32 days in Germany Itinerary

32 days in Germany Itinerary

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32 days in Germany Itinerary

Start: Boston
Fly:  11 h 45 min
1
Berlin
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h 45 min
2
Nuremberg
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Rothenburg
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
4
Munich
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
5
Garmisch-Partenkirchen
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h
6
Schwangau
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
7
Berchtesgaden
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h
8
Stuttgart
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
9
Baden-Baden
— 3 nights
+2
Train + Tram + Fly:  4 h 30 min
10
Hamburg
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
11
Frankfurt
— 3 nights
Fly:  10 h 45 min
End: Boston

3
nights
Berlin

Berlin ©
The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Berlin is known for museums, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: pause for some photo ops at Brandenburg Gate, observe the fascinating underwater world at Zoo Berlin, explore the world behind art at Pergamonmuseum, and contemplate the long history of East Side Gallery.

To see traveler tips and tourist information, you can read our Berlin trip itinerary website.

Boston, USA to Berlin is an approximately 12- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Boston to Berlin. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to travel to Nuremberg.

Things to do in Berlin

Historic Sites Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Brandenburg Gate ©
Brandenburg Gate
Reichstag Building ©
Reichstag Building

2
nights
Nuremberg

Nuremberg ©
Nuremberg's historic town center stands in the shadow of a towering imperial castle that dominates its northwestern corner.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Toy Museum, make a trip to Altstadt, explore the historical opulence of Kaiserburg Nurnberg, steep yourself in history at Reichsparteigelande (Nazi Party Rally Grounds), then see the interesting displays at Dokumentationszentrum Reichsparteitagsgelände, and finally take in the views from Karlsbruecke. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the world behind art at Germanisches Nationalmuseum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Lorenz Church, steep yourself in history at Trodelmarkt, then contemplate the long history of Albrecht Durer's House, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Sebaldus Church, and finally examine the collection at Museum 22 20 18 Kuhnertsgasse.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Nuremberg driving holiday tool.

Fly from Berlin to Nuremberg in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In September, daily temperatures in Nuremberg can reach 67°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to drive to Rothenburg.

Things to do in Nuremberg

Museums Historic Sites
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Germanisches Nationalmuseum ©
Germanisches Nationalmuseum
Kaiserburg Nurnberg ©
Kaiserburg Nurnberg

2
nights
Rothenburg

Rothenburg ©
An old imperial city, Rothenburg is the main tourist stop on the scenic Romantic Road of Bavaria.
On the 27th (Sun), admire the natural beauty at Der Hofgarten, step into the grandiose world of Würzburg Residence, then snap pictures at Alte Mainbruecke, then take an in-depth tour of Fortress Marienberg, and finally take an in-depth tour of Siebold-Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Das Plonlein, steep yourself in history at Town Walls, wander the streets of Altstadt, see the interesting displays at Medieval Crime Museum (Mittelalterliches Kriminalmuseum), then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Jacob's Church (St. Jakobskirche), and finally admire the natural beauty at Klostergarten.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Rothenburg route planner.

Traveling by car from Nuremberg to Rothenburg takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In September, daily temperatures in Rothenburg can reach 65°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Munich.

Things to do in Rothenburg

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Wurzburg
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Würzburg Residence ©
Würzburg Residence
Altstadt ©
Altstadt
Fortress Marienberg ©
Fortress Marienberg

3
nights
Munich

Munich ©
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 museums, historic sites, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Marienplatz, examine the collection at Munich Residenz, enjoy breathtaking views from Frauenkirche, and contemplate the waterfront views at English Garden.

To find photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Munich trip itinerary builder.

Drive from Rothenburg to Munich in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, daily temperatures in Munich can reach 66°F, while at night they dip to 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can drive to Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

Things to do in Munich

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums
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Deutsches Museum ©
Deutsches Museum
Marienplatz ©
Marienplatz
Nymphenburg Palace ©
Nymphenburg Palace

3
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 2nd (Fri): explore the historical opulence of Schloss Linderhof, pause for some serene contemplation at Pfarrkirche St. Martin, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Partnachklamm. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take some stellar pictures from Aussichtsplattform AlpspiX, then fly down the slopes at Alpspitz, then hit the slopes at Zugspitze, and finally stroll through Iron Bridge Partnachklamm.

To see ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Garmisch-Partenkirchen online attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Munich to Garmisch-Partenkirchen takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Garmisch-Partenkirchen can reach 61°F, while at night they dip to 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Schwangau.

Things to do in Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Parks Winter Sports Nature

Side Trip

Schloss Linderhof
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Partnachklamm ©
Partnachklamm
Schloss Linderhof ©
Schloss Linderhof
Zugspitze ©
Zugspitze

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Schwangau

Schwangau ©
An ideal holiday escape from fast-paced urban centers, Schwangau allows visitors to hike, cycle, swim, dance, and dine surrounded by a picture-perfect landscape.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Schloss Neuschwanstein. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Benediktinerkloster St. Mang, steep yourself in history at Altstadt von Fuessen, take in the views from Queen Mary's Bridge (Marienbrucke), explore the historical opulence of Schloss Hohenschwangau, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Koloman, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Pilgrimage Church of Wies.

