45 days in Germany Itinerary

45 days in Germany Itinerary

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45 days in Germany Itinerary

Start: Phoenix
Fly:  17​h
1
Berlin
— 5 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Dresden
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Weimar
— 1 night
train:  2​h
4
Nuremberg
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Munich
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Schwangau
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Rothenburg
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
Baden-Baden
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
9
Trier
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
10
Cologne
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h
11
Hamburg
— 4 nights
Fly:  16​h 15​min
End: Phoenix

5
nights
Berlin

Berlin ©
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 Charlottenburg Palace and THE ROOM - Live Escape Game Berlin. Pergamonmuseum and Mampemuseum will appeal to museum buffs. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Strandbad Muggelsee, don't miss a visit to Potsdamer Platz, get a sense of history and politics at Reichstag Building, and pause for some photo ops at Brandenburg Gate.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Berlin trip planning app .

Phoenix, USA to Berlin is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Central European Time, which is usually an 8 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to take a train to Dresden.

Things to do in Berlin

Historic Sites Museums Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Pergamonmuseum ©
Pergamonmuseum
Topography of Terror ©
Topography of Terror
Charlottenburg Palace ©
Charlottenburg Palace

5
nights
Dresden

Dresden ©
Dresden boasts a long history as a royal residence of many Saxon kings.
Your inner history buff will appreciate The Dresden Zwinger and Frauenkirche Dresden. Museum-lovers will appreciate Albertinum and Royal Cabinet of Mathematical and Physical Instruments. The adventure continues: learn about all things military at Museum Festung Dresden, wander the streets of Rahnitzgasse, head outdoors with Schiffsanlegestelle Dresden, and take an in-depth tour of Royal Palace (Residenzschloss).

For photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Dresden trip maker app .

Traveling by train from Berlin to Dresden takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 56°F in April, and nighttime lows around 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Weimar.

Things to do in Dresden

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Saxon Switzerland National Park
Highlights from your plan
Albertinum ©
Albertinum
The Dresden Zwinger ©
The Dresden Zwinger
Frauenkirche Dresden ©
Frauenkirche Dresden

1
night
Weimar

Weimar ©
Weimar more than makes up for its relatively small size with a wealth of historical, cultural, and architectural attractions.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): step into the grandiose world of Schloss Belvedere, take an in-depth tour of Goethe National Museum, then admire the natural beauty at Goethes Gartenhaus, and finally contemplate the long history of Schillers Wohnhaus.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Weimar journey planning tool .

You can drive from Dresden to Weimar in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 55°F, and evening lows to 38°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Nuremberg.

Things to do in Weimar

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Goethe National Museum ©
Goethe National Museum
Schillers Wohnhaus ©
Schillers Wohnhaus
Goethes Gartenhaus ©
Goethes Gartenhaus

5
nights
Nuremberg

Nuremberg ©
Nuremberg's historic town center stands in the shadow of a towering imperial castle that dominates its northwestern corner.
Escape the urban bustle at Wohrder Wiese and Woehrder See. Your inner history buff will appreciate Kaiserburg Nurnberg and Rochusfriedhof. When in Nuremberg, make a side trip to see Flussbad Hainbadestelle in Bamberg, approximately 54 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Germanisches Nationalmuseum, hike along Schwarzacklamm Wanderweg, explore the historical opulence of Museum Tucherschloss und Hirsvogelsaal, and head outdoors with Barockgarten-Hesperidengarten Nurnberg.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Nuremberg trip planner.

Getting from Weimar to Nuremberg by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in April, and nighttime lows around 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Munich.

Things to do in Nuremberg

Historic Sites Outdoors Museums

Side Trip

Flussbad Hainbadestelle
Highlights from your plan
Kaiserburg Nurnberg ©
Kaiserburg Nurnberg
Germanisches Nationalmuseum ©
Germanisches Nationalmuseum
St. Lorenz Church ©
St. Lorenz Church

5
nights
Munich

Munich ©
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.
Nymphenburg Palace and Alte Pinakothek are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Take a break from the city and head to English Garden and DAV Kletter- und Boulderzentrum. Step out of Munich with an excursion to Strandbad Seeon in Seeon--about 1h 20 min away. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Munich Residenz, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter's Church, make a trip to Heidehaus, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Munich online tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Nuremberg to Munich takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In April, daily temperatures in Munich can reach 57°F, while at night they dip to 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to drive to Schwangau.

Things to do in Munich

Museums Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Strandbad Seeon
Highlights from your plan
Nymphenburg Palace ©
Nymphenburg Palace
Munich Residenz ©
Munich Residenz
Alte Pinakothek ©
Alte Pinakothek

2
nights
Schwangau

Schwangau ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): fly down the slopes at Zugspitzplatt, then step into the grandiose world of Schloss Hohenschwangau, and then step into the grandiose world of Schloss Neuschwanstein. On the next day, enjoy the sand and surf at Alpseebad, then step into the grandiose world of Schloss Linderhof, and then get outside with FlyTeam.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Schwangau day trip planner.

