15 days in Germany Itinerary

15 days in Germany Itinerary

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15 days in Germany Itinerary

Start: Edmonton
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
Hamburg
— 3 nights
train:  4​h 15​min
2
Dresden
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + bus + train:  5​h
3
Garmisch-Partenkirchen
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
Heidelberg
— 4 nights
Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: Edmonton

3
nights
Hamburg

Hamburg ©
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.
Appreciate the collections at German Emigration Center and Holstentor. Discover out-of-the-way places like St. Michael's Church and Schwerin Castle (Schweriner Schloss). Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hamburg: Historische Altstadt (in Bremen) and Lubeck Altstadt (Lubeck Oldtown) (in Lubeck). There's much more to do: take a stroll through Alster, get a sense of history and politics at Townhall, get to know the fascinating history of Alter Elbtunnel, and contemplate the waterfront views at Port of Hamburg.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Hamburg day trip planning app .

Edmonton, Canada to Hamburg is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Edmonton to Hamburg. In May, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Dresden.

Things to do in Hamburg

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Lubeck, Deutsches Auswandererhaus, Historische Altstadt, Schwerin Castle (Schweriner Schloss)
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Alster ©
Alster
Deutsches Auswandererhaus ©
Deutsches Auswandererhaus
Historische Altstadt ©
Historische Altstadt

3
nights
Dresden

Dresden ©
Dresden boasts a long history as a royal residence of many Saxon kings.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Frauenkirche Dresden and The Dresden Zwinger. Get some cultural insight at Neues Grünes Gewölbe and Gemaldegalerie Alte Meister. Venture out of the city with trips to Leipzig (Volkerschlachtdenkmal, St. Nicholas Church (Nikolaikirche), & more) and Moritzburg (in Halle (Saale)). There's more to do: don't miss a visit to Procession of Princes and admire the striking features of Bruehlsche Terrasse.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Dresden journey planner.

Traveling by train from Hamburg to Dresden takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in May, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to travel to Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

Things to do in Dresden

Historic Sites Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Leipzig, Moritzburg
Highlights from your plan
St. Nicholas Church (Nikolaikirche) ©
Moritzburg ©
Moritzburg
Gemaldegalerie Alte Meister
Gemaldegalerie Alte Meister

3
nights
Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Garmisch-Partenkirchen ©
Nestled within the Bavarian Alps, Garmisch-Partenkirchen offers a classic mountain feel along with world-class winter sports.
Popular historic sites such as Schloss Hohenschwangau and Ettal Abbey are in your itinerary. Discover out-of-the-way places like Zugspitze and Pilgrimage Church of Wies. Change things up with these side-trips from Garmisch-Partenkirchen: Antike Romervilla (in Schwangau), Altstadt von Fuessen (in Fussen) and Andechs Monastery (in Andechs). It doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Partnachklamm and step into the grandiose world of Schloss Linderhof.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Garmisch-Partenkirchen day trip planning tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Dresden to Garmisch-Partenkirchen takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. May in Garmisch-Partenkirchen sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can drive to Heidelberg.

Things to do in Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Ettal, Antike Romervilla, Pilgrimage Church of Wies, Andechs Monastery, Schloss Hohenschwangau
Highlights from your plan
Andechs Monastery ©
Andechs Monastery
Ettal Abbey ©
Ettal Abbey
Pilgrimage Church of Wies ©
Pilgrimage Church of Wies

4
nights
Heidelberg

Heidelberg ©
A vibrant university city, Heidelberg is nestled in the picturesque Neckar river valley.
Explore hidden gems such as Mercedes-Benz Museum and Schloss Heidelberg. Your inner history buff will appreciate Altstadt and St. Peter's Cathedral (Dom). Change things up with these side-trips from Heidelberg: Rothenburg (Town Walls & Medieval Crime Museum (Mittelalterliches Kriminalmuseum)), Porsche Museum (in Stuttgart) and Würzburg Residence (in Wurzburg). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Porta Nigra and explore the historical opulence of Eltz Castle.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Heidelberg trip builder tool .

You can drive from Garmisch-Partenkirchen to Heidelberg in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Garmisch-Partenkirchen in May since evenings lows in Heidelberg dip to 20°C. On the 15th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Heidelberg

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Rothenburg, Trier, Stuttgart, Eltz Castle, Würzburg Residence
Highlights from your plan
Altstadt ©
Altstadt
Eltz Castle ©
Eltz Castle
Porta Nigra ©
Porta Nigra

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