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  1. Rishad Ali
    November 14, 2019 @ 9:46 am

    Dear Mr Ali Garland
    hope you are in good health.
    we are planning to travel from amsterdam to dusseldorf on Dec 1st via train.
    and then to hire car from cologne or dusseldorf to Munich.
    we have 3 days only, dec 1 2nd and 3rd night travel back from munich to dubai.
    can you please let us know the places to visit in between dusseldorf to munich.
    Thank you so much

    • Ali Garland
      November 14, 2019 @ 10:20 am

      Hi Rishad! If you’re trying to decide between Dusseldorf and Cologne, I’d definitely recommend Cologne. And then driving from Cologne to Munich looks like 6-7 hours IF there are no traffic issues, so that’s most of your day. (Also remember that the days are really short right now, so you’ll get about 8.5 hours of daylight at the beginning of December.) So I really don’t think you have time for anything else. I think you’re barely going to have time to experience Cologne (or Dusseldorf if you choose there) and Munich in 3 days, so I wouldn’t recommend trying to add in anything else. If you really want a stop along the way, maybe try to plan on lunch in a small town like Rothenburg of der Tauber. It’s really cute, very well known, but also not a huge place so you won’t need much time there, and it’s in northern Bavaria pretty much on the way to Munich.

  2. Jennifer
    November 11, 2019 @ 3:31 pm

    Hello! My husband, 13 year old son and I will be flying from California on July 27th and picking up my son in Frankfurt on July 3rd (and all going to Greece from there). That gives us 4 full days in Germany. Where do you recommend we fly in to? I was thinking Munich and then taking a train to Frankfurt? We would like to mix city life with some beautiful outdoorsy time. We are open to an

    • Ali Garland
      November 12, 2019 @ 9:49 am

      Hi Jennifer! I see you’ve also left a comment on the Black Forest itinerary, so I’m going to answer you over there.

  3. Denzel Nikstoen
    November 5, 2019 @ 7:41 am

    Hi, wonderful information!! I’m looking to be in Germany in June 2020, so far only for about a week with 4 nights in Berlin, followed by 4 nights in Munich – though we are considering adding an extra 2 days to see a little bit more before heading down to Verona in Italy. Is there anywhere you could recommend within this travel path that would be a worthy stop within Germany? Also, I know it’s not covered in this blog, but do you think 2 days in Prague is enough time as a stop between Berlin and Munich if we were to plan for that?

    Additionally, could you recommend a neighbourhood to stay in Berlin? I’ve heard there’s no ‘city centre’ and that it can be considered a kind of sprawled-out city, so not sure where to look into staying. Cheers!

    • Ali Garland
      November 5, 2019 @ 11:34 am

      Thanks! I think 4 days in Berlin and 4 days in Munich sounds like a great plan, and if you decide to go to Prague, I think 2 days is manageable. I have a 3 day Prague itinerary here, but I think you could easily condense that into 2 days.

      If you’re looking for other cities to see in between Berlin and Germany, there are plenty! Leipzig and Dresden are both a little south of Berlin, and I think they’re both great. A day is probably enough for either one. Or if you want to explore someplace else in Bavaria, closer to Munich, Nuremberg is definitely worthwhile.

      You’re right that Berlin doesn’t have a true city center the way lots of other cities do in Europe. Alexanderplatz is probably the closest to a center as the city has, so you might want to aim for staying within 15 minutes (by public transport) of that. Just don’t stay too close to Alexanderplatz itself because it’s a super touristy area and there isn’t great food. Lots of attractions in that area, so it’s worth spending some time there, but I wouldn’t want to eat there. That neighborhood is called Mitte, and as long as you go out a stop or two on the Ubahn from Alexanderplatz, you’ll find good stuff. The neighborhoods of Prenzlauer Berg, Friedrichshain, and Kreuzberg are all centrally located and interesting and have good food, and you’ll still be a reasonable distance from the sights. It also depends on what you want to do. If you want to see lots of museums and Checkpoint Charlie (overrated honestly) and Brandenburg Gate and a few other things like that, the more traditional tourist attractions, staying in Mitte is probably most efficient. But if you’re more interested in relaxing and going to cafes and seeing the more hipster/alternative parts of the city, consider staying in one of the other neighborhoods I listed.

