40 days in Germany Itinerary

40 days in Germany Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Germany sightseeing planner
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Munich
— 5 nights
Drive
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Garmisch-Partenkirchen
— 3 nights
Train to Munich, Fly to Dresden
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Dresden
— 5 nights
Drive
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Berlin
— 6 nights
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Hamburg
— 5 nights
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Nuremberg
— 3 nights
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Rothenburg
— 4 nights
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Trier
— 3 nights
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Heidelberg
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Munich — 5 nights

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site and Deutsches Museum. Your inner history buff will appreciate Andechs Monastery and Herrenchiemsee New Palace. The adventure continues: examine the collection at BMW Welt, don't miss a visit to Marienplatz, browse the eclectic array of goods at Viktualienmarkt, and steep yourself in history at Nymphenburg Palace.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Munich trip builder site.

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Munich is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You'll lose 4 hours traveling from Sao Paulo to Munich due to the time zone difference. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Sao Paulo in January; daily highs in Munich reach 3°C and lows reach -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to go by car to Garmisch-Partenkirchen.
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Find places to stay Jan 26 — 31:

Garmisch-Partenkirchen — 3 nights

Nestled within the Bavarian Alps, Garmisch-Partenkirchen offers a classic mountain feel along with world-class winter sports.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Ettal Abbey and Altstadt von Fuessen. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Zugspitze and Breitachklamm. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Garmisch-Partenkirchen: Schloss Hohenschwangau (in Hohenschwangau), Benediktinerkloster St. Mang (in Fussen) and Pilgrimage Church of Wies (in Steingaden). And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Partnachklamm, explore the historical opulence of Schloss Linderhof, and admire the striking features of Schloss Neuschwanstein.

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Traveling by car from Munich to Garmisch-Partenkirchen takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. January in Garmisch-Partenkirchen sees daily highs of 4°C and lows of -4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Dresden.
Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Winter Sports
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Find places to stay Jan 31 — Feb 3:

Dresden — 5 nights

Dresden boasts a long history as a royal residence of many Saxon kings.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Gemaldegalerie Alte Meister and Frauenkirche Dresden. Step off the beaten path and head to The Dresden Zwinger and Hauptbahnhof Leipzig. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Dresden: Leipzig (St. Thomas Church & Zoo Leipzig) and Lautergold (in Lauter-Bernsbach). And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Royal Palace (Residenzschloss), make a trip to Procession of Princes, admire the masterpieces at Albertinum, and explore the historical opulence of Schloss & Park Pillnitz.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Dresden travel planner.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Garmisch-Partenkirchen to Dresden takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. When traveling from Garmisch-Partenkirchen in February, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Dresden: temperatures range from 5°C by day to -1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to drive to Berlin.
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Find places to stay Feb 3 — 8:

Berlin — 6 nights

The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen and Neues Museum. Visit Berlin-Hohenschonhausen Memorial and East Side Gallery for their historical value. The adventure continues: browse the different shops at Mall of Berlin, take a stroll through Potsdamer Platz, get a sense of history and politics at Reichstag Building, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Berlin driving holiday website.

Traveling by car from Dresden to Berlin takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Hamburg.
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Find places to stay Feb 8 — 14:

Hamburg — 5 nights

As the country's biggest port and one of the busiest in all of Europe, Hamburg has a well-deserved reputation as Germany's Gateway to the World.
Appreciate the collections at Miniatur Wunderland and Holstentor. Do some cultural sightseeing at St. Michael's Church and Alter Elbtunnel. Get out of town with these interesting Hamburg side-trips: Sankt Peter-Ording (Sandra Wagner Yoga & Sankt Peter Ording Beach) and Lubeck (Lubeck Altstadt (Lubeck Oldtown) & Travemunde). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Jungfernstieg, admire the masterpieces at Kunsthalle Hamburg, sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting, and admire the landmark architecture of Speicherstadt.

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You can take a train from Berlin to Hamburg in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Hamburg can reach 5°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Nuremberg.
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Find places to stay Feb 14 — 19:

Nuremberg — 3 nights

Nuremberg's historic town center stands in the shadow of a towering imperial castle that dominates its northwestern corner.
Get some cultural insight at Bamberg Altstadt and Toy Museum. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Dokumentationszentrum Reichsparteitagsgelände and Germanisches Nationalmuseum. Step out of Nuremberg to go to Bamberg and see Altes Rathaus, which is approximately 58 minutes away. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Reichsparteigelande (Nazi Party Rally Grounds), step into the grandiose world of Kaiserburg Nurnberg, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Sebaldus Church, and stop by Kase-Ecke Waltmann.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Nuremberg journey planner.

Traveling by flight from Hamburg to Nuremberg takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In February, daytime highs in Nuremberg are 5°C, while nighttime lows are -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can drive to Rothenburg.
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Find places to stay Feb 19 — 22:

Rothenburg — 4 nights

An old imperial city, Rothenburg is the main tourist stop on the scenic Romantic Road of Bavaria.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Fortress Marienberg and Historiengewölbe mit Staatsverlies - Museum zur Stadtgeschichte in Rothenburg o.d.T.. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Altstadt and Town Walls. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rothenburg: Wurzburg (Kapuzinerkloster Nikolausberg, Würzburg Residence, &more). The adventure continues: hunt for treasures at Kathe Wohlfahrt's Christmas Shop, contemplate the long history of Burgtor und Burg, admire the natural beauty at Burggarten, and get a sense of history and politics at Stadt Rothenburg ob der Tauber.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Rothenburg day trip tool.

You can drive from Nuremberg to Rothenburg in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 5°C in February, and nighttime lows around -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to drive to Trier.
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Find places to stay Feb 22 — 26:

Trier — 3 nights

Trier may be the oldest city in Germany, founded long before the Roman times.
For shopping fun, head to Hauptmarkt or Jobelius Spirituosen. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at St. Peter's Cathedral (Dom) and Eltz Castle. Step out of Trier with an excursion to Reichsburg Cochem in Cochem--about 1h 10 min away. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Porta Nigra, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Liebfrauenkirche, Trier, delve into the distant past at Kaiserthermen, and pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Gangolf's Church.

For photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Trier vacation app.

You can drive from Rothenburg to Trier in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. In February, daytime highs in Trier are 5°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Heidelberg.
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Find places to stay Feb 26 — Mar 1:

Heidelberg — 5 nights

A vibrant university city, Heidelberg is nestled in the picturesque Neckar river valley.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Mercedes-Benz Museum and Porsche Museum. Explore hidden gems such as Schloss Heidelberg and Cathedral of St. Bartholomew (Dom St. Bartholomaus). You'll find plenty of places to visit near Heidelberg: Baden-Baden (Faberge Museum, Museum Frieder Burda, &more), Palace Square (in Stuttgart) and Der Kaffeeladen & Die Schokoladenwerkstatt (in Mannheim). There's much more to do: visit Altstadt (Old Town), browse the different shops at Bauernmarkt Konstablerwache, steep yourself in history at Goethe House, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Bornheimer Wochenmarkt.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Heidelberg trip site.

Traveling by car from Trier to Heidelberg takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Trier in March, you will find days in Heidelberg are slightly colder (3°C), and nights are about the same (0°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Sun) to allow time for the flight back home.
Shopping · Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods
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Find places to stay Mar 1 — 6:

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.