9-Day North VS South Germany Discovery

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OVERVIEW

Highlights of this north vs south Germany itinerary include the German business capital Frankfurt with its interesting modern dimensions, the Medieval towns and villages along the Rheine, a trip to Salzburg in Austria called the Mozart city and the charming Bavarian Alpine region where you visit the awe-inspiring town of Heidelberg.

The south Germany region will surprise you with new experiences while travelling in Bavaria. You will gain many cultural backgrounds by exploring  the charming Bavarian countryside, Alpine scenery, towns and villages.

You’ll see the best of Germany on this 9-Day trip!

Day 1: Arrive to Düsseldorf and Drive to Koblenz Through Cologne
Day 2: Enjoy Rhine River Cruise
Day 3: Visit Frankfurt and Baden-Baden
Day 4: Visit Stuttgart
Day 5: Explore Munich and Lake Starnberg
Day 6: Day at Leisure in Munich
Day 7: Hike Chiemgau and Take a Boat Tour of Königssee
Day 8: Visit Heidelberg
Day 9: Departure Day

DURATION

9 days, 8 nights

DESTINATIONS

Germany: Frankfurt, Bavaria, Munich, Stuttgart, Cologne, Heidelberg, Baden-Baden, Bingen, Starnberger See
Austria: Salzburg

TRAVELLERS

1 traveller

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INCLUDED

– 7 nights accommodation
– 7 activities
– 8 breakfasts
– Ground transportation
– Licensed English speaking guides

EXCLUDED

– Airport transfer
– Domestic flights
– Travel insurance
– International flights
– Entrance fees
– Entry visas / airport departure tax
– Alcohol beverages
– Gratuities
– Personal expenses
– Laundry
– Trekking permits

DAY 1: ARRIVE TO DÜSSELDORF AND DRIVE TO KOBLENZ THROUGH COLOGNE
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Welcome to Germany! Upon arrival in your first north vs south Germany destination, Düsseldorf, you will pick up your rental car and continue to Cologne. You will explore the city including a visit to the cathedral, an impressive gothic church monument, the city`s landmark. Depending on the time, you can optionally visit the chocolate museum. In the early evening, you will continue to Koblenz on the Rhine River.

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Private Driver

10:00 to 11:00

From: Düsseldorf
To: Cologne

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Cologne

11:00 to 13:00
2 hours

Cologne is Germany’s fourth-biggest city and the Rhine River’s largest. It has a population of over a million people and is located on the Rhine in Western Germany.

During your free time, you could see all the most important sights and have an overview of Cologne’s long history going back to Roman times. You can have a stroll through the old town and get to know Cologne’s inhabitants and their mentality better. You can enjoy the Cologne Cathedral – one of the most important and impressive buildings in the world from the outside.

Be impressed with Cologne’s Old Town, its late medieval town hall, go through the Old Market, and stroll through the cobbled streets and within small houses. You will experience its distinctive historical charm and be drawn by its rustic narrow alleyways.

Address: Cologne, Germany

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Cologne Chocolate Museum

13:00 to 14:30
1 hour 30 minutes

Hans Imhoff, a passionate chocolate artisan, had a long-held aspiration: a chocolate museum with an endless supply of chocolate. The Chocolate Museum debuted on October 31, 1993, after a 13-month building phase. It became a success of German museum history that no one could have predicted. It is Cologne’s most visited cultural institution, with over 600,000 visitors every year.

Inside, the past and current worldwide narratives of cocoa and chocolate are shown in detail. The complexity of cocoa’s cultural heritage over the last 5,000 years is displayed, as well as current chocolate manufacture from the cocoa bean to praline chocolate sweets.

+ optional (not included in price)

Address: Am Schokoladenmuseum 1A, 50678 Köln, Germany

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Private Driver

14:30 to 16:00

From: Cologne
To: Koblenz

DAY 2: ENJOY RHINE RIVER CRUISE
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This morning, you will depart for a four-hour river cruise on the Rhine to Bacharach, a wine village. Optionally, you can take part in a wine tasting experience. You will arrive back in Frankfurt in the early evening.

