51 days in Germany Itinerary

51 days in Germany Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Germany trip planner

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Fly to Berlin Schoenefeld, Train to Dresden
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Dresden
— 6 nights
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Leipzig
— 3 nights
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Berlin
— 7 nights
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Hamburg
— 4 nights
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Heidelberg
— 4 nights
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Trier
— 6 nights
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Stuttgart
— 2 nights
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Wurzburg
— 5 nights
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Nuremberg
— 6 nights
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Munich
— 7 nights
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Dresden

— 6 nights

Florence of the North

Dresden boasts a long history as a royal residence of many Saxon kings.
For shopping fun, head to Kulturpalast Dresden or Tradition & Form. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Neues Grünes Gewölbe and Gemaldegalerie Alte Meister. And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at The Dresden Zwinger, take in the exciting artwork at From Monet to Klimt, examine the collection at Museum fur Sachsische Volkskunst mit Puppentheatersammlung, and buy something for everyone on your list at Centrum Galerie.

To find maps and other tourist information, read Dresden trip maker tool.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Dresden is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly. The time zone difference when traveling from Tel Aviv to Dresden is minus 1 hour. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Tel Aviv in December; daily highs in Dresden reach 7°C and lows reach 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can drive to Leipzig.

Things to do in Dresden

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Spas

Leipzig

— 3 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.
Let the collections at Goethe National Museum and Grassi Museum capture your imagination. St. Nicholas Church (Nikolaikirche) and Das Chemnitzer Rathaus will appeal to history buffs. When in Leipzig, make a side trip to see Altstadt in Quedlinburg, approximately Quedlinburg away. There's much more to do: buy something for everyone on your list at Hauptbahnhof Leipzig, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Thomas Church, get to know the resident critters at Zoo Leipzig, and don't miss a visit to Volkerschlachtdenkmal.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Leipzig itinerary planning site.

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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Berlin.

Things to do in Leipzig

Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums

Side Trips

Berlin

— 7 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen and Sammlung Hoffman. Museum-lovers will get to explore Pergamonmuseum and KW Institute for Contemporary Art. Next up on the itinerary: buy something for everyone on your list at Die Hackeschen Hoefe, appreciate the history behind The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and steep yourself in history at Charlottenburg Palace.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Berlin trip website.

You can take a train from Leipzig to Berlin in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Hamburg.

Things to do in Berlin

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trip

Hamburg

— 4 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Holstentor and Alter Elbtunnel. You'll explore and learn at Miniatur Wunderland and Red Gallery. Venture out of the city with trips to Lubeck (Lubecker Weihnachtsmarkt, Lubeck Altstadt (Lubeck Oldtown), &more). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael's Church, take in nature's colorful creations at Planten un Blomen, go all around town with City Tours, and admire the masterpieces at Kunsthalle Hamburg.

For other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Hamburg vacation planning site.

Getting from Berlin to Hamburg by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: 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 21st (Mon) early enough to travel to Heidelberg.

Things to do in Hamburg

Museums · Shopping · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Heidelberg

— 4 nights

City of Romanticism

A vibrant university city, Heidelberg is nestled in the picturesque Neckar river valley.
Schloss Heidelberg and Old Bridge (Karl Theodor Bridge) will appeal to history buffs. Discover out-of-the-way places like Stadel Museum and Cathedral of St. Bartholomew (Dom St. Bartholomaus). Explore Heidelberg's surroundings by going to Frankfurt (Senckenberg Natural History Museum (Naturmuseum Senckenberg), Romer, &more) and Baden-Baden (Lichtentaler Allee, Vickermann & Stoya, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Altstadt (Old Town).

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Heidelberg day trip planning tool.

Fly from Hamburg to Heidelberg in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Heidelberg are 7°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Trier.

Things to do in Heidelberg

Museums · Historic Sites · Casinos · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Trier

— 6 nights

Oldest City in Germany

Trier may be the oldest city in Germany, founded long before the Roman times.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Porta Nigra and Marksburg. Shop till you drop at Hauptmarkt and Trier Galerie. Venture out of the city with trips to Koblenz (Deutsches Eck (German Corner) & Ehrenbreitstein Fortress), Reichsburg Cochem (in Cochem) and Eltz Castle (in Wierschem). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter's Cathedral (Dom), look for gifts at Rituals, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Domstadt (Cathedral City), and contemplate the long history of Bischofliche Weinguter Trier.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Trier trip maker tool.

Traveling by car from Heidelberg to Trier takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Trier are 5°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) to allow time to drive to Stuttgart.

Things to do in Trier

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums

Side Trips

Stuttgart

— 2 nights

Cradle of the Automobile

Stuttgart spreads across a variety of valleys, parks, and hills--many of them covered by vineyards.
On the 1st (Fri), contemplate the long history of Palace Square, then examine the collection at Porsche Museum, then explore the historical opulence of Landesmuseum Wurttemberg, and finally admire the striking features of Mercedes-Benz Museum. On the 2nd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, then admire the masterpieces at Staatsgalerie, then explore the historical opulence of Burg Hohenzollern, and finally look for gifts at Arabica Kaffee & Lebensart.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Stuttgart trip website.

Getting from Trier to Stuttgart by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. In December, daytime highs in Stuttgart are 7°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to drive to Wurzburg.

Things to do in Stuttgart

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

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.
You'll explore and learn at Fortress Marienberg and Roentgen Memorial Site Wuerzburg. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Altstadt and Kapuzinerkloster Nikolausberg. Explore Wurzburg's surroundings by going to Rothenburg (Town Walls, Stadt Rothenburg ob der Tauber, &more). And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Würzburg Residence, pause for some serene contemplation at Stift Haug, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Stationsweg Nikolausberg, and snap pictures at Alte Mainbruecke.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Wurzburg online trip itinerary builder.

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. Expect a daytime high around 4°C in January, and nighttime lows around -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Nuremberg.

Things to do in Wurzburg

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Nuremberg

— 6 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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Bamberg Altstadt and Bamberg Cathedral. Head to Handwerkerhof and Hauptmarktfor plenty of shopping. Venture out of the city with trips to Regensburg (Old Town & Cathedral of St Peter's) and Altes Rathaus (in Bamberg). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Dokumentationszentrum Reichsparteitagsgelände, admire the masterpieces at Germanisches Nationalmuseum, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Sebaldus Church, and contemplate the long history of Reichsparteigelande (Nazi Party Rally Grounds).

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

Drive from Wurzburg to Nuremberg in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Nuremberg are 3°C, while nighttime lows are -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can drive to Munich.

Things to do in Nuremberg

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Munich

— 7 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site and BMW Welt. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Schloss Linderhof and Nymphenburg Palace. Get out of town with these interesting Munich side-trips: Altstadt von Fuessen (in Fussen), Schloss Hohenschwangau (in Hohenschwangau) and Schloss Neuschwanstein (in Schwangau). And it doesn't end there: get curious at Deutsches Museum, shop like a local with Kunsthalle Munich, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter's Church, and look for gifts at Porzellan Manufaktur Nymphenburg.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Munich road trip planner.

You can drive from Nuremberg to Munich in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 3°C, and evening lows to -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Munich

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Germany travel guide

4.5
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.