22 days in Germany, Amsterdam & Helsinki Itinerary

22 days in Germany, Amsterdam & Helsinki Itinerary

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22 days in Germany, Amsterdam & Helsinki Itinerary

Start: Cape Town, South Africa
Fly:  9 h 30 min
1
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Tram + Train:  3 h 45 min
2
Hamburg, Germany
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h
3
Bremen, Germany
— 1 night
Train:  1 h 15 min
4
Hannover, Germany
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
5
Frankfurt, Germany
— 3 nights
Train:  3 h 15 min
6
Munich, Germany
— 4 nights
Fly:  6 h
7
Helsinki, Finland
— 4 nights
Fly:  18 h 45 min
End: Cape Town, South Africa

2
nights
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Kroller-Muller Museum and TASCHEN Store Amsterdam. Step off the beaten path and head to Museum Van Loon and Joods Historisch Museum. Change things up with a short trip to Glider Collection Wolfheze in Wolfheze (about 1h 20 min away). There's lots more to do: take in the exciting artwork at Mark Raven Amsterdam Art, explore the galleries of Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House), and don't miss a visit to Amsterdam Roest.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Amsterdam day trip tool.

Cape Town, South Africa to Amsterdam is an approximately 15- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Cape Town to Amsterdam, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Cape Town in March: high temperatures in Amsterdam hover around 11°C and lows are around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Hamburg.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Glider Collection Wolfheze, Kroller-Muller Museum
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Kroller-Muller Museum ©
Kroller-Muller Museum
Joods Historisch Museum ©
Joods Historisch Museum
Museum Van Loon ©
Museum Van Loon

3
nights
Hamburg, Germany

Hamburg ©
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.
For shopping fun, head to Red Gallery or Mest Marzipan. Let the collections at Holstentor and Schloss Ahrensburg capture your imagination. Venture out of the city with trips to Lubeck (Buddenbrookhaus, Museum Behnhaus Draegerhaus, &more). There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Altonaer Museum - Norddeutsches Landesmuseum, explore the world behind art at Erotic Art Museum, and see the interesting displays at Panoptikum.

For maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Hamburg trip itinerary planning website.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Amsterdam to Hamburg in 4 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In March in Hamburg, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Bremen.

Things to do in Hamburg

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lubeck, Schloss Ahrensburg
Highlights from your plan
Erotic Art Museum ©
Erotic Art Museum
Holstentor ©
Holstentor
Schloss Ahrensburg ©
Schloss Ahrensburg

1
night
Bremen, Germany

Bremen ©
A rather long and narrow city spread along both sides of the Weser River, Bremen has more than a thousand years of history.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): explore the world behind art at Kunsthalle Bremen, then get engrossed in the history at Bremer Geschichtenhaus, and then admire the masterpieces at Museen Boettcherstrasse.

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Bremen online attractions planner.

Traveling by train from Hamburg to Bremen takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in March, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Hannover.

Things to do in Bremen

Museums
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Bremer Geschichtenhaus ©
Bremer Geschichtenhaus
Kunsthalle Bremen ©
Kunsthalle Bremen

3
nights
Hannover, Germany

Hannover ©
Hannover, northern Germany's major urban center, may be best known for hosting annual commercial trade fairs.
Appreciate the collections at Rammelsberger Bergbaumuseum and Oberharzer Bergwerksmuseum. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Stabkirche Hahnenklee and Luftfahrtmuseum Hannover-Laatzen. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hannover: Uhrenmuseum (in Bad Grund), Goslar (Kunsthandwerk Im Grossen Heiligen Kreuz & Zinnfiguren-Museum Goslar) and 19 Lachter Stollen (in Wildemann).

To find traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Hannover journey planning website.

Traveling by train from Bremen to Hannover takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March in Hannover, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Frankfurt.

Things to do in Hannover

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Goslar, Uhrenmuseum, Oberharzer Bergwerksmuseum, 19 Lachter Stollen
Highlights from your plan
Kunsthandwerk Im Grossen Heiligen Kreuz ©
Rammelsberger Bergbaumuseum ©
Rammelsberger Bergbaumuseum
Stabkirche Hahnenklee ©
Stabkirche Hahnenklee

3
nights
Frankfurt, Germany

Frankfurt ©
A global center of finance and transportation, Frankfurt is perhaps best known for its futuristic cityscape.
Appreciate the collections at Senckenberg Natural History Museum (Naturmuseum Senckenberg) and Siegfried's Mechanisches Musikkabinett. Step off the beaten path and head to Gutenberg Museum and Museum Angewandte Kunst. Change things up with a short trip to Rheingau Wine Museum Broemserburg Castle in Ruedesheim am Rhein (about 52 minutes away). There's more to do: examine the collection at Zeppelin Museum Zeppelinheim and get a taste of local nightlife at Alte Schiffsmeldestelle Hochst.

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You can take a train from Hannover to Frankfurt in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In March, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to take a train to Munich.

Things to do in Frankfurt

Museums Nightlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ruedesheim am Rhein, Gutenberg Museum, Zeppelin Museum Zeppelinheim
Highlights from your plan
Siegfried's Mechanisches Musikkabinett ©
Gutenberg Museum ©
Gutenberg Museum

4
nights
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Lenbachhaus and Glyptothek. You'll explore and learn at Bavarian National Museum and Museum Brandhorst. And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Staatliche Antikensammlung, explore the world behind art at Die Neue Sammlung, steep yourself in history at Nymphenburg Palace, and admire the landmark architecture of Stuck Villa (Jugendstil Museum).

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Munich holiday maker website.

Take a train from Frankfurt to Munich in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in March, and nighttime lows around 0°C. On the 25th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Munich

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Staatliche Antikensammlung
Staatliche Antikensammlung
Lenbachhaus ©
Lenbachhaus
Bavarian National Museum ©
Bavarian National Museum

4
nights
Helsinki, Finland

Helsinki ©
Finland's largest and most populated metropolis, the maritime town of Helsinki boasts varied architecture, a lively cafe culture, and plethora of picturesque natural delights.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and The National Museum of Finland. Kansallisgalleria and Mannerheim Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Take a break from Helsinki with a short trip to Hvittrask in Kirkkonummi, about 34 minutes away. There's still lots to do: learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo), explore the world behind art at Design Museum, step into the grandiose world of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, and see the interesting displays at Vantaa Art Museum.

To see maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Helsinki online tour itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Munich to Helsinki takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Munich to Helsinki, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Munich in March, things will get slightly colder in Helsinki: highs are around 3°C and lows about -5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Hvittrask, Gallen-Kallela Museum, Vantaa Art Museum
Highlights from your plan
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Kansallisgalleria ©
Kansallisgalleria
The National Museum of Finland ©
The National Museum of Finland

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