17 days in Germany Itinerary

17 days in Germany Itinerary

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17 days in Germany Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  13 h 45 min
1
Berlin
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
2
Dresden
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
3
Munich
— 6 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
4
Rothenburg
— 3 nights
Train + Fly:  15 h 30 min
End: Chicago

3
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.
For shopping fun, head to Die Hackeschen Hoefe or Mall of Berlin. Discover out-of-the-way places like Berlin-Hohenschonhausen Memorial and Potsdam's Gardens. Explore Berlin's surroundings by going to Potsdam (Neues Palais & Sanssouci Palace). There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Pergamonmuseum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, have some family-friendly fun at THE ROOM - Live Escape Game Berlin, and contemplate the long history of Memorial of the Berlin Wall.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Berlin trip itinerary planner.

Chicago, USA to Berlin is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Chicago to Berlin, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can take a train to Dresden.

Things to do in Berlin

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Potsdam
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Die Hackeschen Hoefe ©
Die Hackeschen Hoefe
Neues Palais ©
Neues Palais
Berlin-Hohenschonhausen Memorial ©
Berlin-Hohenschonhausen Memorial

2
nights
Dresden

Dresden
Dresden boasts a long history as a royal residence of many Saxon kings.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): admire the masterpieces at Gemaldegalerie Alte Meister, admire the masterpieces at Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden (Dresden Art Galleries), then contemplate the long history of Stallhof, then pause for some photo ops at Martin Luther Monument, and finally stop by Tradition & Form. On the 23rd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the historical opulence of Fasanenschlosschen Moritzburg, step into the grandiose world of Neurathen Castle, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Schwedenlocher.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Dresden online trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Berlin to Dresden by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 66°F in September, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can travel to Munich.

Things to do in Dresden

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Neurathen Castle, Fasanenschlosschen Moritzburg, Schwedenlocher
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Gemaldegalerie Alte Meister
Gemaldegalerie Alte Meister
Neurathen Castle ©
Neurathen Castle
Fasanenschlosschen Moritzburg
Fasanenschlosschen Moritzburg

6
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Schloss Hohenschwangau and Cathedral of St Peter's. Do some cultural sightseeing at Old Town and Munich Residenz. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Munich: Regensburg (Basilica of the Nativity of Our Lady Regensburg & Basilika St. Emmeram), Pilgrimage Church of Wies (in Steingaden) and Fussen (Altstadt von Fuessen & Hohes Schloss). The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at English Garden, stroll around Theresienwiese, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Heiliggeistkirche, and admire the striking features of St. Peter's Church.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Munich itinerary planning site .

You can fly from Dresden to Munich in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect a daytime high around 66°F in September, and nighttime lows around 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to drive to Rothenburg.

Things to do in Munich

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Regensburg, Fussen, Pilgrimage Church of Wies, Schloss Hohenschwangau
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Old Town ©
Old Town
Schloss Hohenschwangau ©
Schloss Hohenschwangau
Pilgrimage Church of Wies ©
Pilgrimage Church of Wies

3
nights
Rothenburg

Rothenburg ©
An old imperial city, Rothenburg is the main tourist stop on the scenic Romantic Road of Bavaria.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Altstadt and Gerlachschmiede. Get some cultural insight at Würzburg Residence and St. Jacob's Church (St. Jakobskirche). Get out of town with these interesting Rothenburg side-trips: Wurzburg (Neumuenster & Schloss Veitshöchheim). Next up on the itinerary: look for gifts at Kathe Wohlfahrt's Christmas Shop, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Wolfgang's Church, contemplate the long history of Councillors' Tavern, and get a sense of history and politics at Stadt Rothenburg ob der Tauber.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Rothenburg visit planner.

Drive from Munich to Rothenburg in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. September in Rothenburg sees daily highs of 65°F and lows of 50°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rothenburg

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Wurzburg, Schloss und Schlossgarten Weikersheim
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Town Walls ©
Town Walls
Altstadt ©
Altstadt
Würzburg Residence ©
Würzburg Residence

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