22 days in Germany & Belgium Itinerary

22 days in Germany & Belgium Itinerary

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22 days in Germany & Belgium Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  25​h
1
Berlin, Germany
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Brussels, Belgium
— 3 nights
Train:  1​h 15​min
3
Bruges, Belgium
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Trier, Germany
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Rothenburg, Germany
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Nuremberg, Germany
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Munich, Germany
— 5 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Sydney, Australia

3
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Frauenkirche and Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen and Charlottenburg Palace. Step out of Berlin with an excursion to Procession of Princes in Dresden--about 2 hours away. And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Pergamonmuseum, get a sense of history and politics at Reichstag Building, don't miss a visit to East Side Gallery, and examine the collection at Topographie des Terrors.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Berlin tour itinerary planner .

Sydney, Australia to Berlin is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a -9 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Brussels.

Things to do in Berlin

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Dresden, Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen
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Pergamonmuseum ©
Pergamonmuseum
Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen
Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen
Frauenkirche Dresden ©
Frauenkirche Dresden

3
nights
Brussels, Belgium

Brussels ©
The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert and Cathedral of Our Lady. Museum-lovers will get to explore Atomium and Museum of the City of Brussels (Musee de la Ville de Bruxelles). Change things up with these side-trips from Brussels: Antwerp (Antwerpen-Centraal & Pierre Marcolini). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), see the interesting displays at Belgian Comic Strip Center, admire the striking features of Parc du Cinquantenaire, and steep yourself in history at Grand Place.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Brussels online trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Berlin to Brussels by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in September, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Bruges.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Antwerp
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Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Atomium ©
Atomium

2
nights
Bruges, Belgium

Bruges ©
The medieval town of Bruges centers around a canal, and the architecture of its historical district has made it a World Heritage Site.
On the 24th (Tue), admire the masterpieces at Groeningemuseum, get to know the fascinating history of Beguinage (Begijnhof), then enjoy breathtaking views from Belfry of Bruges, and finally contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Brugge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at De Panne Beach, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica of the Holy Blood, then make a trip to Brugse Vrije, and finally make a trip to Burg Square.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Bruges visit planner .

You can take a train from Brussels to Bruges in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September in Bruges, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can go by car to Trier.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

De Panne Beach
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Historic Centre of Brugge ©
Historic Centre of Brugge
The Princely Beguinage Ten Wijngaarde ©
Basilica of the Holy Blood ©
Basilica of the Holy Blood

2
nights
Trier, Germany

Trier ©
Trier may be the oldest city in Germany, founded long before the Roman times.
On the 26th (Thu), see the interesting displays at Rhineland Museum (Rheinisches Landesmuseum), pause for some serene contemplation at St. Paulin-Kirche, delve into the distant past at Porta Nigra, admire the landmark architecture of St. Peter's Cathedral (Dom), then hunt for treasures at Hauptmarkt, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Gangolf. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Martin, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rokokokirche St. Irminen, steep yourself in history at Bischofliche Weinguter Trier, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Domstadt (Cathedral City), then take in the spiritual surroundings of Liebfrauenkirche, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mathias Church.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Trier online day trip planner .

Drive from Bruges to Trier in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In September in Trier, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can go by car to Rothenburg.

Things to do in Trier

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Porta Nigra ©
Porta Nigra
St. Peter's Cathedral (Dom) ©
St. Peter's Cathedral (Dom)
Hauptmarkt ©
Hauptmarkt

2
nights
Rothenburg, Germany

Rothenburg ©
An old imperial city, Rothenburg is the main tourist stop on the scenic Romantic Road of Bavaria.
On the 28th (Sat), take in the views from Alte Mainbruecke, explore the historical opulence of Würzburg Residence, examine the collection at Medieval Crime Museum (Mittelalterliches Kriminalmuseum), take a stroll through Vieille Ville, then see the interesting displays at Historiengewölbe mit Staatsverlies - Museum zur Stadtgeschichte in Rothenburg o.d.T., and finally hunt for treasures at Kathe Wohlfahrt's Christmas Shop. On the 29th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Schloss Veitshöchheim, explore the galleries of Marienburg Fortress, contemplate the long history of Roentgen Memorial Site Wuerzburg, then steep yourself in history at Gerlachschmiede, then steep yourself in history at Town Walls, and finally get a sense of history and politics at Stadt Rothenburg ob der Tauber.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Rothenburg sightseeing planner .

You can drive from Trier to Rothenburg in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or do a combination of shuttle and train. In September in Rothenburg, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Nuremberg.

Things to do in Rothenburg

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Wurzburg
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Würzburg Residence ©
Würzburg Residence
Town Walls ©
Town Walls
Altstadt ©
Altstadt

2
nights
Nuremberg, Germany

Nuremberg ©
Nuremberg's historic town center stands in the shadow of a towering imperial castle that dominates its northwestern corner.
On the 30th (Mon), take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Lorenz Church, step into the grandiose world of Kaiserburg Nurnberg, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Sebaldus Church, contemplate the long history of Altes Rathaus, then steep yourself in history at Bamberg Altstadt, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Bamberg Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Tue): stroll the grounds of Rochusfriedhof, take in the exciting artwork at Galerie Frank Fluegel, then examine the collection at Dokumentationszentrum Reichsparteitagsgelände, then contemplate the long history of Reichsparteigelande (Nazi Party Rally Grounds), and finally admire the masterpieces at Germanisches Nationalmuseum.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Nuremberg day trip planner .

Drive from Rothenburg to Nuremberg in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In September in Nuremberg, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to drive to Munich.

Things to do in Nuremberg

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Bamberg
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Altes Rathaus ©
Altes Rathaus
Bamberg Altstadt ©
Bamberg Altstadt
Bamberg Cathedral ©
Bamberg Cathedral

5
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.
Shop till you drop at Schack-Galerie and Ingo Maurer Showroom. Nymphenburg Palace and Altstadt von Fuessen will appeal to history buffs. Explore Munich's surroundings by going to Schloss Hohenschwangau (in Hohenschwangau), Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site (in Dachau) and Garmisch-Partenkirchen (Zugspitze & Partnachklamm). And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Herrenchiemsee New Palace, explore the world behind art at Alte Pinakothek, examine the collection at Munich Residenz, and steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Church.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Munich trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by car from Nuremberg to Munich takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In October in Munich, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Munich

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Altstadt von Fuessen, Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site, Schloss Hohenschwangau, Herrenchiemsee New Palace
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Schloss Hohenschwangau ©
Schloss Hohenschwangau
Herrenchiemsee New Palace ©
Herrenchiemsee New Palace

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