13 days in Germany Itinerary

13 days in Germany Itinerary

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City of Churches

Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
Change things up with these side-trips from Cologne: Eltz Castle (in Wierschem), Reichsburg Cochem (in Cochem) and Gemuendener Maar (in Daun). There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Cologne Cathedral, admire the masterpieces at Museum Ludwig, don't miss a visit to KolnTriangle, and get great views at Main Tower.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Cologne online route planner.

Stuttgart to Cologne is an approximately 3-hour train ride. You can also take a train; or drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In September, daily temperatures in Cologne can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Bielefeld.

Things to do in Cologne

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

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Historically a center of Europe’s linen industry, Bielefeld today combines rich local culture with a tradition of innovation and commercial development.
On the 12th (Sat), indulge in some personalized pampering at VitaSol Therme, get outside with Obersee, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Botanischer Garten.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Bielefeld online journey planner.

Drive from Cologne to Bielefeld in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Bielefeld can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. On the 13th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Hamburg.

Things to do in Bielefeld

Spas · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

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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.
Hamburg is known for museums, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Miniatur Wunderland, admire the natural beauty at Planten un Blomen, visit Reeperbahn, and get to know the fascinating history of Speicherstadt.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Hamburg online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Bielefeld to Hamburg takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of car and train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Berlin.

Things to do in Hamburg

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Neighborhoods
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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.
On the 18th (Fri), wander the streets of Potsdamer Platz, pause for some photo ops at Brandenburg Gate, then pause for some photo ops at The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, and finally examine the collection at Topography of Terror. On the next day, admire the masterpieces at Pergamonmuseum, then get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and then ponder the world of politics at Reichstag Building.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Berlin trip itinerary planning tool.

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 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

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Germany travel guide

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.