48 days in Germany Itinerary

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Berlin
— 5 nights
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Potsdam
— 2 nights
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Dresden
— 3 nights
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Leipzig
— 3 nights
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Hannover
— 3 nights
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Hamburg
— 3 nights
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Bremen
— 3 nights
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Muenster
— 3 nights
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Dortmund
— 3 nights
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Dusseldorf
— 3 nights
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Cologne
— 3 nights
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Frankfurt
— 3 nights
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Stuttgart
— 3 nights
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Munich
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Berlin — 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Palace of Tears and Haus der Wannsee-Konferenz. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Reichstag Building, explore the world behind art at Pergamonmuseum, see the interesting displays at Neues Museum, and pause for some photo ops at The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Berlin trip maker app.

Sydney, Australia to Berlin is an approximately 25.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a -9 hour difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can go by car to Potsdam.
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Potsdam — 2 nights

Versailles of Germany

Formerly an official residence of the Prussian kings, Potsdam is surrounded by a series of interconnected lakes, parks, and palaces.
On the 7th (Fri), make a trip to Chinesisches Haus (Chinese House), then appreciate the history behind Brandenburger Tor Potsdam, then take in nature's colorful creations at Potsdam's Gardens, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Sanssouci Park. On the next day, pause for some photo ops at St. Nikolai-Kirchengemeinde, don't miss a visit to Potsdam Friedenskirche, explore the world behind art at Bildergalerie, explore the historical opulence of Sanssouci Palace, then take some stellar pictures from Belvedere Castle on the Pfingstberg, and finally admire the natural beauty at Neuer Garten.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Potsdam trip itinerary planning app.

Drive from Berlin to Potsdam in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Dresden.
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Dresden — 3 nights

Florence of the North

Dresden boasts a long history as a royal residence of many Saxon kings.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like The Dresden Zwinger and The Royal Porcelain Collection. Take a break from Dresden with a short trip to Parc National de la Suisse Saxonne in Bad Schandau, about 1h 15 min away. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Neues Grünes Gewölbe, get engrossed in the history at Transport Museum Dresden, explore the world behind art at Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden (Dresden Art Galleries), and take in the waterfront at Elbufer.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Dresden journey builder site.

Traveling by car from Potsdam to Dresden takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to drive to Leipzig.
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Leipzig — 3 nights

Little Paris

Leipzig is not only world-famous for its long tradition of trade fairs, but also for its vibrant music and cultural scenes.
Explore hidden gems such as Volkerschlachtdenkmal and St. Thomas Church. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Leipzig: Weimar (Schloss Belvedere, Goethe National Museum, &more). And it doesn't end there: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Zoo Leipzig, don't miss a visit to Karl-Heine-Kanal, pause for some serene contemplation at Universitatskirche, and stroll around Clara-Zetkin Park.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Leipzig travel planner.

Traveling by car from Dresden to Leipzig takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July in Leipzig, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to drive to Hannover.
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Hannover — 3 nights

City of Fairs

Hannover, northern Germany's major urban center, may be best known for hosting annual commercial trade fairs.
Explore hidden gems such as Herrenhauser Garten and The New Town Hall. Venture out of the city with trips to St. Michaelis (in Hildesheim) and Marienburg Castle (in Pattensen b Hannover). There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Berggarten, see the interesting displays at Luftfahrtmuseum Hannover-Laatzen, pause for some photo ops at Monument Gottingen Sieben, and steep yourself in history at Altes Rathaus.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Hannover tour planning site.

Traveling by car from Leipzig to Hannover takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Hamburg.
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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Alster Lakes and International Maritime Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Lubeck (Rathaus, St. Petri zu Lubeck, &more). There's still lots to do: get to know the fascinating history of Speicherstadt, steep yourself in history at St Nikolai Memorial, stroll around Stadtpark, and admire the striking features of Chilehaus.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Hamburg trip itinerary site.

You can drive from Hannover to Hamburg in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in July, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Bremen.
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Bremen — 3 nights

Short-Way City

A rather long and narrow city spread along both sides of the Weser River, Bremen has more than a thousand years of history.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Schnoor Viertel and Historische Altstadt. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Marktplatz, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter's Cathedral (St. Petri Dom), ponder the design of Sieben-faulen-Brunnen, and steep yourself in history at Schutting.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Bremen online attractions planner.

