21 days in Germany Itinerary

21 days in Germany Itinerary

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21 days in Germany Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  27​h
1
Berlin
— 3 nights
2
Hamburg
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Bremen
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Dusseldorf
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
5
Cologne
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Heidelberg
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
7
Rothenburg
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
Hohenschwangau
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
9
Garmisch-Partenkirchen
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 30​min
10
Munich
— 4 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Melbourne

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): explore the world behind art at Liebermann-Villa am Wannsee, then step off the mainland to explore Pfaueninsel, then stroll around Sanssouci Palace, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Potsdam's Gardens. On the next day, admire the masterpieces at Museum Barberini, explore the world behind art at Bildergalerie, steep yourself in history at Marmorpalais, then get engrossed in the history at Haus der Wannsee-Konferenz, and finally don't miss a visit to Lilienthal Denkmal.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Berlin sightseeing planner .

Melbourne, Australia to Berlin is an approximately 27-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to Berlin is minus 9 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Hamburg.

Things to do in Berlin

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Potsdam
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Haus der Wannsee-Konferenz ©
Haus der Wannsee-Konferenz
Potsdam's Gardens ©
Potsdam's Gardens
Sanssouci Palace ©
Sanssouci Palace

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at St. Petri Kirche, admire the striking features of Speicherstadt, and then see the interesting displays at Miniatur Wunderland.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Hamburg online itinerary planner .

You can take a train from Berlin to Hamburg in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Bremen.

Things to do in Hamburg

Historic Sites Museums
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Speicherstadt ©
Speicherstadt
Miniatur Wunderland ©
Miniatur Wunderland
Alter Elbtunnel ©
Alter Elbtunnel

2
nights
Bremen

Bremen ©
A rather long and narrow city spread along both sides of the Weser River, Bremen has more than a thousand years of history.
On the 9th (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter's Cathedral (St. Petri Dom) and then make a trip to Bremer Stadtmusikanten.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Bremen driving holiday app .

Take a train from Hamburg to Bremen in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Bremen can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can drive to Dusseldorf.

Things to do in Bremen

Museums Historic Sites
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Historische Altstadt ©
Historische Altstadt
Ubersee-Museum ©
Ubersee-Museum

1
night
Dusseldorf

Dusseldorf ©
Renowned for its fashion and trade fairs, Dusseldorf offers visitors vibrant nightlife and a wide range of shopping options.
On the 11th (Wed), see the interesting displays at Neanderthal Museum, examine the collection at Deutsches Klingenmuseum, explore the landscape on two wheels at Nordbahntrasse, then step into the grandiose world of Schloss Burg, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Reformationskirche Hilden. Here are some ideas for day two: take in nature's colorful creations at Museum Insel Hombroich, admire the masterpieces at K21 Kunstsammlung NRW, then see the interesting displays at Hetjens-Museum Düsseldorf, and finally explore the world behind art at Museum Kunstpalast.

For maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Dusseldorf driving holiday website .

Drive from Bremen to Dusseldorf in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. In September, daytime highs in Dusseldorf are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Cologne.

Things to do in Dusseldorf

Museums Parks Tours

Side Trips

Solingen, Neanderthal Museum, Reformationskirche Hilden, Nordbahntrasse, Museum Insel Hombroich
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Deutsches Klingenmuseum ©
Deutsches Klingenmuseum
Neanderthal Museum ©
Neanderthal Museum
Schloss Burg ©
Schloss Burg

3
nights
Cologne

Cologne ©
Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
On the 13th (Fri), pause for some serene contemplation at St. Laurentius Ahrweiler, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Laurentius Kirche, then examine the collection at Dokumentationsstaette Regierungsbunker, then see the interesting displays at Museum Roemervilla, and finally see the interesting displays at Peace Museum - Bridge at Remagen. On the next day, see the interesting displays at Naturzentrum Eifel and then contemplate the long history of Vogelsang.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Cologne travel planner.

Cologne is just a stone's throw from Dusseldorf. In September, daytime highs in Cologne are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Heidelberg.

