13 days in Germany Itinerary

13 days in Germany Itinerary

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13 days in Germany Itinerary

Start: New York City
Bus + Fly:  12​h 30​min
1
Munich
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Schwangau
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Rothenburg
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
Dresden
— 2 nights
Train:  2​h
5
Berlin
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  11​h 30​min
End: New York City

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.
Get some historical perspective at Nymphenburg Palace and St. Peter's Church. Visiting English Garden and Heidehaus will get you outdoors. And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, make a trip to Marienplatz, and get curious at Deutsches Museum.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Munich online route planner .

New York City, USA to Munich is an approximately 12.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from New York City to Munich. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from New York City in June: high temperatures in Munich hover around 72°F and lows are around 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Schwangau.

Things to do in Munich

Wildlife Tours Parks
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English Garden ©
English Garden
Nymphenburg Palace ©
Nymphenburg Palace
St. Peter's Church ©
St. Peter's Church

1
night
Schwangau

Schwangau ©
An ideal holiday escape from fast-paced urban centers, Schwangau allows visitors to hike, cycle, swim, dance, and dine surrounded by a picture-perfect landscape.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Alpseebad, explore the historical opulence of Schloss Hohenschwangau, then admire the landmark architecture of Schloss Neuschwanstein, and finally steep yourself in history at Altstadt von Fuessen.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Schwangau trip planner.

Traveling by car from Munich to Schwangau takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In June, daytime highs in Schwangau are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Rothenburg.

Things to do in Schwangau

Historic Sites Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Hohenschwangau, Altstadt von Fuessen
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Schloss Neuschwanstein ©
Schloss Neuschwanstein
Schloss Hohenschwangau ©
Schloss Hohenschwangau
Alpseebad ©
Alpseebad

3
nights
Rothenburg

Rothenburg ©
An old imperial city, Rothenburg is the main tourist stop on the scenic Romantic Road of Bavaria.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Altstadt and Gerlachschmiede. Do some cultural sightseeing at Town Walls and Spital Bastion. Change things up with these side-trips from Rothenburg: Wurzburg (Würzburg Residence, Fortress Marienberg, &more). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Siebers Tower, snap pictures at Tauberbrucke, admire the landmark architecture of St. Jacob's Church (St. Jakobskirche), and examine the collection at German Christmas Museum.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Rothenburg road trip site .

Traveling by car from Schwangau to Rothenburg takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 70°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Dresden.

Things to do in Rothenburg

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Wurzburg
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Altstadt ©
Altstadt
Würzburg Residence ©
Würzburg Residence
Fortress Marienberg ©
Fortress Marienberg

2
nights
Dresden

Dresden ©
Dresden boasts a long history as a royal residence of many Saxon kings.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Fri): admire the masterpieces at The Dresden Zwinger, then admire the striking features of Big courtyard of the Residence / Grosser Schlosshof Dresdner Residenz, and then take in the awesome beauty at Elbe Sandstone Mountains. On the 27th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the extensive heritage of Canaletto Blick, then explore the world behind art at Albertinum, then examine the collection at Royal Cabinet of Mathematical and Physical Instruments, and finally wander the streets of Gorlitzer Strasse.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Dresden trip planning website .

You can drive from Rothenburg to Dresden in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. In June, plan for daily highs up to 71°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Berlin.

Things to do in Dresden

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Elbe Sandstone Mountains
Highlights from your plan
Albertinum ©
Albertinum
The Dresden Zwinger ©
The Dresden Zwinger
Canaletto Blick ©
Canaletto Blick

3
nights
Berlin

Berlin ©
The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Your inner history buff will appreciate East Side Gallery and Mauermuseum - Museum Haus am Checkpoint Charlie. Get a sense of the local culture at Pergamonmuseum and THE ROOM - Live Escape Game Berlin. Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Potsdamer Platz, steep yourself in history at Memorial of the Berlin Wall, visit Savignyplatz, and explore the historical opulence of Charlottenburg Palace.

To see more things to do, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Berlin road trip site .

Take a train from Dresden to Berlin in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Berlin

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Brandenburg Gate ©
Brandenburg Gate
Charlottenburg Palace ©
Charlottenburg Palace
East Side Gallery ©
East Side Gallery

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