      There are tons of worthwhile sights in the city, but I highly recommend going to the Bernauer Strasse Wall Memorial. Berlin has tons of attractions, but for Cold War history, that’s my favorite.

      Here’s the public transport site: Public transport is really easy to use in Berlin. It’s honor system, which means you have to buy a ticket and validated it, but you might never get checked. But if you do get checked and you don’t have a ticket, the fine is something like 60 euros, and claiming ignorance for being a tourist will not work. Anyway, I recommend mapping out a few routes with that site to see how far things are from where you’re thinking of staying. Also look for the VBB app for your phone. In Munich, the transport app you want is MVV.

      I hope this helps!

  4. Amy
    October 18, 2019 @ 4:33 am

    Hi! My boyfriend and I are planning a trip to Germany between 12/22 to 12/30, then heading to Paris for New Years, and back to Germany 1/2-1/6. I am sooo overwhelmed how to plan for this trip. We are flying in and out of Munich. Originally we are thinking starting out in Munich for 2 days, then Berlin for 3 days, Hamburg for 3 days, Paris for 4 days, and then back to Munich for 3 days.

    We like to visit the castles, maybe go skiing at Zugspitz, and hike Partnacklamm (is it worth it?). I am also interested in Black Forest. What is the best way to enjoy all these places without feeling wasting too much time on the road?

    • Ali Garland
      October 18, 2019 @ 11:30 am

      Hi Amy! It does sound like just a little bit too much moving around. Especially since there will be more things closed during that time of year. Definitely do some research on specific attractions you want to see in the cities and find out their opening schedule for the holidays. Often things in Germany will be closed December 24, 25, 26, even a lot of restaurants. But if you’re in Berlin during Christmas (sounds like you might be) I’d recommend the Christmas market in front of this palace on December 25. It’s one of the few Christmas markets open on the 25th, and it’s really pretty and there are plenty of options for things to eat. Also, have you booked a hotel for Paris yet? NYE is a very popular time to travel in most cities, so you might want to check that out and make sure you can still get a room if you haven’t already.

      I’ve never been to Zugspitz or Partnachklamm so I can’t really advise you on that. If you like skiing, I have heard it’s a great area. Check out this blog post for some info. I think the big question is, do you want to do down there for a day trip and just ski/hike for a day and then go back to Munich? Or do you want to spend a night or two in that area?

      The other big thing to take into account is travel time. Here’s the Deutsche Bahn website in English so you can see how long it takes to get from one city to another. When comparing train time to flight time, always remember you’ll need several hours more than the actual time of the flight. Hamburg to Paris is 8-9 hours by train, so that would be worth flying. Munich to Berlin is 4 1/2 hours by train, so that’s probably what I’d choose. Even though the flight time is about 1 hour 20 minutes, you’ll have to account for time to get to the airport (45 minutes or so), get there an hour ahead of your flight, and then it takes about 45 minutes to get into the city after your flight, so you’re still talking about the same amount of time. And the Black Forest is farther away than you might think, it’s not day trip distance from Munich.

      Honestly, as much as I love Hamburg, that might need to get cut to give yourselves a little more breathing room. You could spend your first few days in Munich, maybe a day trip to Neuschwanstein Castle if that interests you. Then go to Berlin for a few days, maybe 4 days even because it’s a bigger city than Munich. Then fly to Paris, 4 days there is probably good. Then back to Munich, plus go skiing. If you like fast-paced travel, you could probably still squeeze in Hamburg after Berlin (Berlin to Hamburg is only about 2 hours by train) and then fly from there to Paris, and you could probably get away with just 2 days in Hamburg if that helps. (If you do go to Hamburg, check out Miniatur Wunderland, and allow for a few hours, it’s fantastic!) But I definitely wouldn’t try to get to the Black Forest on this trip. The closest city to Munich that’s in the Black Forest is Baden-Baden, and it’s 3 1/2 hours away by train, and then you’re still not really IN the forest.

      Really sketch things out so you can see what kind of time you’re dealing with. From A to B takes X hours, so how much time does that leave you in the city? In general, I assume I lose at least half a day when moving from one city to another, maybe a little less for something like Berlin to Hamburg since they’re not so far from each other. And definitely look at the opening schedules for sights you want to see during that time since they might have limited hours/days during the holidays. Sorry this was really wordy, but I hope it helps!

