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Create An Epic Germany Itinerary for 10 Days +


Are you planning your Germany itinerary and wondering about the best places to visit in Germany in 10 days (or even 14 days)? This post will help you to do so. This 10 days in Germany itinerary will show you the most beautiful places to visit and tell you about the best things to do in 10-14 days. 

Germany is the biggest country, population-wise, and one of the biggest countries geographically, in the European Union. So it’s no surprise that there is quite a lot to do and see. As a local, I still can’t claim to have seen it all. There are so many places that I have on my Germany bucket list. However, if you only have about two weeks in Germany, you will get a very good glimpse, but it surely isn’t enough to see all the country’s main tourist attractions. 

I had to leave some beautiful places out…for even more beautiful places. I had to leave out some pretty castles and lakes, fun cities, and romantic towns. But in the end, this itinerary is what I consider the country’s best in a nutshell.

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Let us start with some travel tips before discussing your itinerary.

How to Get Around in Germany in 10-14 Days

Car or public transportation? Here are my tips.


  • Driving in Germany is “okay” and easy. I mean, there are no tolls for cars in Germany, the streets/roads are well-paved and safe, and people drive well. But there are many construction projects on the motorways and some traffic jams during the school holidays.
  • There are many motorway roads without speed limits. There are also motorways that have a speed limit and you should stick to that. Speed cams are placed throughout the country.
  • Petrol (gas) and diesel prices vary greatly depending on the time of day and where you refuel. The cost is somewhere between about 2 – 2,20 for diesel and petrol is about 1,80- 2,10€ (per liter). Prices change many times during the day. They are the lowest in the evenings (around 7 pm according to experts). 
  • Most petrol stations (actually, all to my knowledge) are self-service, and you can pay at the cashier. I would always advise having some cash on you, as some gas stations do not accept credit cards. In smaller villages, there might be machines you have to pay at directly.
  • If you rent a car, you need to know what petrol/gas your car needs. Here in Germany, there will be at least 3-5 different options. Ask in advance to avoid confusion.
  • Parking can be tricky in tourist areas. You will need to have some change ready as it is mostly paid for in coins at a machine.
  • A parking disc might be useful in some places.


  • Getting around via trains and buses is actually easy and, overall, okay.
  • The trains are not always on time, some connections get canceled, and it isn’t cheap.
  • However, compared to places that do not have any train service, I guess we Germans should consider ourselves lucky. Okay, this might be a bit of an exaggeration, but you can see that I am a bit frustrated – though I have arrived on time once in a while.
  • Tip: Buy your ticket from the ticket machine or buy them online in advance. If you buy them from the ticket counter, you have to pay – often – extra fees.

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Best Time to Visit Germany For 10-14 Days

I never suggest visiting a place in Europe in the summer, but Germany in the summer isn’t too bad. Many locals travel outside of the country, and some cities are actually a bit less busy. However, this does not apply to the main tourist attractions that bring in many (!) international tourists (such as some of the places mentioned below).

Since we cannot rely on seasons and how the weather is supposed to be at a certain time, I would advise visiting from April to June or early September to October. If you are into Christmas, Christmas Markets (Germany is well known for its great Christmas markets), and winter activities, Germany is also great to visit in the winter. The markets most often start in the last week of November until Christmas Eve.

Costs of Traveling For 2 Weeks in Germany

Prices for accommodations, fuel, or food in Germany are generally higher than in Eastern Europe or Southern Europe (not including the hot spots in Italy, France, or Spain).

Still, it is much cheaper than in Switzerland or Scandinavian countries like Norway. Within Germany, Southern Germany – and Bavaria especially – and Hamburg are more expensive than Bremen, or even Berlin. Eastern Germany tends to be more affordable.

I always struggle with giving real numbers. It really depends on your travel style and if you travel solo and thus cannot split the costs of a rental car, e.g., if you cook yourself or dine out several times a day. 

