15 days in Germany Itinerary

15 days in Germany Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Germany travel route maker

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Fly
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Hamburg
— 1 night
Train
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Berlin
— 3 nights
Drive
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Dresden
— 1 night
Drive
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Nuremberg
— 1 night
Drive
5
Rothenburg
— 1 night
Drive
6
Munich
— 2 nights
Drive
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Schwangau
— 2 nights
Drive
8
Trier
— 2 nights
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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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Mon): get to know the fascinating history of Speicherstadt and then see the interesting displays at Miniatur Wunderland. On the 12th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get to know the fascinating history of Alter Elbtunnel, contemplate the waterfront views at Port of Hamburg, take a leisurely stroll along Harbor Piers, then admire the landmark architecture of St. Michael's Church, and finally don't miss a visit to Townhall.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Hamburg trip builder.

San Diego, USA to Hamburg is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is 9 hours. Traveling from San Diego in April, expect nights in Hamburg to be colder, around 38°F, while days are little chillier, around 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Berlin.

Things to do in Hamburg

Museums · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Berlin

— 3 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Charlottenburg Palace and Pergamonmuseum. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church and Victory Column (Siegessaule). There's still lots to do: pause for some photo ops at Brandenburg Gate, examine the collection at Topography of Terror, steep yourself in history at Memorial of the Berlin Wall, and don't miss a visit to Mauermuseum - Museum Haus am Checkpoint Charlie.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Berlin trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Hamburg to Berlin takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can drive to Dresden.

Things to do in Berlin

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Dresden

— 1 night

Florence of the North

Dresden boasts a long history as a royal residence of many Saxon kings.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): make a trip to The Dresden Zwinger, then pause for some serene contemplation at Frauenkirche Dresden, and then see the interesting displays at Neues Grünes Gewölbe.

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You can drive from Berlin to Dresden in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Dresden can reach 56°F, while at night they dip to 40°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Nuremberg.

Things to do in Dresden

Museums · Historic Sites

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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sun): explore the world behind art at Germanisches Nationalmuseum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Lorenz Church, step into the grandiose world of Kaiserburg Nurnberg, then see the interesting displays at Dokumentationszentrum Reichsparteitagsgelände, and finally steep yourself in history at Reichsparteigelande (Nazi Party Rally Grounds).

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Nuremberg trip builder site.

Traveling by car from Dresden to Nuremberg takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. April in Nuremberg sees daily highs of 59°F and lows of 38°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to drive to Rothenburg.

Things to do in Nuremberg

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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Jacob's Church (St. Jakobskirche), take a stroll through Altstadt, steep yourself in history at Siebers Tower, then steep yourself in history at Town Walls, then contemplate the long history of Gerlachschmiede, and finally get a sense of history and politics at Stadt Rothenburg ob der Tauber.

To see more things to do and tourist information, read Rothenburg trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Nuremberg to Rothenburg takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. April in Rothenburg sees daily highs of 56°F and lows of 40°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can go by car to Munich.

Things to do in Rothenburg

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Tue): see the interesting displays at BMW Welt, steep yourself in history at Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site, then contemplate the long history of Hubertusbrunnen, and finally don't miss a visit to Marienplatz. On the 20th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter's Church, then contemplate the long history of Nymphenburg Palace, and then explore the world behind art at Alte Pinakothek.

For other places to visit and other tourist information, you can read our Munich trip itinerary planning tool.

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. April in Munich sees daily highs of 57°F and lows of 37°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can drive to Schwangau.

Things to do in Munich

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Schwangau

— 2 nights

Fairy-Tale Village

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 21st (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Koloman, step into the grandiose world of Schloss Hohenschwangau, then step into the grandiose world of Schloss Neuschwanstein, then contemplate the long history of Altstadt von Fuessen, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Benediktinerkloster St. Mang. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Pilgrimage Church of Wies, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ettal Abbey, then step into the grandiose world of Schloss Linderhof, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Kirche St. Georg.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Schwangau driving holiday planner.

Getting from Munich to Schwangau by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 54°F, and evening lows to 36°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Trier.

Things to do in Schwangau

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Trier

— 2 nights

Oldest City in Germany

Trier may be the oldest city in Germany, founded long before the Roman times.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): explore the ancient world of Trier Amphitheater, don't miss a visit to Porta Nigra, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Liebfrauenkirche, Trier, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Domstadt (Cathedral City), then admire the striking features of St. Peter's Cathedral (Dom), and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Konstantinbasilika. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the ancient world of Kaiserthermen and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Gangolf's Church.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Trier planning website.

You can fly from Schwangau to Trier in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 57°F in April, and nighttime lows around 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Trier

Historic Sites

Germany travel guide

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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.