15 days in Germany & Portland Itinerary

15 days in Germany & Portland Itinerary

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Munich, Germany
— 3 nights
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Dresden, Germany
— 2 nights
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Berlin, Germany
— 4 nights
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Hamburg, Germany
— 1 night
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Cologne, Germany
— 1 night
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Portland, United States
— 3 nights
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Munich, Germany

— 3 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.
Munich is known for museums, historic sites, and nature. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Marienplatz, admire the masterpieces at Alte Pinakothek, see the interesting displays at Munich Residenz, and enjoy breathtaking views from Frauenkirche.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Munich trip planner.

Seattle, USA to Munich is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 9 hour difference. Expect slightly colder evenings in Munich when traveling from Seattle in May, with lows around 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Dresden.

Things to do in Munich

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Nature
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Dresden, Germany

— 2 nights

Florence of the North

Dresden boasts a long history as a royal residence of many Saxon kings.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Procession of Princes, make a trip to Frauenkirche Dresden, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Katholische Hofkirche, and finally get engrossed in the history at Transport Museum Dresden. On the next day, explore the world behind art at Gemaldegalerie Alte Meister, explore the world behind art at The Dresden Zwinger, and then see the interesting displays at Neues Grünes Gewölbe.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Dresden journey planner.

You can fly from Munich to Dresden in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In May, daytime highs in Dresden are 64°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Berlin.

Things to do in Dresden

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Berlin, Germany

— 4 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.
Berlin is known for museums, historic sites, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Reichstag Building, appreciate the history behind The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, steep yourself in history at East Side Gallery, and admire the masterpieces at Pergamonmuseum.

To see where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Berlin trip planner.

Getting from Dresden to Berlin by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Hamburg.

Things to do in Berlin

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums
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Hamburg, Germany

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Thu): admire the masterpieces at Kunsthalle Hamburg and then browse the exhibits of Miniatur Wunderland.

To find traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Hamburg trip itinerary builder app.

You can take a train from Berlin to Hamburg in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in May, and nighttime lows around 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Cologne.

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Cologne, Germany

— 1 night

City of Churches

Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
On the 26th (Fri), admire the masterpieces at Wallraf-Richartz Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Cologne Cathedral, then explore the world behind art at Museum Ludwig, and finally take an in-depth tour of Roman-German Museum (Romisch-Germanisches Museum).

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Cologne trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Hamburg to Cologne takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In May in Cologne, expect temperatures between 66°F during the day and 47°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel to Portland.

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Portland, United States

— 3 nights

City of Roses

A big city with a small-town feel, Portland is home to the country's biggest rose test garden, perched on a hill overlooking downtown.
Venture out of the city with trips to Schreiner's Iris Gardens (in Salem) and Willamette Valley Vineyards (in Turner). There's still lots to do: get outside with Portland Timbers, admire the landmark architecture of Pittock Mansion, take in nature's colorful creations at Lan Su Chinese Garden, and walk around Hoyt Arboretum.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Portland trip maker website.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Cologne to Portland in 15 hours. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -9 hour difference. In May, plan for daily highs up to 70°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Portland

Parks · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums · Wildlife

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Germany travel guide

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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.