42 days in Germany Itinerary

42 days in Germany Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Germany tour itinerary planner

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Berlin
— 2 nights
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Ostseebad Binz, Rugen Island
— 3 nights
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Stralsund
— 3 nights
Fly to Munich, Train to Bamberg
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Bamberg
— 2 nights
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Munich
— 3 nights
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Garmisch-Partenkirchen
— 3 nights
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Berchtesgaden
— 3 nights
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Regensburg
— 3 nights
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Rothenburg
— 3 nights
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Trier
— 3 nights
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Cochem
— 3 nights
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Helgoland
— 2 nights
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Hamburg
— 3 nights
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Berlin

— 2 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.
Get some historical perspective at Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen and Mauermuseum - Museum Haus am Checkpoint Charlie. Charlottenburg Palace and Topography of Terror are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Pergamonmuseum, steep yourself in history at Memorial of the Berlin Wall, make a trip to East Side Gallery, and pause for some photo ops at The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe.

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Sydney, Australia to Berlin is an approximately 25.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 9 hours traveling from Sydney to Berlin. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Ostseebad Binz.

Things to do in Berlin

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours

Side Trip

Ostseebad Binz, Rugen Island

— 3 nights
Do some cultural sightseeing at Granitz Hunting Lodge and Kreidemuseum Rügen. Escape the urban bustle at Binzer Strand and Insel Vilm. Take a break from Ostseebad Binz with a short trip to Kreidefelsen in Sassnitz, about 34 minutes away.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Ostseebad Binz journey builder app.

You can drive from Berlin to Ostseebad Binz in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Ostseebad Binz can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can drive to Stralsund.

Things to do in Ostseebad Binz

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Stralsund

— 3 nights
Set on the Baltic Sea across from the island of Rugen, Straslund has for centuries focused on fishing and shipbuilding industries.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Stralsunder Rathaus and Die Gristower Kirche. Do some cultural sightseeing at St. Marienkirche and Kirche St. Michael. Venture out of the city with trips to Western Pomerania Lagoon Area National Park (in Born auf dem Darss), Darsser (in Ribnitz-Damgarten) and Ostseebad Dierhagen (in Dierhagen). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Halbinsel Devin.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Stralsund sightseeing website.

You can drive from Ostseebad Binz to Stralsund in an hour. Another option is to take a train. Traveling from Ostseebad Binz in May, plan for little chillier nights in Stralsund, with lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to Bamberg.

Things to do in Stralsund

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trips

Bamberg

— 2 nights

Franconian Rome

First mentioned in historical records from the year 902, Bamberg retains today the medieval, old-world charm that has defined its past development.
Visit Bamberg Altstadt and Burgruine Hohenberneck for their historical value. Discover out-of-the-way places like Bamberg Cathedral and Altes Rathaus. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bamberg: Wallfahrtskirche Armesberg (in Kulmain), Klosterkirche Speinshart (in Speinshart) and Gossweinstein (Burg Gossweinstein & Basilika Goessweinstein). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica of the Fourteen Holy Helpers, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildpark Schloss Tambach, examine the collection at Coburger Puppenmuseum, and step into the grandiose world of Schloss Ehrenburg.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Bamberg day trip planning website.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Stralsund to Bamberg takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in May, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Munich.

Things to do in Bamberg

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Munich

— 3 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Nymphenburg Palace and Munich Residenz. Discover out-of-the-way places like Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site and Deutsches Museum. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter's Church, admire the landmark architecture of Asamkirche, catch a live event at Olympiapark, and contemplate the waterfront views at English Garden.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Munich attractions website.

Getting from Bamberg to Munich by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, daytime highs in Munich are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

Things to do in Munich

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Nature

Side Trip

Garmisch-Partenkirchen

— 3 nights
Nestled within the Bavarian Alps, Garmisch-Partenkirchen offers a classic mountain feel along with world-class winter sports.
Escape the urban bustle at Partnachklamm and Hoher Kranzberg. Get a sense of the local culture at Schloss Hohenschwangau and Altstadt von Fuessen. Change things up with these side-trips from Garmisch-Partenkirchen: Schloss Neuschwanstein (in Schwangau), Fussen (Benediktinerkloster St. Mang & Hl.-Geist-Spitalkirche) and Burgruine Hohenfreyberg (in Eisenberg). There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pilgrimage Church of Wies, steep yourself in history at Altstadt (Old Town) Mittenwald, step into the grandiose world of Schloss Linderhof, and stroll through Zugspitze.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Garmisch-Partenkirchen online itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Munich to Garmisch-Partenkirchen takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Garmisch-Partenkirchen can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Berchtesgaden.

Things to do in Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Berchtesgaden

— 3 nights

Germany's Mountain Gem

Bordered on three sides by Austria, Berchtesgaden is encircled by snow-capped mountain peaks that offer sweeping views of the entire region.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Dokumentationszentrum Obersalzberg and Heilige Kapelle (Gnadenkapelle). The Eagle's Nest and Kapuzinerkloster St. Magdalena will appeal to history buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Berchtesgaden: Handwerkermeile (in Burghausen) and Altotting (Jerusalem Panorama, Kapellplatz, &more). Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Konigssee, stroll the grounds of Old Cemetery Berchtesgaden, take in the pleasant sights at Almbachklamm, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Andreas Church.

