17 days in Germany Itinerary

17 days in Germany Itinerary

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17 days in Germany Itinerary

Washington DC
subway + bus + Fly:  15​h
Munich
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Rothenburg
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
Trier
— 1 night
train + bus + Fly:  5​h 30​min
Berlin
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
Dresden
— 3 nights
Fly:  20​h 45​min
Washington DC

5
days
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Marienplatz, Max-Joseph-Platz, New Pinakothek, and other attractions you added.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Munich tour planner.

Washington DC, USA to Munich is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of subway, bus, and flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of subway, bus, flight, and train. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Time, which is usually a 6 hour difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Washington DC in May; daily highs in Munich reach 64°F and lows reach 46°F. You'll set off for Rothenburg on the 30th (Thu).

Things to do in Munich

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Parks

Side Trips

Linderhof Palace, Oberammergau Church, Neuschwanstein Castle
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Linderhof Palace ©
Linderhof Palace
Neuschwanstein Castle ©
Neuschwanstein Castle

2
days
Rothenburg

Rothenburg ©
An old imperial city, Rothenburg is the main tourist stop on the scenic Romantic Road of Bavaria.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Town Walls, look for gifts at Ekuko's Wine & Gift Shop, don't miss a visit to Old Town, then see the interesting displays at Medieval Crime Museum (Mittelalterliches Kriminalmuseum), then admire the landmark architecture of Stadt Rothenburg ob der Tauber, and finally steep yourself in history at Burgtor und Burg. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by maennERsache and then take in nature's colorful creations at Würzburg Residence.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Rothenburg trip planning website .

Drive from Munich to Rothenburg in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. In May, daily temperatures in Rothenburg can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can drive to Trier.

Things to do in Rothenburg

#Shopping, #Museums, #Historic Sites

Side Trip

Wurzburg
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Ekuko's Wine & Gift Shop ©
Ekuko's Wine & Gift Shop
Old Town ©
Old Town
Town Walls ©
Town Walls

1
day
Trier

Trier ©
Trier may be the oldest city in Germany, founded long before the Roman times.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mathias Church, explore the ancient world of Imperial Roman Baths (Kaiserthermen), explore the ancient world of Porta Nigra, then admire the striking features of St. Peter's Cathedral (Dom), then look for gifts at Rituals, and finally hunt for treasures at Hauptmarkt.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Trier road trip website .

Drive from Rothenburg to Trier in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Trier can reach 64°F, while at night they dip to 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time for travel to Berlin.

Things to do in Trier

#Historic Sites
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Porta Nigra ©
Porta Nigra
St. Mathias Church ©
St. Mathias Church
Imperial Roman Baths (Kaiserthermen) ©

4
days
Berlin

Berlin ©
The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Head to Kaufhaus des Westens (KaDeWe) and Rausch Schokoladenhausfor plenty of shopping. Your inner history buff will appreciate Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen and East Side Gallery. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Pergamon Museum, stop by Ritter Sport Bunte Schokowelt, pause for some photo ops at Brandenburg Gate, and steep yourself in history at Memorial of the Berlin Wall.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Berlin road trip planning website .

Getting from Trier to Berlin by combination of train and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Dresden.

Things to do in Berlin

#Historic Sites, #Shopping, #Museums

Side Trip

Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen
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Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen ©
Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen
Pergamon Museum ©
Pergamon Museum

3
days
Dresden

Dresden ©
Dresden boasts a long history as a royal residence of many Saxon kings.
Head to Tradition & Form and Kulturpalastfor plenty of shopping. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Frauenkirche and Neues Grünes Gewölbe. There's lots more to do: look for gifts at Ullmann's Laden, get a taste of the local shopping with Quartier an der Frauenkirche, admire the masterpieces at Gemaldegalerie Alte Meister, and don't miss a visit to Zwinger.

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Getting from Berlin to Dresden by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 71°F, and evening lows to 54°F. You'll set off for Leipzig on the 9th (Sun).

Things to do in Dresden

#Shopping, #Museums, #Tours
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Tradition & Form ©
Tradition & Form
Frauenkirche ©
Frauenkirche
Neues Grünes Gewölbe ©
Neues Grünes Gewölbe

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