12 days in Germany Itinerary

12 days in Germany Itinerary

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Drive
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Nuremberg
— 2 nights
Train
2
Leipzig
— 1 night
Train
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Weimar
— 1 night
Drive
4
Heidelberg
— 1 night
Drive
5
Freiburg im Breisgau
— 1 night
Drive
6
Trier
— 1 night
Drive
7
Bonn
— 1 night
Fly
8
Lubeck
— 1 night
Drive
9
Schwerin
— 1 night
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Nuremberg

— 2 nights

Gingerbread Capital of the World

Nuremberg's historic town center stands in the shadow of a towering imperial castle that dominates its northwestern corner.
On the 23rd (Mon), don't miss a visit to Gockelreiterbrunnen, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Lorenz Church, steep yourself in history at Nuremberg Palace of Justice, steep yourself in history at Reichsparteigelande (Nazi Party Rally Grounds), then examine the collection at Dokumentationszentrum Reichsparteitagsgelände, and finally test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Sebaldus Church, contemplate the long history of Albrecht Durer's House, see the interesting displays at Toy Museum, then don't miss a visit to Altstadt, then explore the historical opulence of Kaiserburg Nurnberg, and finally admire the masterpieces at Germanisches Nationalmuseum.

To see ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Nuremberg driving holiday tool.

Berlin to Nuremberg is an approximately 4-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or fly. In December, daily temperatures in Nuremberg can reach 5°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Leipzig.

Things to do in Nuremberg

Historic Sites · Museums · Fun & Games

Leipzig

— 1 night

Little Paris

Leipzig is not only world-famous for its long tradition of trade fairs, but also for its vibrant music and cultural scenes.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Thomas Church, pause for some photo ops at Neues Bach-Denkmal, appreciate the history behind Volkerschlachtdenkmal, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Nicholas Church (Nikolaikirche), then admire the landmark architecture of Das Chemnitzer Rathaus, and finally appreciate the history behind Statue of Mephisto and Faust.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Leipzig trip itinerary builder website.

You can take a train from Nuremberg to Leipzig in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December in Leipzig, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Weimar.

Things to do in Leipzig

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Weimar

— 1 night

Home to Poets and Philosophers

Weimar more than makes up for its relatively small size with a wealth of historical, cultural, and architectural attractions.
On the 26th (Thu), see the interesting displays at Liszt Haus, make a trip to Haus Hohe Pappeln, then contemplate the long history of Schillers Wohnhaus, then take in nature's colorful creations at Goethes Gartenhaus, and finally take an in-depth tour of Goethe National Museum.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Weimar trip planner.

Take a train from Leipzig to Weimar in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 6°C in December, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Heidelberg.

Things to do in Weimar

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Heidelberg

— 1 night

City of Romanticism

A vibrant university city, Heidelberg is nestled in the picturesque Neckar river valley.
On the 27th (Fri), hike along Philosopher’s Walk, contemplate the long history of Student Jail (Studentenkarzer), then explore the historical opulence of Schloss Heidelberg, then wander the streets of Altstadt (Old Town), and finally snap pictures at Old Bridge (Karl Theodor Bridge).

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Heidelberg road trip planning site.

You can drive from Weimar to Heidelberg in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Freiburg im Breisgau.

Things to do in Heidelberg

Historic Sites · Parks · Trails · Neighborhoods

Freiburg im Breisgau

— 1 night

Capital of the Black Forest

In the heart of a major wine-producing region, Freiburg im Breisgau serves as the primary entry point for tours into the scenic Black Forest mountain range.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): get in on the family fun at Europa-Park, then make a trip to Munsterplatz, and then admire the striking features of Freiburger Münster.

For reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Freiburg im Breisgau day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Heidelberg to Freiburg im Breisgau takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 8°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to drive to Trier.

Things to do in Freiburg im Breisgau

Theme Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Trier

— 1 night

Oldest City in Germany

Trier may be the oldest city in Germany, founded long before the Roman times.
On the 29th (Sun), see the interesting displays at Rhineland Museum (Rheinisches Landesmuseum), take in the awesome beauty at Petrisberg, then explore the ancient world of Porta Nigra, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter's Cathedral (Dom), and finally make a trip to Hauptmarkt.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Trier trip maker.

Getting from Freiburg im Breisgau to Trier by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 5°C in December, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can go by car to Bonn.

Things to do in Trier

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks

Bonn

— 1 night

Little Big Town

The birthplace of Ludwig van Beethoven, Bonn is one of the country's oldest cities.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): stroll around Rheinaue, revel in the low prices at HARIBO Fabrikverkauf Factory, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Elisabeth, then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and finally steep yourself in history at Schumannhaus.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Bonn sightseeing planner.

Drive from Trier to Bonn in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December in Bonn, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 3°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Lubeck.

Things to do in Bonn

Parks · Shopping · Fun & Games · Historic Sites

Lubeck

— 1 night

City of Seven Spires

Lubeck is the only northern German city with a largely intact medieval old town comparable to sites farther south.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Petri zu Lubeck, see the interesting displays at Holstentor, then take a stroll through Lubeck Altstadt (Lubeck Oldtown), then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Marienkirche, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Marien in Lubeck.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Lubeck trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Bonn to Lubeck in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in December, and nighttime lows around 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Schwerin.

Things to do in Lubeck

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums

Schwerin

— 1 night
Schwerin is the capital and second-largest city of the northern German state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): explore the engaging exhibits at Freilichtmuseum fur Volkskunde Schwerin-Muess, then step into the grandiose world of Schwerin Castle (Schweriner Schloss), and then pause for some photo ops at Skulpturen "Obotrit mit Pferd".

To see maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Schwerin trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Lubeck to Schwerin takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 6°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Schwerin

Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums
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Germany travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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