To find ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Berchtesgaden trip builder website.

Traveling by car from Garmisch-Partenkirchen to Berchtesgaden takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, daily temperatures in Berchtesgaden can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Regensburg.

Things to do in Berchtesgaden

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Regensburg

— 3 nights
One of Germany’s oldest towns and home to a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Regensburg today offers a medieval charm not found in many of the country’s cities today.
Popular historic sites such as Cathedral of St Peter's and Old Town are in your itinerary. Escape the urban bustle at Nationalparkzentrum Falkenstein and Naturschutzgebiet Holle. Explore Regensburg's surroundings by going to Burgruine Kurnberg (in Stamsried), Schloss Guteneck (in Guteneck) and Kastell Abusina am Limes (in Neustadt an der Donau). There's more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilika St. Emmeram and make a trip to Maria Laeng Kapelle.

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Traveling by car from Berchtesgaden to Regensburg takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, daily temperatures in Regensburg can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Rothenburg.

Things to do in Regensburg

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Rothenburg

— 3 nights

Medieval Heart of Germany

An old imperial city, Rothenburg is the main tourist stop on the scenic Romantic Road of Bavaria.
Altstadt and St. Jacob's Church (St. Jakobskirche) are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visit Würzburg Residence and Town Walls for their historical value. Change things up with these side-trips from Rothenburg: Marktplatz (in Marktbreit), Johannes Deppisch Weinhaus am Main Winery (in Marktheidenfeld) and Fortress Marienberg (in Wurzburg). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Schloss und Schlossgarten Weikersheim, ponder the world of politics at Stadt Rothenburg ob der Tauber, steep yourself in history at Spital Bastion, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Schonenbergkirche.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Rothenburg travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Regensburg to Rothenburg by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, daytime highs in Rothenburg are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Trier.

Things to do in Rothenburg

Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Trier

— 3 nights

Oldest City in Germany

Trier may be the oldest city in Germany, founded long before the Roman times.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Porta Nigra and St. Martin. Popular historic sites such as St. Peter's Cathedral (Dom) and Romische Villa Urbana are in your itinerary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Trier: Nationalpark Hunsruck-Hochwald (in Birkenfeld), Mittelalterlicher Marktplatz (in Bernkastel-Kues) and Flugausstellung L.+P. Junior (in Hermeskeil). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Liebfrauenkirche, Trier, admire the landmark architecture of Kurfurstliches Palais, don't miss a visit to Begegnungsstatte Schaumberg, and hike along Litermont-Gipfeltour.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Trier trip itinerary tool.

You can drive from Rothenburg to Trier in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can drive to Cochem.

Things to do in Trier

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Cochem

— 3 nights

Pearl of the Mosselle Valley

Nestled away within the rolling hills of the Moselle River Valley, Cochem possesses an archetypical German appearance and medieval charm that provides one of the best atmospheres in the country.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Reichsburg Cochem and Eltz Castle. Get in touch with nature at Mosel Valley and Layensteig Strimmiger-Berg. Venture out of the city with trips to Marksburg (in Braubach), Ehrenbreitstein Fortress (in Koblenz) and Thurant Castle (in Alken). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Bundesbank-Bunker Cochem and learn about winemaking at Weingut Walter J. Oster.

To find photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Cochem trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Trier to Cochem takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in June, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Helgoland.

Things to do in Cochem

Historic Sites · Wineries · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Helgoland

— 2 nights
Heligoland is a small German archipelago in the North Sea. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Sankt Nicolai Kirche Helgoland and Alte Inselkirche Baltrum. Escape the urban bustle at Helgolander Kegelrobben and Hafen Carolinensiel. Explore Helgoland's surroundings by going to Nationalpark-Haus Carolinensiel (in Carolinensiel), Watt (in Baltrum) and Hafen Neuharlingersiel (in Neuharlingersiel). There's lots more to do: expand your understanding of the military at Festung Helgoland, make a trip to Lange Anna, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Biologische Anstalt Helgoland, and identify plant and animal life at Wattwanderzentrum Ostfriesland.

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The Route module can help you plan travel from Cochem to Helgoland. In June in Helgoland, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Hamburg.

Things to do in Helgoland

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums

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.
Get some historical perspective at Alter Elbtunnel and Adelige Kloster. Get some cultural insight at Speicherstadt and St. Michael's Church. Explore Hamburg's surroundings by going to St.-Petri-Kirche zu Bosau (in Bosau), Lubeck Altstadt (Lubeck Oldtown) (in Lubeck) and Basilika Altenkrempe (in Altenkrempe). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Miniatur Wunderland, look for all kinds of wild species at Arche Warder - Zentrum fur seltene Nutztierrassen, admire the natural beauty at Planten un Blomen, and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Hamburg trip itinerary app.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Helgoland to Hamburg. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in June, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Hamburg

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Wildlife

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.