44 days in Helsinki, Estonia & Germany Itinerary

44 days in Helsinki, Estonia & Germany Itinerary

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44 days in Helsinki, Estonia & Germany Itinerary

Start: Cairo, Egypt
Fly:  10​h
1
Helsinki, Finland
— 8 nights
ferry:  1​h 45​min
2
Tallinn, Estonia
— 5 nights
3
Munich, Germany
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Nuremberg, Germany
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Rothenburg, Germany
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Trier, Germany
— 4 nights
7
Cologne, Germany
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 45​min
8
Dresden, Germany
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
9
Berlin, Germany
— 5 nights
10
Hamburg, Germany
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h 30​min
End: Cairo, Egypt


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8
nights
Helsinki, Finland

Helsinki ©
Finland's largest and most populated metropolis, the maritime town of Helsinki boasts varied architecture, a lively cafe culture, and plethora of picturesque natural delights.
Change things up with these side-trips from Helsinki: Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo) and Laune Central Park (in Lahti). There's much more to do: brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, hunt for treasures at Market Square Kauppatori, find something for the whole family at Linnanmaki Amusement Park, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali).

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Helsinki online driving holiday planner .

Cairo, Egypt to Helsinki is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Cairo in October, expect Helsinki to be colder, temps between 10°C and 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to catch the ferry to Tallinn.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Nuuksio National Park, Laune Central Park
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The Esplanadi Park ©
The Esplanadi Park
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church

5
nights
Tallinn, Estonia

Tallinn ©
A historic city with its eye firmly on the future, Tallinn blends medieval fortifications, gleaming skyscrapers, and charming boutiques with a spattering of Soviet relics.
Tallinn is known for museums, historic sites, parks, fun & games, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a stroll through Tallinn Old Town, admire the masterpieces at Kumu Art Museum, step into the grandiose world of Kadriorg Palace, and don't miss a visit to Toompea Hill.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Tallinn trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by ferry from Helsinki to Tallinn takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. October in Tallinn sees daily highs of 10°C and lows of 3°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 14th (Mon) before leaving for Munich.

Things to do in Tallinn

Historic Sites Museums Fun & Games
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Toompea Hill ©
Toompea Hill
Tallinn Old Town ©
Tallinn Old Town
Aleksander Nevski Katedraali ©
Aleksander Nevski Katedraali

4
nights
Munich, Germany

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.
Munich is known for museums, nature, nightlife, parks, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Marienplatz, admire the natural beauty at Nymphenburg Palace, admire the masterpieces at Alte Pinakothek, and see the interesting displays at Munich Residenz.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Munich online travel route planner .

You can fly from Tallinn to Munich in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Tallinn to Munich, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Tallinn in October, expect nights in Munich to be about the same, around 5°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Nuremberg.

Things to do in Munich

Museums Historic Sites Tours
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Deutsches Museum ©
Deutsches Museum
Nymphenburg Palace ©
Nymphenburg Palace
Marienplatz ©
Marienplatz

4
nights
Nuremberg, Germany

Nuremberg ©
Nuremberg's historic town center stands in the shadow of a towering imperial castle that dominates its northwestern corner.
Nuremberg is known for historic sites, museums, shopping, zoos & aquariums, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Germanisches Nationalmuseum, head outdoors with Barockgarten-Hesperidengarten Nurnberg, examine the collection at Dokumentationszentrum Reichsparteitagsgelände, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Lorenz Church.

For more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Nuremberg trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Munich to Nuremberg in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In October, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can drive to Rothenburg.

Things to do in Nuremberg

Outdoors Historic Sites Museums
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Germanisches Nationalmuseum ©
Germanisches Nationalmuseum
Kaiserburg Nurnberg ©
Kaiserburg Nurnberg

4
nights
Rothenburg, Germany

Rothenburg ©
An old imperial city, Rothenburg is the main tourist stop on the scenic Romantic Road of Bavaria.
Rothenburg is known for historic sites, museums, nightlife, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: wander the streets of Vieille Ville, steep yourself in history at Gerlachschmiede, see the interesting displays at Medieval Crime Museum (Mittelalterliches Kriminalmuseum), and take an in-depth tour of Reichsstadtmuseum.

To find maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Rothenburg day trip planner .

You can drive from Nuremberg to Rothenburg in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in October, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Trier.

Things to do in Rothenburg

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

St. Georgs Brunnen
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Town Walls ©
Town Walls
Altstadt ©
Altstadt
Stadt Rothenburg ob der Tauber ©
Stadt Rothenburg ob der Tauber

4
nights
Trier, Germany

Trier ©
Trier may be the oldest city in Germany, founded long before the Roman times.
Trier is known for historic sites, shopping, museums, wineries, and childrens museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Rhineland Museum (Rheinisches Landesmuseum), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Liebfrauenkirche, delve into the distant past at Porta Nigra, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rokokokirche St. Irminen.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Trier trip itinerary planning site .

Drive from Rothenburg to Trier in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or do a combination of train and shuttle. October in Trier sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 7°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Cologne.

Things to do in Trier

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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St. Peter's Cathedral (Dom) ©
St. Peter's Cathedral (Dom)
St. Martin ©
St. Martin

1
night
Cologne, Germany

Cologne ©
Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Thu): don't miss a visit to Hohenzollern Bridge, admire the landmark architecture of Kolner Dom, then admire the masterpieces at Museum Ludwig, and finally test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Cologne trip planner.

Traveling by car from Trier to Cologne takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to travel to Dresden.

Things to do in Cologne

Historic Sites Museums Fun & Games
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Cologne Cathedral ©
Cologne Cathedral
Museum Ludwig ©
Museum Ludwig
Room Escape Games

4
nights
Dresden, Germany

Dresden ©
Dresden boasts a long history as a royal residence of many Saxon kings.
Dresden is known for historic sites, museums, nightlife, fun & games, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Zwinger, partake in some friendly competition at Stadtspiel (Ver-) Fuehrung, examine the collection at Neues Grünes Gewölbe, and admire the masterpieces at Gemaldegalerie Alte Meister.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Dresden trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Cologne to Dresden in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in October, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Berlin.

Things to do in Dresden

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games
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The Dresden Zwinger ©
The Dresden Zwinger
Albertinum ©
Albertinum
Frauenkirche ©
Frauenkirche

5
nights
Berlin, Germany

Berlin ©
The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Berlin is known for museums, historic sites, nightlife, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get a sense of history and politics at Reichstag Building, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Zoo Berlin, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and examine the collection at Topographie des Terrors.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Berlin journey planner.

Getting from Dresden to Berlin by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Hamburg.

Things to do in Berlin

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Reichstag Building ©
Reichstag Building
Brandenburg Gate ©
Brandenburg Gate

3
nights
Hamburg, Germany

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.
Hamburg is known for museums, historic sites, nature, nightlife, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Miniatur Wunderland, take in nature's colorful creations at Planten un Blomen, appreciate the extensive heritage of Alter Elbtunnel, and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Hamburg road trip planning site .

Traveling by train from Berlin to Hamburg takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Hamburg are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hamburg

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums
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Planten un Blomen ©
Planten un Blomen
Miniatur Wunderland ©
Miniatur Wunderland
Tierpark Hagenbeck ©
Tierpark Hagenbeck

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