7 days in Germany Itinerary

7 days in Germany Itinerary

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7 days in Germany Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Bus + Fly:  14 h 30 min
1
Berlin
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 45 min
2
Rothenburg
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
3
Munich
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  12 h 45 min
End: Washington DC

2
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 Pergamonmuseum and Soviet Gallery. Museum-lovers will get to explore Topography of Terror and Koenig Galerie. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Brandenburg Gate, shop like a local with Gallery Heike Arndt DK, view the masterpieces at Ariel Fantasy, and admire the masterpieces at Sammlung Hoffman.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Berlin online travel planner .

Washington DC, USA to Berlin is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington DC to Berlin is 6 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Rothenburg.

Things to do in Berlin

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Pergamonmuseum ©
Pergamonmuseum
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Topography of Terror
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art4berlin GALLERY

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Rothenburg

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An old imperial city, Rothenburg is the main tourist stop on the scenic Romantic Road of Bavaria.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Thu): get engrossed in the history at Reichsstadtmuseum, see the interesting displays at Historiengewölbe mit Staatsverlies - Museum zur Stadtgeschichte in Rothenburg o.d.T., hunt for treasures at Kathe Wohlfahrt's Christmas Shop, contemplate the long history of Siebers Tower, then wander the streets of Altstadt, and finally examine the collection at Medieval Crime Museum (Mittelalterliches Kriminalmuseum).

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Rothenburg trip app .

Traveling by car from Berlin to Rothenburg takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Rothenburg can reach 41°F, while at night they dip to 33°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can go by car to Munich.

Things to do in Rothenburg

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Altstadt
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Town Walls

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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.
On the 1st (Fri), contemplate the long history of Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site, steep yourself in history at Nymphenburg Palace, and then shop like a local with Schack-Galerie. On your second day here, browse the eclectic array of goods at Viktualienmarkt, view the masterpieces at Galerie Hegemann, and then take in the exciting artwork at Kunsthalle Munich.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Munich trip itinerary planning site .

Getting from Rothenburg to Munich by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. December in Munich sees daily highs of 41°F and lows of 29°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Munich

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Nymphenburg Palace
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Viktualienmarkt

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