      • Amy Chan
        October 18, 2019 @ 8:46 pm

        This is great! Exactly what I am looking for.

        Do you recommend getting the Munich Card and the Munich City Pass Card?

        • Ali Garland
          October 21, 2019 @ 10:56 am

          I think it really depends on what you want to do while you’re there. It looks like one gets you free entrance into a bunch of places, and the other gets you discounts to those places, so you don’t need both. But look at the list of places you can get into for free/discounted and decide if you’re actually interested in going to a lot of them. They’re mostly museums and art galleries. Also, take a look at my Munich itinerary for some ideas on what to do while you’re there. Both the Munich card and the city pass also include public transport, which is nice, but affordable on its own if you aren’t interested in going to tons of museums. The ticket machines at the Ubahn/Sbahn stations will switch to English, so it’s easy to figure out, and if you’re staying in the center of the city, most of the sights are within walking distance anyway.

  5. Archana Nair
    September 15, 2019 @ 7:25 pm

    Hi,weplan to travel October 25th till Nov 5th 2019 to Germany from India . We would be getting in and out of Germany from Frankfurt and would like to cover black forest,Berlin,Munich,Heidlebergh and Sttutgarh and if possible the romantic road .
    Few questions –
    1. Best route map to travel through to cover all locations
    2. Is the time when we plan to travel too cold in Germany ? What temperatures can we expect ?

    Thanx ,

    • Ali Garland
      September 16, 2019 @ 2:24 pm

      Hi Archana! That’s a lot of ground to cover in just 11-12 days! If you have to cut something, I’d cut Stuttgart, unless you have a really specific reason why you want to go there. It’s just not a very exciting city. And you probably don’t really need to spend time in Frankfurt other than flying in and out. It’s not a bad city, but the rest of your list is more enjoyable.

      I think part of what will determine your route is whether you’re renting a car and driving or taking the trains. If you’re taking trains, check out the Deutsche Bahn site (in English) and play around with the order to see what works best for you. Either way, you will probably have some backtracking just based on the geography, but that shouldn’t be a big deal.

      The Romantic Road is a series of towns, so you should decide how many of the towns you want to see and how much time you want to spend in that region. I’ve only been to two of the towns and I’ve never done a proper Romantic Road trip, so I suggest looking at this site for some great info about the towns, distances, and much more.

      The Black Forest is a pretty big region as well, so you need to decide on a town or city. I like Freiburg because I lived there for several years, it’s a really cute small city with enough of shops and restaurants to keep you going but also has easy access to the forest itself and some little towns in the forest, but Baden Baden (a spa town) could be good too, and it’s a little closer to Heidelberg, plus there are other choices if you want a smaller town. Check out my Black Forest itinerary for some info on options.

      I plugged the cities into Google Maps, including a few random Romantic Road towns (Rothenburg is worth seeing, and Fussen is where Neuschwanstein Castle is, the rest I chose at random) so you can see what a route could look like. Feel free to swap out Freiburg for Baden Baden or someplace else, or change the order, but I think this is a good starting point at least:

      As for the weather, that’s a definite in between period in Germany. It won’t be hot, but it won’t be as cold as January would be. Late October/early November is still fall weather, but if you live in a hot region of India, it might feel rather cold to you. Bring jackets and clothes you can layer in case it gets colder. I’d suggest looking up the weather for the cities you’re going to a few days before your trip to see what the forecast shows to make it a little easier to pack.

      I hope this helps, and have a great trip!

  6. Kamini
    May 28, 2019 @ 10:19 pm

    Thanks so much for your detailed article!
    What would you recommend for a 4-5 days trip to Frankfurt? We will be there from 4th – 9th of July. Traveling with a 8 yr old kid.

    • Ali Garland
      May 31, 2019 @ 10:34 am

      Hi Kamini! You could probably spend a day or so exploring Frankfurt, but it’s mostly a modern city, not quite as charming as some other parts of the country. I’d recommend using it as a base for some day trips, like Heidelberg, the Black Forest, the Rhine Valley, Cologne.

  7. Alice
    January 14, 2019 @ 5:17 pm

    Hi I’m plan to explore Germany from Berlin as my starting point.

