16 days in Germany Itinerary

16 days in Germany Itinerary

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16 days in Germany Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  25​h
1
Hamburg
— 2 nights
2
Berlin
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
3
Nuremberg
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Munich
— 4 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Melbourne

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.
Lubeck Altstadt (Lubeck Oldtown) and Miniatur Wunderland are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Head to Elbphilharmonie Hamburg and Red Galleryfor plenty of shopping. There's lots more to do: shop like a local with Jungfernstieg, get to know the fascinating history of Speicherstadt, get a sense of history and politics at Townhall, and explore the activities along Port of Hamburg.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Hamburg day trip website .

Melbourne, Australia to Hamburg is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 9 hours traveling from Melbourne to Hamburg. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Melbourne in January; daily highs in Hamburg reach 3°C and lows reach 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Berlin.

Things to do in Hamburg

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

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Lubeck Altstadt (Lubeck Oldtown)
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 Elbphilharmonie Hamburg
Elbphilharmonie Hamburg
Lubeck Altstadt (Lubeck Oldtown) ©
St. Michael's Church ©
St. Michael's Church

4
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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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Frauenkirche and Pergamonmuseum. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Hauptbahnhof Leipzig and Kaufhaus des Westens (KaDeWe). Change things up with a short trip to Sachsisches Standehaus in Dresden (about 2 hours away). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Gendarmenmarkt, view the masterpieces at Sammlung Hoffman, wander the streets of Kurfurstendamm (Kurfurstendam), and get a sense of history and politics at Reichstag Building.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Berlin journey planner.

Take a train from Hamburg to Berlin in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Nuremberg.

Things to do in Berlin

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Dresden, Hauptbahnhof Leipzig
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Brandenburg Gate ©
Brandenburg Gate
Frauenkirche ©
Frauenkirche
Pergamonmuseum ©
Pergamonmuseum

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Nuremberg

Nuremberg ©
Nuremberg's historic town center stands in the shadow of a towering imperial castle that dominates its northwestern corner.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Vieille Ville and Kathe Wohlfahrt's Christmas Shop. Get some cultural insight at Old Town and Kaiserburg Nurnberg. Get out of town with these interesting Nuremberg side-trips: Bamberg Altstadt (in Bamberg), Würzburg Residence (in Wurzburg) and Rothenburg (Town Walls & Stadt Rothenburg ob der Tauber). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Dokumentationszentrum Reichsparteitagsgelände, take in the exciting artwork at Galerie Frank Fluegel, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Lorenz Church.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Nuremberg vacation builder site .

Getting from Berlin to Nuremberg by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In January in Nuremberg, expect temperatures between 3°C during the day and -2°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Munich.

Things to do in Nuremberg

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Rothenburg, Würzburg Residence, Bamberg Altstadt, Old Town
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Altstadt ©
Altstadt
Old Town ©
Old Town
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Bamberg Altstadt

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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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site and Nymphenburg Palace. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Viktualienmarkt and Munich Residenz. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Munich: Zugspitze (in Garmisch-Partenkirchen), Schloss Hohenschwangau (in Hohenschwangau) and Altstadt von Fuessen (in Fussen). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter's Church, view the masterpieces at Galerie Hegemann, look for gifts at Ingo Maurer Showroom, and make a trip to Marienplatz.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Munich itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Nuremberg to Munich takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In January, daily temperatures in Munich can reach 3°C, while at night they dip to -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Munich

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Schloss Hohenschwangau, Altstadt von Fuessen, Zugspitze, Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site
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Schloss Hohenschwangau ©
Schloss Hohenschwangau
Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site ©
Altstadt von Fuessen ©
Altstadt von Fuessen

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