17 days in Germany Itinerary

17 days in Germany Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Germany trip planner

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Fly
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Hamburg
— 3 nights
Drive
2
Dresden
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Berchtesgaden
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Garmisch-Partenkirchen
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Fussen
— 1 night
Drive
6
Rothenburg
— 3 nights
Drive
7
Trier
— 3 nights
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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.
St. Michael's Church and Historische Altstadt will appeal to history buffs. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Schwerin Castle (Schweriner Schloss) and Walking tours. Get out of town with these interesting Hamburg side-trips: Bronzestatue August Felten (in Schwerin) and Bremen (Marktplatz, St. Peter's Cathedral (St. Petri Dom), &more). The adventure continues: get to know the fascinating history of Speicherstadt, ponder the world of politics at Townhall, admire the natural beauty at Planten un Blomen, and explore the activities along Port of Hamburg.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Hamburg day trip website.

Madrid, Spain to Hamburg is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. When traveling from Madrid in July, plan for colder days and little chillier nights in Hamburg: temperatures range from 27°C by day to 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can go by car to Dresden.

Things to do in Hamburg

Historic Sites · Parks · Tours · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 15 — 18:

Dresden

— 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 19th (Mon): contemplate the long history of The Dresden Zwinger, then make a trip to Frauenkirche Dresden, and then see the interesting displays at Neues Grünes Gewölbe. On the next day, get great views at Basteigebiet, step into the grandiose world of Koenigstein Fortress, steep yourself in history at Secundogenitor, then don't miss a visit to Bruehlsche Terrasse, and finally don't miss a visit to Procession of Princes.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Dresden trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Hamburg to Dresden in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In July, daytime highs in Dresden are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Berchtesgaden.

Things to do in Dresden

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 18 — 20:

Berchtesgaden

— 2 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.
On the 21st (Wed), explore the activities along Konigssee, then get outside with Obersalzbergbahn, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. On the next day, examine the collection at Dokumentationszentrum Obersalzberg, discover the riches below the earth's surface at Salzbergwerk Berchtesgaden, then get great views at The Eagle's Nest, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St. Bartholomew's Church.

To see traveler tips and more tourist information, use the Berchtesgaden travel route planner.

Drive from Dresden to Berchtesgaden in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Berchtesgaden can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can go by car to Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

Things to do in Berchtesgaden

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Spas

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 20 — 22:

Garmisch-Partenkirchen

— 2 nights
Nestled within the Bavarian Alps, Garmisch-Partenkirchen offers a classic mountain feel along with world-class winter sports.
On the 23rd (Fri), look for all kinds of wild species at Partnachklamm and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Zugspitze. On the 24th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Die Schaukaeserei Ettal, then explore the historical opulence of Schloss Linderhof, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ettal Abbey.

Plan trip to Garmisch-Partenkirchen with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by car from Berchtesgaden to Garmisch-Partenkirchen takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In July, daytime highs in Garmisch-Partenkirchen are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Fussen.

Things to do in Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 22 — 24:

Fussen

— 1 night

Southern End of the Romantic Road

Framed by the Alps and set upon a riverbank, the city of Fussen in addition to its historic architecture is the epicenter of Germany’s traditional violin-making industry.
On the 25th (Sun), indulge in some personalized pampering at Konigliche Kristall-Therme, steep yourself in history at Antike Romervilla, pause for some serene contemplation at Pilgrimage Church of Wies, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Krippkirche St. Nikolaus, then explore the historical opulence of Schloss Hohenschwangau, and finally ponder the design of Stadtbrunnen.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Fussen trip website.

Drive from Garmisch-Partenkirchen to Fussen in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Rothenburg.

Things to do in Fussen

Historic Sites · Spas

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 24 — 25:

Rothenburg

— 3 nights

Medieval Heart of Germany

An old imperial city, Rothenburg is the main tourist stop on the scenic Romantic Road of Bavaria.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Town Walls and Würzburg Residence. Visit Bamberg Altstadt and Altes Rathaus for their historical value. Explore Rothenburg's surroundings by going to Wurzburg (Fortress Marienberg, Alte Mainbruecke, &more), Ulmer Münster (in Ulm) and Bamberg (Liegende mit Frucht - Skulptur von Botero & Bamberg Cathedral). And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Altstadt, examine the collection at Medieval Crime Museum (Mittelalterliches Kriminalmuseum), and get a sense of history and politics at Stadt Rothenburg ob der Tauber.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Rothenburg attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Fussen to Rothenburg takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Trier.

Things to do in Rothenburg

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 25 — 28:

Trier

— 3 nights

Oldest City in Germany

Trier may be the oldest city in Germany, founded long before the Roman times.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Porta Nigra and St. Peter's Cathedral (Dom). Visit Reichsburg Cochem and Kurie Zur Eiche for their historical value. Venture out of the city with trips to Cochem (Pfarrkirche St. Remaclus & Monument Geschiedenis Cochem), Eltz Castle (in Wierschem) and St. Johannes der Taufer Kath. Pfarrkirche in Adenau (in Adenau). There's much more to do: make a trip to Deutsches Eck (German Corner), pause for some photo ops at Karl-Marx-Statue, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Pfarrkirche St. Antonius, and steep yourself in history at Munzplatz.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Trier route planner.

Drive from Rothenburg to Trier in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. In July in Trier, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Trier

Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 28 — 31:

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.