36 days in Germany Itinerary

36 days in Germany Itinerary

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36 days in Germany Itinerary

Start: Paderborn
Drive:  1 h 15 min
1
Kassel
— 1 day
Train:  2 h 30 min
2
Hamburg
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
3
Berlin
— 6 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
4
Dresden
— 5 nights
Drive:  3 h
5
Nuremberg
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
6
Munich
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
7
Rothenburg
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
8
Baden-Baden
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
9
Trier
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h
10
Cologne
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
End: Paderborn

1
day
Kassel

Kassel ©
Despite suffering total devastation from bombing raids and house-to-house combat during the Second World War, Kassel today has been revitalized as a city of high education, high culture, and the arts.
On the 25th (Sat), shop like a local with Caricatura, Galerie fuer Komische Kunst, have fun and explore at SinnesGange in der Ziegelei Oberkaufungen, and then contemplate the long history of Weinbergbunker Kassel.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Kassel trip maker website .

Paderborn to Kassel is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or take a train. In January, daily temperatures in Kassel can reach 3°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Hamburg.

Things to do in Kassel

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

SinnesGange in der Ziegelei Oberkaufungen
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Weinbergbunker Kassel ©
Weinbergbunker Kassel

3
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Miniatur Wunderland and Tierpark Hagenbeck. There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Kunsthalle Hamburg, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, admire the natural beauty at Planten un Blomen, and don't miss a visit to Rathausmarkt.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Hamburg sightseeing planning site .

Traveling by train from Kassel to Hamburg takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. January in Hamburg sees daily highs of 3°C and lows of 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can take a train to Berlin.

Things to do in Hamburg

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums
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Tierpark Hagenbeck ©
Tierpark Hagenbeck
Miniatur Wunderland ©
Miniatur Wunderland
Planten un Blomen ©
Planten un Blomen

6
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.
Attractions like Zoo Berlin and AquaDom & SEA LIFE Berlin make great kid-friendly stops. And it doesn't end there: pause for some photo ops at Brandenburg Gate, wander the streets of Potsdamer Platz, see the interesting displays at Topography of Terror, and admire the masterpieces at Pergamonmuseum.

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Getting from Hamburg to Berlin by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Dresden.

Things to do in Berlin

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Zoo Berlin ©
Zoo Berlin
Science Center Spectrum ©
Science Center Spectrum
AquaDom & SEA LIFE Berlin ©
AquaDom & SEA LIFE Berlin

5
nights
Dresden

Dresden ©
Dresden boasts a long history as a royal residence of many Saxon kings.
Attractions like Dresden Museum of Technology and Industry and Transport Museum Dresden make great kid-friendly stops. Change things up with a short trip to Kulturinsel Einsiedel in Zentendorf (about 1h 35 min away). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at The Dresden Zwinger, have some family-friendly fun at Dresden Secrets - Live Escape Games, get engrossed in the history at Gemaldegalerie Neue Meister, and steep yourself in history at Stallhof.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Dresden trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can take a train from Berlin to Dresden in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Dresden can reach 5°C, while at night they dip to -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Nuremberg.

Things to do in Dresden

Museums Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trip

Kulturinsel Einsiedel
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The Dresden Zwinger ©
The Dresden Zwinger
Deutsches Hygiene-Museum ©
Deutsches Hygiene-Museum

4
nights
Nuremberg

Nuremberg ©
Nuremberg's historic town center stands in the shadow of a towering imperial castle that dominates its northwestern corner.
Attractions like Toy Museum and Tiergarten Nuernberg make great kid-friendly stops. The adventure continues: browse the exhibits of Germanisches Nationalmuseum, explore the historical opulence of Kaiserburg Nurnberg, contemplate the long history of Nuremberg Palace of Justice, and explore the engaging exhibits at Kindermuseum Nurnberg.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Nuremberg travel tool .

You can drive from Dresden to Nuremberg in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 5°C, and evening lows to -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can drive to Munich.

