12 days in Germany Itinerary
12 days in Germany Itinerary
Fly to Salzburg, Bus to Berchtesgaden
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Tue, Jul 19 - Sat, Jul 30
Berchtesgaden — 1 night
Bordered on three sides by Austria, Berchtesgaden is encircled by snow-capped mountain peaks that offer sweeping views of the entire region.Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): don't miss a visit to The Eagle's Nest and then contemplate the waterfront views at Obersee. On the 20th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Salzbergwerk Berchtesgaden, then contemplate the waterfront views at Konigssee, and then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Bartholomew's Church.
To see photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Berchtesgaden trip builder site.
Riga, Latvia to Berchtesgaden is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Riga to Berchtesgaden, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. July in Berchtesgaden sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Garmisch-Partenkirchen.
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Garmisch-Partenkirchen — 2 nights
Nestled within the Bavarian Alps, Garmisch-Partenkirchen offers a classic mountain feel along with world-class winter sports.Start off your visit on the 21st (Thu): take in the awesome beauty at Zugspitze and then contemplate the waterfront views at Eibsee. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Partnachklamm, then stroll through Zugspitzplatt, and then step into the grandiose world of Schloss Linderhof.
To find photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Garmisch-Partenkirchen journey tool.
Traveling by car from Berchtesgaden to Garmisch-Partenkirchen takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. July in Garmisch-Partenkirchen sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Munich.
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Munich — 2 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.Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): contemplate the long history of Nymphenburg Palace, then examine the collection at Munich Residenz, and then admire the landmark architecture of New Town Hall (Neus Rathaus). Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at BMW Welt, explore the activities along English Garden, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter's Church, and finally don't miss a visit to Marienplatz.
For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Munich driving holiday planning site.
Drive from Garmisch-Partenkirchen to Munich in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. July in Munich sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to fly to Dresden.
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Dresden — 1 night
Dresden boasts a long history as a royal residence of many Saxon kings.Kick off your visit on the 25th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Procession of Princes, then admire the striking features of Bruehlsche Terrasse, then don't miss a visit to Frauenkirche Dresden, and finally admire the masterpieces at The Dresden Zwinger.
For ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Dresden day trip planning website.
Traveling by flight from Munich to Dresden takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In July in Dresden, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to drive to Berlin.
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Berlin — 3 nights
The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.Kids will enjoy Zoo Berlin and Brandenburg Gate. Explore hidden gems such as Großer Tiergarten and Victory Column (Siegessaule). There's still lots to do: appreciate the history behind The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, steep yourself in history at Memorial of the Berlin Wall, examine the collection at Topography of Terror, and make a trip to East Side Gallery.
For photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Berlin trip planner.
You can drive from Dresden to Berlin in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Hamburg.
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Hamburg — 2 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.On the 29th (Fri), make a trip to Miniatur Wunderland, then admire the landmark architecture of Speicherstadt, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Planten un Blomen. On your second day here, make a trip to Townhall, contemplate the waterfront views at Port of Hamburg, and then squeeze the most out of the city with City Tours.
For other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Hamburg road trip planning app.
Take a train from Berlin to Hamburg in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in July, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) to allow time to fly back home.
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Germany travel guide
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.