42 days in Germany Itinerary

42 days in Germany Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Germany sightseeing planner

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Frankfurt
— 3 nights
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Trier
— 2 nights
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Cologne
— 1 night
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Hamburg
— 4 nights
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Berlin
— 6 nights
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Dresden
— 4 nights
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Nuremberg
— 4 nights
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Rothenburg
— 4 nights
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Baden-Baden
— 4 nights
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Stuttgart
— 2 nights
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Schwangau
— 1 night
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Munich
— 6 nights
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Frankfurt

— 3 nights

Mainhattan

A global center of finance and transportation, Frankfurt is perhaps best known for its futuristic cityscape.
Get out of town with these interesting Frankfurt side-trips: Schloss Heidelberg (in Heidelberg), Zeitgeschichtliches Museum Mannheim (in Mannheim) and Royal Thai Massage (in Hochheim am Main). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Stadel Museum, hunt for treasures at Bornheimer Wochenmarkt, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Johanniskirche, and stroll the grounds of Hauptfriedhof.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Frankfurt trip itinerary tool.

Dhaka City, Bangladesh to Frankfurt is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 4.5 hours traveling from Dhaka City to Frankfurt. In January in Frankfurt, expect temperatures between 5°C during the day and 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Trier.

Things to do in Frankfurt

Museums · Historic Sites · Spas · Shopping

Side Trips

Trier

— 2 nights

Oldest City in Germany

Trier may be the oldest city in Germany, founded long before the Roman times.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Paulin-Kirche, delve into the distant past at Porta Nigra, take in the spiritual surroundings of Liebfrauenkirche, Trier, then examine the collection at Rhineland Museum (Rheinisches Landesmuseum), and finally admire the striking features of Kurfurstliches Palais. On the 13th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: delve into the distant past at Kaiserthermen, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter's Cathedral (Dom), delve into the distant past at Trier Amphitheater, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Kornmarkt, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Gangolf's Church.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Trier trip itinerary maker site.

You can drive from Frankfurt to Trier in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 3°C, and evening lows to -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can drive to Cologne.

Things to do in Trier

Historic Sites · Museums

Cologne

— 1 night

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 14th (Thu): admire the masterpieces at Wallraf-Richartz Museum, admire the striking features of Cologne Cathedral, and then admire the masterpieces at Museum Ludwig.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Cologne online journey planner.

Drive from Trier to Cologne in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 6°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Hamburg.

Things to do in Cologne

Museums · Historic Sites

Hamburg

— 4 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Hamburg side-trips: Bremen (Schnoor Viertel, Bremer Rathaus, &more). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Miniatur Wunderland, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hauptkirche St. Jacobi, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and ponder the world of politics at Townhall.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Hamburg trip planner.

You can fly from Cologne to Hamburg in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. January in Hamburg sees daily highs of 3°C and lows of 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Berlin.

Things to do in Hamburg

Museums · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks

Side Trip

Berlin

— 6 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.
Berlin is known for museums, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: ponder the world of politics at Reichstag Building, don't miss a visit to Mauermuseum - Museum Haus am Checkpoint Charlie, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Zoo Berlin, and explore the world behind art at Pergamonmuseum.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Berlin trip builder site.

Traveling by train from Hamburg to Berlin takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Dresden.

Things to do in Berlin

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Dresden

— 4 nights

Florence of the North

Dresden boasts a long history as a royal residence of many Saxon kings.
Dresden is known for museums, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at The Dresden Zwinger, don't miss a visit to Procession of Princes, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Frauenkirche Dresden, and take an in-depth tour of Transport Museum Dresden.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Dresden driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Berlin to Dresden takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Dresden can reach 3°C, while at night they dip to -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Nuremberg.

Things to do in Dresden

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Neighborhoods

Nuremberg

— 4 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.
Nuremberg is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Germanisches Nationalmuseum, steep yourself in history at Albrecht Durer's House, examine the collection at Dokumentationszentrum Reichsparteitagsgelände, and don't miss a visit to Altstadt.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Nuremberg online vacation planner.

You can drive from Dresden to Nuremberg in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. January in Nuremberg sees daily highs of 3°C and lows of -2°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can drive to Rothenburg.

Things to do in Nuremberg

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours

Rothenburg

— 4 nights

Medieval Heart of Germany

An old imperial city, Rothenburg is the main tourist stop on the scenic Romantic Road of Bavaria.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rothenburg: Wurzburg (Kapuzinerkloster Nikolausberg, Fortress Marienberg, &more). And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Altstadt, steep yourself in history at Town Walls, don't miss a visit to Schmiedgasse, and ponder the world of politics at Stadt Rothenburg ob der Tauber.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Rothenburg trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Nuremberg to Rothenburg in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In February, daytime highs in Rothenburg are 5°C, while nighttime lows are -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Baden-Baden.

Things to do in Rothenburg

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Baden-Baden

— 4 nights

Belle Époque Europe's Summer Capital

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.
Step out of Baden-Baden with an excursion to Europa-Park in Rust--about 54 minutes away. There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Museum Frieder Burda, walk around Lichtentaler Allee, delve into the distant past at Hohenbaden Old Castle, and try to win big at Kurhaus Baden-Baden.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Baden-Baden trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Rothenburg to Baden-Baden in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Rothenburg in February, expect nights in Baden-Baden to be about the same, around 0°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Stuttgart.

Things to do in Baden-Baden

Theme Parks · Parks · Spas · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Stuttgart

— 2 nights

Cradle of the Automobile

Stuttgart spreads across a variety of valleys, parks, and hills--many of them covered by vineyards.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): take in panoramic vistas at Fernsehturm Stuttgart, admire the striking features of Staatsgalerie, then examine the collection at Porsche Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Mercedes-Benz Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Thu): indulge in some personalized pampering at Thian Spa, then don't miss a visit to Killesbergturm, then step into the grandiose world of Landesmuseum Wurttemberg, and finally explore the world behind art at Kunstmuseum Stuttgart.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Stuttgart trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Baden-Baden to Stuttgart by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Baden-Baden in February, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Stuttgart: temperatures range from 5°C by day to -1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Schwangau.

Things to do in Stuttgart

Museums · Historic Sites · Spas

Side Trip

Schwangau

— 1 night

Fairy-Tale Village

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.
On the 12th (Fri), explore the historical opulence of Schloss Hohenschwangau, then step into the grandiose world of Schloss Neuschwanstein, then head outdoors with Poellat Gorge, and finally steep yourself in history at Burgruine Eisenberg.

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Drive from Stuttgart to Schwangau in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 4°C, and evening lows to -4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Munich.

Things to do in Schwangau

Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Munich

— 6 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.
Munich is known for museums, historic sites, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Marienplatz, engage your brain at Deutsches Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter's Church, and take in nature's colorful creations at English Garden.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Munich tour itinerary maker.

You can drive from Schwangau to Munich in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In February in Munich, expect temperatures between 5°C during the day and -3°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Munich

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Childrens Museums

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.