24 days in Copenhagen, Germany & Austria Itinerary

24 days in Copenhagen, Germany & Austria Itinerary

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24 days in Copenhagen, Germany & Austria Itinerary

Start: Philadelphia, United States
+2
Train + Foot + Fly:  11​h 30​min
1
Copenhagen, Denmark
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Cologne, Germany
— 4 nights
Train:  3​h
3
Rothenburg, Germany
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Schwangau, Germany
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
5
Vienna, Austria
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
6
Salzburg, Austria
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Munich, Germany
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
8
Nuremberg, Germany
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 45​min
9
Berlin, Germany
— 2 nights
Fly:  11​h 15​min
End: Philadelphia, United States

3
nights
Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen ©
Founded in the 10th century as a Viking fishing village, Copenhagen has morphed into the cultural, political, and economic powerhouse of the country.
Get in touch with nature at Amager Strandpark and Van Dijks Adventure. Nyhavn and National Museum of Denmark are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of Copenhagen with an excursion to Stevns Klint in Store Heddinge--about 56 minutes away. The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Rosenborg Castle, look for all kinds of wild species at Kalvebod Fælled, examine the collection at Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, and make a trip to The Little Mermaid (Den Lille Havfrue).

To see traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Copenhagen trip planner .

Philadelphia, USA to Copenhagen is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or fly. The time zone difference when traveling from Philadelphia to Copenhagen is 6 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Philadelphia in May; daily highs in Copenhagen reach 62°F and lows reach 45°F. On the 25th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Cologne.

Things to do in Copenhagen

Parks Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Stevns Klint
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Nyhavn ©
Nyhavn
Rosenborg Castle ©
Rosenborg Castle
Stroeget ©
Stroeget

4
nights
Cologne, Germany

Cologne ©
Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
Take a break from the city and head to Mosel Valley and 66 Minuten. Cologne Cathedral and Wallraf-Richartz Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Cologne side-trips: Reichsburg Cochem (in Cochem), Weingut Bremm - Keltenhof (in Zell (Mosel)) and Aachen Cathedral (Dom) (in Aachen). Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Burg Eltz, wander the streets of Historic Old Town, snap pictures at Hohenzollern Bridge, and take an in-depth tour of Roman-German Museum (Romisch-Germanisches Museum).

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Cologne day trip tool .

You can fly from Copenhagen to Cologne in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 66°F in May, and nighttime lows around 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Rothenburg.

Things to do in Cologne

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Reichsburg Cochem, Weingut Bremm - Keltenhof, Eltz Castle, Mosel Valley, Aachen Cathedral
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Cologne Cathedral ©
Cologne Cathedral
Eltz Castle ©
Eltz Castle
Mosel Valley ©
Mosel Valley

3
nights
Rothenburg, Germany

Rothenburg ©
An old imperial city, Rothenburg is the main tourist stop on the scenic Romantic Road of Bavaria.
Escape the urban bustle at Margarethenschlucht and Kletterwald. Get some historical perspective at Würzburg Residence and Spital Bastion. Venture out of the city with trips to Deutsche Greifenwarte (in Hassmersheim), Marienburg Fortress (in Wurzburg) and Fraenkischer Rotwein Wanderweg (in Miltenberg). There's much more to do: take a stroll through Altstadt, get a sense of history and politics at Stadt Rothenburg ob der Tauber, contemplate the long history of Town Walls, and head outdoors with Jagst- und Gronachtal.

For other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Rothenburg day trip site .

Traveling by train from Cologne to Rothenburg takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In May, daytime highs in Rothenburg are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Schwangau.

Things to do in Rothenburg

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Wurzburg, Jagst- und Gronachtal, Margarethenschlucht, Deutsche Greifenwarte, Raubtier- und Exotenasyl Ansbach
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Town Walls ©
Town Walls
Würzburg Residence ©
Würzburg Residence
Fortress Marienberg ©
Fortress Marienberg

2
nights
Schwangau, Germany

Schwangau ©
An ideal holiday escape from fast-paced urban centers, Schwangau allows visitors to hike, cycle, swim, dance, and dine surrounded by a picture-perfect landscape.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): take in the awesome beauty at Zugspitze, pause for some serene contemplation at Kirche St. Georg, admire the striking features of Schloss Hohenschwangau, then step into the grandiose world of Schloss Neuschwanstein, and finally contemplate the long history of Altstadt von Fuessen. Keep things going the next day: step into the grandiose world of Schloss Linderhof, pause for some serene contemplation at St.Maria und Florian, then contemplate the waterfront views at Alpseebad, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Koloman.