Things to do in Cologne

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler, Vogelsang, Naturzentrum Eifel, Peace Museum - Bridge at Remagen
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Dokumentationsstaette Regierungsbunker ©
Naturzentrum Eifel ©
Naturzentrum Eifel
Peace Museum - Bridge at Remagen ©
Peace Museum - Bridge at Remagen

1
night
Heidelberg

Heidelberg ©
A vibrant university city, Heidelberg is nestled in the picturesque Neckar river valley.
You've added Philosophers' Way (Philosophenweg), Carl Theodor Old Bridge (Alte Brucke), Altstadt (Old Town), and other attractions to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter's Church (Peterskirche), explore the historical opulence of Heidelberg Castle (Schloss Heidelberg), hike along Philosophers' Way (Philosophenweg), then take in the views from Carl Theodor Old Bridge (Alte Brucke), and finally wander the streets of Altstadt (Old Town).

To see photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Heidelberg trip itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Cologne to Heidelberg in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and car. September in Heidelberg sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can go by car to Rothenburg.

Things to do in Heidelberg

Historic Sites Outdoors Neighborhoods
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Carl Theodor Old Bridge (Alte Brucke) ©
Philosophers' Way (Philosophenweg) ©
Altstadt (Old Town) ©
Altstadt (Old Town)

1
night
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 16th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Rodertor, steep yourself in history at Town Walls, see the interesting displays at Medieval Crime Museum (Mittelalterliches Kriminalmuseum), don't miss a visit to Old Town, then steep yourself in history at Siebers Tower, and finally steep yourself in history at Gerlachschmiede.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Rothenburg trip planning app .

Getting from Heidelberg to Rothenburg by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, daily temperatures in Rothenburg can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Hohenschwangau.

Things to do in Rothenburg

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Town Walls ©
Town Walls
Old Town ©
Old Town

2
nights
Hohenschwangau

Hohenschwangau ©
Hohenschwangau is a former village and now an urban district of the municipality of Schwangau, Ostallgäu district, Bavaria, Germany.It is located between Schloss Neuschwanstein and Schloss Hohenschwangau and is visited by about 2 million people annually, where they start tours to the former royal palaces. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Museum of the Bavarian Kings, Neuschwanstein Castle and Schloss Hohenschwangau. On the 17th (Tue), steep yourself in history at Schloss Hohenschwangau, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kloster Benediktbeuern, then see the interesting displays at Munter-Haus, and finally make a trip to Wallfahrtskirche Maria Himmelfahrt. On the 18th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the historical opulence of Neuschwanstein Castle, take an in-depth tour of Museum of the Bavarian Kings, then see the interesting displays at Oberammergau Museum, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Peter und Paul.

For reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Hohenschwangau attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Rothenburg to Hohenschwangau takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, daily temperatures in Hohenschwangau can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

Things to do in Hohenschwangau

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Oberammergau Museum, Wallfahrtskirche Maria Himmelfahrt, Kloster Benediktbeuern, St. Peter und Paul, Munter-Haus
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Schloss Hohenschwangau ©
Schloss Hohenschwangau
Neuschwanstein Castle ©
Neuschwanstein Castle
Munter-Haus ©
Munter-Haus

1
day
Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Garmisch-Partenkirchen ©
Nestled within the Bavarian Alps, Garmisch-Partenkirchen offers a classic mountain feel along with world-class winter sports.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Zugspitze. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): take in the awesome beauty at Zugspitze and then step into the grandiose world of Linderhof Palace.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Garmisch-Partenkirchen trip itinerary planning tool .

You can drive from Hohenschwangau to Garmisch-Partenkirchen in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and train. In September, daytime highs in Garmisch-Partenkirchen are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to drive to Munich.

Things to do in Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Nature Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trip

Linderhof Palace
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Zugspitze ©
Zugspitze
Linderhof Palace ©
Linderhof Palace

4
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Munich Residenz and St. Peter's Church. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Schloss Nymphenburg and Alte Pinakothek. Explore Munich's surroundings by going to Burg zu Burghausen (in Burghausen) and Andechs Monastery (in Andechs). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at BMW Welt, admire the landmark architecture of BMW Headquarters, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Heiliggeistkirche.

To find more things to do and other tourist information, refer to the Munich trip planner .

You can drive from Garmisch-Partenkirchen to Munich in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 9°C. On the 23rd (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Munich

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Andechs Monastery, Burg zu Burghausen
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Munich Residenz ©
Munich Residenz
Schloss Nymphenburg ©
Schloss Nymphenburg
Andechs Monastery ©
Andechs Monastery

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