12 days in Germany Itinerary

12 days in Germany Itinerary

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12 days in Germany Itinerary

Start: Sydney
+2
Fly + Bus + Train:  28 h
1
Dresden
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Cottbus
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  5 h 30 min
3
Dortmund
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
4
Frankfurt
— 4 nights
Fly:  25 h
End: Sydney

3
nights
Dresden

Dresden ©
Dresden boasts a long history as a royal residence of many Saxon kings.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Frauenkirche and The Dresden Zwinger. Head to Hauptbahnhof Leipzig and Centrum Galeriefor plenty of shopping. Step out of Dresden with an excursion to St. Nicholas Church (Nikolaikirche) in Leipzig--about 1h 20 min away. There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Pillnitz Castle & Park, examine the collection at Neues Grünes Gewölbe, enjoy breathtaking views from Winzer Lutz Muller, and steep yourself in history at Sachsisches Standehaus.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Dresden route planner.

Sydney, Australia to Dresden is an approximately 28-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) to Central European Time, which is usually a -9 hour difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Sydney in October, with highs in Dresden at 16°C and lows at 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to drive to Cottbus.

Things to do in Dresden

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Leipzig
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Royal Palace (Residenzschloss) ©
Royal Palace (Residenzschloss)
Frauenkirche Dresden ©
Frauenkirche Dresden
The Dresden Zwinger ©
The Dresden Zwinger

1
night
Cottbus

Cottbus ©
Cottbus is a university city and the second-largest city in Brandenburg, Germany. Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): admire the landmark architecture of Slawenburg Raddusch, admire the natural beauty at Puecklerpark Branitz, and then get engrossed in the history at Branitz Schloss.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Cottbus day trip site .

Traveling by car from Dresden to Cottbus takes 1.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to travel to Dortmund.

Things to do in Cottbus

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Slawenburg Raddusch
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Slawenburg Raddusch ©
Slawenburg Raddusch

1
night
Dortmund

Dortmund ©
Though its major passion may be soccer, Dortmund offers visitors more than just historical sports venues.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): stroll the grounds of Ostfriedhof Dortmund, view the masterpieces at Dortmunder U, then look for gifts at Thier Gallery, and finally don't miss a visit to Marienkirche.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Dortmund attractions planning website .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Cottbus to Dortmund. In October, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can drive to Frankfurt.

Things to do in Dortmund

Shopping Historic Sites Museums
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Ostfriedhof Dortmund ©
Ostfriedhof Dortmund
Marienkirche ©
Marienkirche

4
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Frankfurt

Frankfurt ©
A global center of finance and transportation, Frankfurt is perhaps best known for its futuristic cityscape.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Schloss Heidelberg and Altstadt. Head to Teddy-Paradies and ARTime Galleryfor plenty of shopping. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Frankfurt: St. Stephan's Church (Stephanskirche) (in Mainz), Rothenburg (Town Walls & Medieval Crime Museum (Mittelalterliches Kriminalmuseum)) and Heidelberg (Carl Theodor Old Bridge (Alte Brucke) & Altstadt (Old Town)). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of St. Bartholomew (Dom St. Bartholomaus), get great views at Main Tower, get engrossed in the history at Senckenberg Natural History Museum (Naturmuseum Senckenberg), and admire the striking features of Romer.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Frankfurt itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Dortmund to Frankfurt takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in October, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Frankfurt

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Heidelberg, Rothenburg, St. Stephan's Church (Stephanskirche)
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Town Walls ©
Town Walls
Schloss Heidelberg ©
Schloss Heidelberg
Altstadt ©
Altstadt

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