15 days in Germany Itinerary

15 days in Germany Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Germany holiday planner

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Garmisch-Partenkirchen
— 2 nights
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Train to Munich, Fly to Hamburg, Train to Rostock
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Rostock
— 4 nights
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Dresden
— 2 nights
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Nuremberg
— 2 nights
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Rothenburg
— 2 nights
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Heidelberg
— 2 nights
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Garmisch-Partenkirchen

— 2 nights
Nestled within the Bavarian Alps, Garmisch-Partenkirchen offers a classic mountain feel along with world-class winter sports.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Schloss Hohenschwangau and Altstadt von Fuessen. Do some cultural sightseeing at Schloss Linderhof and Antike Romervilla. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Garmisch-Partenkirchen: Krippkirche St. Nikolaus (in Fussen), Polizeidienerturm (in Schongau) and Pilgrimage Church of Wies (in Steingaden). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Partnachklamm.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Garmisch-Partenkirchen trip itinerary planning site.

Zurich, Switzerland to Garmisch-Partenkirchen is an approximately 3.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. Traveling from Zurich in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, with lows of -4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel to Rostock.

Things to do in Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Rostock

— 4 nights

Hanseatic City

Rostock was once one of the primary ports of the powerful Hanseatic League.
Relax by the water at Ostseebad Warnemunde and Travemunde. Your inner history buff will appreciate Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen and Schloss Kalkhorst. Change things up with these side-trips from Rostock: Hamburg (St. Michael's Church & Speicherstadt) and Schwerin (Schelfkirche & Schwerin Castle (Schweriner Schloss)). The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nikolaikirche, appreciate the history behind Skulptur "Mowenflug", and contemplate the long history of Rostock University of Music and Theatre.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Rostock tour itinerary app.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Garmisch-Partenkirchen to Rostock takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Garmisch-Partenkirchen in December, Rostock is a bit warmer at night with lows of 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Dresden.

Things to do in Rostock

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Dresden

— 2 nights

Florence of the North

Dresden boasts a long history as a royal residence of many Saxon kings.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): make a trip to The Dresden Zwinger and then admire the masterpieces at Gemaldegalerie Alte Meister. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the landmark architecture of Bruehlsche Terrasse, pause for some serene contemplation at Frauenkirche Dresden, then see the interesting displays at Neues Grünes Gewölbe, and finally don't miss a visit to Procession of Princes.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Dresden road trip website.

Drive from Rostock to Dresden in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in December, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Nuremberg.

Things to do in Dresden

Museums · Historic Sites

Nuremberg

— 2 nights

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 30th (Mon), step into the grandiose world of Kaiserburg Nurnberg, then see the interesting displays at Dokumentationszentrum Reichsparteitagsgelände, and then steep yourself in history at Altes Rathaus. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Lorenz Church, pause for some serene contemplation at Bamberg Cathedral, then contemplate the long history of Bamberg Altstadt, then don't miss a visit to Altstadt, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Frauenkirche.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Nuremberg day trip planner.

You can drive from Dresden to Nuremberg in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly. In December, plan for daily highs up to 5°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Rothenburg.

Things to do in Nuremberg

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Rothenburg

— 2 nights

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 1st (Wed): examine the collection at Alzheimer Haus, step into the grandiose world of Würzburg Residence, then see the interesting displays at Medieval Crime Museum (Mittelalterliches Kriminalmuseum), then take a stroll through Altstadt, and finally steep yourself in history at Town Walls. Here are some ideas for day two: get a sense of history and politics at Stadt Rothenburg ob der Tauber, then look for gifts at Kathe Wohlfahrt's Christmas Shop, then snap pictures at Alte Mainbruecke, and finally step into the grandiose world of Fortress Marienberg.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Rothenburg vacation planner.

Drive from Nuremberg to Rothenburg in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In December in Rothenburg, expect temperatures between 5°C during the day and 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Heidelberg.

Things to do in Rothenburg

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Heidelberg

— 2 nights

City of Romanticism

A vibrant university city, Heidelberg is nestled in the picturesque Neckar river valley.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Anna-Kirche, then explore the historical opulence of Schloss Heidelberg, then stop by Altstadt (Old Town), and finally take in the views from Old Bridge (Karl Theodor Bridge). Keep things going the next day: admire the striking features of St. Stephan's Church (Stephanskirche), walk around Lichtentaler Allee, and then get to know the fascinating history of Fruchthalle.

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You can drive from Rothenburg to Heidelberg in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 3°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Heidelberg

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

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.