19 days in Cotswolds, London & Germany Itinerary

19 days in Cotswolds, London & Germany Itinerary

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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
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London, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
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Munich, Germany
— 3 nights
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Nuremberg, Germany
— 2 nights
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Rothenburg, Germany
— 1 night
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Berlin, Germany
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Cheltenham, United Kingdom — 3 nights

Cheltenham, also known as Cheltenham Spa, is a regency spa town and borough which is located on the edge of the Cotswolds, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in Gloucestershire, England. Venture out of the city with trips to The Baobab Tree (in Stow-on-the-Wold), Westonbirt Arboretum (in Tetbury) and The Cotswold Range (in Somerford Keynes). The adventure continues: sample the fine beverages at Cotswolds Distillery, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, step into the grandiose world of Sudeley Castle, and let little ones run wild at Cotswold Clubhouse.

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Sydney, Australia to Cheltenham is an approximately 25-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time, which is usually a -10 hour difference. Traveling from Sydney in December, expect Cheltenham to be cooler, temps between 11°C and 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to London.
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London, United Kingdom — 4 nights

Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
London is known for museums, nightlife, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: enjoy breathtaking views from Coca-Cola London Eye, contemplate the long history of Tower of London, snap pictures at Tower Bridge, and take an in-depth tour of Natural History Museum.

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Getting from Cheltenham to London by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in December, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to fly to Munich.
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Munich, Germany — 3 nights

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.
Munich is known for sightseeing, museums, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Marienplatz, see the interesting displays at Munich Residenz, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael's Church, and explore the world behind art at Alte Pinakothek.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Munich day trip site.

Fly from London to Munich in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of car and train. Traveling from London to Munich, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in January, expect Munich to be a bit cooler, temps between 3°C and -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to drive to Nuremberg.
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Nuremberg, Germany — 2 nights

Nuremberg's historic town center stands in the shadow of a towering imperial castle that dominates its northwestern corner.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): make a trip to Altstadt, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Lorenz Church, step into the grandiose world of Kaiserburg Nurnberg, then see the interesting displays at Toy Museum, then steep yourself in history at Albrecht Durer's House, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Sebaldus Church. On the next day, examine the collection at DB Museum (German Railway Museum), then admire the masterpieces at Germanisches Nationalmuseum, and then examine the collection at Memorium Nuremberg Trials.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Nuremberg online vacation planner.

Drive from Munich to Nuremberg in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Nuremberg are 3°C, while nighttime lows are -2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can go by car to Rothenburg.
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Rothenburg, Germany — 1 night

An old imperial city, Rothenburg is the main tourist stop on the scenic Romantic Road of Bavaria.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): wander the streets of Altstadt, examine the collection at Medieval Crime Museum (Mittelalterliches Kriminalmuseum), then take an in-depth tour of Reichsstadtmuseum, then steep yourself in history at Rodertor, and finally ponder the world of politics at Stadt Rothenburg ob der Tauber.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Rothenburg route builder app.

Traveling by car from Nuremberg to Rothenburg takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 3°C, and evening lows to -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to drive to Berlin.
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Berlin, Germany — 4 nights

The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Berlin is known for sightseeing, museums, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: pause for some photo ops at Brandenburg Gate, see the interesting displays at Topography of Terror, wander the streets of Potsdamer Platz, and don't miss a visit to East Side Gallery.

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You can drive from Rothenburg to Berlin in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll have a few hours on the 12th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling home.
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Cotswolds travel guide

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Gardens · Architectural Buildings · Zoos
Lush rolling hills and picture-perfect villages make Cotswolds one of the most popular leisure spots for locals and passing visitors alike. During the height of the season, the area gets packed with tourists exploring the region’s numerous stately homes, thatched cottages, historic churches, and attractive stone-built villages. The wood trade brought wealth and prosperity to this area centuries ago, and the region still proudly boasts hundreds of notable buildings constructed during the Middle Ages. Within easy striking distance of London and several other urban centers, this wealthy area supports a thriving artisan scene, as well as a strong food culture centered around farmer's markets and numerous organic producers.
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Germany travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Germany is the home of high culture, fine art, classical music, world-class sports, award-winning cuisine--and some of the world's best beers. It's also one of the major economic and political powers of the European continent. One of the founding members of the European Union, Germany is a federation of 16 states. Each boasts its own distinct culture, art, cuisine, regional traditions, and array of things to do. The country is known worldwide for its precision engineering and high-tech products. Equally, though, Germany is admired for its old-world charm and what is locally known as gemutlichkeit (coziness). This is one of the easiest countries in the world to explore, offering an abundance of sightseeing opportunities. German transportation runs with German efficiency. Therefore, getting around the various regions is almost always easy, quick, and pleasant. Visit the cities to explore museums, art galleries, modern restaurants, and trendy shops. Also be sure to venture deeper into the countryside. Here, you can discover ancient castles and bustling little villages. Often in these off-the-beaten-path areas, the main tourist attraction remains the simple hospitality of the friendly locals.
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