Drive from Munich to Schwangau in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In April in Schwangau, expect temperatures between 54°F during the day and 36°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Rothenburg.

Things to do in Schwangau

Outdoors Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Hohenschwangau, Schloss Linderhof, FlyTeam, Zugspitzplatt
Highlights from your plan
Zugspitzplatt ©
Zugspitzplatt
Schloss Neuschwanstein ©
Schloss Neuschwanstein
Schloss Linderhof ©
Schloss Linderhof

5
nights
Rothenburg

Rothenburg ©
An old imperial city, Rothenburg is the main tourist stop on the scenic Romantic Road of Bavaria.
Get some cultural insight at Altstadt and Franziskanerkirche. Appreciate the collections at Museum fuer Franken and Reichsstadtmuseum. Get out of town with these interesting Rothenburg side-trips: Wurzburg (Buergerspital zum Heiligen Geist - Weingut, Roentgen Memorial Site Wuerzburg, & more). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Spital Bastion, see the interesting displays at German Christmas Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Ghost Church, and take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Wolfgang's Church.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Rothenburg trip planner.

You can drive from Schwangau to Rothenburg in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 56°F, and evening lows to 40°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Baden-Baden.

Things to do in Rothenburg

Historic Sites Museums Wineries

Side Trip

Wurzburg
Highlights from your plan
Altstadt ©
Altstadt
Würzburg Residence ©
Würzburg Residence
Fortress Marienberg ©
Fortress Marienberg

5
nights
Baden-Baden

Baden-Baden ©
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.
Get some historical perspective at Schloss Heidelberg and Trinkhalle. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Weingut Schloss Neuweier and Museum Frieder Burda. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Baden-Baden: Unterstmatt (in Buhl), Seilbahn Belchen (in Aitern) and Freiburger Münster (in Freiburg im Breisgau). There's lots more to do: hike along Panoramaweg, get outside with Michaelsberg, take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise Russe, and do a tasting at Maier -Bio Weingut Baden.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Baden-Baden trip itinerary planning tool .

Getting from Rothenburg to Baden-Baden by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Baden-Baden can reach 61°F, while at night they dip to 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can drive to Trier.

Things to do in Baden-Baden

Parks Outdoors Wineries

Side Trips

Freiburger Münster, Seilbahn Belchen, Unterstmatt, Schloss Heidelberg
Highlights from your plan
Geroldsau Waterfall ©
Geroldsau Waterfall
Schloss Heidelberg ©
Schloss Heidelberg
Museum Frieder Burda ©
Museum Frieder Burda

5
nights
Trier

Trier ©
Trier may be the oldest city in Germany, founded long before the Roman times.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like St. Mathias Church and Saint Gangolf's Church. Take a break from the city and head to Petrisberg and Krahnenufer. Take a break from Trier with a short trip to Mosel Valley in Bernkastel-Kues, about 1h 05 min away. There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Stadtmuseum Simeonstift, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Martin, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Paulin-Kirche, and admire the striking features of St. Peter's Cathedral (Dom).

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Trier road trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Baden-Baden to Trier takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In April in Trier, expect temperatures between 57°F during the day and 39°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can go by car to Cologne.

Things to do in Trier

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trip

Mosel Valley
Highlights from your plan
St. Mathias Church ©
St. Mathias Church
St. Peter's Cathedral (Dom) ©
St. Peter's Cathedral (Dom)
St. Martin ©
St. Martin

1
night
Cologne

Cologne ©
Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Tue): explore the world behind art at Wallraf-Richartz Museum, don't miss a visit to Cologne Cathedral, and then explore the world behind art at Museum Ludwig.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Cologne trip maker site .

Traveling by car from Trier to Cologne takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 66°F, and evening lows to 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to travel to Hamburg.

Things to do in Cologne

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Wallraf-Richartz Museum ©
Wallraf-Richartz Museum
Cologne Cathedral ©
Cologne Cathedral
Museum Ludwig ©
Museum Ludwig

4
nights
Hamburg

Hamburg ©
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.
We've included these beaches for you: Wildpark Schwarze Berge and Schilksee Strandbad. Get a sense of the local culture at Miniatur Wunderland and Kunsthalle Hamburg. Explore Hamburg's surroundings by going to Sankt Peter Ording Beach (in Sankt Peter-Ording), 28Grad Strandbad Wedel (in Wedel) and The Wadden Sea, Germany (in Norden). The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Speicherstadt and contemplate the long history of Alter Elbtunnel.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Hamburg online visit planner .

You can fly from Cologne to Hamburg in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 63°F, and evening lows to 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hamburg

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Wildpark Schwarze Berge, Sankt Peter Ording Beach, 28Grad Strandbad Wedel, Schilksee Strandbad, The Wadden Sea, Germany
Highlights from your plan
Wildpark Schwarze Berge ©
Wildpark Schwarze Berge
Miniatur Wunderland ©
Miniatur Wunderland
Kunsthalle Hamburg ©
Kunsthalle Hamburg

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