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Rhine River Cruise

10:00 to 14:15
4 hours 15 minutes

Today, you will go on a sightseeing trip down the gorgeous Rhine River. You will take in the breathtaking scenery on the journey to St. Goar, including the famous Marksburg Castle, the only castle on the Rhine that has never been destroyed.

The Stolzenfels Castle, perched high above the Rhine, is the culminating jewel of Rhine Romanticism, with its magnificent Gothic Revival architecture. Enjoy the Katz (Cat) and Maus (Mouse) Castles before arriving at the iconic Lorelei Rock, the undoubted highlight of every Middle Rhine trip. The rock is located on a massive cliff high above the Rhine, and tradition has it that Lady Lorelei may still be seen there.

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Address: Am Rheinberg 5, 55411 Bingen am Rhein, Germany

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Novotel Frankfurt City

14:00 check-in
23:45 check-out (Day 2)

Set in the financial district, this modern conference hotel is a five-minute walk from Frankfurt West train station and a ten-minute walk from Festhalle Messe Frankfurt event centre.

The airy rooms have free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and pull-out sofas, as well as desks and tea and coffee making facilities. Upgraded rooms have free room service and some have espresso machines.

The property has a restaurant with a terrace, a retro-style bar and a kids’ play area. There’s a gym and a sauna, plus 11 meeting rooms and a parking area.

Address: Novotel Frankfurt City, Lise-Meitner-Straße, Frankfurt, Germany

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Private Driver

14:15 to 16:15

From: Boppard
To: Frankfurt

DAY 3: VISIT FRANKFURT AND BADEN-BADEN
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Spend the morning in Frankfurt, the most international city inGermany, the largest financial centre on the continent, the historical city of coronations, the city of Goethe and the Frankfurt School of philosophy. Of historical importance is St. Paul’s (Paulskirche), a church with great political symbolism in Germany. After visiting Frankfurt, you will continue your journey to Baden-Baden, one of the oldest spas in Germany on the Northern edge of the Black Forest.

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Novotel Frankfurt City

00:00 check-in
10:00 check-out (Day 3)

Set in the financial district, this modern conference hotel is a five-minute walk from Frankfurt West train station and a ten-minute walk from Festhalle Messe Frankfurt event centre.

The airy rooms have free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and pull-out sofas, as well as desks and tea and coffee making facilities. Upgraded rooms have free room service and some have espresso machines.

The property has a restaurant with a terrace, a retro-style bar and a kids’ play area. There’s a gym and a sauna, plus 11 meeting rooms and a parking area.

Address: Novotel Frankfurt City, Lise-Meitner-Straße, Frankfurt, Germany

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Frankfurt

10:00 to 13:00
3 hours

Frankfurt, the most international city in Germany, the largest financial centre on the continent, the historical city of coronations, the city of Goethe and the Frankfurt School of philosophy. From its ancient sites to its gorgeous parks, lofty skyscrapers, museums, and restaurants, Frankfurt has a lot of things to see and do that isn’t only for business visitors.

The old city is by far Frankfurt’s most traditional and European neighbourhood. Römerberg, with its colourful houses and roofs reminiscent of the German countryside, is the image that comes to mind when one thinks of a typical German city.

Of historical importance is St. Paul`s (Paulskirche), a church with great political symbolism in Germany.

Address: Frankfurt, Germany

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Private Driver

13:00 to 15:00

From: Frankfurt
To: Baden-Baden

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Leonardo Royal Hotel Baden-Baden

14:00 check-in
23:45 check-out (Day 3)

Less than one kilometres from Lichtentaler Allee park and arboretum, this laid-back hotel is two kilometres from the Fabergé Museum.

The casual, colourful rooms offer flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi, plus sitting areas, minibars and tea and coffee making facilities.

Additional amenities include an airy restaurant, a relaxed bar and a lounge, plus a terrace and a garden. There’s also a gym, an indoor pool and a sauna.

