21 days in Germany, Czech Republic & Holland Itinerary

21 days in Germany, Czech Republic & Holland Itinerary

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21 days in Germany, Czech Republic & Holland Itinerary

Start: Charleston, United States
Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
Berlin, Germany
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Dresden, Germany
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Prague, Czech Republic
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
4
Munich, Germany
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Nuremberg, Germany
— Few hours
Fly:  4​h
6
Amsterdam, Holland
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
7
De Cocksdorp, Holland
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: Charleston, United States

4
nights
Berlin, Germany

Berlin ©
The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Head to Dussmann das KulturKaufhaus and Fassbender & Rausch Chocolatiers am Gendarmenmarktfor plenty of shopping. Do some cultural sightseeing at Pergamonmuseum and Museum Island. The adventure continues: stroll through Zoo Berlin, don't miss a visit to Gendarmenmarkt, stop by AMPELMANN Shop am Gendarmenmarkt, and appreciate the history behind Brandenburg Gate (Brandenburger Tor).

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Berlin custom trip planner.

Charleston, USA to Berlin is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Charleston to Berlin due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Charleston, expect much colder days and little chillier nights in Berlin, ranging from highs of 39°F to lows of 31°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to take a bus to Dresden.

Things to do in Berlin

Shopping Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Dussmann das KulturKaufhaus ©
Dussmann das KulturKaufhaus
Pergamonmuseum ©
Pergamonmuseum

2
nights
Dresden, Germany

Dresden ©
Dresden boasts a long history as a royal residence of many Saxon kings.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Bruehl Terrace, look for gifts at Tradition & Form - Wendt und Kühn Fachhändler, look for gifts at Ullmann's Laden, shop like a local with QF Quartier an der Frauenkirche Verwaltungs GmbH, then look for gifts at Altmarkt-Galerie Dresden, and finally look for gifts at LadenCafé aha GmbH Weltladen.

To find ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Dresden tour planner.

Traveling by bus from Berlin to Dresden takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. January in Dresden sees daily highs of 36°F and lows of 28°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can drive to Prague.

Things to do in Dresden

Shopping Tours
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Ullmann's Laden ©
Ullmann's Laden
Tradition & Form ©
Tradition & Form
Altmarkt Galerie Dresden ©
Altmarkt Galerie Dresden

5
nights
Prague, Czech Republic

Prague ©
Prague lures millions of tourists each year with its World Heritage-listed medieval city center--a labyrinth of narrow lanes, bridges, cathedrals, and palaces overlooked by a thousand-year-old castle.
Explore hidden gems such as History Foto Atelier and Prague Castle. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at DOX Centre for Contemporary Art and Manufaktura. And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Old Town (Stare Mesto), contemplate the long history of Old Town Square, look for gifts at Shop Marionety Truhlar, and take in the views from Charles Bridge.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Prague travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Dresden to Prague takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January in Prague, expect temperatures between 38°F during the day and 30°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can fly to Munich.

Things to do in Prague

Shopping Historic Sites Museums
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StaromEstske namEsti ©
StaromEstske namEsti
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
St. Vitus Cathedral ©
St. Vitus Cathedral

3
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.
Head to Biergarten Viktualienmarkt and Herrmannsdorfer Landwerkstätten Glonn GmbH & Co. KGfor some retail therapy. Deutsches Museum and Nymphenburg Palace (Schloss Nymphenburg) are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's still lots to do: explore the activities along English Garden, get into the urban bustle at Gasteig, and look for gifts at Schrannenhalle.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Munich vacation trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Prague to Munich takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Munich can reach 38°F, while at night they dip to 28°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Nuremberg.

Things to do in Munich

Shopping Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Herrmannsdorfer Landwerkstatten
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Viktualienmarkt ©
Viktualienmarkt
English Garden ©
English Garden
Nymphenburg Palace ©
Nymphenburg Palace

few
hours
Nuremberg, Germany

Nuremberg ©
Nuremberg's historic town center stands in the shadow of a towering imperial castle that dominates its northwestern corner.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): browse the eclectic array of goods at Hauptmarkt, stop by Handwerkerhof, and then look for gifts at Kathe Wohlfahrt.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Nuremberg vacation trip planner.

Traveling by train from Munich to Nuremberg takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. January in Nuremberg sees daily highs of 39°F and lows of 30°F at night. On the 13th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Nuremberg

Shopping

Side Trip

Kathe Wohlfahrt
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Handwerkerhof ©
Handwerkerhof
Kathe Wohlfahrt ©
Kathe Wohlfahrt
Hauptmarkt ©
Hauptmarkt

4
nights
Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Get outdoors at Zandvoort aan Zee and Emperor's Canal (Keizersgracht). Head to Albert Cuyp Market and Mango Magna Plazafor plenty of shopping. There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Van Gogh Museum, look for gifts at Cachou Artelier, have fun at Museumphoto, and explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Amsterdam trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Nuremberg to Amsterdam in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In January in Amsterdam, expect temperatures between 43°F during the day and 34°F at night. On the 17th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can do a combination of to De Cocksdorp.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Shopping Parks

Side Trip

Zandvoort aan Zee
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Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

2
nights
De Cocksdorp, Holland

De Cocksdorp ©
De Cocksdorp is a town in the Dutch province of North Holland. Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Vuurtorenweg Texel Beach, delve into the lush surroundings at Nationaal Park Duinen van Texel, and then examine the collection at Shipwreck and Beachcombing Museum Flora.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the De Cocksdorp travel planner.

Traveling by combination of from Amsterdam to De Cocksdorp takes 4 hours. In January in De Cocksdorp, expect temperatures between 43°F during the day and 36°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in De Cocksdorp

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Texel
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Nationaal Park Duinen van Texel ©
Nationaal Park Duinen van Texel
Boeken aan de Dijk ©
Boeken aan de Dijk

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