8 days in Germany Itinerary

8 days in Germany Itinerary

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8 days in Germany Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  12​h
1
Nuremberg
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
2
Regensburg
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Fussen
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
4
Trier
— 1 night
+2
train + taxi + Fly:  5​h 15​min
5
Berlin
— 1 day
Fly:  11​h
End: Toronto

2
nights
Nuremberg

Nuremberg ©
Nuremberg's historic town center stands in the shadow of a towering imperial castle that dominates its northwestern corner.
Head to Kathe Wohlfahrt's Christmas Shop and Kathe Wohlfahrtfor some retail therapy. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Altes Rathaus and Kirche St. Maria und St. Theodor. Venture out of the city with trips to Rothenburg (Alms Souvenirs & Gifts, Town Walls, & more) and Bamberg (Die Bierothek, Bamberger Dom, & more). The adventure continues: look for gifts at Handwerkerhof, buy something for everyone on your list at Ultra Comix, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Lorenz Church, and explore the historical opulence of Kaiserburg Nurnberg (Nuremberg Castle).

To see ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Nuremberg travel planner .

Toronto, Canada to Nuremberg is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Toronto to Nuremberg due to the time zone difference. In December, daytime highs in Nuremberg are 5°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Regensburg.

Things to do in Nuremberg

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Bamberg, Rothenburg
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Altes Rathaus ©
Altes Rathaus
Bamberg Altstadt ©
Bamberg Altstadt
Town Walls ©
Town Walls

1
night
Regensburg

Regensburg ©
One of Germany’s oldest towns and home to a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Regensburg today offers a medieval charm not found in many of the country’s cities today.
On the 11th (Wed), buy something for everyone on your list at Donau Einkaufszentrum, contemplate the long history of Altes Rathaus, pause for some serene contemplation at St. George, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of St Peter's, then contemplate the long history of Dompfarrkirche Niedermunster, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Alte Kapelle.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Regensburg online road trip planner .

Traveling by train from Nuremberg to Regensburg takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Regensburg are 4°C, while nighttime lows are -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Fussen.

Things to do in Regensburg

Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

St. George
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Cathedral of St Peter's ©
Cathedral of St Peter's
Alte Kapelle ©
Alte Kapelle
Altes Rathaus ©
Altes Rathaus

1
night
Fussen

Fussen ©
Framed by the Alps and set upon a riverbank, the city of Fussen in addition to its historic architecture is the epicenter of Germany’s traditional violin-making industry.
On the 12th (Thu), step into the grandiose world of Schloss Hohenschwangau, look for gifts at Sennerei Lehern, step into the grandiose world of Burgruine Hohenfreyberg, then contemplate the long history of Burgruine Eisenberg, and finally steep yourself in history at Altstadt von Fuessen.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Fussen online journey planner .

You can drive from Regensburg to Fussen in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 6°C, and evening lows to -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can drive to Trier.

Things to do in Fussen

Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Eisenberg, Sennerei Lehern, Schloss Hohenschwangau
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Schloss Hohenschwangau ©
Schloss Hohenschwangau
Burgruine Hohenfreyberg ©
Burgruine Hohenfreyberg
Altstadt von Fuessen ©
Altstadt von Fuessen

1
night
Trier

Trier ©
Trier may be the oldest city in Germany, founded long before the Roman times.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mathias Church, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Gangolf, hunt for treasures at Hauptmarkt, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter's Cathedral (Dom), then make a trip to Porta Nigra, and finally contemplate the long history of Romische Villa Urbana.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Trier trip maker app .

Drive from Fussen to Trier in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 5°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can travel to Berlin.

Things to do in Trier

Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Romische Villa Urbana
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Porta Nigra ©
Porta Nigra
St. Mathias Church ©
St. Mathias Church
St. Gangolf ©
St. Gangolf

1
day
Berlin

Berlin ©
The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Neues Museum, get engrossed in the history at Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, browse the range of quality goods at Kaufhaus des Westens (KaDeWe), then look for gifts at Rausch Schokoladenhaus, and finally look for gifts at Ritter Sport Bunte Schokowelt.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Berlin online vacation planner .

Getting from Trier to Berlin by combination of train and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Berlin

Shopping Museums Historic Sites
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Rausch Schokoladenhaus ©
Rausch Schokoladenhaus
Ritter Sport Bunte Schokowelt ©
Ritter Sport Bunte Schokowelt
Kaufhaus des Westens (KaDeWe) ©
Kaufhaus des Westens (KaDeWe)

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