19 days in Germany Itinerary

19 days in Germany Itinerary

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19 days in Germany Itinerary

Start: Zurich
Fly + Bus:  4​h
1
Trier
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 45​min
2
Hamburg
— 2 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
3
Berlin
— 3 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
4
Dresden
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Nuremberg
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Rothenburg
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Munich
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
8
Garmisch-Partenkirchen
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
End: Zurich

1
night
Trier

Trier ©
Trier may be the oldest city in Germany, founded long before the Roman times.
On the 17th (Tue), admire the landmark architecture of Konstantinbasilika, then don't miss a visit to Porta Nigra, and then admire the striking features of St. Peter's Cathedral (Dom). On the 18th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Wallmauer, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Domstadt (Cathedral City), then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Liebfrauenkirche, Trier, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mathias Church.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Trier travel route planner.

Zurich, Switzerland to Trier is an approximately 4-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also drive; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 5°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can go by car to Hamburg.

Things to do in Trier

Historic Sites
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Porta Nigra ©
Porta Nigra
St. Peter's Cathedral (Dom) ©
St. Peter's Cathedral (Dom)
St. Mathias Church ©
St. Mathias Church

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): explore the activities along Port of Hamburg, appreciate the extensive heritage of Alter Elbtunnel, and then examine the collection at Miniatur Wunderland. On the next day, appreciate the extensive heritage of Speicherstadt, admire the landmark architecture of St. Michael's Church, then take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and finally test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Hamburg day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Trier to Hamburg takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and train. December in Hamburg sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of 2°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Berlin.

Things to do in Hamburg

Historic Sites Museums Tours
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Alter Elbtunnel ©
Alter Elbtunnel
St. Michael's Church ©
St. Michael's Church
Speicherstadt ©
Speicherstadt

3
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen and Charlottenburg Palace. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Pergamonmuseum and Topography of Terror. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at East Side Gallery, make a trip to Reichstag Building, and appreciate the history behind Brandenburg Gate.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Berlin route builder website .

You can take a train from Hamburg to Berlin in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can catch the train to Dresden.

Things to do in Berlin

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen
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Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen
Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen
Charlottenburg Palace ©
Charlottenburg Palace
East Side Gallery ©
East Side Gallery

2
nights
Dresden

Dresden ©
Dresden boasts a long history as a royal residence of many Saxon kings.
On the 24th (Tue), explore the world behind art at The Dresden Zwinger, then admire the masterpieces at Gemaldegalerie Alte Meister, then examine the collection at Neues Grünes Gewölbe, and finally step into the grandiose world of Big courtyard of the Residence / Grosser Schlosshof Dresdner Residenz. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the extensive heritage of Canaletto Blick, contemplate the long history of Stallhof, then pause for some serene contemplation at Frauenkirche Dresden, and finally admire the masterpieces at Albertinum.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Dresden trip website .

Getting from Berlin to Dresden by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Dresden are 7°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to drive to Nuremberg.

Things to do in Dresden

Historic Sites Museums
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Frauenkirche Dresden ©
Frauenkirche Dresden
The Dresden Zwinger ©
The Dresden Zwinger
Gemaldegalerie Alte Meister
Gemaldegalerie Alte Meister

3
nights
Nuremberg

Nuremberg ©
Nuremberg's historic town center stands in the shadow of a towering imperial castle that dominates its northwestern corner.
Popular historic sites such as Bamberg Altstadt and Bamberg Cathedral are in your itinerary. Discover out-of-the-way places like Altes Rathaus and Cathedral of St Peter's. When in Nuremberg, make a side trip to see Old Town in Regensburg, approximately 1h 30 min away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Reichsparteigelande (Nazi Party Rally Grounds), see the interesting displays at Dokumentationszentrum Reichsparteitagsgelände, explore the galleries of Germanisches Nationalmuseum, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Sebaldus Church.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Nuremberg trip planner .

Traveling by car from Dresden to Nuremberg takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 5°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Rothenburg.

Things to do in Nuremberg

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Bamberg, Regensburg
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Bamberg Altstadt ©
Bamberg Altstadt
Altes Rathaus ©
Altes Rathaus
Old Town ©
Old Town

2
nights
Rothenburg

Rothenburg ©
An old imperial city, Rothenburg is the main tourist stop on the scenic Romantic Road of Bavaria.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): browse the exhibits of Fortress Marienberg, explore the historical opulence of Würzburg Residence, steep yourself in history at Siebers Tower, then take a stroll through Altstadt, then examine the collection at Medieval Crime Museum (Mittelalterliches Kriminalmuseum), and finally admire the landmark architecture of Stadt Rothenburg ob der Tauber. On the 30th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Spital Bastion, steep yourself in history at Town Walls, then get engrossed in the history at Reichsstadtmuseum, then admire the striking features of St. Jacob's Church (St. Jakobskirche), and finally contemplate the long history of Gerlachschmiede.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Rothenburg trip itinerary planning site .

Drive from Nuremberg to Rothenburg in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. December in Rothenburg sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to drive to Munich.

Things to do in Rothenburg

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Wurzburg
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Altstadt ©
Altstadt
Town Walls ©
Town Walls
Würzburg Residence ©
Würzburg Residence

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site and St. Peter's Church. Explore hidden gems such as Asamkirche and Deutsches Museum. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Nymphenburg Palace, don't miss a visit to Marienplatz, admire the striking features of Frauenkirche, and explore the world behind art at Alte Pinakothek.

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Traveling by car from Rothenburg to Munich takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, daytime highs in Munich are 5°C, while nighttime lows are -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to drive to Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

Things to do in Munich

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site
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Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site ©
Nymphenburg Palace ©
Nymphenburg Palace
St. Peter's Church ©
St. Peter's Church

2
nights
Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Garmisch-Partenkirchen ©
Nestled within the Bavarian Alps, Garmisch-Partenkirchen offers a classic mountain feel along with world-class winter sports.
On the 3rd (Fri), look for all kinds of wild species at Partnachklamm and then step into the grandiose world of Schloss Linderhof. On the next day, take in the awesome beauty at Zugspitze and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ettal Abbey.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Garmisch-Partenkirchen trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by car from Munich to Garmisch-Partenkirchen takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January, daily temperatures in Garmisch-Partenkirchen can reach 4°C, while at night they dip to -4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trip

Ettal
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Partnachklamm ©
Partnachklamm
Schloss Linderhof ©
Schloss Linderhof
Ettal Abbey ©
Ettal Abbey

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