13 days in Germany Itinerary

13 days in Germany Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Germany planner

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Fly
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Dusseldorf
— 1 night
Drive
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Essen
— 1 night
Drive
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Dortmund
— 1 night
Drive
4
Frankfurt
— 1 night
Drive
5
Rothenburg
— 1 night
Drive
6
Munich
— 2 nights
Drive
7
Nuremberg
— 1 night
Drive
8
Leipzig
— 1 night
Train
9
Berlin
— 2 nights
Train
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Hamburg
— 1 night
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Dusseldorf

— 1 night

Fashion Capital of Germany

Renowned for its fashion and trade fairs, Dusseldorf offers visitors vibrant nightlife and a wide range of shopping options.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): see the interesting displays at Mahn- und Gedenkstatte.

For photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Dusseldorf travel route planner.

Durham, UK to Dusseldorf is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or do a combination of car and train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Durham to Dusseldorf due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Durham, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Dusseldorf, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Essen.

Things to do in Dusseldorf

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Essen

— 1 night

Shopping City

For centuries one of Germany's major coal and steel centers, Essen offers some of Germany's best shopping, religious sites, and historical atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Tue): admire the sheer force of Botanischer Garten Grugapark, have some family-friendly fun at Hespertalbahn Museumseisenbahn Essen, then don't miss a visit to Folkwang University of the Arts, and finally make a trip to Kruppsiedlung Margarethenhohe.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Essen trip itinerary builder website.

Getting from Dusseldorf to Essen by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can drive to Dortmund.

Things to do in Essen

Parks · Nature · Fun & Games · Museums

Dortmund

— 1 night

Green Metropolis

Though its major passion may be soccer, Dortmund offers visitors more than just historical sports venues.
On the 6th (Wed), don't miss a visit to Marienkirche, then take an in-depth tour of Mahn- und Gedenkstatte Steinwache, then head outdoors with Kletterhalle Bergwerk, and finally play a few rounds at Royal Saint Barbara's Dortmund Golf Club.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Dortmund travel planner.

Traveling by car from Essen to Dortmund takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Dortmund are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can go by car to Frankfurt.

Things to do in Dortmund

Outdoors · Golf · Historic Sites · Museums

Frankfurt

— 1 night

Mainhattan

A global center of finance and transportation, Frankfurt is perhaps best known for its futuristic cityscape.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Thu): explore the world behind art at Liebieghaus, then admire the masterpieces at Stadel Museum, then contemplate the long history of Goethe House, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Liebfrauen - Ort der Stille.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Frankfurt day trip app.

Traveling by car from Dortmund to Frankfurt takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. May in Frankfurt sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Rothenburg.

Things to do in Frankfurt

Museums · Historic Sites

Rothenburg

— 1 night

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 8th (Fri): get a sense of history and politics at Stadt Rothenburg ob der Tauber, contemplate the long history of Town Walls, make a trip to Das Plonlein, look for gifts at Ekuko's Wine & Gift Shop, then take a stroll through Altstadt, and finally see the interesting displays at Medieval Crime Museum (Mittelalterliches Kriminalmuseum).

For maps and tourist information, read Rothenburg trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Frankfurt to Rothenburg takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Frankfurt in May, you will find days in Rothenburg are a bit cooler (19°C), and nights are about the same (9°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to drive to Munich.

Things to do in Rothenburg

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Munich

— 2 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.
On the 9th (Sat), explore the activities along English Garden, then steep yourself in history at Nymphenburg Palace, and then make a trip to Marienplatz. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: engage your brain at Deutsches Museum, then see the interesting displays at Munich Residenz, and then admire the landmark architecture of Frauenkirche.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Munich trip planner.

Traveling by car from Rothenburg to Munich takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, daily temperatures in Munich can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to drive to Nuremberg.

Things to do in Munich

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Parks

Nuremberg

— 1 night

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 11th (Mon), take in nature's colorful creations at Stadtpark, stroll the grounds of Rochusfriedhof, then make a trip to St. Lorenz Church, then explore the historical opulence of Kaiserburg Nurnberg, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of City Walls of Nuremberg.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Nuremberg trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Munich to Nuremberg takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. In May, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Leipzig.

Things to do in Nuremberg

Historic Sites · Parks

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.
On the 12th (Tue), admire the landmark architecture of St. Thomas Church (Thomaskirche), explore the world behind art at Grassi Museum, admire the masterpieces at Museum der Bildenden Kunste, admire the landmark architecture of Das Chemnitzer Rathaus, then get engrossed in the history at Bach Museum, and finally head outdoors with Leipziger Auenwald.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Leipzig online holiday maker.

Getting from Nuremberg to Leipzig by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can take a train to Berlin.

Things to do in Leipzig

Museums · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Berlin

— 2 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.
On the 13th (Wed), get the lay of the land with Walking tours, steep yourself in history at Mauermuseum - Museum Haus am Checkpoint Charlie, then pause for some photo ops at The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, and finally appreciate the history behind Brandenburg Gate. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Thu): make a trip to East Side Gallery, examine the collection at Topography of Terror, then steep yourself in history at Bebelplatz, and finally explore the world behind art at Pergamonmuseum.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Berlin trip planning tool.

Traveling by train from Leipzig to Berlin takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Hamburg.

Things to do in Berlin

Museums · Tours · Historic Sites

Hamburg

— 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.
On the 15th (Fri), admire the masterpieces at Kunsthalle Hamburg and then don't miss a visit to Miniatur Wunderland.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Hamburg trip itinerary builder website.

You can take a train from Berlin to Hamburg in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hamburg

Museums

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.