31 days in Germany & New York City Itinerary

31 days in Germany & New York City Itinerary

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31 days in Germany & New York City Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  26​h
1
Berlin, Germany
— 4 nights
train:  2​h
2
Dresden, Germany
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Nuremberg, Germany
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
4
Munich, Germany
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Hohenschwangau, Germany
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
6
Wurzburg, Germany
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
7
Cologne, Germany
— Few hours
Fly:  3​h
8
Hamburg, Germany
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  11​h
9
New York City, United States
— 6 nights
bus + Fly:  26​h
End: Sydney, Australia

4
nights
Berlin, Germany

The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Berlin is known for museums, historic sites, nightlife, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get a sense of history and politics at Reichstag Building, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, appreciate the history behind Brandenburg Gate, and meet the residents at Zoo Berlin.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Berlin travel route site .

Chicago, USA to Berlin is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Chicago to Berlin. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Dresden.

Things to do in Berlin

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Parks
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Walking tours
Reichstag Building ©
Reichstag Building
Brandenburg Gate ©
Brandenburg Gate

3
nights
Dresden, Germany

Dresden ©
Dresden boasts a long history as a royal residence of many Saxon kings.
Take a break from Dresden with a short trip to Basteigebiet in Bad Schandau, about 58 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Zwinger, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Frauenkirche, stop by Tradition & Form, and explore the historical opulence of Pillnitz Castle & Park.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Dresden day trip planner.

You can drive from Berlin to Dresden in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. September in Dresden sees daily highs of 66°F and lows of 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Nuremberg.

Things to do in Dresden

#Museums, #Historic Sites, #Shopping

Side Trip

Basteigebiet
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Neues Grünes Gewölbe ©
Neues Grünes Gewölbe
Zwinger ©
Zwinger
Albertinum ©
Albertinum

3
nights
Nuremberg, Germany

Nuremberg ©
Nuremberg's historic town center stands in the shadow of a towering imperial castle that dominates its northwestern corner.
Nuremberg is known for historic sites, museums, shopping, zoos & aquariums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the historical opulence of Kaiserburg Nurnberg (Nuremberg Castle), see the interesting displays at Dokumentationszentrum Reichsparteitagsgelände, make a trip to Zeppelinfeld, and contemplate the long history of Albrecht Durer House.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Nuremberg sightseeing planning app .

You can drive from Dresden to Nuremberg in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of flight and train. In September in Nuremberg, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 48°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Munich.

Things to do in Nuremberg

#Museums, #Historic Sites, #Outdoors
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Germanisches Nationalmuseum ©
Germanisches Nationalmuseum
Albrecht Durer House ©
Albrecht Durer House

4
nights
Munich, Germany

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.
Munich is known for museums, nature, parks, nightlife, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Nymphenburg Palace (Schloss Nymphenburg), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter's Church, engage your brain at Deutsches Museum, and see the interesting displays at BMW Welt.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Munich trip planner .

Traveling by train from Nuremberg to Munich takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 66°F, and evening lows to 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Hohenschwangau.

Things to do in Munich

#Museums, #Parks, #Historic Sites
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Deutsches Museum ©
Deutsches Museum
Nymphenburg Palace ©
Nymphenburg Palace
Marienplatz ©
Marienplatz

1
night
Hohenschwangau, Germany

Hohenschwangau ©
On the 18th (Tue), explore the historical opulence of Schloss Hohenschwangau and then explore the historical opulence of Neuschwanstein Castle.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Hohenschwangau using our trip planner.

Traveling by car from Munich to Hohenschwangau takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in September, and nighttime lows around 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Wurzburg.

Things to do in Hohenschwangau

#Historic Sites
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Neuschwanstein Castle ©
Neuschwanstein Castle
Schloss Hohenschwangau ©
Schloss Hohenschwangau

4
nights
Wurzburg, Germany

Wurzburg ©
Founded in the 10th century, Wurzburg served as the home of powerful prince-bishops for many centuries.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Wurzburg: Rothenburg (St. Jacob's Church (St. Jakobskirche), Burggarten, & more). There's lots more to do: stroll through Würzburg Residence, admire the landmark architecture of St. Kilian Cathedral, snap pictures at Alte Mainbruecke, and steep yourself in history at Schloss Veitshöchheim.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Wurzburg day trip tool .

Traveling by car from Hohenschwangau to Wurzburg takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. In September in Wurzburg, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 48°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can take a train to Cologne.

Things to do in Wurzburg

#Historic Sites, #Parks, #Museums

Side Trip

Rothenburg
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Würzburg Residence ©
Würzburg Residence
Old Town ©
Old Town
Stadt Rothenburg ob der Tauber ©
Stadt Rothenburg ob der Tauber

few
hours
Cologne, Germany

Cologne ©
Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
For traveler tips and more tourist information, use the Cologne trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by train from Wurzburg to Cologne takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In September, plan for daily highs up to 68°F, and evening lows to 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Hamburg.

Things to do in Cologne

#Historic Sites
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Cologne Cathedral ©
Cologne Cathedral
Praetorium ©
Praetorium

2
nights
Hamburg, Germany

Hamburg ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): ponder the world of politics at Townhall.

For maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Hamburg driving holiday website .

You can fly from Cologne to Hamburg in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. September in Hamburg sees daily highs of 66°F and lows of 51°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can travel to New York City.

Things to do in Hamburg

#Museums, #Parks
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Miniatur Wunderland ©
Miniatur Wunderland
Park Planten un Blomen ©
Park Planten un Blomen
Townhall ©
Townhall

6
nights
New York City, United States

New York City ©
Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
New York City is known for museums, nightlife, historic sites, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: go for a walk through Central Park, enjoy breathtaking views from Top of the Rock Observation Deck, tour the pleasant surroundings at The High Line, and don't miss a visit to 9/11 Memorial.

For maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the New York City driving holiday planning website .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Hamburg to New York City in 11 hours. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Eastern Standard Time is minus 6 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Hamburg in September; daily highs in New York City reach 79°F and lows reach 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

#Museums, #Parks, #Historic Sites
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Central Park ©
Central Park
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Empire State Building ©
Empire State Building

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