Drive from Hamburg to Bremen in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July in Bremen, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Muenster.
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Muenster — 3 nights

Bicycle Capital of Germany

Though relatively small and often overlooked by tourists, Muenster offers an interesting combination of a hip social scene and visible medieval history.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Botanischer Garten and Botanischer Garten. Get out of town with these interesting Muenster side-trips: Lenkwerk (in Bielefeld), Schloss Nordkirchen (in Nordkirchen) and Burg Vischering (in Ludinghausen). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Muenster Cathedral (St. Paulus Dom), grab your bike and head to Promenade, don't miss a visit to Stadthafen, and see the interesting displays at LWL-Museum fur Naturkunde Westfalisches Landesmuseum mit Planetarium.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Muenster road trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Bremen to Muenster takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Muenster can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can drive to Dortmund.
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Dortmund — 3 nights

Green Metropolis

Though its major passion may be soccer, Dortmund offers visitors more than just historical sports venues.
Step off the beaten path and head to Westfalenpark and LWL-Industriemuseum Schiffshebewerk Henrichenburg. Venture out of the city with trips to Besucherbergwerk Ramsbeck (in Bestwig) and Wildpark Warstein (in Warstein). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at LWL Industrial Museum Zollern, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Bergmann Brauerei, explore the world behind art at Museum fur Kunst und Kulturgeschichte, and take an in-depth tour of Mahn- und Gedenkstatte Steinwache.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Dortmund day trip planning tool.

Getting from Muenster to Dortmund by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In July in Dortmund, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Dusseldorf.
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Dusseldorf — 3 nights

Fashion Capital of Germany

Renowned for its fashion and trade fairs, Dusseldorf offers visitors vibrant nightlife and a wide range of shopping options.
Step off the beaten path and head to Altstadt and Kaiserswerth. Venture out of the city with trips to Kloster Kamp (in Kamp-Lintfort), Gnadenkapelle (in Kevelaer) and Irrland (in Twisteden). There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Nord Park, walk around Hofgarten, pause for some serene contemplation at Kirche St. Andreas, and don't miss a visit to Koe-Bogen.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Dusseldorf trip planner.

You can drive from Dortmund to Dusseldorf in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in July, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Cologne.
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Cologne — 3 nights

City of Churches

Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Hohenzollern Bridge and Altes Rathaus. Get out of town with these interesting Cologne side-trips: Bonn (Botanical Garden, Bonn, Beethoven-Denkmal, &more). Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Cologne Cathedral, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Lindenthaler Tierpark, examine the collection at Museum Schnutgen, and contemplate the long history of Heinzelmaennchenbrunnen.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Cologne day trip website.

Traveling by car from Dusseldorf to Cologne takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Cologne are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Frankfurt.
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Frankfurt — 3 nights

Mainhattan

A global center of finance and transportation, Frankfurt is perhaps best known for its futuristic cityscape.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Schlossgarten Fulda and Mainkai. Venture out of the city with trips to Fulda (Fulda Cathedral & Michaelskirche Fulda) and Romerkastell Saalburg und archaologischer Park (in Bad Homburg). There's lots more to do: stroll around Kurpark, admire the local landmark of Fountain of Justice, steep yourself in history at Old Nicholas Church (Alte Nikolaikirche), and examine the collection at German Film Museum.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Frankfurt trip maker website.

Traveling by train from Cologne to Frankfurt takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in August, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Stuttgart.
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Stuttgart — 3 nights

Cradle of the Automobile

Stuttgart spreads across a variety of valleys, parks, and hills--many of them covered by vineyards.
Explore hidden gems such as Porsche Museum and Fernsehturm Stuttgart. Go for a jaunt from Stuttgart to Bebenhausen to see Monastery and Palace Bebenhausen about 38 minutes away. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Mercedes-Benz Museum, take a stroll through Weissenhof Colony, walk around Schillerplatz, and see the interesting displays at Motorworld Region Stuttgart.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Stuttgart trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Frankfurt to Stuttgart by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. In August, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to drive to Munich.
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Munich — 5 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Eisbach Wave and Munich Residenz. Step out of Munich to go to Starnberg and see Starnberger See, which is approximately 36 minutes away. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Marienplatz, explore the activities along English Garden, contemplate the long history of Nymphenburg Palace, and take in nature's colorful creations at Hofgarten.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Munich route maker app.

Drive from Stuttgart to Munich in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can catch the flight back home.
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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.
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Brandenburg travel guide

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Both a historical region and modern federal state, Brandenburg was once the heart of Prussia. It surrounds but does not officially include the national capital, Berlin. Best known for its wealth of natural attractions, Brandenburg contains three World Heritage-listed biosphere reserves and 11 protected nature parks. A sprawling national park spreads all the way across the border with Poland. The region's pristine natural environments are protected by the nation's strict natural protection policies, which began in the 1990s. An extensive network of park rangers lead tours through the various environments and ensure continued conservation. Be sure to explore the state capital's lavish royal palaces and gardens. Extend your itinerary outside the urban centers if you'd like to enjoy the numerous bike trails, golf courses, canoeing tours, and boat trips.
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