There's no need to choose between Germany and Switzerland because, on this two-week trip, you can have it all. Start the adventure in the Bavarian city of Munich before driving to other southern German highlights, including Neuschwanstein Castle and Lake Constance. Then cross the border into Switzerland, where the mountains and lakes will impress you with their scale. Kayak on Lake Brienz, e-bike through the Valley of 72 Waterfalls, indulge in cheese in Gruyères, and much more.
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To say that Germany has a historical legacy is an understatement—this is a European nation with more than 2,000 years of upheaval under its belt, from the Saxon Dynasty through the global wars of the 20th century. In the past few decades, Germany has reemerged as a progressive, industrious nation and cultural powerhouse, with one of the best-loved capital cities in the world.
When is the best time to visit?
Like most nations in Europe, Germany’s high season is in the summer. Beat the crowds in spring when the weather is pleasant and the cherry blossoms are at their prettiest (the blooms are best seen in the city of Bonn). Throughout Germany, spring is also the time to enjoy music, dance, and beer festivals—in Hamburg, there's even a celebration of the aforementioned cherry blossoms each May.
Late September and early October coincide with Germany’s world-famous Oktoberfest beer fest in Munich and throughout Bavaria. And if you visit during the snowy holiday months, you'll enjoy the quintessential Christmas markets of Hamburg, Dresden, Cologne, and Berlin.
Where should you go?
Start your trip in Berlin, and stay for a while—it's a city filled with culture and history. This is where you'll find great restaurants, incredible nightlife in the Kreuzberg district, sites of interest like the Reichstag building and Brandenburg Gate, and important memorials and museums related to the Holocaust. For museums and medieval history, visit the historic Old Town districts of Cologne, Munich, and Hamburg. Outside the capital, travelers can encounter WWII-era history in Nuremberg, the Eagle’s Nest (Hitler’s bunker complex in the Bavarian Alps), and at the concentration camp at the town of Dachau.
How many days do you need?
You can see the major sites of Berlin in a day or two, though you can spend much more time getting to know its many distinct neighborhoods and attractions. If you have at least a week, you can pair the capital with another major city: eat and drink your way through Munich, see the tony Elbe River port town of Hamburg, or visit the cathedrals and bridges of charming Cologne. Spend two weeks and add some time in the Rhine Valley, or road trip through the forests of Bavaria.
Get in the festive spirit on a fun-filled weeklong tour of some of Germany's finest Christmas markets and winter attractions. Starting in Frankfurt, you'll pick up a rental car and take a scenic drive through Rothenburg, Nuremberg, and Dresden before ending in Berlin. In addition to authentic shopping and tasty treats, you'll also have time to see UNESCO-listed attractions of Weimar, learn about World War II history, and join a private beer tasting.
This epic urban adventure through Germany travels by train to eight vibrant cities focusing on contemporary art, medieval architecture, World War II history, and tasty food and drink. Starting in bustling Berlin and ending in maritime Hamburg, you'll spend two fascinating weeks enjoying guided city tours, drives through the Black Forest, and even detours in the Czech Republic and France along the way.
Travelers interested in World War II history will benefit from guided excursions through some of Germany's most interesting and infamous cities and sites. This weeklong itinerary starts in Berlin, where you'll learn how the Third Reich made their mark. From here, take a train to Dresden, a city rebuilt from destruction, and Nuremberg, full of medieval charm and 20th-century horror. Finish with a trip to the Eagle's Nest and the Dachau Concentration Camp to complete this fascinating tour.
This exciting train itinerary will take you through four of Germany's most beloved cities. Start by exploring Berlin's fascinating history and alternative culture, then head south to Dresden to sample wine surrounded by stately elegance. Next, get lost in Nuremberg's quaint, cobbled streets before you sip your way through Munich's famous beer gardens. An easy train ride between each city makes this trip low on stress and high on fun for the perfect getaway.
This 10-day summer-themed road trip takes you through some of southern Germany's most spectacular natural landscapes and charming towns, with a mix of cultural, culinary, and outdoor activities. Start with a bike tour in Munich, the capital of Bavaria, and then make your way to the lakeside city of Konstanz, the trails of nearby Switzerland, and the forests of Schwarzwald. If that's not enough, you'll explore the Romantic Road and cruise along the Rhine River to complete the adventure.
January is a quiet month to visit Germany's famous cities and cultural sites, with appealing prices and few crowds. It's also a great time to trade in the Glühwein for...
With the right winter coat, February is an ideal time to visit Germany if you prefer light crowds and lower prices. Get a culture dose in one (or more) of the exciting cities...
March is the hopeful transition toward spring with milder temperatures for exploring Germany's cutting-edge cities. Meanwhile, winter sports enthusiasts will still have plenty...
Welcome to "Frühling" (spring) in Germany, when colorful blooms take the place of dull winter landscapes. This is a great time to explore the country post-hibernation and hit...
Southern Germany has abundant cultural highlights within easy driving distance—scripting a perfect two-week road trip. Explore Munich, then head to Dachau for an extraordinary opportunity to reflect on World War II. From here, you'll drive to picturesque Rothenburg, live the high life in spa-town Baden-Baden, and discover Lake Constance's shoreside villages. Delight in Alpine resort towns Garmisch-Partenkirchen and Berchtesgaden before finishing with a culinary tour of Munich.
Five countries, seven cities— one terrific two-week road trip. Starting in Berlin, you'll drive south to Dresden, hop over the Czech border to visit Prague and Brno, then enter Austria to explore Vienna and the quaint alpine town of Hallstatt. Dip into Slovakia for a night, then finish in Budapest, Hungary. Along the way, you'll cruise, hike, and bike to many of Europe's cultural and natural highlights—and have ample time to relax over local fine dining, wines, and beer.
History buffs will love this 10-day journey through Germany, which covers many key places affected by World War II. Begin in Berlin, where the Third Reich's impact comes to light at the Reichstag and the Soviet War Memorial. Witness wartime destruction and rebirth in Dresden, gain insight into the Nazi regime and subsequent trials in Nuremberg, and end in Munich, where you'll learn about the courageous students of the White Rose and visit Dachau, the harrowing site of the concentration camp.
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