45 days in Germany Itinerary

45 days in Germany Itinerary

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Munich
— 2 nights
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Augsburg
— 2 nights
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Garmisch-Partenkirchen
— 1 night
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Schwangau
— 1 night
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Dresden
— 3 nights
Drive
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Leipzig
— 2 nights
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Potsdam
— 1 day
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Berlin
— 1 night
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Hamburg
— 3 nights
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Bremen
— 2 nights
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Cologne
— 1 day
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Trier
— 1 night
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Frankfurt
— 4 nights
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Stuttgart
— 1 night
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Wurzburg
— 2 nights
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Nuremberg
— 2 nights
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Bamberg
— 1 night
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Regensburg
— 2 nights
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Rothenburg
— 13 nights
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Munich

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): make a trip to Marienplatz, engage your brain at Deutsches Museum, and then admire the masterpieces at Alte Pinakothek. Keep things going the next day: get a sense of history and politics at New Town Hall (Neus Rathaus), admire the natural beauty at English Garden, then see the interesting displays at Munich Residenz, and finally admire the striking features of St. Peter's Church.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Munich road trip planner.

Brisbane, Australia to Munich is an approximately 24.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a -9 hour difference. Traveling from Brisbane in December, things will get much colder in Munich: highs are around 5°C and lows about -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Augsburg.

Things to do in Munich

Museums · Childrens Museums · Nature · Parks

Augsburg

— 2 nights

Peace City

Easily and quickly accessible from anywhere in the country, Augsburg is packed with historical attractions and intersected by quaint cobbled streets.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sun): explore the world behind art at Schaezlerpalais, examine the collection at Augsburger Puppentheatermuseum, make a trip to Fuggerei, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of St. Maria (Dom St. Maria), and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Perlach Tower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Mon): ponder the world of politics at Augsburg Town Hall, make a trip to Augustusbrunnen, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of St. Ulrich and St. Afra, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Anne's Church, Augsburg, then admire the landmark architecture of Fuggerhauser, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at THERME Bad Worishofen.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Augsburg day trip planning app.

You can drive from Munich to Augsburg in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 5°C in December, and nighttime lows around -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to drive to Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

Things to do in Augsburg

Museums · Spas · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Garmisch-Partenkirchen

— 1 night
Nestled within the Bavarian Alps, Garmisch-Partenkirchen offers a classic mountain feel along with world-class winter sports.
On the 6th (Tue), take in the awesome beauty at Zugspitze and then explore the historical opulence of Schloss Linderhof.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Garmisch-Partenkirchen travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Augsburg to Garmisch-Partenkirchen takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Augsburg in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, with lows of -4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can drive to Schwangau.

Things to do in Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Winter Sports · Outdoors · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

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.
For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Schwangau tour itinerary tool.

Drive from Garmisch-Partenkirchen to Schwangau in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. December in Schwangau sees daily highs of 6°C and lows of -3°C at night. You will leave for Dresden on the 7th (Wed).

Things to do in Schwangau

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Museums

Dresden

— 3 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 trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at The Dresden Zwinger, make a trip to Old Market Square (Altmarkt), see the interesting displays at Neues Grünes Gewölbe, and pause for some serene contemplation at Frauenkirche Dresden.

To see photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Dresden trip planner.

You can fly from Schwangau to Dresden in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Schwangau in December since evenings lows in Dresden dip to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Leipzig.

Things to do in Dresden

Museums · Historic Sites

Leipzig

— 2 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.
On the 10th (Sat), meet the residents at Zoo Leipzig, steep yourself in history at Schillerhaus, make a trip to Nikolaisaule, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Nicholas Church (Nikolaikirche), and finally don't miss a visit to Market Square (Markt). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Bach Museum, appreciate the history behind Volkerschlachtdenkmal, explore the world behind art at Museum der Bildenden Kunste, then buy something for everyone on your list at Hauptbahnhof Leipzig, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St. Thomas Church.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Leipzig visit planner.

Traveling by car from Dresden to Leipzig takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December in Leipzig, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can drive to Potsdam.

Things to do in Leipzig

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Zoos & Aquariums

Potsdam

— 1 day

Versailles of Germany

Formerly an official residence of the Prussian kings, Potsdam is surrounded by a series of interconnected lakes, parks, and palaces.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Neues Palais, walk around Sanssouci Park, then take in nature's colorful creations at Potsdam's Gardens, then snap pictures at Glienicke Bridge, and finally don't miss a visit to Ruinenberg.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Potsdam itinerary planner.

Drive from Leipzig to Potsdam in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Berlin.

Things to do in Potsdam

Parks · Historic Sites

Berlin

— 1 night

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.
To see other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Berlin tour itinerary maker site.

You can drive from Potsdam to Berlin in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. You'll set off for Hamburg on the 13th (Tue).

Things to do in Berlin

Nightlife · Tours · Museums · Outdoors

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 trip includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Miniatur Wunderland, make a trip to Rathausmarkt, learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting, and contemplate the long history of Alter Elbtunnel.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Hamburg trip site.

Traveling by train from Berlin to Hamburg takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Hamburg are 7°C, while nighttime lows are 2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Bremen.

Things to do in Hamburg

Museums · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries · Tours

Bremen

— 2 nights

Short-Way City

A rather long and narrow city spread along both sides of the Weser River, Bremen has more than a thousand years of history.
On the 16th (Fri), don't miss a visit to Historische Altstadt, get a sense of history and politics at Bremer Rathaus, then don't miss a visit to Bottcherstrasse, and finally make a trip to Bremer Stadtmusikanten. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Schlachte, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter's Cathedral (St. Petri Dom), then don't miss a visit to Schnoor Viertel, then make a trip to Marktplatz, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Martini Kirche.

