Route & dates
15 days in Cologne & Amsterdam Itinerary
Start: Taipei, Taiwan
Fly + Train: 22h 45min
Cologne, Germany— 4 nights
Drive: 2h 45min
Amsterdam, The Netherlands— 8 nights
End: Taipei, Taiwan
City of Churches
Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.Take a break from the city and head to Rhine Valley and Sechs-Seen-Platte Duisburg. Your inner history buff will appreciate Reichsburg Cochem and Burg Eltz. Venture out of the city with trips to Marksburg Castle (in Braubach), Old Town (Altstadt) (in Dusseldorf) and Genoveva Castle (Genovevaburg) (in Mayen). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Cologne Cathedral, take in the natural beauty of Neptunbad, and explore the world behind art at Wallraf-Richartz Museum.
For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Cologne trip itinerary builder.
Taipei, Taiwan to Cologne is an approximately 23-hour flight. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from Taipei to Cologne due to the time zone difference. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Taipei in June; daily highs in Cologne reach 24°C and lows reach 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Amsterdam.
Things to do in Cologne
Rhine Valley, Eltz Castle, Genoveva Castle (Genovevaburg), Reichsburg Cochem, Altstadt
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Venice of the North
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.Get in touch with nature at Zandvoort aan Zee and Sloepdelen Boat Rental. Your inner history buff will appreciate Anne Frank House and Begijnhof. Change things up with these side-trips from Amsterdam: Frans Hals Museum (in Haarlem) and Mauritshuis (in The Hague). There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, hunt for treasures at Albert Cuyp Market, wander the streets of Leidseplein, and get a taste of the local shopping with De Negen Straatjes.
To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Amsterdam holiday planner.
Getting from Cologne to Amsterdam by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. In July, daily temperatures in Amsterdam can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can travel back home.
Things to do in Amsterdam
Zandvoort aan Zee, The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery, Frans Hals Museum
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