18 days in Germany Itinerary

18 days in Germany Itinerary

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Berlin
— 3 nights
Drive
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Dresden
— 2 nights
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Cologne
— 1 night
Drive
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Trier
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rothenburg
— 3 nights
Drive
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Nuremberg
— 2 nights
Drive
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Munich
— 4 nights
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Berlin

— 3 nights

Athens of the Spree

The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Charlottenburg Palace and East Side Gallery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visit Berliner Dom and Memorial of the Berlin Wall for their historical value. There's much more to do: pause for some photo ops at Brandenburg Gate, wander the streets of Potsdamer Platz, see the interesting displays at Topography of Terror, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Berlin trip planner.

Singapore, Singapore to Berlin is an approximately 16-hour flight. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from Singapore to Berlin due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to drive to Dresden.

Things to do in Berlin

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Dec 5 — 8:

Dresden

— 2 nights

Florence of the North

Dresden boasts a long history as a royal residence of many Saxon kings.
On the 9th (Thu), admire the masterpieces at Gemaldegalerie Alte Meister, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Frauenkirche Dresden, and then admire the masterpieces at The Dresden Zwinger. Keep things going the next day: admire the striking features of Bruehlsche Terrasse, then get to know the fascinating history of Kunsthofpassage, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Katholische Hofkirche, and finally admire the striking features of Royal Palace (Residenzschloss).

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Dresden road trip planner.

You can drive from Berlin to Dresden in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. December in Dresden sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of 1°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Cologne.

Things to do in Dresden

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 8 — 10:

Cologne

— 1 night

City of Churches

Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Shrine of the Three Kings, then admire the landmark architecture of Cologne Cathedral, then admire the masterpieces at Museum Ludwig, and finally explore the world behind art at Wallraf-Richartz Museum.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Cologne trip planning app.

You can fly from Dresden to Cologne in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In December in Cologne, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to drive to Trier.

Things to do in Cologne

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 10 — 11:

Trier

— 2 nights

Oldest City in Germany

Trier may be the oldest city in Germany, founded long before the Roman times.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): make a trip to Porta Nigra, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter's Cathedral (Dom), then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Liebfrauenkirche, Trier, then examine the collection at Rhineland Museum (Rheinisches Landesmuseum), and finally steep yourself in history at Kaiserthermen. Here are some ideas for day two: fly down the slopes at Erbeskopf Skigebiet, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Paulin-Kirche, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Gangolf's Church.

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Drive from Cologne to Trier in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Cologne in December, you will find days in Trier are little chillier (5°C), and nights are about the same (0°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to drive to Rothenburg.

Things to do in Trier

Historic Sites · Winter Sports · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 11 — 13:

Rothenburg

— 3 nights

Medieval Heart of Germany

An old imperial city, Rothenburg is the main tourist stop on the scenic Romantic Road of Bavaria.
Würzburg Residence and Altstadt will appeal to history buffs. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at St. Kilian Cathedral and St. Jacob's Church (St. Jakobskirche). Change things up with a short trip to Zur Neckarschleife bei Hessigheim in Hessigheim (about 1h 20 min away). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Town Walls, get a sense of history and politics at Stadt Rothenburg ob der Tauber, and get engrossed in the history at Reichsstadtmuseum.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Rothenburg road trip planner.

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. Expect a daytime high around 5°C in December, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Nuremberg.

Things to do in Rothenburg

Historic Sites · Trails · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 13 — 16:

Nuremberg

— 2 nights

Gingerbread Capital of the World

Nuremberg's historic town center stands in the shadow of a towering imperial castle that dominates its northwestern corner.
On the 17th (Fri), explore the world behind art at Germanisches Nationalmuseum, make a trip to St. Lorenz Church, pause for some serene contemplation at Frauenkirche, then explore the historical opulence of Kaiserburg Nurnberg, then steep yourself in history at Albrecht Durer's House, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St. Sebaldus Church. On the 18th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Reichsparteigelande (Nazi Party Rally Grounds), see the interesting displays at Memorium Nuremberg Trials, and then examine the collection at Toy Museum.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Nuremberg route planner.

You can drive from Rothenburg to Nuremberg in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 5°C in December, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Munich.

Things to do in Nuremberg

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 16 — 18:

Munich

— 4 nights

Village of a Million People

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Nymphenburg Palace and Alte Pinakothek. Popular historic sites such as St. Peter's Church and Asamkirche are in your itinerary. There's lots more to do: walk around English Garden, see the interesting displays at Munich Residenz, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Theatinerkirche St. Kajetan, and engage your brain at Deutsches Museum.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Munich trip planner.

Traveling by car from Nuremberg to Munich takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Munich are 5°C, while nighttime lows are -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Munich

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 18 — 22:

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.