22 days in Germany Itinerary

22 days in Germany Itinerary

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22 days in Germany Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
Hamburg
— 2 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
2
Berlin
— 4 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
3
Dresden
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Nuremberg
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Rothenburg
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Munich
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Garmisch-Partenkirchen
— 2 nights
Train + Fly:  14​h
End: Chicago

2
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Hauptkirche St. Michaelis and Miniatur Wunderland. Shop till you drop at Elbphilharmonie Hamburg and Red Gallery. When in Hamburg, make a side trip to see Lubeck Altstadt (Lubeck Oldtown) in Lubeck, approximately 1h 05 min away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Port of Hamburg, get a sense of history and politics at Townhall, get a taste of the local shopping with Jungfernstieg, and get to know the fascinating history of Alter Elbtunnel.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Hamburg online route maker .

Chicago, USA to Hamburg is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Chicago to Hamburg due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Chicago in May, things will get little chillier in Hamburg: highs are around 63°F and lows about 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Berlin.

Things to do in Hamburg

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Lubeck Altstadt (Lubeck Oldtown)
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Miniatur Wunderland ©
Miniatur Wunderland
St. Michael's Church ©
St. Michael's Church
Lubeck Altstadt (Lubeck Oldtown) ©
Lubeck Altstadt (Lubeck Oldtown)

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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Staatliche Museen zu Berlin - Preussicher Kulturbesitz and Klassenfeind Gallery. Do some cultural sightseeing at Pergamonmuseum and Charlottenburg Palace. Change things up with a short trip to Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen in Oranienburg (about 46 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Topographie des Terrors, make a trip to East Side Gallery, steep yourself in history at Memorial of the Berlin Wall, and view the masterpieces at Sammlung Hoffman.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Berlin attractions planning website .

Take a train from Hamburg to Berlin in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Dresden.

Things to do in Berlin

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

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

3
nights
Dresden

Dresden ©
Dresden boasts a long history as a royal residence of many Saxon kings.
Neues Grünes Gewölbe and Gemaldegalerie Alte Meister will appeal to museum buffs. Get some cultural insight at Frauenkirche and Gorlitzer Strasse. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Zwinger, view the masterpieces at From Monet to Klimt, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Christuskirche, and admire the striking features of Big courtyard of the Residence / Grosser Schlosshof Dresdner Residenz.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Dresden online trip maker .

You can take a train from Berlin to Dresden in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Dresden can reach 64°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Nuremberg.

Things to do in Dresden

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
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The Dresden Zwinger ©
The Dresden Zwinger
Frauenkirche Dresden ©
Frauenkirche Dresden
Gemaldegalerie Alte Meister
Gemaldegalerie Alte Meister

3
nights
Nuremberg

Nuremberg ©
Nuremberg's historic town center stands in the shadow of a towering imperial castle that dominates its northwestern corner.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Dokumentationszentrum Reichsparteitagsgelände and Old Town. Your inner history buff will appreciate Bamberg Altstadt and Reichsparteigelande (Nazi Party Rally Grounds). Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nuremberg: Cathedral of St Peter's (in Regensburg) and Bamberg (Bamberg Cathedral & Altes Rathaus). There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Kaiserburg Nurnberg, browse the different shops at Ultra Comix, don't miss a visit to St. Lorenz Church, and get engrossed in the history at Germanisches Nationalmuseum.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Nuremberg trip itinerary app .

Traveling by car from Dresden to Nuremberg takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 72°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to drive to Rothenburg.

Things to do in Nuremberg

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Bamberg, Regensburg
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Bamberg Altstadt ©
Bamberg Altstadt
Altes Rathaus ©
Altes Rathaus
Old Town ©
Old Town

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 5th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Reichsstadtmuseum, explore the historical opulence of Würzburg Residence, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Jacob's Church (St. Jakobskirche), then contemplate the long history of Town Walls, then take a stroll through Vieille Ville, and finally examine the collection at Medieval Crime Museum (Mittelalterliches Kriminalmuseum). Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Wallfahrtskirche Mariae Heimsuchung, explore the historical opulence of Marienburg Fortress, snap pictures at Alte Mainbruecke, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Neumuenster, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Kathe Wohlfahrt's Christmas Shop.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Rothenburg trip simple and quick.

Getting from Nuremberg to Rothenburg by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In June, daily temperatures in Rothenburg can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Munich.

Things to do in Rothenburg

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

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

4
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 Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site and Altstadt von Fuessen. You'll explore and learn at Nymphenburg Palace and Schack-Galerie. Explore Munich's surroundings by going to Hohenschwangau (Schloss Neuschwanstein & Schloss Hohenschwangau). Next up on the itinerary: hunt for treasures at Viktualienmarkt, explore the activities along English Garden, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sankt Benno, and get a taste of the local shopping with Gallerie Thomas.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Munich journey website .

Getting from Rothenburg to Munich by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In June, daily temperatures in Munich can reach 72°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to drive to Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

Things to do in Munich

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Altstadt von Fuessen, Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site, Schloss Hohenschwangau, Schloss Neuschwanstein
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Schloss Hohenschwangau ©
Schloss Hohenschwangau
Altstadt von Fuessen ©
Altstadt von Fuessen

2
nights
Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Garmisch-Partenkirchen ©
Nestled within the Bavarian Alps, Garmisch-Partenkirchen offers a classic mountain feel along with world-class winter sports.
On the 11th (Thu), step into the grandiose world of Schloss Linderhof, stop by Toni Baur, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Zugspitze. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Altstadt (Old Town) Mittenwald and then look for all kinds of wild species at Partnachklamm.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Garmisch-Partenkirchen travel route builder tool .

Drive from Munich to Garmisch-Partenkirchen in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In June, daily temperatures in Garmisch-Partenkirchen can reach 75°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Schloss Linderhof, Altstadt (Old Town) Mittenwald, Toni Baur
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Schloss Linderhof ©
Schloss Linderhof
Zugspitze ©
Zugspitze
Partnachklamm ©
Partnachklamm

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