16 days in Germany Itinerary

16 days in Germany Itinerary

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16 days in Germany Itinerary

Start: Istanbul, Turkey
Fly:  4​h
1
Munich
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Rothenburg
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Nuremberg
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Dresden
— 3 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
5
Berlin
— 4 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
6
Hamburg
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Istanbul, Turkey

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.
Munich is known for museums, nature, historic sites, nightlife, and childrens museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Marienplatz, engage your brain at Deutsches Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Frauenkirche, and steep yourself in history at Nymphenburg Palace.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Munich trip maker tool .

Istanbul, Turkey to Munich is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time to Central European Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Istanbul in January, expect nights in Munich to be cooler, around -3°C, while days are slightly colder, around 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can go by car to Rothenburg.

Things to do in Munich

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Deutsches Museum ©
Deutsches Museum
Marienplatz ©
Marienplatz
Nymphenburg Palace ©
Nymphenburg Palace

2
nights
Rothenburg

Rothenburg ©
An old imperial city, Rothenburg is the main tourist stop on the scenic Romantic Road of Bavaria.
On the 19th (Sun), step into the grandiose world of Würzburg Residence, step into the grandiose world of Fortress Marienberg, make a trip to Die Rossmuhle, then take an in-depth tour of Reichsstadtmuseum, then steep yourself in history at Altstadt, and finally ponder the world of politics at Stadt Rothenburg ob der Tauber. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Schmiedgasse, don't miss a visit to Das Plonlein, then steep yourself in history at Town Walls, and finally don't miss a visit to Romantische Strasse.

To find photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Rothenburg vacation maker .

Drive from Munich to Rothenburg in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In January in Rothenburg, expect temperatures between 3°C during the day and -1°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can go by car to Nuremberg.

Things to do in Rothenburg

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Wurzburg
Highlights from your plan
Würzburg Residence ©
Würzburg Residence
Altstadt ©
Altstadt
Stadt Rothenburg ob der Tauber ©
Stadt Rothenburg ob der Tauber

3
nights
Nuremberg

Nuremberg ©
Nuremberg's historic town center stands in the shadow of a towering imperial castle that dominates its northwestern corner.
Nuremberg is known for historic sites, museums, shopping, zoos & aquariums, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at Germanisches Nationalmuseum, examine the collection at Dokumentationszentrum Reichsparteitagsgelände, step into the grandiose world of Kaiserburg Nurnberg, and contemplate the long history of Nuremberg Palace of Justice.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Nuremberg route builder tool .

You can drive from Rothenburg to Nuremberg in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In January, daily temperatures in Nuremberg can reach 3°C, while at night they dip to -2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can go by car to Dresden.

Things to do in Nuremberg

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Germanisches Nationalmuseum ©
Germanisches Nationalmuseum
Kaiserburg Nurnberg ©
Kaiserburg Nurnberg
St. Lorenz Church ©
St. Lorenz Church

3
nights
Dresden

Dresden ©
Dresden boasts a long history as a royal residence of many Saxon kings.
Dresden is known for museums, historic sites, nightlife, fun & games, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at The Dresden Zwinger, pause for some serene contemplation at Frauenkirche Dresden, contemplate the long history of Stallhof, and examine the collection at Museum fur Sachsische Volkskunst mit Puppentheatersammlung.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Dresden route planner .

Getting from Nuremberg to Dresden by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. January in Dresden sees daily highs of 3°C and lows of -1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can take a train to Berlin.

Things to do in Dresden

Historic Sites Museums Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
The Dresden Zwinger ©
The Dresden Zwinger
Albertinum ©
Albertinum
Gemaldegalerie Neue Meister ©
Gemaldegalerie Neue Meister

4
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.
Berlin is known for museums, historic sites, nightlife, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: pause for some photo ops at Brandenburg Gate, admire the masterpieces at Pergamonmuseum, wander the streets of Potsdamer Platz, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Berlin trip planner .

You can take a train from Dresden to Berlin in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Hamburg.

Things to do in Berlin

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Brandenburg Gate ©
Brandenburg Gate
Pergamonmuseum ©
Pergamonmuseum

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Fri): appreciate the extensive heritage of Speicherstadt and then don't miss a visit to Miniatur Wunderland.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Hamburg trip planner .

You can take a train from Berlin to Hamburg in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 3°C in January, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hamburg

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Miniatur Wunderland ©
Miniatur Wunderland
Speicherstadt ©
Speicherstadt

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