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Best one-week itinerary for a trip to Germany

Written by Fiona

December 07 2018

The European country of Germany offers many highlights for travellers with a diverse range of cultures, dialects, architecture, traditions and foods t enjoy. This seven-day travel plan takes you to many of the great cities of Germany.

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Travelling is great year-round but at peak seasons, such as Christmas, it can be costly. But there is still hope for finding a well-priced air ticket and good quality accommodation if you know where to look.  Last year, my writer was able to find cheap direct airline tickets to Thailand in a peak season. It’s always possible to secure a deal or a discount travelling package if you spend time looking carefully.

Best one week itinerary for a trip to Germany

This week’s itinerary will start from the moment you land in Munich. You will use domestic trains for travelling into cities and departing from Berlin.

Day 1 – Munich

Try to fly in Munich at the early hours for best prices and an earlier start to your trip. After arriving, check into your hotel and grab something to eat before heading out to enjoy the attractions. Your first destination should be Marienplatz. There you can join a free tour of Munich Altstadt.

Make sure you have a cup of coffee at any lovely café in central Munich and ask to eat Schweinshaxe, Kartoffelknodel or Weisswurst when you dine in the evening.

Marienplatz, Munich.

Day 2

There is a lot to do in Munich so a second day is a good idea. Head to one of the best neighborhoods, Glockenbach, for a stroll. Other highlights in Munich include Residenz, Deutsches Museum, Englischer Garten, Pinakothek der Moderne and Allianz Arena, which is the home ground of FC Bayern Munich.

Rotherburg. Credit: Lauren Travis

Day 3 – Rothenberg, the Franconia region of Bavaria

This town is located in Bavaria and is just 2.5 hour train journey from Munich. Catch the early morning train and when you have reached Rothenberg Ob Der Tauber, you can enjoy your late lunch along with some sightseeing of timbered houses and narrow streets.

In the evening take the train to Leipzig.

Street monument, Leipzig.

Day 4 – Leipzig

Leipzig is famous for the composer J.S. Bach and his body is buried in the Gothic St. Thomas Church. It is one of Germany’s historic university towns, and also one of the hottest places in the country.

Take a walking tour around the town, followed by a visit of some of  Leipzig’s street art and famous zoo. You can also visit the Grassi Museum. Another great tip is to hear one of the Leipzig’s world-class orchestra.

To maximise your time in Cologne, book a night train and sleep in a comfy cabin.

Cologne Cathedral.

Day 5 – Cologne

Cologne is a city rich in history. Start by visiting magnificent Cologne Cathedral. Imhoff-Schokoladenmuseum, which is a waterside museum devoted to chocolate, is also well worth seeing.

Ludwig Museum is home to some of the artist Picasso’s extensive work, while another great attraction is the Roman-Germanic Museum.

The train ride to Berlin can take up to 4 hours 30 minutes so you might want to travel in the evening or early morning.

City monument… remnants of the Berlin Wall.

Day 6 – Berlin

Take a Trabant tour, which is both informative and funny. Berlin also offers sightseeing tours by kayak on the city’s waterways. Other places not to miss include the Brandenburg Gate and a host of cathedrals, churches, historical sites, too many to list.

Day 7 – Berlin

If you thought we had missed one of the most important places to visit in Berlin, today is the day for that. Start your day by visiting what is left of the famous Berlin Wall. Follow it up by visiting the Reichstag Building. Afterwards, you can visit Fernsehturm to get a city view from its observatory deck.

If you have time before heading to the airport to catch the last flight home, visit the large public square of Alexanderplatz

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