18 days in Germany Itinerary

18 days in Germany Itinerary

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18 days in Germany Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  12​h 15​min
1
Munich
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Rothenburg
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Dresden
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
4
Berlin
— 2 nights
5
Hamburg
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h
6
Cologne
— 1 night
train:  1​h 15​min
7
Frankfurt
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
8
Heidelberg
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
9
Baden-Baden
— 2 nights
10
Munich
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  12​h 15​min
End: New York City

3
nights
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Munich: Schloss Hohenschwangau (in Hohenschwangau) and Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site (in Dachau). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at New Pinakothek, get a sense of history and politics at New Town Hall (Neus Rathaus), walk around Olympiapark, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter's Church.

To find maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Munich travel route website .

New York City, USA to Munich is an approximately 12.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Munich is 6 hours. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from New York City in June: high temperatures in Munich hover around 72°F and lows are around 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Rothenburg.

Things to do in Munich

Historic Sites Shopping Outdoors

Side Trips

Schloss Hohenschwangau, Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site
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St. Peter's Church ©
St. Peter's Church
New Pinakothek ©
New Pinakothek
Frauenkirche ©
Frauenkirche

2
nights
Rothenburg

Rothenburg ©
An old imperial city, Rothenburg is the main tourist stop on the scenic Romantic Road of Bavaria.
On the 28th (Fri), get a sense of history and politics at Stadt Rothenburg ob der Tauber, make a trip to Das Plonlein, contemplate the long history of Town Walls, then take a stroll through Old Town, then see the interesting displays at Medieval Crime Museum (Mittelalterliches Kriminalmuseum), and finally admire the striking features of St. Jacob's Church (St. Jakobskirche).

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Rothenburg online vacation builder .

Traveling by car from Munich to Rothenburg takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 70°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Dresden.

Things to do in Rothenburg

Parks Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Burggarten ©
Burggarten
Old Town ©
Old Town
Stadt Rothenburg ob der Tauber ©
Stadt Rothenburg ob der Tauber

2
nights
Dresden

Dresden ©
Dresden boasts a long history as a royal residence of many Saxon kings.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): make a trip to Coselpalais, pause for some serene contemplation at Frauenkirche, then make a trip to Zwinger, and finally explore the world behind art at Gemaldegalerie Alte Meister. On the 30th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the natural beauty at Palais Grosser Gartens, admire the masterpieces at Albertinum, then admire the landmark architecture of Bruehl Terrace, then examine the collection at Neues Grünes Gewölbe, and finally don't miss a visit to Procession of Princes.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Dresden trip itinerary planning website .

You can drive from Rothenburg to Dresden in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. In June in Dresden, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 54°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Berlin.

Things to do in Dresden

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Neues Grünes Gewölbe ©
Neues Grünes Gewölbe
Zwinger ©
Zwinger
Albertinum ©
Albertinum

2
nights
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 1st (Mon), appreciate the history behind Brandenburg Gate, then see the interesting displays at Topography of Terror, then don't miss a visit to Mauermuseum - Museum Haus am Checkpoint Charlie, and finally get the lay of the land with Walking tours. On the 2nd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Bebelplatz, then ponder the world of politics at Reichstag Building, then gain insight at The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, and finally explore the world behind art at Pergamonmuseum.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Berlin trip planner .

You can take a train from Dresden to Berlin in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to take a train to Hamburg.

Things to do in Berlin

Museums Tours Historic Sites
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Reichstag Building ©
Reichstag Building
Brandenburg Gate ©
Brandenburg Gate

1
night
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 3rd (Wed): walk around Park Planten un Blomen, get to know the fascinating history of Speicherstadt, and then see the interesting displays at Miniatur Wunderland.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Hamburg trip itinerary builder app .

You can take a train from Berlin to Hamburg in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Hamburg can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Cologne.

Things to do in Hamburg

Museums Parks Historic Sites
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Miniatur Wunderland ©
Miniatur Wunderland
Park Planten un Blomen ©
Park Planten un Blomen
Speicherstadt ©
Speicherstadt

1
night
Cologne

Cologne ©
Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
On the 4th (Thu), explore the world behind art at Museum Ludwig, make a trip to Cologne Cathedral, then snap pictures at Hohenzollern Bridge, and finally see the interesting displays at Chocolate Museum. Keep things going the next day: test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms and then make a trip to KolnTriangle.

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Cologne trip planner .

You can fly from Hamburg to Cologne in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 77°F in July, and nighttime lows around 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Frankfurt.

Things to do in Cologne

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games
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Museum Ludwig ©
Museum Ludwig
Cologne Cathedral ©
Cologne Cathedral
Room Escape Games

2
nights
Frankfurt

Frankfurt ©
A global center of finance and transportation, Frankfurt is perhaps best known for its futuristic cityscape.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): admire the local landmark of Gerechtigkeitsbrunnen and then contemplate the long history of Goethe House. On the next day, get great views at Main Tower, then take in nature's colorful creations at Palmengarten, then admire the masterpieces at Staedel Museum, and finally admire the striking features of Romer.

Discover how to plan a Frankfurt trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Getting from Cologne to Frankfurt by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. July in Frankfurt sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 60°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Heidelberg.

Things to do in Frankfurt

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Niederwald Monument (Niederwalddenkmal)
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Staedel Museum
Staedel Museum
Romer ©
Romer

1
night
Heidelberg

Heidelberg ©
A vibrant university city, Heidelberg is nestled in the picturesque Neckar river valley.
On the 8th (Mon), steep yourself in history at Student Jail (Studentenkarzer), then explore the historical opulence of Heidelberg Castle (Schloss Heidelberg), and then hike along Philosophers' Way (Philosophenweg).

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Heidelberg online tour itinerary planner .

You can take a train from Frankfurt to Heidelberg in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. In July, daily temperatures in Heidelberg can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Baden-Baden.

Things to do in Heidelberg

Outdoors Trails Parks
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Philosophers' Way (Philosophenweg) ©
Student Jail (Studentenkarzer) ©
Student Jail (Studentenkarzer)

2
nights
Baden-Baden

Baden-Baden ©
Scenically located at the edge of the Black Forest, Baden-Baden offers scenery, culture, and relaxation in addition to a vibrant nightlife and dining scene, specializing in traditional German dishes.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Mon): make a trip to MerkurBergbahn and then try your luck at Casino Baden-Baden Spielbank.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Baden-Baden road trip website .

Traveling by car from Heidelberg to Baden-Baden takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in July, and nighttime lows around 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to drive to Munich.

Things to do in Baden-Baden

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Schwarzenbach-Talsperre
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Lichtentaler Allee ©
Lichtentaler Allee
Museum Frieder Burda ©
Museum Frieder Burda
MerkurBergbahn ©
MerkurBergbahn

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night
Munich

Munich ©
On the 10th (Wed), explore the activities along English Garden, then steep yourself in history at Schloss Nymphenburg, then pause for some photo ops at Moriskentanzer, and finally don't miss a visit to Marienplatz. Keep things going the next day: test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms and then get curious at Deutsches Museum.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Munich attractions planning website .

Traveling by car from Baden-Baden to Munich takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Baden-Baden in July, plan for slightly colder nights in Munich, with lows around 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Munich

Museums Parks Childrens Museums
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Schloss Nymphenburg ©
Schloss Nymphenburg
English Garden ©
English Garden
Marienplatz ©
Marienplatz

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