13 days in Germany Itinerary

13 days in Germany Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Germany vacation planner
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Berlin
— 2 nights
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Leipzig
— 1 night
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Dresden
— 2 nights
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Nuremberg
— 2 nights
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Cologne
— 2 nights
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Berlin
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Berlin — 2 nights

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 17th (Sat): admire the natural beauty at Großer Tiergarten, make a trip to Gendarmenmarkt, and then get the lay of the land with Walking tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the world behind art at Pergamonmuseum, then see the interesting displays at Topography of Terror, then make a trip to Mauermuseum - Museum Haus am Checkpoint Charlie, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Berliner Dom.

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Charlotte, USA to Berlin is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 6 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Leipzig.
Museums · Tours · Historic Sites · Parks
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Leipzig — 1 night

Leipzig is not only world-famous for its long tradition of trade fairs, but also for its vibrant music and cultural scenes.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): appreciate the history behind Goethe Memorial, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Nicholas Church (Nikolaikirche), then don't miss a visit to Market Square (Markt), and finally appreciate the history behind Volkerschlachtdenkmal. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at Museum der Bildenden Kunste, buy something for everyone on your list at Hauptbahnhof Leipzig, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Thomas Church.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Leipzig online driving holiday planner.

You can take a train from Berlin to Leipzig in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. December in Leipzig sees daily highs of 43°F and lows of 34°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Dresden.
Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums
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Dresden — 2 nights

Dresden boasts a long history as a royal residence of many Saxon kings.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the world behind art at The Dresden Zwinger, then admire the masterpieces at Gemaldegalerie Alte Meister, and then see the interesting displays at Neues Grünes Gewölbe.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Dresden travel tool.

Traveling by car from Leipzig to Dresden takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Dresden are 43°F, while nighttime lows are 34°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Nuremberg.
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Nuremberg — 2 nights

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 23rd (Fri): see the interesting displays at Toy Museum, then step into the grandiose world of Kaiserburg Nurnberg, then examine the collection at Dokumentationszentrum Reichsparteitagsgelände, and finally admire the striking features of Germanisches Nationalmuseum. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to St. Lorenz Church, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Sebaldus Church, then steep yourself in history at Albrecht Durer's House, and finally don't miss a visit to Altstadt.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Nuremberg online trip builder.

Traveling by flight from Dresden to Nuremberg takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 41°F in December, and nighttime lows around 31°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Cologne.
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Cologne — 2 nights

Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Cologne trip planner.

You can fly from Nuremberg to Cologne in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Nuremberg in December, Cologne is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to fly to Berlin.
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Berlin — 2 nights

Start off your visit on the 26th (Mon): meet the residents at Zoo Berlin and then steep yourself in history at East Side Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Tue): take a stroll through Potsdamer Platz, appreciate the history behind Brandenburg Gate, then appreciate the history behind The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, then admire the landmark architecture of Reichstag Building, and finally steep yourself in history at Memorial of the Berlin Wall.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Berlin day trip tool.

You can take a train from Cologne to Berlin in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train; or drive. You will have some time to spend on the 28th (Wed) before leaving for home.
Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
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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.