20 days in Germany & Pondicherry Itinerary

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Hamburg, Germany
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Rostock, Germany
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Dresden, Germany
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Heidelberg, Germany
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Rothenburg, Germany
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Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
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Berchtesgaden, Germany
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Pondicherry, India
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Hamburg, Germany — 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Hauptkirche St. Jacobi, see the interesting displays at Dialogue in Silence, get outside with Wildpark Schwarze Berge, then see the interesting displays at Freilichtmuseum am Kiekeberg, then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildpark Luneburger Heide, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kloster Lune. On the next day, visit a coastal fixture at Leuchtturm Neuwerk, see the interesting displays at Deutsches Zollmuseum, examine the collection at Kaffeemuseum-Burg, then examine the collection at Genuss-Speicher, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hauptkirche St. Katharinen, and finally examine the collection at Bucerius Kunst Forum.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Hamburg trip itinerary maker site.

Essaouira, Morocco to Hamburg is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Essaouira to Hamburg due to the time zone difference. Expect colder weather when traveling from Essaouira in November: highs in Hamburg hover around 9°C, while lows dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Rostock.
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Rostock, Germany — 2 nights

Hanseatic City

Rostock was once one of the primary ports of the powerful Hanseatic League.
On the 16th (Sat), don't miss a visit to Standehaus, ponder the world of politics at Rathaus, steep yourself in history at Neuer Markt, pause for some photo ops at Rostocker Greife, then admire the landmark architecture of Steintor, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Ostsee-Strand Von Rerik. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Schifffahrtsmuseum, ponder the design of Brunnen Warnminner Umgang, get engrossed in the history at Heimatmuseum Warnemunde, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Petrikirche, then examine the collection at Freilichtmuseum Klockenhagen, and finally get outside with Ostseebad Dierhagen.

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You can drive from Hamburg to Rostock in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Rostock are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to drive to Dresden.
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Dresden, Germany — 2 nights

Florence of the North

Dresden boasts a long history as a royal residence of many Saxon kings.
On the 18th (Mon), pause for some serene contemplation at Der Dom St. Petri zu Bautzen, contemplate the long history of Bautzen Memorial (Gedenkstaette Bautzen), stroll through Kuhstall, step into the grandiose world of Neurathen Castle, then explore the historical opulence of Fasanenschlosschen Moritzburg, and finally examine the collection at Gedenkstatte Bautzner Strasse. On the 19th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Japanisches Palais, enjoy breathtaking views from Haus der Kirche - Dreikoenigskirche, take an in-depth tour of Die Welt der DDR, then take an in-depth tour of Festung Xperience (Festung Dresden), then look for gifts at Tradition & Form, and finally take a stroll around Kulturpalast Dresden.

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Dresden road trip planner.

Getting from Rostock to Dresden by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Dresden are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Heidelberg.
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Heidelberg, Germany — 2 nights

City of Romanticism

A vibrant university city, Heidelberg is nestled in the picturesque Neckar river valley.
On the 20th (Wed), steep yourself in history at Gradierwerk Bad Durkheim (Saline), do a tasting at Weinessiggut Doktorenhof, steep yourself in history at Michaelskloster, look for gifts at Heidelberger Zuckerladen, then take an in-depth tour of Alte Universitaet, and finally browse the collection at University Library (Universitatsbibliothek). On the next day, kick back and relax at Badesee Tiefer See, delve into the lush surroundings at King's Throne (Konigstuhl), steep yourself in history at Dicker Turm (Schloss), steep yourself in history at Carl's Square (Karlsplatz), then don't miss a visit to Bruckentor, and finally take an in-depth tour of Friedrich Ebert Memorial (Gedenkstatte).

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You can fly from Dresden to Heidelberg in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in November, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can go by car to Rothenburg.
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Rothenburg, Germany — 2 nights

Medieval Heart of Germany

An old imperial city, Rothenburg is the main tourist stop on the scenic Romantic Road of Bavaria.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. George Church, take an in-depth tour of Fränkisches Freilandmuseum Bad Windsheim, then make a trip to Schloss Weikersheim, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Herrgottskirche, and finally contemplate the long history of Burgtor und Burg. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Markusturm and Buttelhaus, contemplate the long history of Spital Bastion, contemplate the long history of Siebers Tower, don't miss a visit to Schmiedgasse, then don't miss a visit to Klingentor, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Wolfgang's Church.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Rothenburg online visit planner.

Getting from Heidelberg to Rothenburg by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 8°C, and evening lows to 2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Garmisch-Partenkirchen.
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Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany — 2 nights

Nestled within the Bavarian Alps, Garmisch-Partenkirchen offers a classic mountain feel along with world-class winter sports.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Koloman, contemplate the waterfront views at Staffelsee, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kalvarienberg und Kirche, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kloster Benediktbeuern, then relax in the rural setting at Freilchtmuseum Glentleiten, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Pfarrkirche St. Martin. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Riessersee, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Peter und Paul, don't miss a visit to Konigshaus am Schachen, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ehem. Stiftskirche Mariä Geburt, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Wallfahrtskirche Maria Himmelfahrt, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Welfenmünster.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Garmisch-Partenkirchen trip planner.

You can drive from Rothenburg to Garmisch-Partenkirchen in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. In November, daytime highs in Garmisch-Partenkirchen are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Berchtesgaden.
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Berchtesgaden, Germany — 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 26th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Dokumentationszentrum Obersalzberg, then cruise along Rossfeld Panoramastrasse, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Nationalparkzentrum - Haus der Berge. On the 27th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get outside with Strandbad Ubersee, contemplate the waterfront views at Hintersee, don't miss a visit to Maria Gern, then indulge in some personalized pampering at Salzheilstollen, then explore the historical opulence of Schloss Berchtesgaden, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Old Cemetery Berchtesgaden.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Berchtesgaden trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Garmisch-Partenkirchen to Berchtesgaden in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In November in Berchtesgaden, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can travel to Pondicherry.
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Pondicherry, India — 3 nights

Europe of India

South Indian spiritualism meets French chic in Pondicherry, an interesting, unusual, and international destination on the Bay of Bengal.
We've included these beaches for you: Serenity Beach and Auro Beach. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Varadaraja Perumal Temple and Gingee Fort. Venture out of the city with trips to Cuddalore (Silver Beach & Pichavaram), Villupuram Bead Making Village (in Villupuram) and Mailam Murugan Temple (in Mailam). There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Immaculate Conception Cathedral, explore the ancient world of Krishna Mandapam, pause for some photo ops at Descent Of The Ganges, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ganesh Ratha Temple.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Pondicherry road trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Berchtesgaden to Pondicherry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 4.5 hours traveling from Berchtesgaden to Pondicherry. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) 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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