25 days in Germany & Austria Itinerary

25 days in Germany & Austria Itinerary

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Vienna, Austria
— 3 nights
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Graz, Austria
— 3 nights
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Hallstatt, Austria
— 3 nights
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Innsbruck, Austria
— 3 nights
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Salzburg, Austria
— 3 nights
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Munich, Germany
— 2 nights
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Nuremberg, Germany
— 2 nights
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Rothenburg, Germany
— 2 nights
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Dresden, Germany
— 2 nights
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Berlin, Germany
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Vienna, Austria

— 3 nights

City of Dreams

The cultural, economic, and political center of the country, Vienna has developed from its early Celtic and Roman roots into a medieval and Baroque city, with an old town that was designated a World Heritage Site in 2001.
Vienna is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Schonbrunn Palace, ponder the world of politics at Rathaus, make a trip to St. Stephen's Cathedral, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Vienna Naschmarkt.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Vienna road trip planner.

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania to Vienna is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from East Africa Time (EAT) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is minus 2 hours. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Dar es Salaam in December, with highs in Vienna at 5°C and lows at 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Graz.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Graz, Austria

— 3 nights
With six universities, Graz represents a young, laid-back, and lively city with nightlife that doesn't stop.
Graz is known for historic sites, parks, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Landhaushof, make a trip to Uhrturm, get a new perspective on nature at Universalmuseum Joanneum, and ponder the world of politics at Rathaus.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Graz trip planning website.

You can drive from Vienna to Graz in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Traveling from Vienna in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Graz, with lows of -4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can drive to Hallstatt.

Things to do in Graz

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Hallstatt, Austria

— 3 nights

Pearl of Austria

Historically known for the production of salt, Halstatt's fine architecture reflects the small village's salt mining legacy.
Explore Hallstatt's surroundings by going to Pfarrkirche Traunkirchen (in Traunkirchen) and Traunsee (in Gmunden). The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Hallstatter See, take in the pleasant sights at Old Town, don't miss a visit to Central Square Marktplatz, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parish of the Assumption.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Hallstatt travel route site.

Getting from Graz to Hallstatt by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Innsbruck.

Things to do in Hallstatt

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Innsbruck, Austria

— 3 nights
Nestled in a valley between snowcapped peaks, Innsbruck evokes visions of a winter wonderland.
When in Innsbruck, make a side trip to see Stubaier Gletscher in Neustift im Stubaital, approximately Neustift im Stubaital away. There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at The Golden Roof (Goldenes Dachl), examine the collection at Swarovski Kristallwelten, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Alpenzoo, and step into the grandiose world of Schloss Ambras Innsbruck.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Innsbruck trip planner.

Drive from Hallstatt to Innsbruck in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. December in Innsbruck sees daily highs of 6°C and lows of -3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Salzburg.

Things to do in Innsbruck

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Salzburg, Austria

— 3 nights

Rome of the North

Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Salzburg is known for historic sites, museums, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get great views at Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle, examine the collection at Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus), steep yourself in history at Salzburger Altstadt, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Untersberg.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Salzburg itinerary planner.

Drive from Innsbruck to Salzburg in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In December, daytime highs in Salzburg are 6°C, while nighttime lows are -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Munich.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Munich, Germany

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter's Church, don't miss a visit to Marienplatz, then get curious at Deutsches Museum, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Frauenkirche.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Munich trip maker app.

Traveling by car from Salzburg to Munich takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Munich can reach 3°C, while at night they dip to -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Nuremberg.

Things to do in Munich

Museums · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites

Nuremberg, Germany

— 2 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.
On the 4th (Tue), contemplate the long history of Albrecht Durer's House, don't miss a visit to Altstadt, then step into the grandiose world of Kaiserburg Nurnberg, and finally get engrossed in the history at Germanisches Nationalmuseum. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to St. Lorenz Church, examine the collection at Dokumentationszentrum Reichsparteitagsgelände, then steep yourself in history at Reichsparteigelande (Nazi Party Rally Grounds), then examine the collection at Toy Museum, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Sebaldus Church.

For reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Nuremberg trip maker website.

Traveling by car from Munich to Nuremberg takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January in Nuremberg, expect temperatures between 3°C during the day and -2°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can go by car to Rothenburg.

Things to do in Nuremberg

Museums · Historic Sites

Rothenburg, Germany

— 2 nights

Medieval Heart of Germany

An old imperial city, Rothenburg is the main tourist stop on the scenic Romantic Road of Bavaria.
On the 6th (Thu), admire the striking features of Stadt Rothenburg ob der Tauber, steep yourself in history at Town Walls, see the interesting displays at Medieval Crime Museum (Mittelalterliches Kriminalmuseum), then wander the streets of Altstadt, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Burggarten. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Residenzplatz, step into the grandiose world of Würzburg Residence, take in the views from Alte Mainbruecke, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Marienkapelle, and finally explore the historical opulence of Fortress Marienberg.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Rothenburg vacation planning app.

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 January, daily temperatures in Rothenburg can reach 3°C, while at night they dip to -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Dresden.

Things to do in Rothenburg

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Museums

Side Trip

Dresden, Germany

— 2 nights

Florence of the North

Dresden boasts a long history as a royal residence of many Saxon kings.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): make a trip to Frauenkirche Dresden, explore the world behind art at Gemaldegalerie Alte Meister, and then admire the masterpieces at The Dresden Zwinger. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Neues Grünes Gewölbe, make a trip to Procession of Princes, then admire the landmark architecture of Bruehlsche Terrasse, and finally explore the world behind art at Albertinum.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Dresden trip site.

Traveling by car from Rothenburg to Dresden takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. In January, daily temperatures in Dresden can reach 3°C, while at night they dip to -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to drive to Berlin.

Things to do in Dresden

Museums · Historic Sites

Berlin, Germany

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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church.

For reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Berlin trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by car from Dresden to Berlin takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. You'll have a few hours on the 10th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Berlin

Historic Sites
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Austria travel guide

4.5
Castles · Art Museums · Churches
Situated in the Central European Alps, Austria combines an alluring bundle of elegant urban architecture, cultural centers, and dramatic landscapes. This German-speaking country of 8.5 million residents is known for its rich history, dating back to the Hapsburg Empire, as well as its art, music, and scenery. Along with the neighboring country of Switzerland, Austria serves as the winter sports capital of Europe and is home to some of the continent's most popular ski resorts. This landlocked nation draws visitors from across the globe to its mountains, historical villages, and culturally rich cities. Experience trekking in the Alps one day and drinking regional wine at a crowded pub after a day of sightseeing in the capital Vienna the next.

Germany travel guide

4.5
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.