43 days in Germany Itinerary

43 days in Germany Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Munich
— 4 nights
2
Schwangau
— 1 night
3
Rothenburg
— 5 nights
4
Stuttgart
— 1 night
5
Baden-Baden
— 4 nights
6
Freiburg im Breisgau
— 1 night
7
Trier
— 5 nights
8
Cologne
— 1 night
9
Hamburg
— 4 nights
10
Berlin
— 6 nights
11
Dresden
— 5 nights
12
Nuremberg
— 5 nights

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, historic sites, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Marienplatz, take in panoramic vistas at Frauenkirche, steep yourself in history at Nymphenburg Palace, and take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter's Church.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Munich trip itinerary maker.

Istanbul, Turkey to Munich is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Istanbul to Munich is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Istanbul in December, plan for slightly colder nights in Munich, with lows around °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
Munich Residenz ©
Munich Residenz

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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Burgruine Hohenfreyberg, thensteep yourself in history at Burgruine Eisenberg, thenstep into the grandiose world of Schloss Hohenschwangau, and finally step into the grandiose world of Schloss Neuschwanstein.

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

You can drive from Munich to Schwangau in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °C in December, and nighttime lows around °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can go by car 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rothenburg: Wurzburg (Stationsweg Nikolausberg, Wallfahrtskirche Mariae Heimsuchung, &more). There's lots more to do: get a sense of history and politics at Stadt Rothenburg ob der Tauber, don't miss a visit to Das Plonlein, contemplate the long history of Gerlachschmiede, and admire the landmark architecture of St. Jacob's Church (St. Jakobskirche).

Plan my Rothenburg trip by asking Inpirock to come up with tips and suggestions.

Getting from Schwangau to Rothenburg by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train. Traveling from Schwangau in December, Rothenburg is somewhat warmer at night with lows of °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
Stadt Rothenburg ob der Tauber ©
Stadt Rothenburg ob der Tauber
Altstadt ©
Altstadt

1
night
Stuttgart

Stuttgart ©
Stuttgart spreads across a variety of valleys, parks, and hills--many of them covered by vineyards.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Tue): admire the striking features of Mercedes-Benz Museum, see the interesting displays at Porsche Museum, thenexplore the world behind art at Staatsgalerie, and finally don't miss a visit to Fernsehturm Stuttgart.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Stuttgart trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from Rothenburg to Stuttgart takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In December in Stuttgart, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough 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.
When in Baden-Baden, make a side trip to see Schloss Heidelberg in Heidelberg, approximately Heidelberg away. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Museum Frieder Burda, don't miss a visit to Leopoldenplatz, take in the awesome beauty at Merkur, and have fun and explore at Miniaturwelt mit Sima's Cafe.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Baden-Baden online trip maker.

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, daily temperatures in Baden-Baden can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Freiburg im Breisgau.

Things to do in Baden-Baden

Museums Parks Wineries

Side Trips

Unterstmatt, Schloss Heidelberg
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Museum Frieder Burda ©
Museum Frieder Burda
Schloss Heidelberg ©
Schloss Heidelberg
Miniaturwelt mit Sima's Cafe ©
Miniaturwelt mit Sima's Cafe

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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Freiburger Münster, explore the world behind art at Augustiner Museum, and then find something for the whole family at Europa-Park.

Plan my Freiburg im Breisgau trip by asking Inpirock to come up with tips and suggestions.

You can drive from Baden-Baden to Freiburg im Breisgau in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. In January, daytime highs in Freiburg im Breisgau are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Trier.

Things to do in Freiburg im Breisgau

Theme Parks Museums Historic Sites

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.
Take a break from Trier with a short trip to 66 Minuten - Theater Adventures in Neuwied, about 1h 35 min away. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Rhineland Museum (Rheinisches Landesmuseum), explore the ancient world of Porta Nigra, browse the eclectic array of goods at Hauptmarkt, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Martin.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Trier online tour planner.

Traveling by car from Freiburg im Breisgau to Trier takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Cologne.

Things to do in Trier

Historic Sites Fun & Games Museums

Side Trip

66 Minuten - Theater Adventures
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66 Minuten - Theater Adventures ©
66 Minuten - Theater Adventures
Rhineland Museum (Rheinisches Landesmuseum) ©
St. Peter's Cathedral (Dom) ©
St. Peter's Cathedral (Dom)

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night
Cologne

Cologne ©
Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): admire the masterpieces at Wallraf-Richartz Museum, don't miss a visit to Cologne Cathedral, and then explore the world behind art at Museum Ludwig.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Cologne trip builder tool.

Drive from Trier to Cologne in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Cologne can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to 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

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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. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Miniatur Wunderland, visit Reeperbahn, get to know the fascinating history of Speicherstadt, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Hamburg day trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Cologne to Hamburg takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In January, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to take a 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, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Brandenburg Gate, observe the fascinating underwater world at Zoo Berlin, explore the world behind art at Pergamonmuseum, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Berlin online route planner.

Traveling by train from Hamburg to Berlin takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Dresden.

Things to do in Berlin

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Brandenburg Gate ©
Brandenburg Gate
Reichstag Building ©
Reichstag Building

5
nights
Dresden

Dresden ©
Dresden boasts a long history as a royal residence of many Saxon kings.
Dresden is known for museums, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of The Dresden Zwinger, enjoy breathtaking views from Winzer Lutz Muller, have some family-friendly fun at Dresden Secrets - Live Escape Games, and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Dresden trip itinerary maker site.

You can drive from Berlin to Dresden in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °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
Room Escape Games
Frauenkirche Dresden ©
Frauenkirche Dresden

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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, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at Germanisches Nationalmuseum, examine the collection at Merks Motor Museum, explore the historical opulence of Kaiserburg Nurnberg, and contemplate the long history of Albrecht Durer's House.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other 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 fly. In January, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °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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