23 days in Germany Itinerary

23 days in Germany Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Germany trip itinerary planner

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Fly
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Cologne
— 1 night
Train
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Rust
— 1 night
Drive
3
Garmisch-Partenkirchen
— 3 nights
Drive
4
Berchtesgaden
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Munich
— 4 nights
Fly
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Dresden
— 4 nights
Drive
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Berlin
— 4 nights
Train
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Hamburg
— 3 nights
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Cologne

— 1 night

City of Churches

Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Cologne online route planner.

Reykjavik, Iceland to Cologne is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Reykjavik in October: high temperatures in Cologne hover around 17°C and lows are around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Rust.

Things to do in Cologne

Museums · Historic Sites
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Rust

— 1 night
Originally a poor fishing village, Rust now features a world-class amusement park complex.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): get in on the family fun at Europa-Park.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Rust trip site.

You can take a train from Cologne to Rust in 3.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in October, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can drive to Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

Things to do in Rust

Theme Parks
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Garmisch-Partenkirchen

— 3 nights
Nestled within the Bavarian Alps, Garmisch-Partenkirchen offers a classic mountain feel along with world-class winter sports.
Visiting Hollentalklamm and Alpspitz will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Garmisch-Partenkirchen: Schloss Hohenschwangau (in Hohenschwangau) and Schloss Neuschwanstein (in Schwangau). Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Zugspitze and step into the grandiose world of Schloss Linderhof.

To find maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Garmisch-Partenkirchen trip builder website.

Traveling by car from Rust to Garmisch-Partenkirchen takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. In October, daytime highs in Garmisch-Partenkirchen are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can drive to Berchtesgaden.

Things to do in Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 4 — 7:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): explore the striking landscape of Nationalparkzentrum - Haus der Berge. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the historical opulence of Schloss Berchtesgaden, then discover the riches below the earth's surface at Salzbergwerk Berchtesgaden, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Konigssee.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Berchtesgaden visit planner.

Traveling by car from Garmisch-Partenkirchen to Berchtesgaden takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in October, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to drive to Munich.

Things to do in Berchtesgaden

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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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.
Munich is known for museums, historic sites, and nature. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at English Garden, engage your brain at Deutsches Museum, examine the collection at BMW Welt, and take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter's Church.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Munich trip app.

Traveling by car from Berchtesgaden to Munich takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in October, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can fly to Dresden.

Things to do in Munich

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Childrens Museums
Find places to stay Oct 9 — 13:

Dresden

— 4 nights

Florence of the North

Dresden boasts a long history as a royal residence of many Saxon kings.
Take a break from the city and head to Parc National de la Suisse Saxonne and Elbe Sandstone Mountains. The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at The Dresden Zwinger, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Frauenkirche Dresden, step into the grandiose world of Schloss & Park Pillnitz, and take some stellar pictures from Winzer Lutz Muller.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Dresden online day trip planner.

You can fly from Munich to Dresden in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Dresden can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Berlin.

Things to do in Dresden

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

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Berlin

— 4 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.
Get in touch with nature at StandUpClub Berlin and Spree. There's still lots to do: pause for some photo ops at Brandenburg Gate, steep yourself in history at Memorial of the Berlin Wall, explore the world behind art at Pergamonmuseum, and explore the historical opulence of Charlottenburg Palace.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Berlin online road trip planner.

Getting from Dresden to Berlin by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to take a train to Hamburg.

Things to do in Berlin

Historic Sites · Parks · Tours · Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Oct 17 — 21:

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.
Hamburg is known for museums, historic sites, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Miniatur Wunderland, get a sense of history and politics at Townhall, take in nature's colorful creations at Planten un Blomen, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Hamburg trip planner.

Getting from Berlin to Hamburg by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Hamburg are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Hamburg

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 21 — 24:

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.