21 days in Germany Itinerary

21 days in Germany Itinerary

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21 days in Germany Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  27​h
1
Berlin
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Hannover
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Bremen
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
4
Dusseldorf
— 1 night
train:  1​h
5
Cologne
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
6
Heidelberg
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
7
Stuttgart
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
8
Rothenburg
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
9
Hohenschwangau
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
10
Munich
— 3 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Melbourne

3
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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Brandenburg Gate, DDR Museum, Potsdamer Platz, and other attractions. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Pergamonmuseum and Potsdam's Gardens. Your inner history buff will appreciate Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church and Neues Palais. There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Gemaldegalerie, get engrossed in the history at Palace of Tears, wander the streets of Mitte, and steep yourself in history at Haus der Wannsee-Konferenz.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Berlin tour itinerary builder site .

Melbourne, Australia to Berlin is an approximately 27-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 9 hours traveling from Melbourne to Berlin. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Sun) to allow time for the train ride to Hannover.

Things to do in Berlin

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Potsdam
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Pergamonmuseum ©
Pergamonmuseum
Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church ©
Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church
Gemaldegalerie ©
Gemaldegalerie

1
night
Hannover

Hannover ©
Hannover, northern Germany's major urban center, may be best known for hosting annual commercial trade fairs.
On the 8th (Sun), admire the masterpieces at Sprengel Museum Hannover.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Hannover trip builder .

You can take a train from Berlin to Hannover in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In September in Hannover, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 12°C at night. On the 9th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Bremen.

Things to do in Hannover

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Maschpark ©
Maschpark
Sprengel Museum Hannover ©
Sprengel Museum Hannover
Altes Rathaus ©
Altes Rathaus

1
night
Bremen

Bremen ©
A rather long and narrow city spread along both sides of the Weser River, Bremen has more than a thousand years of history.
On the 9th (Mon), pause for some photo ops at Roland Statue and then explore the world behind art at Museen Boettcherstrasse.

For photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Bremen travel planner .

You can drive from Hannover to Bremen in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September in Bremen, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can go by car to Dusseldorf.

Things to do in Bremen

Museums
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Museen Boettcherstrasse ©
Museen Boettcherstrasse
Roland Statue ©
Roland Statue

1
night
Dusseldorf

Dusseldorf ©
Renowned for its fashion and trade fairs, Dusseldorf offers visitors vibrant nightlife and a wide range of shopping options.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): explore the world behind art at Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, delve into the distant past at Kaiserpfalz Kaiserswerth, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at EKO-Haus der Japanischen Kultur e.V., then take a stroll through Oberkassel, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Rheinuferpromenade.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Dusseldorf driving holiday planning tool .

Traveling by car from Bremen to Dusseldorf takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 13°C. On the 11th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Cologne.

Things to do in Dusseldorf

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Kaiserpfalz Kaiserswerth ©
Kaiserpfalz Kaiserswerth
Rheinuferpromenade ©
Rheinuferpromenade
Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen ©
Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen

2
nights
Cologne

Cologne ©
Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
On the 11th (Wed), take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Ursula, then admire the landmark architecture of Kolner Dom, and then contemplate the long history of Heinzelmaennchenbrunnen. On the 12th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the different monuments and memorials at Melaten-Friedhof, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Gereon's Basilica, then examine the collection at Kolumba, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Maria im Kapitol.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Cologne day trip tool .

Cologne is just a short distance from Dusseldorf. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in September, and nighttime lows around 11°C. You'll have a few hours on the 13th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Heidelberg.

Things to do in Cologne

Historic Sites Museums
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Kolner Dom ©
Kolner Dom
Melaten-Friedhof ©
Melaten-Friedhof
St. Ursula ©
St. Ursula

2
nights
Heidelberg

Heidelberg ©
A vibrant university city, Heidelberg is nestled in the picturesque Neckar river valley.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): explore the historical opulence of Schloss Heidelberg, steep yourself in history at Dicker Turm (Schloss), and then make a trip to Elizabeth Gate. On the next day, steep yourself in history at Student Jail (Studentenkarzer), take an in-depth tour of Friedrich Ebert Memorial (Gedenkstatte), then wander the streets of Altstadt (Old Town), then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of the Holy Ghost (Heiliggeistkirche), and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Philosophers' Way (Philosophenweg).

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Heidelberg online holiday planner .

Getting from Cologne to Heidelberg by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and car. In September in Heidelberg, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. On the 15th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Stuttgart.

Things to do in Heidelberg

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Schloss Heidelberg ©
Schloss Heidelberg
Altstadt (Old Town) ©
Altstadt (Old Town)
Philosophers' Way (Philosophenweg) ©

1
night
Stuttgart

Stuttgart ©
Stuttgart spreads across a variety of valleys, parks, and hills--many of them covered by vineyards.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): learn more about the world around you at Stuttgart State Museum of Natural History.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Stuttgart route planning app .

Getting from Heidelberg to Stuttgart by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. In September, daytime highs in Stuttgart are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Rothenburg.

Things to do in Stuttgart

Museums Historic Sites
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Landesmuseum Wurttemberg ©
Landesmuseum Wurttemberg
Burgruine Hofen ©
Burgruine Hofen

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night
Rothenburg

Rothenburg ©
An old imperial city, Rothenburg is the main tourist stop on the scenic Romantic Road of Bavaria.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Town Walls and then make a trip to Vieille Ville.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Rothenburg trip planning website .

Drive from Stuttgart to Rothenburg in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. In September in Rothenburg, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can drive to Hohenschwangau.

Things to do in Rothenburg

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Town Walls ©
Town Walls
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Gerlachschmiede ©
Gerlachschmiede

2
nights
Hohenschwangau

Hohenschwangau ©
A picturesque village nestled in a green valley on the shores of a lake, Hohenschwangau receives nearly two million visitors every year.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Eibsee as well as Schloss Linderhof. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Schloss Hohenschwangau, explore the historical opulence of Schloss Neuschwanstein, and then step into the grandiose world of Schloss Linderhof.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Hohenschwangau journey builder app .

You can drive from Rothenburg to Hohenschwangau in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, daytime highs in Hohenschwangau are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Munich.

Things to do in Hohenschwangau

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Eibsee, Schloss Linderhof
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Schloss Hohenschwangau ©
Schloss Hohenschwangau
Schloss Linderhof ©
Schloss Linderhof
Schloss Neuschwanstein ©
Schloss Neuschwanstein

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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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Munich Residenz and BMW Welt. Cathedral of St Peter's and Audi Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Munich side-trips: Befreiungshalle Kelheim (in Kelheim) and Regensburg (Alte Kapelle, St. Emmeram Church, & more). The adventure continues: examine the collection at FC Bayern Erlebniswelt, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Heiliggeistkirche, and step into the grandiose world of Schloss Schleissheim.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Munich travel route builder .

Traveling by car from Hohenschwangau to Munich takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in September, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Munich

Museums Historic Sites Tours

Side Trips

Regensburg, Oberschleissheim, Audi Museum, Befreiungshalle Kelheim
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Munich Residenz ©
Munich Residenz
Cathedral of St Peter's ©
Cathedral of St Peter's
Audi Museum ©
Audi Museum

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