40 days in Germany Itinerary

40 days in Germany Itinerary

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Berlin
— 3 nights
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Dresden
— 3 nights
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Leipzig
— 6 nights
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Munich
— 5 nights
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Nuremberg
— 5 nights
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Wurzburg
— 2 nights
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Frankfurt
— 2 nights
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Trier
— 3 nights
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Cologne
— 2 nights
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Dusseldorf
— 3 nights
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Hamburg
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Berlin

— 3 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.
Pergamonmuseum and Jewish Museum Berlin will appeal to museum buffs. Topography of Terror and Memorial of the Berlin Wall are good opportunities to explore the local culture. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Charlottenburg Palace, don't miss a visit to East Side Gallery, take an in-depth tour of Haus der Wannsee-Konferenz, and stop by Friendly Society Berlin.

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New York City, USA to Berlin is an approximately 11-hour flight. Traveling from New York City to Berlin, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to drive to Dresden.

Things to do in Berlin

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Dresden

— 3 nights

Florence of the North

Dresden boasts a long history as a royal residence of many Saxon kings.
Let the collections at Albertinum and Neues Grünes Gewölbe capture your imagination. Get some historical perspective at Royal Palace (Residenzschloss) and Schloss & Park Pillnitz. Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Gemaldegalerie Alte Meister, see the interesting displays at Panometer Dresden, learn about all things military at Museum of Military History, and do a tasting at Schloss Wackerbarth.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Dresden tour builder site.

You can drive from Berlin to Dresden in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 43°F in December, and nighttime lows around 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can drive to Leipzig.

Things to do in Dresden

Museums · Historic Sites · Wineries

Side Trip

Leipzig

— 6 nights

Little Paris

Leipzig is not only world-famous for its long tradition of trade fairs, but also for its vibrant music and cultural scenes.
You'll explore and learn at Goethe National Museum and Museum der Bildenden Kunste. Get some historical perspective at Schillers Wohnhaus and St. Nicholas Church (Nikolaikirche). Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Leipzig: Duchess Anna Amalia Library (in Weimar), Colditz Castle (in Colditz) and Das Chemnitzer Rathaus (in Chemnitz). There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at St. Thomas Church, take an in-depth tour of Museum in der Runden Ecke, see the interesting displays at Zeitgeschichtliches Forum Leipzig, and indulge in some personalized pampering at Toskana Therme Bad Sulza.

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Drive from Dresden to Leipzig in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 43°F in December, and nighttime lows around 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to fly to Munich.

Things to do in Leipzig

Museums · Spas · Historic Sites · Nightlife

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.
Get some historical perspective at Nymphenburg Palace and Stuck Villa (Jugendstil Museum). Museum-lovers will get to explore Munich Residenz and BMW Welt. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Munich: Kuenstlerhaus Exter mit Garten (in Ubersee) and Max-Josefs-Platz (in Rosenheim). There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Alte Pinakothek, add some entertainment to your itinerary with Cultural Center (Kulturzentrum Gasteig), get curious at Deutsches Museum, and examine the collection at BMW Museum.

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Fly from Leipzig to Munich in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Leipzig in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Munich, with lows of 29°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Nuremberg.

Things to do in Munich

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Nuremberg

— 5 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Germanisches Nationalmuseum and Toy Museum. Museum-lovers will appreciate Dokumentationszentrum Reichsparteitagsgelände and DB Museum (German Railway Museum). Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nuremberg: Bayreuth (Hermitage Castle (Altes Schloss Ermitage) & Lohengrin Therme) and Levi Strauss Birthplace Museum (in Buttenheim). The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Kaiserburg Nurnberg, pause for some serene contemplation at Frauenkirche, examine the collection at Memorium Nuremberg Trials, and steep yourself in history at Albrecht Durer's House.

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Traveling by car from Munich to Nuremberg takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. January in Nuremberg sees daily highs of 38°F and lows of 28°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to drive to Wurzburg.

