12 days in Germany Itinerary

12 days in Germany Itinerary

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12 days in Germany Itinerary

Munich
Munich
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Fussen
— 1 night
taxi:  30​min
Hohenschwangau
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Rothenburg
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
Freiburg im Breisgau
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Frankfurt
— 1 night
train:  1​h 15​min
Cologne
— Few hours
train:  30​min
Dusseldorf
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 45​min
Hamburg
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
Berlin
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
Dresden
— 1 night
Fly:  21​h 30​min
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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes St. Michael's Church as well as Marienplatz. Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): admire the striking features of St. Peter's Church, take in nature's colorful creations at Nymphenburg Palace (Schloss Nymphenburg), make a trip to Marienplatz, then explore the activities along English Garden, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael's Church.

For traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Munich trip builder site .

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major airports are Flughafen München-Riem, Memmingen Allgau Airport and Nuremberg Airport. In June, daytime highs in Munich are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. On the 11th (Mon), you're off toFussen.

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English Garden ©
English Garden
St. Peter's Church ©
St. Peter's Church

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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Zugspitze, Eibsee and Lechfall. Start off your visit on the 11th (Mon): explore the activities along Eibsee, steep yourself in history at Altstadt von Fuessen, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kalvarienberg, then take in the dramatic scenery at Lechfall, and finally get outside with Hopfensee.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Fussen online itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Munich to Fussen takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. June in Fussen sees daily highs of 69°F and lows of 50°F at night. On the 12th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Hohenschwangau.

Things to do in Fussen

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Zugspitze, Eibsee
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Zugspitze ©
Zugspitze
Altstadt von Fuessen ©
Altstadt von Fuessen
Eibsee ©
Eibsee

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hours
Hohenschwangau

Hohenschwangau ©
Hohenschwangau is a village in the municipality of Schwangau, Ostallgäu district, Bavaria, Germany.It is located between Schloss Neuschwanstein and Schloss Hohenschwangau and is visited by about 2 million people annually, where they start tours to the former royal palaces. To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Hohenschwangau online vacation planner .

Hohenschwangau is very close to Fussen. Expect a daytime high around 69°F in June, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Rothenburg.

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Historic Sites
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Neuschwanstein Castle ©
Neuschwanstein Castle

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Rothenburg

Rothenburg ©
An old imperial city, Rothenburg is the main tourist stop on the scenic Romantic Road of Bavaria.
For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Rothenburg trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Hohenschwangau to Rothenburg takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In June, daytime highs in Rothenburg are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can drive to Frankfurt.

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Town Walls ©
Town Walls
Old Town ©
Old Town

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day
Freiburg im Breisgau

Freiburg im Breisgau ©
In the heart of a major wine-producing region, Freiburg im Breisgau serves as the primary entry point for tours into the scenic Black Forest mountain range.
You've now added Black Forest Tours to your itinerary. On the 13th (Wed), get interesting insight from Black Forest Tours and then contemplate the waterfront views at Bachle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Historisches Kaufhaus, take in the spiritual surroundings of Freiburger Münster, then admire the sheer force of Todtnau Waterfalls, then head outdoors with Schauinslandbahn, and finally step into the grandiose world of Rotteln Castle.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Freiburg im Breisgau vacation planner.

Getting from Rothenburg to Freiburg im Breisgau by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 76°F in June, and nighttime lows around 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Frankfurt.

Things to do in Freiburg im Breisgau

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Schauinslandbahn, Todtnau Waterfalls, Rotteln Castle
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Freiburger Münster ©
Freiburger Münster
Rotteln Castle ©
Rotteln Castle
Todtnau Waterfalls ©
Todtnau Waterfalls

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Frankfurt

Frankfurt
A global center of finance and transportation, Frankfurt is perhaps best known for its futuristic cityscape.
You've now added Rhine River Day Cruises to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Neroberg, take a tour by water with Rhine River Day Cruises, and then savor the flavors at Eberbach Abbey. On the 14th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Alte Nikolaikirche, then admire the masterpieces at Städel, then contemplate the long history of Saalburg Roman Castle and Archeology Park, and finally step into the grandiose world of Schloss Johannisburg.

To find reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Frankfurt online driving holiday planner .

You can drive from Rothenburg to Frankfurt in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Cologne.

Things to do in Frankfurt

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Rhine River Day Cruises, Neroberg, Eberbach Abbey
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Neroberg
Neroberg
Eberbach Abbey
Eberbach Abbey

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Cologne

Cologne ©
Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
On the 17th (Sun), delve into the distant past at Praetorium, witness a stunning natural landmark at Neptunbad, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cologne Cathedral.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Cologne trip planner .

Traveling by train from Frankfurt to Cologne takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Cologne can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. You'll set off for Dusseldorf on the 18th (Mon).

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Praetorium ©
Praetorium

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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 16th (Sat): contemplate the waterfront views at Sechs-Seen-Platte Duisburg.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Dusseldorf day trip planner.

Dusseldorf is very close to Cologne. In June, plan for daily highs up to 72°F, and evening lows to 53°F. On the 17th (Sun), you're off toHamburg.

Things to do in Dusseldorf

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Sechs-Seen-Platte Duisburg
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Sechs-Seen-Platte Duisburg ©
Sechs-Seen-Platte Duisburg

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sun): make a trip to Miniatur Wunderland, then admire the landmark architecture of Speicherstadt, and then identify plant and animal life at Boberger Duenen.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Hamburg online day trip planner .

Getting from Dusseldorf to Hamburg by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. June in Hamburg sees daily highs of 68°F and lows of 51°F at night. You'll set off for Berlin on the 18th (Mon).

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Wildlife Parks Museums
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Boberger Duenen ©
Boberger Duenen
Miniatur Wunderland ©
Miniatur Wunderland
Speicherstadt ©
Speicherstadt

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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 18th (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, identify plant and animal life at Pfaueninsel, and then steep yourself in history at Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen.

To find out how to plan a trip to Berlin, use our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Hamburg to Berlin by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. You will have some time to spend on the 19th (Tue) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Berlin

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen
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Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen ©
Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen
Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church ©
Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church
Pfaueninsel ©
Pfaueninsel

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Dresden

Dresden ©
Dresden boasts a long history as a royal residence of many Saxon kings.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Transport Museum Dresden, pause for some serene contemplation at Frauenkirche Dresden, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Elbe Sandstone Mountains, and finally explore the world behind art at Gemaldegalerie Alte Meister. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Neues Grünes Gewölbe, appreciate the extensive heritage of Canaletto Blick, then pause for some serene contemplation at Hochstift Dom, and finally step into the grandiose world of Albrechtsburg Castle, Meissen, Germany.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Dresden day trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Berlin to Dresden takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 71°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Dresden

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Meissen, Elbe Sandstone Mountains
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Frauenkirche Dresden ©
Frauenkirche Dresden
Neues Grünes Gewölbe ©
Neues Grünes Gewölbe
Gemaldegalerie Alte Meister ©
Gemaldegalerie Alte Meister

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