17 days in Germany Itinerary

17 days in Germany Itinerary

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Munich
— 1 night
Drive
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Berchtesgaden
— 2 nights
Drive
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Garmisch-Partenkirchen
— 3 nights
Drive
4
Rothenburg
— 2 nights
Drive
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Dresden
— 2 nights
Drive
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Berlin
— 3 nights
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Hamburg
— 3 nights
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Munich

— 1 night

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.
On the 15th (Thu), make a trip to Eisbach Wave, then get a sense of history and politics at New Town Hall (Neus Rathaus), and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asamkirche. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Rathaus-Glockenspiel, then contemplate the long history of Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site, and then examine the collection at BMW Welt.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Munich trip planning app.

Madrid, Spain to Munich is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Madrid in July: high temperatures in Munich hover around 29°C and lows are around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can drive to Berchtesgaden.

Things to do in Munich

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 15 — 16:

Berchtesgaden

— 2 nights

Germany's Mountain Gem

Bordered on three sides by Austria, Berchtesgaden is encircled by snow-capped mountain peaks that offer sweeping views of the entire region.
On the 17th (Sat), contemplate the long history of Dokumentationszentrum Obersalzberg, get great views at The Eagle's Nest, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Bartholomew's Church, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Here are some ideas for day two: head outdoors with Obersalzbergbahn, then make a trip to Salzbergwerk Berchtesgaden, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Konigssee.

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Traveling by car from Munich to Berchtesgaden takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July in Berchtesgaden, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

Things to do in Berchtesgaden

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 16 — 18:

Garmisch-Partenkirchen

— 3 nights
Nestled within the Bavarian Alps, Garmisch-Partenkirchen offers a classic mountain feel along with world-class winter sports.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Partnachklamm and Eibsee. Explore Garmisch-Partenkirchen's surroundings by going to Schloss Hohenschwangau (in Hohenschwangau) and Fussen (Stadtbrunnen & Altstadt von Fuessen). There's still lots to do: take in the awesome beauty at Zugspitze, step into the grandiose world of Schloss Linderhof, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ettal Abbey.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Garmisch-Partenkirchen trip planner.

You can drive from Berchtesgaden to Garmisch-Partenkirchen in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can drive to Rothenburg.

Things to do in Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 18 — 21:

Rothenburg

— 2 nights

Medieval Heart of Germany

An old imperial city, Rothenburg is the main tourist stop on the scenic Romantic Road of Bavaria.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): explore the historical opulence of Fortress Marienberg, then take in the views from Alte Mainbruecke, then step into the grandiose world of Würzburg Residence, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Lusamgartlein. On the 23rd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Das Plonlein, look for gifts at Kathe Wohlfahrt's Christmas Shop, see the interesting displays at Medieval Crime Museum (Mittelalterliches Kriminalmuseum), don't miss a visit to Altstadt, then contemplate the long history of Town Walls, and finally get a sense of history and politics at Stadt Rothenburg ob der Tauber.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Rothenburg trip builder website.

Getting from Garmisch-Partenkirchen to Rothenburg by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. In July, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can drive to Dresden.

Things to do in Rothenburg

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 21 — 23:

Dresden

— 2 nights

Florence of the North

Dresden boasts a long history as a royal residence of many Saxon kings.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sat): admire the masterpieces at The Dresden Zwinger, admire the landmark architecture of Bruehlsche Terrasse, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Frauenkirche Dresden, and finally make a trip to Procession of Princes. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Neues Grünes Gewölbe, examine the collection at TimeRide Dresden, then take some stellar pictures from Basteigebiet, and finally explore the historical opulence of Koenigstein Fortress.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Dresden trip builder site.

Traveling by car from Rothenburg to Dresden takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. In July, daytime highs in Dresden are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Berlin.

Things to do in Dresden

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 23 — 25:

Berlin

— 3 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Potsdam's Gardens and Neues Palais. Take a break from Berlin with a short trip to Sanssouci Park in Potsdam, about 48 minutes away. There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Gemaldegalerie, make a trip to Gendarmenmarkt, take an in-depth tour of Palace of Tears, and examine the collection at Deutsches Historisches Museum.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Berlin trip planner.

Getting from Dresden to Berlin by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Hamburg.

Things to do in Berlin

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 25 — 28:

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 Walking tours and Port of Hamburg. Get out of town with these interesting Hamburg side-trips: Bremen (St. Peter's Cathedral (St. Petri Dom), Schnoor Viertel, &more). There's still lots to do: walk around Planten un Blomen, take in the waterfront at Harbor Piers, get to know the fascinating history of Speicherstadt, and ponder the world of politics at Townhall.

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You can take a train from Berlin to Hamburg in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. July in Hamburg sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hamburg

Historic Sites · Parks · Tours · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 28 — 31:

Germany travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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.