11 days in Germany Itinerary

11 days in Germany Itinerary

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11 days in Germany Itinerary

Start: San Diego
Fly:  17​h 30​min
1
Munich
— 2 nights
2
Nuremberg
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Rothenburg
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Dresden
— 2 nights
5
Berlin
— 2 nights
Fly:  17​h 30​min
End: San Diego

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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Heiliggeistkirche, then don't miss a visit to Stachus, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Burgersaalkirche, and finally make a trip to Siegestor. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Sat): make a trip to Mariensaeule, then pause for some photo ops at Moriskentanzer, then make a trip to Fassade des Hirmer Stammhauses, and finally pause for some photo ops at Angel of Peace (Friedensengel).

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Munich trip itinerary website .

San Diego, USA to Munich is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from San Diego to Munich. Traveling from San Diego in August, expect little chillier with lows of 54°F in Munich. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can drive to Nuremberg.

Things to do in Munich

Historic Sites
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Heiliggeistkirche ©
Heiliggeistkirche
Angel of Peace (Friedensengel) ©
Angel of Peace (Friedensengel)
Stachus ©
Stachus

1
night
Nuremberg

Nuremberg ©
Nuremberg's historic town center stands in the shadow of a towering imperial castle that dominates its northwestern corner.
On the 25th (Sun), walk around Furth Stadtpark, see the interesting displays at Historischer Kuntstbunker, and then steep yourself in history at Hangman's Bridge.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Nuremberg online vacation planner .

Traveling by car from Munich to Nuremberg takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In August, daily temperatures in Nuremberg can reach 76°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can drive to Rothenburg.

Things to do in Nuremberg

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Furth Stadtpark
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Furth Stadtpark ©
Furth Stadtpark
Historischer Kuntstbunker ©
Historischer Kuntstbunker

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night
Rothenburg

Rothenburg ©
An old imperial city, Rothenburg is the main tourist stop on the scenic Romantic Road of Bavaria.
On the 26th (Mon), steep yourself in history at Spital Bastion, steep yourself in history at Markusturm and Buttelhaus, then make a trip to Roderbrunnen, and finally steep yourself in history at Burgtor und Burg.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Rothenburg travel planner.

Drive from Nuremberg to Rothenburg in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, daily temperatures in Rothenburg can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can drive to Dresden.

Things to do in Rothenburg

Historic Sites
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Burgtor und Burg ©
Burgtor und Burg
Spital Bastion ©
Spital Bastion
Markusturm and Buttelhaus ©
Markusturm and Buttelhaus

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Dresden

Dresden ©
Dresden boasts a long history as a royal residence of many Saxon kings.
On the 27th (Tue), look for gifts at Tradition & Form, then contemplate the long history of Festung Dresden, and then see the interesting displays at Parkeisenbahn.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Dresden trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by car from Rothenburg to Dresden takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. In August, daily temperatures in Dresden can reach 75°F, while at night they dip to 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Berlin.

Things to do in Dresden

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
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Parkeisenbahn ©
Parkeisenbahn
Festung Dresden ©
Festung Dresden

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Berlin

Berlin ©
The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Step off the beaten path and head to Botanical Garden and Botanical Museum Berlin-Dahlem and Alte Nationalgalerie. Venture out of the city with trips to Lutherhalle/Lutherhaus (in Wittenberg) and Potsdam (Hollandisches Viertel & Neues Palais). The adventure continues: make a trip to Panoramapunkt and wander the streets of Kreuzberg.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Berlin day trip planning site .

Traveling by train from Dresden to Berlin takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Berlin

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Potsdam, Lutherhalle/Lutherhaus
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Alte Nationalgalerie ©
Alte Nationalgalerie
Neues Palais ©
Neues Palais

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