17 days in Germany Itinerary

17 days in Germany Itinerary

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Fly
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Hamburg
— 2 nights
Train
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Berlin
— 3 nights
Drive
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Dresden
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nuremberg
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Munich
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rothenburg
— 2 nights
Drive
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Trier
— 3 nights
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Hamburg

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Hauptkirche St. Jacobi, examine the collection at Dialog in Silence, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hauptkirche St. Katharinen, then stop by Deichstrasse, and finally enjoy the sea views from Moorwerder Leuchtturm. On your second day here, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Petri Kirche, see the interesting displays at Deutsches Zollmuseum, then see the interesting displays at Kaffeemuseum-Burg, then examine the collection at The Art Of The Brick, and finally see the interesting displays at Automuseum PROTOTYP.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Hamburg day trip planning website.

Porto, Portugal to Hamburg is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Porto to Hamburg due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Porto in September; daily highs in Hamburg reach 22°C and lows reach 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can take a train to Berlin.

Things to do in Hamburg

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Berlin

— 3 nights

Athens of the Spree

The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Franzoesischer Dom and St. Mary's Church will appeal to history buffs. Step off the beaten path and head to Allied Museum (Alliierten Museum) and Lutherhalle/Lutherhaus. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Berlin: Wittenberg (Castle Church & Stadtkirche) and Potsdam (Marmorpalais & St. Peter Und Paul Kirche). There's still lots to do: stop by Savignyplatz, take a stroll through Kreuzberg, see the interesting displays at Helmut Newton Foundation, and admire the landmark architecture of Museum St. Nicholas Church.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Berlin driving holiday planner.

Traveling by train from Hamburg to Berlin takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can drive to Dresden.

Things to do in Berlin

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

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 1st (Thu): see the interesting displays at Sorbisches Museum - Serbski muzej, steep yourself in history at St.-Nikolai Church, then contemplate the long history of Bautzen Memorial (Gedenkstaette Bautzen), and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Der Dom St. Petri zu Bautzen. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Russisch-Orthodoxe Kirche des Heiligen Simeon vom Wunderbaren Berge, stroll the grounds of Alter Judischer Friedhof, take in panoramic vistas at Haus der Kirche - Dreikoenigskirche, take in the spiritual surroundings of Synagoge Dresden, then admire the striking features of Kurlander Palais, and finally contemplate the long history of Sachsisches Standehaus.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Dresden trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Berlin to Dresden takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Dresden are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can go by car to Nuremberg.

Things to do in Dresden

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Nuremberg

— 2 nights

Gingerbread Capital of the World

Nuremberg's historic town center stands in the shadow of a towering imperial castle that dominates its northwestern corner.
On the 3rd (Sat), contemplate the long history of Unschlittplatz, steep yourself in history at Hangman's Bridge, get engrossed in the history at Henkerhaus, then make a trip to Stadt Nürnberg - Rathaus, then head outdoors with Barockgarten-Hesperidengarten Nurnberg, and finally get to know the fascinating history of City Walls of Nuremberg. On your second day here, steep yourself in history at Nassauer Haus, admire the local landmark of Tugendbrunnen, contemplate the long history of Elisabethkirche, don't miss a visit to Spittlertor, then pause for some serene contemplation at ST. JAKOB, and finally contemplate the long history of Weisser Turm.

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Getting from Dresden to Nuremberg by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or fly. In October in Nuremberg, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Munich.

Things to do in Nuremberg

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors

Munich

— 2 nights

Village of a Million People

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.
On the 5th (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Heiliggeistkirche, see the interesting displays at German Hunting and Fishing Museum, make a trip to Fassade des Hirmer Stammhauses, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Kreuzkapelle, and finally make a trip to Mariensaule. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the world behind art at Staatliche Antikensammlung, explore the historical opulence of Dachau Palace, then examine the collection at Deutsches Museum Flugwerft Schleissheim, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St.Barbara Kirche, and finally get engrossed in the history at Jewish Museum Munich (Judisches Museum Munchen).

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Munich trip itinerary site.

Getting from Nuremberg to Munich by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Rothenburg.

Things to do in Munich

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Rothenburg

— 2 nights

Medieval Heart of Germany

An old imperial city, Rothenburg is the main tourist stop on the scenic Romantic Road of Bavaria.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): make a trip to Kobolzeller Tor, get engrossed in the history at Reichsstadtmuseum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Franziskanerkirche, steep yourself in history at Burgtorturm, then don't miss a visit to Herrnbrunnen, and finally see the interesting displays at Historiengewölbe mit Staatsverlies - Museum zur Stadtgeschichte in Rothenburg o.d.T.. On the next day, steep yourself in history at Markusturm and Buttelhaus, take an in-depth tour of Alt-Rothenburger Handwerkerhaus, then don't miss a visit to Klingentor, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Wolfgang's Church, and finally contemplate the long history of Rodertor.

To find reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Rothenburg trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Munich to Rothenburg takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in October, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Trier.

Things to do in Rothenburg

Historic Sites · Museums

Trier

— 3 nights

Oldest City in Germany

Trier may be the oldest city in Germany, founded long before the Roman times.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Loewen Apotheke and Burgruine Winneburg. Discover out-of-the-way places like Former Imperial Post and Winery Walter J. Oster. Change things up with these side-trips from Trier: Winemaker J. Koll & Cie. (in Cochem) and Karmeliterkirche St. Josef (in Beilstein). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Jesuitenkirche, explore the engaging exhibits at Spielzeugmuseum, steep yourself in history at Thermen am Viehmarkt, and appreciate the history behind Karl-Marx-Statue.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Trier attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Rothenburg to Trier takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. In October, daily temperatures in Trier can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Trier

Historic Sites · Wineries · Museums · Childrens Museums

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.