16 days in Germany Itinerary

16 days in Germany Itinerary

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16 days in Germany Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  14 h 45 min
1
Munich
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
2
Garmisch-Partenkirchen
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
3
Rothenburg
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Bamberg
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
5
Dresden
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
6
Berlin
— 5 nights
Fly:  16 h 15 min
End: Johannesburg

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 a sense of the local culture at Herrenchiemsee New Palace and Cathedral of St Peter's. Discover out-of-the-way places like Old Town and St. Maria de Victoria Kirche. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Nymphenburg Palace, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and contemplate the waterfront views at English Garden.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Munich trip itinerary planner .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Munich is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from South Africa Standard Time to Central European Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Johannesburg in April; daily highs in Munich reach 16°C and lows reach 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

Things to do in Munich

Historic Sites Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Regensburg, Herrenchiemsee New Palace, St. Maria de Victoria Kirche
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Herrenchiemsee New Palace ©
Herrenchiemsee New Palace
Old Town ©
Old Town
Cathedral of St Peter's ©
Cathedral of St Peter's

2
nights
Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Garmisch-Partenkirchen ©
Nestled within the Bavarian Alps, Garmisch-Partenkirchen offers a classic mountain feel along with world-class winter sports.
On the 19th (Sun), identify plant and animal life at Partnachklamm and then take in the awesome beauty at Zugspitze. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head outdoors with Riessersee, hit the slopes at Garmisch-Classic, get outside with Eckbauerbahn, then fly down the slopes at Partenkiirchner Bergbahen, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Wank Mountain.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Garmisch-Partenkirchen trip site .

Traveling by car from Munich to Garmisch-Partenkirchen takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In April, daytime highs in Garmisch-Partenkirchen are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can go by car to Rothenburg.

Things to do in Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
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Zugspitze ©
Zugspitze
Partnachklamm ©
Partnachklamm
Garmisch-Classic ©
Garmisch-Classic

2
nights
Rothenburg

Rothenburg ©
An old imperial city, Rothenburg is the main tourist stop on the scenic Romantic Road of Bavaria.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): steep yourself in history at Spital Bastion, contemplate the long history of Siebers Tower, take a stroll through Altstadt, see the interesting displays at Historiengewölbe mit Staatsverlies - Museum zur Stadtgeschichte in Rothenburg o.d.T., then get engrossed in the history at Reichsstadtmuseum, and finally steep yourself in history at Town Walls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Franziskanerkirche, make a trip to Klingentor, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Wolfgang's Church, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Herrgottskirche, and finally make a trip to Schloss und Schlossgarten Weikersheim.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Rothenburg road trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Garmisch-Partenkirchen to Rothenburg takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. When traveling from Garmisch-Partenkirchen in April, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Rothenburg: temperatures range from 15°C by day to 5°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Bamberg.

Things to do in Rothenburg

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Schloss und Schlossgarten Weikersheim, Herrgottskirche
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Altstadt ©
Altstadt
Town Walls ©
Town Walls
Schloss und Schlossgarten Weikersheim ©

1
night
Bamberg

Bamberg ©
First mentioned in historical records from the year 902, Bamberg retains today the medieval, old-world charm that has defined its past development.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): admire the landmark architecture of Bamberg HellerHaus, contemplate the long history of Bamberg Altstadt, see the interesting displays at Diocesan Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Kirche St. Maria und St. Theodor, then pause for some serene contemplation at Obere Pfarre Unsere Liebe Frau, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Jakobskirche.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Bamberg trip itinerary site .

You can drive from Rothenburg to Bamberg in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Bamberg can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Dresden.

Things to do in Bamberg

Historic Sites Museums
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Bamberg Altstadt ©
Bamberg Altstadt
Obere Pfarre Unsere Liebe Frau ©
Obere Pfarre Unsere Liebe Frau
Jakobskirche ©
Jakobskirche

2
nights
Dresden

Dresden ©
Dresden boasts a long history as a royal residence of many Saxon kings.
On the 24th (Fri), admire the masterpieces at The Dresden Zwinger, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Holy Cross, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Katholische Hofkirche, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Theaterplatz. On the next day, get engrossed in the history at Transport Museum Dresden, don't miss a visit to Schloss Moritzburg, and then explore the historical opulence of Neurathen Castle.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Dresden holiday planner .

Drive from Bamberg to Dresden in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April in Dresden, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 5°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Berlin.

Things to do in Dresden

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Neurathen Castle, Schloss Moritzburg
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The Dresden Zwinger ©
The Dresden Zwinger
Neurathen Castle ©
Neurathen Castle
Schloss Moritzburg
Schloss Moritzburg

5
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen and Schloss Mirow. Do some cultural sightseeing at THE ROOM - Live Escape Game Berlin and East Side Gallery. When in Berlin, make a side trip to see Müritz Nationalpark in Waren, approximately 1h 50 min away. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Berlin-Hohenschonhausen Memorial, wander the streets of Potsdamer Platz, admire the masterpieces at Pergamonmuseum, and appreciate the history behind Victory Column (Siegessaule).

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Berlin trip itinerary maker site .

You can take a train from Dresden to Berlin in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Berlin

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Schloss Mirow, Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen, Müritz Nationalpark
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Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen
Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen
Berlin-Hohenschonhausen Memorial ©
Berlin-Hohenschonhausen Memorial
East Side Gallery ©
East Side Gallery

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