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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 to know the country well, though you can still get a lot from a shorter trip. One week allows for a German "sampler," and even in as little as five days, you can fit in a variety of sights.

Discover Berlin's highlights, including the Berlin Cathedral, famous TV Tower and a part of the rebuilt City Palace
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5 Days in Germany - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas

Five days in Germany is enough time to visit two to four destinations. You can train to Berlin, Dresden, Nuremberg, and Munich to see highlights like the Berlin Wall and picturesque old towns. Discover Berlin and Dresden's World War II history or tour them from a culinary and craft beer perspective. Those wanting relaxation in spa towns will enjoy Lake Constance and Baden-Baden, while travelers seeking a festive Christmas market experience should visit Frankfurt, Nuremberg, Dresden, and Berlin.

Make memories at the famous Bavarian fairytale-like castle of Neuschwanstein in the German Alps
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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 on culinary experiences can sample local food and wine on tasting tours in Berlin and the Rhine Valley. Arts enthusiasts will enjoy a concert at Schloss Nymphenburg and a visit to Alte Pinakothek in Munich, and those seeking a rejuvenating journey can cruise around Reichenau Island by bike and soak in thermal pools in Baden-Baden.

Wander Bavaria's medieval streets of Rothenburg ob der Tauber to Siebers Tower and Kobolzell Gate amid half-timbered buildings
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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.

Explore Central Europe by rental car and relish the drive over the Bastei Bridge in Saxon Switzerland National Park en route to Prague
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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.