There are so many wonderful places to visit in Germany, it is impossible to fit them all into a small time frame. Our two weeks in Germany was based around our plans to visit family in both Berlin and Munich.
Below is our two week itinerary for Germany. Full details of the attractions we visited can be find elsewhere on this site.
Day 1-6 Berlin
Day 1 – Walking tour
- Brandenburg gate
- Old Jewish quarters
- Memorial to the murdered Jews
- Bebelplatz and book burning memorial
- Alexanderplatz – TV tower
- World Clock
- Neptune fountain
Day 2-Berlin Wall
- Berlin Wall Memorial, Bernauer Strasse
- East Side Gallery
- Berlin Wall information centre
- Soviet war memorial
Day 3 Sightseeing
- Humbolthian gardens and disused bunker
- Climbed to the top of the Berliner Dom
- Spree River afternoon cruise
Day 4 Lake visits
After a full German breakfast at a local cafe, we headed out for a day at the lakes and a picnic lunch of traditional German meats, cheeses and bread.
- Pfaueinsel (Peacock Island) and Frederick the Great’s summer palace
- Gross Glienicker See, former divided lake.
- Climb to top of Reichstag building
- Explored the Unesco World heritage sites in Potsdam Town Centre
- Visited Sans Souci gardens and palaces
Day 6 Maeurpark (Sunday)
- Strolled through the fleamarkets
- Enjoyed local street food from the many vendors
- Karaoke in the park
Day7 and 8 Dresden
We took a coach from Berlin for a three hour ride to Dresden. We stayed at the Ibis hotel in the centre of the new town, a very easy walk from the international train and bus terminal, even with suitcases.
- Procession of the Kings
- Visited the rebuilt Frauenkirche
- Walked along Bruhls Terrace
- Visited Dresden Old town
- Walked through Zwinger Palace gardens
We enjoyed lunch in one of the many cafes around Fraueinkirch square, offering authentic German fare. For dinner we chose a very popular cafeteria style restaurant offering large servings of everything from pizza and curries to steaks and burgers.
Day 9,10, 11 Prague
We left early on day 9, rejoining our bus for the two hour trip to Prague.
Yes, Prague is in the Czech Republic, not Germany, but it is also on the bus route from Berlin to Munich, making it an obvious choice for a stop on this itinerary.
We stayed in a private room in a local hostel for two nights, a short cab ride from the bus terminal and within easy walk of the major attractions, tram service and local restaurants.
Day 1 – self guided tour of old town centre
- Walked along Charles bridge
- Visited Prague Castle
- Astronomical clock
- Explored Prague old town centre.
- Visited St Vitus Cathedral
Day 2 – guided morning tour, afternoon sightseeing
- Detailed commentary on Old Town, Charles Bridge and Prague Castle
- The old Jewish Quarter
- Walked along Vltava River, discovering contemporary sculptures
- Visited Wenceslas square and shopped at local marketsAstronomical Clock, Prague
- Visited St Georges Basilica and St Nicholas Churches
- Brunch at Cafe Louvre
- Relaxed in Wallenstein Palace gardens
- Visited the Prague TV tower
- Visited the Tiky Taky bar
We enjoyed lunches in the cafes in the old town, sampling goulash and bread dumplings, among other authentic Czech fare. For dinner we chose local restaurants close to our hostel where we enjoyed cheap, hearty Czech food.
Day 11-16 Munich.
On day 11, we once again joined our bus for the five hour trip to Munich airport, where we were met by our hosts. We fortunate to be “chauffeured” by our hosts to a number of attractions surrounding Munich that may be more difficult to access with public transport.
Day 1: Exploring Munich
- Lunch at a beer hall
- Visited Frauenkirche, and viewed the legendary Devils footprint
- Climbed to top of Neue Rathaus
- Watched the Glockenspiel in Marienplatz
- Watched surfing on the Eisbach River in the English Gardens
- Visited BMW world
Day 2: Visit to Herrenchiemsee and lakes
- A ferry ride to Herrinchiemsee and King Ludwig’s unfinished palace
- Lunch at a lakeside restaurant
Day 3: Museum visit and tourist drive to alps
- A visit to Sternberger See and the Buchheim museum of Phantasy
- A scenic drive through the lakes and alps, with lunch at a lakeside restaurant and Brewery
Day 4: Exploring villages and markets, theatre performance
- Visit to a local monastic museum and a tour of local villages
- Visited the local village markets
- Learned about the history of the maypoles
- Visit to the theatre, where we enjoyed a mime performance
Day 5: travel to Munich airport for flights home
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