21 days in Germany Itinerary

21 days in Germany Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Germany trip itinerary planner

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Fly
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Hamburg
— 3 nights
Train
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Berlin
— 4 nights
Drive
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Dresden
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Munich
— 3 nights
Drive
5
Garmisch-Partenkirchen
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Baden-Baden
— 3 nights
Drive
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Rothenburg
— 3 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Beer Tastings & Tours and Alster. The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Port of Hamburg, steep yourself in history at Alter Elbtunnel, take a stroll through HafenCity, and admire the natural beauty at Planten un Blomen.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Hamburg trip planner.

Washington, USA to Hamburg is an approximately 17-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Washington to Hamburg. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Washington in May: high temperatures in Hamburg hover around 63°F and lows are around 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Berlin.

Things to do in Hamburg

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Tours · Breweries & Distilleries
Find places to stay May 23 — 26:

Berlin

— 4 nights

Athens of the Spree

The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Großer Tiergarten and Gendarmenmarkt. There's still lots to do: get a sense of history and politics at Reichstag Building, appreciate the history behind Victory Column (Siegessaule), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, and learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting.

For traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Berlin trip itinerary maker.

Take a train from Hamburg to Berlin in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Dresden.

Things to do in Berlin

Find places to stay May 26 — 30:

Dresden

— 2 nights

Florence of the North

Dresden boasts a long history as a royal residence of many Saxon kings.
On the 31st (Mon), wander the streets of Neustadt, explore the world behind art at The Dresden Zwinger, and then examine the collection at Neues Grünes Gewölbe. On the 1st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Bruehlsche Terrasse, don't miss a visit to Frauenkirche Dresden, then admire the masterpieces at Albertinum, then explore the world behind art at Gemaldegalerie Alte Meister, and finally don't miss a visit to Procession of Princes.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Dresden trip planner.

Drive from Berlin to Dresden in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Dresden are 64°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to drive to Munich.

Things to do in Dresden

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay May 30 — Jun 1:

Munich

— 3 nights

Village of a Million People

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Beer Tastings & Tours and New Town Hall (Neus Rathaus). Change things up with a short trip to Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site in Dachau (about 32 minutes away). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Nymphenburg Palace, contemplate the waterfront views at English Garden, take in the spiritual surroundings of Asamkirche, and enjoy breathtaking views from Frauenkirche.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Munich sightseeing planning website.

Traveling by car from Dresden to Munich takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. June in Munich sees daily highs of 72°F and lows of 52°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

Things to do in Munich

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 1 — 4:

Garmisch-Partenkirchen

— 2 nights
Nestled within the Bavarian Alps, Garmisch-Partenkirchen offers a classic mountain feel along with world-class winter sports.
On the 5th (Sat), don't miss a visit to Eibsee and then take in the awesome beauty at Zugspitze. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Ettal Abbey, explore the historical opulence of Schloss Linderhof, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Pilgrimage Church of Wies.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Garmisch-Partenkirchen day trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Munich to Garmisch-Partenkirchen takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In June, daytime highs in Garmisch-Partenkirchen are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can go by car to Baden-Baden.

Things to do in Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 4 — 6:

Baden-Baden

— 3 nights

Belle Époque Europe's Summer Capital

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Philosopher’s Walk and Altstadt (Old Town). Visiting Merkur and Geroldsau Waterfall will get you outdoors. Go for a jaunt from Baden-Baden to Heidelberg to see Schloss Heidelberg about 1h 15 min away. There's lots more to do: admire the ancient design of Friedrichsbad, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Russe, try your luck at Casino Baden-Baden Spielbank, and examine the collection at Faberge Museum.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Baden-Baden trip builder app.

Traveling by car from Garmisch-Partenkirchen to Baden-Baden takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect a daytime high around 75°F in June, and nighttime lows around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to drive to Rothenburg.

Things to do in Baden-Baden

Parks · Spas · Baths · Fun & Games

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 6 — 9:

Rothenburg

— 3 nights

Medieval Heart of Germany

An old imperial city, Rothenburg is the main tourist stop on the scenic Romantic Road of Bavaria.
Step off the beaten path and head to Town Walls and Altstadt. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rothenburg: Bamberg (Bamberg Cathedral, Bamberg Altstadt, &more) and Wurzburg (St. Kilian Cathedral, Alte Mainbruecke, &more). There's lots more to do: hunt for treasures at Kathe Wohlfahrt's Christmas Shop, admire the natural beauty at Burggarten, get engrossed in the history at Reichsstadtmuseum, and ponder the world of politics at Stadt Rothenburg ob der Tauber.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Rothenburg trip itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Baden-Baden to Rothenburg in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Baden-Baden in June, expect nights in Rothenburg to be about the same, around 53°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 70°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rothenburg

Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 9 — 12:

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.