33 days in Germany Itinerary

33 days in Germany Itinerary

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33 days in Germany Itinerary

Start: Berlin
1
Berlin
— 19 nights
Train:  2​h
2
Dresden
— 1 day
Train:  1​h
3
Leipzig
— 1 day
Train:  3​h
4
Hamburg
— 1 day
Fly:  3​h
5
Cologne
— 2 nights
Train:  1​h 15​min
6
Frankfurt
— 1 night
Train:  1​h
7
Heidelberg
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
Nuremberg
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
9
Fussen
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 45​min
10
Munich
— 2 nights
End: Munich

19
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen and Potsdam's Gardens. Step out of the city life by going to Spreewaldfahrt, Familie Goertz and Golfclub Fleesensee. Venture out of the city with trips to Radduscher Naturhafen (in Vetschau), St. Marien Church (in Waren) and Premium Kahnfahrten (in Luebbenau). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, get engrossed in the history at Palace of Tears, steep yourself in history at Gedenkstaette Berlin-Hohenschoenhausen, and stroll through Strandbar Mitte.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Berlin road trip planning site .

If you are flying in from Brazil, the closest major airports are Berlin-Tegel Airport and Berlin-Schönefeld Airport. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can take a train to Dresden.

Things to do in Berlin

Outdoors Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Potsdam, Burg (Spreewald), Burg Tangermunde, Dom St. Marien, Golfclub Fleesensee
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Premium Kahnfahrten ©
Premium Kahnfahrten
Mitte ©
Mitte
Radduscher Naturhafen ©
Radduscher Naturhafen

1
day
Dresden

Dresden ©
Dresden boasts a long history as a royal residence of many Saxon kings.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Fri): appreciate the extensive heritage of Theaterplatz, get to know the fascinating history of Canaletto Blick, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Holy Cross, and finally take an in-depth tour of Transport Museum Dresden.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Dresden trip itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Berlin to Dresden in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 3°C in January, and nighttime lows around -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Leipzig.

Things to do in Dresden

Historic Sites Museums
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Theaterplatz ©
Theaterplatz
Transport Museum Dresden ©
Transport Museum Dresden
Canaletto Blick ©
Canaletto Blick

1
day
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 26th (Sat), identify plant and animal life at Wildpark Leipzig, take an in-depth tour of Mendelssohn-Haus Leipzig, then see the interesting displays at Grassi Museum, and finally admire the masterpieces at Museum der Bildenden Kunste.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Leipzig travel planner .

Traveling by train from Dresden to Leipzig takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. January in Leipzig sees daily highs of 3°C and lows of -1°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Hamburg.

Things to do in Leipzig

Museums Parks Wildlife
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Grassi Museum ©
Grassi Museum
Mendelssohn-Haus Leipzig ©
Mendelssohn-Haus Leipzig
Museum der Bildenden Kunste ©
Museum der Bildenden Kunste

1
day
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.
To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Hamburg road trip website .

You can take a train from Leipzig to Hamburg in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In January in Hamburg, expect temperatures between 3°C during the day and 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Cologne.

Things to do in Hamburg

Parks Nature
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Binnenalster ©
Binnenalster
Rathausmarkt ©
Rathausmarkt

2
nights
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 27th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Ursula. Keep things going the next day: wander the streets of Oberkassel, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Melaten-Friedhof, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Shrine of the Three Kings.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Cologne trip builder tool .

You can fly from Hamburg to Cologne in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In January, daily temperatures in Cologne can reach 6°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Frankfurt.

Things to do in Cologne

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Dusseldorf-Oberkassel, Greifvogelstation & Wildfreigehege Hellenthal
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Shrine of the Three Kings ©
Shrine of the Three Kings
Melaten-Friedhof
Melaten-Friedhof
Dusseldorf-Oberkassel ©
Dusseldorf-Oberkassel

1
night
Frankfurt

Frankfurt ©
A global center of finance and transportation, Frankfurt is perhaps best known for its futuristic cityscape.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Wed): meet the residents at Opel Zoo, identify plant and animal life at Weilbacher Kiesgruben, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Old Nicholas Church (Alte Nikolaikirche), and finally don't miss a visit to Gerechtigkeitsbrunnen.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Frankfurt trip planning app .

You can take a train from Cologne to Frankfurt in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January in Frankfurt, expect temperatures between 5°C during the day and 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Heidelberg.

Things to do in Frankfurt

Parks Wildlife Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Opel Zoo, Weilbacher Kiesgruben
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Opel Zoo ©
Opel Zoo
Weilbacher Kiesgruben ©
Weilbacher Kiesgruben

2
nights
Heidelberg

Heidelberg ©
A vibrant university city, Heidelberg is nestled in the picturesque Neckar river valley.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Thu): see the interesting displays at Technoseum Mannheim (ehemals Landesmuseum fuer Technik und Arbeit), stroll through Zoo Landau, and then see the interesting displays at Historisches Museum der Pfalz Speyer. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Fri): don't miss a visit to Jesuitenkirche, learn about winemaking at Doktorenhof, and then identify plant and animal life at Tiergarten Worms.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Heidelberg trip itinerary planning tool .

You can take a train from Frankfurt to Heidelberg in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 3°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to drive to Nuremberg.

Things to do in Heidelberg

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Tiergarten Worms, Weinessiggut Doktorenhof, Technoseum Mannheim (ehemals Landesmuseum fuer Technik und Arbeit), Historisches Museum der Pfalz Speyer, Zoo Landau
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Zoo Landau ©
Zoo Landau
Historisches Museum der Pfalz Speyer ©

3
nights
Nuremberg

Nuremberg ©
Nuremberg's historic town center stands in the shadow of a towering imperial castle that dominates its northwestern corner.
Step off the beaten path and head to Altes Rathaus and Wildpark Schloss Tambach. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Old Town and DB Museum (German Railway Museum). Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nuremberg: Old Town (in Dinkelsbuhl) and Flussbad Hainbadestelle (in Bamberg). Next up on the itinerary: try out the rides at Kristall Palm Beach.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Nuremberg road trip planning app .

Getting from Heidelberg to Nuremberg by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Heidelberg in February, expect nights in Nuremberg to be about the same, around -1°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can drive to Fussen.

Things to do in Nuremberg

Parks Theme Parks Spas

Side Trips

Bamberg, Altstadt, Wildpark Schloss Tambach, Old Town, Kristall Palm Beach
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Wildpark Schloss Tambach ©
Wildpark Schloss Tambach
Altes Rathaus ©
Altes Rathaus
Old Town ©
Old Town

1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Tue): get outside with Hopfensee, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Koloman, then contemplate the waterfront views at Alpseebad, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kalvarienberg.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Fussen holiday site .

Getting from Nuremberg to Fussen by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. In February, daily temperatures in Fussen can reach 5°C, while at night they dip to -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can drive to Munich.

Things to do in Fussen

Outdoors Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Alpseebad, St. Koloman
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Hopfensee ©
Hopfensee
Alpseebad ©
Alpseebad
St. Koloman ©
St. Koloman

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): sample the tasty concoctions at Andechs Monastery, then contemplate the waterfront views at Starnberger See, then see the interesting displays at Municipal Gallery in Lenbach House, and finally admire the striking features of Theatinerkirche St. Kajetan. On your second day here, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms and then admire the masterpieces at New Pinakothek.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Munich trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by car from Fussen to Munich takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In February, daytime highs in Munich are 5°C, while nighttime lows are -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Munich

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Andechs Monastery, Starnberger See
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Neue Pinakothek ©
Neue Pinakothek
Andechs Monastery ©
Andechs Monastery
Starnberger See ©
Starnberger See

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