    Places I like to explore in German is Black Forest, Neuschwanstein castle, Munich, Cologne, Frankfurt and Heidelberg.

    Need advice from you how to arrange the trip. I have 2 weeks to explore the country.

    • Ali Garland
      January 15, 2019 @ 11:47 am

      Hi Alice! Two weeks sounds like a good amount of time to explore Germany! If you haven’t already booked your flights, I’d recommend flying into Berlin and then out of either Frankfurt or Munich so you don’t have to backtrack. So one route you could do is Berlin – Cologne – Frankfurt and Heidelberg – Black Forest – Munich and Neuschwanstein Castle. I’d suggest at least 3 days for Berlin and 3 days for Munich, and then spread out the other days to the other destinations. Frankfurt isn’t too exciting, but it’s not a bad city, I just wouldn’t plan a lot of time there. And Heidelberg is really pretty but small enough to not need more than a day or two. The Black Forest is a large area, so you’ll want to choose a town or two to see. We actually have a full Black Forest itinerary here that might help you decide what part you want to see. Neuschwanstein can be done as a day trip from Munich, either on your own if you want or with an organized tour. Check out our Munich itinerary here for tips on what to do in the city and how to do the day trip to the castle. This itinerary is for a full week, but you can easily narrow it down to a few days by cutting out a few things that don’t interest you as much. As for getting around, check out Omio to see times and prices for trains, buses, and even flights. I don’t think it’s worth flying such a short distance though. I hope this helps!

      • Sarah
        July 31, 2019 @ 5:39 am

        Hi Ali,

        This information is wonderful, thank you so much!

        My husband and I will be travelling to Germany in October this year

        We land in Frankfurt on the 29th September and want to head straight to Rothenburg ob der Tauber for two nights . We then will be going to Munich for Oktoberfest until the 4th October.

        After that we do not have anything planned (we fly out of Frankfurt on the 13th October) and were thinking of Stuttgart/Reutlingen (as that is where my husbands family was from), Rhine and Cologne.

        What else do you suggest we do? What would be the best transport to use and do you think we should book accommodation ahead of time, or book the accomodation as we go? (except Munich)

        Thank you!

        • Ali Garland
          August 2, 2019 @ 12:59 pm

          Hi Sarah! Sounds like a great trip! At that time of year, you’d probably be fine to book accommodation as you go, with the exception of Munich for Oktoberfest. I hope you’ve already booked that because things book up months or even a year in advance for Oktoberfest. But everywhere else should be fine, plus it gives you some flexibility if you don’t book ahead everywhere. Maybe try to book the next place a day or two before you get there.

          There are tons of places you could go, just depends on what you’re interested in. The Black Forest is really pretty. Freiburg is a nice small city to visit for a few days and you can use it as a base to explore the Black Forest. We have a Black Forest itinerary here for some ideas. A little farther north from the Black Forest is the Rhine River Valley where you can see lots of German castles. There are boat tours you can do, including day tours if you want to spend a day on the river and hopping off occasionally to check out a castle. It’s also a great wine region, if that interests you. Here’s our Rhine Valley itinerary to give you some ideas for that region. If you want more cities, Hamburg and Berlin are both fantastic and very different from each other and very different from Munich. Hamburg is a port city, so it has a different feel to it, and there’s a lot of maritime history there, as well as some Beattles history. Berlin has the interesting WWII and Cold War history, plus a very diverse food scene since it’s such an international city. If you’re looking for somewhat smaller cities, check out Nuremberg and Bamberg, not far from Munich, or Dresden and Leipzig, just a few hours south of Berlin.

          We have a whole post about transportation in Germany here, that’ll explain different train ticket types and info about regional passes that might help. But in short, the train system is really great and easy to use, and I highly recommend it. In some cases, it might be worth taking FlixBus instead since they’re cheaper, but I don’t think the bus is as comfortable as the train for longer distances, so you just have to compare the cost with the time and go with what you feel comfortable with.

  8. Rose
    January 5, 2019 @ 9:05 pm

    Hi love reading up on Germany I lived near Frankfurt many years ago however would like to go for one week in June with my two kids are 11 and 14 was going to fly into Munich. What itinerary would you recommend?

