13 days in Germany Itinerary

13 days in Germany Itinerary

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13 days in Germany Itinerary

Start: Chennai
Fly:  12 h 30 min
1
Frankfurt
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
2
Rothenburg
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Munich
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
4
Hohenschwangau
— 4 nights
Train + Fly:  18 h
End: Chennai

3
nights
Frankfurt

Frankfurt
A global center of finance and transportation, Frankfurt is perhaps best known for its futuristic cityscape.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Klassikstadt and Neroberg. Discover out-of-the-way places like Mathematikum and Old Nicholas Church (Alte Nikolaikirche). Venture out of the city with trips to Leica Welt IM Leitz-Park (in Wetzlar) and St. Augustine's Church (in Mainz). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Dialog Museum, admire the masterpieces at Stadel Museum, ponder the design of Fountain of Justice, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of St. Bartholomew (Dom St. Bartholomaus).

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Frankfurt tour itinerary maker .

Chennai, India to Frankfurt is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 4 hours traveling from Chennai to Frankfurt. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Chennai in December: high temperatures in Frankfurt hover around 7°C and lows are around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Rothenburg.

Things to do in Frankfurt

Museums Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Mathematikum, Leica Welt IM Leitz-Park, St. Augustine's Church, Neroberg
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Stadel Museum
Stadel Museum
Neroberg ©
Neroberg

1
night
Rothenburg

Rothenburg ©
An old imperial city, Rothenburg is the main tourist stop on the scenic Romantic Road of Bavaria.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): steep yourself in history at Gerlachschmiede, contemplate the long history of Town Walls, then wander the streets of Altstadt, then steep yourself in history at Siebers Tower, and finally contemplate the long history of Spital Bastion.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Rothenburg tour planner.

You can drive from Frankfurt to Rothenburg in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In January, daily temperatures in Rothenburg can reach 3°C, while at night they dip to -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Munich.

Things to do in Rothenburg

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Town Walls ©
Town Walls
Altstadt ©
Altstadt
Spital Bastion ©
Spital Bastion

2
nights
Munich

Munich ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): contemplate the long history of Nymphenburg Palace, then savor the flavors at Andechs Monastery, and then see the interesting displays at FC Bayern Erlebniswelt. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Deutsches Museum Flugwerft Schleissheim, see the interesting displays at Munich Residenz, and then hunt for treasures at Viktualienmarkt.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Munich road trip site .

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. January in Munich sees daily highs of 3°C and lows of -3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to drive to Hohenschwangau.

Things to do in Munich

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Deutsches Museum Flugwerft Schleissheim, Andechs Monastery
Highlights from your plan
Nymphenburg Palace ©
Nymphenburg Palace
Andechs Monastery ©
Andechs Monastery
Munich Residenz ©
Munich Residenz

4
nights
Hohenschwangau

Hohenschwangau ©
A picturesque village nestled in a green valley on the shores of a lake, Hohenschwangau receives nearly two million visitors every year.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Pilgrimage Church of Wies and Munter-Haus. Schloss Neuschwanstein and Wallfahrtskirche Maria Himmelfahrt will appeal to history buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Hohenschwangau side-trips: Murnau (Maria-Hilf-Kirche & Schokoladenmanufaktur Barbara Kronner), Welfenmünster (in Steingaden) and Reptilienhaus Oberammergau (in Oberammergau). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Alpseebad, take in the awesome beauty at Herzogstand, pause for some serene contemplation at Kirche St. Georg, and take an in-depth tour of Museum of the Bavarian Kings.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Hohenschwangau road trip planner.

You can drive from Munich to Hohenschwangau in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. January in Hohenschwangau sees daily highs of 3°C and lows of -3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Hohenschwangau

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Schwangau, Murnau, Steingaden, Wallfahrtskirche Maria Himmelfahrt, Schoenegger Kaese Alm
Highlights from your plan
Schloss Neuschwanstein ©
Schloss Neuschwanstein
Pilgrimage Church of Wies ©
Pilgrimage Church of Wies
Schloss Hohenschwangau ©
Schloss Hohenschwangau

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