15 days in Germany Itinerary

15 days in Germany Itinerary

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Dortmund
— 2 nights
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Bremen
— 2 nights
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Hamburg
— 2 nights
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Lubeck
— 1 night
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Berlin
— 2 nights
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Dresden
— 2 nights
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Bamberg
— 1 night
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Fussen
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Dortmund — 2 nights

Green Metropolis

Though its major passion may be soccer, Dortmund offers visitors more than just historical sports venues.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Naturfreibad Heil, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Lambertikirche, grab your bike and head to Promenade, then make a trip to Friedenssaal - Peace Hall, and finally step into the grandiose world of Schloss Munster. On the next day, examine the collection at Zentrum fuer Internationale Lichtkunst Unna, view the masterpieces at Arthaus:nowodworski, see the interesting displays at Binarium, explore the historical opulence of Burg Hardenstein, then explore the galleries of LWL-Industriemuseum Zeche Nachtigall, and finally explore the world behind art at Museum fur Kunst und Kulturgeschichte.

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Frankfurt to Dortmund is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also fly; or take a train. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Frankfurt in August: highs in Dortmund hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can go by car to Bremen.
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Bremen — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): admire the masterpieces at Paula Modersohn-Becker Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Unser Lieben Frauen Kirchhof, contemplate the long history of Schutting, look for gifts at Bremer Bonbon Manufaktur, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Johann Kirche, and finally see the interesting displays at Dom-Museum. On the 18th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at Burgermeister-Smidt-Gedachtniskirche, see the interesting displays at Museumsschiff FMS GERA, get engrossed in the history at Historisches Museum Bremerhaven, then browse the exhibits of Deutsches Schiffahrts Museum, then see the interesting displays at Schulschiff Deutschland, and finally make a trip to Container-Aussichtsturm.

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Traveling by car from Dortmund to Bremen takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August in Bremen, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Hamburg.
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Hamburg — 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 19th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Museumshafen Oevelgonne, glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, see the interesting displays at Dialogue in Silence, examine the collection at Deutsches Zollmuseum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hauptkirche St. Katharinen, and finally see the interesting displays at Bucerius Kunst Forum. On the 20th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Alter Kran, steep yourself in history at St. John's Church, appreciate the extensive heritage of Stintmarkt im Luneburger Hafen, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Nicolai Kirche, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kloster Lune, and finally see the interesting displays at Freilichtmuseum am Kiekeberg.

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Traveling by car from Bremen to Hamburg takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in August, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can drive to Lubeck.
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Lubeck — 1 night

City of Seven Spires

Lubeck is the only northern German city with a largely intact medieval old town comparable to sites farther south.
On the 21st (Sun), take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Marien in Lubeck, examine the collection at Museum Behnhaus Draegerhaus, pause for some serene contemplation at Sankt Jakobi Church, then steep yourself in history at Burgtor-Befestigungsanlage Lubeck, then see the interesting displays at Gunter Grass-Haus, and finally see the interesting displays at Kunsthalle / St. Annen-Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon): get to know the fascinating history of An der Obertrave, indulge in some personalized pampering at Su Wanyo Traditionelle Thai Massage & Day Spa, see the interesting displays at Theaterfigurenmuseum, then contemplate the long history of Gothmund, then enjoy the sea views from Old Lighthouse Travemuende, and finally stroll through Brodtener Steilufer.

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You can drive from Hamburg to Lubeck in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In August in Lubeck, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Berlin.
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Berlin — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): take a stroll through Nicholas Quarter, take an in-depth tour of Museum St. Nicholas Church, examine the collection at Nineties Berlin, then see the interesting displays at Computerspielemuseum, then wander the streets of Friedrichshain, and finally wander the streets of Prenzlauer Berg. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: wander the streets of Savignyplatz, step off the mainland to explore Pfaueninsel, contemplate the waterfront views at Wannsee, then get engrossed in the history at Haus der Wannsee-Konferenz, then kick back and relax at Strandbad Wannsee, and finally take an in-depth tour of German Resistance Memorial Center.

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You can take a train from Lubeck to Berlin in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Dresden.
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Dresden — 2 nights

Florence of the North

Dresden boasts a long history as a royal residence of many Saxon kings.
On the 25th (Thu), see the interesting displays at The Saxon State and University Library, make a trip to Stadtkirche St. Marien, delve into the distant past at Felsenburg Neurathen, then explore the historical opulence of Neurathen Castle, then see the interesting displays at Eisenbahnwelten im Kurort Rathen, and finally explore the striking landscape at Schwedenlocher. On the 26th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at Sankt Martin Kirche, see the interesting displays at Gedenkstatte Bautzner Strasse, see the interesting displays at Museum fur Sachsische Volkskunst mit Puppentheatersammlung, then get engrossed in the history at Festung Xperience (Festung Dresden), then brush up on your military savvy at Turkish Chamber / Turckische Cammer, and finally brush up on your military savvy at Armoury / Rustkammer.

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Getting from Berlin to Dresden by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. August in Dresden sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 16°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Bamberg.
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Bamberg — 1 night

Franconian Rome

First mentioned in historical records from the year 902, Bamberg retains today the medieval, old-world charm that has defined its past development.
On the 27th (Sat), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Kirche St. Maria und St. Theodor, get a new perspective on nature at Naturkunde-Museum Bamberg, see the interesting displays at Sammlung Ludwig Bamberg, then appreciate the history behind Barocke Kreuzigungsgruppe, then pause for some serene contemplation at Jakobskirche, and finally get engrossed in the history at Gartner- und Hackermuseum.

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You can drive from Dresden to Bamberg in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Bamberg are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Fussen.
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Fussen — 2 nights

Southern End of the Romantic Road

Framed by the Alps and set upon a riverbank, the city of Fussen in addition to its historic architecture is the epicenter of Germany’s traditional violin-making industry.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sun): take in the dramatic natural features at Poellat Gorge, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Koloman, contemplate the waterfront views at Schwansee, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kalvarienberg, then pause for some serene contemplation at Hl.-Geist-Spitalkirche, and finally examine the collection at Museum der Stadt Fussen. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step into the grandiose world of Residenz Kempten, get engrossed in the history at Schauraum Erasmuskapelle, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mang-Kirche, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Lorenz Basilica, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Franziskanerkloster St. Stephan, and finally stroll the grounds of Alter Friedhof.

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Traveling by car from Bamberg to Fussen takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. In August, daily temperatures in Fussen can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can drive 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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Bavaria travel guide

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Bavaria is the country's largest, and one of Europe's oldest continuously existing states. It was established as a duchy in 907. Situated in the southeastern corner of the country, Bavaria is probably what most non-Germans have in mind when they imagine a vacation in Germany. Ironically, much of this region is culturally more like the neighboring Austria and Switzerland. There's much more to Bavaria than just the stereotypical leather trousers (lederhosen), sausages, and beer festivals. This region is one of the country's most popular destinations for tourism and is full of places to visit. It's rich in medieval cities, dense forests, towering mountains, sparkling lakes, picturesque castles, and thriving villages. Bavarians are regarded as the proudest of all Germans. They're loyal to their regional roots and traditions. To soak up the particular local culture of the rural areas, explore the countryside's picture-perfect villages on foot or by bicycle.
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