17 days in Germany Itinerary

17 days in Germany Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Germany vacation planner

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Fly
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Hamburg
— 3 nights
Drive
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Dresden
— 2 nights
Drive
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Berchtesgaden
— 1 night
Drive
4
Fussen
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Wurzburg
— 3 nights
Drive
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Heidelberg
— 2 nights
Drive
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Trier
— 3 nights
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Hamburg

— 3 nights

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Speicherstadt and Alter Elbtunnel. You'll discover tucked-away gems like St. Michael's Church and St Nikolai Memorial. Explore Hamburg's surroundings by going to Lubeck (Marienkirche, Lubeck Altstadt (Lubeck Oldtown), &more) and Schwerin (Siegessaule & Schwerin Castle (Schweriner Schloss)). There's still lots to do: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, admire the natural beauty at Planten un Blomen, ponder the world of politics at Townhall, and contemplate the waterfront views at Port of Hamburg.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Hamburg trip itinerary planner.

Madrid, Spain to Hamburg is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. When traveling from Madrid in July, plan for much colder days in Hamburg, with highs around 27°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Dresden.

Things to do in Hamburg

Historic Sites · Parks · Tours · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Dresden

— 2 nights

Florence of the North

Dresden boasts a long history as a royal residence of many Saxon kings.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): explore the galleries of The Dresden Zwinger, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Frauenkirche Dresden, and then see the interesting displays at Neues Grünes Gewölbe. On the 20th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get great views at Basteigebiet, explore the historical opulence of Koenigstein Fortress, steep yourself in history at Sachsisches Standehaus, then don't miss a visit to Procession of Princes, and finally admire the striking features of Bruehlsche Terrasse.

For more things to do and more tourist information, you can read our Dresden online road trip planner.

Drive from Hamburg to Dresden in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. July in Dresden sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Berchtesgaden.

Things to do in Dresden

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Berchtesgaden

— 1 night

Germany's Mountain Gem

Bordered on three sides by Austria, Berchtesgaden is encircled by snow-capped mountain peaks that offer sweeping views of the entire region.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Wed): don't miss a visit to The Eagle's Nest, gain insight at Dokumentationszentrum Obersalzberg, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Konigssee.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Berchtesgaden trip planner.

You can drive from Dresden to Berchtesgaden in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. In July, daytime highs in Berchtesgaden are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Fussen.

Things to do in Berchtesgaden

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Fussen

— 2 nights

Southern End of the Romantic Road

Framed by the Alps and set upon a riverbank, the city of Fussen in addition to its historic architecture is the epicenter of Germany’s traditional violin-making industry.
On the 22nd (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ettal Abbey, then step into the grandiose world of Schloss Linderhof, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pilgrimage Church of Wies. On the 23rd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Altstadt von Fuessen, then explore the historical opulence of Schloss Hohenschwangau, then explore the ancient world of Antike Romervilla, and finally fly down the slopes at Zugspitze.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Fussen online road trip planner.

Drive from Berchtesgaden to Fussen in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can go by car to Wurzburg.

Things to do in Fussen

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Wurzburg

— 3 nights

Pearl of the Romantic Road

Founded in the 10th century, Wurzburg served as the home of powerful prince-bishops for many centuries.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Würzburg Residence and Bamberg Altstadt. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Town Walls and Fortress Marienberg. Get out of town with these interesting Wurzburg side-trips: Bamberg (Humsera, Bamberg Cathedral, &more), Neuer Hundheimer-Torturm (in Roettingen) and Rothenburg (Medieval Crime Museum (Mittelalterliches Kriminalmuseum), Altstadt, &more). Next up on the itinerary: snap pictures at Alte Mainbruecke, contemplate the long history of Seinsheimer Schloss, and examine the collection at Alzheimer Haus.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Wurzburg trip maker.

Traveling by car from Fussen to Wurzburg takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In July, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Heidelberg.

Things to do in Wurzburg

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Heidelberg

— 2 nights

City of Romanticism

A vibrant university city, Heidelberg is nestled in the picturesque Neckar river valley.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Pharmacy Museum, explore the historical opulence of Schloss Heidelberg, then contemplate the long history of Old Bridge (Karl Theodor Bridge), and finally take a stroll through Altstadt (Old Town). Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Technik Museum Speyer, then admire the landmark architecture of Speyer Cathedral, and then see the interesting displays at Auto & Technik Museum (Automobile and Technology Museum).

For maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Heidelberg trip planner.

Getting from Wurzburg to Heidelberg by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Wurzburg in July, Heidelberg is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can go by car to Trier.

Things to do in Heidelberg

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Trier

— 3 nights

Oldest City in Germany

Trier may be the oldest city in Germany, founded long before the Roman times.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Porta Nigra and Kurie Zur Eiche. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Reichsburg Cochem and Sankt Michael. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Trier: Eltz Castle (in Wierschem), Nurburgring (in Nuerburg) and Pfarrkirche St. Remaclus (in Cochem). There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of St. Peter's Cathedral (Dom), browse the eclectic array of goods at Hauptmarkt, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Klosterkirche der Barmherzigen Brueder von Maria-Hilf.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Trier trip itinerary planning tool.

Drive from Heidelberg to Trier in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Trier

Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Germany travel guide

4.5
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.