18 days in Germany Itinerary

18 days in Germany Itinerary

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18 days in Germany Itinerary

Start: St. John's
Fly:  12​h 15​min
1
Frankfurt
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
2
Berlin
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
3
Nuremberg
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Rothenburg
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Munich
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Cologne
— 3 nights
Fly:  13​h 45​min
End: St. John's

2
nights
Frankfurt

Frankfurt ©
A global center of finance and transportation, Frankfurt is perhaps best known for its futuristic cityscape.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Bad Homburg Palace (Landgraves' Castle & Castle Park), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Liebfrauen, Frankfurt, make a trip to Liebfrauen - Ort der Stille, take in the spiritual surroundings of Old Nicholas Church (Alte Nikolaikirche), then explore the world behind art at Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dreikonigskirche. Keep things going the next day: browse the different shops at Bauernmarkt Konstablerwache, browse the different shops at Galeria Kaufhof Frankfurt An der Hauptwache, then take in the exciting artwork at ARTime Gallery, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of St. Bartholomew (Dom St. Bartholomaus).

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Frankfurt day trip planner .

St. John's, Canada to Frankfurt is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 4 hours traveling from St. John's to Frankfurt. Traveling from St. John's in November, expect a bit warmer with lows of 3°C in Frankfurt. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to travel to Berlin.

Things to do in Frankfurt

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Bad Homburg Palace (Landgraves' Castle & Castle Park)
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Liebfrauen, Frankfurt ©
Liebfrauen, Frankfurt
Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt ©
Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt

2
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen and Kaufhaus des Westens (KaDeWe). Pergamonmuseum and Potsdamer Platz are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Berlin-Hohenschonhausen Memorial, take in the exciting artwork at Klassenfeind Gallery, wander the streets of Mitte, and admire the architecture and history at THE ROOM - Live Escape Game Berlin.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Berlin online tour planner .

Traveling by flight from Frankfurt to Berlin takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can travel to Nuremberg.

Things to do in Berlin

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen
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THE ROOM - Live Escape Game Berlin ©
Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen
Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen
Pergamonmuseum ©
Pergamonmuseum

2
nights
Nuremberg

Nuremberg ©
Nuremberg's historic town center stands in the shadow of a towering imperial castle that dominates its northwestern corner.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Mon): stop by Handwerkerhof, examine the collection at Dokumentationszentrum Reichsparteitagsgelände, make a trip to Tiefer Brunnen, then step into the grandiose world of Kaiserburg Nurnberg, and finally steep yourself in history at Hangman's Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Neue Residenz Bamberg, see the interesting displays at DB Museum (German Railway Museum), and then make a trip to St. Lorenz Church.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Nuremberg road trip planner .

You can fly from Berlin to Nuremberg in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In November in Nuremberg, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 1°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can go by car to Rothenburg.

Things to do in Nuremberg

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Neue Residenz Bamberg
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Kaiserburg Nurnberg ©
Kaiserburg Nurnberg
St. Lorenz Church ©
St. Lorenz Church

2
nights
Rothenburg

Rothenburg ©
An old imperial city, Rothenburg is the main tourist stop on the scenic Romantic Road of Bavaria.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Marienkapelle, then explore the historical opulence of Würzburg Residence, then steep yourself in history at Town Walls, and finally take a stroll through Altstadt. Keep things going the next day: stop by Kathe Wohlfahrt's Christmas Shop, see the interesting displays at Historiengewölbe mit Staatsverlies - Museum zur Stadtgeschichte in Rothenburg o.d.T., contemplate the long history of Burgtor und Burg, then contemplate the long history of Gerlachschmiede, and finally get a sense of history and politics at Stadt Rothenburg ob der Tauber.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Rothenburg trip builder .

Traveling by car from Nuremberg to Rothenburg takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In November, daily temperatures in Rothenburg can reach 8°C, while at night they dip to 2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Munich.

Things to do in Rothenburg

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Wurzburg
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Town Walls ©
Town Walls
Altstadt ©
Altstadt
Würzburg Residence ©
Würzburg Residence

5
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.
Get some cultural insight at Nymphenburg Palace and St. Peter's Church. Step off the beaten path and head to Munich Residenz and Pilgrimage Church of Wies. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Munich: Fussen (Benediktinerkloster St. Mang & Altstadt von Fuessen), Lighthouse and Bavarian Lion Sculpture (in Lindau) and Andechs Monastery (in Andechs). There's much more to do: hunt for treasures at Viktualienmarkt, examine the collection at Deutsches Museum Verkehrszentrum, admire the striking features of Heiliggeistkirche, and admire the masterpieces at Alte Pinakothek.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Munich trip planner .

Traveling by car from Rothenburg to Munich takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in November, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Cologne.

Things to do in Munich

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Fussen, Lighthouse and Bavarian Lion Sculpture, Andechs Monastery, Pilgrimage Church of Wies
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Munich Residenz ©
Munich Residenz
Pilgrimage Church of Wies ©
Pilgrimage Church of Wies
Altstadt von Fuessen ©
Altstadt von Fuessen

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nights
Cologne

Cologne ©
Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): examine the collection at Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum, see the interesting displays at Museum Schnutgen, then examine the collection at Kolumba, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Alt St. Alban. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: delve into the distant past at Praetorium, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sankt Andreas Kirche, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Gross St. Martin, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Maria im Kapitol.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Cologne holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Munich to Cologne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Munich in December, expect a bit warmer with lows of 3°C in Cologne. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cologne

Historic Sites Museums
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Praetorium ©
Praetorium
St. Maria im Kapitol ©
St. Maria im Kapitol
Shrine of the Three Kings ©
Shrine of the Three Kings

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