12 days in Germany Itinerary

12 days in Germany Itinerary

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Fly
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Stuttgart
— 1 day
Drive
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Rothenburg
— 1 night
Drive
3
Munich
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Nuremberg
— 1 night
Drive
5
Dresden
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Berlin
— 3 nights
Train
7
Hamburg
— 2 nights
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Stuttgart

Cradle of the Automobile

Stuttgart spreads across a variety of valleys, parks, and hills--many of them covered by vineyards.
On the 1st (Tue), admire the landmark architecture of Mercedes-Benz Museum, then see the interesting displays at Porsche Museum, and then steep yourself in history at Palace Square.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Stuttgart tour planner.

Dusseldorf to Stuttgart is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. Traveling from Dusseldorf in December, Stuttgart is slightly colder at night with lows of 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can go by car to Rothenburg.

Things to do in Stuttgart

Museums · Historic Sites

1
night
Rothenburg

Medieval Heart of Germany

An old imperial city, Rothenburg is the main tourist stop on the scenic Romantic Road of Bavaria.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): admire the landmark architecture of Marien Apotheke- Jagstheimerhaus, ponder the design of St. Georgs Brunnen, take an in-depth tour of Alt-Rothenburger Handwerkerhaus, make a trip to Klingentor, then steep yourself in history at Gerlachschmiede, and finally don't miss a visit to Kobolzeller Tor.

To see traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Rothenburg itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Stuttgart to Rothenburg in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In December, daytime highs in Rothenburg are 5°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can go by car to Munich.

Things to do in Rothenburg

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

2
nights
Munich

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.
On the 3rd (Thu), don't miss a visit to Fassade des Hirmer Stammhauses, stop by Oberpollinger, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Burgersaalkirche, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Paul's Church, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Heiliggeistkirche.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Munich trip planning tool.

Getting from Rothenburg to Munich by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 5°C in December, and nighttime lows around -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can drive to Nuremberg.

Things to do in Munich

Historic Sites · Shopping

1
night
Nuremberg

Gingerbread Capital of the World

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 4th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Elisabethkirche, make a trip to Weinstadel, then see the interesting displays at Bernstein Museum, then get to know the fascinating history of City Walls of Nuremberg, and finally examine the collection at Historischer Kunstbunker.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Nuremberg trip builder.

Drive from Munich to Nuremberg in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect a daytime high around 5°C in December, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Dresden.

Things to do in Nuremberg

Historic Sites · Museums

2
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Dresden

Florence of the North

Dresden boasts a long history as a royal residence of many Saxon kings.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): learn about all things military at Armoury / Rustkammer, then pause for some serene contemplation at Sankt Martin Kirche, then take some stellar pictures from Winzer Lutz Muller, and finally stop by Tradition & Form. On your second day here, don't miss a visit to Lutherkirche Radebeul, don't miss a visit to Church of Our Lady, Meißen, then admire the landmark architecture of Georgenbau, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Hausmannsturm.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Dresden trip planner.

You can drive from Nuremberg to Dresden in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in December, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to drive to Berlin.

Things to do in Dresden

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums

Side Trips

3
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Berlin

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Classic Remise Berlin and Botanical Garden and Botanical Museum Berlin-Dahlem. There's still lots to do: visit Mitte, admire the masterpieces at Alte Nationalgalerie, get engrossed in the history at Neue Wache, and look for gifts at Rausch Schokoladenhaus.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Berlin trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can drive from Dresden to Berlin in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Hamburg.

Things to do in Berlin

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

2
nights
Hamburg

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Lubecker Weihnachtsmarkt and Seebruecke Niendorf. Change things up with these side-trips from Hamburg: Lubeck (Heiligen-Geist-Hospital & St. Marien in Lubeck). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Bucerius Kunst Forum, make a trip to Alte Post, savor a hot drink at Café Elbgold , and look for gifts at Alsterhaus Hamburg.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Hamburg holiday planner.

Take a train from Berlin to Hamburg in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. December in Hamburg sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of 2°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hamburg

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Germany travel guide

4.5
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.