15 days in Australia & Germany Itinerary

Make it your trip
Sydney, Australia
— 4 nights
Cairns, Australia
— 1 night
Berlin, Germany
— 3 nights
Munich, Germany
— 3 nights
Nuremberg, Germany
— 1 night


Sydney, Australia — 4 nights

The Harbour City

Lent iconic status as a result of its famous bridge and opera house, Sydney has a down-to-earth charm that enhances its spectacular setting and functional efficiency.
Sydney is known for nightlife, sightseeing, and beaches. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: see a show at Sydney Opera House, enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, take in the dramatic natural features at Mrs Macquarie's Chair, and take a stroll through Darling Harbour.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Sydney online tour itinerary planner.

Rome, Italy to Sydney is an approximately 24.5-hour flight. Traveling from Rome to Sydney, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Rome in December: high temperatures in Sydney hover around 32°C and lows are around 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Cairns.
Parks · Outdoors · Neighborhoods · Museums
Side Trip
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Cairns, Australia — 1 night

The Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef

A neat, cosmopolitan city of shaded plazas and laid-back neighborhoods, Cairns serves as a popular base for exploration of the surrounding region and the Great Barrier Reef, as well as a center for watersport activities like surfing or waterskiing.
On the 17th (Sat), identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Cairns trip builder site.

You can fly from Sydney to Cairns in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Sydney in December; daily highs in Cairns reach 36°C and lows reach 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can fly to Berlin.
Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours
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Highlights from your trip

Berlin, Germany — 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: ponder the world of politics at Reichstag Building, admire the striking features of Berliner Dom, admire the masterpieces at Pergamonmuseum, and stop by Potsdamer Platz.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Berlin trip maker app.

You can fly from Cairns to Berlin in 24.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 9 hours traveling from Cairns to Berlin. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to fly to Munich.
Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Neighborhoods
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Munich, Germany — 3 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 sightseeing, museums, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Marienplatz, enjoy breathtaking views from Frauenkirche, steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Church, and ponder the world of politics at New Town Hall (Neus Rathaus).

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Munich trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by flight from Berlin to Munich takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 5°C in December, and nighttime lows around -1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can go by car to Nuremberg.
Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Parks
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Nuremberg, Germany — 1 night

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 25th (Sun), examine the collection at Toy Museum, steep yourself in history at Albrecht Durer's House, explore the historical opulence of Kaiserburg Nurnberg, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Lorenz Church, and finally admire the masterpieces at Germanisches Nationalmuseum.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Nuremberg online road trip planner.

You can drive from Munich to Nuremberg in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Nuremberg can reach 5°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.
Museums · Historic Sites
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Australia travel guide

Beaches · Wildlife Areas · Gardens
Australia is a country of breathtaking beauty and unforgettable adventure. From coast to coast you’ll find ancient rainforests, towering cities, stunning outback landscapes and white sand beaches. It’s not only the scenery that varies here, but also the lifestyle. Lay back and relax within a coastal paradise, explore the bustling laneways of a lively metropolis, or feed your sense of adventure in the most remote and remarkable pockets of the country. Whether you’re connecting with Aboriginal culture, tasting seafood straight from the ocean, or diving with gentle whale sharks, you’ll discover why there’s nothing like Australia.

Germany travel guide

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.