21 days in Germany Itinerary

21 days in Germany Itinerary

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21 days in Germany Itinerary

Start: Lethbridge
Fly + Drive:  15​h 30​min
1
Heidelberg
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Hamburg
— 4 nights
train:  4​h 15​min
3
Dresden
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Nuremberg
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Berchtesgaden
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Ettal
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
7
Rothenburg
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Lethbridge

3
nights
Heidelberg

Heidelberg ©
A vibrant university city, Heidelberg is nestled in the picturesque Neckar river valley.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Schloss Heidelberg and Carl Theodor Old Bridge (Alte Brucke). Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Porta Nigra and Burg Eltz. Change things up with these side-trips from Heidelberg: Heimburg (in Niederheimbach), Trier (St. Peter's Cathedral (Dom) & Hauptmarkt) and Reichsburg Cochem (in Cochem). The adventure continues: make a trip to Altstadt (Old Town), admire the striking features of Munsterplatz, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Freiburger Münster.

For reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Heidelberg attractions planner .

Lethbridge, Canada to Heidelberg is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Central European Time, which is usually an 8 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Heidelberg when traveling from Lethbridge in September, with lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel to Hamburg.

Things to do in Heidelberg

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Trier, Freiburg im Breisgau, Reichsburg Cochem, Burg Eltz, Heimburg
Highlights from your plan
Schloss Heidelberg ©
Schloss Heidelberg
Burg Eltz ©
Burg Eltz
Reichsburg Cochem ©
Reichsburg Cochem

4
nights
Hamburg

Hamburg ©
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Hauptkirche St. Michaelis and Historische Altstadt. Get some historical perspective at Schwerin Castle (Schweriner Schloss) and Marienkirche. Explore Hamburg's surroundings by going to Lubeck (Holstentor & Lubeck Altstadt (Lubeck Oldtown)). There's much more to do: make a trip to Alster, appreciate the extensive heritage of Speicherstadt, steep yourself in history at Alter Elbtunnel, and explore the activities along Port of Hamburg.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Hamburg trip builder tool .

Traveling by flight from Heidelberg to Hamburg takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. September in Hamburg sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Dresden.

Things to do in Hamburg

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Nature

Side Trips

Lubeck, Historische Altstadt, Schwerin Castle (Schweriner Schloss)
Highlights from your plan
Hauptkirche St. Michaelis ©
Hauptkirche St. Michaelis
Schwerin Castle (Schweriner Schloss) ©
Lubeck Altstadt (Lubeck Oldtown) ©
Lubeck Altstadt (Lubeck Oldtown)

3
nights
Dresden

Dresden ©
Dresden boasts a long history as a royal residence of many Saxon kings.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Frauenkirche and Koenigstein Fortress. Your inner history buff will appreciate St. Nicholas Church (Nikolaikirche) and St. Thomas Church (Thomaskirche). Change things up with a short trip to Volkerschlachtdenkmal in Leipzig (about 1h 25 min away). There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Gemaldegalerie Alte Meister, make a trip to Zwinger, and see the interesting displays at Neues Grünes Gewölbe.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Dresden trip builder tool .

Traveling by train from Hamburg to Dresden takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In September, daily temperatures in Dresden can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to drive to Nuremberg.

Things to do in Dresden

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Leipzig, Koenigstein Fortress
Highlights from your plan
Frauenkirche ©
Frauenkirche
Koenigstein Fortress
Koenigstein Fortress
St. Nicholas Church (Nikolaikirche) ©

3
nights
Nuremberg

Nuremberg ©
Nuremberg's historic town center stands in the shadow of a towering imperial castle that dominates its northwestern corner.
Visit Bamberg Altstadt and Bamberg Cathedral for their historical value. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Old Town and Altes Rathaus. Explore Nuremberg's surroundings by going to Hofkirche "Zu Unserer Lieben Frau" (in Neuburg an der Donau) and Cathedral of St Peter's (in Regensburg). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Nuremberg Palace of Justice, pause for some serene contemplation at Frauenkirche, explore the historical opulence of Kaiserburg Nurnberg, and make a trip to St. Lorenz Church.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Nuremberg trip itinerary website .

You can drive from Dresden to Nuremberg in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Nuremberg can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can drive to Berchtesgaden.

Things to do in Nuremberg

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Bamberg, Regensburg, Hofkirche "Zu Unserer Lieben Frau"
Highlights from your plan
Bamberg Cathedral ©
Bamberg Cathedral
Bamberg Altstadt ©
Bamberg Altstadt
Altes Rathaus ©
Altes Rathaus

3
nights
Berchtesgaden

Berchtesgaden ©
Bordered on three sides by Austria, Berchtesgaden is encircled by snow-capped mountain peaks that offer sweeping views of the entire region.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like The Eagle's Nest and Konigssee. Your inner history buff will appreciate Herrenchiemsee New Palace and Sankt Michael. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Berchtesgaden: Stiftskirche (in Laufen) and Pfarrkirche St. Maria (in Herreninsel). And it doesn't end there: gain insight at Dokumentation Obersalzberg, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kirche St. Zeno, and discover the riches below the earth's surface at Berchtesgaden Salt Mines.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Berchtesgaden vacation site .

You can drive from Nuremberg to Berchtesgaden in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and flight. In September, daytime highs in Berchtesgaden are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Ettal.

Things to do in Berchtesgaden

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Herreninsel, Stiftskirche, Kirche St. Zeno, Konigssee, Sankt Michael
Highlights from your plan
The Eagle's Nest ©
The Eagle's Nest
Herrenchiemsee New Palace ©
Herrenchiemsee New Palace
Dokumentation Obersalzberg ©
Dokumentation Obersalzberg

1
night
Ettal

Ettal ©
Ettal is a German municipality in the district of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, in Bavaria.GeographyEttal is situated in the Oberland area in the Graswangtal between the Loisachtal and Ammertal, approx. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): explore the historical opulence of Schloss Linderhof and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ettal Abbey.

For maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Ettal day trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Berchtesgaden to Ettal takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. September in Ettal sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Rothenburg.

Things to do in Ettal

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Schloss Linderhof ©
Schloss Linderhof
Ettal Abbey ©
Ettal Abbey

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 30th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Medieval Crime Museum (Mittelalterliches Kriminalmuseum), take a stroll through Vieille Ville, steep yourself in history at Town Walls, then get a sense of history and politics at Stadt Rothenburg ob der Tauber, and finally explore the historical opulence of Würzburg Residence. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Tue): don't miss a visit to Das Plonlein and then take in the views from Alte Mainbruecke.

Start your trip to Rothenburg by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Ettal to Rothenburg takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. In September, daily temperatures in Rothenburg can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rothenburg

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Wurzburg
Highlights from your plan
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Town Walls ©
Town Walls
Würzburg Residence ©
Würzburg Residence

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