20 days in Germany Itinerary

20 days in Germany Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Canberra
Fly:  28 h
1
Munich
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
2
Garmisch-Partenkirchen
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
3
Rothenburg
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Bamberg
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
5
Berlin
— 4 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
6
Hamburg
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  30 h
End: Canberra

2
nights
Munich

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 Residenz and Nymphenburg Palace are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Deutsches Museum and Alte Pinakothek will appeal to museum buffs. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter's Church, admire the natural beauty at English Garden, and admire the striking features of Asamkirche.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Munich trip planner.

Canberra, Australia to Munich is an approximately 28-hour flight. You'll gain 9 hours traveling from Canberra to Munich due to the time zone difference. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Canberra in December, with highs in Munich at 5°C and lows at -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

Things to do in Munich

Museums Historic Sites Nature
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Munich Residenz ©
Munich Residenz
Nymphenburg Palace ©
Nymphenburg Palace
St. Peter's Church ©
St. Peter's Church

3
nights
Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Garmisch-Partenkirchen ©
Nestled within the Bavarian Alps, Garmisch-Partenkirchen offers a classic mountain feel along with world-class winter sports.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): make a trip to Pfarrkirche St. Martin, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Zugspitze, thencontemplate the long history of Altstadt von Fuessen, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hl.-Geist-Spitalkirche. On the next day, look for all kinds of wild species at Partnachklamm and then explore the historical opulence of Schloss Linderhof.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Garmisch-Partenkirchen trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Munich to Garmisch-Partenkirchen by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 6°C in December, and nighttime lows around -4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Rothenburg.

Things to do in Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Fussen, Schloss Linderhof
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Zugspitze ©
Zugspitze
Schloss Linderhof ©
Schloss Linderhof
Altstadt von Fuessen ©
Altstadt von Fuessen

3
nights
Rothenburg

Rothenburg ©
An old imperial city, Rothenburg is the main tourist stop on the scenic Romantic Road of Bavaria.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Altstadt and Würzburg Residence. Discover out-of-the-way places like Town Walls and Fortress Marienberg. Change things up with a short trip to Old Town in Dinkelsbuhl (about 38 minutes away). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Medieval Crime Museum (Mittelalterliches Kriminalmuseum), get engrossed in the history at Reichsstadtmuseum, steep yourself in history at Gerlachschmiede, and ponder the world of politics at Stadt Rothenburg ob der Tauber.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Rothenburg driving holiday planner.

Drive from Garmisch-Partenkirchen to Rothenburg in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Rothenburg when traveling from Garmisch-Partenkirchen in December, with lows around 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Bamberg.

Things to do in Rothenburg

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Wurzburg, Old Town
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Altstadt ©
Altstadt
Town Walls ©
Town Walls
Würzburg Residence ©
Würzburg Residence

2
nights
Bamberg

Bamberg ©
First mentioned in historical records from the year 902, Bamberg retains today the medieval, old-world charm that has defined its past development.
You'll explore and learn at Dokumentationszentrum Reichsparteitagsgelände and Germanisches Nationalmuseum. Get some historical perspective at Bamberg Altstadt and Reichsparteigelande (Nazi Party Rally Grounds). Get out of town with these interesting Bamberg side-trips: Nuremberg (St. Lorenz Church, Frauenkirche, &more). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Altes Rathaus, pause for some serene contemplation at Bamberg Cathedral, and step into the grandiose world of Altenburg.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Bamberg road trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Rothenburg to Bamberg takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December in Bamberg, expect temperatures between 6°C during the day and 0°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Berlin.

Things to do in Bamberg

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Nuremberg
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Reichsparteigelande (Nazi Party Rally Grounds) ©
Bamberg Altstadt ©
Bamberg Altstadt
Altes Rathaus ©
Altes Rathaus

4
nights
Berlin

Berlin
The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen and Neues Museum. Popular historic sites such as Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church and Mauermuseum - Museum Haus am Checkpoint Charlie are in your itinerary. Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Pergamonmuseum, contemplate the long history of East Side Gallery, make a trip to Reichstag Building, and pause for some photo ops at Victory Column (Siegessaule).

For more things to do and tourist information, read our Berlin road trip site.

Traveling by train from Bamberg to Berlin takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Hamburg.

Things to do in Berlin

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen
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Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen
Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen
Pergamonmuseum ©
Pergamonmuseum
Neues Museum ©
Neues Museum

2
nights
Hamburg

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 2nd (Wed): appreciate the extensive heritage of Alter Elbtunnel, get to know the fascinating history of Speicherstadt, and then examine the collection at Miniatur Wunderland. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at Kunsthalle Hamburg, thenmake a trip to Townhall, thentest your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael's Church.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Hamburg online trip itinerary maker.

You can take a train from Berlin to Hamburg in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January in Hamburg, expect temperatures between 3°C during the day and 0°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hamburg

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games
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Miniatur Wunderland ©
Miniatur Wunderland
St. Michael's Church ©
St. Michael's Church
Alter Elbtunnel ©
Alter Elbtunnel

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