23 days in Germany Itinerary

23 days in Germany Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Germany sightseeing planner

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Munich
— 4 nights
Drive
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Nuremberg
— 1 night
Drive
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Rothenburg
— 3 nights
Drive
4
Baden-Baden
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Trier
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cologne
— 1 night
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Hamburg
— 2 nights
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Berlin
— 4 nights
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Dresden
— 3 nights
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Munich

— 4 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Munich: Schloss Neuschwanstein (in Schwangau), Schloss Hohenschwangau (in Hohenschwangau) and Maxsteg an der Fussener Klamm-Fall (in Fussen). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Marienplatz, take in panoramic vistas at Frauenkirche, see the interesting displays at Munich Residenz, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael's Church.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Munich day trip tool.

Manama, Bahrain to Munich is an approximately 10-hour flight. Traveling from Manama to Munich, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Manama in October, expect Munich to be much colder, temps between 16°C and 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can go by car to Nuremberg.

Things to do in Munich

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Nuremberg

— 1 night

Gingerbread Capital of the World

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 6th (Wed): make a trip to Ehekarussell, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Lorenz Church, then explore the historical opulence of Kaiserburg Nurnberg, and finally don't miss a visit to Zeppelinfeld.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Nuremberg trip maker tool.

Drive from Munich to Nuremberg in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. In October, daily temperatures in Nuremberg can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Rothenburg.

Things to do in Nuremberg

Tours · Historic Sites

Rothenburg

— 3 nights

Medieval Heart of Germany

An old imperial city, Rothenburg is the main tourist stop on the scenic Romantic Road of Bavaria.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rothenburg: Wurzburg (Fortress Marienberg, Würzburg Residence, &more). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Altstadt, steep yourself in history at Gerlachschmiede, take an in-depth tour of Reichsstadtmuseum, and take in the views from Tauberbrucke.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Rothenburg day trip planning website.

You can drive from Nuremberg to Rothenburg in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. October in Rothenburg sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Baden-Baden.

Things to do in Rothenburg

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Baden-Baden

— 2 nights

Belle Époque Europe's Summer Capital

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.
On the 10th (Sun), take in nature's colorful creations at Rosengarten auf dem Beutig, explore the world behind art at Museum Frieder Burda, then try your luck at Casino Baden-Baden Spielbank, and finally stroll around Lichtentaler Allee. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: delve into the distant past at Hohenbaden Old Castle, take in the awesome beauty at Merkur, then make a trip to MerkurBergbahn, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Geroldsau Waterfall.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Baden-Baden trip itinerary app.

Drive from Rothenburg to Baden-Baden in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In October in Baden-Baden, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can go by car to Trier.

Things to do in Baden-Baden

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Trier

— 2 nights

Oldest City in Germany

Trier may be the oldest city in Germany, founded long before the Roman times.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): admire the landmark architecture of Kurfurstliches Palais, admire the landmark architecture of Konstantinbasilika, admire the striking features of St. Peter's Cathedral (Dom), then browse the eclectic array of goods at Hauptmarkt, then pause for some serene contemplation 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 13th (Wed): appreciate the history behind Mariensaeule, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Paulin-Kirche, then see the interesting displays at Rhineland Museum (Rheinisches Landesmuseum), and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Liebfrauenkirche, Trier.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Trier route planner.

You can drive from Baden-Baden to Trier in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. In October, daytime highs in Trier are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can drive to Cologne.

Things to do in Trier

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Cologne

— 1 night

City of Churches

Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Kolner Frauengeschichtsverein, admire the landmark architecture of Cologne Cathedral, and then admire the masterpieces at Museum Ludwig.

To find more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Cologne trip maker tool.

Traveling by car from Trier to Cologne takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to travel to Hamburg.

Things to do in Cologne

Historic Sites · Museums

Hamburg

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): admire the striking features of Townhall, steep yourself in history at Alter Elbtunnel, and then get to know the resident critters at Tierpark Hagenbeck. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Miniatur Wunderland, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Speicherstadt, and then squeeze the most out of the city with City Tours.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Hamburg attractions app.

Traveling by flight from Cologne to Hamburg takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In October in Hamburg, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can take a train to Berlin.

Things to do in Hamburg

Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Berlin

— 4 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.
Berlin is known for museums, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: pause for some photo ops at Brandenburg Gate, observe the fascinating underwater world at Zoo Berlin, don't miss a visit to East Side Gallery, and get a sense of history and politics at Reichstag Building.

To see where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Berlin vacation builder website.

You can take a train from Hamburg to Berlin in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Dresden.

Things to do in Berlin

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Dresden

— 3 nights

Florence of the North

Dresden boasts a long history as a royal residence of many Saxon kings.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Thu): see the interesting displays at Neues Grünes Gewölbe, then admire the masterpieces at The Dresden Zwinger, and then don't miss a visit to Old Market Square (Altmarkt). Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Procession of Princes, explore the world behind art at Gemaldegalerie Alte Meister, admire the landmark architecture of Bruehlsche Terrasse, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Frauenkirche Dresden, and finally steep yourself in history at Royal Palace (Residenzschloss).

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Dresden journey builder app.

Traveling by car from Berlin to Dresden takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in October, and nighttime lows around 8°C. You will have some time to spend on the 23rd (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Dresden

Museums · Historic Sites

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.