21 days in Germany Itinerary

21 days in Germany Itinerary

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21 days in Germany Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  13​h 15​min
1
Munich
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Schoenau am Koenigssee
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
3
Rothenburg
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Berlin
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Rostock
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Hamburg
— 4 nights
Fly:  13​h 45​min
End: Chicago

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Partnachklamm and Viktualienmarkt. Head to Schack-Galerie and Gallerie Thomasfor some retail therapy. Change things up with these side-trips from Munich: Schloss Linderhof (in Ettal), Schloss Hohenschwangau (in Hohenschwangau) and Zugspitze (in Garmisch-Partenkirchen). Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Nymphenburg Palace, get a taste of the local shopping with Galerie Hegemann, stop by Ingo Maurer Showroom, and admire the striking features of New Town Hall (Neus Rathaus).

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Munich trip itinerary builder tool .

Chicago, USA to Munich is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Chicago to Munich is 7 hours. In June, Munich is slightly colder than Chicago - with highs of 72°F and lows of 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can drive to Schoenau am Koenigssee.

Things to do in Munich

Parks Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Schloss Linderhof, Schloss Hohenschwangau
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Zugspitze ©
Zugspitze
Partnachklamm ©
Partnachklamm
Munich Residenz ©
Munich Residenz

1
night
Schoenau am Koenigssee

Schoenau am Koenigssee ©
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): take some stellar pictures from The Eagle's Nest and then explore the activities along Konigssee.

To see ratings and other tourist information, read Schoenau am Koenigssee holiday builder .

Traveling by car from Munich to Schoenau am Koenigssee takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in June, and nighttime lows around 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Rothenburg.

Things to do in Schoenau am Koenigssee

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

The Eagle's Nest
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Konigssee ©
Konigssee
The Eagle's Nest ©
The Eagle's Nest

3
nights
Rothenburg

Rothenburg ©
An old imperial city, Rothenburg is the main tourist stop on the scenic Romantic Road of Bavaria.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Vieille Ville and Bamberg Altstadt. Museum-lovers will get to explore Marienburg Fortress and Reichsstadtmuseum. Venture out of the city with trips to Bamberg (Bamberg Cathedral & Flussbad Hainbadestelle) and Wurzburg (Würzburg Residence & Alte Mainbruecke). The adventure continues: hunt for treasures at Kathe Wohlfahrt's Christmas Shop, examine the collection at Historiengewölbe mit Staatsverlies - Museum zur Stadtgeschichte in Rothenburg o.d.T., steep yourself in history at Town Walls, and ponder the world of politics at Stadt Rothenburg ob der Tauber.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Rothenburg online trip builder .

You can drive from Schoenau am Koenigssee to Rothenburg in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. In June, daytime highs in Rothenburg are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Berlin.

Things to do in Rothenburg

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Wurzburg, Bamberg
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Altstadt ©
Altstadt
Bamberg Altstadt ©
Bamberg Altstadt
Town Walls ©
Town Walls

5
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.
Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen and Staatliche Museen zu Berlin - Preussicher Kulturbesitz will appeal to museum buffs. Get some cultural insight at Pergamonmuseum and Sammlung Hoffman. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Topographie des Terrors, take in the exciting artwork at Group Global 3000, get a taste of the local shopping with Koenig Galerie, and browse the range of quality goods at Kaufhaus des Westens (KaDeWe).

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Berlin route planning website .

Getting from Rothenburg to Berlin by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can go by car to Rostock.

Things to do in Berlin

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen
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Pergamonmuseum ©
Pergamonmuseum
Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen
Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen
Topography of Terror ©
Topography of Terror

1
night
Rostock

Rostock
Rostock was once one of the primary ports of the powerful Hanseatic League.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): kick back and relax at Strand Warnemunde and then enjoy the sand and surf at Ostseebad Warnemunde.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Rostock travel route builder tool .

Traveling by car from Berlin to Rostock takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. June in Rostock sees daily highs of 69°F and lows of 52°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can go by car to Hamburg.

Things to do in Rostock

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Ostseebad Warnemunde
Ostseebad Warnemunde

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.
Shop till you drop at Elbphilharmonie and Wochenmarkt am Goldbekufer. Step off the beaten path and head to Holstentor and Planten un Blomen. Get out of town with these interesting Hamburg side-trips: Lubeck (Lubeck Altstadt (Lubeck Oldtown) & Travemunde). The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Port of Hamburg, see the interesting displays at Miniatur Wunderland, shop like a local with Red Gallery, and get to know the fascinating history of Speicherstadt.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Hamburg holiday planner.

You can drive from Rostock to Hamburg in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. June in Hamburg sees daily highs of 69°F and lows of 51°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hamburg

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

Lubeck
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 Elbphilharmonie Hamburg
Elbphilharmonie Hamburg
Holstentor ©
Holstentor
Miniatur Wunderland ©
Miniatur Wunderland

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