12 days in Germany & Chennai Itinerary

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Heidelberg, Germany
— 1 night
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Trier, Germany
— 2 nights
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Cologne, Germany
— 2 nights
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Dresden, Germany
— 3 nights
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Chennai, India
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Heidelberg, Germany — 1 night

City of Romanticism

A vibrant university city, Heidelberg is nestled in the picturesque Neckar river valley.
You've now added Schloss Heidelberg to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): trek along Philosopher’s Walk, then take in the views from Old Bridge (Karl Theodor Bridge), then explore the historical opulence of Schloss Heidelberg, and finally stop by Altstadt (Old Town). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Student Jail (Studentenkarzer), then admire the striking features of Speyer Cathedral, then see the interesting displays at Technik Museum Speyer, and finally stroll around Luisenpark.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Heidelberg visit planning website.

Chennai, India to Heidelberg is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Chennai to Heidelberg is minus 4.5 hours. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Chennai in August, with highs in Heidelberg at 29°C and lows at 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can drive to Trier.
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Trier, Germany — 2 nights

Oldest City in Germany

Trier may be the oldest city in Germany, founded long before the Roman times.
Your day by day itinerary now includes St. Peter's Cathedral (Dom). Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): explore the ancient world of Trier Amphitheater, contemplate the long history of Kaiserthermen, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter's Cathedral (Dom), then delve into the distant past at Porta Nigra, and finally steep yourself in history at Karl Marx House. Here are some ideas for day two: ponder the world of politics at Kurfurstliches Palais, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Konstantinbasilika, browse the eclectic array of goods at Hauptmarkt, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Liebfrauenkirche, Trier, and finally examine the collection at Rhineland Museum (Rheinisches Landesmuseum).

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Trier travel itinerary planner.

Drive from Heidelberg to Trier in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Trier are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can drive to Cologne.
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Cologne, Germany — 2 nights

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 (Fri): snap pictures at Hohenzollern Bridge, see the interesting displays at Chocolate Museum, then explore the world behind art at Museum Ludwig, and finally admire the striking features of Cologne Cathedral. Keep things going the next day: get in on the family fun at Phantasialand.

For where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Cologne road trip app.

You can drive from Trier to Cologne in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Cologne are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can fly to Dresden.
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Dresden, Germany — 3 nights

Florence of the North

Dresden boasts a long history as a royal residence of many Saxon kings.
You've now added Frauenkirche Dresden to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 13th (Sun): explore the world behind art at The Dresden Zwinger, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Frauenkirche Dresden, and then don't miss a visit to Procession of Princes. On the 14th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step into the grandiose world of Schloss & Park Pillnitz, don't miss a visit to Bruehlsche Terrasse, snap pictures at Augustus Bridge, then admire the masterpieces at Gemaldegalerie Alte Meister, and finally examine the collection at Neues Grünes Gewölbe.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Dresden route website.

Traveling by flight from Cologne to Dresden takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In August, daytime highs in Dresden are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. You'll have a few hours on the 15th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Chennai.
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Chennai, India — 2 nights

Detroit of South Asia

Chennai, a city hailed for its vibrant atmosphere and historic attractions, remains one of the most visited places in India.
Take a break from Chennai with a short trip to Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams in Tirupati, about 3h 45 min away. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Shirdi Sai Baba Temple, buy something for everyone on your list at Express Avenue Mall, browse the eclectic array of goods at T Nagar, Ranganathan Street, and kick back and relax at Besant Nagar Beach.

Before you visit Chennai, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can fly from Dresden to Chennai in 14.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Dresden to Chennai is 4.5 hours. In August, Chennai is a bit warmer than Dresden - with highs of 41°C and lows of 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can travel 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.
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