17 days in Germany Itinerary

17 days in Germany Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Germany journey planner

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Fly to Luxembourg, Bus to Trier
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Trier
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rothenburg
— 2 nights
Drive
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Garmisch-Partenkirchen
— 3 nights
Drive
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Berchtesgaden
— 3 nights
Drive
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Dresden
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hamburg
— 4 nights
Fly

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Trier

— 2 nights

Oldest City in Germany

Trier may be the oldest city in Germany, founded long before the Roman times.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Porta Nigra and St. Peter's Cathedral (Dom). Step off the beaten path and head to Reichsburg Cochem and Kurie Zur Eiche. Venture out of the city with trips to Marktplatz (in Mayen), Koblenz (Munzplatz & Deutsches Eck (German Corner)) and Eltz Castle (in Wierschem). There's still lots to do: browse the eclectic array of goods at Hauptmarkt, appreciate the history behind Karl-Marx-Statue, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Pfarrkirche St. Antonius.

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Madrid, Spain to Trier is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Madrid in July, expect Trier to be slightly colder, temps between 28°C and 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Rothenburg.

Things to do in Trier

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 15 — 17:

Rothenburg

— 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 18th (Sun), explore the historical opulence of Fortress Marienberg, snap pictures at Alte Mainbruecke, then step into the grandiose world of Würzburg Residence, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St Stephan. Keep things going the next day: ponder the world of politics at Stadt Rothenburg ob der Tauber, make a trip to Das Plonlein, contemplate the long history of Town Walls, then visit Altstadt, then examine the collection at Medieval Crime Museum (Mittelalterliches Kriminalmuseum), and finally stop by Kathe Wohlfahrt's Christmas Shop.

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Traveling by car from Trier to Rothenburg takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. In July in Rothenburg, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

Things to do in Rothenburg

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 17 — 19:

Garmisch-Partenkirchen

— 3 nights
Nestled within the Bavarian Alps, Garmisch-Partenkirchen offers a classic mountain feel along with world-class winter sports.
Schloss Hohenschwangau and Schloss Linderhof are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Your inner history buff will appreciate Altstadt von Fuessen and Antike Romervilla. Go for a jaunt from Garmisch-Partenkirchen to Steingaden to see Pilgrimage Church of Wies about 48 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Ettal Abbey, look for all kinds of wild species at Partnachklamm, contemplate the waterfront views at Eibsee, and take in the awesome beauty at Zugspitze.

For reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Garmisch-Partenkirchen holiday planner.

You can drive from Rothenburg to Garmisch-Partenkirchen in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to drive to Berchtesgaden.

Things to do in Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 19 — 22:

Berchtesgaden

— 3 nights

Germany's Mountain Gem

Bordered on three sides by Austria, Berchtesgaden is encircled by snow-capped mountain peaks that offer sweeping views of the entire region.
Do some cultural sightseeing at The Eagle's Nest and Pfarrkirche St. Maria. Your inner history buff will appreciate Herrenchiemsee New Palace and Dokumentationszentrum Obersalzberg. Change things up with these side-trips from Berchtesgaden: Museum Maxhuette (in Bergen) and Grand Canal (in Herreninsel). And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at St. Bartholomew's Church, contemplate the waterfront views at Konigssee, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and go deep underground at Salzbergwerk Berchtesgaden.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Berchtesgaden trip planner.

Traveling by car from Garmisch-Partenkirchen to Berchtesgaden takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in July, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Dresden.

Things to do in Berchtesgaden

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 22 — 25:

Dresden

— 2 nights

Florence of the North

Dresden boasts a long history as a royal residence of many Saxon kings.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): explore the world behind art at The Dresden Zwinger, then pause for some serene contemplation at Frauenkirche Dresden, and then examine the collection at Neues Grünes Gewölbe. On the 27th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Bruehlsche Terrasse, make a trip to Procession of Princes, pause for some photo ops at Frederick Augustus I of Saxony Monument, get great views at Basteigebiet, then explore the historical opulence of Koenigstein Fortress, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Klosterkirche Pirna.

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Traveling by car from Berchtesgaden to Dresden takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. In July in Dresden, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to drive to Hamburg.

Things to do in Dresden

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 25 — 27:

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Speicherstadt and St. Michael's Church. Explore hidden gems such as Alter Elbtunnel and St Nikolai Memorial. Get out of town with these interesting Hamburg side-trips: Schwerin (Siegessaule & Schwerin Castle (Schweriner Schloss)) and Bremen (Bremer Rathaus, Historische Altstadt, &more). There's much more to do: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, admire the natural beauty at Planten un Blomen, explore the activities along Port of Hamburg, and ponder the world of politics at Townhall.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Hamburg trip planning tool.

You can drive from Dresden to Hamburg in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly. In July in Hamburg, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hamburg

Historic Sites · Parks · Tours · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 27 — 31:

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.