Either way, I think if you travel (using trains or renting a car) and are on a budget, you should plan a minimum of 80-120€ a day per person. This includes basic accommodation (hotels or very basic single rooms), food, activities, and public transportation.

Where to Stay

For each stop, I have listed a few places to stay. I suggest changing hotels every few days only. Have one place as your base and do day trips, before continuing your journey and moving hotels/locations. This way, you can avoid spending too much time on trains or the car and see more of Germany.

Language in Germany

The official language is German, but there are many different dialects of German. Though basically everyone understands High German, not everyone speaks it perfectly. Basic English is spoken in all tourist areas, and younger people often speak it quite well.

Safety Tips For Visitors in Germany

Keep your eyes open and exercise common sense, and you should be fine in Germany.

  • Especially in tourist areas, it is recommended that you keep your belongings and your wallet close to you.
  • Do not fall for any tricks, like when people want to dance with you on the streets, etc. This is often used as a way to steal your wallet – and you will not even notice.
  • Be careful at train and underground stations and watch your surroundings – especially in the evenings/nights.
  • Avoid side streets at night (especially for solo female travelers).
  • If you get around by car, don’t leave valuables on display.
  • Overall, I feel safe in Germany.

Food in Germany

Germans eat a lot of meat, especially pork. It might be a bit tricky as a vegetarian, but in cities where there are universities (including Berlin, Bremen, Hamburg, and Munich), you will find many vegan and vegetarian options.

Also, you will find many international restaurants and snack stalls. From fast food stalls with fries and sausages to Italian, Asian (especially Chinese), and Turkish restaurants – there is something for every taste. 

Compared to everything else, food in supermarkets is ridiculously cheap. So, if you want to save money, cooking your own dishes in your apartment makes a lot of sense in Germany.

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  • Tap water is fine in many places. If you don’t like “Sparkling water,” then shy away from “Wasser mit Kohlensäure” and ask for “still” water.
  • You will not get free tap water with your food (you might get a little glass of tap water if you order an espresso).
  • Bring your reusable water bottle and refill it at the hotel, etc. In the southern parts of Germany, you can just refill your bottle with fresh mountain water from fountains (unless it says “KEIN TRINKWASSER“ or has a clear sign on it), but that is less common in other parts of the country.
  • If you buy water bottles (or soft drinks in bottles or cans), you have to pay a deposit of about 0.25€, which you will get back when you return it to any supermarket.


  • Credit and debit cards are accepted widely, but in smaller shops and villages, that might not be the case so always have cash on you.
  • American Express is, unfortunately, not as widely accepted as Visa or MasterCard.


  • Germany has several international airports, including one of the biggest, which is the airport in Frankfurt am Main.
  • If you fly into Germany and don’t visit other countries, then I suggest flying into Flughafen Berlin-Schönefeld and Flughafen Berlin-Tegel or the Munich International Airport.
  • If you “have some more traveling to do,” then you can adjust it however you wish. 


If you have 10 days in Germany, I suggest visiting these places.

Berlin 2 – 2.5 days

Germany´s capital is bustling, hip, and trendy. Berlin is not necessarily a beauty, and it does not always make a good first impression, but you have to see Berlin at least once in your life! 

Berlin, Schloss Bellevue in Berlin
On the one side, you have this fun city full of history and politics. On the other side, Berlin is trendy. So, even if you are not into that alternative and edgy lifestyle (I am definitely not), you will still enjoy Berlin.

The beautiful Brandenburger Tor in Berlin - a must-see place in Berlin

Berlin Travel Tips

If you want to rent a car, I suggest renting it after two days in Berlin because you will most likely not need a car in Berlin at all. You can get around easily by public transportation.

Berlin is not unsafe per se. However, if you stay out late, watch your surroundings and always keep your wallet and valuables close. Pickpocketing is very common. 

