8 days in Germany Itinerary

8 days in Germany Itinerary

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Start: Hamburg
Train:  1 h
1
Bremen
— 1 day
Tram + Fly:  2 h 30 min
2
Frankfurt
— 1 night
Train:  1 h 15 min
3
Cologne
— 1 night
Fly:  2 h 45 min
4
Leipzig
— 1 night
Train:  1 h
5
Dresden
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
6
Nuremberg
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h
End: Hamburg

1
day
Bremen

Bremen ©
A rather long and narrow city spread along both sides of the Weser River, Bremen has more than a thousand years of history.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): walk around Burgerpark, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter's Cathedral (St. Petri Dom), don't miss a visit to Marktplatz, then ponder the world of politics at Bremer Rathaus, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Historische Altstadt.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Bremen tour planning website.

Hamburg to Bremen is an approximately 1- hour train ride. You can also drive; or take a bus. July in Bremen sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Frankfurt.

Things to do in Bremen

Historic Sites Parks
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Historische Altstadt ©
Historische Altstadt
St. Peter's Cathedral (St. Petri Dom) ©
St. Peter's Cathedral (St. Petri Dom)
Marktplatz ©
Marktplatz

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Frankfurt

Frankfurt ©
A global center of finance and transportation, Frankfurt is perhaps best known for its futuristic cityscape.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): steep yourself in history at Goethe House, learn more about the world around you at Senckenberg Natural History Museum (Naturmuseum Senckenberg), and then meet the residents at Zoo Frankfurt.

To see maps and other tourist information, you can read our Frankfurt driving holiday planner.

Traveling by combination of tram and flight from Bremen to Frankfurt takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. July in Frankfurt sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 18°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can catch the train to Cologne.

Things to do in Frankfurt

Zoos & Aquariums Museums Parks
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Zoo Frankfurt ©
Zoo Frankfurt
Goethe House ©
Goethe House

1
night
Cologne

Cologne ©
Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): explore the world behind art at Museum Ludwig, make a trip to Cologne Cathedral, then take an in-depth tour of Roman-German Museum (Romisch-Germanisches Museum), and finally take in the views from Hohenzollern Bridge.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Cologne online trip builder.

Getting from Frankfurt to Cologne by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in July, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Leipzig.

Things to do in Cologne

Museums Historic Sites
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Museum Ludwig ©
Museum Ludwig
Cologne Cathedral ©
Cologne Cathedral

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Leipzig

Leipzig ©
Leipzig is not only world-famous for its long tradition of trade fairs, but also for its vibrant music and cultural scenes.
On the 25th (Wed), examine the collection at Bach Museum, make a trip to Market Square (Markt), then contemplate the long history of St. Nicholas Church (Nikolaikirche), then see the interesting displays at Zeitgeschichtliches Forum Leipzig, and finally take an in-depth tour of Museum in der Runden Ecke.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Leipzig tour site.

You can fly from Cologne to Leipzig in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In July, daily temperatures in Leipzig can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Dresden.

Things to do in Leipzig

Museums Historic Sites
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Bach Museum ©
Bach Museum
St. Nicholas Church (Nikolaikirche) ©
St. Nicholas Church (Nikolaikirche)
Zeitgeschichtliches Forum Leipzig ©
Zeitgeschichtliches Forum Leipzig

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nights
Dresden

Dresden ©
Dresden boasts a long history as a royal residence of many Saxon kings.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): step into the grandiose world of Koenigstein Fortress, then step into the grandiose world of Schloss & Park Pillnitz, then get engrossed in the history at Royal Palace (Residenzschloss), and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Frauenkirche Dresden. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Transport Museum Dresden, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of the Holy Cross, then get to know the fascinating history of Kunsthofpassage, and finally admire the masterpieces at The Dresden Zwinger.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Dresden trip planner.

Take a train from Leipzig to Dresden in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Dresden can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can drive to Nuremberg.

Things to do in Dresden

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Koenigstein Fortress
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Royal Palace (Residenzschloss) ©
Royal Palace (Residenzschloss)
Frauenkirche Dresden ©
Frauenkirche Dresden
The Dresden Zwinger ©
The Dresden Zwinger

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nights
Nuremberg

Nuremberg ©
Nuremberg's historic town center stands in the shadow of a towering imperial castle that dominates its northwestern corner.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Sebaldus Church, contemplate the long history of Albrecht Durer's House, steep yourself in history at Nuremberg Palace of Justice, contemplate the long history of Altes Rathaus, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Bamberg Cathedral, and finally steep yourself in history at Bamberg Altstadt. Here are some ideas for day two: step into the grandiose world of Kaiserburg Nurnberg, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Frauenkirche, then steep yourself in history at Reichsparteigelande (Nazi Party Rally Grounds), and finally learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Tiergarten Nuernberg.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Nuremberg tour planner.

Traveling by car from Dresden to Nuremberg takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July in Nuremberg, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nuremberg

Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums Parks

Side Trip

Bamberg
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Bamberg Cathedral ©
Bamberg Cathedral
Bamberg Altstadt ©
Bamberg Altstadt
Altes Rathaus ©
Altes Rathaus

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