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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.
Berlin is known for sightseeing, museums, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: pause for some photo ops at The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, make a trip to Brandenburg Gate, observe the fascinating underwater world at Zoo Berlin, and ponder the world of politics at Reichstag Building.

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The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Berlin. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can take a train to Hamburg.
Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums
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Hamburg — 2 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.
On the 5th (Tue), admire nature's wide array of creatures at Tierpark Hagenbeck, contemplate the long history of Alter Elbtunnel, and then get a sense of history and politics at Hamburg Town Hall. Here are some ideas for day two: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, appreciate the extensive heritage of Speicherstadt, and then see the interesting displays at Miniatur Wunderland.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Hamburg trip planning site.

You can take a train from Berlin to Hamburg in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Bremen.
Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites
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Bremen — 2 nights

Short-Way City

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 7th (Thu), make a trip to Bottcherstrasse, pause for some serene contemplation at Unser Lieben Frauen Kirchhof, steep yourself in history at Bremer Rathaus, get to know the fascinating history of Historische Altstadt, then don't miss a visit to Marktplatz, and finally don't miss a visit to Bremer Loch. On your second day here, make a trip to Schnoor Viertel, admire the striking features of Weserkraftwerk Bremen, then head outdoors with Die Komplette Palette, and finally walk around Burgerpark.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Bremen trip builder tool.

You can drive from Hamburg to Bremen in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Bremen can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can drive to Cologne.
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Cologne — 2 nights

City of Churches

Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
On the 9th (Sat), pause for some serene contemplation at St. Agnes, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Domschatzkammer, then admire the landmark architecture of Cologne Cathedral, and finally admire the masterpieces at Museum Ludwig. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at Wallraf-Richartz Museum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Antoniterkirche, then identify plant and animal life at Wildpark, and finally see the interesting displays at Industriemuseum Freudenthaler Sensenhammer.

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Drive from Bremen to Cologne in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in October, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can catch the flight back home.
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Germany travel guide

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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.