42 days in Germany Itinerary

42 days in Germany Itinerary

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42 days in Germany Itinerary

Start: Rio de Janeiro
Fly:  9 h 30 min
1
Berlin
— 6 nights
Train:  1 h 15 min
2
Leipzig
— 5 nights
Train:  1 h
3
Dresden
— 6 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
4
Munich
— 6 nights
Train:  3 h 15 min
5
Frankfurt
— 6 nights
Train:  1 h 15 min
6
Cologne
— 6 nights
Drive:  5 h 30 min
7
Rostock
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  19 h 30 min
End: Rio de Janeiro

6
nights
Berlin

Berlin ©
The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
You'll explore and learn at Pergamonmuseum and Topography of Terror. Popular historic sites such as East Side Gallery and Charlottenburg Palace are in your itinerary. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Memorial of the Berlin Wall, appreciate the history behind Brandenburg Gate, get a sense of history and politics at Reichstag Building, and admire the masterpieces at Liebermann-Villa am Wannsee.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Berlin online day trip planner.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Berlin 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 4 hours traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Berlin. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Leipzig.

Things to do in Berlin

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Pergamonmuseum ©
Pergamonmuseum
Topography of Terror ©
Topography of Terror
Charlottenburg Palace ©
Charlottenburg Palace

5
nights
Leipzig

Leipzig ©
Leipzig is not only world-famous for its long tradition of trade fairs, but also for its vibrant music and cultural scenes.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Goethe National Museum and Altes Rathaus. Let the collections at Schillers Wohnhaus and Landesmuseum fuer Vorgeschichte capture your imagination. Change things up with these side-trips from Leipzig: Dessau (Bauhaus Dessau Foundation & Technikmuseum Hugo Junkers), Beatles Museum (in Halle (Saale)) and Gartenreich Dessau-Worlitz (in Worlitz). There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Schloss Belvedere, walk around Park an der Ilm, admire the masterpieces at Museum der Bildenden Kunste, and contemplate the long history of Schillerhaus.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Leipzig day trip planner.

You can take a train from Berlin to Leipzig in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. July in Leipzig sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Dresden.

Things to do in Leipzig

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Weimar, Dessau, Halle (Saale), Gartenreich Dessau-Worlitz
Highlights from your plan
Schillers Wohnhaus ©
Schillers Wohnhaus
Goethe National Museum ©
Goethe National Museum
Grassi Museum ©
Grassi Museum

6
nights
Dresden

Dresden ©
Dresden boasts a long history as a royal residence of many Saxon kings.
Popular historic sites such as The Dresden Zwinger and Canaletto Blick are in your itinerary. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Albertinum and Royal Cabinet of Mathematical and Physical Instruments. There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Frauenkirche Dresden, examine the collection at Museum fur Sachsische Volkskunst mit Puppentheatersammlung, get engrossed in the history at Royal Palace (Residenzschloss), and explore the historical opulence of Schloss & Park Pillnitz.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Dresden planner.

Getting from Leipzig to Dresden by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In July in Dresden, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can travel to Munich.

Things to do in Dresden

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
The Dresden Zwinger ©
The Dresden Zwinger
Albertinum ©
Albertinum
Frauenkirche Dresden ©
Frauenkirche Dresden

6
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Nymphenburg Palace and Asamkirche. Appreciate the collections at Munich Residenz and Alte Pinakothek. There's still lots to do: get curious at Deutsches Museum, don't miss a visit to Restaurant und Biergarten am Chinesischen Turm, explore the activities along English Garden, and stop by Haidhausen.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Munich day trip app.

Getting from Dresden to Munich by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In July in Munich, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Frankfurt.

Things to do in Munich

Museums Historic Sites Nature
Highlights from your plan
Nymphenburg Palace ©
Nymphenburg Palace
Munich Residenz ©
Munich Residenz
Alte Pinakothek ©
Alte Pinakothek

6
nights
Frankfurt

Frankfurt ©
A global center of finance and transportation, Frankfurt is perhaps best known for its futuristic cityscape.
You'll explore and learn at Fortress Marienberg and Museum fuer Franken. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Würzburg Residence and Schloss Heidelberg. Change things up with these side-trips from Frankfurt: Kurhaus (in Wiesbaden), Wurzburg (Hofkirche, Buergerspital zum Heiligen Geist - Weingut, &more) and Johannes Deppisch Weinhaus am Main Winery (in Marktheidenfeld). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Siegfried's Mechanisches Musikkabinett, learn about winemaking at Schloss Johannisberg, take a stroll through Altstadt (Old Town), and get great views at Main Tower.

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Traveling by train from Munich to Frankfurt takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can take a train to Cologne.

Things to do in Frankfurt

Wineries Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Wurzburg, Heidelberg, Eberbach Abbey, Kurhaus, Siegfried's Mechanisches Musikkabinett
Highlights from your plan
Weingut Juliusspital ©
Weingut Juliusspital
Würzburg Residence ©
Würzburg Residence
Fortress Marienberg ©
Fortress Marienberg

6
nights
Cologne

Cologne ©
Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Cologne Cathedral and Liebfrauenkirche. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Marksburg and Melaten-Friedhof. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cologne: Burg Lahneck (in Lahnstein), Essen (Abenteuer NRW, Villa Hugel, &more) and Dusseldorf-Oberkassel (in Dusseldorf). And it doesn't end there: get outside with Rent 4 Ring, stop by Haribo Fabrikverkauf, get your game on at Ringkartbahn, and take a stroll around Gasometer Oberhausen.

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Take a train from Frankfurt to Cologne in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 15°C. On the 13th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Rostock.

Things to do in Cologne

Fun & Games Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Essen, Nuerburg, Burg Lahneck, Liebfrauenkirche, Gasometer Oberhausen
Highlights from your plan
Abenteuer NRW ©
Abenteuer NRW
Cologne Cathedral ©
Cologne Cathedral
Marksburg ©
Marksburg

4
nights
Rostock

Rostock ©
Rostock was once one of the primary ports of the powerful Hanseatic League.
Schwerin Castle (Schweriner Schloss) and Sankt Marien Kirche are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get some historical perspective at St. Marienkirche and St. Nicholas' Church, Stralsund. Change things up with these side-trips from Rostock: Schwerin (Schwerin Cathedral & Staatliche Museum Schwerin), Stralsunder Rathaus (in Stralsund) and Travemunde (in Lubeck). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Ostseebad Warnemunde, enjoy the sea views from Warnemunde Lighthouse, look for all kinds of wild species at Vogelpark Marlow, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Warnemunde Church.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Rostock route maker app.

Traveling by car from Cologne to Rostock takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rostock

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Schwerin, Stralsund, Vogelpark Marlow, Travemunde
Highlights from your plan
Warnemunde Lighthouse ©
Warnemunde Lighthouse
Schwerin Castle (Schweriner Schloss) ©
Stralsunder Rathaus ©
Stralsunder Rathaus

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