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Introducing Germany

Discover Germany, both old and new.
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.

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Germany Tours & Itineraries

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Start your road trip along Germany's Romantic Road
Map of Germany & Switzerland Summer Road Trip: Munich to Geneva  - 14 Days
Germany & Switzerland Summer Road Trip: Munich to Geneva - 14 Days

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.

Cruise the canals of the northern maritime city of Hamburg
Map of Explore Germany's Best Cities by Train - 14 Days
Explore Germany's Best Cities by Train - 14 Days

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.

Lake Titisee in Germany's Black Forest region
Map of Ultimate Summer Road Trip in Southern Germany - 10 Days
Ultimate Summer Road Trip in Southern Germany - 10 Days

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.

Visit the historic Eagle's Nest, once Hitler's home and southern headquarters
Map of World War II History Tour of Germany - 7 Days
World War II History Tour of Germany - 7 Days

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.

Check out Dresden's Christmas markets before driving to Berlin
Map of Explore Germany's Best Christmas Markets - 7 Days
Explore Germany's Best Christmas Markets - 7 Days

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.

Wind through southern Germany's fairy-tale landmarks, like Schloss Lichtenstein
Map of Southern Germany Road Trip: Bavaria, the Black Forest & Lake Constance - 14 Days
Southern Germany Road Trip: Bavaria, the Black Forest & Lake Constance - 14 Days

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.

Make the Most of Your Time in Germany

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Freiburg im Breisgau, on the southwest edge of Germany's Black Forest
How Many Days to Spend in Germany

Germany has a broad offering of experiences, from modern cities to medieval towns, fairy-tale castles and forests, and even beaches. Two weeks will allow you enough time to get...

Make memories at the famous Bavarian fairytale-like castle of Neuschwanstein in the German Alps
Map of 1 Week in Germany - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas
1 Week in Germany - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas

One week in Germany is enough time to visit three destinations at a comfortable pace. History buffs will appreciate tours of Nuremberg's World War II sites, while travelers keen...

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Explore Central Europe by rental car and relish the drive over the Bastei Bridge in Saxon Switzerland National Park en route to Prague
Map of 2 Weeks in Germany - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas
2 Weeks in Germany - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas

With two weeks in Germany, you can take advantage of its excellent train network to hop between the country's beautiful cities or stick to Southern Germany and explore historic towns and castles on a self-drive itinerary. Other options include a World War II-focused trip featuring Berlin, Nuremberg, Munich, and Prague, a summer road trip split between Germany's Romantic Road and Switzerland's mountain-backed towns, and a fast-paced Central Europe tour that combines five countries and seven cities.

Wander Bavaria's medieval streets of Rothenburg ob der Tauber to Siebers Tower and Kobolzell Gate amid half-timbered buildings
Map of 10 Days in Germany - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas
10 Days in Germany - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas

Given Germany's size, you can visit at least four regions in 10 days. Active travelers will enjoy standup paddleboarding on Lake Constance and biking around Berlin, while history buffs will appreciate a Nuremberg World War II tour. Those keen on culinary experiences can take a Bavarian food and beer tour in Munich and sip riesling in Rudesheim. Travelers eager to embark on a multicountry trip can include an e-bike tour in the Czech Republic, an orchestra concert in Austria, or hiking in Switzerland.

Wind through southern Germany's fairy-tale landmarks, like Schloss Lichtenstein
Map of Southern Germany Road Trip: Bavaria, the Black Forest & Lake Constance - 14 Days
Southern Germany Road Trip: Bavaria, the Black Forest & Lake Constance - 14 Days

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.

Germany Travel Maps

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1 Week in Germany - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas
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5 Days in Germany - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas
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10 Days in Germany - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas
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Trip Reviews for Germany

The latest reviews by travelers who booked their trip on kimkim

Magical Christmas in Germany
Germany | Dec 2 - Dec 9, 2023

Megan
Megan A.
New Bern, NC | Reviewed on Dec 11, 2023
Our family had a fantastic time visiting the magical Christmas markets in Germany, and enjoying all that this beautiful country has to offer at this festive time of year! Read more

Our family had a fantastic time visiting the magical Christmas markets in Germany, and enjoying all that this beautiful country has to offer at this festive time of year!