Places to Visit in Berlin

  • Checkpoint Charlie (part of the Berlin Wall)
  • Gendarmenmarkt (Beautiful sqaure with interesting archtitecture)
  • Brandenburger Tor (Brandenburger Gate)
  • Holocaust Memorial 
  • Reichstag (German Parliament)
  • Fernsehturm (TV Tower)
  • Kurfürstendamm (main shopping street)
  • Check out my Berlin itinerary with more travel tips for more detailed information.

If you are looking for accommodation in Berlin, check out this hotel located close to Charlie´s Checkpoint and near other main attractions in Berlin.

  • From Berlin to Hamburg: From Berlin, you should head to Hamburg, which is one of the prettiest cities in Germany. It is actually the second biggest city in the country. The fastest train connection takes about 2.5 hours. By car, it takes about 3 – 3.5 hours.

Hamburg 1 – 1.5 Days

Hamburg is the opposite of Berlin – posh, beautiful, and has a more conservative touch at first sight. While Hamburg has an old town, it also has more spacious squares and of course, it is all about the water- we are talking about the Alster River, the Elbe River or the harbor in general.

But let´s not forget that Hamburg has one of the world´s most famous red-light districts, a popular party hotspot. 

Hamburg Harbor, Landungsbrücken with a view
Travel Tips for Hamburg

Like all major cities and towns in Germany, you can easily get around by public transportation. I would actually claim it is one of Germany’s best public transportation systems, with very frequent underground trains and buses running.

The weather in Hamburg can be moody, so always bring an umbrella with you. Hamburg is also home to quite a few fancy stores, so if you want to splurge and do some luxury shopping, Hamburg is the place.

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It is one of Germany’s most expensive cities – you will probably notice this when you book your accommodation. However, compared to other major cities in Europe, like London or Paris, prices are still reasonable.

Like in Berlin, be careful at night. Watch your surroundings and always keep your valuables close to you.

Places to Visit in Hamburg

  • Town Hall in the city center
  • Jungfernstieg (main shopping area)
  • Alster River
  • Landungsbrücken (harbor area plus many cafes)
  • Red-light District & Reeperbahn
  • Schanze Quarter (alternative area)

Check out this hotel in Hamburg if you are looking for a nice place to stay.

  • From Hamburg to Bremen: Taking the train takes about 1-1.5 hours, and it takes about the same by car. I would leave late in the afternoon (or evening) and head to the next city: Bremen. 

Bremen – 1 Day

Bremen is often considered a town by Americans, but actually, it is a city. And with more than 500,000 inhabitants, it is one of the bigger cities in Germany However, as a local, I admit that Bremen has the charm of a big beautiful town with many historic buildings and a lot of greenery.

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Bremen Travel Tips

Bremen is quite a compact city. Sometimes, you may want to hop on a tram, but Bremen is best explored on foot. You can easily walk to many places. Bremen´s main tourist attractions (two of them UNESCO World Heritage Sites) are on the market square, and the famous Bremen town musicians are just around the corner.

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Also, Bremen is cheaper than Hamburg or Munich – and while it is less famous, it is definitely not less worthy of a visit – no biased local opinion here :).

Places to Visit in Bremen

  • Rathaus (town hall) & Roland Statue (both UNESCO World Heritage Sites)
  • Böttcherstrasse (a unique shopping street)
  • Schnoor (Old Town)
  • Town Musicians
  • Schlachte (a wonderful promenade with many cafes and restaurants)
  • Weserstadion (the sports stadium that also hosts concerts – located on the river with tons of options to relax and sit)
  • Alte Mühle (the old mill)
  • Check out my detailed Bremen guide to find out more about this lovely city.

Okay, now I will give you several choices and leave it up to you. You can choose which route to opt for because it gets a bit trickier from here. If you are in Germany for only 10 or 11 days, you will most likely have to skip one place on this itinerary as you will be too stressed otherwise. 

This hotel is a great place to stay – centrally located (like really central) – check it out to find out about rates.

  • From Bremen to RothenburgFrom Bremen to Rothenburg, it takes about 6-7 hours by train or car.

