43 days in Germany Itinerary

43 days in Germany Itinerary

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43 days in Germany Itinerary

Start: Istanbul, Turkey
Fly:  4​h
1
Munich
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Schwangau
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Rothenburg
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Stuttgart
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Baden-Baden
— 4 nights
Train:  1​h
6
Freiburg im Breisgau
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
7
Trier
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
8
Cologne
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h
9
Hamburg
— 4 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
10
Berlin
— 6 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
11
Dresden
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h
12
Nuremberg
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
End: Istanbul, Turkey

4
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.
Munich is known for museums, nature, historic sites, nightlife, and childrens museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Marienplatz, explore the world behind art at Alte Pinakothek, steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Church, and take in panoramic vistas at Frauenkirche.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Munich online trip itinerary planner .

Istanbul, Turkey to Munich is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time to Central European Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Istanbul in December, Munich is slightly colder at night with lows of -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Schwangau.

Things to do in Munich

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Deutsches Museum ©
Deutsches Museum
Marienplatz ©
Marienplatz
Nymphenburg Palace ©
Nymphenburg Palace

1
night
Schwangau

Schwangau ©
An ideal holiday escape from fast-paced urban centers, Schwangau allows visitors to hike, cycle, swim, dance, and dine surrounded by a picture-perfect landscape.
On the 25th (Wed), contemplate the long history of Burgruine Hohenfreyberg, steep yourself in history at Burgruine Eisenberg, then explore the historical opulence of Schloss Hohenschwangau, and finally step into the grandiose world of Schloss Neuschwanstein.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Schwangau trip builder site .

Traveling by car from Munich to Schwangau takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Schwangau are 6°C, while nighttime lows are -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Rothenburg.

Things to do in Schwangau

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Eisenberg, Schloss Hohenschwangau
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Schloss Neuschwanstein ©
Schloss Neuschwanstein
Schloss Hohenschwangau ©
Schloss Hohenschwangau
Burgruine Eisenberg ©
Burgruine Eisenberg

5
nights
Rothenburg

Rothenburg ©
An old imperial city, Rothenburg is the main tourist stop on the scenic Romantic Road of Bavaria.
Get out of town with these interesting Rothenburg side-trips: Wurzburg (Stationsweg Nikolausberg, Wallfahrtskirche Mariae Heimsuchung, & more). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Altstadt, steep yourself in history at Town Walls, get a sense of history and politics at Stadt Rothenburg ob der Tauber, and take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Jacob's Church (St. Jakobskirche).

To see more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Rothenburg trip planner .

You can drive from Schwangau to Rothenburg in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Schwangau in December, Rothenburg is a bit warmer at night with lows of 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can go by car to Stuttgart.

Things to do in Rothenburg

Historic Sites Fun & Games Museums

Side Trip

Wurzburg
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Würzburg Residence ©
Würzburg Residence
Altstadt ©
Altstadt
Fortress Marienberg ©
Fortress Marienberg

1
night
Stuttgart

Stuttgart ©
Stuttgart spreads across a variety of valleys, parks, and hills--many of them covered by vineyards.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Tue): see the interesting displays at Mercedes-Benz Museum, then see the interesting displays at Porsche Museum, then admire the masterpieces at Staatsgalerie, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Fernsehturm Stuttgart.

To find where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Stuttgart road trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Rothenburg to Stuttgart takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Stuttgart are 7°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Baden-Baden.

Things to do in Stuttgart

Museums
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Mercedes-Benz Museum ©
Mercedes-Benz Museum
Fernsehturm Stuttgart ©
Fernsehturm Stuttgart
Porsche Museum ©
Porsche Museum

4
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Baden-Baden: Schloss Heidelberg (in Heidelberg) and Unterstmatt (in Buhl). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Museum Frieder Burda, try your luck at Casino Baden-Baden Spielbank, stroll around Lichtentaler Allee, and learn about winemaking at Weingut Schloss Neuweier.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Baden-Baden day trip tool .

Traveling by car from Stuttgart to Baden-Baden takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In December in Baden-Baden, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Freiburg im Breisgau.

