43 days in Germany Itinerary

43 days in Germany Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Germany travel planner

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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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Schwangau
— 1 night
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Munich
— 5 nights
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Nuremberg
— 4 nights
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Wurzburg
— 5 nights
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Stuttgart
— 1 night
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Baden-Baden
— 4 nights
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Frankfurt
— 4 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, admire the striking features of St. Michael's Church, appreciate the extensive heritage of Speicherstadt, and squeeze the most out of the city with City Tours.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Hamburg trip maker tool.

New York City, USA to Hamburg is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from New York City to Hamburg due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in May, expect Hamburg to be a bit cooler, temps between 63°F and 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) 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: get a sense of history and politics at Reichstag Building, appreciate the history behind Brandenburg Gate, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and contemplate the long history of Charlottenburg Palace.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Berlin road trip site.

Traveling by train from Hamburg to Berlin takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to drive 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.
Dresden is known for museums, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to The Dresden Zwinger, explore the world behind art at Gemaldegalerie Alte Meister, take an in-depth tour of Transport Museum Dresden, and see the interesting displays at Panometer Dresden.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Dresden trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Berlin to Dresden takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May in Dresden, expect temperatures between 64°F during the day and 48°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Schwangau.

Things to do in Dresden

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Neighborhoods

Schwangau

— 1 night

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 2nd (Wed), stroll around Der Kurpark in Schwangau, then step into the grandiose world of Schloss Neuschwanstein, then step into the grandiose world of Schloss Hohenschwangau, and finally get outside with Poellat Gorge.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Schwangau tour app.

Traveling by flight from Dresden to Schwangau takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 70°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Munich.

Things to do in Schwangau

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks

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: don't miss a visit to Marienplatz, contemplate the long history of Nymphenburg Palace, enjoy breathtaking views from Frauenkirche, and admire the masterpieces at Alte Pinakothek.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Munich trip planner.

You can drive from Schwangau to Munich in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In June, daytime highs in Munich are 72°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Nuremberg.

Things to do in Munich

Museums · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries · 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.
Nuremberg is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step into the grandiose world of Kaiserburg Nurnberg, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, contemplate the long history of Albrecht Durer's House, and make a trip to St. Lorenz Church.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Nuremberg online travel route planner.

Getting from Munich to Nuremberg by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In June in Nuremberg, expect temperatures between 72°F during the day and 52°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Wurzburg.

Things to do in Nuremberg

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Wurzburg

— 5 nights

Pearl of the Romantic Road

Founded in the 10th century, Wurzburg served as the home of powerful prince-bishops for many centuries.
Explore Wurzburg's surroundings by going to Rothenburg (Schmiedgasse, Das Plonlein, &more). And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Würzburg Residence, snap pictures at Alte Mainbruecke, steep yourself in history at Fortress Marienberg, and take in nature's colorful creations at Furstengarten Marienberg.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Wurzburg road trip planning tool.

Drive from Nuremberg to Wurzburg in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June in Wurzburg, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to drive to Stuttgart.

Things to do in Wurzburg

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Wineries

Side Trip

Stuttgart

— 1 night

Cradle of the Automobile

Stuttgart spreads across a variety of valleys, parks, and hills--many of them covered by vineyards.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Thu): admire the landmark architecture of Mercedes-Benz Museum, then examine the collection at Porsche Museum, then admire the masterpieces at Staatsgalerie, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Fernsehturm Stuttgart.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Stuttgart trip builder tool.

Traveling by car from Wurzburg to Stuttgart takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. June in Stuttgart sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 54°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to drive to Baden-Baden.

Things to do in Stuttgart

Museums

Baden-Baden

— 4 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.
Take a break from Baden-Baden with a short trip to Europa-Park in Rust, about 54 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Museum Frieder Burda, pause for some serene contemplation at Stiftskirche Baden-Baden, explore the ancient world of Hohenbaden Old Castle, and walk around Lichtentaler Allee.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Baden-Baden online driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Stuttgart to Baden-Baden in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. In June, daytime highs in Baden-Baden are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can go by car to Frankfurt.

Things to do in Baden-Baden

Theme Parks · Parks · Historic Sites · Baths

Side Trip

Frankfurt

— 4 nights

Mainhattan

A global center of finance and transportation, Frankfurt is perhaps best known for its futuristic cityscape.
Get out of town with these interesting Frankfurt side-trips: Schloss Heidelberg (in Heidelberg), Edersee (in Waldeck) and Messel Pit Fossil Site (in Messel). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Stadel Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Main Tower, hike along Basaltpark Wanderweg, and make a trip to Parc national de Kellerwald-Edersee.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Frankfurt online trip maker.

Traveling by car from Baden-Baden to Frankfurt takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In June, daytime highs in Frankfurt are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can drive to Trier.

Things to do in Frankfurt

Parks · Historic Sites · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trips

Trier

— 4 nights

Oldest City in Germany

Trier may be the oldest city in Germany, founded long before the Roman times.
Step out of Trier with an excursion to Mosel Valley in Bernkastel-Kues--about 1h 5 min away. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter's Cathedral (Dom), explore the ancient world of Porta Nigra, get a taste of the local shopping with Hauptmarkt, and get a sense of history and politics at Kurfurstliches Palais.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Trier trip simple and quick.

You can drive from Frankfurt to Trier in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and bus. In June in Trier, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 53°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Cologne.

Things to do in Trier

Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries · Parks

Side Trip

Cologne

— 1 night

City of Churches

Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Wed): walk around Forstbotanischer Garten, then admire the masterpieces at Wallraf-Richartz Museum, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Cologne Cathedral.

To plan Cologne vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Traveling by car from Trier to Cologne takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June in Cologne, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 52°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Cologne

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

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.