Rothenburg on der Tauber- 1 Day

I totally adore Rothenburg on der Tauber! It is small, and there are not millions of things to do, BUT this town has my heart. I seriously think that Rothenburg is the prettiest town in Germany.

Rothenburg ob der Tauber - getting lost in its streets

Medieval, colorful, and pretty… just gorgeous. Rothenburg is all that, so it doesn’t surprise me that people flock there and fall in love despite its small size. So, make sure to add Rothenburg to your Germany road trip (or any Germany itinerary).

Plönlein in - Most Photographed Building in Rothenburg ob der Tauber
Travel Tips for Rothenburg ob der Tauber

There are the old town and a newer part, but basically, it is only the old town that is really special. You can walk to all of the places, so I recommend booking your hotel inside the old town or just in front of the town walls. There is a wall separating the old town from the new town, so it really is like entering a theme park without carousels.

Credit card payment is not accepted in many restaurants, making sure to bring enough cash.

If you are a quick traveler, you could see all the top places in a few hours, but I love the town so much that I recommend getting here early in the day and staying overnight. This way, you can experience Rothenburg ob der Tauber without the crowds.

Places to Visit in Rothenburg

  • Old Town
  • Plön (famous yellow building)
  • Town Walls (which you can still walk today)
  • Burggarten (a lovely garden with nice views)
  • Christmas Museum (here you have Christmas all year round)
  • Click here to read my Rothenburg guide with more detailed info.

If you stay overnight in Rothenburg, check out these hotels.

  • €€ –   Hotel Reichs-Küchenmeister – this is a well-rated hotel which is perfectly located in the old town of the city.
  • € –     Hotel Gasthof zur Linde – On my second visit, I stayed at this 3-star property near the gates of the old town. Within a few minutes, you are right in the heart of Rothenburg. It is a quite simple place but was good enough for me.
  • From Rothenburg to Castle Neuschwanstein: It is quite a long drive/ride, taking about 2.5 hours, but it is worth it.  This route is part of the Romantic Road, and there are several medieval towns and villages along the way, but with only 10 days in Germany, you might have to skip those and drive all the way to Castle Neuschwanstein. 

Neuschwanstein Castle – 1 Day

Visiting the most iconic castle in Germany, and probably even in Europe, is a must for many visitors. And I admit, Neuschwanstein Castle is quite impressive. You don’t even have to go inside to be impressed (I did not, as I visited with my dog, and dogs are not allowed).

What to do at Neuschwanstein Castle, Bavaria

Travel Tips for Neuschwanstein Castle

It doesn’t really matter when you visit. Neuschwanstein Castle is always busy, and people from all around the world (but especially from China it seems) come here to see the fairytale castle with their own eyes.

It’s not just the romance lovers who will enjoy their day at Neuschwanstein Castle – there is also a beautiful lake, Alpsee, that is great to walk around, and then there is another castleand a museum. Well, as you can see, it is not only about the castle, though that is surely the highlight here.

Things to Do at Neuschwanstein Castle

  • Neuschwanstein Castle Hike
  • Neuschwanstein Castle Tour
  • Marienbrücke (this bridge offers some of the best views)
  • Alpsee
  • Read my Neuschwanstein Castle guide to find out more about this stunning castle and get all the info you need for your trip to Neuschwanstein Castle.
  • From Neuschwanstein Castle to Zugspitze and Eibsee: Plan in about one hour or an hour and a half to get to the next destination – Zugspitze and Eibsee – where you can stay overnight. If you drive, the quickest way might be driving through Austria. This could include some tolls for the highways in Austria. You could also avoid driving through Austria and use the German roads only (might take 15 minutes longer or so).

Zugspitze & Eibsee – 1 Day

While we have mostly focused on cities and towns – because that is what Germany is really “good at“ (besides Neuschwanstein Castle) – we also do some impressive scenery, mountain peaks, and lakes. And you will find out about them on your second-to-last stop.

