17 days in Germany & Rio de Janeiro Itinerary

17 days in Germany & Rio de Janeiro Itinerary

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17 days in Germany & Rio de Janeiro Itinerary

Start: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Fly:  17 h 30 min
1
Hamburg, Germany
— 1 day
Train:  1 h 45 min
2
Berlin, Germany
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
3
Munich, Germany
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
4
Nuremberg, Germany
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h
5
Wurzburg, Germany
— 1 night
Train:  2 h 30 min
6
Cologne, Germany
— 1 night
Train + Fly:  16 h
7
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 3 nights
End: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

1
day
Hamburg, Germany

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 29th (Sat): ponder the world of politics at Townhall, then get to know the fascinating history of Alter Elbtunnel, and then examine the collection at Miniatur Wunderland.

To see other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Hamburg online journey maker .

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Hamburg is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Hamburg is 4 hours. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Rio de Janeiro in December: high temperatures in Hamburg hover around 7°C and lows are around 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Berlin.

Things to do in Hamburg

Museums Historic Sites
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Miniatur Wunderland ©
Miniatur Wunderland
Alter Elbtunnel ©
Alter Elbtunnel
Townhall ©
Townhall

3
nights
Berlin, Germany

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: admire the striking features of Reichstag Building, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, appreciate the history behind The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, and don't miss a visit to Mauermuseum - Museum Haus am Checkpoint Charlie.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Berlin online visit planner .

Traveling by train from Hamburg to Berlin takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel to Munich.

Things to do in Berlin

Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums Museums
Highlights from your plan
Brandenburg Gate ©
Brandenburg Gate
Reichstag Building ©
Reichstag Building

3
nights
Munich, Germany

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, parks, nightlife, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Marienplatz, contemplate the waterfront views at English Garden, take in panoramic vistas at Frauenkirche, and explore the world behind art at Alte Pinakothek.

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Traveling by flight from Berlin to Munich takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In January, daytime highs in Munich are 3°C, while nighttime lows are -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Nuremberg.

Things to do in Munich

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

3
nights
Nuremberg, Germany

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 nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the historical opulence of Kaiserburg Nurnberg (Nuremberg Castle), admire the landmark architecture of Germanisches Nationalmuseum, contemplate the long history of Nuremberg Palace of Justice (Justizpalast), and see the interesting displays at Dokumentationszentrum Reichsparteitagsgelände.

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Traveling by train from Munich to Nuremberg takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 3°C, and evening lows to -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Wurzburg.

Things to do in Nuremberg

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

1
night
Wurzburg, Germany

Wurzburg ©
Founded in the 10th century, Wurzburg served as the home of powerful prince-bishops for many centuries.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Schloss Veitshöchheim, step into the grandiose world of Marienburg Fortress, take in the views from Alte Mainbruecke, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Kilian Cathedral, and finally explore the historical opulence of Würzburg Residence.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Wurzburg holiday planning app .

Traveling by train from Nuremberg to Wurzburg takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Wurzburg can reach 4°C, while at night they dip to -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can take a train to Cologne.

Things to do in Wurzburg

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Würzburg Residence ©
Würzburg Residence
Fortress Marienberg ©
Fortress Marienberg
St. Kilian Cathedral ©
St. Kilian Cathedral

1
night
Cologne, Germany

Cologne ©
Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): explore the world behind art at Wallraf-Richartz Museum, then steep yourself in history at Cologne Cathedral, and then explore the world behind art at Museum Ludwig.

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You can take a train from Wurzburg to Cologne in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In January in Cologne, expect temperatures between 6°C during the day and 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Cologne

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Wallraf-Richartz Museum ©
Wallraf-Richartz Museum
Cologne Cathedral ©
Cologne Cathedral
Museum Ludwig ©
Museum Ludwig

3
nights
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio de Janeiro ©
Bustling with samba music and all-night street parties, no city encapsulates the spirit of Brazil better than Rio de Janeiro.
Rio de Janeiro is known for beaches, parks, museums, nature, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: appreciate the history behind Corcovado Christ the Redeemer, kick back and relax at Praia de Ipanema, listen to music at Theatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro, and stroll through Pedra do Arpoador.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Rio de Janeiro trip planning site .

Getting from Cologne to Rio de Janeiro by combination of train and flight takes about 16 hours. Other options: fly. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Brasilia Time (BRT) is minus 4 hours. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Cologne in January; daily highs in Rio de Janeiro reach 37°C and lows reach 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Nature Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer ©
Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema

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