11 days in Germany Itinerary

11 days in Germany Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Germany route planner

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Cologne
— 2 nights
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Berlin
— 2 nights
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Hameln
— 3 nights
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Dusseldorf
— 3 nights
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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 3rd (Fri), admire the masterpieces at Museum Ludwig, then pause for some serene contemplation at Cologne Cathedral, and then examine the collection at Chocolate Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to KolnTriangle, take in the natural beauty of Neptunbad, then pause for some serene contemplation at Aachen Cathedral, and finally make a trip to Puppenbrunnen.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Cologne trip builder tool.

Paris, France to Cologne is an approximately 4.5-hour train ride. You can also drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In December in Cologne, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 3°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel to Berlin.

Things to do in Cologne

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

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Berlin

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Bebelplatz, ponder the world of politics at Reichstag Building, then appreciate the history behind The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, and finally appreciate the history behind Brandenburg Gate. On the 6th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: discover the deep blue sea with Tauchschule Linek, steep yourself in history at East Side Gallery, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Berliner Dom.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Berlin trip planner.

Getting from Cologne to Berlin by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Hameln.

Things to do in Berlin

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Historic Sites
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Hameln

— 3 nights
Hamelin is a town on the river Weser in Lower Saxony, Germany. Pied Piper Statue has been added to your itinerary. Visit Schloss Buckeburg and Dunsthohle for their historical value. Attractions like LWL-Open-Air Museum Detmold (LWL Freilichtmuseum Detmold) and Hermannsdenkmal make great kid-friendly stops. Venture out of the city with trips to Paderborn Cathedral (Dom zu Paderborn) (in Paderborn), Bali Therme (in Bad Oeynhausen) and Externsteine (in Horn-Bad Meinberg). There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Bonifatius, take a stroll through Hameln Old Town, ponder the design of Rattenfanger-Brunnen, and see the interesting displays at Museum Hameln.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Hameln attractions planning app.

Getting from Berlin to Hameln by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 8°C in December, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Dusseldorf.

Things to do in Hameln

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums · Neighborhoods

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Dusseldorf

— 3 nights

Fashion Capital of Germany

Renowned for its fashion and trade fairs, Dusseldorf offers visitors vibrant nightlife and a wide range of shopping options.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Rheinuferpromenade and ArcheoPoint. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Lani Sup and Altstadt. Change things up with a short trip to Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex in Essen in Essen (about 42 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along River Rhine, make a trip to Konigsallee, examine the collection at Classic Remise Dusseldorf, and admire the striking features of MedienHafen.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Dusseldorf day trip planner.

Getting from Hameln to Dusseldorf by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in December, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Dusseldorf

Historic Sites · Shopping · Outdoors · Tours

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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.