17 days in Germany Itinerary

17 days in Germany Itinerary

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Cologne
— 1 day
Train
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Rust
— 1 night
Drive
3
Hohenschwangau
— 1 night
Drive
4
Munich
— 3 nights
Drive
5
Nuremberg
— 2 nights
Fly
6
Dresden
— 2 nights
Drive
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Berlin
— 4 nights
Train
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Hamburg
— 2 nights
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Cologne — 1 day

City of Churches

Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
On the 2nd (Thu), admire the masterpieces at Wallraf-Richartz Museum, then don't miss a visit to Cologne Cathedral, and then explore the world behind art at Museum Ludwig.

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New York City, USA to Cologne is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Cologne is 6 hours. Traveling from New York City in August, expect Cologne to be little chillier, temps between 75°F and 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can take a train to Rust.
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Museums · Historic Sites
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Rust — 1 night

Originally a poor fishing village, Rust now features a world-class amusement park complex.
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Traveling by train from Cologne to Rust takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 78°F in August, and nighttime lows around 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can go by car to Hohenschwangau.
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Hohenschwangau — 1 night

A picturesque village nestled in a green valley on the shores of a lake, Hohenschwangau receives nearly two million visitors every year.
On the 4th (Sat), step into the grandiose world of Schloss Hohenschwangau, explore the historical opulence of Schloss Neuschwanstein, then steep yourself in history at Altstadt von Fuessen, and finally explore the activities along Alatsee.

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Getting from Rust to Hohenschwangau by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. In August, Hohenschwangau is slightly colder than Rust - with highs of 72°F and lows of 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Munich.
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Munich — 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: walk around English Garden, ponder the world of politics at New Town Hall (Neus Rathaus), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter's Church, and enjoy breathtaking views from Frauenkirche.

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Traveling by car from Hohenschwangau to Munich takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 76°F in August, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Nuremberg.
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Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Parks
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Nuremberg — 2 nights

Gingerbread Capital of the World

Nuremberg's historic town center stands in the shadow of a towering imperial castle that dominates its northwestern corner.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Nuremberg Palace of Justice, get engrossed in the history at Germanisches Nationalmuseum, don't miss a visit to St. Lorenz Church, step into the grandiose world of Kaiserburg Nurnberg, then steep yourself in history at Albrecht Durer's House, and finally get to know the fascinating history of City Walls of Nuremberg. Here are some ideas for day two: head outdoors with Wohrder Wiese and then observe the fascinating underwater world at Tiergarten Nuernberg.

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Traveling by car from Munich to Nuremberg takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. August in Nuremberg sees daily highs of 76°F and lows of 54°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Dresden.
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Dresden — 2 nights

Florence of the North

Dresden boasts a long history as a royal residence of many Saxon kings.
On the 10th (Fri), admire the masterpieces at Albertinum, then pause for some serene contemplation at Frauenkirche Dresden, and then explore the world behind art at The Dresden Zwinger. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Procession of Princes, pause for some serene contemplation at Sankt Martin Kirche, then see the interesting displays at Panometer Dresden, then step into the grandiose world of Schloss & Park Pillnitz, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Winzer Lutz Muller.

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You can fly from Nuremberg to Dresden in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. August in Dresden sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 57°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Berlin.
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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.
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, see the interesting displays at Topography of Terror, explore the world behind art at Pergamonmuseum, and steep yourself in history at Memorial of the Berlin Wall.

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Traveling by car from Dresden to Berlin takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Hamburg.
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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 16th (Thu), admire the masterpieces at Kunsthalle Hamburg and then examine the collection at Miniatur Wunderland. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Planten un Blomen and then get to know the resident critters at Tierpark Hagenbeck.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Hamburg itinerary maker.

You can take a train from Berlin to Hamburg in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Hamburg are 72°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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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.
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