    • Ali Garland
      January 6, 2019 @ 11:54 am

      Hi Rose! We have a full Munich itinerary post over here, and if you want some side trips to add into that, I’d recommend Rothenburg, Salzburg, or Nuremberg. I’ve mentioned Neuschwanstein Castle in the Munich post, and that’s probably worth checking out with the kids. I think a week would be great for exploring Munich plus a few day trips! Also, check out our post about food in Munich. I’m sure you’re familiar with German food, but it’s very regional! I hope those posts help get you started!

  9. Roberta Struski
    September 17, 2018 @ 2:09 am

    I’m looking for some guidance in planning a first time trip to Germany.
    There are 4 of us- family trip- all adults.
    Not sure of time of year yet.
    Wanted your opinion on seeing the following cities/ towns . Where to fly in and out of.
    How many days in each place- don’t want to rush each place. Trains or I found this site online- Bavarian Chauffeur Toot tours- Driver
    Might be 12-14 days.
    Koblenz- 1 day river cruise
    Thank- you

    • Roberta Struski
      September 18, 2018 @ 8:53 pm

      Ok Thank-you.

      • Roberta
        September 26, 2018 @ 1:34 am

        Haven’t heard back- is there anything I need to add?

        • Ali Garland
          October 2, 2018 @ 5:06 am

          Sorry for the delay, I’ve been traveling through national parks with almost no internet!

    • Ali Garland
      October 2, 2018 @ 5:04 am

      Hi Roberta! I think 12-14 days total is a great amount of time to explore the cities you’ve listed. Berlin and Munich are both big cities with a lot to offer, so I’d give them each about 3 days. One day each for Heidelberg and Rothenburg should be fine. Same with the one day river cruise in Koblenz, although if you really wanted to see a lot of that area, you certainly could add more time. I have a full Rhine Valley itinerary here if you’re looking for ideas. I’d also suggest considering a day trip from Munich to Dachau concentration camp since that’s an important part of German history. There are organized tours, usually half day length, which means less hassle for you with logistics, and it’s great to have a guide tell you about the place. I’d do this in addition to the 3 days in Munich. And then just remember that it’ll take you some time to get from one city to the next, so even though I’m only adding up to about 9-10 days, you’ll lose some time on transport days. Check out, the German rail site, for trains around the country. You can switch the site to English. I hope this helps!

  10. SB
    August 7, 2018 @ 6:40 am


    your blog is great and super helpful. I am planning to trip to Germany in October and have about 12 days. I was thinking of the following places I want to try to see and wanted to get you opinion . Please let me know if it will work better if I move things around?

    fly to Munich… then

    Munich – 4 days
    – dacahu – day trip
    – Fussen – day trip
    Transport – drive or train ?

    rhine valley/ baden baden/ heidelburg -3
    Transport drive or train?
    Nurenburg – 2 days

    Tranport – fly or train to Berlin
    Berlin – 3 days

    fly back home from berlin

    I was wondering this makes sense or if you would add or delete something? your help is greatly appreciated

    • Ali Garland
      August 13, 2018 @ 6:30 pm

      Hi! For the most part, I think this sounds pretty good. Make sure your Munich dates don’t conflict with Oktoberfest (Sep 22, 2018 – Oct 7, 2018) unless you want to be there during that time AND you’re willing to pay a ton more for a hotel, if there’s even anything left at this point. But hopefully you’re going after it’s over. I’d recommend taking the train for day trips because it’s just so easy to get around without renting a car. For Fussen (I assume you’re planning on going to Neuschwanstein) you can either go on your own or take a tour if you don’t want to deal with the hassle. I have some info in my Munich itinerary on how to get there on your own if you’re not interested in a tour, check that out here. Just remember that no matter what, the only way you can go into the castle is with one of their tours, and it’s worth booking ahead in case there are lines.

      For the Rhine Valley/Baden Baden/ Heidelberg part, I think that might be too much for 3 days considering the time you’d lose in transport. Whether you drive or take the train (again, I almost always vote for train) it looks like it’s about 2 hours from Heidelberg to Koblenz in the Rhine Valley. If you’re an early morning person and you’re ok with a go go go kind of trip, maybe you could handle changing cities every day, but I always find that speed exhausting. Transport days always suck up more time than it looks like on paper. If this was my trip, I’d cut one of these, probably Baden Baden, and spend one day in Heidelberg and 2 days in the Rhine Valley (Koblenz is a good base to see some of the castles in the area). I have a Rhine Valley itinerary here, and a Black Forest itinerary here to give you some ideas. And since the closest airport to any of these cities is Frankfurt, it’s much easier to take the train to Nuremberg.

