16 days in Germany & Austria Itinerary

16 days in Germany & Austria Itinerary

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Start: Hong Kong, China
Fly:  19 h
1
Munich, Germany
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
2
Salzburg, Austria
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
3
Innsbruck, Austria
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Hohenschwangau, Germany
— 1 day
Drive:  2 h
5
Munich, Germany
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
6
Frankfurt, Germany
— Few hours
Train:  1 h 30 min
7
Cologne, Germany
— 1 night
Train:  1 h 30 min
8
Dortmund, Germany
— 1 night
Train:  2 h
9
Bremen, Germany
— Few hours
Train:  1 h 30 min
10
Hamburg, Germany
— Few hours
Train:  2 h
11
Berlin, Germany
— 2 nights
Fly:  33 h 30 min
End: Hong Kong, China

3
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Grayline Day Tours: Romantic Road: Rothenburg and Harburg, Allianz Arena and BMW Welt. The adventure continues: make a trip to Marienplatz.

To find photos and more tourist information, go to the Munich travel planner.

Hong Kong, China to Munich is an approximately 16-hour flight. Traveling from Hong Kong to Munich, you'll gain 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Hong Kong in December: high temperatures in Munich hover around 5°C and lows are around -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to drive to Salzburg.

Things to do in Munich

Tours Museums
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BMW Welt ©
BMW Welt
Marienplatz ©
Marienplatz
Allianz Arena ©
Allianz Arena

2
nights
Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Old Town has been added to your itinerary.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Salzburg online trip planner.

Getting from Munich to Salzburg by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 6°C in December, and nighttime lows around -1°C. You'll set off for Innsbruck on the 12th (Thu).

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Old Town
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Salzburger Altstadt ©
Salzburger Altstadt
Old Town ©
Old Town

2
nights
Innsbruck, Austria

Innsbruck ©
Nestled in a valley between snowcapped peaks, Innsbruck evokes visions of a winter wonderland.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Ski Depot Seefeld. Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): get outside with Ski Depot Seefeld. On the 13th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Altstadt von Innsbruck.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Innsbruck tour itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Salzburg to Innsbruck in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December in Innsbruck, expect temperatures between 6°C during the day and -3°C at night. You'll set off for Hohenschwangau on the 14th (Sat).

Things to do in Innsbruck

Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trip

Ski Depot Seefeld
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Altstadt von Innsbruck ©
Altstadt von Innsbruck

1
day
Hohenschwangau, Germany

Hohenschwangau ©
A picturesque village nestled in a green valley on the shores of a lake, Hohenschwangau receives nearly two million visitors every year.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Museum of the Bavarian Kings, Schloss Neuschwanstein and Schloss Hohenschwangau. On the 14th (Sat), explore the historical opulence of Schloss Hohenschwangau, thenstep into the grandiose world of Schloss Neuschwanstein, and then get engrossed in the history at Museum of the Bavarian Kings.

To find out how to plan a trip to Hohenschwangau, use our trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Innsbruck to Hohenschwangau in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. December in Hohenschwangau sees daily highs of 6°C and lows of -3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Munich.

Things to do in Hohenschwangau

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Schloss Neuschwanstein
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Museum of the Bavarian Kings ©
Museum of the Bavarian Kings
Schloss Neuschwanstein ©
Schloss Neuschwanstein
Schloss Hohenschwangau ©
Schloss Hohenschwangau

2
nights
Munich, Germany

Munich ©
Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site has been added to your itinerary.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Munich trip planning tool.

Drive from Hohenschwangau to Munich in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel to Frankfurt.

Things to do in Munich

Childrens Museums Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site
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Deutsches Museum ©
Deutsches Museum
Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site ©
Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site

few
hours
Frankfurt, Germany

Frankfurt ©
A global center of finance and transportation, Frankfurt is perhaps best known for its futuristic cityscape.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): admire the landmark architecture of Romer.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Frankfurt tour itinerary app.

Fly from Munich to Frankfurt in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Munich in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Frankfurt, with lows of 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Cologne.
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Romer ©
Romer

1
night
Cologne, Germany

Cologne ©
Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
Duftmuseum im Farina-Haus has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): examine the collection at Duftmuseum im Farina-Haus and then make a trip to Hohenzollern Bridge.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Cologne trip planning site.

You can take a train from Frankfurt to Cologne in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In December, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Dortmund.

Things to do in Cologne

Historic Sites Museums
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Cologne Cathedral ©
Cologne Cathedral
Hohenzollern Bridge ©
Hohenzollern Bridge
Duftmuseum im Farina-Haus ©
Duftmuseum im Farina-Haus

1
night
Dortmund, Germany

Dortmund ©
Though its major passion may be soccer, Dortmund offers visitors more than just historical sports venues.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): see the interesting displays at German Football Museum.

To find out how to plan a trip to Dortmund, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Cologne to Dortmund in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 8°C in December, and nighttime lows around 3°C. You'll have a few hours on the 18th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Bremen.

Things to do in Dortmund

Childrens Museums Museums
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German Football Museum ©
German Football Museum

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hours
Bremen, Germany

Bremen ©
A rather long and narrow city spread along both sides of the Weser River, Bremen has more than a thousand years of history.
On the 18th (Wed), don't miss a visit to Marktplatz.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Bremen online trip maker.

Traveling by car from Dortmund to Bremen takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December in Bremen, expect temperatures between 8°C during the day and 2°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 18th (Wed) before leaving for Hamburg.
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Marktplatz ©
Marktplatz

few
hours
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Reeperbahn. Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): appreciate the extensive heritage of Speicherstadt, thendon't miss a visit to Miniatur Wunderland, thenmake a trip to Reeperbahn, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Alter Elbtunnel.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Hamburg trip itinerary maker website.

Take a train from Bremen to Hamburg in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. December in Hamburg sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of 2°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Berlin.

Things to do in Hamburg

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Speicherstadt ©
Speicherstadt
Miniatur Wunderland ©
Miniatur Wunderland
Alter Elbtunnel ©
Alter Elbtunnel

2
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.
Berliner Philharmonie has been added to your itinerary. On the 18th (Wed), get a sense of history and politics at Reichstag Building. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Topography of Terror, pause for some photo ops at The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, thenpause for some photo ops at Brandenburg Gate, and finally catch a concert at Berliner Philharmonie.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Berlin vacation planner.

Traveling by train from Hamburg to Berlin takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Berlin

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

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