18 days in Germany Itinerary

18 days in Germany Itinerary

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18 days in Germany Itinerary

Start: Florianopolis
Fly + train:  18​h 15​min
1
Cologne
— 1 day
2
Trier
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h
3
Hohenschwangau
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Munich
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
5
Wurzburg
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
6
Hamburg
— 2 nights
7
Berlin
— 4 nights
Fly:  19​h 45​min
End: Florianopolis

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day
Cologne

Cologne ©
Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
On the 15th (Thu), admire the masterpieces at Wallraf-Richartz Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Cologne Cathedral, and then explore the world behind art at Museum Ludwig.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Cologne trip tool .

Florianopolis, Brazil to Cologne is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly. The time zone changes from Brasilia Time (BRT) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a 4 hour difference. In August in Cologne, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can go by car to Trier.

Things to do in Cologne

Museums Historic Sites
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Wallraf-Richartz Museum ©
Wallraf-Richartz Museum
Kolner Dom ©
Kolner Dom
Museum Ludwig ©
Museum Ludwig

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nights
Trier

Trier ©
Trier may be the oldest city in Germany, founded long before the Roman times.
Visit St. Peter's Cathedral (Dom) and Porta Nigra for their historical value. Do some cultural sightseeing at Rhineland Museum (Rheinisches Landesmuseum) and St. Paulin-Kirche. Take a break from Trier with a short trip to Greifvogelpark in Saarburg, about 32 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Liebfrauenkirche, appreciate the extensive heritage of Kornmarkt, delve into the distant past at Amphitheater, and stroll through Krahnenufer.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Trier itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Cologne to Trier takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. August in Trier sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can drive to Hohenschwangau.

Things to do in Trier

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

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Greifvogelpark
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St. Peter's Cathedral (Dom) ©
St. Peter's Cathedral (Dom)
Porta Nigra ©
Porta Nigra

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Hohenschwangau

Hohenschwangau ©
A picturesque village nestled in a green valley on the shores of a lake, Hohenschwangau receives nearly two million visitors every year.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): get outside with Poellat Gorge, then step into the grandiose world of Schloss Hohenschwangau, and then step into the grandiose world of Neuschwanstein Castle.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Hohenschwangau trip itinerary planning website .

Getting from Trier to Hohenschwangau by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or do a combination of bus and train. In August in Hohenschwangau, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Munich.

Things to do in Hohenschwangau

Outdoors Historic Sites
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Poellat Gorge ©
Poellat Gorge
Schloss Neuschwanstein ©
Schloss Neuschwanstein
Schloss Hohenschwangau ©
Schloss Hohenschwangau

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Munich

Munich ©
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 Nymphenburg and St. Peter's Church will appeal to history buffs. Get some cultural insight at Munich Residenz and BMW Welt. There's still lots to do: stroll around English Garden, don't miss a visit to Marienplatz, get curious at Deutsches Museum, and explore the world behind art at Alte Pinakothek.

For where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Munich itinerary builder tool .

Getting from Hohenschwangau to Munich by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Wurzburg.

Things to do in Munich

Museums Parks Historic Sites
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English Garden ©
English Garden
Nymphenburg Palace ©
Nymphenburg Palace
Munich Residenz ©
Munich Residenz

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Wurzburg

Wurzburg ©
Founded in the 10th century, Wurzburg served as the home of powerful prince-bishops for many centuries.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): explore the historical opulence of Würzburg Residence, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael's Church, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Peter, then explore the historical opulence of Marienburg Fortress, and finally contemplate the long history of Schloss Veitshöchheim. On the next day, wander the streets of Old Town, examine the collection at Medieval Crime Museum (Mittelalterliches Kriminalmuseum), steep yourself in history at Town Walls, steep yourself in history at Gerlachschmiede, then steep yourself in history at Markusturm and Buttelhaus, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Neumunster.

To find reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Wurzburg trip builder .

Traveling by train from Munich to Wurzburg takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Hamburg.

Things to do in Wurzburg

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Rothenburg
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Würzburg Residence ©
Würzburg Residence
Marienburg Fortress ©
Marienburg Fortress
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville

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nights
Hamburg

Hamburg ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): admire the masterpieces at Kunsthalle Hamburg and then make a trip to Miniatur Wunderland. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the striking features of Speicherstadt and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Hamburg Zoo.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Hamburg online road trip planner .

You can take a train from Wurzburg to Hamburg in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. When traveling from Wurzburg in August, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Hamburg: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Berlin.

Things to do in Hamburg

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Miniatur Wunderland ©
Miniatur Wunderland
Kunsthalle Hamburg ©
Kunsthalle Hamburg
Speicherstadt ©
Speicherstadt

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Berlin

Berlin ©
The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Get some cultural insight at Pergamonmuseum and Memorial of the Berlin Wall. You'll explore and learn at Topography of Terror and Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church. There's still lots to do: observe the fascinating underwater world at Zoo Berlin, appreciate the history behind The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, steep yourself in history at Mauermuseum - Museum Haus am Checkpoint Charlie, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Berlin online vacation maker .

Traveling by train from Hamburg to Berlin takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Berlin

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Pergamonmuseum ©
Pergamonmuseum
Topographie des Terrors ©
Topographie des Terrors
Charlottenburg Palace ©
Charlottenburg Palace

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