36 days in Germany Itinerary

36 days in Germany Itinerary

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Hamburg
— 4 nights
Train
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Berlin
— 5 nights
Drive
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Dresden
— 5 nights
Fly
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Nuremberg
— 4 nights
Drive
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Munich
— 5 nights
Drive
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Schwangau
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rothenburg
— 4 nights
Drive
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Trier
— 4 nights
Drive
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Baden-Baden
— 2 nights
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Hamburg

— 4 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Speicherstadt and Walking tours. Visit Marienkirche and St. Petri zu Lubeck for their historical value. Step out of Hamburg with an excursion to Willy Brandt House, Lubeck in Lubeck--about 1h 5 min away. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at St Nikolai Memorial, stroll the grounds of Ohlsdorf Cemetery, see the interesting displays at Miniatur Wunderland, and get to know the fascinating history of Alter Elbtunnel.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Hamburg trip itinerary builder site.

Ottawa, Canada to Hamburg is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Ottawa to Hamburg is 6 hours. When traveling from Ottawa in July, plan for a bit cooler days in Hamburg, with highs around 27°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Berlin.

Things to do in Hamburg

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trip

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen and Sanssouci Palace. Popular historic sites such as Potsdam's Gardens and Neues Palais are in your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Berlin side-trips: Potsdam (The Historic Windmill & Neue Kammern). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Berlin-Hohenschonhausen Memorial, explore the world behind art at Neues Museum, get engrossed in the history at Palace of Tears, and don't miss a visit to East Side Gallery.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Berlin trip planner.

Traveling by train from Hamburg to Berlin takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Dresden.

Things to do in Berlin

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Dresden

— 5 nights

Florence of the North

Dresden boasts a long history as a royal residence of many Saxon kings.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Frauenkirche Dresden and The Dresden Zwinger. Schloss Weesenstein and Schloss Moritzburg are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Procession of Princes, step into the grandiose world of Fasanenschlosschen Moritzburg, appreciate the extensive heritage of Canaletto Blick, and admire the striking features of Bruehlsche Terrasse.

To find more things to do and tourist information, go to the Dresden trip builder.

Traveling by car from Berlin to Dresden takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Dresden are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Nuremberg.

Things to do in Dresden

Historic Sites · Museums

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Dokumentationszentrum Reichsparteitagsgelände and Johannisfriedhof Nurnberg. Kaiserburg Nurnberg and Hangman's Bridge will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Nuremberg: Bamberg (Obere Pfarre Unsere Liebe Frau & Neue Residenz Bamberg) and Seehof Castle (in Memmelsdorf). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Elisabethkirche, make a trip to Zeppelinfeld, admire the landmark architecture of Nassauer Haus, and see the interesting displays at DB Museum (German Railway Museum).

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Nuremberg trip tool.

You can fly from Dresden to Nuremberg in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in July, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can drive to Munich.

Things to do in Nuremberg

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Munich

— 5 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Nymphenburg Palace and Munich Residenz. Your inner history buff will appreciate St. Peter's Church and St. Michael's Church. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at BMW Welt, explore the world behind art at Pinakothek der Moderne, admire the natural beauty at English Garden, and enjoy breathtaking views from Frauenkirche.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Munich trip itinerary tool.

You can drive from Nuremberg to Munich in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In July in Munich, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Schwangau.

Things to do in Munich

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Schwangau

— 2 nights

Fairy-Tale Village

An ideal holiday escape from fast-paced urban centers, Schwangau allows visitors to hike, cycle, swim, dance, and dine surrounded by a picture-perfect landscape.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Welfenmünster, pause for some serene contemplation at Pilgrimage Church of Wies, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Koloman, then admire the landmark architecture of Schloss Hohenschwangau, and finally explore the ancient world of Antike Romervilla. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kalvarienberg, stroll the grounds of Alter Friedhof, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hl.-Geist-Spitalkirche, examine the collection at Museum der Stadt Fussen, then make a trip to Franziskanerkloster St. Stephan, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Kirche St. Georg.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Schwangau tour website.

Drive from Munich to Schwangau in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In July, daytime highs in Schwangau are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Rothenburg.

Things to do in Schwangau

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Rothenburg

— 4 nights

Medieval Heart of Germany

An old imperial city, Rothenburg is the main tourist stop on the scenic Romantic Road of Bavaria.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Altstadt and Würzburg Residence. Visit Town Walls and Herrgottskirche for their historical value. Change things up with these side-trips from Rothenburg: Marktplatz (in Marktbreit) and Neumuenster (in Wurzburg). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Burgtor und Burg, make a trip to Schloss und Schlossgarten Weikersheim, and examine the collection at Historiengewölbe mit Staatsverlies - Museum zur Stadtgeschichte in Rothenburg o.d.T..

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Rothenburg trip planner.

Traveling by car from Schwangau to Rothenburg takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) to allow time to drive to Trier.

Things to do in Rothenburg

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Trier

— 4 nights

Oldest City in Germany

Trier may be the oldest city in Germany, founded long before the Roman times.
Popular historic sites such as Porta Nigra and Eltz Castle are in your itinerary. Get a sense of the local culture at St. Peter's Cathedral (Dom) and Metternich Castle. Change things up with these side-trips from Trier: Koblenz (Altes Kaufhaus, Jesuitenplatz, &more), Stiftskirche St. Castor, Karden (in Treis-Karden) and Grevenburg Castle (in Traben-Trarbach). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Paulin-Kirche, pause for some photo ops at Handwerkerbrunnen, get a sense of history and politics at Kurfurstliches Palais, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Gangolf's Church.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Trier trip website.

You can drive from Rothenburg to Trier in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to drive to Baden-Baden.

Things to do in Trier

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Baden-Baden

— 2 nights

Belle Époque Europe's Summer Capital

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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Stiftskirche Baden-Baden, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Russe, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cistercienserinnen-Abtei Lichtenthal, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Geroldsau Waterfall. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bernharduskirche, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Alexander Kirche, then explore the historical opulence of Schloss Favorite, and finally try to win big at Casino Baden-Baden Spielbank.

To find photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Baden-Baden online trip planner.

Traveling by car from Trier to Baden-Baden takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August in Baden-Baden, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Baden-Baden

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Casinos

Side Trip

Germany travel guide

4.5
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.