17 days in Lower Saxony Itinerary

17 days in Lower Saxony Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Lower Saxony sightseeing planner
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— 6 nights
— 2 nights
— 3 nights
Drive to Norddeich, Ferry to Norderney
— 3 nights
Ferry to Norddeich(Norden) Mole, Train to Emden(Ostfriesl) Hauptbahnhof, Ferry to Borkum
— 1 night
Ferry to Emden Aussenhafen, Train to Osnabruck


Hannover — 6 nights

Hannover, northern Germany's major urban center, may be best known for hosting annual commercial trade fairs.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Aegidienkirche and Altes Rathaus. Popular historic sites such as Marktkirche and Schloss Buckeburg are in your itinerary. Change things up with these side-trips from Hannover: Hildesheim (St.- Andreas-Kirche & St. Michaelis), Marienburg Castle (in Pattensen b Hannover) and Celle (Stadtkirche Sankt Marien, Herzogschloss Celle, &more). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Leibnizhaus, take an in-depth tour of Lower Saxony State Museum (Niedersachsisches Landesmuseum Hannover), take a stroll through Altstadt, and take in nature's colorful creations at Berggarten.

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Osnabruck to Hannover is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Hannover are 8°C, while nighttime lows are 2°C. You will leave for Goslar on the 8th (Sun).
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Goslar — 2 nights

Goslar is a historic town in Lower Saxony, Germany. Explore hidden gems such as Marktkirche Zum Heiligen Geist and Marktkirche St. Benedikti. Zinnfiguren-Museum Goslar and Klosterbrennerei Woltingerode are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Goslar side-trips: Teufelsmauer (in Timmenrode), Quedlinburg (Fachwerkmuseum im Standerbau & Blasiikirche) and St Cyriakus (in Gernrode). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Breite Tor, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Neuwerkkirche Goslar, contemplate the long history of Gildehaus der Fernhandelskaufleute, and admire the striking features of Rathaus Wernigerode.

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You can drive from Hannover to Goslar in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Goslar can reach 7°C, while at night they dip to 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Luneburg.
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Luneburg — 3 nights

Lüneburg, also called Lunenburg in English, is a town in the German state of Lower Saxony. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kloster Lune and Am Sande. Take a break from the city and head to Otterzentrum Hankensbuttel and Kalkberg. There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Michaeliskirche (St. Michaelis) Lueneburg, appreciate the extensive heritage of Stintmarkt im Luneburger Hafen, head outdoors with Lueneburger Heide, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Nicolai Kirche.

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Drive from Goslar to Luneburg in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In December in Luneburg, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and 1°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel to Norderney.
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Norderney — 3 nights

Norderney is one of the seven populated East Frisian Islands off the North Sea coast of Germany. Explore hidden gems such as Strandpromenade Norderney and Watt Welten. Your inner history buff will appreciate Mennonitenkirche and Ludgeri-Kirche Norden. Get out of town with these interesting Norderney side-trips: Automobil- und Spielzeugmuseum (in Norden), Kirche Greetsiel (in Greetsiel) and Moormuseum, Moordorf (in Sudbrookmerland). There's much more to do: browse the collection at Bibliothek im Conversationshaus zu Norderney, make a trip to Das Wrack am Ostende, have fun at Badehaus Norderney, and examine the collection at Bademuseum.

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Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Luneburg to Norderney takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel to Borkum.
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Borkum — 1 night

Borkum is an island and a municipality in the Leer District in Lower Saxony, northwestern Germany. On the 17th (Tue), don't miss a visit to Alter Leuchtturm, identify plant and animal life at Borkums Naturschutzgebiet Greune Stee, make a trip to Neuer Leuchtturm, then stop by Atelier am Meer, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Nordseekletterpark.

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You can do a combination of ferry and train from Norderney to Borkum in 6 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry and bus. In December in Borkum, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 5°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.
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Lower Saxony travel guide

Specialty Museums · Landmarks · Zoos
A land with a strong sense of tradition, Lower Saxony is the country's second largest state by area. It was created in 1946 out of a patchwork of bustling urban districts and quiet rural retreats. Most of its current territory once thrived as an independent kingdom. It was inhabited from about 1000 CE by Old Saxons (hence the name). Named somewhat confusingly, the area actually lies to the north of "Upper" Saxony. Lower Saxony boasts its own distinct character, complete with age-old culinary traditions, folk festivals, unusual local sports, and colorful ethnic costumes. Most of the region's major cities and economic hubs are in the urbanized central and southern sections, where much of the local tourism industry concentrates. The less-developed northeast remains the largest uncultivated area in the country. Large tracts of land designated as nature preserves are great for sightseeing tours of the outdoors. Don't miss a chance to vacation in the so-called Old Country: this bucolic land just south of the Elba River is noted for being one of the country’s largest fruit-farming districts.