Hotel Reviews
Leonardo Royal Hotel
Nuremberg
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Flemings Hotel München City
Munich
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NH Collection Berlin Mitte Friedrichstrasse
Berlin
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Private Guided Day Trip to Dresden from Berlin
Private Guided Day Trip to Dresden from Berlin
Berlin
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Nuremberg Private Guided Walking Tour (Private/2Hours)
Nuremberg Private Guided Walking Tour (Private/2Hours)
Nuremberg
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Munich Private Guided Walking Tour (Private/2Hours)
Munich Private Guided Walking Tour (Private/2Hours)
Munich
Salzburg and Salt Mines Private Tour
Salzburg and Salt Mines Private Tour
Munich
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Neuschwanstein and Linderhof Premium Tour
Neuschwanstein and Linderhof Premium Tour
Munich
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Day Trip to Berlin, Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp and Potsdam
Day Trip to Berlin, Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp and Potsdam
Berlin
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Berlin Introduction (Group Tour/Possible in Private/3hours)
Berlin Introduction (Group Tour/Possible in Private/3hours)
Berlin
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Local specialist: Kevin Perry

Kevin pulled together a perfect itinerary for...
Germany | Oct 15 - Oct 21, 2023

Shannon
Shannon H.
Canada | Reviewed on Oct 23, 2023
Kevin pulled together a perfect itinerary for our trip to Germany. He took time to get to know us and our travel preferences. We only had one week and he was able to put together a schedule that really appealed to us. The tours he arranged were with excellent guides who were passionate and knowledgeable. I want to give a special shout out to Ekkehard Werner who was our guide in Heidelburg. He spent more time with us than was scheduled, and gave some tips for the upcoming towns we were going... Read more

Kevin pulled together a perfect itinerary for our trip to Germany. He took time to get to know us and our travel preferences. We only had one week and he was able to put together a schedule that really appealed to us. The tours he arranged were with excellent guides who were passionate and knowledgeable. I want to give a special shout out to Ekkehard Werner who was our guide in Heidelburg. He spent more time with us than was scheduled, and gave some tips for the upcoming towns we were going to visit.

I am so glad I found this agency. I will not hesitate to reach out to them again when I am ready to plan my next European adventure!

Local specialist: Kevin Perry
Kevin
Kevin Perry
Local specialist in Villefranche sur Saône | Replied on Oct 23, 2023

Herzlichen Dank Shannon! Thank you very much Shannon for this great review. I am really happy that you had the best time in Germany. It was a real pleasure creating this trip with you.

See you soon in Europe!
Servus! Tschüss! Bye bye
Kevin

Germany - coordinated by Kevin Perry
Germany | Aug 10 - Aug 15, 2023

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Tiger C.
Newton, MA | Reviewed on Aug 16, 2023
Kevin Perry-did an amazing job. All the recommendations were spot on. All the tours were perfect- the day trips in Heidelberg, Bamberg were wonderful. It was a perfect mix of free time and organized activity- we will definitely use KimKim again- Great job Kevin and Amandine Read more

Kevin Perry-did an amazing job. All the recommendations were spot on. All the tours were perfect- the day trips in Heidelberg, Bamberg were wonderful. It was a perfect mix of free time and organized activity- we will definitely use KimKim again- Great job Kevin and Amandine

Hotel Reviews
Hotel Metropol
München

This hotel wasn't our favorite. The location wasn't the best, and the hotel itself seemed a bit worn down. The rooms were okay, but the surrounding area wasn't very appealing. However, the staff was friendly, and the stay was comfortable overall.

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Leonardo Royal Hotel
Nuremberg

This hotel was fine, but it wasn't as nice as the Scandic in Frankfurt. The location was convenient, being close to the train station, but the ambiance wasn't as appealing. The rooms were okay, and the included breakfast was a plus.

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Scandic Frankfurt Museumsufer
Frankfurt

good spot- close to train station for day trips- rooms were clean and breakfast was perfect- even for gluten free persons.

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Activity Reviews
Munich Bike Tour
Munich Bike Tour
Munich

fun and great way to see the city- Sarah was great guide- perfect mix of history and local / current lifestyle

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Former Nazi Rally Ground Tour (Private/3Hours)
Former Nazi Rally Ground Tour (Private/3Hours)
Nuremberg

great history- very good knowledge of the guide Kevin

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van A/c did not work
Heidelberg Short boat trips (Private/1.5Hours)
Heidelberg Short boat trips (Private/1.5Hours)
Heidelberg

beautiful boat- very comfortable and 1st class

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Frankfurt Panorama Cruise (1h)
Frankfurt Panorama Cruise (1h)
Frankfurt

big boat- cruse was fine- nothing special

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Local specialist: Kevin Perry
Kevin
Kevin Perry
Local specialist in Villefranche sur Saône | Replied on Aug 30, 2023

Guten Tag Tiger

Vielen Dank for your review!

It was a real plaesure to organize your family trip to Germany .
I am so happy you all had a great time visiting this amazing country.

All your remarks are very important and helpful for us, in order to improve our services.

See you soon!!!

Kevin