Zugspitze is the highest mountain in Germany, and you can conveniently go up by cable car to enjoy some impressive views. On the day of my visit, it was extremely cloudy, so I decided not to spend the 60€ to go up, and rather spent my day at Lake Eibsee. However, you can wonderfully combine these attractions and see them both in a day.

Most beautiful place in Bavaria, Eibsee

If it were not for the clouds, I would have gone up in a heartbeat. People rave about Zugspitze, so add it to your itinerary for Germany because the views from there look incredible, especially as you can also see Eibsee Lake from there. 

If the weather is a bit cloudy during your visit (or you are on a budget), you can still take an easy stroll around Lake Eibsee, one of Germany’s prettiest lakes. It is located next to the Zugspitze cable car station so that you can visit both in one day.

Places to Visit Around Zugspitze

  • Zugspitze (Germany´s highest mountain)
  • Lake Eibsee (probably Germany´s most beautiful lake)
  • From Zugspitze to Munich:  You have to drive about 100km north to get there. By car, it should take a bit more than one hour.

Munich – 2,5 – 3 Days

Munich is probably one of the most interesting cities in Germany and there is a lot to do and see. However, It is lovely and also a great base for many day trips.

Munich should be on your Germany itinerary

Getting around Munich is easy. Many attractions are within walking distance, as they are located in the city center. But even day trips by train are super easy. There are so many stunning places around that you can just take day trips, but plan in at least one day for the city center.

Munich is a place to add for your Germany bucket list

Travel Tips Munich

Munich is probably the most expensive city on this itinerary. You can at least save money on water, as there are water fountains to refill your water bottles here. Other than that, I’m afraid that I do not have any budget tips to share off the top of my head. If you are headed to Munich in winter, check out my detailed Munich winter guide.

Places to Visit in Munich

  • Marienplatz (a central square in the city center of Munich, home to several attractions)
  • The old town (the medieval old town is known for its pedestrian streets)
  • Clock Tower 
  • Viktualienmarkt
  • Munich Residence
  • Englischer Garten
  • Read my Bavaria guide with the best places to see and visit.

Some day trips you can take from Munich: Eagle´s Nest or Königsee Lake.

If you are looking for a decent hotel in Munich that does not eat too much into your budget, check out this hotel (centrally located and quite cute).


If you have 2 weeks in Germany, you can add a couple of beautiful places to your itinerary. So, you will not go straight to Rothenburg from Bremen but to Cologne and Dusseldorf first (about a 3-hour drive).

Cologne and Dusseldorf – 2 Days

Cologne is located in the western part of Germany, almost near the Netherlands, and on your way to southern Germany, it means a little detour.

This would be your 4th stop in Germany.

Cologne is a fun and liberal city. It’s quite popular amongst tourists (also because of the famous Cologne Cathedral), so you might want to visit, too.

Cologne by night. What to see in 10 days

Travel Tips for Cologne

Cologne is one of the biggest cities in Germany. However, many tourist attractions are located near the city center, making it easy to get around.

The people here are also known to be one of the friendliest in the country – it is the German San Francisco. It gets enjoyable during Carnival (personally, I dislike carnival, but it is supposedly a lot of fun) and tourists from all over Germany visit Cologne to celebrate.

One thing I was not aware of: it is freaking cold around the Dom (Cathedral)! The architecture is quite weird, so it will always be very windy. Definitely make sure to pack something for your shoulders, even on warm days.

What to do and see in Germany? Cologne

Places to Visit in Cologne

  • Cologne Cathedral
  • Old Town
  • Hohenzollern Bridge (including the love locks)
  • Boat Trip
  • Cable Car Across the Rhine River

If you plan to stay 2 days in Cologne, I would probably do a day trip to Dusseldorf. I visited a few years ago and cannot remember all the activities I did, but I seriously enjoyed it (which is fancier and posher than Cologne).

