15 days in Germany Itinerary

15 days in Germany Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Germany trip planner

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Fly to Frankfurt, Train to Stuttgart
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Stuttgart
— 1 night
Train
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Heidelberg
— 1 night
Drive
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Rothenburg
— 2 nights
Drive
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Fussen
— 2 nights
Drive
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Berchtesgaden
— 2 nights
Drive
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Dresden
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hamburg
— 4 nights
Fly

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Stuttgart

— 1 night

Cradle of the Automobile

Stuttgart spreads across a variety of valleys, parks, and hills--many of them covered by vineyards.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Palace Square, get to know the resident critters at Wilhelma Zoologisch-Botanischer Garten, and then admire the landmark architecture of Mercedes-Benz Museum.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Stuttgart sightseeing website.

New York City, USA to Stuttgart is an approximately 12-hour combination of flight and train. Traveling from New York City to Stuttgart, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from New York City in July: high temperatures in Stuttgart hover around 78°F and lows are around 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Heidelberg.

Things to do in Stuttgart

Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jul 14 — 15:

Heidelberg

— 1 night

City of Romanticism

A vibrant university city, Heidelberg is nestled in the picturesque Neckar river valley.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): take in the views from Old Bridge (Karl Theodor Bridge), wander the streets of Altstadt (Old Town), explore the historical opulence of Schloss Heidelberg, then examine the collection at Pharmacy Museum, and finally examine the collection at Porsche Museum.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Heidelberg trip itinerary planning tool.

Take a train from Stuttgart to Heidelberg in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In July in Heidelberg, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 60°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can go by car to Rothenburg.

Things to do in Heidelberg

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 15 — 16:

Rothenburg

— 2 nights

Medieval Heart of Germany

An old imperial city, Rothenburg is the main tourist stop on the scenic Romantic Road of Bavaria.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Doll and Toy Museum (Puppen & Spielzeug Museum), browse the eclectic array of goods at Kathe Wohlfahrt's Christmas Shop, examine the collection at Medieval Crime Museum (Mittelalterliches Kriminalmuseum), then wander the streets of Altstadt, then don't miss a visit to Johannisbrunnen, and finally steep yourself in history at Town Walls. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Fortress Marienberg, then take in the views from Alte Mainbruecke, then explore the historical opulence of Würzburg Residence, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Augustiner Church.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Rothenburg trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Heidelberg to Rothenburg takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In July, daytime highs in Rothenburg are 76°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can go by car to Fussen.

Things to do in Rothenburg

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 16 — 18:

Fussen

— 2 nights

Southern End of the Romantic Road

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 19th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ettal Abbey, step into the grandiose world of Schloss Linderhof, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Pilgrimage Church of Wies. On the next day, head outdoors with Zugspitze, then pause for some serene contemplation at Krippkirche St. Nikolaus, then explore the historical opulence of Schloss Hohenschwangau, and finally steep yourself in history at Altstadt von Fuessen.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Fussen vacation builder.

Getting from Rothenburg to Fussen by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train. Expect a daytime high around 76°F in July, and nighttime lows around 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can drive to Berchtesgaden.

Things to do in Fussen

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 18 — 20:

Berchtesgaden

— 2 nights

Germany's Mountain Gem

Bordered on three sides by Austria, Berchtesgaden is encircled by snow-capped mountain peaks that offer sweeping views of the entire region.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Wed): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, examine the collection at Dokumentationszentrum Obersalzberg, then don't miss a visit to The Eagle's Nest, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St. Bartholomew's Church. On the next day, go deep underground at Salzbergwerk Berchtesgaden and then contemplate the waterfront views at Konigssee.

To find maps and tourist information, use the Berchtesgaden online tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Fussen to Berchtesgaden in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. July in Berchtesgaden sees daily highs of 78°F and lows of 58°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Dresden.

Things to do in Berchtesgaden

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Spas

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 20 — 22:

Dresden

— 2 nights

Florence of the North

Dresden boasts a long history as a royal residence of many Saxon kings.
On the 23rd (Fri), explore the world behind art at Gemaldegalerie Alte Meister, don't miss a visit to Frauenkirche Dresden, and then don't miss a visit to The Dresden Zwinger. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Neues Grünes Gewölbe, make a trip to Procession of Princes, pause for some photo ops at Frederick Augustus I of Saxony Monument, then get great views at Basteigebiet, and finally explore the historical opulence of Koenigstein Fortress.

For more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Dresden route maker tool.

You can drive from Berchtesgaden to Dresden in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. In July in Dresden, expect temperatures between 77°F during the day and 59°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Hamburg.

Things to do in Dresden

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 22 — 24:

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.
Holstentor and CHOCOVERSUM by HACHEZ will appeal to museum buffs. Do some cultural sightseeing at Lubeck Altstadt (Lubeck Oldtown) and Alster. Step out of Hamburg with an excursion to Marienkirche in Lubeck--about 1h 5 min away. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at International Maritime Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Speicherstadt, get to know the fascinating history of Alter Elbtunnel, and take in nature's colorful creations at Planten un Blomen.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Hamburg trip itinerary planning website.

Getting from Dresden to Hamburg by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in July, and nighttime lows around 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hamburg

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 24 — 28:

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.