55 days in Germany Itinerary

55 days in Germany Itinerary

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Wurzburg
— 4 nights
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Nuremberg
— 3 nights
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Munich
— 5 nights
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Garmisch-Partenkirchen
— 5 nights
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Berchtesgaden
— 4 nights
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Westerland, Sylt
— 4 nights
Drive
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Hamburg
— 4 nights
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Berlin
— 5 nights
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Dresden
— 6 nights
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Cologne
— 4 nights
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Trier
— 4 nights
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Frankfurt
— 5 nights
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Wurzburg

— 4 nights

Pearl of the Romantic Road

Founded in the 10th century, Wurzburg served as the home of powerful prince-bishops for many centuries.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Altstadt and Würzburg Residence. Get out of town with these interesting Wurzburg side-trips: Rothenburg (Kathe Wohlfahrt's Christmas Shop, Stadt Rothenburg ob der Tauber, &more) and Fränkisches Freilandmuseum Bad Windsheim (in Bad Windsheim). There's much more to do: take in the views from Alte Mainbruecke, make a trip to Market Square, contemplate the long history of Schloss Veitshöchheim, and explore the galleries of Fortress Marienberg.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Wurzburg itinerary planner.

Buenos Aires, Argentina to Wurzburg is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You'll lose 4 hours traveling from Buenos Aires to Wurzburg due to the time zone difference. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Buenos Aires in December: high temperatures in Wurzburg hover around 6°C and lows are around 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Nuremberg.

Things to do in Wurzburg

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Nuremberg

— 3 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Altstadt and Bamberg Cathedral. Explore Nuremberg's surroundings by going to Bamberg (Altenburg, Bamberg Altstadt, &more) and Regensburg (Scots Portal, Old Stone Bridge, &more). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Dokumentationszentrum Reichsparteitagsgelände, make a trip to St. Lorenz Church, explore the historical opulence of Kaiserburg Nurnberg, and steep yourself in history at Reichsparteigelande (Nazi Party Rally Grounds).

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Nuremberg online travel planner.

Traveling by car from Wurzburg to Nuremberg takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 5°C in December, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to drive to Munich.

Things to do in Nuremberg

Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums

Side Trips

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site and Munich Residenz. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Marienplatz, stroll around English Garden, examine the collection at BMW Welt, and admire the landmark architecture of St. Peter's Church.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Munich holiday planning website.

Traveling by car from Nuremberg to Munich takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. December in Munich sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of -1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

Things to do in Munich

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Garmisch-Partenkirchen

— 5 nights
Nestled within the Bavarian Alps, Garmisch-Partenkirchen offers a classic mountain feel along with world-class winter sports.
Step off the beaten path and head to Zugspitze and Schloss Linderhof. Change things up with these side-trips from Garmisch-Partenkirchen: Schloss Neuschwanstein (in Schwangau), Altstadt von Fuessen (in Fussen) and Schloss Hohenschwangau (in Hohenschwangau). There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pilgrimage Church of Wies, contemplate the long history of Altstadt (Old Town) Mittenwald, get your game on at Heini-Klopfer-Skiflugschanze, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ettal Abbey.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Garmisch-Partenkirchen trip planner.

You can drive from Munich to Garmisch-Partenkirchen in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 6°C, and evening lows to -4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can go by car to Berchtesgaden.

Things to do in Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Winter Sports · Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Berchtesgaden

— 4 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Dokumentationszentrum Obersalzberg and Konigssee. Spend the 3rd (Wed) exploring nature at Nationalparkzentrum - Haus der Berge. There's much more to do: discover the riches below the earth's surface at Salzbergwerk Berchtesgaden, don't miss a visit to St. Sebastian, get to know the fascinating history of Bunkeranlage, and step into the grandiose world of Schloss Berchtesgaden.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Berchtesgaden day trip planner.

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 January, daily temperatures in Berchtesgaden can reach 4°C, while at night they dip to -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can travel to Westerland.

Things to do in Berchtesgaden

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Spas

Side Trips

Westerland, Sylt

— 4 nights
Westerland is a seaside resort and a former municipality located on the German North Sea island of Sylt. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Rotes Kliff and Erlebniszentrum Naturgewalten Sylt. There's much more to do: head outdoors with Braderuper Heide, enjoy the sea views from Leuchtturm, steep yourself in history at Sylter Heimatmuseum, and kick back and relax at Ellenbogen.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Westerland trip maker site.

