31 days in Germany Itinerary

31 days in Germany Itinerary

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31 days in Germany Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Fly:  25​h
1
Munich
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Garmisch-Partenkirchen
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Hohenschwangau
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Rothenburg
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Nuremberg
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Dresden
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
7
Berlin
— 5 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
8
Hamburg
— 4 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Brisbane

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.
Nymphenburg Palace and Alte Pinakothek will appeal to museum buffs. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site and Schack-Galerie. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Munich: Herrenchiemsee New Palace (in Herreninsel) and Konigssee (in Schoenau am Koenigssee). There's lots more to do: browse the eclectic array of goods at Viktualienmarkt, shop like a local with Galerie Hegemann, view the masterpieces at Gallerie Thomas, and examine the collection at Munich Residenz.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Munich trip planner .

Sydney, Australia to Munich is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Munich is minus 9 hours. In December, Munich is colder than Sydney - with highs of 5°C and lows of -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can drive to Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

Things to do in Munich

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Herrenchiemsee New Palace, Konigssee, Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site
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Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site ©
Herrenchiemsee New Palace ©
Herrenchiemsee New Palace
Konigssee ©
Konigssee

1
night
Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Garmisch-Partenkirchen ©
Nestled within the Bavarian Alps, Garmisch-Partenkirchen offers a classic mountain feel along with world-class winter sports.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Fri): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Zugspitze, then stop by Toni Baur, and then explore the historical opulence of Schloss Linderhof.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Garmisch-Partenkirchen online driving holiday planner .

You can drive from Munich to Garmisch-Partenkirchen in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. December in Garmisch-Partenkirchen sees daily highs of 6°C and lows of -4°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can go by car to Hohenschwangau.

Things to do in Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Parks Winter Sports Nature

Side Trips

Toni Baur, Schloss Linderhof
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Zugspitze ©
Zugspitze
Schloss Linderhof ©
Schloss Linderhof
Toni Baur ©
Toni Baur

1
night
Hohenschwangau

Hohenschwangau ©
A picturesque village nestled in a green valley on the shores of a lake, Hohenschwangau receives nearly two million visitors every year.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Wies Church, contemplate the long history of Schloss Neuschwanstein, and then explore the historical opulence of Schloss Hohenschwangau.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Hohenschwangau trip app .

You can drive from Garmisch-Partenkirchen to Hohenschwangau in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of train and car. In January, daytime highs in Hohenschwangau are 3°C, while nighttime lows are -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Rothenburg.

Things to do in Hohenschwangau

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Schloss Neuschwanstein, Wies Church
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Schloss Hohenschwangau ©
Schloss Hohenschwangau
Wies Church ©
Wies Church
Schloss Neuschwanstein ©
Schloss Neuschwanstein

4
nights
Rothenburg

Rothenburg ©
An old imperial city, Rothenburg is the main tourist stop on the scenic Romantic Road of Bavaria.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Marienburg Fortress and Medieval Crime Museum (Mittelalterliches Kriminalmuseum). Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Vieille Ville and St. Jacob's Church (St. Jakobskirche). Explore Rothenburg's surroundings by going to Ulmer Münster (in Ulm) and Wurzburg (Würzburg Residence, Roentgen Memorial Site Wuerzburg, & more). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Town Walls, get engrossed in the history at Reichsstadtmuseum, ponder the world of politics at Stadt Rothenburg ob der Tauber, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Kathe Wohlfahrt's Christmas Shop.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Rothenburg trip planner.

Getting from Hohenschwangau to Rothenburg by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. January in Rothenburg sees daily highs of 3°C and lows of -1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Nuremberg.

Things to do in Rothenburg

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Wurzburg, Ulmer Münster
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Town Walls ©
Town Walls
Altstadt ©
Altstadt
Würzburg Residence ©
Würzburg Residence

4
nights
Nuremberg

Nuremberg ©
Nuremberg's historic town center stands in the shadow of a towering imperial castle that dominates its northwestern corner.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Dokumentationszentrum Reichsparteitagsgelände and Altes Rathaus. Museum-lovers will get to explore Germanisches Nationalmuseum and Nuremberg Toy Museum (Spielzeugmuseum). Change things up with these side-trips from Nuremberg: Regensburg (Cathedral of St Peter's & Old Town) and Bamberg (Bamberg Cathedral & Bamberg Altstadt). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Nuremberg Palace of Justice, take in the exciting artwork at Galerie Frank Fluegel, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Lorenz Church, and stop by Ultra Comix.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Nuremberg trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Rothenburg to Nuremberg in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In January, daily temperatures in Nuremberg can reach 3°C, while at night they dip to -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Dresden.

Things to do in Nuremberg

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Bamberg, Regensburg
Highlights from your plan
Bamberg Altstadt ©
Bamberg Altstadt
Altes Rathaus ©
Altes Rathaus

4
nights
Dresden

Dresden ©
Dresden boasts a long history as a royal residence of many Saxon kings.
Step off the beaten path and head to Frauenkirche and Neues Grünes Gewölbe. Get some historical perspective at St. Nicholas Church (Nikolaikirche) and Russisch-Orthodoxe Kirche des Heiligen Simeon vom Wunderbaren Berge. Explore Dresden's surroundings by going to Leipzig (St. Thomas Church (Thomaskirche) & Hauptbahnhof Leipzig). There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Gemaldegalerie Alte Meister, buy something for everyone on your list at Elbepark, view the masterpieces at From Monet to Klimt, and make a trip to Zwinger.

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

You can drive from Nuremberg to Dresden in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 3°C in January, and nighttime lows around -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can take a train to Berlin.

Things to do in Dresden

Shopping Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Leipzig
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Frauenkirche ©
Frauenkirche
The Dresden Zwinger ©
The Dresden Zwinger
Neues Grünes Gewölbe ©
Neues Grünes Gewölbe

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen and Topographie des Terrors. Do your shopping at Kaufhaus des Westens (KaDeWe) and Staatliche Museen zu Berlin - Preussicher Kulturbesitz. There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Pergamonmuseum, take in the exciting artwork at Group Global 3000, admire the striking features of Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, and shop like a local with Koenig Galerie.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Berlin trip planner .

Take a train from Dresden to Berlin in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Hamburg.

Things to do in Berlin

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen
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Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen
Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen
Pergamonmuseum ©
Pergamonmuseum
Topography of Terror ©
Topography of Terror

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.
Head to Elbphilharmonie Hamburg and Alsterhaus Hamburgfor plenty of shopping. Visit Marienkirche and St. Petri Kirche for their historical value. There's lots more to do: browse the exhibits of Miniatur Wunderland, get to know the fascinating history of Speicherstadt, examine the collection at Museum fur Kunst und Gewerbe, and steep yourself in history at St Nikolai Memorial.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Hamburg online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by train from Berlin to Hamburg takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January in Hamburg, expect temperatures between 3°C during the day and 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hamburg

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Marienkirche
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 Elbphilharmonie Hamburg
Elbphilharmonie Hamburg
Miniatur Wunderland ©
Miniatur Wunderland
Alter Elbtunnel ©
Alter Elbtunnel

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