21 days in Germany Itinerary

21 days in Germany Itinerary

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21 days in Germany Itinerary

Start: Madison
Fly:  14 h 15 min
1
Munich
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
2
Baden-Baden
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
3
Trier
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
4
Rothenburg
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
5
Nuremberg
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
6
Dresden
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
7
Berlin
— 4 nights
Fly + Bus:  14 h 45 min
End: Madison

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.
Get outdoors at English Garden and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Discover out-of-the-way places like Viktualienmarkt and Andechs Monastery. Get out of town with these interesting Munich side-trips: Altstadt von Fuessen (in Fussen), Schloss Neuschwanstein (in Schwangau) and Pilgrimage Church of Wies (in Steingaden). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Nymphenburg Palace, see the interesting displays at Munich Residenz, pause for some serene contemplation at Burgersaalkirche, and take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael's Church.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Munich online trip itinerary maker .

Madison, USA to Munich is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. Traveling from Madison to Munich, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Madison in May, you will find days in Munich are a bit cooler (64°F), and nights are about the same (46°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to drive to Baden-Baden.

Things to do in Munich

Historic Sites Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Schloss Neuschwanstein, Altstadt von Fuessen, Pilgrimage Church of Wies, Andechs Monastery
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Nymphenburg Palace ©
Nymphenburg Palace
Pilgrimage Church of Wies ©
Pilgrimage Church of Wies
Altstadt von Fuessen ©
Altstadt von Fuessen

2
nights
Baden-Baden

Baden-Baden ©
Scenically located at the edge of the Black Forest, Baden-Baden offers scenery, culture, and relaxation in addition to a vibrant nightlife and dining scene, specializing in traditional German dishes.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): head outdoors with Panoramaweg, take in the awesome beauty at Merkur, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and finally try your luck at Casino Baden-Baden Spielbank. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: do a tasting at Weingut Schloss Neuweier, then examine the collection at Museum Frieder Burda, and then walk around Lichtentaler Allee.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Baden-Baden trip itinerary builder website .

Getting from Munich to Baden-Baden by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of flight and bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Trier.

Things to do in Baden-Baden

Parks Wineries Spas
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Merkur ©
Merkur
Lichtentaler Allee ©
Lichtentaler Allee
Weingut Schloss Neuweier ©
Weingut Schloss Neuweier

2
nights
Trier

Trier ©
Trier may be the oldest city in Germany, founded long before the Roman times.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sun): take a stroll through Zurlaubener Ufer, admire the landmark architecture of St. Peter's Cathedral (Dom), then hunt for treasures at Hauptmarkt, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Gangolf's Church, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Kornmarkt. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mathias Church, delve into the distant past at Trier Amphitheater, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Liebfrauenkirche, Trier, then learn about winemaking at Weinstube Kesselstatt, and finally delve into the distant past at Kaiserthermen.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Trier trip planner.

Getting from Baden-Baden to Trier by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 64°F, and evening lows to 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can go by car to Rothenburg.

Things to do in Trier

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Wineries
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St. Peter's Cathedral (Dom) ©
St. Peter's Cathedral (Dom)
Hauptmarkt ©
Hauptmarkt
St. Mathias Church ©
St. Mathias Church

3
nights
Rothenburg

Rothenburg ©
An old imperial city, Rothenburg is the main tourist stop on the scenic Romantic Road of Bavaria.
Altstadt and Medieval Crime Museum (Mittelalterliches Kriminalmuseum) are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Town Walls and Spital Bastion will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with a short trip to Würzburg Residence in Wurzburg (about 48 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: stop by Kathe Wohlfahrt's Christmas Shop, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Wolfgang's Church, contemplate the long history of Gerlachschmiede, and snap pictures at Tauberbrucke.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Rothenburg trip builder website .

You can drive from Trier to Rothenburg in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or do a combination of shuttle and train. May in Rothenburg sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 47°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can go by car to Nuremberg.

Things to do in Rothenburg

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trips

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

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 29th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Neue Residenz Bamberg, then see the interesting displays at DB Museum (German Railway Museum), then explore the historical opulence 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: stroll the grounds of Johannisfriedhof Nurnberg, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Elisabethkirche, then look for gifts at Handwerkerhof, then get to know the fascinating history of City Walls of Nuremberg, and finally contemplate the long history of Stadtmauer.

For where to stay, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Nuremberg trip planning website .

You can drive from Rothenburg to Nuremberg in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 64°F in May, and nighttime lows around 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to drive to Dresden.

Things to do in Nuremberg

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Neue Residenz Bamberg
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Kaiserburg Nurnberg ©
Kaiserburg Nurnberg
Neue Residenz Bamberg ©
Neue Residenz Bamberg
Johannisfriedhof Nurnberg ©
Johannisfriedhof Nurnberg

3
nights
Dresden

Dresden ©
Dresden boasts a long history as a royal residence of many Saxon kings.
Get some historical perspective at The Dresden Zwinger and Canaletto Blick. Head to Tradition & Form and Kulturpalast Dresdenfor some retail therapy. Venture out of the city with trips to Elbe Sandstone Mountains (in Bad Schandau) and Obere Schleuse Kirnitschklamm (in Hinterhermsdorf). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Gemaldegalerie Alte Meister, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Katholische Hofkirche, admire the landmark architecture of Big courtyard of the Residence / Grosser Schlosshof Dresdner Residenz, and take an in-depth tour of Stadtmuseum Dresden.

To see reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Dresden online tour planner .

You can drive from Nuremberg to Dresden in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 64°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to take a train to Berlin.

Things to do in Dresden

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Obere Schleuse Kirnitschklamm, Elbe Sandstone Mountains
Highlights from your plan
The Dresden Zwinger ©
The Dresden Zwinger
Gemaldegalerie Alte Meister
Gemaldegalerie Alte Meister
Elbe Sandstone Mountains ©
Elbe Sandstone Mountains

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen and Berlin-Hohenschonhausen Memorial. Discover out-of-the-way places like Die Hackeschen Hoefe and THE ROOM - Live Escape Game Berlin. Change things up with a short trip to Müritz Nationalpark in Waren (about 1h 50 min away). Next up on the itinerary: browse the different shops at Mall of Berlin, pause for some photo ops at Brandenburg Gate, take a stroll through Potsdamer Platz, and shop like a local with Klassenfeind Gallery.

To see maps, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Berlin online trip maker .

Getting from Dresden to Berlin by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Berlin

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Müritz Nationalpark, Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen
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Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen
Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen
Berlin-Hohenschonhausen Memorial ©
Berlin-Hohenschonhausen Memorial
Mitte ©
Mitte

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