Germany Trip Plan:
German Castles, Churches, and Cathedrals

Germany trip plan: German Castles, Churches, and Cathedrals
Trier Cathedral
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With its hundreds of forts, castles, churches, and cathedrals—many of them amazingly well-preserved and restored—Germany is famous for its rich architectural his tory. We now offer a comprehensive 7-day package especially for those visitors who would love to see as many of these wonderful historic landmarks as possible. From your chosen vacation apartment, set out in your rental car to explore Trier with its Roman gate, the Porta Nigra, the breathtaking Cologne cathedral, and many other great castles and monuments in central and western Germany.




Note: This is a trip plan (self-driving, stay in a vacation apartment, explore on your own)
Duration: 7 days
Recommended Destination Airport: Frankfurt Airport

Trip Plan Details:

With its hundreds of forts, castles, churches, and cathedrals—many of them amazingly well-preserved and restored—Germany is famous for its rich architectural his tory. We now offer a comprehensive 7-day package especially for those visitors who would love to see as many of these wonderful historic landmarks as possible. From your chosen vacation apartment, set out in your rental car to explore Trier with its Roman gate, the Porta Nigra, the breathtaking Cologne cathedral, and many other great castles and monuments in central and western Germany.

Cost Estimate:

We compiled some starting prices and rough estimates to help you better with your Germany trip planning.

Lodging: starting at $700 for 2 persons / 7 days
Admissions: starting at $400 for 2 persons / 0 day
Car Rental: starting at $420 / 7 day
Gas: starting at $400 / 7 days
Estimated Total Cost:2 persons, starting at $1920 / 7 days
 4 persons, starting at $2570 / 7 days
 

Notes: The good thing is that you can change the order of the visits based on your preferences or weather conditions easily. Most of the castles and cathedrals have opening times around the week during season, therefore making changes if needed should be easy. If you have 10 days at your disposal we recommend spending extra time in Frankfurt, Bad Homburg, and Wetzlar to visit more historic sights. You can of course change the order and mix these days in between (in case you've seen enough castles the previous day.)

Travel Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Germany

Day 1: Arrival in Germany[ source: Wikipedia]

  • Arrive in Frankfurt International Airport (FRA)
  • Pick up a rental car (pls. coordinate with your favorite rental car provider.) and drive to your vacation rental apartment. To save even more consider using public transportation, which is excellent in Germany.
  • For each apartment we have detailed maps and driving directions available.
  • Arrive at your home away from home and get settled in the apartment
  • Possibly buy some groceries (see our grocery store list in the appropriate destination guide), and explore the local surroundings by foot.
  • Have a nice dinner (see a list of great restaurant choices listed in our dining guide) Or, consider preparing your own meal in the apartment (see link to our German recipes collection below.)


Day 2: Visit Wetzlar's historic Old Town and Cathedral

Day 2: Visit Wetzlar's historic Old Town and Cathedral
Cathedral Wetzlar
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  • Visit Wetzlar's historic old town
  • A special highlight is the Wetzlar Cathedral (Wetzlarer Dom)
  • Depending on your interest you may want to schedule a local tour guide (they speak English) to provide you with a guided tour (see travel guide for details.)
  • Have lunch or dinner in one of the great restaurant choices available in Wetzlar's historic old town.
  • Stroll through the charming streets of Wetzlar, sit in one of the beer gardens or bistros around Wetzlar's famous Dom (cathedral.)
  • Have an Italian ice cream in one of the recommended ice cafes (see our Wetzlar destination guide.)


Day 3: Explore the Braunfels Castle

Day 3: Explore the Braunfels Castle[ source: Wikipedia]

  • Visit Braunfels and the famous Braunfels castle
  • Depending on your interest you may want to schedule a local tour guide (they speak English) to provide you with a guided tour (see travel guide for details.)
  • Have a great dinner near the Braunfels castle (see list of restaurant choices in our Braunfels destination guide.)

Day 4: Travel to the Rhine river and visit the Rhine castles

Day 4: Travel to the Rhine river and visit the Rhine castles
Castles on Rhine River
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    Drive to a town near the Rhine River (e.g., Rüdesheim, Boppard), park your car, and take a boat tour on the Rhine River. You can enjoy the views from the boat that will take you up and down the Rhine river.
  • There is a large number of castles between Mainz and Bonn along the Rhine river and particularly in the narrow gorge that connects Bingen and Koblenz were the river only has a length of 35 miles. Here you can find the largest cluster of castles in a river valley in the world.
  • In the evening return back to your home away from from home


Day 5: Visit the Cathedral of Cologne

Day 5: Visit the Cathedral of Cologne
Flickr
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  • Enjoy a day in the city of Cologne, visit the cathedral, go shopping and sightseeing
  • Cologne is a 2 hour drive from Waldgirmes or Wetzlar
  • From there in the evening travel to Trier. We recommend to stay there in a local bed & breakfast or hotel for that night.


