31 days in Germany Itinerary

31 days in Germany Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Germany trip itinerary planner

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Hamburg
— 3 nights
Train
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Berlin
— 5 nights
Drive
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Dresden
— 4 nights
Drive
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Chemnitz
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nuremberg
— 4 nights
Drive
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Munich
— 4 nights
Fly
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Cologne
— 1 night
Drive
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Dortmund
— 6 nights
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Hamburg

— 3 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.
Hamburg is known for museums, historic sites, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the galleries of Miniatur Wunderland, admire the natural beauty at Planten un Blomen, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and wander the streets of Reeperbahn.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Hamburg sightseeing planner.

Norwich, UK to Hamburg is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Central European Standard Time is 1 hour. In May in Hamburg, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Berlin.

Things to do in Hamburg

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites

Berlin

— 5 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 trip includes some of its best attractions: pause for some photo ops at Brandenburg Gate, see the interesting displays at Topography of Terror, step into the grandiose world of Charlottenburg Palace, and ponder the world of politics at Reichstag Building.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Berlin day trip planning tool.

Take a train from Hamburg to Berlin in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Dresden.

Things to do in Berlin

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Dresden

— 4 nights

Florence of the North

Dresden boasts a long history as a royal residence of many Saxon kings.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Dresden: Basteigebiet (in Lohmen) and Klosterkirche Pirna (in Pirna). There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at The Dresden Zwinger, don't miss a visit to Schlossplatz, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Katholische Hofkirche, and see the interesting displays at Neues Grünes Gewölbe.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Dresden trip itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Berlin to Dresden in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to drive to Chemnitz.

Things to do in Dresden

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Chemnitz

— 2 nights
Chemnitz, known from 1953 to 1990 as Karl-Marx-Stadt, is the third-largest city in the Free State of Saxony, Germany. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): examine the collection at AUTOmobile Trabantaustellung, examine the collection at Horch Museum, then steep yourself in history at Jakobikirche, then admire the landmark architecture of Das Chemnitzer Rathaus, and finally appreciate the history behind Karl-Marx-Monument. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Saechsisches Industriemuseum, step into the grandiose world of Burg Kriebstein, then step into the grandiose world of Colditz Castle, and finally take in the views from Hangebrucke.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Chemnitz online trip maker.

You can drive from Dresden to Chemnitz in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. May in Chemnitz sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can drive to Nuremberg.

Things to do in Chemnitz

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nuremberg

— 4 nights

Gingerbread Capital of the World

Nuremberg's historic town center stands in the shadow of a towering imperial castle that dominates its northwestern corner.
Nuremberg is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Germanisches Nationalmuseum, examine the collection at Dokumentationszentrum Reichsparteitagsgelände, steep yourself in history at Albrecht Durer's House, and don't miss a visit to Altstadt.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Nuremberg attractions planner.

Getting from Chemnitz to Nuremberg by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Chemnitz in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Nuremberg, with lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to drive to Munich.

Things to do in Nuremberg

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

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.
Munich is known for museums, historic sites, and nature. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Nymphenburg Palace, contemplate the waterfront views at English Garden, examine the collection at Munich Residenz, and get curious at Deutsches Museum.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Munich trip itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Nuremberg to Munich in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In May in Munich, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to fly to Cologne.

Things to do in Munich

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Parks

Cologne

— 1 night

City of Churches

Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Heinzelmaennchenbrunnen, pause for some serene contemplation at Cologne Cathedral, then take in the views from Hohenzollern Bridge, and finally meet the residents at Koelner Zoo.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Cologne trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Munich to Cologne takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in May, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Dortmund.

Things to do in Cologne

Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Dortmund

— 6 nights

Green Metropolis

Though its major passion may be soccer, Dortmund offers visitors more than just historical sports venues.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Dortmund: Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex in Essen (in Essen), Bielefeld (Sparrenburg, Heimat-Tierpark Olderdissen, &more) and Kassel (Schloss Wilhelmshohe, Hercules Monument, &more). And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Marienkirche, explore the different monuments and memorials at Ostfriedhof Dortmund, admire the striking features of Phonix West, and examine the collection at German Mining Museum.

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Getting from Cologne to Dortmund by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in May, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Dortmund

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Germany travel guide

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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.