18 days in Germany Itinerary

18 days in Germany Itinerary

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18 days in Germany Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  11​h 30​min
1
Hamburg
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Berlin
— 6 nights
train:  2​h
3
Dresden
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
4
Munich
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Nuremberg
— 2 nights
train:  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.
On the 21st (Fri), get a sense of history and politics at Townhall, then hunt for treasures at Fish Auction Hall and Market, and then see the interesting displays at Miniatur Wunderland. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a stroll around Elbphilharmonie and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Hamburg Zoo.

To see maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Hamburg travel planner.

Newark, USA to Hamburg is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Newark to Hamburg is 6 hours. In December, daytime highs in Hamburg are 44°F, while nighttime lows are 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Berlin.

Things to do in Hamburg

Parks Zoos & Aquariums 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Zoo Berlin and Strandbar Mitte. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Potsdamer Platz and Topography of Terror. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Pergamon Museum, stroll through Strandbad Tegeler See, look for gifts at Boxoffberlin, and appreciate the history behind Brandenburg Gate.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Berlin online trip itinerary builder .

You can take a train from Hamburg to Berlin in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can go by car to Dresden.

Things to do in Berlin

Parks Shopping Outdoors
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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, then shop like a local with Quartier an der Frauenkirche, then look for gifts at Ullmann's Laden, and finally stop by Tradition & Form. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Frauenkirche, then get into the urban bustle at Kulturpalast Dresden, then look for gifts at Altmarkt Galerie Dresden, and finally look for gifts at CAMONDAS am Schloss Dresden.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Dresden online route planner .

Getting from Berlin to Dresden by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Dresden can reach 43°F, while at night they dip to 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel 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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Viktualienmarkt and Bavarian Outfitters. Get some cultural insight at Nymphenburg Palace and Deutsches Museum. There's much more to do: explore the activities along English Garden, admire the landmark architecture of New Town Hall (Neus Rathaus), don't miss a visit to Marienplatz, and look for gifts at Oberpollinger.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Munich trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Dresden to Munich takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Munich when traveling from Dresden in December, with lows around 29°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can take a train to Nuremberg.

Things to do in Munich

Museums Shopping Parks
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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.
On the 3rd (Thu), look for gifts at Kathe Wohlfahrt, step into the grandiose world of Kaiserburg Nurnberg (Nuremberg Castle), hunt for treasures at Hauptmarkt, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Frauenkirche, then stop by Handwerkerhof, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Ultra Comix. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at Buchhandlung Hugendubel, take in the exciting artwork at Galerie Fluegel Roncak, look for gifts at Eckerle Herrenmoden, then get engrossed in the history at Germanisches Nationalmuseum, and finally stop by Lorenz Musik.

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Traveling by train from Munich to Nuremberg takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 38°F in January, and nighttime lows around 28°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can catch the train 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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): step into the grandiose world of Würzburg Residence, stop by maennERsache, stop by Frauensache - Zieht Sie An, then look for gifts at Ekuko's Wine & Gift Shop, and finally take a stroll through Old Town. On your second day here, steep yourself in history at Town Walls, then steep yourself in history at Rodertor, then look for gifts at Alms Souvenirs & Gifts, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Kathe Wohlfahrt's Christmas Shop.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Wurzburg trip itinerary builder .

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

Things to do in Wurzburg

Shopping Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Rothenburg
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Ekuko's Wine & Gift Shop ©
Ekuko's Wine & Gift Shop
Altstadt ©
Altstadt
Würzburg Residence ©
Würzburg Residence

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