Day 6: Visit the Porta Nigra in Trier

Day 6: Visit the Porta Nigra in Trier
Porta Nigra Trier
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  • The Porta Nigra in Trier is a large city gate that dates back to the Roman times. It is also the largest city gate north of the Alps. Today it is part of the World Heritage Sites.
  • Spend more time in Trier, visit St. Matthias Abbey Church and Trier Cathedral (St. Peters Dom)
  • Return to your apartment in Waldgirmes or Wetzlar in the evening.


Day 7: Heidelberg, the Romantic Castle

Day 7: Heidelberg, the Romantic Castle
Heidelberg Castle
[ source: Flickr]

  • Schloss Heidelberg is a famous ruin and landmark of Germany located on Heidelbergs hillside, the Königsstuhl.
    Spend some time in Heidelberg, have a great dinner, and return back to your apartment in Wetzlar or Waldgirmes. This concludes your Germany vacation.


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Bingen

Bingen
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Bingen am Rhein (or Bingen or Bingen on the Rhine) is a city located at the junction of the rivers Rhine and Nahe in the district of Mainz-Bingen, in Rhineland-Palatinate in Germany near the city of Mainz. Bingen is a river port and railroad junction,…  [ + ] More Details

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Boppard

Boppard
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Boppard is a town in the Rhein-Hunsrück district, in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. It is situated on the left bank of the Rhine, approx. 25 km south of Koblenz.  [ + ] More Details

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Braunfels

Braunfels
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Even just a simple walk past Braunfels' market place and into the outer rings of the castle walls will amaze you since it takes you back to medieval times.  [ + ] More Details

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Cologne

Cologne
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Founded by the Romans in 38 B.C., Cologne (Köln) lies on the Rhine river, and is the fourth largest city in Germany. Besides visiting the awesome Gothic Cathedral, visitors will want to explore the city’s even older Romanesque churches, as well its…  [ + ] More Details

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Frankfurt

Frankfurt
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Located on the river Main, Frankfurt is the financial capital of Europe and the transportation center of Germany. Frankfurt is the place of residence of the European Central Bank and the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. Furthermore, it hosts some of the world's…  [ + ] More Details

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Heidelberg

Heidelberg
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Situated on the Neckar River and home to approximately 150,000 people, Heidelberg is one of Germany's most popular and picturesque travel destinations. Heidelberg provides both a glimpse at history with its world famous castle, and a look to the future…  [ + ] More Details

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Koblenz

Koblenz

The history and sites of Koblenz, located where the Moselle flows into the Rhine, stretch back to Roman times. No visitor to Koblenz should skip a tour of the Saalburg—the most fully-reconstructed Roman fortress in Germany. Koblenz (Latin (ad) Confluentes,…  [ + ] More Details

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Rüdesheim am Rhein

Rüdesheim am Rhein
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Rüdesheim is a winemaking town in the Rhine Gorge and thereby part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. It lies in the Rheingau-Taunus-Kreis in the Regierungsbezirk of Darmstadt in Hesse, Germany. It is officially known as Rüdesheim am Rhein. It lies…  [ + ] More Details

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Trier

Trier
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Trier, in the Rhineland-Palatinate region of Germany, is the country's oldest city, dating from Roman times. Trier is rich in ruins from the Roman Empire (protected by UNESCO), such as the Porta Nigra gate, the Roman baths (the Kaiserthermen), and a…  [ + ] More Details

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Waldgirmes

Waldgirmes
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Waldgirmes is a small, charming village near Frankfurt in the midst of lush meadows and beautiful forests. It is located in central Hesse, from where all kinds of activities are possible: watch the castles go by on a Rhine river cruise, paddle on a canoe…  [ + ] More Details

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Wetzlar

Wetzlar
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Wetzlar, in central Hesse, features an amazingly well-preserved and restored Old Town (Altstadt), with historic plazas, a 13th century Cathedral (Dom), and scores of historic houses. The tightly woven ensemble of the Altstadt with its half-timbered houses…  [ + ] More Details

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How to maximize your savings and spend less during your Germany vacation?

You can cut down your vacation costs significantly by following these simple rules:

  • Instead of eating out in restaurants most of the time your vacation rental apartment comes with a fully equipped kitchen. By preparing your breakfast and dinner yourself you can save lots of money, but you can also live a more authentic Germany vacation by trying out local foods and recipes. (see some German recipe suggestions.)
  • Use public transportation instead of a rental car. We provide you with links and details on how to get around using public transportation. Check out the corresponding Live Like a German travel guide for more details.

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