9 days in Germany Itinerary

9 days in Germany Itinerary

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9 days in Germany Itinerary

Start: Berlin
1
Berlin
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h
2
Cologne
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 15 min
3
Frankfurt
— 2 nights
Train:  3 h 15 min
4
Munich
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
End: Berlin

2
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.
Berlin is known for museums, historic sites, and nightlife. 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, explore the world behind art at Pergamonmuseum, and appreciate the history behind Victory Column (Siegessaule).

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Berlin trip itinerary builder site.

If you are flying in from South Africa, the closest major aiports are Berlin-Tegel Airport and Berlin-Schönefeld Airport. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can travel to Cologne.

Things to do in Berlin

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Pergamonmuseum ©
Pergamonmuseum
Reichstag Building ©
Reichstag Building
Topography of Terror ©
Topography of Terror

2
nights
Cologne

Cologne ©
Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): snap pictures at Hohenzollern Bridge, then get in on the family fun at Phantasialand, and then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the landmark architecture of Cologne Cathedral, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Koelner Zoo, and then take in panoramic vistas at Rheinturm.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Cologne using our trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Berlin to Cologne takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In October, daily temperatures in Cologne can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Frankfurt.

Things to do in Cologne

Theme Parks Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Rheinturm, Phantasialand
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Phantasialand ©
Phantasialand
Cologne Cathedral ©
Cologne Cathedral
Room Escape Games

2
nights
Frankfurt

Frankfurt
A global center of finance and transportation, Frankfurt is perhaps best known for its futuristic cityscape.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): admire the masterpieces at Stadel Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephan's Church (Stephanskirche), then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mainz Cathedral, and finally admire the natural beauty at Palmengarten. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: go for a walk through Mainkai, then snap pictures at Iron Bridge, and then admire the landmark architecture of Romer.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Frankfurt trip planner.

Traveling by train from Cologne to Frankfurt takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. October in Frankfurt sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Munich.

Things to do in Frankfurt

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Mainz
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Stadel Museum
Stadel Museum
Romer ©
Romer
St. Stephan's Church (Stephanskirche) ©

2
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.
On the 8th (Sat), contemplate the waterfront views at English Garden and then steep yourself in history at Nymphenburg Palace. On the 9th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Marienplatz, examine the collection at Munich Residenz, and then explore the world behind art at Alte Pinakothek.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Munich holiday maker tool.

You can take a train from Frankfurt to Munich in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Frankfurt in October since evenings lows in Munich dip to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Munich

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Alte Pinakothek ©
Alte Pinakothek
Marienplatz ©
Marienplatz
Nymphenburg Palace ©
Nymphenburg Palace

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