12 days in Germany Itinerary

12 days in Germany Itinerary

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Start: Berlin
Train:  1 h 45 min
1
Dresden
— 1 night
Drive:  5 h 45 min
2
Berchtesgaden
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Garmisch-Partenkirchen
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
4
Rothenburg
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
5
Heidelberg
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
6
Hamburg
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
7
Rostock
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
End: Berlin

1
night
Dresden

Dresden ©
Dresden boasts a long history as a royal residence of many Saxon kings.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): admire the masterpieces at Gemaldegalerie Alte Meister and then admire the masterpieces at The Dresden Zwinger. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Mon): admire the striking features of Bruehlsche Terrasse, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Frauenkirche Dresden, then examine the collection at Neues Grünes Gewölbe, and finally make a trip to Procession of Princes.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Dresden itinerary planner.

Berlin to Dresden is an approximately 2- hour train ride. You can also drive; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Dresden are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Berchtesgaden.

Things to do in Dresden

Museums Historic Sites
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Frauenkirche Dresden ©
Frauenkirche Dresden
The Dresden Zwinger ©
The Dresden Zwinger
Gemaldegalerie Alte Meister
Gemaldegalerie Alte Meister

1
night
Berchtesgaden

Berchtesgaden ©
Bordered on three sides by Austria, Berchtesgaden is encircled by snow-capped mountain peaks that offer sweeping views of the entire region.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Konigssee, then contemplate the long history of Dokumentationszentrum Obersalzberg, and then take some stellar pictures from The Eagle's Nest.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Berchtesgaden trip planner.

Traveling by car from Dresden to Berchtesgaden takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. In May, daily temperatures in Berchtesgaden can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can go by car to Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

Things to do in Berchtesgaden

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Konigssee
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Dokumentationszentrum Obersalzberg ©
Dokumentationszentrum Obersalzberg
Konigssee ©
Konigssee
The Eagle's Nest ©
The Eagle's Nest

2
nights
Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Garmisch-Partenkirchen ©
Nestled within the Bavarian Alps, Garmisch-Partenkirchen offers a classic mountain feel along with world-class winter sports.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Wed): make a trip to Ettal Abbey, explore the historical opulence of Schloss Linderhof, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Pilgrimage Church of Wies. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Partnachklamm and then hit the slopes at Zugspitze.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Garmisch-Partenkirchen online tour itinerary maker.

Drive from Berchtesgaden to Garmisch-Partenkirchen in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of car and bus. May in Garmisch-Partenkirchen sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can go by car to Rothenburg.

Things to do in Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

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

1
night
Rothenburg

Rothenburg ©
An old imperial city, Rothenburg is the main tourist stop on the scenic Romantic Road of Bavaria.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): hunt for treasures at Kathe Wohlfahrt's Christmas Shop, examine the collection at Medieval Crime Museum (Mittelalterliches Kriminalmuseum), contemplate the long history of Town Walls, take a stroll through Altstadt, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Jacob's Church (St. Jakobskirche), and finally ponder the world of politics at Stadt Rothenburg ob der Tauber.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Rothenburg road trip planning website.

Drive from Garmisch-Partenkirchen to Rothenburg in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Garmisch-Partenkirchen in May, expect nights in Rothenburg to be about the same, around 9°C, while days are slightly colder, around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Heidelberg.

Things to do in Rothenburg

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
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Town Walls ©
Town Walls
Altstadt ©
Altstadt
St. Jacob's Church (St. Jakobskirche) ©
St. Jacob's Church (St. Jakobskirche)

2
nights
Heidelberg

Heidelberg ©
A vibrant university city, Heidelberg is nestled in the picturesque Neckar river valley.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): snap pictures at Old Bridge (Karl Theodor Bridge), then take a stroll through Altstadt (Old Town), then step into the grandiose world of Schloss Heidelberg, and finally examine the collection at Pharmacy Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Technik Museum Speyer, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Speyer Cathedral, then don't miss a visit to St. Anna-Kirche, and finally trek along Philosopher’s Walk.

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You can drive from Rothenburg to Heidelberg in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Heidelberg when traveling from Rothenburg in May, with lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Hamburg.

Things to do in Heidelberg

Historic Sites Museums Trails

Side Trip

Speyer
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Schloss Heidelberg ©
Schloss Heidelberg
Speyer Cathedral ©
Speyer Cathedral
Old Bridge (Karl Theodor Bridge) ©
Old Bridge (Karl Theodor Bridge)

3
nights
Hamburg

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at St. Michael's Church and Port of Hamburg. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Alter Elbtunnel and Lubeck Altstadt (Lubeck Oldtown). Get out of town with these interesting Hamburg side-trips: Schwerin Castle (Schweriner Schloss) (in Schwerin), Schloss Kalkhorst (in Kalkhorst) and Lubeck (Travemunde & Holstentor). There's lots more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Speicherstadt, get a sense of history and politics at Townhall, and go all around town with City Tours.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Hamburg attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Heidelberg to Hamburg takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Heidelberg in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Hamburg, with lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can drive to Rostock.

Things to do in Hamburg

Historic Sites Parks Tours

Side Trips

Lubeck, Schwerin Castle (Schweriner Schloss), Schloss Kalkhorst
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St. Michael's Church ©
St. Michael's Church
Schwerin Castle (Schweriner Schloss) ©
Schwerin Castle (Schweriner Schloss)
Alter Elbtunnel ©
Alter Elbtunnel

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night
Rostock

Rostock
Rostock was once one of the primary ports of the powerful Hanseatic League.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): pause for some photo ops at Skulptur "Liebespaar", get outside with Ostseebad Warnemunde, admire the striking features of Teepott, appreciate the extensive heritage of Edvard Munch House, then stroll the grounds of Kriegsgraberfeld, and finally get lost in a book at Zentralbibliothek.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Rostock trip planner.

You can drive from Hamburg to Rostock in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in May, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Rostock

Historic Sites Beaches Outdoors
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Ostseebad Warnemunde
Ostseebad Warnemunde
Nikolaikirche ©
Nikolaikirche
Edvard Munch House ©
Edvard Munch House

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