30 days in Germany Itinerary

30 days in Germany Itinerary

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30 days in Germany Itinerary

Start: Richmond
Fly + train:  15​h 30​min
1
Garmisch-Partenkirchen
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Munich
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Nuremberg
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
4
Wurzburg
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Trier
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
6
Hamburg
— 3 nights
train:  4​h 15​min
7
Dresden
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
8
Berlin
— 5 nights
Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: Richmond

1
night
Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Garmisch-Partenkirchen ©
Nestled within the Bavarian Alps, Garmisch-Partenkirchen offers a classic mountain feel along with world-class winter sports.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): fly down the slopes at Zugspitze. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Partnachklamm and then step into the grandiose world of Schloss Linderhof.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Garmisch-Partenkirchen trip planner.

Richmond, USA to Garmisch-Partenkirchen is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Richmond to Garmisch-Partenkirchen, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Richmond in June, things will get slightly colder in Garmisch-Partenkirchen: highs are around 75°F and lows about 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can drive to Munich.

Things to do in Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Schloss Linderhof
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Zugspitze ©
Zugspitze
Schloss Linderhof ©
Schloss Linderhof
Partnachklamm ©
Partnachklamm

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 a sense of the local culture at Altstadt von Fuessen and Schloss Hohenschwangau. Visit Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site and Nymphenburg Palace for their historical value. Step out of Munich to go to Hohenschwangau and see Schloss Neuschwanstein, which is approximately 1h 30 min away. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter's Church, admire the striking features of New Town Hall (Neus Rathaus), see the interesting displays at Munich Residenz, and explore the world behind art at Alte Pinakothek.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Munich trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Garmisch-Partenkirchen to Munich takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a 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 25th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Nuremberg.

Things to do in Munich

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

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

4
nights
Nuremberg

Nuremberg ©
Nuremberg's historic town center stands in the shadow of a towering imperial castle that dominates its northwestern corner.
Altes Rathaus and Bamberg Cathedral are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step off the beaten path and head to Old Town and Reichsparteigelande (Nazi Party Rally Grounds). You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nuremberg: Bamberg (Bamberg Altstadt & Flussbad Hainbadestelle) and Cathedral of St Peter's (in Regensburg). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Nuremberg Palace of Justice, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Sebaldus Church, step into the grandiose world of Kaiserburg Nurnberg, and examine the collection at Dokumentationszentrum Reichsparteitagsgelände.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Nuremberg trip planner.

Traveling by car from Munich to Nuremberg takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In June in Nuremberg, expect temperatures between 72°F during the day and 52°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Wurzburg.

Things to do in Nuremberg

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

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

4
nights
Wurzburg

Wurzburg ©
Founded in the 10th century, Wurzburg served as the home of powerful prince-bishops for many centuries.
Explore hidden gems such as Town Walls and Vieille Ville. Do some cultural sightseeing at Würzburg Residence and Carl Theodor Old Bridge (Alte Brucke). Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Wurzburg: Rothenburg (St. Jacob's Church (St. Jakobskirche), Spital Bastion, & more) and Heidelberg (Schloss Heidelberg, Altstadt (Old Town), & more). There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Marienburg Fortress, snap pictures at Alte Mainbruecke, pause for some serene contemplation at Wallfahrtskirche Mariae Heimsuchung, and contemplate the long history of Schloss Veitshöchheim.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Wurzburg tour itinerary planner .

You can take a train from Nuremberg to Wurzburg in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. June in Wurzburg sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 51°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Trier.

Things to do in Wurzburg

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Rothenburg, Heidelberg
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Town Walls ©
Town Walls
Altstadt ©
Altstadt
Schloss Heidelberg ©
Schloss Heidelberg

4
nights
Trier

Trier ©
Trier may be the oldest city in Germany, founded long before the Roman times.
Visit Marksburg Castle and Porta Nigra for their historical value. You'll discover tucked-away gems like St. Peter's Cathedral (Dom) and Aachen Cathedral (Dom). Venture out of the city with trips to Burg Eltz (in Wierschem), Reichsburg Cochem (in Cochem) and Ehrenbreitstein Fortress (in Koblenz). There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at St. Gangolf, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Liebfrauenkirche, admire the striking features of Konstantinbasilika, and examine the collection at Rhineland Museum (Rheinisches Landesmuseum).

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Trier online itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Wurzburg to Trier takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or do a combination of train and shuttle. In July, plan for daily highs up to 76°F, and evening lows to 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can drive to Hamburg.

Things to do in Trier

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Burg Eltz, Marksburg Castle, Reichsburg Cochem, Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, Aachen Cathedral (Dom)
Highlights from your plan
Reichsburg Cochem ©
Reichsburg Cochem
Marksburg Castle ©
Marksburg Castle
Burg Eltz ©
Burg Eltz

3
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.
Hauptkirche St. Michaelis and Alter Elbtunnel will appeal to history buffs. Explore hidden gems such as Travemunde and Lubeck Altstadt (Lubeck Oldtown). There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of Speicherstadt, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, take in nature's colorful creations at Planten un Blomen, and don't miss a visit to Rathausmarkt.

To find photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Hamburg tour app .

Traveling by car from Trier to Hamburg takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and train. In July in Hamburg, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Dresden.

Things to do in Hamburg

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

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

3
nights
Dresden

Dresden ©
Dresden boasts a long history as a royal residence of many Saxon kings.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Pillnitz Castle & Park and Frauenkirche. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Koenigstein Fortress and Gemaldegalerie Alte Meister. Change things up with a short trip to Elbe Sandstone Mountains in Bad Schandau (about 58 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Neues Grünes Gewölbe, explore the world behind art at Albertinum, don't miss a visit to Procession of Princes, and take a stroll through Gorlitzer Strasse.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Dresden trip planner.

You can take a train from Hamburg to Dresden in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In July, daytime highs in Dresden are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Berlin.

Things to do in Dresden

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Koenigstein Fortress, Elbe Sandstone Mountains
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The Dresden Zwinger ©
The Dresden Zwinger
Frauenkirche ©
Frauenkirche
Pillnitz Castle & Park ©
Pillnitz Castle & Park

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.
Visit Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen and Memorial of the Berlin Wall for their historical value. Discover out-of-the-way places like Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church and Strandbar Mitte. There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Pergamonmuseum, don't miss a visit to Mauermuseum - Museum Haus am Checkpoint Charlie, ponder the world of politics at Reichstag Building, and take a stroll through Potsdamer Platz.

Plan trip to Berlin with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by train from Dresden to Berlin takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. On the 18th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Berlin

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen
Highlights from your plan
Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen
Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen
Charlottenburg Palace ©
Charlottenburg Palace
East Side Gallery ©
East Side Gallery

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