16 days in Germany Itinerary

16 days in Germany Itinerary

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Fly
1
Hamburg
— 3 nights
Drive
2
Dresden
— 2 nights
Fly
3
Nuremberg
— 3 nights
Drive
4
Rothenburg
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Fussen
— 1 night
Drive
6
Garmisch-Partenkirchen
— 2 nights
Drive
7
Berchtesgaden
— 2 nights
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Hamburg — 3 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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Holstentor and Erotic Art Museum. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at St. Michael's Church and Historische Altstadt. Explore Hamburg's surroundings by going to Lubeck Altstadt (Lubeck Oldtown) (in Lubeck) and Bremen (Schnoor Viertel, St. Peter's Cathedral (St. Petri Dom), &more). There's still lots to do: learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting, get to know the fascinating history of Speicherstadt, see the interesting displays at CHOCOVERSUM by HACHEZ, and steep yourself in history at Alter Elbtunnel.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Hamburg trip planning site.

Chicago, USA to Hamburg is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. Traveling from Chicago to Hamburg, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Chicago, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Hamburg, ranging from highs of 57°F to lows of 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can drive to Dresden.
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Dresden — 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 16th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Neues Grünes Gewölbe, admire the masterpieces at Gemaldegalerie Alte Meister, and then explore the world behind art at The Dresden Zwinger. On the 17th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: brush up on your military savvy at Koenigstein Fortress, make a trip to Bruehlsche Terrasse, then contemplate the long history of Royal Palace (Residenzschloss), and finally don't miss a visit to Procession of Princes.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Dresden trip planner.

Traveling by car from Hamburg to Dresden takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In October, daytime highs in Dresden are 57°F, while nighttime lows are 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Nuremberg.
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Nuremberg — 3 nights

Gingerbread Capital of the World

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 Kaiserburg Nurnberg and Bamberg Altstadt. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Dokumentationszentrum Reichsparteitagsgelände and Altes Rathaus. Get out of town with these interesting Nuremberg side-trips: Regensburg (Old Town, Cathedral of St Peter's, &more) and Bamberg Cathedral (in Bamberg). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Reichsparteigelande (Nazi Party Rally Grounds), take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Sebaldus Church, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Frauenkirche, and don't miss a visit to St. Lorenz Church.

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Getting from Dresden to Nuremberg by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Nuremberg can reach 57°F, while at night they dip to 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Rothenburg.
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Rothenburg — 2 nights

Medieval Heart of Germany

An old imperial city, Rothenburg is the main tourist stop on the scenic Romantic Road of Bavaria.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): contemplate the long history of Town Walls, make a trip to Altstadt, then examine the collection at Medieval Crime Museum (Mittelalterliches Kriminalmuseum), then don't miss a visit to Das Plonlein, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Old Town. On your second day here, snap pictures at Alte Mainbruecke, step into the grandiose world of Würzburg Residence, take an in-depth tour of Fortress Marienberg, then learn about winemaking at Weingut am Stein, Ludwig Knoll, and finally ponder the world of politics at Stadt Rothenburg ob der Tauber.

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Traveling by car from Nuremberg to Rothenburg takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 56°F, and evening lows to 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Fussen.
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Fussen — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): steep yourself in history at Altstadt von Fuessen, make a trip to Stadtbrunnen, explore the historical opulence of Schloss Hohenschwangau, then contemplate the waterfront views at Bannwaldsee, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pilgrimage Church of Wies, and finally delve into the distant past at Antike Romervilla.

For reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Fussen road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Rothenburg to Fussen takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 57°F, and evening lows to 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can go by car to Garmisch-Partenkirchen.
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Garmisch-Partenkirchen — 2 nights

Nestled within the Bavarian Alps, Garmisch-Partenkirchen offers a classic mountain feel along with world-class winter sports.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Altstadt (Old Town) Mittenwald, look for all kinds of wild species at Partnachklamm, and then hike along Ettal Wintersport: Wildfutterung im Grasswangtal. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Tue): head outdoors with Zugspitze, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ettal Abbey, and then step into the grandiose world of Schloss Linderhof.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Garmisch-Partenkirchen itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Fussen to Garmisch-Partenkirchen takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, expect temperatures between 61°F during the day and 42°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Berchtesgaden.
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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 26th (Wed): don't miss a visit to The Eagle's Nest, then steep yourself in history at Dokumentationszentrum Obersalzberg, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Konigssee. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Bartholomew's Church and then take in panoramic vistas at Unteres Stadttor - Laufen.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Berchtesgaden trip app.

Drive from Garmisch-Partenkirchen to Berchtesgaden in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In October, daily temperatures in Berchtesgaden can reach 59°F, while at night they dip to 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel back home.
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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.
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