      From Nuremberg to Berlin, the train is about 3 1/2 hours, so that would be my vote. The flight is about 1 hour 15 minutes, but remember you have to be there about an hour before the flight, plus the time it takes to get to the airport and out again once you land, and the train stations are more centrally located than the airports, so you’ll end up taking at least the same amount of time, if not more, if you fly instead of taking the train. And I think the train is more relaxing and has nicer scenery.

      To check out train times and schedules, here’s the Deutsche Bahn site in English. On IC and ICE trains, it’s sometimes worth reserving a seat for a few extra euros, especially if it’s a weekend or Monday morning.

      I hope this helps, and have a great trip!

  11. Sarah Thomas
    July 25, 2018 @ 6:06 am

    Your website is great and very helpful! We’re looking to plan a trip during Oktoberfest for 10 days flying into Frankfurt for 2 days, heading to rothenberg for 1 day, Munich for 3 days, 1 day for Neuschwanstein, 2 days in the Black Forest region, and back to Frankfurt for 1 day. We’ll be traveling with a 5yr old and 2yr old. Do you think this is too ambitious and would you have recommendations for any particular activities that are enjoyable for kids in these destinations? Thank you!

    • Ali Garland
      August 1, 2018 @ 10:38 am

      Hi Sarah! Before you plan too much, make sure you look at hotel availability for Munich during the time you’re thinking of. Things book up well in advance for Oktoberfest, sometimes a year in advance. Frankfurt isn’t too exciting, so I’d suggest going to Heidelberg, but don’t let me stop you if you had something specific in mind for Frankfurt. I don’t have kids, so I don’t know what it’s like to travel with them, but if you’ve traveled with them before, you’ll probably be ok. Keep in mind that jet lag might be more difficult for them since they don’t know how to deal with it…or maybe they nap enough that they’ll actually recover quicker than you will! I don’t think Oktoberfest is very kid friendly with all the crowds and rowdy drunk people, so keep that in mind. I think it would also be good to make sure you understand how long it takes to get from one city to the next (whether you’re going by train or renting a car) so you’ll have a better idea of how much time you’ll actually have in each place. Some places, like Rothenberg and Neuschwanstein, might be easier to do as a tour from Munich. You can certainly do them on your own, but I wonder if the logistics of it all might be easier considering you’re traveling with small kids. For the Black Forest, check out Freiburg or Baden Baden if you want something that feels bigger than a village. I used to live in Freiburg, and it’s a lovely town. Baden Baden is a spa town. I have more about the Black Forest here. Again, I don’t have kids so I’m probably not the best person for recommendations for things to do with kids, but there’s always something since many people have kids. Try looking at the tourism board websites for the cities you’re going to.

  12. Manjunath Kamasani
    June 1, 2018 @ 7:13 pm

    Hi , will be reaching Frankfurt in the month of august. whats the best itinerary for 3 days in germany? will be leaving for salzburg after 3 days.

    • Ali Garland
      June 2, 2018 @ 5:59 pm

      Wow, 3 days isn’t a lot! Are you flying to Salzburg? And where from? If you’re flying out of Frankfurt to Salzburg, I’d suggest some day trips from Frankfurt, like Heidelberg, Rothenburg, Black Forest, etc. You can find a bunch of suggestions here. If you’re taking the train to Salzburg, consider going to Munich for a few days and then taking the train from there to Salzburg. You can spend a few days in Munich quite easily. Or you can take a day trip to Rothenburg or Neuschwanstein Castle or Nuremburg from there.

  13. Sapna
    May 15, 2018 @ 6:08 pm

    Hi Mathew! Thank you for the very detailed write up which is very helpful for a first timer like me. However there is no mention of the automobile factories in Germany. It would be great if you can provide some insight on how it can be covered during this trip

    • Ali Garland
      May 21, 2018 @ 4:50 pm

      Hi Sapna! I should definitely update the itinerary to include some of that info! If you’re going to Munich, I have a more detailed Munich itinerary here. There’s a brief mention of the BMW museum there, but not a ton of detail. The museum’s site is here, and if you click on “directions and parking” you’ll see how to get there. This article has info on 11 different places to visit in Germany if you love cars, including the Mercedes and Porsche museums in Stuttgart. I hope that helps get you started!