Address: Leonardo Royal Hotel Baden-Baden, Falkenstraße, Baden-Baden, Germany

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Baden-Baden

15:00 to 19:00
4 hours

Once the summer capital of Europe during the Belle Époque, Baden-Baden is now famous worldwide as a spa and culture town and a top-class reputation for healthcare. With its glamorous festivals, elegance and mild climate, Baden-Baden excels in everything it does.

Situated in a beautiful spot on the fringes of the Black Forest, Baden-Baden provides the most stylish setting imaginable for a cultural or health-related break. The spa town’s 12 natural thermal springs well up from a depth of 2,000 metres, supplying thermal spas with 68°C hot spring water to pamper visitors from around the world. The water is also used for a wide range of treatments.

Address: Baden-Baden, Germany

DAY 4: VISIT STUTTGART
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In the morning, you will continue your journey to Stuttgart. The city is home to two brands of Germany’s car industry, Porsche and Mercedes. Here we recommend you to visit the Mercedes Benz Museum putting on display the company’s history of 130 years.

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Private Driver

10:00 to 11:30

From: Baden-Baden
To: Stuttgart

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Stuttgart

11:30 to 16:00
4 hours 30 minutes

The leading economic area of Stuttgart ranks high among Germany’s ten major cities. This is due to the economic strength and its high level of life quality. Also, Stuttgart is linked to world-famous car brands – Porsche and Mercedes Benz. You will be exploring this vibrant and creative city.

During your free time, you can take in the city’s culture and atmosphere at the King Street shopping district and you will visit places like the rail station and City Market Hall taking in the sights as you wander from place to place. You will learn about Stuttgart’s history as well as its modern culture and arts scene. Do not omit to taste the regional cuisine, world-famous for the Spätzle noodles.

Address: Stuttgart, Germany

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25hours Hotel München The Royal Bavarian

14:00 check-in
10:00 check-out (Day 8)
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Housed in a former post office building, this trendy hotel opposite Munchen train station is 15 minutes on foot from bustling Marienplatz square in the city centre.

Casual rooms with a retro-chic vibe feature free Wi-Fi and smart TVs, plus minifridges and Bluetooth speakers; suites add living areas and Nespresso coffeemakers.

Loaner Mini cars are complimentary. There’s a hip restaurant, a burger bar and a cosy cocktail lounge, as well as a sauna. Bike rentals are available.

Address: 25hours Hotel München The Royal Bavarian, Bahnhofplatz, Munich, Germany

DAY 5: EXPLORE MUNICH AND LAKE STARNBERG
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Munich is one of the top contenders for north vs south Germany pride and also premier European travel and business destination. The city’s Italianate architecture and old-world charm add a Southern European touch to the city. On your optional city tour, you will see all major sights including a stop at the BMW world and its showroom. In the afternoon, you will go on an excursion to Lake Starnberg. Depending on weather conditions, you can go on a boat tour or visit the Sissi museum in Possenhofen.

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Munich

10:00 to 14:00
4 hours

The capital of Germany’s Bavaria region, Munich is best
known for its beer-fuelled autumn Oktoberfest, but there’s
much more this city has to offer.

Munich is one of the top European travel and business destinations. The city’s Italianate architecture and old-world charm add a Southern European touch to the city. The Bavarian capital with more than 100 theatres and museums and a multi-ethnic community offers a very vivid cultural life.

The annual Oktoberfest with more than six million visitors during sixteen days has turned into a global trademark. The city is home to BMW, MAN and Siemens and many high-tech and IT companies. And it’s just a stone’s throw away from the beautiful Bavarian Alpine scenery.

Take your time to discover some of Munich’s highlights and hidden treasures. Don’t miss highlights such as Maximilianstrasse, the Residenz and the Feldherrnhalle.

Address: Munich, Germany

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Private Driver

14:00 to 15:00

From: Munich
To: Lake Starnberg

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Lake Starnberg

15:00 to 18:00
3 hours

Munich’s favourite destination is Bavaria’s second-largest lake. And rightfully so, the restaurants, beer gardens, and cafés along the lakeside promenades are a lovely spot to unwind, with the spectacular vista of the Alps as a backdrop.

