12 days in Germany Itinerary

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Fly
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Munich
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nuremberg
— 4 nights
Fly
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Dresden
— 3 nights
Fly to Frankfurt, Train to Stuttgart
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Stuttgart
— 1 night
Train to Frankfurt, Fly to San Jose

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Munich — 2 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.
Munich is known for sightseeing, museums, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Marienplatz, enjoy breathtaking views from Frauenkirche, explore the world behind art at Alte Pinakothek, and walk around English Garden.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Munich trip itinerary builder site.

San Jose, Costa Rica to Munich is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. Traveling from San Jose to Munich, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from San Jose in December: high temperatures in Munich hover around 5°C and lows are around -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Nuremberg.
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Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Nature
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Nuremberg — 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Nuremberg: Altstadt (in Rothenburg ob der Tauber), Wurzburg (Marienkapelle, St. Kilian Cathedral, &more) and Rothenburg (Town Walls, Reichsstadtmuseum, &more). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Germanisches Nationalmuseum, don't miss a visit to St. Lorenz Church, contemplate the long history of Albrecht Durer's House, and step into the grandiose world of Kaiserburg Nurnberg.

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You can drive from Munich to Nuremberg in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. December in Nuremberg sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of 0°C at night. You will leave for Dresden on the 17th (Sat).
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Dresden — 3 nights

Florence of the North

Dresden boasts a long history as a royal residence of many Saxon kings.
Venture out of the city with trips to Berlin (Berliner Fernsehturm, Pergamonmuseum, &more). There's still lots to do: explore the galleries of The Dresden Zwinger, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Frauenkirche Dresden, steep yourself in history at Stallhof, and explore the world behind art at Gemaldegalerie Alte Meister.

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Fly from Nuremberg to Dresden in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to travel to Stuttgart.
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Stuttgart — 1 night

Cradle of the Automobile

Stuttgart spreads across a variety of valleys, parks, and hills--many of them covered by vineyards.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Wed): take in panoramic vistas at Fernsehturm Stuttgart and then don't miss a visit to Mercedes-Benz Museum.

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Getting from Dresden to Stuttgart by combination of flight and train takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Stuttgart are 7°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.
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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.
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