17 days in Germany, Copenhagen & Salzburg Itinerary

17 days in Germany, Copenhagen & Salzburg Itinerary

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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Berlin, Germany
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Nuremberg, Germany
— 3 nights
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Salzburg, Austria
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Munich, Germany
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Copenhagen, Denmark

— 3 nights

City of Beautiful Towers

Founded in the 10th century as a Viking fishing village, Copenhagen has morphed into the cultural, political, and economic powerhouse of the country.
Explore hidden gems such as Our Saviour's Church and National Museum of Denmark. Take a break from the city and head to Stevns Klint and Kayaking & Canoeing. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Copenhagen: Hoejerup Gamle Kirke (in Store Heddinge) and Cold War Museum Stevnsfort (in Roedvig). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Rosenborg Castle, appreciate the extensive heritage of Nyhavn, admire the masterpieces at Davids Samling (The David Collection), and admire the landmark architecture of Thorvaldsens Museum.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Copenhagen trip planner.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Copenhagen is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone changes from South Africa Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. When traveling from Johannesburg in September, plan for slightly colder days in Copenhagen, with highs around 21°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 12°C. On the 14th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Berlin.

Things to do in Copenhagen

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Tours

Side Trips

Berlin, Germany

— 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.
On the 15th (Wed), contemplate the long history of Berlin-Hohenschonhausen Memorial, kick back and relax at Strandbar Mitte, then visit Mitte, and finally take an in-depth tour of Palace of Tears.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Berlin visit planner.

Traveling by flight from Copenhagen to Berlin takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel to Nuremberg.

Things to do in Berlin

Beaches · Neighborhoods · Outdoors · Museums

Nuremberg, Germany

— 3 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Altstadt and Town Walls. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Kaiserburg Nurnberg and Medieval Crime Museum (Mittelalterliches Kriminalmuseum). You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nuremberg: Rothenburg (Siebers Tower, Historiengewölbe mit Staatsverlies - Museum zur Stadtgeschichte in Rothenburg o.d.T., &more). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Elisabethkirche, steep yourself in history at Hangman's Bridge, see the interesting displays at Stadtmuseum im Fembo-Haus (City Museum at Fembo House), and get to know the fascinating history of City Walls of Nuremberg.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Nuremberg trip planner.

You can fly from Berlin to Nuremberg in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. September in Nuremberg sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Salzburg.

Things to do in Nuremberg

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Salzburg, Austria

— 3 nights

Rome of the North

Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle and Salzburg Cathedral. Step off the beaten path and head to Schloss Hellbrunn and Kollegienkirche (Collegiate Church). Get out of town with these interesting Salzburg side-trips: The Pilgrim's Way (in St. Wolfgang) and St Gilgen Mozartplatz (in St Gilgen). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Red Bull Hangar-7, steep yourself in history at Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus), get engrossed in the history at Mozarts Geburtshaus, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Wallfahrtskirche Maria Plain.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Salzburg trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Nuremberg to Salzburg takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. September in Salzburg sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C at night. On the 22nd (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Munich.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Munich, Germany

— 3 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.
BMW Welt and Munich Residenz will appeal to museum buffs. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Nymphenburg Palace and Deutsches Museum Verkehrszentrum. Go for a jaunt from Munich to Dachau to see Dachau Palace about 34 minutes away. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter's Church, admire the striking features of Heiliggeistkirche, examine the collection at NS-Dokumentationszentrum Muenchen, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Burgersaalkirche.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Munich travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Salzburg to Munich takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Munich

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

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.