Among the most well-known are the Fischmeister in Ambach, the Wirtshaus im Tutzinger Hof, and the kiosk-beer garden Steg 1 in Possenhofen. However, many recreational athletes visit Lake Starnberg to swim, sail, or row.

Depending on weather conditions you can go on a boat tour.

Address: Lake Starnberg, Germany

9
Private Driver

18:00 to 19:00

From: Lake Starnberg
To: Munich

DAY 6: : DAY AT LEISURE IN MUNICH
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The capital of Germany’s Bavaria region, Munich is best known for its beer-fuelled autumn Oktoberfest, but there’s much more this city has to offer. Take your time to discover some of Munich’s highlights and hidden treasures. Don’t miss highlights such as Maximilianstrasse, the Residenz and the Feldherrnhalle.

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Munich

11:00 to 16:00
5 hours

The capital of Germany’s Bavaria region, Munich is best known for its beer-fuelled autumn Oktoberfest, but there’s much more this city has to offer.

Munich is one of the top European travel and business destinations. The city’s Italianate architecture and old-world charm add a Southern European touch to the city. The Bavarian capital with more than 100 theatres and museums and a multi-ethnic community offers a very vivid cultural life.

The annual Oktoberfest with more than six million visitors during sixteen days has turned into a global trademark. The city is home to BMW, MAN and Siemens and many high-tech and IT companies. And it’s just a stone’s throw away from the beautiful Bavarian Alpine scenery.

Take your time to discover some of Munich’s highlights and hidden treasures. Don’t miss highlights such as Maximilianstrasse, the Residenz and the Feldherrnhalle.

Address: Munich, Germany

DAY 7: HIKE CHIEMGAU AND TAKE A BOAT TOUR OF KÖNIGSSEE
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Today, you will reach Chiemsee, the pinnacle of south Germany Weather conditions allowing, you will catch fine views of the marvellous Alpine scenery. Chiemsee is the largest lake in Bavaria and by the locals called the “Bavarian Sea”. In the afternoon, you will continue your trip to Salzburg. The magnificent Baroque city is world-famous for its great musical tradition. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart spent his childhood and youth there. You will go on a walking tour that takes you through Getreidegasse, where Mozart was born in 1756. Allow some time for shopping or a lunch break at one of the coffee houses. In the afternoon, you will visit the cathedral before returning to Munich in the evening.

9
Private Driver

10:00 to 11:30

From: Munich
To: Chiemsee

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Chiemsee

11:30 to 15:30
4 hours

You will reach Chiemsee by a one and a half-hour drive 110 kilometres east of Munich. Weather conditions allow you will catch fine views of the marvellous Alpine scenery.

Chiemsee is the largest lake in Bavaria and by the locals called the “Bavarian Sea”. Near Chiemsee, you will go on a leisurely hike to an Alpinecottage.

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Address: Chiemsee, Germany

9
Private Driver

15:30 to 16:15

From: Chiemsee
To: Salzburg

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Salzburg

16:15 to 19:00
2 hours 45 minutes

Salzburg is one-of-a-kind in every way. Anyone who has experienced the enchantment of the world-famous Mozart City will never be able to shake it off. The beautiful combination of nature and architecture, art and culture, old and modern, all within a surprisingly small space, just adds to this place’s unique attractiveness.

The magnificent Baroque city is world-famous for its great musical tradition. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart spent his childhood and youth there. Salzburg is also the setting for “The Sound of Music.” This baroque city’s small streets and large squares have earned a spot on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Salzburg is a full piece of art in its own right, with the globally recognized Salzburg Festival, the stunning panorama, and the myriad temptations of Christmastime. During your free time in this city, you will take part in a leisurely walking tour that takes you through Getreidegasse, where Mozart was born in 1756. You should allow some time for shopping or a lunch break at one of the coffee houses.

Address: Salzburg, Austria

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Salzburg Cathedral

16:45 to 17:45
1 hour

Salzburg’s cathedral is the most important religious structure among the city’s many churches. Its gigantic dome and two towers create its own individual and totally magnificent imprint on the metropolitan skyline. A deeper examination of the cathedral shows a plethora of surprising and intriguing elements.