If you want to visit both cities, I recommend not changing hotels but doing a day trip to Düssedorf instead. Check out this hotel for your stay in Cologne.

So, since visiting Cologne means a detour, I am on the fence about it. My personal recommendation is to skip Cologne and Dusseldorf (though probably an unpopular opinion) if you only have 10 days in Germany, but with 14 days, it is a great place to visit. 

  • Then it is time to head to Frankfurt, which is about 2-2,5 hours away.

Frankfurt – 1 Day

Frankfurt is one of Germany’s main financial hubs – and the only city with an impressive skyline.

Frankfurt am Main, Skyline, Eiserner Steg

Frankfurt is the city with the most skyscrapers in all of Germany – the skyline looks beautiful (night or day). It is also known as Little Manhattan, though that may be a bit of an exaggeration.  However, you can explore the main attractions in one day there.

Frankfurt Römer, where to go in Germany when road tripping_

Frankfurt Travel Tips

Frankfurt is a busy city – if you can, leave your car outside the city center and get around via public transportation. However, the train station is known for….not being the nicest area. So, mind your surroundings and watch your valuables, and head to the city center.

Places to Visit in Frankfurt

  • Old Town (and Römerberg)
  • Museums District
  • Palm Garden
  • Frankfurter Dom

So, since Frankfurt is one of our biggest cities (and one of my favorites in Germany), I have added it here – but again, just see if it fits your itinerary. Considering how many great places we have in Germany, I´d say that one day in the city is enough.

  • Also, just keep in mind that Frankfurt’s crime is quite high. So be a bit more aware here and watch your belongings even more carefully.

If you visit Frankfurt and stay overnight, check out this hotel. It is centrally located and perfect if you want to spoil yourself.

From Frankfurt, you have a few options: Either head to Heidelberg (about 90 km south of Frankfurt) or head to Wurzburg and then to Rothenburg ob der Tauber (which is a must-see place, so whatever you skip, don’t skip Rothenburg).

  • From Frankfurt (or Cologne) to Heidelberg: It is about an hour‘s drive to get to Heidelberg from Frankfurt. From Cologne, it takes about 2,5 to 3 hours.

Heidelberg – 1 Day

People love Heidelberg. Seriously, it seems like anyone who visited Heidelberg has a crush on it by the time they leave. I visited in the summer, and it was hot, which automatically means that I was a bit turned off. But Heidelberg is a beauty, and many visitors call it one of the country’s prettiest towns.

Heidelberg Castle Germany bucket list

Travel Tips for Heidelberg

Heidelberg is quite compact, and you can visit many places on foot. It is one of those pretty, small towns that have the university charm amidst lovely scenery.

However, (free) parking in the city is a bit tricky. So, if you stay outside the city center, I suggest using public transportation to get around. You can also rent bikes for a small amount of money, though for only one day in town, I suggest just walking.

Places to Visit in Heidelberg

  • Heidelberg Castle
  • Old Town
  • Carl Theodor Old Bridge

From Heidelberg, you can head to Rothenburg ob der Tauber. If you have skipped Heidelberg, you could easily head from Frankfurt to Würzburg and Rothenburg.

  • From Heidelberg to Rothenburg: From Heidelberg to Rothenburg, it takes about 2 – 2.5 hours. It takes the same amount of time to go from Frankfurt to Rothenburg.


10 -14 days in Germany will allow you to see quite a lot, but it will also be a busy time. Believe me, I am a lazy person and prefer to take it easy. Still, when I travel, I have so much power and energy that I would totally create my Germany itinerary exactly like what I’m recommending to you.

This surely is not a relaxing beach trip – but that is not what Germany is famous for. Germany is known for its exciting cities, historic old towns, and also beautiful mountain areas – and you have all that in this 10-14 day trip.  Be ready to be out a lot (and on the roads/rails), and in return, you will be rewarded with the best in a nutshell with this Germany itinerary.

Safe Travels, Arzo

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