18 days in Germany Itinerary

18 days in Germany Itinerary

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Start: Newark
Fly:  11 h 30 min
1
Hamburg
— 1 night
Train:  1 h 45 min
2
Berlin
— 6 nights
Drive:  2 h
3
Dresden
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
4
Munich
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
5
Nuremberg
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h
6
Wurzburg
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  12 h 30 min
End: Newark

1
night
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 21st (Fri): ponder the world of politics at Townhall, thenhunt for treasures at Hamburger Fischmarkt, and then see the interesting displays at Miniatur Wunderland. On the 22nd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: catch a concert at Elbphilharmonie Hamburg and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Tierpark Hagenbeck.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Hamburg attractions tool.

Newark, USA to Hamburg is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 6 hour difference. In December, daily temperatures in Hamburg can reach 44°F, while at night they dip to 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Berlin.

Things to do in Hamburg

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Museums
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Tierpark Hagenbeck ©
Tierpark Hagenbeck
Miniatur Wunderland ©
Miniatur Wunderland
Hamburger Fischmarkt ©
Hamburger Fischmarkt

6
nights
Berlin

Berlin ©
The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Head to Kurfurstendamm (Kurfurstendam) and Dussmann das KulturKaufhausfor plenty of shopping. Get a sense of the local culture at Pergamonmuseum and Potsdamer Platz. And it doesn't end there: pause for some photo ops at Brandenburg Gate, look for gifts at Boxoffberlin, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Zoo Berlin, and admire the striking features of Reichstag Building.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Berlin road trip site.

You can take a train from Hamburg to Berlin in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Dresden.

Things to do in Berlin

Parks Shopping Beaches
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Pergamonmuseum ©
Pergamonmuseum
Topography of Terror ©
Topography of Terror
Charlottenburg Palace ©
Charlottenburg Palace

2
nights
Dresden

Dresden ©
Dresden boasts a long history as a royal residence of many Saxon kings.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): wander the streets of Neustadt, thenget maximum retail therapy with Quartier an der Frauenkirche, thenstop by Ullmann's Laden, and finally look for gifts at Tradition & Form. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Frauenkirche Dresden, thenget into the urban bustle at Kulturpalast Dresden, thenlook for gifts at Altmarkt Galerie Dresden, and finally stop by CAMONDAS Schokoladenkontor am Schloss Dresden.

To find ratings and tourist information, use the Dresden trip itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Berlin to Dresden in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In December in Dresden, expect temperatures between 43°F during the day and 34°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Munich.

Things to do in Dresden

Shopping Tours Neighborhoods
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Tradition & Form ©
Tradition & Form
Frauenkirche Dresden ©
Frauenkirche Dresden
Neustadt ©
Neustadt

4
nights
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.
Munich Residenz and Deutsches Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Viktualienmarkt and Oberpollinger. There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at English Garden, look for gifts at Ingo Maurer Showroom, get into the urban bustle at Cultural Center (Kulturzentrum Gasteig), and don't miss a visit to Marienplatz.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Munich trip maker app.

You can drive from Dresden to Munich in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Dresden in December, expect a bit cooler with lows of 29°F in Munich. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Nuremberg.

Things to do in Munich

Museums Shopping Nature
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English Garden ©
English Garden
Nymphenburg Palace ©
Nymphenburg Palace
Munich Residenz ©
Munich Residenz

2
nights
Nuremberg

Nuremberg ©
Nuremberg's historic town center stands in the shadow of a towering imperial castle that dominates its northwestern corner.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): look for gifts at Kathe Wohlfahrt, step into the grandiose world of Kaiserburg Nurnberg, don't miss a visit to Hauptmarkt, pause for some serene contemplation at Frauenkirche, thenlook for gifts at Handwerkerhof, and finally look for gifts at Ultra Comix. On the 4th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Buchhandlung Hugendubel, take in the exciting artwork at Galerie Frank Fluegel, thenlook for gifts at Eckerle Herrenmoden, thenget engrossed in the history at Germanisches Nationalmuseum, and finally look for gifts at Lorenz Musik.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Nuremberg trip planner.

Getting from Munich to Nuremberg by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. In January in Nuremberg, expect temperatures between 38°F during the day and 28°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to drive to Wurzburg.

Things to do in Nuremberg

Shopping Museums Historic Sites
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Hauptmarkt ©
Hauptmarkt
Germanisches Nationalmuseum ©
Germanisches Nationalmuseum
Kaiserburg Nurnberg ©
Kaiserburg Nurnberg

1
night
Wurzburg

Wurzburg ©
Founded in the 10th century, Wurzburg served as the home of powerful prince-bishops for many centuries.
On the 5th (Sat), explore the historical opulence of Würzburg Residence, look for gifts at maennERsache, thenstop by Frauensache - Zieht Sie An, thenlook for gifts at Ekuko's Wine & Gift Shop, and finally steep yourself in history at Altstadt. On the 6th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Town Walls, contemplate the long history of Rodertor, and then browse the eclectic array of goods at Kathe Wohlfahrt's Christmas Shop.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Wurzburg trip planning app.

You can drive from Nuremberg to Wurzburg in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Wurzburg can reach 39°F, while at night they dip to 29°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Wurzburg

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Rothenburg
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Altstadt ©
Altstadt
Town Walls ©
Town Walls
Würzburg Residence ©
Würzburg Residence

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