Salzburg’s cathedral is unquestionably the city’s focal point. There’s a lot to see here, including the baptismal font, the crypt, the artwork “Vanitas,” and the chest housing relics of Saints Rupert and Virgil. Furthermore, several mysteries are linked to the seven bells and the three entrance portals. If you look closely, you can see 370-year-old graffiti carved into the marble entryway.

Address: Domplatz 1a, 5020 Salzburg, Austria

9
Private Driver

19:00 to 21:30

From: Salzburg
To: Munich

DAY 8: VISIT HEIDELBERG
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After lunch, you will head north again and will arrive in Heidelberg in the early afternoon. The city of Heidelberg is known worldwide for its old university and castle, for five hundred years the residence of the Prince-Electors of the Palatinate. You will be enchanted both by its medieval character and modern lifestyle in the city. Heidelberg is a great place to explore the past and the present times and learn about German culture. Late in the afternoon, you will be transferred to Frankfurt for your last night.

9
Private Driver

10:00 to 14:00

From: Munich
To: Heidelberg

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Novotel Frankfurt City

14:00 check-in
10:00 check-out (Day 9)
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Set in the financial district, this modern conference hotel is a five-minute walk from Frankfurt West train station and a ten-minute walk from Festhalle Messe Frankfurt event centre.

The airy rooms have free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and pull-out sofas, as well as desks and tea and coffee making facilities. Upgraded rooms have free room service and some have espresso machines.

The property has a restaurant with a terrace, a retro-style bar and a kids’ play area. There’s a gym and a sauna, plus 11 meeting rooms and a parking area.

Address: Novotel Frankfurt City, Lise-Meitner-Straße, Frankfurt, Germany

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Heidelberg

14:00 to 17:00
3 hours

Heidelberg is a city worth falling in love with: the beautiful, romantic backdrop surrounding the Old Bridge and the castle, an unrivalled selection of culture and entertainment wherever you go, and hearty but exquisite food. All of this is tucked between the Neckar River and the Odenwald forest’s slopes.

When visiting Heidelberg, it’s simple to see why travellers head straight for the castle, which sits atop a hill 70 meters above the Neckar River. It is one of the most magnificent views in Germany, along with the Old Bridge. It’s worth taking a guided tour of the town if only to learn about the history of this great castle that has seen a lot in the last 700 years.

The Marktplatz plaza, located in the heart of the Old Town, is home to one of Heidelberg’s many lovely fountains, majestic period residences, cafés, and even more charming tiny businesses. Not to mention the well-known Holy Spirit Church.

It’s only a short walk from here to the Kornmarkt, which many consider being the city’s most attractive plaza. Along with the Electors, it is the scholars who have developed Heidelberg’s intellectual and cultural concepts over the ages. The institution is the oldest on German territory and has historically drawn the brightest intellectual thinkers to the city.

Address: Heidelberg, Germany

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Heidelberg Castle

15:00 to 16:00
1 hour

Crowning the skyline of the city of Heidelberg and overlooking the Neckar Valley, the magnificent Heidelberg Castle is among the most important Renaissance structures north of the Alps.

Constructed around 1300, the castle was used as regal residence for many years. In the 17th and 19th centuries it was destroyed by lightening leaving it unihbaitable. It wasn’t until recently that the castle was partially rebuilt but is still classed as ruins.

Stading 300 feet above the city, the castle is a breathtaking landmark. Comprised of several buildings surrounding an inner courtyard, the castle has a haphazard look which each building highlighting a different period of German architecture.

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Address: Schlosshof 1, 69117 Heidelberg, Germany

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Private Driver

17:00 to 18:00

From: Heidelberg
To: Frankfurt

DAY 9: DEPARTURE DAY
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Today is your last day on the north vs south Germany trip. You will check out from the hotel and fly to your final destination. Auf wiedersehen!.

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Taxi

10:00 to 10:30

From: Frankfurt
To: Frankfurt Airport

+ optional (not included in price)