22 days in Germany Itinerary

22 days in Germany Itinerary

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Fly to Frankfurt, Train to Cologne
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Cologne
— 1 night
Drive
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Trier
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rothenburg
— 4 nights
Drive
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Nuremberg
— 2 nights
Drive
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Munich
— 4 nights
Fly
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Dresden
— 2 nights
Drive
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Berlin
— 4 nights
Train
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Hamburg
— 2 nights
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Cologne

— 1 night

City of Churches

Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): explore the world behind art at Wallraf-Richartz Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Domschatzkammer, then admire the landmark architecture of Cologne Cathedral, and finally admire the masterpieces at Museum Ludwig.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Cologne trip planner.

Toronto, Canada to Cologne is an approximately 12-hour combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is 6 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Toronto in September: high temperatures in Cologne hover around 23°C and lows are around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Trier.

Things to do in Cologne

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Sep 13 — 14:

Trier

— 2 nights

Oldest City in Germany

Trier may be the oldest city in Germany, founded long before the Roman times.
On the 15th (Wed), don't miss a visit to Porta Nigra, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Liebfrauenkirche, Trier, then see the interesting displays at Rhineland Museum (Rheinisches Landesmuseum), and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Paulin-Kirche. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Konstantinbasilika, admire the landmark architecture of Kurfurstliches Palais, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter's Cathedral (Dom), then browse the eclectic array of goods at Hauptmarkt, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Gangolf's Church.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Trier trip builder.

Traveling by car from Cologne to Trier takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to drive to Rothenburg.

Things to do in Trier

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums
Find places to stay Sep 14 — 16:

Rothenburg

— 4 nights

Medieval Heart of Germany

An old imperial city, Rothenburg is the main tourist stop on the scenic Romantic Road of Bavaria.
Explore Rothenburg's surroundings by going to Wurzburg (Hofkirche, Würzburg Residence, &more). And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Altstadt, get a sense of history and politics at Stadt Rothenburg ob der Tauber, take an in-depth tour of Reichsstadtmuseum, and don't miss a visit to Das Plonlein.

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Getting from Trier to Rothenburg by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can drive to Nuremberg.

Things to do in Rothenburg

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 16 — 20:

Nuremberg

— 2 nights

Gingerbread Capital of the World

Nuremberg's historic town center stands in the shadow of a towering imperial castle that dominates its northwestern corner.
On the 21st (Tue), make a trip to Ehekarussell, make a trip to St. Lorenz Church, then step into the grandiose world of Kaiserburg Nurnberg, and finally get the lay of the land with Walking tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed): see the interesting displays at Dokumentationszentrum Reichsparteitagsgelände, then make a trip to Zeppelinfeld, then don't miss a visit to Altstadt, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Sebaldus Church.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Nuremberg itinerary app.

Drive from Rothenburg to Nuremberg in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can drive to Munich.

Things to do in Nuremberg

Tours · Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Sep 20 — 22:

Munich

— 4 nights

Village of a Million People

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 trip includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Marienplatz, explore the world behind art at Alte Pinakothek, steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Church, and admire the natural beauty at English Garden.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Munich trip itinerary site.

Drive from Nuremberg to Munich in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Dresden.

Things to do in Munich

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Childrens Museums
Find places to stay Sep 22 — 26:

Dresden

— 2 nights

Florence of the North

Dresden boasts a long history as a royal residence of many Saxon kings.
On the 27th (Mon), make a trip to Old Market Square (Altmarkt), then pause for some serene contemplation at Frauenkirche Dresden, then make a trip to Bruehlsche Terrasse, and finally see the interesting displays at Neues Grünes Gewölbe. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Procession of Princes, then admire the masterpieces at Gemaldegalerie Alte Meister, and then admire the masterpieces at The Dresden Zwinger.

To see reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Dresden driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Munich to Dresden takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in September, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can drive to Berlin.

Things to do in Dresden

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 26 — 28:

Berlin

— 4 nights

Athens of the Spree

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 trip includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Brandenburg Gate, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Zoo Berlin, and explore the world behind art at Pergamonmuseum.

For more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Berlin road trip site.

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

Things to do in Berlin

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Sep 28 — Oct 2:

Hamburg

— 2 nights

Gateway to the World

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.
On the 3rd (Sun), admire the masterpieces at Kunsthalle Hamburg, go all around town with City Tours, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Planten un Blomen. On the 4th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Miniatur Wunderland, then get to know the fascinating history of Speicherstadt, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael's Church.

To find traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Hamburg trip maker tool.

Traveling by train from Berlin to Hamburg takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Hamburg

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Parks
Find places to stay Oct 2 — 4:

Germany travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Germany is the home of high culture, fine art, classical music, world-class sports, award-winning cuisine--and some of the world's best beers. It's also one of the major economic and political powers of the European continent. One of the founding members of the European Union, Germany is a federation of 16 states. Each boasts its own distinct culture, art, cuisine, regional traditions, and array of things to do. The country is known worldwide for its precision engineering and high-tech products. Equally, though, Germany is admired for its old-world charm and what is locally known as gemutlichkeit (coziness). This is one of the easiest countries in the world to explore, offering an abundance of sightseeing opportunities. German transportation runs with German efficiency. Therefore, getting around the various regions is almost always easy, quick, and pleasant. Visit the cities to explore museums, art galleries, modern restaurants, and trendy shops. Also be sure to venture deeper into the countryside. Here, you can discover ancient castles and bustling little villages. Often in these off-the-beaten-path areas, the main tourist attraction remains the simple hospitality of the friendly locals.