To see ratings and more tourist information, go to the Schwangau planning site.

You can drive from Garmisch-Partenkirchen to Schwangau in an hour. Another option is to do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Garmisch-Partenkirchen in October, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Schwangau: temperatures range from 56°F by day to 40°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can go by car to Berchtesgaden.

Things to do in Schwangau

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Fussen, Queen Mary's Bridge (Marienbrucke), Schloss Hohenschwangau, Pilgrimage Church of Wies
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Schloss Neuschwanstein ©
Schloss Neuschwanstein
Schloss Hohenschwangau ©
Schloss Hohenschwangau
Mount Tegelberg ©
Mount Tegelberg

2
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Berchtesgaden

Berchtesgaden ©
Bordered on three sides by Austria, Berchtesgaden is encircled by snow-capped mountain peaks that offer sweeping views of the entire region.
Berchtesgaden is known for historic sites, nature, and scenic drive. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Konigssee, contemplate the long history of Dokumentationszentrum Obersalzberg, don't miss a visit to Salzbergwerk Berchtesgaden, and step into the grandiose world of Schloss Berchtesgaden.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Berchtesgaden tour itinerary planning site.

Getting from Schwangau to Berchtesgaden by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Berchtesgaden are 59°F, while nighttime lows are 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Stuttgart.

Things to do in Berchtesgaden

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Schoenau am Koenigssee, Bindalm, St. Agidikirche
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Konigssee ©
Konigssee
Nationalparkzentrum - Haus der Berge ©
Obersee ©
Obersee

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Stuttgart

Stuttgart ©
Stuttgart spreads across a variety of valleys, parks, and hills--many of them covered by vineyards.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): make a trip to Palace Square, examine the collection at Porsche Museum, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wilhelma Zoologisch-Botanischer Garten, and finally see the interesting displays at Mercedes-Benz Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the landmark architecture of Ulmer Münster, admire the masterpieces at Staatsgalerie, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Fernsehturm Stuttgart.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Stuttgart trip planner.

Drive from Berchtesgaden to Stuttgart in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in October, and nighttime lows around 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Baden-Baden.

Things to do in Stuttgart

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Ulmer Münster
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Mercedes-Benz Museum ©
Mercedes-Benz Museum
Fernsehturm Stuttgart ©
Fernsehturm Stuttgart
Porsche Museum ©
Porsche Museum

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Baden-Baden

Baden-Baden ©
Scenically located at the edge of the Black Forest, Baden-Baden offers scenery, culture, and relaxation in addition to a vibrant nightlife and dining scene, specializing in traditional German dishes.
Venture out of the city with trips to Europa-Park (in Rust), Freiburg im Breisgau (Munsterplatz, Freiburger Münster, &more) and Stephansmunster Breisach (in Breisach am Rhein). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Museum Frieder Burda, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, pause for some photo ops at Alexiusbrunnen, and make a trip to Wasserkunstanlage Paradies.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Baden-Baden itinerary planning site.

Drive from Stuttgart to Baden-Baden in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. October in Baden-Baden sees daily highs of 60°F and lows of 46°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to travel to Hamburg.

Things to do in Baden-Baden

Theme Parks Spas Parks

Side Trips

Freiburg im Breisgau, Europa-Park, Alexiusbrunnen, Stephansmunster Breisach
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Europa-Park ©
Europa-Park
Museum Frieder Burda ©
Museum Frieder Burda
Lichtentaler Allee ©
Lichtentaler Allee

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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.
On the 16th (Fri), stroll around Planten un Blomen, then admire the landmark architecture of Speicherstadt, and then make a trip to Miniatur Wunderland. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, take in the exciting artwork at Red Gallery, contemplate the long history of Alter Elbtunnel, then contemplate the waterfront views at Port of Hamburg, and finally make a trip to Townhall.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Hamburg trip planner.

Fly from Baden-Baden to Hamburg in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In October, daytime highs in Hamburg are 57°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. On the 18th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Frankfurt.

Things to do in Hamburg

Museums Parks Historic Sites
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Walking tours
Miniatur Wunderland ©
Miniatur Wunderland
Kunsthalle Hamburg ©
Kunsthalle Hamburg

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Frankfurt

Frankfurt ©
A global center of finance and transportation, Frankfurt is perhaps best known for its futuristic cityscape.
Change things up with these side-trips from Frankfurt: Heidelberg (Altstadt (Old Town), Old Bridge (Karl Theodor Bridge), &more). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Stadel Museum, admire the striking features of Romer, appreciate the history behind Liebfrauen - Ort der Stille, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Old Nicholas Church (Alte Nikolaikirche).

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Frankfurt online trip itinerary builder.

Fly from Hamburg to Frankfurt in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In October in Frankfurt, expect temperatures between 59°F during the day and 46°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Frankfurt

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Heidelberg
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Schloss Heidelberg ©
Schloss Heidelberg
Stadel Museum
Stadel Museum
Romer ©
Romer

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