31 days in Germany Itinerary

31 days in Germany Itinerary

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31 days in Germany Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  24​h
1
Hamburg
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Berlin
— 5 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Dresden
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Nuremberg
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Rothenburg
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Baden-Baden
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
7
Munich
— 5 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Sydney

4
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.
You'll get in some beach time at Wildpark Schwarze Berge and Familienlagune Perlebucht. Speicherstadt and Alter Elbtunnel will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Hamburg: Kunstwerk Carlshutte (in Budelsdorf), The Wadden Sea, Germany (in Norden) and Sankt Peter Ording Beach (in Sankt Peter-Ording). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Miniatur Wunderland, explore the world behind art at Kunsthalle Hamburg, identify plant and animal life at Wildpark Lueneburger Heide, and take in the exciting artwork at Red Gallery.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Hamburg trip itinerary planner.

Sydney, Australia to Hamburg is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Sydney to Hamburg, you'll gain 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Sydney in December: high temperatures in Hamburg hover around 7°C and lows are around 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Berlin.

Things to do in Hamburg

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Kunstwerk Carlshutte, Wildpark Schwarze Berge, Familienlagune Perlebucht, Wildpark Lueneburger Heide, The Wadden Sea, Germany
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Miniatur Wunderland ©
Miniatur Wunderland
Kunsthalle Hamburg ©
Kunsthalle Hamburg
Speicherstadt ©
Speicherstadt

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.
Pergamonmuseum and Potsdamer Platz are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Head to art4berlin GALLERY and Sammlung Hoffmanfor plenty of shopping. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Strandbad Muggelsee, contemplate the long history of East Side Gallery, see the interesting displays at Topography of Terror, and take in the exciting artwork at Soviet Gallery.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Berlin attractions site .

You can take a train from Hamburg to Berlin in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Dresden.

Things to do in Berlin

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
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Pergamonmuseum ©
Pergamonmuseum
Topography of Terror ©
Topography of Terror
Charlottenburg Palace ©
Charlottenburg Palace

3
nights
Dresden

Dresden ©
Dresden boasts a long history as a royal residence of many Saxon kings.
Shop till you drop at Tradition & Form and Kulturpalast Dresden. The Dresden Zwinger and From Monet to Klimt will appeal to museum buffs. Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Albertinum, stroll the grounds of Alter Judischer Friedhof, don't miss a visit to Katholische Hofkirche, and explore the historical opulence of Big courtyard of the Residence / Grosser Schlosshof Dresdner Residenz.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Dresden journey maker site .

Getting from Berlin to Dresden by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Nuremberg.

Things to do in Dresden

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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The Dresden Zwinger ©
The Dresden Zwinger
Albertinum ©
Albertinum
Frauenkirche Dresden ©
Frauenkirche Dresden

4
nights
Nuremberg

Nuremberg ©
Nuremberg's historic town center stands in the shadow of a towering imperial castle that dominates its northwestern corner.
Galerie Frank Fluegel and Kaiserburg Nurnberg are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Shop till you drop at Handwerkerhof and Hauptmarkt. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nuremberg: Naturschutzgebiet Holle (in Rettenbach), Flussbad Hainbadestelle (in Bamberg) and Wildpark Schloss Tambach (in Weitramsdorf). There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Germanisches Nationalmuseum, buy something for everyone on your list at Franken Center Nurnberg, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Lorenz Church, and contemplate the long history of Pilatushaus.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Nuremberg planning website .

Drive from Dresden to Nuremberg in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. December in Nuremberg sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of 0°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Rothenburg.

Things to do in Nuremberg

Historic Sites Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Flussbad Hainbadestelle, Naturschutzgebiet Holle, Wildpark Schloss Tambach
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Kaiserburg Nurnberg ©
Kaiserburg Nurnberg
Germanisches Nationalmuseum ©
Germanisches Nationalmuseum
St. Lorenz Church ©
St. Lorenz Church

4
nights
Rothenburg

Rothenburg ©
An old imperial city, Rothenburg is the main tourist stop on the scenic Romantic Road of Bavaria.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Altstadt and Siebers Tower. You'll explore and learn at Reichsstadtmuseum and Fortress Marienberg. Venture out of the city with trips to Wurzburg (Museum fuer Franken, Roentgen Memorial Site Wuerzburg, & more). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Town Walls, hunt for treasures at Kathe Wohlfahrt's Christmas Shop, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Wolfgang's Church, and get a sense of history and politics at Stadt Rothenburg ob der Tauber.

For photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Rothenburg day trip planning site .

Drive from Nuremberg to Rothenburg in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. December in Rothenburg sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can drive to Baden-Baden.

Things to do in Rothenburg

Historic Sites Museums Wineries

Side Trip

Wurzburg
Highlights from your plan
Altstadt ©
Altstadt
Würzburg Residence ©
Würzburg Residence
Fortress Marienberg ©
Fortress Marienberg

4
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Panoramaweg and Michaelsberg. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Weingut Schloss Neuweier and Eglise Russe. Change things up with these side-trips from Baden-Baden: Naturschutzgebiet Taubergiessen (in Rheinhausen) and Schloss Heidelberg (in Heidelberg). Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Merkur, admire the sheer force of Geroldsau Waterfall, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and walk around Lichtentaler Allee.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Baden-Baden sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Rothenburg to Baden-Baden takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in December, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Munich.

Things to do in Baden-Baden

Parks Wineries Outdoors

Side Trips

Schloss Heidelberg, Naturschutzgebiet Taubergiessen
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Merkur ©
Merkur
Schloss Heidelberg ©
Schloss Heidelberg
Weingut Schloss Neuweier ©
Weingut Schloss Neuweier

5
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.
Appreciate the collections at Schack-Galerie and Kunsthalle Munich. Your inner history buff will appreciate Nymphenburg Palace and St. Peter's Church. When in Munich, make a side trip to see Schloss Neuschwanstein in Schwangau, approximately 1h 35 min away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at English Garden, view the masterpieces at Gallerie Thomas, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael's Church, and look for all kinds of wild species at Heidehaus.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Munich travel route builder site .

Getting from Baden-Baden to Munich by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Baden-Baden in December, plan for slightly colder nights in Munich, with lows around -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Munich

Wildlife Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Schloss Neuschwanstein
Highlights from your plan
English Garden ©
English Garden
Nymphenburg Palace ©
Nymphenburg Palace
Schloss Neuschwanstein ©
Schloss Neuschwanstein

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