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
Drive
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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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Alter Elbtunnel and Marienkirche. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Walking tours and Speicherstadt. Get out of town with these interesting Hamburg side-trips: Lubeck (St. Petri zu Lubeck & Willy Brandt House, Lubeck). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at CHOCOVERSUM by HACHEZ, explore the galleries of U-Bootmuseum, make a trip to Miniatur Wunderland, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Petri Kirche.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Hamburg trip itinerary maker app.

Ottawa, Canada to Hamburg is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. Traveling from Ottawa to Hamburg, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Ottawa, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Hamburg, ranging from highs of 72°F to lows of 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to catch the 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen and Potsdam's Gardens. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Sanssouci Palace and Neues Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Berlin: Potsdam (The Historic Windmill, Neues Palais, &more). And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Pergamonmuseum, pause for some photo ops at The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, examine the collection at Classic Remise Berlin, and contemplate the long history of Mauermuseum - Museum Haus am Checkpoint Charlie.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Berlin trip planner.

Traveling by train from Hamburg to Berlin takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Frauenkirche Dresden and Schloss Weesenstein. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Dresden Zwinger and Schloss Moritzburg. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Procession of Princes, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Katholische Hofkirche, admire the landmark architecture of Bruehlsche Terrasse, and see the interesting displays at The Royal Porcelain Collection.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Dresden journey builder website.

You can drive from Berlin to Dresden in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Dresden can reach 75°F, while at night they dip to 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to drive 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.
Kaiserburg Nurnberg and Dokumentationszentrum Reichsparteitagsgelände are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Seehof Castle and Johannisfriedhof Nurnberg. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nuremberg: Bamberg (Obere Pfarre Unsere Liebe Frau & Neue Residenz Bamberg). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Elisabethkirche, examine the collection at DB Museum (German Railway Museum), don't miss a visit to Nassauer Haus, and appreciate the extensive heritage of City Walls of Nuremberg.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Nuremberg holiday planner.

Getting from Dresden to Nuremberg by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or fly. August in Nuremberg sees daily highs of 76°F and lows of 54°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to go by car 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Nymphenburg Palace and Munich Residenz. Get a sense of the local culture at St. Peter's Church and St. Michael's Church. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at BMW Welt, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Klosterkirche St. Anna, admire the striking features of Heiliggeistkirche, and contemplate the waterfront views at English Garden.

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Traveling by car from Nuremberg to Munich takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. In August, daily temperatures in Munich can reach 76°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can drive to Schwangau.

Things to do in Munich

Museums · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Welfenmünster, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pilgrimage Church of Wies, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Koloman, then admire the striking features of Schloss Hohenschwangau, and finally steep yourself in history at Antike Romervilla. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kalvarienberg, stroll the grounds of Alter Friedhof, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hl.-Geist-Spitalkirche, then examine the collection at Museum der Stadt Fussen, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Franziskanerkloster St. Stephan, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Kirche St. Georg.

For maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Schwangau trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Munich to Schwangau in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Schwangau are 63°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can 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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Altstadt and Würzburg Residence. Town Walls and Spital Bastion are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rothenburg: Neumuenster (in Wurzburg) and Marktplatz (in Marktbreit). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Herrgottskirche, steep yourself in history at Gerlachschmiede, examine the collection at Historiengewölbe mit Staatsverlies - Museum zur Stadtgeschichte in Rothenburg o.d.T., and step into the grandiose world of Schloss und Schlossgarten Weikersheim.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Rothenburg trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Schwangau to Rothenburg takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In September in Rothenburg, expect temperatures between 65°F during the day and 50°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Porta Nigra and Metternich Castle. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Eltz Castle and St. Paulin-Kirche. Explore Trier's surroundings by going to Stiftskirche St. Castor, Karden (in Treis-Karden), Grevenburg Castle (in Traben-Trarbach) and Koblenz (Altes Kaufhaus, Jesuitenplatz, &more). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter's Cathedral (Dom), admire the striking features of Kurfurstliches Palais, appreciate the history behind Handwerkerbrunnen, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Gangolf's Church.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Trier online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Rothenburg to Trier takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. In September, daytime highs in Trier are 66°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can 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 14th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Stiftskirche Baden-Baden, then 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. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Bernharduskirche, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Alexander Kirche, then step into the grandiose world of Schloss Favorite, and finally try to win big at Casino Baden-Baden Spielbank.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Baden-Baden itinerary planner.

Drive from Trier to Baden-Baden in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Baden-Baden

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · 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.