Things to do in Nuremberg

Museums Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums
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Toy Museum ©
Toy Museum
Tiergarten Nuernberg ©
Tiergarten Nuernberg
Kindermuseum Nurnberg ©
Kindermuseum Nurnberg

5
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.
Attractions like Deutsches Museum and Volkssternwarte Munchen make great kid-friendly stops. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Munich: Schloss Hohenschwangau (in Hohenschwangau) and Schloss Neuschwanstein (in Schwangau). There's much more to do: make a trip to Marienplatz, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter's Church, enjoy breathtaking views from Frauenkirche, and explore the activities along English Garden.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Munich itinerary planning tool .

Drive from Nuremberg to Munich in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In February in Munich, expect temperatures between 5°C during the day and -3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Rothenburg.

Things to do in Munich

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Schloss Hohenschwangau, Schloss Neuschwanstein
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Deutsches Museum ©
Deutsches Museum
Munchener Tierpark Hellabrunn ©
Munchener Tierpark Hellabrunn
Volkssternwarte Munchen ©
Volkssternwarte Munchen

4
nights
Rothenburg

Rothenburg ©
An old imperial city, Rothenburg is the main tourist stop on the scenic Romantic Road of Bavaria.
Venture out of the city with trips to Wurzburg (Würzburg Residence, Romantische Strasse, &more). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Altstadt, admire the striking features of Fleisch- und Tanzhaus, make a trip to Die Rossmuhle, and ponder the world of politics at Stadt Rothenburg ob der Tauber.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Rothenburg trip planning website .

You can drive from Munich to Rothenburg in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In February, plan for daily highs up to 5°C, and evening lows to -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Baden-Baden.

Things to do in Rothenburg

Historic Sites Fun & Games Museums

Side Trip

Wurzburg
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Würzburg Residence ©
Würzburg Residence
Altstadt ©
Altstadt
Stadt Rothenburg ob der Tauber ©
Stadt Rothenburg ob der Tauber

3
nights
Baden-Baden

Baden-Baden ©
Scenically located at the edge of the Black Forest, Baden-Baden offers scenery, culture, and relaxation in addition to a vibrant nightlife and dining scene, specializing in traditional German dishes.
Kids will enjoy Europa-Park and Miniaturwelt mit Sima's Cafe. Take a break from Baden-Baden with a short trip to Unterstmatt in Buhl, about 32 minutes away. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Museum Frieder Burda, explore the historical opulence of Hohenbaden Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise Russe, and learn about winemaking at Weingut Schloss Neuweier.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Baden-Baden trip itinerary site .

Traveling by car from Rothenburg to Baden-Baden takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Rothenburg in February, expect nights in Baden-Baden to be about the same, around 0°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can go by car to Trier.

Things to do in Baden-Baden

Theme Parks Museums Wineries

Side Trips

Unterstmatt, Europa-Park
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Europa-Park ©
Europa-Park
Miniaturwelt mit Sima's Cafe ©
Miniaturwelt mit Sima's Cafe
Museum Frieder Burda ©
Museum Frieder Burda

4
nights
Trier

Trier ©
Trier may be the oldest city in Germany, founded long before the Roman times.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Spielzeugmuseum and Muhlen-Erlebniszentrum. Step out of Trier to go to Neuwied and see 66 Minuten, which is approximately 1h 30 min away. The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of St. Peter's Cathedral (Dom), take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Paulin-Kirche, contemplate the long history of Bischofliche Weinguter Trier, and get lost in a book at Municipal Library Treasury (Schatzkammer der Stadtbibliothek).

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Trier tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Baden-Baden to Trier by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Baden-Baden in February, expect nights in Trier to be about the same, around 0°C, while days are little chillier, around 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can go by car to Cologne.

Things to do in Trier

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

66 Minuten, Muhlen-Erlebniszentrum
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St. Peter's Cathedral (Dom) ©
St. Peter's Cathedral (Dom)
Spielzeugmuseum ©
Spielzeugmuseum
St. Martin ©
St. Martin

1
night
Cologne

Cologne ©
Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
On the 29th (Sat), explore the world behind art at Wallraf-Richartz Museum, then admire the landmark architecture of Cologne Cathedral, and then admire the masterpieces at Museum Ludwig.

Plan a Cologne trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Trier to Cologne takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Cologne can reach 7°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Cologne

Museums Historic Sites
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Wallraf-Richartz Museum ©
Wallraf-Richartz Museum
Cologne Cathedral ©
Cologne Cathedral
Museum Ludwig ©
Museum Ludwig

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