11 days in Germany Itinerary

11 days in Germany Itinerary

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11 days in Germany Itinerary

Start: New York City
Bus + Fly:  11​h 30​min
1
Cologne
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Cochem
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
3
Munich
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Berlin
— 3 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
5
Hamburg
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  12​h 45​min
End: New York City

1
day
Cologne

Cologne ©
Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Tue): test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms and then admire the landmark architecture of Cologne Cathedral.

To see reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Cologne road trip planning website .

New York City, USA to Cologne is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Time is 6 hours. Expect a daytime high around 46°F in December, and nighttime lows around 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Cochem.

Things to do in Cologne

Historic Sites Fun & Games
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Cologne Cathedral ©
Cologne Cathedral
Room Escape Games

1
night
Cochem

Cochem ©
Nestled away within the rolling hills of the Moselle River Valley, Cochem possesses an archetypical German appearance and medieval charm that provides one of the best atmospheres in the country.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Winemaker J. Koll & Cie.. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): do a tasting at Weingut Walter J. Oster, then step into the grandiose world of Burgruine Winneburg, then do a tasting at Winemaker J. Koll & Cie., and finally step into the grandiose world of Reichsburg Cochem.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Cochem trip planner .

Traveling by car from Cologne to Cochem takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. When traveling from Cologne in December, plan for slightly colder days in Cochem, with highs around 40°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 33°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Munich.

Things to do in Cochem

Wineries Historic Sites
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Winemaker J. Koll & Cie. ©
Winemaker J. Koll & Cie.
Burgruine Winneburg ©
Burgruine Winneburg
Weingut Walter J. Oster ©
Weingut Walter J. Oster

3
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: explore the activities along English Garden, don't miss a visit to Marienplatz, explore the world behind art at Alte Pinakothek, and get a sense of history and politics at New Town Hall (Neus Rathaus).

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Munich trip itinerary website .

You can drive from Cochem to Munich in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of taxi and train. In January in Munich, expect temperatures between 38°F during the day and 26°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel to Berlin.

Things to do in Munich

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums
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English Garden ©
English Garden
Deutsches Museum ©
Deutsches Museum
New Town Hall (Neus Rathaus) ©
New Town Hall (Neus Rathaus)

3
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: pause for some photo ops at Brandenburg Gate, steep yourself in history at East Side Gallery, ponder the world of politics at Reichstag Building, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

For photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Berlin online trip itinerary maker .

Fly from Munich to Berlin in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Hamburg.

Things to do in Berlin

Zoos & Aquariums Museums Parks
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Brandenburg Gate ©
Brandenburg Gate
Make a Break – Escape Room Berlin ©
WINDOBONA Indoor Skydiving Berlin ©

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): test your problem-solving skills at EscapeDiem, then examine the collection at Miniatur Wunderland, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Planten un Blomen. Here are some ideas for day two: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Tierpark Hagenbeck.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Hamburg trip planner .

Take a train from Berlin to Hamburg in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Hamburg are 38°F, while nighttime lows are 31°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hamburg

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums
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Tierpark Hagenbeck ©
Tierpark Hagenbeck
Miniatur Wunderland ©
Miniatur Wunderland
EscapeDiem ©
EscapeDiem

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