21 days in Germany Itinerary

21 days in Germany Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Germany vacation planner

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Hamburg
— 4 nights
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Berlin
— 3 nights
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Dresden
— 3 nights
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Leipzig
— 3 nights
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Nuremberg
— 3 nights
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Munich
— 3 nights
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Hamburg

— 4 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to An der Obertrave and Michaeliskirche (St. Michaelis) Lueneburg. Your inner history buff will appreciate Alter Kran and Sankt Jakobi Church. Change things up with a short trip to Lubeck Cathedral in Lubeck (about 1h 5 min away). The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Hauptkirche St. Jacobi, find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, admire the natural beauty at Loki Schmidt Garten Botanical Garden, and pause for some photo ops at Beatles-Platz.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Hamburg trip itinerary builder website.

Montreal, Canada to Hamburg is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Montreal to Hamburg. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Montreal in September, with highs in Hamburg at 22°C and lows at 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Berlin.

Things to do in Hamburg

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Adventure

Side Trips

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Neues Palais and Urban Nation. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Schloss Cecilienhof and Olympic Bell Tower. Change things up with a short trip to Neuer Garten in Potsdam (about 40 minutes away). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Gleis 17, Grunewald, get engrossed in the history at German Resistance Memorial Center, explore the galleries of Haus der Wannsee-Konferenz, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary's Church.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Berlin trip planner.

Getting from Hamburg to Berlin by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can drive to Dresden.

Things to do in Berlin

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Dresden

— 3 nights

Florence of the North

Dresden boasts a long history as a royal residence of many Saxon kings.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Fasanenschlosschen Moritzburg and Sankt Martin Kirche. Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Winzer Lutz Muller, see the interesting displays at Gedenkstatte Bautzner Strasse, ponder the design of Keramikbrunnen, and learn about all things military at Armoury / Rustkammer.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Dresden trip itinerary site.

Getting from Berlin to Dresden by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Dresden are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Leipzig.

Things to do in Dresden

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trip

Leipzig

— 3 nights

Little Paris

Leipzig is not only world-famous for its long tradition of trade fairs, but also for its vibrant music and cultural scenes.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Museum im Stasi-Bunker and Peterskirche. Discover out-of-the-way places like Russische Gedachtniskirche and Romanus Haus. There's much more to do: stroll the grounds of Alter Johannisfriedhof, admire the masterpieces at Kunstkraftwerk Leipzig - DIGITAL ART CENTER, enjoy breathtaking views from Aussichtsturm Leipzig, and admire the natural beauty at Botanischer Garten.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Leipzig day trip planner.

Getting from Dresden to Leipzig by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In September in Leipzig, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to drive to Nuremberg.

Things to do in Leipzig

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Nuremberg

— 3 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.
Popular historic sites such as Maria Laeng Kapelle and Elisabethkirche are in your itinerary. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Hangman's Bridge and Kirche Sankt Kassians. Get out of town with these interesting Nuremberg side-trips: Regensburg (Karmelitenkloster Sankt Joseph, Basilika St. Emmeram, &more). And it doesn't end there: get to know the fascinating history of City Walls of Nuremberg, enjoy breathtaking views from Sinwellturm, contemplate the long history of Albrecht Dürer's House, and stroll the grounds of Johannisfriedhof Nurnberg.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Nuremberg attractions site.

Traveling by car from Leipzig to Nuremberg takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September in Nuremberg, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can drive to Munich.

Things to do in Nuremberg

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Munich

— 3 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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Zisterzienserkloster Furstenfeld and St. Maria Himmelfahrt. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Burgersaalkirche and White Rose Monument. Next up on the itinerary: stroll the grounds of Alter Sudfriedhof, step into the grandiose world of Schloss Schleissheim, admire the striking features of Heiliggeistkirche, and pause for some serene contemplation at Ludwigskirche.

To see traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Munich day trip planning 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 September in Munich, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 9°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 21st (Tue) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Munich

Historic Sites · Parks

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.