31 days in Germany Itinerary

31 days in Germany Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Germany journey planner

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Hamburg
— 4 nights
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Berlin
— 5 nights
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Dresden
— 3 nights
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Nuremberg
— 4 nights
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Rothenburg
— 4 nights
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Baden-Baden
— 4 nights
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Munich
— 5 nights
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Hamburg

— 4 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Miniatur Wunderland and Alter Elbtunnel. You'll get in some beach time at Sankt Peter Ording Beach and Familienlagune Perlebucht. Change things up with these side-trips from Hamburg: Wildpark Lueneburger Heide (in Hanstedt), The Wadden Sea, Germany (in Norden) and Kunstwerk Carlshutte (in Budelsdorf). And it doesn't end there: appreciate the extensive heritage of Speicherstadt, view the masterpieces at Red Gallery, admire the masterpieces at Kunsthalle Hamburg, and head outdoors with Wildpark Schwarze Berge.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Hamburg road trip planning app.

Sydney, Australia to Hamburg is an approximately 25-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a -9 hour difference. In December, Hamburg is much colder than Sydney - with highs of 7°C and lows of 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Berlin.

Things to do in Hamburg

Museums · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Berlin

— 5 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.
Memorial of the Berlin Wall and Mauermuseum - Museum Haus am Checkpoint Charlie will appeal to history buffs. You'll explore and learn at Pergamonmuseum and Topography of Terror. There's lots more to do: visit Potsdamer Platz, steep yourself in history at East Side Gallery, shop like a local with Camera Work, and take in the exciting artwork at Klassenfeind Gallery.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Berlin online trip planner.

Take a train from Hamburg to Berlin in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Dresden.

Things to do in Berlin

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 5 — 10:

Dresden

— 3 nights

Florence of the North

Dresden boasts a long history as a royal residence of many Saxon kings.
Your inner history buff will appreciate The Dresden Zwinger and Katholische Hofkirche. Head to Tradition & Form and From Monet to Klimtfor some retail therapy. And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Albertinum, pause for some serene contemplation at Frauenkirche Dresden, get to know the fascinating history of Canaletto Blick, and see the interesting displays at Royal Cabinet of Mathematical and Physical Instruments.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Dresden driving holiday website.

Drive from Berlin to Dresden in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to drive to Nuremberg.

Things to do in Dresden

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 10 — 13:

Nuremberg

— 4 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.
Get outdoors at Naturschutzgebiet Holle and Flussbad Hainbadestelle. Museum-lovers will appreciate Germanisches Nationalmuseum and Galerie Frank Fluegel. Change things up with a short trip to Wildpark Schloss Tambach in Weitramsdorf (about 1h 30 min away). There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Kaiserburg Nurnberg, make a trip to Handwerkerhof, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Sebaldus Church, and get a taste of the local shopping with Hauptmarkt.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Nuremberg trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Dresden to Nuremberg takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In December, plan for daily highs up to 5°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to drive to Rothenburg.

Things to do in Nuremberg

Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

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Rothenburg

— 4 nights

Medieval Heart of Germany

An old imperial city, Rothenburg is the main tourist stop on the scenic Romantic Road of Bavaria.
Würzburg Residence and Fortress Marienberg will appeal to history buffs. Museum fur Franken and Reichsstadtmuseum will appeal to museum buffs. Explore Rothenburg's surroundings by going to Wurzburg (Roentgen Memorial Site Wuerzburg, Weingut am Stein, Ludwig Knoll, &more). There's lots more to do: visit Altstadt, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Wolfgang's Church, hunt for treasures at Kathe Wohlfahrt's Christmas Shop, and steep yourself in history at Town Walls.

To find other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Rothenburg travel route planner.

You can drive from Nuremberg to Rothenburg in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 5°C in December, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can drive to Baden-Baden.

Things to do in Rothenburg

Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries · Shopping

Side Trip

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Baden-Baden

— 4 nights

Belle Époque Europe's Summer Capital

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Schloss Heidelberg and Eglise Russe. Visiting Naturschutzgebiet Taubergiessen and Goenneranlage will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: do a tasting at Weingut Schloss Neuweier, take in the dramatic scenery at Geroldsau Waterfall, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Merkur.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Baden-Baden online vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Rothenburg to Baden-Baden takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can go by car to Munich.

Things to do in Baden-Baden

Parks · Wineries · Historic Sites · Spas

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 21 — 25:

Munich

— 5 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.
Nymphenburg Palace and Schloss Neuschwanstein are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visiting English Garden and Nature & Wildlife Tours will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: browse the eclectic array of goods at Viktualienmarkt, view the masterpieces at Gallerie Thomas, examine the collection at Munich Residenz, and look for all kinds of wild species at Heidehaus.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Munich trip planner.

Traveling by car from Baden-Baden to Munich takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. Traveling from Baden-Baden in December, plan for a bit cooler nights in Munich, with lows around -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Munich

Wildlife · Shopping · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 25 — 30:

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.