36 days in Germany, Tennessee & Benelux Itinerary

36 days in Germany, Tennessee & Benelux Itinerary

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Berlin, Germany
— 5 nights
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Hamburg, Germany
— 1 night
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Cologne, Germany
— 2 nights
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Hinterhermsdorf, Germany
— 3 nights
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Munich, Germany
— 4 nights
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Drive to Memmingen Allgau Airport, Fly to McGhee Tyson Airport, Drive to Gatlinburg
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Gatlinburg, United States
— 4 nights
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 5 nights
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Bruges, Belgium
— 4 nights
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Eeklo, Belgium
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Brussels, Belgium
— 4 nights
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Berlin, Germany — 5 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, observe the fascinating underwater world at Zoo Berlin, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and explore the world behind art at Pergamonmuseum.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Berlin online travel planner.

Chennai, India to Berlin is an approximately 13.5-hour travel. You can also fly. The time zone difference when traveling from Chennai to Berlin is minus 4.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Hamburg.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums
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Hamburg, Germany — 1 night

Gateway to the World

As the country's biggest port and one of the busiest in all of Europe, Hamburg has a well-deserved reputation as Germany's Gateway to the World.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Miniatur Wunderland, then get a sense of history and politics at Hamburg Town Hall, and then squeeze the most out of the city with City Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Mon): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Tierpark Hagenbeck and then take in nature's colorful creations at Planten un Blomen.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Hamburg trip builder website.

You can take a train from Berlin to Hamburg in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. June in Hamburg sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Cologne.
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Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums · Tours
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Cologne, Germany — 2 nights

City of Churches

Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): enjoy breathtaking views from Rheinturm, then pause for some serene contemplation at Cologne Cathedral, and then explore the world behind art at Museum Ludwig. On the 20th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Hohenzollern Bridge and then find something for the whole family at Phantasialand.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Cologne trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by flight from Hamburg to Cologne takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a train. June in Cologne sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Hinterhermsdorf.
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Hinterhermsdorf, Germany — 3 nights

Start off your visit on the 21st (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Parc National de la Suisse Saxonne. On your second day here, make a trip to Burg Stolpen, then brush up on your military savvy at Koenigstein Fortress, then make a trip to Barbarine am Pfaffenstein, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Burg und Kloster Oybin.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Hinterhermsdorf sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Cologne to Hinterhermsdorf in 6.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in June, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to drive to Munich.
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Munich, Germany — 4 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.
Munich is known for sightseeing, museums, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Marienplatz, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael's Church, take in panoramic vistas at Frauenkirche, and admire the masterpieces at Alte Pinakothek.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Munich sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Hinterhermsdorf to Munich in 6 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Gatlinburg.
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Gatlinburg, United States — 4 nights

The Gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains

Nestled in the lush, wooded forests of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg is Tennessee’s premier mountain resort destination.
Change things up with a short trip to River Rafting & Tubing in Hartford (about 42 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: sample the fine beverages at Sugarlands Distilling Company, take in the dramatic natural features at Chimney Tops Trail, appreciate the extensive heritage of Noah Bud Ogle Cabin, and identify plant and animal life at Roaring Fork.

To find out how to plan a trip to Gatlinburg, use our trip itinerary maker.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Munich to Gatlinburg. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a -6 hour difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Munich in June, with highs in Gatlinburg at 35°C and lows at 22°C. You'll set off for Amsterdam on the 1st (Sun).
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands — 5 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.
Amsterdam is known for museums, nightlife, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum, take a stroll through Red Light District, sample the tasty concoctions at Heineken Experience, and explore the engaging exhibits at NEMO Science Museum.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Amsterdam trip itinerary builder.

You can fly from Gatlinburg to Amsterdam in 14 hours. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Gatlinburg to Amsterdam due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Gatlinburg in July, things will get little chillier in Amsterdam: highs are around 26°C and lows about 16°C. On the 7th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Bruges.
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Bruges, Belgium — 4 nights

Venice of the North

The medieval town of Bruges centers around a canal, and the architecture of its historical district has made it a World Heritage Site.
Change things up with these side-trips from Bruges: Ieper (Ypres) (Menin Gate Memorial & In Flanders Fields Museum). There's lots more to do: make a trip to The Markt, see the interesting displays at Friet Museum, admire the masterpieces at Groeningemuseum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica of the Holy Blood.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Bruges trip planner.

Traveling by car from Amsterdam to Bruges takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to drive to Eeklo.
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Eeklo, Belgium — 1 night

Eeklo is a Belgian municipality in the Flemish province of East Flanders. On the 12th (Thu), contemplate the long history of Meetjesland, contemplate the long history of Het Leen, then brush up on your military savvy at Canada Poland War Museum, and finally examine the collection at Stoomcentrum Maldegem.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Eeklo route planner.

You can drive from Bruges to Eeklo in an hour. In July in Eeklo, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to drive to Brussels.
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Brussels, Belgium — 4 nights

Capital of Europe

The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
Brussels is known for historic sites, museums, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Grand Place, get in on the family fun at Mini-Europe, appreciate the history behind Manneken Pis, and see the interesting displays at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM).

To find traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Brussels trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Eeklo to Brussels takes 1.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Brussels can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to fly back home.
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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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Tennessee travel guide

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Distilleries · Specialty Museums · Historic Sites
The Volunteer State
Divided by law, geography, and custom into three major regions, represented by the three stars on state's flag, Tennessee boasts a distinctive musical heritage that includes elements of bluegrass, country-western, and blues. With a countryside as diverse as its people, Tennessee includes landscapes ranging from a mountainous region in the east to the lowlands of the west, with gently rolling hills in the middle. For a well-rounded vacation, you can hike remote mountain trails in the morning and explore the crowded bars of Nashville in the evening. Visit the urban attractions, such as Elvis Presley's former residence in Memphis, but don't miss a chance to spend some time in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, situated in the eastern part of the state.
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