40 days in Germany, Denmark & Belgium Itinerary

40 days in Germany, Denmark & Belgium Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Europe trip builder

Make it your trip
Fly
1
Munich, Germany
— 3 nights
Drive
2
Rothenburg, Germany
— 3 nights
Drive
3
Nuremberg, Germany
— 4 nights
Fly
4
Dresden, Germany
— 3 nights
Drive
5
Berlin, Germany
— 5 nights
Train
6
Hamburg, Germany
— 2 nights
Fly
7
Copenhagen, Denmark
— 5 nights
Fly
8
Aarhus, Denmark
— 3 nights
Fly
9
Bruges, Belgium
— 5 nights
Drive
10
Brussels, Belgium
— 6 nights
Drive

S M T W T F S
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22

Munich, Germany

— 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.
Take a break from Munich with a short trip to Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site in Dachau, about 32 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Marienplatz, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael's Church, admire the natural beauty at English Garden, and take in panoramic vistas at Frauenkirche.

Plan my day in Munich using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Eindhoven, The Netherlands to Munich is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. In December, Munich is a bit cooler than Eindhoven - with highs of 5°C and lows of -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Rothenburg.

Things to do in Munich

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 12 — 15:

Rothenburg, Germany

— 3 nights

Medieval Heart of Germany

An old imperial city, Rothenburg is the main tourist stop on the scenic Romantic Road of Bavaria.
Venture out of the city with trips to Wurzburg (Museum fur Franken, St. Kilian Cathedral, &more). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Altstadt, admire the striking features of Stadt Rothenburg ob der Tauber, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Jacob's Church (St. Jakobskirche), and get engrossed in the history at Reichsstadtmuseum.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Rothenburg trip itinerary app.

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 December in Rothenburg, expect temperatures between 5°C during the day and 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Nuremberg.

Things to do in Rothenburg

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 15 — 18:

Nuremberg, Germany

— 4 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.
Nuremberg is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: browse the exhibits of Germanisches Nationalmuseum, contemplate the long history of Nuremberg Palace of Justice, make a trip to St. Lorenz Church, and examine the collection at Memorium Nuremberg Trials.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Nuremberg trip planner.

You can drive from Rothenburg to Nuremberg in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 5°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Dresden.

Things to do in Nuremberg

Find places to stay Dec 18 — 22:

Dresden, Germany

— 3 nights

Florence of the North

Dresden boasts a long history as a royal residence of many Saxon kings.
Dresden is known for museums, historic sites, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at The Dresden Zwinger, take an in-depth tour of Royal Palace (Residenzschloss), admire the landmark architecture of Bruehlsche Terrasse, and make a trip to Procession of Princes.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Dresden attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Nuremberg to Dresden takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December in Dresden, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can drive to Berlin.

Things to do in Dresden

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 25:

Berlin, Germany

— 5 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.
Berlin is known for museums, historic sites, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: appreciate the history behind Brandenburg Gate, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, observe the fascinating underwater world at Zoo Berlin, and get a sense of history and politics at Reichstag Building.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Berlin online route planner.

Traveling by car from Dresden to Berlin takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Hamburg.

Things to do in Berlin

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 30:

Hamburg, Germany

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Fri): make a trip to Rathausmarkt, squeeze the most out of the city with City Tours, then admire the striking features of Speicherstadt, and finally ponder the world of politics at Townhall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael's Church, then don't miss a visit to Miniatur Wunderland, and then explore the world behind art at Kunsthalle Hamburg.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Hamburg trip simple and quick.

Traveling by train from Berlin to Hamburg takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in December, and nighttime lows around 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Copenhagen.

Things to do in Hamburg

Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 1:

Copenhagen, Denmark

— 5 nights

City of Beautiful Towers

Founded in the 10th century as a Viking fishing village, Copenhagen has morphed into the cultural, political, and economic powerhouse of the country.
Copenhagen is known for parks, historic sites, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Tivoli Gardens, contemplate the long history of Rosenborg Castle, stop by Stroeget, and take a leisurely stroll along Nyhavn.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Copenhagen trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Hamburg to Copenhagen takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 3°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to fly to Aarhus.

Things to do in Copenhagen

Historic Sites · Museums · Theme Parks · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 6:

Aarhus, Denmark

— 3 nights

City of Smiles

Located on the sea, Aarhus blends a world city with a small-town feel. Home to a young population, the city has a reputation for producing internationally known pop and rock musicians.
Aarhus is known for museums, childrens museums, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: engage your brain at Botanical Garden and the Greenhouses, get great views at Salling Rooftop, see the interesting displays at Den Gamle By, and admire the landmark architecture of Aarhus Rådhus.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Aarhus visit planner.

Getting from Copenhagen to Aarhus by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In January, daily temperatures in Aarhus can reach 3°C, while at night they dip to -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Bruges.

Things to do in Aarhus

Museums · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites · Theme Parks
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 9:

Bruges, Belgium

— 5 nights

Venice of the North

The medieval town of Bruges centers around a canal, and the architecture of its historical district has made it a World Heritage Site.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bruges: Ghent (St Michael's Bridge, Saint Bavo's Cathedral, &more). There's much more to do: make a trip to The Markt, explore the world behind art at Groeningemuseum, examine the collection at Friet Museum, and steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of Brugge.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Bruges visit planner.

Fly from Aarhus to Bruges in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Aarhus in January: highs in Bruges hover around 7°C, while lows dip to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Brussels.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 9 — 14:

Brussels, Belgium

— 6 nights

Capital of Europe

The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
Brussels is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Grand Place, get in on the family fun at Mini-Europe, don't miss a visit to Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert, and admire the striking features of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule).

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Brussels trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Bruges to Brussels takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 5°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums · Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Tours
Find places to stay Jan 14 — 20:

Germany travel guide

4.5
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.

Denmark travel guide

4.2
Known for its old-fashioned charm, Denmark often is referenced as a fairy-tale setting by visitors and locals alike. With quaint cobblestone streets leading the way to art galleries, museums, and historical sights, plus a modern and easily accessible public transportation system, Denmark seamlessly blends its rich history with modern advancements. Be inspired by the works of local legends, including the fairy tales of Hans Christian Andersen, the symphonies of Carli Nielsen, and the astronomy work of Tycho Brahe, then play a bit at amusement parks like Legoland. Visitors often find themselves developing "hygge," the untranslatable Danish trait that encapsulates a sense of coziness and contentment, which is thought to have a great deal of influence on Denmark's standing as one of the happiest nations on the planet.

Belgium travel guide

4.2
A small country packing a big punch in terms of tourist attractions, Belgium sits at the crossroads of Western Europe, its cities soaked in history and famed for their lively arts, fashion, and dining scenes. Although it advertises itself simply as "A Food Lover's Dream," this country of just 11 million people boasts a rich architectural heritage, world-famous breweries, pristine natural areas, and touching memorials marking major battlegrounds from both World War I and World War II. Put the country's elegant cities of Brussels and Bruges at the top of your itinerary, but don't forget that Belgium's less-explored countryside offers dense forests, rolling hills, and lush valleys.