h 45​min
1
Nuremberg
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Rothenburg
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Heidelberg
— 1 night
Fly:  13​h 30​min
End: Vancouver

3
nights
Nuremberg

Nuremberg ©
Nuremberg's historic town center stands in the shadow of a towering imperial castle that dominates its northwestern corner.
Step out of Nuremberg with an excursion to Bamberg Altstadt in Bamberg--about 58 minutes away. There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Kaiserburg Nurnberg, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Lorenz Church, steep yourself in history at Reichsparteigelande (Nazi Party Rally Grounds), and explore the world behind art at Germanisches Nationalmuseum.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Nuremberg trip itinerary builder app .

Vancouver, Canada to Nuremberg is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from Vancouver to Nuremberg. Traveling from Vancouver in September, Nuremberg is a bit cooler at night with lows of 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can go by car to Rothenburg.

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Bamberg Altstadt
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Kaiserburg Nurnberg ©
Kaiserburg Nurnberg
Germanisches Nationalmuseum ©
Germanisches Nationalmuseum

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Rothenburg

Rothenburg ©
An old imperial city, Rothenburg is the main tourist stop on the scenic Romantic Road of Bavaria.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Reichsstadtmuseum, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Jacob's Church (St. Jakobskirche), steep yourself in history at Town Walls, look for gifts at Ekuko's Wine & Gift Shop, then make a trip to Altstadt, and finally see the interesting displays at Medieval Crime Museum (Mittelalterliches Kriminalmuseum). On the 13th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at German Christmas Museum (Deutsches Weihnachtsmuseum), see the interesting displays at Historiengewölbe mit Staatsverlies - Museum zur Stadtgeschichte in Rothenburg o.d.T., then steep yourself in history at Burgtor und Burg, then stroll around Burggarten, and finally make a trip to Schmiedgasse.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Rothenburg online visit planner .

Drive from Nuremberg to Rothenburg in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. September in Rothenburg sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can go by car to Heidelberg.

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Altstadt ©
Altstadt
Town Walls ©
Town Walls
Stadt Rothenburg ob der Tauber ©
Stadt Rothenburg ob der Tauber

1
night
Heidelberg

Heidelberg ©
A vibrant university city, Heidelberg is nestled in the picturesque Neckar river valley.
On the 14th (Mon), admire the landmark architecture of Elizabeth Gate, step into the grandiose world of Schloss Heidelberg, don't miss a visit to Altstadt (Old Town), then take in the views from Carl Theodor Old Bridge (Alte Brucke), and finally hike along Philosophers' Way (Philosophenweg).

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Heidelberg trip itinerary builder website .

Drive from Rothenburg to Heidelberg in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. September in Heidelberg sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

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Schloss Heidelberg ©
Schloss Heidelberg
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Altstadt (Old Town)
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