18 days in Germany Itinerary

18 days in Germany Itinerary

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18 days in Germany Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  9 h 30 min
1
Munich
— 3 nights
Train:  45 min
2
Augsburg
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 15 min
3
Nordlingen
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
4
Wurzburg
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 15 min
5
Nuremberg
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
6
Dresden
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
7
Berlin
— 3 nights
Fly:  16 h 15 min
End: San Francisco

3
nights
Munich

Munich ©
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Altstadt (Old Town) Mittenwald and Haidhausen. Get a sense of the local culture at Munich Residenz and Geigenbaumuseum Mittenwald. Take a break from Munich with a short trip to Zugspitze in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, about 1:40 hours away. Next up on the itinerary: engage your brain at Deutsches Museum, see the interesting displays at BMW Welt, and take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter's Church.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Munich travel itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Watsonville, USA to Munich. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Central European Time is 9 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Watsonville in December; daily highs in Munich reach 42°F and lows reach 30°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Augsburg.

Things to do in Munich

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Mittenwald, Zugspitze
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Zugspitze ©
Zugspitze
BMW Welt ©
BMW Welt
Munich Residenz ©
Munich Residenz

2
nights
Augsburg

Augsburg ©
Easily and quickly accessible from anywhere in the country, Augsburg is packed with historical attractions and intersected by quaint cobbled streets.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Wed): get a sense of history and politics at Augsburg City Hall (Rathaus), steep yourself in history at Weberhaus, steep yourself in history at St. Anne's Church, then admire the striking features of Cathedral of St. Maria (Dom St. Maria), and finally choose your vessel at Augsburger Kahnfahrt. On the next day, make a trip to Fuggerei, then see the interesting displays at Die Kiste - Das Augsburger Puppentheatermuseum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Stadtpfarrkirche Maria Himmelfahrt, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find ratings and other tourist information, use the Augsburg custom trip planner.

You can take a train from Munich to Augsburg in an hour. Other options are to drive; or drive. Traveling from Munich in December, you will find days in Augsburg are little chillier (37°F), and nights are about the same (28°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to travel to Nordlingen.

Things to do in Augsburg

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Stadtpfarrkirche Maria Himmelfahrt
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St. Anne's Church, Augsburg ©
St. Anne's Church, Augsburg
Fuggerei ©
Fuggerei
Augsburger Puppentheatermuseum ©
Augsburger Puppentheatermuseum

1
night
Nordlingen

Nordlingen ©
Nördlingen is a town in the Donau-Ries district, in Swabia, Bavaria, Germany, with a population of approximately 19,000. On the 8th (Fri), take in the awesome beauty at Ipf Bopfingen, explore the historical opulence of Schloßberg mit Ruine Flochberg, then make a trip to Rathaus, and finally take an in-depth tour of Town Museum.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Nordlingen vacation builder.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Augsburg to Nordlingen. Expect a daytime high around 37°F in December, and nighttime lows around 28°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can travel to Wurzburg.

Things to do in Nordlingen

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Schloßberg mit Ruine Flochberg, Ipf Bopfingen
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Ipf Bopfingen ©
Ipf Bopfingen

2
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Wurzburg

Wurzburg ©
Founded in the 10th century, Wurzburg served as the home of powerful prince-bishops for many centuries.
On the 9th (Sat), contemplate the long history of Town Walls, take a stroll through Old Town, examine the collection at Kriminalmuseum, then admire the landmark architecture of Evang.-Lutherisches Pfarramt St. Jakob, then see the interesting displays at Deutsches Weihnachtsmuseum, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Käthe Wohlfahrt - Weihnachtsdorf. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Würzburg Residence, step into the grandiose world of Marienburg Fortress, take in the views from Alte Mainbruecke, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Kilian Cathedral, and finally contemplate the long history of Veitshochheim Schloss.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Wurzburg trip itinerary builder.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Nordlingen to Wurzburg. In December in Wurzburg, expect temperatures between 41°F during the day and 33°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Nuremberg.

Things to do in Wurzburg

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Rothenburg
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Town Walls ©
Town Walls
Altstadt ©
Altstadt
Würzburg Residence ©
Würzburg Residence

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nights
Nuremberg

Nuremberg ©
Nuremberg's historic town center stands in the shadow of a towering imperial castle that dominates its northwestern corner.
On the 11th (Mon), examine the collection at Dokumentationszentrum Reichsparteitagsgelände, then Head underground at Teufelshoehle Pottenstein, and then Head underground at Binghohle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Albrecht-Dürer-Haus and then cool off at Kristall Palm Beach.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Nuremberg holiday planner.

Take a train from Wurzburg to Nuremberg in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Nuremberg can reach 43°F, while at night they dip to 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to drive to Dresden.

Things to do in Nuremberg

Parks Theme Parks Spas

Side Trips

Binghohle, Teufelshoehle Pottenstein, Kristall Palm Beach
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Albrecht Durer's House ©
Albrecht Durer's House
Kristall Palm Beach ©
Kristall Palm Beach

2
nights
Dresden

Dresden
Dresden boasts a long history as a royal residence of many Saxon kings.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Wed): take in the awesome beauty at Elbe Sandstone Mountains, don't miss a visit to Bruehl Terrace, and then admire the masterpieces at Gemaldegalerie Alte Meister. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the striking features of Pillnitz Castle & Park, take a stroll through Neustadt, then pause for some serene contemplation at Frauenkirche Dresden, and finally steep yourself in history at Festung Dresden.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Dresden itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Nuremberg to Dresden takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Nuremberg in December, plan for a bit cooler days in Dresden, with highs around 38°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 30°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to take a bus to Berlin.

Things to do in Dresden

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Elbe Sandstone Mountains
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Gemaldegalerie Alte Meister
Gemaldegalerie Alte Meister
Frauenkirche Dresden ©
Frauenkirche Dresden
Schloss & Park Pillnitz ©
Schloss & Park Pillnitz

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nights
Berlin

Berlin ©
The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Escape the urban bustle at Spreewaldfahrt, Familie Goertz and Strandbad Tegeler See. Popular historic sites such as East Side Gallery and Berlin Wall Memorial are in your itinerary. Take a break from Berlin with a short trip to Flaeming Skate in Luckenwalde, about 1 hour away. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Pergamonmuseum, wander the streets of Savignyplatz, make a trip to Potsdamer Platz, and steep yourself in history at Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Berlin itinerary maker.

You can take a bus from Dresden to Berlin in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Berlin are 39°F, while nighttime lows are 31°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Berlin

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Spreewaldfahrt, Familie Goertz, Flaeming Skate
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Pergamonmuseum ©
Pergamonmuseum
East Side Gallery ©
East Side Gallery
Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church ©
Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church

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