Things to do in Baden-Baden

Parks Museums Wineries

Side Trips

Schloss Heidelberg, Unterstmatt
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Lichtentaler Allee ©
Lichtentaler Allee
Museum Frieder Burda ©
Museum Frieder Burda
Schloss Heidelberg ©
Schloss Heidelberg

1
night
Freiburg im Breisgau

Freiburg im Breisgau ©
In the heart of a major wine-producing region, Freiburg im Breisgau serves as the primary entry point for tours into the scenic Black Forest mountain range.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Freiburger Münster, then admire the masterpieces at Augustiner Museum, and then find something for the whole family at Europa-Park.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Freiburg im Breisgau trip planning website .

Take a train from Baden-Baden to Freiburg im Breisgau in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In January, daytime highs in Freiburg im Breisgau are 6°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Trier.

Things to do in Freiburg im Breisgau

Theme Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Europa-Park
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Europa-Park ©
Europa-Park
Freiburger Münster ©
Freiburger Münster
Augustiner Museum ©
Augustiner Museum

5
nights
Trier

Trier ©
Trier may be the oldest city in Germany, founded long before the Roman times.
Step out of Trier with an excursion to 66 Minuten in Neuwied--about 1h 30 min away. And it doesn't end there: admire the striking features of St. Peter's Cathedral (Dom), steep yourself in history at Wallmauer, delve into the distant past at Porta Nigra, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Paulin-Kirche.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Trier online trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Freiburg im Breisgau to Trier by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. January in Trier sees daily highs of 3°C and lows of -1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can drive to Cologne.

Things to do in Trier

Historic Sites Fun & Games Outdoors

Side Trip

66 Minuten
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St. Peter's Cathedral (Dom) ©
St. Peter's Cathedral (Dom)
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 11th (Sat), explore the world behind art at Wallraf-Richartz Museum, then make a trip to Cologne Cathedral, and then admire the masterpieces at Museum Ludwig.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Cologne vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Trier to Cologne by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In January in Cologne, expect temperatures between 6°C during the day and 0°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to Hamburg.

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

4
nights
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.
Step out of Hamburg with an excursion to The Wadden Sea, Germany in Norden--about 2 hours away. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Miniatur Wunderland, take a stroll through Reeperbahn, test your team's savvy at EscapeDiem, and get to know the fascinating history of Alter Elbtunnel.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Hamburg trip itinerary planning site .

Getting from Cologne to Hamburg by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. January in Hamburg sees daily highs of 3°C and lows of 0°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Berlin.

Things to do in Hamburg

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

The Wadden Sea, Germany
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Walking tours
Miniatur Wunderland ©
Miniatur Wunderland
Kunsthalle Hamburg ©
Kunsthalle Hamburg

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.
Berlin is known for museums, historic sites, nightlife, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: appreciate the history behind Brandenburg Gate, contemplate the long history of Memorial of the Berlin Wall, don't miss a visit to East Side Gallery, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Zoo Berlin.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Berlin holiday planning site .

Traveling by train from Hamburg to Berlin takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Dresden.

Things to do in Berlin

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Brandenburg Gate ©
Brandenburg Gate
Walking tours

5
nights
Dresden

Dresden ©
Dresden boasts a long history as a royal residence of many Saxon kings.
Dresden is known for museums, historic sites, nightlife, fun & games, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at The Dresden Zwinger, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Frauenkirche Dresden, get your game on at Dresden Secrets - Live Escape Games, and get engrossed in the history at Gemaldegalerie Neue Meister.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Dresden holiday builder app .

Traveling by train from Berlin to Dresden takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 3°C in January, and nighttime lows around -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Nuremberg.

Things to do in Dresden

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games
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The Dresden Zwinger ©
The Dresden Zwinger
Albertinum ©
Albertinum
Gemaldegalerie Neue Meister ©
Gemaldegalerie Neue Meister

5
nights
Nuremberg

Nuremberg ©
Nuremberg's historic town center stands in the shadow of a towering imperial castle that dominates its northwestern corner.
Nuremberg is known for historic sites, museums, shopping, zoos & aquariums, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the galleries of Germanisches Nationalmuseum, contemplate the long history of Albrecht Durer's House, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Lorenz Church, and step into the grandiose world of Kaiserburg Nurnberg.

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Traveling by car from Dresden to Nuremberg takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Nuremberg can reach 3°C, while at night they dip to -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nuremberg

Museums Historic Sites Tours
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Germanisches Nationalmuseum ©
Germanisches Nationalmuseum
Kaiserburg Nurnberg ©
Kaiserburg Nurnberg
St. Lorenz Church ©
St. Lorenz Church

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