To see other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Schwangau trip planning tool .

You can drive from Rothenburg to Schwangau in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. In June, daily temperatures in Schwangau can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Schwangau

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Hohenschwangau, Schloss Linderhof, Altstadt von Fuessen, Zugspitze
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Schloss Neuschwanstein ©
Schloss Neuschwanstein
Schloss Linderhof ©
Schloss Linderhof
Schloss Hohenschwangau ©
Schloss Hohenschwangau

2
nights
Vienna, Austria

Vienna ©
The cultural, economic, and political center of the country, Vienna has developed from its early Celtic and Roman roots into a medieval and Baroque city, with an old town that was designated a World Heritage Site in 2001.
On the 4th (Thu), take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Stephen's Cathedral, take a stroll through Historic Center of Vienna, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Peterskirche Wien, then step into the grandiose world of Schonbrunn Palace, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Belvedere Palace. Keep things going the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Kahlenberg, stroll through Orangery at Schoenbrunn Palace, explore the world behind art at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, then examine the collection at Imperial Palace (Hofburg), and finally get outside with Donauinsel.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Vienna vacation planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Schwangau to Vienna. Traveling from Schwangau in June, you will find days in Vienna are somewhat warmer (77°F), and nights are about the same (56°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Salzburg.

Things to do in Vienna

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral
Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
Belvedere Palace ©
Belvedere Palace

2
nights
Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): explore the historical opulence of Schloss Hellbrunn, admire the striking features of Salzburg Cathedral, take some stellar pictures from Fortress Hohensalzburg, see the interesting displays at Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus), then take an in-depth tour of Mozarts Geburtshaus, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter's Abbey (Stift St. Peter). On the 7th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: Head underground at Eisriesenwelt, then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and then steep yourself in history at Salzburger Altstadt.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Salzburg vacation maker website .

You can fly from Vienna to Salzburg in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In June in Salzburg, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 55°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can go by car to Munich.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Eisriesenwelt
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Schloss Hellbrunn ©
Schloss Hellbrunn
Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle ©
Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle
Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus) ©

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Munich Residenz, get to know the fascinating history of Haidhausen, then contemplate the long history of Nymphenburg Palace, and finally explore the activities along English Garden. On the 9th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael's Church, then get curious at Deutsches Museum, and then see the top attractions with Sightseeing Tours.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Munich trip planner.

Traveling by car from Salzburg to Munich takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June in Munich, expect temperatures between 72°F during the day and 52°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can go by car to Nuremberg.

Things to do in Munich

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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English Garden ©
English Garden
Nymphenburg Palace ©
Nymphenburg Palace
Munich Residenz ©
Munich Residenz

1
night
Nuremberg, Germany

Nuremberg ©
Nuremberg's historic town center stands in the shadow of a towering imperial castle that dominates its northwestern corner.
On the 10th (Wed), identify plant and animal life at Falknerei Burg Rabenstein, steep yourself in history at Bamberg Altstadt, then head outdoors with Woehrder See, then head outdoors with Wohrder Wiese, and finally explore the historical opulence of Kaiserburg Nurnberg. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Thu): hike along Schwarzacklamm Wanderweg, get outside with Barockgarten-Hesperidengarten Nurnberg, then get outside with Luitpoldhain, then see the interesting displays at Dokumentationszentrum Reichsparteitagsgelände, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Schwarzachschlucht.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Nuremberg trip maker .

Drive from Munich to Nuremberg in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 72°F in June, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to travel to Berlin.

Things to do in Nuremberg

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Falknerei Burg Rabenstein, Bamberg Altstadt, Schwarzachschlucht
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Woehrder See ©
Woehrder See
Kaiserburg Nurnberg ©
Kaiserburg Nurnberg

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.
On the 12th (Fri), enjoy the sand and surf at Strandbad Muggelsee, steep yourself in history at Stadtsiegel, then contemplate the long history of East Side Gallery, then wander the streets of Potsdamer Platz, and finally admire the masterpieces at Pergamonmuseum. On your second day here, contemplate the long history of Memorial of the Berlin Wall, get outside with Drachenberg, then explore the historical opulence of Charlottenburg Palace, and finally identify plant and animal life at Schmetterlingshorst.

For reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Berlin trip planner .

Fly from Nuremberg to Berlin in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Berlin

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors
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East Side Gallery ©
East Side Gallery
Charlottenburg Palace ©
Charlottenburg Palace
Pergamonmuseum ©
Pergamonmuseum

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