  14. Jane
    May 13, 2018 @ 10:12 pm

    We have two weeks. Thinking of flying into Frankfurt. We’d like to see Heidelberg, Black Forest, Mürren, Switzerland, Munich, Rothenberg and Salzburg. Too much? What order would you suggest?

    • Ali Garland
      May 21, 2018 @ 4:17 pm

      Hi Jane! As long as you’re ok with a fast-paced trip, I think this is doable. If you’re planning on using trains, check schedules and amount of time between destinations on the Deutsche Bahn site here in English. (When you’re looking for Rothenburg, you want Rothenburg ob der Tauber.) You won’t be able to buy tickets for most routes that don’t include Germany, but at least you can use it to plan and know how much time you’ll spend on trains each day. Consider doing Salzburg and even Rothenburg as day trips from Munich, that way you won’t have to move around quite so much. This tour option sounds good for day trips to Salzburg and Rothenburg from Munich, gives you a discount for booking both together, but they’re on different days. Then you could fly into Frankfurt and out of Munich, and your order would be: land in Frankfurt and go to Heidelberg that day (they’re close, no real need to stay in Frankfurt), then go somewhere in the Black Forest (Check out my Black Forest itinerary here for some tips and info on a few towns in the area), then to Switzerland, then to Munich. I also have a Munich itinerary here so you can look through the different things to do in Munich. If you’re renting a car, you’ll have a little more flexibility, but make sure you read up on the different road rules in Europe, and make sure your rental car can be taken from Germany into Switzerland and Austria, because Switzerland requires some kind of sticker/permit, and I think Austria has something similar. I haven’t done it myself, so I don’t know exactly how it works, but it’s worth looking into. I hope this helps, and I hope you have a great trip!

  15. Avi Slutsky
    December 13, 2017 @ 8:31 pm

    Hello this is a great post.
    I have a 1 wek and a half .
    I like night life .beaches. huge foodie. Walks. Sceanery whats the best itenerary coming from brussels

    • Ali Garland
      December 16, 2017 @ 10:46 am

      Hi Avi! Germany doesn’t have tons of beaches, though if that’s really important to you, check out the north coast. Just don’t expect it to be super warm like Spain or Italy would be in the summer. If you like night life and food, I’d recommend spending a lot of time in bigger cities, like Berlin, Munich, and Hamburg. In Berlin, you’ll find tons of bars and clubs, plus the most international food in the country. In Munich and Hamburg, you’ll also find lots of clubs and bars, and you can try lots of local German food from those two regions. All of these cities are close enough to nature that you can get to quieter settings for hiking, if that’s what you mean by scenery and walks. Or you can take day trips to smaller nearby towns.

  16. Matthew Cheyne
    July 6, 2014 @ 5:29 am

    Thank you for this itinerary. It’s quite comprehensive and a great starting place for all of us 🙂

    I’m so glad that there is more to Germany than just stereotypical Bavaria. I was wondering, will you do a dedicated post on Berlin? It’s such a big part of Germany and its history. I could easily spend a lot of time there exploring. If you do such a post, be sure it include the Alternative Berlin Walking Tour. I’ve read posts on it before and I think it’s awesome.

    • Ali Garland
      July 7, 2014 @ 12:05 pm

      Thanks Matthew! Yes, I’ve actually already written the post about Berlin, and I’ll have a few others about different parts of the country. I didn’t even think about the alternative walking tour, mostly because we didn’t do that one when we were in Berlin. But maybe I’ll go back and see if I can round up a few walking tours that look good for Berlin. There were a few times we were thinking about doing some kind of walking tour, but we were there in late fall/winter, and it always seemed to rain when we thought about going.

  17. Brian
    July 2, 2014 @ 3:12 pm

    Great summary/itinerary! I also love your photo if Munich’s Marienplatz.


    • Ali Garland
      July 2, 2014 @ 5:41 pm

      Thanks Brian!