17 days in Germany Itinerary

17 days in Germany Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Germany itinerary planner

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Berlin
— 4 nights
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Munich
— 3 nights
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Hamburg
— 3 nights
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Frankfurt
— 4 nights
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Cologne
— 2 nights
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Berlin

— 4 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Pergamonmuseum and Memorial of the Berlin Wall. Visit The Dresden Zwinger and Mauermuseum - Museum Haus am Checkpoint Charlie for their historical value. Step out of Berlin with an excursion to Katholische Hofkirche in Dresden--about 2 hours away. And it doesn't end there: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, admire the landmark architecture of Berliner Dom, appreciate the history behind The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, and ponder the world of politics at Reichstag Building.

To see where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Berlin holiday builder tool.

Madrid, Spain to Berlin is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. On the 19th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Munich.

Things to do in Berlin

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours

Side Trip

Munich

— 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.
Schloss Neuschwanstein and St. Michael's Church are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get some historical perspective at Nymphenburg Palace and St.Maria und Florian. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Munich: Schloss Hohenschwangau (in Hohenschwangau) and Kirche St. Justina (in Bad Worishofen). The adventure continues: explore the activities along English Garden, explore the world behind art at Glyptothek, make a trip to Marienplatz, and examine the collection at Munich Residenz.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Munich road trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Berlin to Munich takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in July, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can travel to Hamburg.

Things to do in Munich

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Hamburg

— 3 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.
Speicherstadt and Hauptkirche St. Jacobi will appeal to history buffs. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Miniatur Wunderland and Kunsthalle Hamburg. Take a break from Hamburg with a short trip to Ev.-Luth. Kirche in Rellingen, about 30 minutes away. There's still lots to do: get to know the fascinating history of Alter Elbtunnel, get to know the resident critters at Tierpark Hagenbeck, view the masterpieces at Red Gallery, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Hamburg online route planner.

Fly from Munich to Hamburg in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in July, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can travel to Frankfurt.

Things to do in Hamburg

Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Frankfurt

— 4 nights

Mainhattan

A global center of finance and transportation, Frankfurt is perhaps best known for its futuristic cityscape.
Würzburg Residence and Town Walls will appeal to history buffs. Do some cultural sightseeing at Fortress Marienberg and Burgtor und Burg. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Frankfurt: Schloss Veitshöchheim (in Wurzburg), Heidelberg (Schloss Heidelberg & Museum of the Palatinate (Kurpfalzisches Museum) and restaurant) and Rothenburg (Gerlachschmiede, Altstadt, &more). It doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Stadel Museum.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Frankfurt vacation planner.

You can fly from Hamburg to Frankfurt in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. While traveling from Hamburg, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Frankfurt, ranging from highs of 31°C to lows of 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Cologne.

Things to do in Frankfurt

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Cologne

— 2 nights

City of Churches

Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Fri): admire the masterpieces at Wallraf-Richartz Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Cologne Cathedral, and then admire the masterpieces at Museum Ludwig. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Martinskirche, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nikolaus Kloster, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Stadtkirche St. Dionysius.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Cologne trip maker website.

Getting from Frankfurt to Cologne by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cologne

Historic Sites · Museums

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.