17 days in Germany Itinerary

17 days in Germany Itinerary

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17 days in Germany Itinerary

Start: Tampa, Florida
Fly:  14 h 30 min
1
Hamburg
— 1 night
Drive:  5 h 45 min
2
Trier
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
3
Rothenburg
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
4
Munich
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
5
Nuremberg
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
6
Dresden
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
7
Berlin
— 4 nights
Fly:  14 h 30 min
End: Tampa, Florida

1
night
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.
On the 15th (Mon), get the lay of the land with Walking tours and then admire the landmark architecture of Townhall. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Alter Elbtunnel, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Speicherstadt, and then see the interesting displays at Miniatur Wunderland.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Hamburg trip website.

Tampa, USA to Hamburg is an approximately 14.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Tampa to Hamburg, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. In June, Hamburg is cooler than Tampa - with highs of 69°F and lows of 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to drive to Trier.

Things to do in Hamburg

Museums Historic Sites Tours
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Walking tours
Miniatur Wunderland ©
Miniatur Wunderland
Speicherstadt ©
Speicherstadt

2
nights
Trier

Trier ©
Trier may be the oldest city in Germany, founded long before the Roman times.
On the 17th (Wed), admire the striking features of Konstantinbasilika, get a sense of history and politics at Kurfurstliches Palais, take in the spiritual surroundings of Liebfrauenkirche, Trier, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter's Cathedral (Dom), then make a trip to Hauptmarkt, and finally steep yourself in history at Wallmauer. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Rhineland Museum (Rheinisches Landesmuseum), appreciate the history behind Handwerkerbrunnen, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Domstadt (Cathedral City), then don't miss a visit to Porta Nigra, then stop by Rituals, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Petrisberg.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Trier trip builder website.

Traveling by car from Hamburg to Trier takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and car. In June, daily temperatures in Trier can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can go by car to Rothenburg.

Things to do in Trier

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
Highlights from your plan
St. Peter's Cathedral (Dom) ©
St. Peter's Cathedral (Dom)
Porta Nigra ©
Porta Nigra

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 19th (Fri): take in nature's colorful creations at Furstengarten Marienberg, steep yourself in history at Fortress Marienberg, then step into the grandiose world of Würzburg Residence, then look for gifts at Ekuko's Wine & Gift Shop, and finally wander the streets of Altstadt. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Sat): admire the landmark architecture of St. Jacob's Church (St. Jakobskirche), take in nature's colorful creations at Burggarten, take an in-depth tour of Reichsstadtmuseum, examine the collection at Medieval Crime Museum (Mittelalterliches Kriminalmuseum), then admire the striking features of Die Rossmuhle, and finally contemplate the long history of Town Walls.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Rothenburg driving holiday planning site.

Traveling by car from Trier to Rothenburg takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or do a combination of shuttle and train. In June, daytime highs in Rothenburg are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to drive to Munich.

Things to do in Rothenburg

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Wurzburg
Highlights from your plan
Würzburg Residence ©
Würzburg Residence
Fortress Marienberg ©
Fortress Marienberg
Altstadt ©
Altstadt

3
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, historic sites, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Nymphenburg Palace, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Frauenkirche, stroll around English Garden, and get curious at Deutsches Museum.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Munich trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Rothenburg to Munich in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In June, daily temperatures in Munich can reach 72°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Nuremberg.

Things to do in Munich

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

1
night
Nuremberg

Nuremberg ©
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 24th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Toy Museum, explore the world behind art at Germanisches Nationalmuseum, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Lorenz Church, then explore the historical opulence of Kaiserburg Nurnberg, and finally stroll the grounds of Rochusfriedhof.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Nuremberg trip planner.

You can drive from Munich to Nuremberg in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. In June, daily temperatures in Nuremberg can reach 72°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Dresden.

Things to do in Nuremberg

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Germanisches Nationalmuseum ©
Germanisches Nationalmuseum
Kaiserburg Nurnberg ©
Kaiserburg Nurnberg
Rochusfriedhof ©
Rochusfriedhof

2
nights
Dresden

Dresden ©
Dresden boasts a long history as a royal residence of many Saxon kings.
On the 25th (Thu), explore the world behind art at Albertinum, admire the masterpieces at Gemaldegalerie Alte Meister, and then admire the masterpieces at The Dresden Zwinger. On the 26th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Neues Grünes Gewölbe, explore the historical opulence of Big courtyard of the Residence / Grosser Schlosshof Dresdner Residenz, stop by Gorlitzer Strasse, then make a trip to Frauenkirche Dresden, and finally take an in-depth tour of Gemaldegalerie Neue Meister.

To see photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Dresden day trip planning website.

You can drive from Nuremberg to Dresden in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Dresden are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Berlin.

Things to do in Dresden

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
The Dresden Zwinger ©
The Dresden Zwinger
Albertinum ©
Albertinum
Frauenkirche Dresden ©
Frauenkirche Dresden

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, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Brandenburg Gate, steep yourself in history at East Side Gallery, observe the fascinating underwater world at Zoo Berlin, and see the interesting displays at Topography of Terror.

To find more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Berlin online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by train from Dresden to Berlin takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. On the 30th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Berlin

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Brandenburg Gate ©
Brandenburg Gate
Reichstag Building ©
Reichstag Building

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