12 days in Germany Itinerary

12 days in Germany Itinerary

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Cologne
— 2 nights
2
Essen
— 2 nights
3
Kassel
— 2 nights
4
Dresden
— 2 nights
5
Bayreuth
— 3 nights

2
nights
Cologne

Cologne ©
Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
On your second day here, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cologne Cathedral and then see the interesting displays at Chocolate Museum.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Cologne trip planner.

Frankfurt to Cologne is an approximately 2-hour train ride. You can also drive; or fly. In July, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 16°C. You will leave for Essen on the 26th (Sun).

Things to do in Cologne

Historic Sites · Museums
Highlights from your plan
Cologne Cathedral ©
Cologne Cathedral
Chocolate Museum ©
Chocolate Museum

2
nights
Essen

Essen ©
For centuries one of Germany's major coal and steel centers, Essen offers some of Germany's best shopping, religious sites, and historical atmosphere.
Essen is known for historic sites, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex in Essen and admire the striking features of Villa Hugel.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Essen road trip app.

Getting from Cologne to Essen by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Kassel.

Things to do in Essen

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Villa Hugel ©
Villa Hugel

2
nights
Kassel

Kassel ©
Despite suffering total devastation from bombing raids and house-to-house combat during the Second World War, Kassel today has been revitalized as a city of high education, high culture, and the arts.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Schloss Wilhelmshohe.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Kassel trip simple and quick.

Traveling by car from Essen to Kassel takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in July, and nighttime lows around 16°C. On the 30th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Dresden.

Things to do in Kassel

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Schloss Wilhelmshohe ©
Schloss Wilhelmshohe

2
nights
Dresden

Dresden ©
Dresden boasts a long history as a royal residence of many Saxon kings.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Frauenkirche Dresden and then steep yourself in history at The Dresden Zwinger.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Dresden tour builder tool.

Drive from Kassel to Dresden in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. July in Dresden sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Bayreuth.

Things to do in Dresden

Historic Sites · Museums
Highlights from your plan
The Dresden Zwinger ©
The Dresden Zwinger
Frauenkirche Dresden ©
Frauenkirche Dresden

3
nights
Bayreuth

Bayreuth ©
One of Germany’s most prolific centers for the arts, Bayreuth today offers a rich mixture of history, both physical and cultural.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): steep yourself in history at Richard Wagner Museum, see the interesting displays at Franz Liszt Museum, then explore the historical opulence of Hermitage Castle (Altes Schloss Ermitage), then stroll around Eremitage, and finally savor the flavors at Maisel's Bier-Erlebnis-Welt.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Bayreuth tour planner.

Traveling by car from Dresden to Bayreuth takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Bayreuth

Parks · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries
Highlights from your plan
Eremitage ©
Eremitage
Hermitage Castle (Altes Schloss Ermitage) ©
Richard Wagner Museum ©
Richard Wagner Museum

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