13 days in Germany Itinerary

13 days in Germany Itinerary

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13 days in Germany Itinerary

Start: Durham
Fly:  5 h 15 min
1
Dusseldorf
— 1 night
Train:  30 min
2
Essen
— 1 night
Train:  30 min
3
Dortmund
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
4
Frankfurt
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
5
Rothenburg
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
6
Munich
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
7
Nuremberg
— 1 night
Train:  2 h 15 min
8
Leipzig
— 1 night
Train:  1 h 15 min
9
Berlin
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
10
Hamburg
— 1 night
Fly:  6 h 45 min
End: Durham

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night
Dusseldorf

Dusseldorf ©
Renowned for its fashion and trade fairs, Dusseldorf offers visitors vibrant nightlife and a wide range of shopping options.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): examine the collection at Mahn- und Gedenkstatte.

To find more things to do, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Dusseldorf day trip site .

Durham, UK to Dusseldorf is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Durham to Dusseldorf due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Durham in May, expect nights in Dusseldorf to be about the same, around 9°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Essen.

Things to do in Dusseldorf

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Cologne Cathedral
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Cologne Cathedral ©
Cologne Cathedral
Rheinstrand ©
Rheinstrand

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Essen

Essen ©
For centuries one of Germany's major coal and steel centers, Essen offers some of Germany's best shopping, religious sites, and historical atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Tue): admire the sheer force of Botanischer Garten Grugapark, get your game on at Hespertalbahn Museumseisenbahn Essen, then don't miss a visit to Folkwang University of the Arts, and finally don't miss a visit to Kruppsiedlung Margarethenhohe.

To see topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Essen online vacation builder .

Essen is just a stone's throw from Dusseldorf. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Dortmund.

Things to do in Essen

Parks Nature Museums
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Botanischer Garten Grugapark ©
Botanischer Garten Grugapark
Folkwang University of the Arts ©
Folkwang University of the Arts
Hespertalbahn Museumseisenbahn Essen ©

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Dortmund

Dortmund ©
Though its major passion may be soccer, Dortmund offers visitors more than just historical sports venues.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Marienkirche, take an in-depth tour of Mahn- und Gedenkstatte Steinwache, then get outside with Kletterhalle Bergwerk, and finally tee off at Royal Saint Barbara's Dortmund Golf Club.

For photos, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Dortmund trip app .

Dortmund is very close to Essen. May in Dortmund sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Frankfurt.

Things to do in Dortmund

Outdoors Golf Historic Sites
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Marienkirche ©
Marienkirche
Kletterhalle Bergwerk ©
Kletterhalle Bergwerk

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Frankfurt

Frankfurt
A global center of finance and transportation, Frankfurt is perhaps best known for its futuristic cityscape.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): explore the world behind art at Liebieghaus, then explore the world behind art at Stadel Museum, then contemplate the long history of Goethe House, and finally appreciate the history behind Liebfrauen - Ort der Stille.

To find maps, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Frankfurt day trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Dortmund to Frankfurt takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May in Frankfurt, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to drive to Rothenburg.

Things to do in Frankfurt

Museums Historic Sites
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Stadel Museum
Stadel Museum
Liebieghaus ©
Liebieghaus
Goethe House ©
Goethe House

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night
Rothenburg

Rothenburg ©
An old imperial city, Rothenburg is the main tourist stop on the scenic Romantic Road of Bavaria.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): ponder the world of politics at Stadt Rothenburg ob der Tauber, contemplate the long history of Town Walls, make a trip to Das Plonlein, then stop by Ekuko's Wine & Gift Shop, then wander the streets of Altstadt, and finally see the interesting displays at Medieval Crime Museum (Mittelalterliches Kriminalmuseum).

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Rothenburg trip planning tool .

You can drive from Frankfurt to Rothenburg in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Frankfurt in May, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Rothenburg: temperatures range from 19°C by day to 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can drive to Munich.

Things to do in Rothenburg

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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Altstadt ©
Altstadt
Stadt Rothenburg ob der Tauber ©
Stadt Rothenburg ob der Tauber
Town Walls ©
Town Walls

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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.
On the 9th (Sat), walk around English Garden, contemplate the long history of Nymphenburg Palace, then pause for some photo ops at Moriskentanzer, and finally make a trip to Marienplatz. Keep things going the next day: get curious at Deutsches Museum, then see the interesting displays at Munich Residenz, and then take in panoramic vistas at Frauenkirche.

For other places to visit, more things to do, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and tourist information, use the Munich planner.

Drive from Rothenburg to Munich in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, daily temperatures in Munich can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can go by car to Nuremberg.

Things to do in Munich

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

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Nuremberg

Nuremberg ©
Nuremberg's historic town center stands in the shadow of a towering imperial castle that dominates its northwestern corner.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Mon): take in nature's colorful creations at Stadtpark, stroll the grounds of Rochusfriedhof, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Lorenz Church, then explore the historical opulence of Kaiserburg Nurnberg, and finally get to know the fascinating history of City Walls of Nuremberg.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Nuremberg trip planner.

Getting from Munich to Nuremberg by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. In May, daytime highs in Nuremberg are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Leipzig.

Things to do in Nuremberg

Historic Sites Parks
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Kaiserburg Nurnberg ©
Kaiserburg Nurnberg
Rochusfriedhof ©
Rochusfriedhof
Stadtpark
Stadtpark

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Leipzig

Leipzig ©
Leipzig is not only world-famous for its long tradition of trade fairs, but also for its vibrant music and cultural scenes.
On the 12th (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Thomas Church (Thomaskirche), explore the world behind art at Grassi Museum, explore the world behind art at Museum der Bildenden Kunste, then admire the striking features of Altes Rathaus, then get engrossed in the history at Bach Museum, and finally head outdoors with Leipziger Auenwald.

To see topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Leipzig trip planner.

Getting from Nuremberg to Leipzig by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Leipzig can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Berlin.

Things to do in Leipzig

Museums Outdoors Historic Sites
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Grassi Museum ©
Grassi Museum
Museum der Bildenden Kunste ©
Museum der Bildenden Kunste
St. Thomas Church (Thomaskirche) ©
St. Thomas Church (Thomaskirche)

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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.
On the 13th (Wed), take in the local highlights with Walking tours, make a trip to Mauermuseum - Museum Haus am Checkpoint Charlie, then appreciate the history behind The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, and finally pause for some photo ops at Brandenburg Gate. On the 14th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to East Side Gallery, then see the interesting displays at Topography of Terror, then contemplate the long history of Bebelplatz, and finally admire the masterpieces at Pergamonmuseum.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Berlin trip itinerary builder app .

Take a train from Leipzig to Berlin in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Hamburg.

Things to do in Berlin

Museums Historic Sites Tours
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Brandenburg Gate ©
Brandenburg Gate
Walking tours

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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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): admire the masterpieces at Kunsthalle Hamburg and then examine the collection at Miniatur Wunderland.

To find topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Hamburg day trip planning site .

Getting from Berlin to Hamburg by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. May in Hamburg sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hamburg

Museums
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Miniatur Wunderland ©
Miniatur Wunderland
Kunsthalle Hamburg ©
Kunsthalle Hamburg

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