11 days in Frankfurt, Upper Rhine Valley & Nuremberg Itinerary

11 days in Frankfurt, Upper Rhine Valley & Nuremberg Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Zanzibar City, Tanzania
Fly:  12 h 45 min
1
Frankfurt, Germany
— 1 night
Train:  1 h
2
Heidelberg, Germany
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Strasbourg, France
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
4
Nuremberg, Germany
— 4 nights
Train + Fly:  12 h 30 min
End: Zanzibar City, Tanzania

1
night
Frankfurt, Germany

Frankfurt ©
A global center of finance and transportation, Frankfurt is perhaps best known for its futuristic cityscape.
On the 17th (Fri), look for gifts at L'Abbate Kasefabrik, browse the eclectic array of goods at Bornheimer Wochenmarkt, and then admire the masterpieces at Stadel Museum.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Frankfurt trip builder.

Zanzibar City, Tanzania to Frankfurt is an approximately 13.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of ferry, taxi, and flight. The time zone difference moving from East Africa Time (EAT) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Zanzibar City in April, expect Frankfurt to be much colder, temps between 18°C and 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Heidelberg.

Things to do in Frankfurt

Shopping Museums

Side Trip

L'Abbate Kasefabrik
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L'Abbate Kasefabrik ©
L'Abbate Kasefabrik
Stadel Museum
Stadel Museum

2
nights
Heidelberg, Germany

A vibrant university city, Heidelberg is nestled in the picturesque Neckar river valley.
On the 18th (Sat), explore the historical opulence of Schloss Heidelberg and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Russe, then walk around Lichtentaler Allee, then try to win big at Casino Baden-Baden Spielbank, and finally try your luck at Kurhaus Baden-Baden.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Heidelberg trip planner.

Take a train from Frankfurt to Heidelberg in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In April, daytime highs in Heidelberg are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can drive to Strasbourg.

Things to do in Heidelberg

Spas Casinos Fun & Games

Side Trip

Baden-Baden
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Spas
Schloss Heidelberg ©
Schloss Heidelberg
Casino Baden-Baden Spielbank ©
Casino Baden-Baden Spielbank

3
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.
Get some cultural insight at La Petite France and Little Venice. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg and Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg. Get out of town with these interesting Strasbourg side-trips: Domaine Hubert Meyer (in Blienschwiller), Vin d'Alsace HORCHER (in Mittelwihr) and Domaine Bernard Humbrecht (in Gueberschwihr). There's more to do: learn about winemaking at Domaine Albert Seltz.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Strasbourg trip planner.

Traveling by car from Heidelberg to Strasbourg takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In April, daytime highs in Strasbourg are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Nuremberg.

Things to do in Strasbourg

Neighborhoods Wineries Historic Sites

Side Trips

Weibel Marcel & Fils, Little Venice, Domaine Albert Seltz, Domaine Hubert Meyer, Vin d'Alsace HORCHER
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La Petite France ©
La Petite France
Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg ©
Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg
Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg ©
Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg

4
nights
Nuremberg, Germany

Nuremberg ©
Nuremberg's historic town center stands in the shadow of a towering imperial castle that dominates its northwestern corner.
Head to Viktualienmarkt and Ekuko's Wine & Gift Shopfor some retail therapy. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Altstadt and Spital Bastion. Explore Nuremberg's surroundings by going to Schack-Galerie (in Munich) and Rothenburg (Klingentor, St. Wolfgang's Church, &more). It doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Kaiserburg Nurnberg and steep yourself in history at Tiefer Brunnen.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Nuremberg vacation planner.

Getting from Strasbourg to Nuremberg by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. April in Nuremberg sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 3°C at night. You will leave for home on the 26th (Sun).

Things to do in Nuremberg

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Rothenburg, Munich
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Kaiserburg Nurnberg ©
Kaiserburg Nurnberg
Altstadt ©
Altstadt
Town Walls ©
Town Walls

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