15 days in Germany Itinerary

15 days in Germany Itinerary

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15 days in Germany Itinerary

Start: Frankfurt
Frankfurt
— 5 nights
train:  1​h
Heidelberg
— 1 night
train:  1​h
Stuttgart
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Rothenburg
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Munich
— 3 nights
Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: Seattle

5
nights
Frankfurt

Frankfurt ©
A global center of finance and transportation, Frankfurt is perhaps best known for its futuristic cityscape.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Wilhelmstrasse and Stefans Wine Paradise. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Burg Eltz and Burg Stahleck. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Frankfurt: Eberbach Abbey (in Eltville am Rhein), Marburg (Lutherische Pfarrkirche St. Marien & St. Elizabeth Church) and Schlossgarten Fulda (in Fulda). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Beilstein Castle/Burg Metternich, explore the historical opulence of Reichsburg Cochem, see the interesting displays at Historische Senfmuehle, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Benedictine Abbey of St. Hildegard.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Frankfurt trip planning site .

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major airports are Frankfurt am Main Airport, Frankfurt-Hahn Airport and Cologne Bonn Airport. July in Frankfurt sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 60°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can take a train to Heidelberg.

Things to do in Frankfurt

#Historic Sites, #Shopping, #Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Marburg, Cochem, Burg Stahleck, Eberbach Abbey, Burg Eltz
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Burg Eltz ©
Burg Eltz
Schlossgarten Fulda ©
Schlossgarten Fulda
Eberbach Abbey ©
Eberbach Abbey

1
night
Heidelberg

Heidelberg ©
A vibrant university city, Heidelberg is nestled in the picturesque Neckar river valley.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): explore the historical opulence of Heidelberg Castle (Schloss Heidelberg), appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Heidelberg University (Alte Universitat), then browse the collection at University Library (Universitatsbibliothek), then buy something for everyone on your list at Rhein-Galerie, and finally make a trip to Jesuitenkirche. On the 24th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a stroll through Altstadt (Old Town), then stop by Altstadt Weinheim, and then steep yourself in history at Gradierwerk Bad Durkheim (Saline).

To find reviews and tourist information, you can read our Heidelberg day trip website .

Traveling by train from Frankfurt to Heidelberg takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Heidelberg are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Stuttgart.

Things to do in Heidelberg

#Shopping, #Historic Sites, #Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Rhein-Galerie, Altstadt Weinheim, Gradierwerk Bad Durkheim (Saline)
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Rhein-Galerie ©
Rhein-Galerie
Heidelberg Castle (Schloss Heidelberg) ©

2
nights
Stuttgart

Stuttgart ©
Stuttgart spreads across a variety of valleys, parks, and hills--many of them covered by vineyards.
On the 25th (Wed), explore the historical opulence of Hohentubingen Castle (Schloss), then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Maulbronn Monastery, and then take a stroll through Weissenhof Colony (Weissenhofsiedlung). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: wander the streets of Koenigstrasse and then examine the collection at Mercedes-Benz Museum.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Stuttgart trip maker tool .

You can take a train from Heidelberg to Stuttgart in an hour. Another option is to drive. Expect a daytime high around 78°F in July, and nighttime lows around 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Rothenburg.

Things to do in Stuttgart

#Neighborhoods, #Historic Sites, #Shopping

Side Trips

Maulbronn Monastery, Hohentubingen Castle (Schloss)
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Koenigstrasse ©
Koenigstrasse
Mercedes-Benz Museum ©
Mercedes-Benz Museum
Maulbronn Monastery ©
Maulbronn Monastery

2
nights
Rothenburg

Rothenburg ©
An old imperial city, Rothenburg is the main tourist stop on the scenic Romantic Road of Bavaria.
On the 26th (Thu), contemplate the long history of Town Walls and then take a stroll through Old Town. Here are some ideas for day two: step into the grandiose world of Schloss Weikersheim, then get to know the fascinating history of Marktplatz, then steep yourself in history at Rodertor, and finally steep yourself in history at Gerlachschmiede.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Rothenburg itinerary maker .

You can drive from Stuttgart to Rothenburg in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. July in Rothenburg sees daily highs of 76°F and lows of 58°F at night. On the 28th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Munich.

Things to do in Rothenburg

#Historic Sites, #Shopping, #Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Marktplatz, Schloss Weikersheim
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Town Walls ©
Town Walls
Old Town ©
Old Town
Rodertor ©
Rodertor

3
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Wies Church and Fuggerei. Get a sense of the local culture at Altstadt von Fuessen and Neuschwanstein Castle. There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Nymphenburg Palace, take in the spiritual surroundings of Asam Church, hunt for treasures at Viktualienmarkt, and make a trip to Marienplatz.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Munich itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Rothenburg to Munich takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. In July, plan for daily highs up to 77°F, and evening lows to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Munich

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Parks

Side Trips

Altstadt von Fuessen, Fuggerei, Neuschwanstein Castle, Wies Church
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Wies Church ©
Wies Church
Neuschwanstein Castle ©
Neuschwanstein Castle
Altstadt von Fuessen ©
Altstadt von Fuessen

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