25 days in Germany Itinerary

25 days in Germany Itinerary

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25 days in Germany Itinerary

Start: Canberra
Fly:  27​h
1
Berlin
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
2
Cologne
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Marburg
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
4
Dresden
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Nuremberg
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Rothenburg
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Heidelberg
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
8
Baden-Baden
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
9
Munich
— 3 nights
Fly:  29​h
End: Canberra

3
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.
Berlin is known for museums, historic sites, nightlife, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Reichstag Building, appreciate the history behind The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, get to know the resident critters at Zoo Berlin, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Berlin planning website .

Canberra, Australia to Berlin is an approximately 27-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. You'll gain 9 hours traveling from Canberra to Berlin due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Cologne.

Things to do in Berlin

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Reichstag Building ©
Reichstag Building
Brandenburg Gate ©
Brandenburg Gate

2
nights
Cologne

Cologne ©
Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
Change things up with these side-trips from Cologne: Bonner Munster (in Bonn), Burg Eltz (in Wierschem) and Reichsburg Cochem (in Cochem). There's much more to do: make a trip to Kolner Dom, explore the world behind art at Museum Ludwig, get in on the family fun at Phantasialand, and take in the views from Hohenzollern Bridge.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Cologne trip itinerary maker .

You can fly from Berlin to Cologne in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In September, daily temperatures in Cologne can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Marburg.

Things to do in Cologne

Theme Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Burg Eltz, Phantasialand, Bonner Munster, Reichsburg Cochem
Highlights from your plan
Phantasialand ©
Phantasialand
Cologne Cathedral ©
Cologne Cathedral
Museum Ludwig ©
Museum Ludwig

1
night
Marburg

Marburg ©
Marburg is a university town in the German federal state (Bundesland) of Hesse, capital of the Marburg-Biedenkopf district (Landkreis). Start off your visit on the 29th (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at St. Elizabeth Church, then get a sense of history and politics at Rathaus Marburg, then take an in-depth tour of Marburger Haus der Romantik, and finally examine the collection at Marburger Landgrafenschloss Museum.

To see ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Marburg trip planner .

Traveling by car from Cologne to Marburg takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Cologne in September, you will find days in Marburg are slightly colder (18°C), and nights are about the same (11°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Dresden.

Things to do in Marburg

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Marburger Landgrafenschloss Museum ©
St. Elizabeth Church ©
St. Elizabeth Church

2
nights
Dresden

Dresden ©
Dresden boasts a long history as a royal residence of many Saxon kings.
On the 30th (Wed), examine the collection at Neues Grünes Gewölbe, make a trip to Frauenkirche, and then make a trip to Zwinger. On your second day here, explore the historical opulence of Pillnitz Castle & Park, admire the masterpieces at Albertinum, admire the striking features of Bruhl's Terrace, explore the world behind art at Gemaldegalerie Alte Meister, then don't miss a visit to Procession of Princes, and finally admire the striking features of Oberlandesgericht Dresden.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Dresden journey planner.

You can drive from Marburg to Dresden in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. Traveling from Marburg in September, expect nights in Dresden to be about the same, around 12°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to drive to Nuremberg.

Things to do in Dresden

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
The Dresden Zwinger ©
The Dresden Zwinger
Albertinum ©
Albertinum
Frauenkirche ©
Frauenkirche

2
nights
Nuremberg

Nuremberg ©
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 2nd (Fri): contemplate the long history of Albrecht Durer's House, see the interesting displays at Dokumentationszentrum Reichsparteitagsgelände, then step into the grandiose world of Kaiserburg Nurnberg, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Lorenz Church, and finally explore the world behind art at Germanisches Nationalmuseum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat): contemplate the long history of Reichsparteigelande (Nazi Party Rally Grounds), then stroll the grounds of Rochusfriedhof, then examine the collection at Nuremberg Toy Museum (Spielzeugmuseum), and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St. Sebaldus Church.

To see where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Nuremberg trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by car from Dresden to Nuremberg takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October in Nuremberg, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 6°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can drive to Rothenburg.

Things to do in Nuremberg

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Germanisches Nationalmuseum ©
Germanisches Nationalmuseum
Kaiserburg Nurnberg ©
Kaiserburg Nurnberg

3
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 3rd (Sat): examine the collection at Medieval Crime Museum (Mittelalterliches Kriminalmuseum). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Sun): take in the views from Alte Mainbruecke, step into the grandiose world of Würzburg Residence, stop by Ekuko's Wine & Gift Shop, then take a stroll through Vieille Ville, then steep yourself in history at Town Walls, and finally ponder the world of politics at Stadt Rothenburg ob der Tauber.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Rothenburg trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by car from Nuremberg to Rothenburg takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in October, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Heidelberg.

Things to do in Rothenburg

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Wurzburg, Ulmer Münster
Highlights from your plan
Würzburg Residence ©
Würzburg Residence
Altstadt ©
Altstadt
Stadt Rothenburg ob der Tauber ©
Stadt Rothenburg ob der Tauber

2
nights
Heidelberg

Heidelberg ©
A vibrant university city, Heidelberg is nestled in the picturesque Neckar river valley.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Student Jail (Studentenkarzer), take in the views from Carl Theodor Old Bridge (Alte Brucke), then take a stroll through Altstadt (Old Town), then step into the grandiose world of Schloss Heidelberg, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Philosophers' Way (Philosophenweg). On the 7th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Market Square (Marktplatz), then see the interesting displays at German Pharmacy Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Speyer Cathedral, and finally see the interesting displays at Technik Museum Speyer.

To find reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Heidelberg trip itinerary maker website .

You can drive from Rothenburg to Heidelberg in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Baden-Baden.

Things to do in Heidelberg

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Speyer
Highlights from your plan
Schloss Heidelberg ©
Schloss Heidelberg
Altstadt (Old Town) ©
Altstadt (Old Town)
Carl Theodor Old Bridge (Alte Brucke) ©

3
nights
Baden-Baden

Baden-Baden ©
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.
Explore Baden-Baden's surroundings by going to Europa-Park (in Rust) and Triberger Waterfall (in Triberg). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Museum Frieder Burda, explore the ancient world of Burg Hohenbaden, take in the awesome beauty at Merkur, and walk around Lichtentaler Allee.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Baden-Baden online trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Heidelberg to Baden-Baden in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Baden-Baden can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can go by car to Munich.

Things to do in Baden-Baden

Parks Theme Parks Nature

Side Trips

Triberger Waterfall, Europa-Park
Highlights from your plan
Lichtentaler Allee ©
Lichtentaler Allee
Europa-Park ©
Europa-Park
Museum Frieder Burda ©
Museum Frieder Burda

3
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.
Take a break from Munich with a short trip to Schloss Neuschwanstein in Hohenschwangau, about 1h 30 min away. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Marienplatz, examine the collection at Munich Residenz, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and get a sense of history and politics at New Town Hall (Neus Rathaus).

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Munich trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Baden-Baden to Munich takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Baden-Baden in October, plan for slightly colder nights in Munich, with lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Munich

Museums Historic Sites Tours

Side Trip

Schloss Neuschwanstein
Highlights from your plan
Deutsches Museum ©
Deutsches Museum
Nymphenburg Palace ©
Nymphenburg Palace
Marienplatz ©
Marienplatz

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