40 days in Germany Itinerary

40 days in Germany Itinerary

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Fly to Frankfurt, Train to Cologne
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Cologne
— 2 nights
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Trier
— 2 nights
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Baden-Baden
— 3 nights
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Stuttgart
— 3 nights
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Munich
— 5 nights
Drive
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Nuremberg
— 4 nights
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Wurzburg
— 3 nights
Drive
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Winterberg
— 2 nights
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Dresden
— 4 nights
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Berlin
— 6 nights
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Hamburg
— 5 nights
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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 21st (Sun): explore the world behind art at Museum Ludwig, then pause for some serene contemplation at Cologne Cathedral, and then explore the world behind art at Wallraf-Richartz Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: snap pictures at Hohenzollern Bridge, don't miss a visit to KolnTriangle, then make a trip to Historische Stadthalle Wuppertal, and finally tee off at Golf Club Hubbelrath.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Cologne trip planner.

Chicago, USA to Cologne is an approximately 13-hour combination of flight and train. Traveling from Chicago to Cologne, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Chicago in February; daily highs in Cologne reach 44°F and lows reach 32°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can drive to Trier.

Things to do in Cologne

Museums · Historic Sites · Golf · Outdoors

Side Trips

Trier

— 2 nights

Oldest City in Germany

Trier may be the oldest city in Germany, founded long before the Roman times.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at St. Paulin-Kirche, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter's Cathedral (Dom), admire the landmark architecture of Kurfurstliches Palais, take in the spiritual surroundings of Konstantinbasilika, then see the interesting displays at Rhineland Museum (Rheinisches Landesmuseum), and finally delve into the distant past at Kaiserthermen. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Kornmarkt, then delve into the distant past at Porta Nigra, then pause for some photo ops at Saint George's Fountain, and finally pause for some photo ops at Mariensaeule.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Trier journey planner.

Getting from Cologne to Trier by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In February in Trier, expect temperatures between 40°F during the day and 31°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can drive to Baden-Baden.

Things to do in Trier

Historic Sites · Museums

Baden-Baden

— 3 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.
Baden-Baden is known for spas, parks, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at Museum Frieder Burda, don't miss a visit to MerkurBergbahn, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and fly down the slopes at Unterstmatt.

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Drive from Trier to Baden-Baden in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. When traveling from Trier in February, plan for somewhat warmer days in Baden-Baden, with highs around 46°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 33°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can drive to Stuttgart.

Things to do in Baden-Baden

Parks · Nature · Spas · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Stuttgart

— 3 nights

Cradle of the Automobile

Stuttgart spreads across a variety of valleys, parks, and hills--many of them covered by vineyards.
Change things up with these side-trips from Stuttgart: Heidelberg (Thingstatte, Schloss Heidelberg, &more). The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Mercedes-Benz Museum, admire the masterpieces at Staatsgalerie, examine the collection at Porsche Museum, and step into the grandiose world of Landesmuseum Wurttemberg.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Stuttgart trip planning website.

You can drive from Baden-Baden to Stuttgart in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Baden-Baden in February: highs in Stuttgart hover around 41°F, while lows dip to 29°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can drive to Munich.

Things to do in Stuttgart

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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.
Munich is known for museums, historic sites, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Marienplatz, explore the activities along English Garden, admire the striking features of St. Peter's Church, and engage your brain at Deutsches Museum.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Munich holiday planner.

You can drive from Stuttgart to Munich in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly. In March, daytime highs in Munich are 49°F, while nighttime lows are 31°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can go by car to Nuremberg.

Things to do in Munich

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Tours

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.
Go for a jaunt from Nuremberg to Neumarkt in der Oberpfalz to see Museum Fur Historische MaybachFahrzeuge about 46 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the striking features of Germanisches Nationalmuseum, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, steep yourself in history at Albrecht Durer's House, and examine the collection at Memorium Nuremberg Trials.

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

You can drive from Munich to Nuremberg in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect a daytime high around 49°F in March, and nighttime lows around 31°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Wurzburg.

Things to do in Nuremberg

Museums · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks

Side Trip

Wurzburg

— 3 nights

Pearl of the Romantic Road

Founded in the 10th century, Wurzburg served as the home of powerful prince-bishops for many centuries.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Wurzburg: Rothenburg (Burggarten, Kathe Wohlfahrt's Christmas Shop, &more). There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Würzburg Residence, don't miss a visit to Market Square, examine the collection at Museum am Dom, and steep yourself in history at Frankoniabrunnen.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Wurzburg online itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Nuremberg to Wurzburg takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In March in Wurzburg, expect temperatures between 49°F during the day and 30°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can go by car to Winterberg.

Things to do in Wurzburg

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Winterberg

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 15th (Mon): fly down the slopes at Skigebiet Boedefeld-Hunau-Lift, get outside with Hochsauerlandkreis, and then hit the slopes at Sahnehang. Here are some ideas for day two: fly down the slopes at Snow World.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Winterberg online travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Wurzburg to Winterberg takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and car; or fly. In March in Winterberg, expect temperatures between 47°F during the day and 34°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can drive to Dresden.

Things to do in Winterberg

Winter Sports · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip

Dresden

— 4 nights

Florence of the North

Dresden boasts a long history as a royal residence of many Saxon kings.
Dresden is known for museums, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at The Dresden Zwinger, explore the historical opulence of Schloss & Park Pillnitz, pause for some serene contemplation at Katholische Hofkirche, and don't miss a visit to Frauenkirche Dresden.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Dresden trip itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Winterberg to Dresden in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and train. March in Dresden sees daily highs of 46°F and lows of 33°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to drive to Berlin.

Things to do in Dresden

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Berlin

— 6 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.
Berlin is known for museums, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: pause for some photo ops at Brandenburg Gate, get a sense of history and politics at Reichstag Building, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and see the interesting displays at Topography of Terror.

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You can drive from Dresden to Berlin in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Hamburg.

Things to do in Berlin

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Hamburg

— 5 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Hamburg side-trips: Bremen (Bremer Bonbon Manufaktur, Museen Boettcherstrasse, &more). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Miniatur Wunderland, explore the world behind art at Kunsthalle Hamburg, admire the natural beauty at Planten un Blomen, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Tierpark Hagenbeck.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Hamburg trip builder app.

Traveling by train from Berlin to Hamburg takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 47°F, and evening lows to 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hamburg

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

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.