40 days in Germany Itinerary

40 days in Germany Itinerary

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Hamburg
— 3 nights
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Berlin
— 5 nights
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Dresden
— 5 nights
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Wurzburg
— 4 nights
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Nuremberg
— 4 nights
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Munich
— 5 nights
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Schwangau
— 2 nights
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Freiburg im Breisgau
— 1 night
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Baden-Baden
— 5 nights
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Trier
— 4 nights
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Cologne
— 1 night
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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.
Hamburg is known for museums, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Miniatur Wunderland, get to know the fascinating history of Alter Elbtunnel, explore the world behind art at Kunsthalle Hamburg, and go all around town with City Tours.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Hamburg trip planner.

Manchester, UK to Hamburg is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In June, daily temperatures in Hamburg can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Berlin.

Things to do in Hamburg

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites

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.
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 the lay of the land with Walking tours, explore the world behind art at Pergamonmuseum, and contemplate the long history of East Side Gallery.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Berlin trip itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Hamburg to Berlin in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Dresden.

Things to do in Berlin

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Dresden

— 5 nights

Florence of the North

Dresden boasts a long history as a royal residence of many Saxon kings.
Change things up with these side-trips from Dresden: Leipzig (St. Thomas Church, Museum der Bildenden Kunste, &more). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at The Dresden Zwinger, examine the collection at Neues Grünes Gewölbe, make a trip to Frauenkirche Dresden, and admire the landmark architecture of Bruehlsche Terrasse.

To see maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Dresden route builder.

Drive from Berlin to Dresden in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Wurzburg.

Things to do in Dresden

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Wurzburg

— 4 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, Medieval Crime Museum (Mittelalterliches Kriminalmuseum), &more). There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Würzburg Residence, explore the galleries of Fortress Marienberg, don't miss a visit to Market Square, and contemplate the long history of Schloss Veitshöchheim.

For maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Wurzburg trip planner.

You can drive from Dresden to Wurzburg in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. Traveling from Dresden in July, Wurzburg is a bit cooler at night with lows of 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Nuremberg.

Things to do in Wurzburg

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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.
Nuremberg is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Germanisches Nationalmuseum, make a trip to St. Lorenz Church, step into the grandiose world of Kaiserburg Nurnberg, and examine the collection at Memorium Nuremberg Trials.

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Getting from Wurzburg to Nuremberg by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in July, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can go by car to Munich.

Things to do in Nuremberg

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

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, admire the masterpieces at Alte Pinakothek, steep yourself in history at Nymphenburg Palace, and see the interesting displays at Munich Residenz.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Munich trip builder site.

Getting from Nuremberg to Munich by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in July, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Schwangau.

Things to do in Munich

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Childrens Museums

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.
On the 17th (Sat), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pilgrimage Church of Wies, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Oberammergau Church, then take some stellar pictures from Maxsteg an der Fussener Klamm-Fall, then steep yourself in history at Schloss Hohenschwangau, and finally step into the grandiose world of Schloss Neuschwanstein. Keep things going the next day: head outdoors with Alpine Coaster Oberammergau, then step into the grandiose world of Schloss Linderhof, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Kirche St. Georg.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Schwangau journey planner.

You can drive from Munich to Schwangau in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. July in Schwangau sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can go by car to Freiburg im Breisgau.

Things to do in Schwangau

Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Freiburg im Breisgau

— 1 night

Capital of the Black Forest

In the heart of a major wine-producing region, Freiburg im Breisgau serves as the primary entry point for tours into the scenic Black Forest mountain range.
On the 19th (Mon), find something for the whole family at Europa-Park.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Freiburg im Breisgau tour planner.

Drive from Schwangau to Freiburg im Breisgau in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Schwangau in July, things will get a bit warmer in Freiburg im Breisgau: highs are around 32°C and lows about 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to drive to Baden-Baden.

Things to do in Freiburg im Breisgau

Theme Parks

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

Baden-Baden

— 5 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.
Explore Baden-Baden's surroundings by going to Heidelberg (Museum of the Palatinate (Kurpfalzisches Museum) and restaurant & Schloss Heidelberg). Next up on the itinerary: head outdoors with Gertelbachwasserfaelle, explore the world behind art at Museum Frieder Burda, don't miss a visit to MerkurBergbahn, and admire the natural beauty at Rosengarten auf dem Beutig.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Baden-Baden trip planner.

Drive from Freiburg im Breisgau to Baden-Baden in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. July in Baden-Baden sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 18°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Trier.

Things to do in Baden-Baden

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Spas

Side Trips

Trier

— 4 nights

Oldest City in Germany

Trier may be the oldest city in Germany, founded long before the Roman times.
Trier is known for historic sites, shopping, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of St. Peter's Cathedral (Dom), browse the eclectic array of goods at Hauptmarkt, ponder the world of politics at Kurfurstliches Palais, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Petrisberg.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Trier road trip site.

Traveling by car from Baden-Baden to Trier takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in July, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to drive to Cologne.

Things to do in Trier

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks

Cologne

— 1 night

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 29th (Thu): explore the world behind art at Wallraf-Richartz Museum, then admire the striking features of Cologne Cathedral, and then explore the world behind art at Museum Ludwig.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Cologne online road trip planner.

Drive from Trier to Cologne in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. July in Cologne sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cologne

Museums · Historic Sites

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.