22 days in Denmark, Scotland & Germany Itinerary

22 days in Denmark, Scotland & Germany Itinerary

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22 days in Denmark, Scotland & Germany Itinerary

Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly:  23 h 45 min
1
Copenhagen, Denmark
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
2
Odense, Denmark
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
3
Aarhus, Denmark
— 2 nights
+3
Train + Bus + Fly + Bus:  12 h 15 min
4
Isle of Skye, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Drive:  8 h 15 min
5
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
6
Berlin, Germany
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
7
Dresden, Germany
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
8
Stuttgart, Germany
— 3 nights
Train + Fly:  25 h
End: Melbourne, Australia

2
nights
Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen ©
Founded in the 10th century as a Viking fishing village, Copenhagen has morphed into the cultural, political, and economic powerhouse of the country.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Our Saviour's Church and Viking Ship Museum. Visit Kronborg and Roskilde Domkirke for their historical value. Take a break from Copenhagen with a short trip to Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Humlebaek, about 40 minutes away. There's much more to do: get a sense of history and politics at Christiansborg Slot, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Frederiks Kirke (Marmorkirken), step into the grandiose world of Kastellet, and don't miss a visit to Papiroeen.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Copenhagen vacation planner .

Melbourne, Australia to Copenhagen is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) (AEST) to Central European Time (CET) is minus 9 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Melbourne in September since evenings lows in Copenhagen dip to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Odense.

Things to do in Copenhagen

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Roskilde, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Kronborg
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Louisiana Museum of Modern Art ©
Louisiana Museum of Modern Art
Kronborg ©
Kronborg
Roskilde Domkirke ©
Roskilde Domkirke

1
night
Odense, Denmark

Odense ©
The capital of the island of Funen, Odense represents the birthplace of Hans Christian Andersen, who penned such classics as "The Little Mermaid" and "The Ugly Duckling." Denmark's third-largest city proudly displays its link to the famous writer with museums, sculptures, and public art installations dedicated to Andersen and his stories.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Wed): kick back and relax at Kerteminde Beach, explore the historical opulence of Egeskov Castle, then meet the residents at Odense ZOO, and finally see the interesting displays at Hokeren.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Odense trip planner .

You can take a train from Copenhagen to Odense in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In September in Odense, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 10°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can go by car to Aarhus.

Things to do in Odense

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Kerteminde Beach, Hokeren
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Egeskov Castle ©
Egeskov Castle
Odense ZOO ©
Odense ZOO

2
nights
Aarhus, Denmark

Aarhus ©
Located on the sea, Aarhus blends a world city with a small-town feel. Home to a young population, the city has a reputation for producing internationally known pop and rock musicians.
On the 17th (Thu), see the sky in a new way at Aros Aarhus Kunstmuseum and then see the interesting displays at Den Gamle By. On the 18th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Agri Church and then take an in-depth tour of Moesgaard Museum.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Aarhus holiday planning site .

You can drive from Odense to Aarhus in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In September in Aarhus, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Isle of Skye.

Things to do in Aarhus

Museums Childrens Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Agri Church
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Den Gamle By ©
Den Gamle By
Moesgaard Museum ©
Moesgaard Museum
Aros Aarhus Kunstmuseum ©
Aros Aarhus Kunstmuseum

2
nights
Isle of Skye, United Kingdom

Isle of Skye ©
Blessed with picturesque lochs and a dramatic, rocky coastline, the far-flung Isle of Skye remains one of Scotland's most beloved destinations.
Step off the beaten path and head to Eilean Donan Castle and The Old Man of Storr. Get some cultural insight at Duntulm Castle and Staffin Fossil Museum. There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape at Kilt Rock, enjoy the sand and surf at Claigan Coral Beach, take in the dramatic scenery at Lealt Falls, and don't miss a visit to Neist Point.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Isle of Skye online trip builder .

Do a combination of train, flight, and bus from Aarhus to Isle of Skye in 12.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or do a combination of flight, train, and bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Aarhus to Isle of Skye due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Aarhus in September, you will find days in Isle of Skye are slightly colder (17°C), and nights are about the same (11°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time to travel to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Isle of Skye

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Eilean Donan Castle
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Eilean Donan Castle ©
Eilean Donan Castle
The Quiraing ©
The Quiraing
Claigan Coral Beach ©
Claigan Coral Beach

3
nights
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Get a sense of the local culture at Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and St Giles' Cathedral. National Wallace Monument and The Scottish Crannog Centre will appeal to history buffs. Explore Edinburgh's surroundings by going to Doune Castle (in Doune), Scotlandwell Wash House and Well (in Perth) and Rosslyn Chapel (in Roslin). And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Blair Castle and Hercules Gardens, sample the fine beverages at The Scotch Whisky Experience, and explore the world behind art at Scottish National Gallery.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Edinburgh trip planner.

Getting from Isle of Skye to Edinburgh by combination of ferry, flight, and train takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of taxi and train. In September, daytime highs in Edinburgh are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to travel to Berlin.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Stirling, Pitlochry, The Scottish Crannog Centre, Scotlandwell Wash House and Well, Rosslyn Chapel
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Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh ©
Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
Rosslyn Chapel ©
Rosslyn Chapel
Blair Castle and Hercules Gardens ©
Blair Castle and Hercules Gardens

2
nights
Berlin, Germany

Berlin
The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
On the 26th (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, get engrossed in the history at Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen, and then explore the historical opulence of Sanssouci Palace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Sun): admire the natural beauty at Potsdam's Gardens, take in nature's colorful creations at Großer Tiergarten, and then explore the galleries of Deutsches Historisches Museum.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Berlin road trip planning app .

Traveling by flight from Edinburgh to Berlin takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. Traveling from Edinburgh to Berlin, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Dresden.

Things to do in Berlin

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Potsdam, Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen
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Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen
Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen
Potsdam's Gardens ©
Potsdam's Gardens
Sanssouci Palace ©
Sanssouci Palace

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Dresden, Germany

Dresden ©
Dresden boasts a long history as a royal residence of many Saxon kings.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): make a trip to Bruehlsche Terrasse, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Frauenkirche Dresden, and then admire the masterpieces at The Dresden Zwinger. Keep things going the next day: get great views at Basteigebiet, don't miss a visit to Procession of Princes, then examine the collection at Neues Grünes Gewölbe, and finally admire the masterpieces at Gemaldegalerie Alte Meister.

To see maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Dresden road trip app .

Getting from Berlin to Dresden by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in September, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can travel to Stuttgart.

Things to do in Dresden

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Basteigebiet
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Frauenkirche Dresden ©
Frauenkirche Dresden
The Dresden Zwinger ©
The Dresden Zwinger
Gemaldegalerie Alte Meister
Gemaldegalerie Alte Meister

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Stuttgart, Germany

Stuttgart ©
Stuttgart spreads across a variety of valleys, parks, and hills--many of them covered by vineyards.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Schloss Heidelberg and Altstadt. Appreciate the collections at Mercedes-Benz Museum and Porsche Museum. Explore Stuttgart's surroundings by going to Rothenburg (Town Walls & Medieval Crime Museum (Mittelalterliches Kriminalmuseum)), Altstadt (Old Town) (in Heidelberg) and Ulmer Münster (in Ulm).

For maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Stuttgart trip itinerary planner .

You can fly from Dresden to Stuttgart in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In September, daytime highs in Stuttgart are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. On the 2nd (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Stuttgart

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Rothenburg, Heidelberg, Ulmer Münster
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Town Walls ©
Town Walls
Altstadt ©
Altstadt
Schloss Heidelberg ©
Schloss Heidelberg

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