8 days in Austria & Germany Itinerary

8 days in Austria & Germany Itinerary

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1
Vienna, Austria
— 1 night
2
Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
— 2 nights
3
Rothenburg, Germany
— 1 night
4
Trier, Germany
— 1 night
5
Hamburg, Germany
— 2 nights

1
night
Vienna, Austria

Vienna ©
The cultural, economic, and political center of the country, Vienna has developed from its early Celtic and Roman roots into a medieval and Baroque city, with an old town that was designated a World Heritage Site in 2001.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Peterskirche and then don't miss a visit to Stephansplatz. On the next day, learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum (Naturhistorisches Museum), explore the world behind art at Albertina, and then indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

For photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Vienna trip planner.

Copenhagen, Denmark to Vienna is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Copenhagen in July; daily highs in Vienna reach °C and lows reach °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

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Peterskirche ©
Peterskirche
Stephansplatz ©
Stephansplatz

2
nights
Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany

Garmisch-Partenkirchen ©
Nestled within the Bavarian Alps, Garmisch-Partenkirchen offers a classic mountain feel along with world-class winter sports.
On the 6th (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Ettal Abbey, thenexplore the historical opulence of Schloss Linderhof, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Pilgrimage Church of Wies. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Partnachklamm and then hit the slopes at Zugspitze.

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

Traveling by car from Vienna to Garmisch-Partenkirchen takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Garmisch-Partenkirchen can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can drive to Rothenburg.

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Ettal, Pilgrimage Church of Wies
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Ettal Abbey ©
Ettal Abbey
Schloss Linderhof ©
Schloss Linderhof
Partnachklamm ©
Partnachklamm

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Rothenburg, Germany

Rothenburg ©
An old imperial city, Rothenburg is the main tourist stop on the scenic Romantic Road of Bavaria.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): get a sense of history and politics at Stadt Rothenburg ob der Tauber, admire the striking features of St. Jacob's Church (St. Jakobskirche), contemplate the long history of Town Walls, wander the streets of Altstadt, thensee the interesting displays at Medieval Crime Museum (Mittelalterliches Kriminalmuseum), and finally hunt for treasures at Kathe Wohlfahrt's Christmas Shop.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Rothenburg vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Garmisch-Partenkirchen to Rothenburg takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In July, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to drive to Trier.

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Town Walls ©
Town Walls
Altstadt ©
Altstadt
St. Jacob's Church (St. Jakobskirche) ©
St. Jacob's Church (St. Jakobskirche)

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Trier, Germany

Trier ©
Trier may be the oldest city in Germany, founded long before the Roman times.
On the 9th (Thu), browse the eclectic array of goods at Hauptmarkt, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter's Cathedral (Dom), and then explore the ancient world of Porta Nigra.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Trier day trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Rothenburg to Trier takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and shuttle. In July, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Hamburg.

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Hauptmarkt ©
Hauptmarkt
Porta Nigra ©
Porta Nigra
St. Peter's Cathedral (Dom) ©
St. Peter's Cathedral (Dom)

2
nights
Hamburg, Germany

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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): take in the local highlights with Walking tours, thenadmire the striking features of Speicherstadt, thencontemplate the waterfront views at Port of Hamburg, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Alter Elbtunnel. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Jungfernstieg, wander the streets of Alster, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael's Church, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Planten un Blomen.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Hamburg online travel planner.

You can drive from Trier to Hamburg in 6 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of car and train. In July, daytime highs in Hamburg are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

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St. Michael's Church ©
St. Michael's Church
Alster ©
Alster
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Planten un Blomen

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