Traveling by car from Berchtesgaden to Westerland takes 14 hours. Traveling from Berchtesgaden in January, Westerland is a bit warmer at night with lows of 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to travel to Hamburg.

Things to do in Westerland

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Rathausmarkt and Room Escape Games. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hamburg: Bremen (Schnoor Viertel, Marktplatz, &more). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael's Church, take in the waterfront at Harbor Piers, appreciate the extensive heritage of Speicherstadt, and get a sense of history and politics at Townhall.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Hamburg trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Westerland to Hamburg takes 5 hours. In January in Hamburg, expect temperatures between 3°C during the day and 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Berlin.

Things to do in Hamburg

Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums

Side Trip

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Room Escape Games and Großer Tiergarten. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Berlin: Potsdam's Gardens (in Potsdam) and Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen (in Oranienburg). Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the history behind Brandenburg Gate, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, admire the masterpieces at Neues Museum, and examine the collection at Deutsches Historisches Museum.

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You can take a train from Hamburg to Berlin in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to drive to Dresden.

Things to do in Berlin

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Dresden

— 6 nights

Florence of the North

Dresden boasts a long history as a royal residence of many Saxon kings.
Explore hidden gems such as Frauenkirche Dresden and Procession of Princes. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Dresden: Elbe-Freizeitland Konigstein (in Koenigstein), Bad Schandau (Muehle Schmilka & Elbe Sandstone Mountains) and Leipzig (Volkerschlachtdenkmal, Hauptbahnhof Leipzig, &more). And it doesn't end there: browse the exhibits of The Dresden Zwinger, admire the masterpieces at Gemaldegalerie Alte Meister, take some stellar pictures from Basteigebiet, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Katholische Hofkirche.

For ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Dresden trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Berlin to Dresden takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January in Dresden, expect temperatures between 3°C during the day and -1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can fly to Cologne.

Things to do in Dresden

Historic Sites · Museums · Theme Parks · Parks

Side Trips

Cologne

— 4 nights

City of Churches

Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Aachen Cathedral and Haus der Geschichte der Bundesrepublik Deutschland. Explore Cologne's surroundings by going to Hochsauerlandkreis (in Lennestadt), Koblenz (Ehrenbreitstein Fortress & Deutsches Eck (German Corner)) and Aachener Rathaus (in Aachen). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to KolnTriangle, take in the views from Hohenzollern Bridge, examine the collection at Chocolate Museum, and get in on the family fun at Phantasialand.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Cologne vacation app.

You can fly from Dresden to Cologne in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 6°C in January, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Trier.

Things to do in Cologne

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Trier

— 4 nights

Oldest City in Germany

Trier may be the oldest city in Germany, founded long before the Roman times.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Porta Nigra and Nurburgring. Change things up with these side-trips from Trier: Bernkastel-Kues (Mosel Valley, Weingut Dr. Pauly-Bergweiler, &more), Weingut Eduard Kroth (in Briedel) and Prinzenkopfturm (in Alf). There's much more to do: hunt for treasures at Hauptmarkt, explore the historical opulence of Reichsburg Cochem, admire the striking features of St. Peter's Cathedral (Dom), and steep yourself in history at Kaiserthermen.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Trier trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Cologne to Trier takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 3°C in January, and nighttime lows around -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can drive to Frankfurt.

Things to do in Trier

Historic Sites · Wineries · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Frankfurt

— 5 nights

Mainhattan

A global center of finance and transportation, Frankfurt is perhaps best known for its futuristic cityscape.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Romer and Old Bridge (Karl Theodor Bridge). Get out of town with these interesting Frankfurt side-trips: Heidelberg (Schloss Heidelberg, Altstadt (Old Town), &more), Alte Haus (in Bacharach) and Liebfrauenkirche (in Oberwesel). There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Stadel Museum, admire the natural beauty at Palmengarten, explore the historical opulence of Burg Pfalzgrafenstein, and get a new perspective on nature at Senckenberg Natural History Museum (Naturmuseum Senckenberg).

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Frankfurt trip planner.

You can drive from Trier to Frankfurt in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in February, and nighttime lows around 0°C. You will leave for home on the 6th (Tue).

Things to do in Frankfurt

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

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.