Things to do in Nuremberg

Museums · Historic Sites · Spas

Side Trips

Wurzburg

— 2 nights

Pearl of the Romantic Road

Founded in the 10th century, Wurzburg served as the home of powerful prince-bishops for many centuries.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Thu): learn about winemaking at Buergerspital zum Heiligen Geist - Weingut, then explore the historical opulence of Fortress Marienberg, and then explore the historical opulence of Würzburg Residence. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Town Walls, then examine the collection at Medieval Crime Museum (Mittelalterliches Kriminalmuseum), then take an in-depth tour of Reichsstadtmuseum, and finally see the interesting displays at Historiengewölbe mit Staatsverlies - Museum zur Stadtgeschichte in Rothenburg o.d.T..

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Wurzburg trip planner.

Traveling by car from Nuremberg to Wurzburg takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. January in Wurzburg sees daily highs of 39°F and lows of 29°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Frankfurt.

Things to do in Wurzburg

Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries

Side Trip

Frankfurt

— 2 nights

Mainhattan

A global center of finance and transportation, Frankfurt is perhaps best known for its futuristic cityscape.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): try your luck at Kurhaus, take an in-depth tour of Gutenberg Museum, and then relax and rejuvenate at Rhein-Main-Therme. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at Stadel Museum and then contemplate the long history of Goethe House.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Frankfurt day trip website.

You can drive from Wurzburg to Frankfurt in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 41°F, and evening lows to 32°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Trier.

Things to do in Frankfurt

Museums · Spas · Historic Sites · Casinos

Side Trips

Trier

— 3 nights

Oldest City in Germany

Trier may be the oldest city in Germany, founded long before the Roman times.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Rhineland Museum (Rheinisches Landesmuseum) and Reichsburg Cochem. Your inner history buff will appreciate Porta Nigra and Trier Amphitheater. Change things up with a short trip to Historische Senfmuehle in Cochem (about 1h 10 min away). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Kaiserthermen, do a tasting at Weingut Georg Fritz von Nell, steep yourself in history at Karl Marx House, and pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Gangolf's Church.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Trier online day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Frankfurt to Trier takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 38°F, and evening lows to 30°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Cologne.

Things to do in Trier

Historic Sites · Wineries · Museums

Side Trip

Cologne

— 2 nights

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 14th (Thu): admire the landmark architecture of Schloss Augustusburg, explore the world behind art at Wallraf-Richartz Museum, and then get engrossed in the history at Roman-German Museum (Romisch-Germanisches Museum). On the 15th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Cologne Cathedral, explore the world behind art at Museum Ludwig, and then relax and rejuvenate at Suithai Massagen.

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Getting from Trier to Cologne by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 42°F, and evening lows to 33°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Dusseldorf.

Things to do in Cologne

Museums · Historic Sites · Spas

Side Trip

Dusseldorf

— 3 nights

Fashion Capital of Germany

Renowned for its fashion and trade fairs, Dusseldorf offers visitors vibrant nightlife and a wide range of shopping options.
Classic Remise Dusseldorf and Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex in Essen are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Appreciate the collections at Schloss Benrath and Schloss Horst. Step out of Dusseldorf with an excursion to Gasometer Oberhausen in Oberhausen--about 38 minutes away. There's more to do: explore the world behind art at Museum Kunstpalast and examine the collection at Neanderthal Museum.

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Traveling by car from Cologne to Dusseldorf takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Dusseldorf are 43°F, while nighttime lows are 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Hamburg.

Things to do in Dusseldorf

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

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.
Appreciate the collections at Miniatur Wunderland and Panoptikum. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Schloss Ahrensburg and Altonaer Museum - Norddeutsches Landesmuseum. Change things up with these side-trips from Hamburg: Lubeck (Buddenbrookhaus & Holstentor). There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Petri Kirche, join in the after-dark buzz at Grosse Freiheit 36, and admire the masterpieces at Erotic Art Museum.

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Traveling by flight from Dusseldorf to Hamburg takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. While traveling from Dusseldorf, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Hamburg, ranging from highs of 38°F to lows of 31°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Hamburg

Museums · Nightlife · Historic Sites

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.