15 days in Germany, Poland & Riga Itinerary

15 days in Germany, Poland & Riga Itinerary

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15 days in Germany, Poland & Riga Itinerary

New York City, United States
Fly:  19​h 45​min
Wittenberg, Germany
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
Berlin, Germany
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h
Riga, Latvia
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
Warsaw, Poland
— 1 night
train:  2​h 30​min
Krakow, Poland
— 2 nights
Fly:  20​h 30​min
New York City, United States

2
days
Wittenberg, Germany

Wittenberg, officially Lutherstadt Wittenberg, is a city in Saxony-Anhalt, Germany. On the 15th (Tue), admire the landmark architecture of Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Worlitz, contemplate the long history of Luisium, then examine the collection at Ferropolis, then pause for some serene contemplation at Castle Church, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Stadtkirche Sankt Marien. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Hundertwasserschule, then explore the historical opulence of Schlosspark Wiesenburg, and then explore the historical opulence of Schloss Zerbst.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Wittenberg holiday planner.

New York City, USA to Wittenberg is an approximately 20-hour flight. Traveling from New York City to Wittenberg, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. In May, Wittenberg is slightly colder than New York City - with highs of 65°F and lows of 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to travel to Berlin.

Things to do in Wittenberg

Sightseeing Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Worlitz, Schloss Zerbst, Schlosspark Wiesenburg, Luisium, Ferropolis
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Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Worlitz
Stadtkirche Sankt Marien
Castle Church

3
days
Berlin, Germany

The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Neues Museum and German Historical Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen and Sanssouci Palace. Step out of Berlin with an excursion to Potsdam's Gardens in Potsdam--about 50 minutes away. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Jewish Museum Berlin, take an in-depth tour of palace of tears, admire the striking features of Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, and contemplate the long history of Gedenkstätte Berlin-Hohenschönhausen.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Berlin vacation planner.

You can drive from Wittenberg to Berlin in 1.5 hours. May in Berlin sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Riga.

Things to do in Berlin

Museums Sightseeing Historic Sites

Side Trips

Potsdam, Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen
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Neues Museum
Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen
Potsdam's Gardens

3
days
Riga, Latvia

Often referred to as "The Paris of the North," Riga offers thriving nightlife and some of the best collections of Art Nouveau architecture in Europe.
Popular historic sites such as Rundale Palace Museum (Rundales Pils) and Castle Cesis are in your itinerary. Latvian Ethnographic Open Air Museum and Musee Art Nouveau will appeal to museum buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Riga: Saulkrasti Bicycle Museum (in Saulkrasti), Rundale Palace (in Bauska) and Virgin Anna Roman Catholic Cathedral (in Jelgava). And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Museum of the Occupation of Latvia, make a trip to Riga Town Hall Square, and explore the historical opulence of Birini Castle.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Riga trip builder.

Traveling by flight from Berlin to Riga takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Berlin to Riga due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Berlin in May, plan for slightly colder nights in Riga, with lows around 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to travel to Warsaw.

Things to do in Riga

Sightseeing Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Cesis, Virgin Anna Roman Catholic Cathedral, Birini Castle, Saulkrasti Bicycle Museum, Rundale Palace Museum (Rundales Pils)
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Cesis Medieval Castle
Birini Castle

2
days
Warsaw, Poland

Warsaw draws big crowds with its seemingly unstoppable energy, exemplified by the city's explosive nightlife and thriving music scene.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): admire the landmark architecture of Palace of Culture and Science, steep yourself in history at Old Town Market Square, then contemplate the long history of The Royal Castle in Warsaw, and finally see the interesting displays at Copernicus Science Centre. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, then appreciate the history behind Pomnik Bohaterów Getta, and then admire the masterpieces at Wilanów Palace.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Warsaw trip planner.

Getting from Riga to Warsaw by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time (EET) to Central European Time (CET) is minus 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in May, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Krakow.

Things to do in Warsaw

Museums Sightseeing Historic Sites
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Copernicus Science Centre
Old Town Market Square

2
days
Krakow, Poland

One of Poland's oldest cities, Krakow sits at the foot of the Carpathian Mountains, its historical town center nestled on the left bank of the Vistula River.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Jagiellonian University - Collegium Maius, see the interesting displays at Lost souls alley, contemplate the long history of Wawel Cathedral, then examine the collection at Polish Aviation Museum, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Bazylika św. Floriana w Krakowie. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of The Barbican (Barbakan), then get to know the fascinating history of Planty Park, then browse the different shops at The Cloth Hall, and finally see the interesting displays at Cracow Historical Museum - Old Market Underground.

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Take a train from Warsaw to Krakow in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in May, and nighttime lows around 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites Sightseeing Museums
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Wawel Cathedral
Planty Park

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