12 days in The Netherlands & Germany Itinerary

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 3 nights
Berlin, Germany
— 3 nights
Fly to Zurich, Train to Konstanz
Konstanz, Germany
— 1 night
Munich, Germany
— 3 nights


Amsterdam, The Netherlands — 3 nights

Venice of the North

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Amsterdam: Haarlem (Sint-Bavokerk (Church of St. Bavo) & Grote Markt). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum, explore the engaging exhibits at NEMO Science Museum, stroll around Vondelpark, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at ARTIS.

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Auckland, New Zealand to Amsterdam is an approximately 26.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from New Zealand Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a -11 hour difference. Traveling from Auckland in June, expect nights in Amsterdam to be about the same, around 13°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Berlin.
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Berlin, Germany — 3 nights

Athens of the Spree

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: appreciate the history behind Brandenburg Gate, steep yourself in history at Charlottenburg Palace, examine the collection at Topography of Terror, and meet the residents at Zoo Berlin.

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Traveling by flight from Amsterdam to Berlin takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can travel to Konstanz.
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Konstanz, Germany — 1 night

City by the Lake

Set on the border with Switzerland and on the shores of the lake of the same name, Konstanz represents both a city of leisure and some of the country’s best education.
On the 21st (Wed), take in the waterfront at Constance Harbour, pause for some photo ops at Imperia, then don't miss a visit to Dreifaltigkeitskirche, then step off the mainland to explore Mainau, and finally make a trip to Konstanzer Munster.

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You can do a combination of flight and train from Berlin to Konstanz in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to drive to Munich.
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Munich, Germany — 3 nights

Village of a Million People

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.
Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael's Church, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, then steep yourself in history at Nymphenburg Palace, then stroll around English Garden, and finally examine the collection at Munich Residenz.

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Getting from Konstanz to Munich by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 13°C. You'll have a few hours on the 24th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.
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The Netherlands travel guide

Low Country
The Netherlands literally means "Low Country", inspired by the country's low and flat geography, where only about 50 percent of the land exceeds one meter (three feet) above sea level. Since the late 16th century, large, flat land areas called "polders" have been reclaimed from the sea and lakes and protected by dikes, amounting to nearly 17 percent of the country's current land mass. The Netherlands is. This is small, densely populated country lies mainly in Western Europe but also includes three islands in the Caribbean; it's the main constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The European part of the Netherlands borders Germany to the east, Belgium to the south, and the North Sea to the northwest, sharing maritime borders with Belgium, the United Kingdom and Germany. Amsterdam, The Hague, and Rotterdam serve as the three largest and most important cities in the Netherlands. Amsterdam is the country's capital, while The Hague holds the Dutch seat of government. The port of Rotterdam claims the title as the largest port in Europe, in fact, it's as large as the next three ports combined.

Germany travel guide

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.