To see photos and tourist information, go to the Bremen trip builder website.

Traveling by car from Hamburg to Bremen takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Bremen can reach 8°C, while at night they dip to 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Cologne.

Things to do in Bremen

Historic Sites

Cologne

— 1 day

City of Churches

Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
On the 18th (Sun), take an in-depth tour of Roman-German Museum (Romisch-Germanisches Museum), explore the world behind art at Museum Ludwig, admire the landmark architecture of Cologne Cathedral, then see the interesting displays at Chocolate Museum, and finally don't miss a visit to KolnTriangle.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Cologne online visit planner.

Traveling by car from Bremen to Cologne takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. In December, daily temperatures in Cologne can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Trier.

Things to do in Cologne

Museums · Historic Sites

Trier

— 1 night

Oldest City in Germany

Trier may be the oldest city in Germany, founded long before the Roman times.
For ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Trier travel planner.

Getting from Cologne to Trier by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Cologne in December: highs in Trier hover around 5°C, while lows dip to 0°C. On the 19th (Mon), you're off to Frankfurt.

Things to do in Trier

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Outdoors

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: Heidelberg (Bergfriedhof Heidelberg, Student Jail (Studentenkarzer), &more). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Stadel Museum, take in the views from Iron Bridge, admire the striking features of Romer, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of St. Bartholomew (Dom St. Bartholomaus).

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Frankfurt online trip planner.

Traveling by car from Trier to Frankfurt takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and flight. December in Frankfurt sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Stuttgart.

Things to do in Frankfurt

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods

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.
On the 23rd (Fri), admire the landmark architecture of Mercedes-Benz Museum, take in panoramic vistas at Fernsehturm Stuttgart, then shop like a local with Konigstrasse, and finally make a trip to Palace Square.

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You can take a train from Frankfurt to Stuttgart in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. In December, daily temperatures in Stuttgart can reach 7°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can drive to Wurzburg.

Things to do in Stuttgart

Neighborhoods · Shopping · Historic Sites · Museums

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.
On the 24th (Sat), take an in-depth tour of Fortress Marienberg, don't miss a visit to Market Square, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Marienkapelle, then snap pictures at Alte Mainbruecke, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Kilian Cathedral, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Der Hofgarten. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Neumuenster, make a trip to Residenzplatz, then step into the grandiose world of Würzburg Residence, and finally make a trip to Hofkirche.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Wurzburg journey planning site.

Traveling by car from Stuttgart to Wurzburg takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, daily temperatures in Wurzburg can reach 6°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to drive to Nuremberg.

Things to do in Wurzburg

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Nuremberg

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at St. Lorenz Church, explore the historical opulence of Kaiserburg Nurnberg, steep yourself in history at Kongresshalle Nurnberg, then see the interesting displays at Dokumentationszentrum Reichsparteitagsgelände, and finally contemplate the long history of Reichsparteigelande (Nazi Party Rally Grounds). On the 27th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Toy Museum, then contemplate the long history of Albrecht Durer's House, then don't miss a visit to Altstadt, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Germanisches Nationalmuseum.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Nuremberg trip tool.

You can drive from Wurzburg to Nuremberg in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. December in Nuremberg sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of 0°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can go by car to Bamberg.

Things to do in Nuremberg

Museums · Historic Sites

Bamberg

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Altes Rathaus, then admire the landmark architecture of Bamberg HellerHaus, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Bamberg Cathedral, and finally contemplate the long history of Bamberg Altstadt. On the 29th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Alte Hofhaltung, don't miss a visit to Klein Venedig, then steep yourself in history at Neue Residenz Bamberg, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Jakobskirche.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Bamberg day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Nuremberg to Bamberg takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 6°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Regensburg.

Things to do in Bamberg

Historic Sites · Museums

Regensburg

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Altes Rathaus, then take in the views from Old Stone Bridge, then stop by Old Town, and finally steep yourself in history at Neupfarrplatz. On the 31st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilika St. Emmeram, snap pictures at Brueckturm Museum, take an in-depth tour of Historisches Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica of the Nativity of Our Lady Regensburg, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of St Peter's, and finally make a trip to Maria Laeng Kapelle.

For maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Regensburg attractions planner.

You can drive from Bamberg to Regensburg in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 4°C, and evening lows to -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can drive to Rothenburg.

Things to do in Regensburg

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums

Rothenburg

— 13 nights

Medieval Heart of Germany

An old imperial city, Rothenburg is the main tourist stop on the scenic Romantic Road of Bavaria.
Venture out of the city with trips to Rohrenbrunnen (in Feuchtwangen), Dinkelsbuhl (Haus der Geschichte Dinkelsbuhl, Wornitztor, &more) and Schwabisch Hall (Fachwerkhaeuser am Hafenmarkt, St. Michael, &more). And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Altstadt, contemplate the long history of Town Walls, don't miss a visit to St Peter und Paul Kirche Detwang, and admire the striking features of Fleisch- und Tanzhaus.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Rothenburg trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can drive from Regensburg to Rothenburg in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In December in Rothenburg, expect temperatures between 5°C during the day and 0°C at night. On the 13th (Fri), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Rothenburg

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

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.