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Germany Travel Itinerary

Germany is impressive. Picture this: Natural and architectural wonders, distinctive dishes and beers, and a fascinating history. The country is a feast for the eyes, mouth, and mind. Our Germany itinerary takes you on an adventure through five major cities. From skyscrapers to historical landmarks, museums to parties, and a constant cool factor - we've got all interests covered.

 

We offer one-country passes to Germany at our dedicated German Rail Passes site.

Itinerary highlights

Cities visited on this trip:

 

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Frankfurt, Germany

Frankfurt is the financial capital of Europe - for proof, just look at its modern skyscrapers and the giant Euro Sculpture in front of the European Central Bank. Go to Main Tower and take an elevator to its viewing platform. On a clear day you’ll be able to see above the entire city, the river Main, and their surrounding areas.

Another architectural delight is the My Zeil shopping center, located on Frankfurt’s bustling shopping street Zeil. The building’s remarkable curved glass roof and vortex-shaped facade has to be seen to be believed. Afterwards, step back into nature at the City Forest (Stadtwald), Germany’s biggest inner-city forest.

tip-image Eurail pass holders get a FREE ride on the “Shopping Express” luxury coach service from Frankfurt central station to Wertheim Village shopping outlet – just show your pass to the driver.
View of Frankfurt

From Frankfurt to Cologne

Travel time:

1h10m

Transfer:

0

Reservation needed:

  • Frankfurt, Germany

    Frankfurt am Main Hbf

  • 1h 10m

    Reservation optional

  • Cologne, Germany

    Köln Hbf

Cologne (Köln), Germany

The magnificent Cologne Cathedral (Kölner Dom) welcomes you when you arrive in Cologne – it lies on the doorstep of the main train station. Reach the top of the South Tower’s spiral staircase and be rewarded with a sweeping view over the river Rhine. The nearby Hohenzollern Bridge is covered with love padlocks.

Cultural buffs have a smorgasbord of museums and galleries to discover. Modern art fans should go to Museum Ludwig. If you like big celebrations, time your visit for the crazy Carnival in February, or Christopher Street Day and the Cologne Lights Festival (Kölner Lichter) in July.

tip-image Get 20% off boat daytrips on the river Rhine between Cologne and Mainz, operated by KD German Rhine Line. Reservations are only available in person – show your Eurail pass at the dock.
Cologne by night

From Cologne to Berlin

Travel time:

5h20m

Transfer:

0

Reservation needed:

  • Cologne, Germany

    Köln Hbf

  • 5h 20m

    Reservation optional

  • Berlin, Germany

    Berlin Hbf

Berlin, Germany

Berlin. The capital of cool. It has an exciting mix of history, culture, and nightlife, with discoveries at every corner. Make sure you add the East Side Gallery to your Berlin itinerary – it’s the world’s largest open-air gallery with murals painted across almost a mile (1.3 kilometers) of the former Berlin Wall.

One of the most iconic symbols of the city is the 18th century Brandenburg Gate. Minutes away lies the Holocaust Memorial. Its thought-provoking design and underlying museum leave a somber reminder worth reflecting on – definitely a must for your Germany itinerary.

tip-image Take a daytrip to Potsdam, famous for its parks and palaces. The regional train from Berlin takes less than 30 minutes and is FREE with your Eurail pass.
Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany

From Berlin to Dresden

Travel time:

2h6m

Transfer:

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Reservation needed:

  • Berlin, Germany

    Berlin Hbf

  • 2h 6m

    Reservation required

  • Dresden, Germany

    Dresden Hbf

Dresden, Germany

Dresden is a cultural and architectural gem. It was called the “Jewel Box” thanks to its former role as the royal residence of the kings of Saxony. Most of Dresden’s historical center was destroyed by bombings in 1945, but much has been restored to its former glory.

The city's inner old town holds several treasures, including Dresden's signature landmark the Church of Our Lady (Frauenkirche). Its ruins were left untouched for over 40 years after the bombings. Reopened in 2005, it now symbolizes hope and reconciliation. Semper Opera is another architectural masterpiece. It's an opera house, concert hall, and ballet stage, all in one grand setting.

Semper Opera House in Dresden, Germany

From Dresden to Munich

Travel time:

6h23m

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  • Dresden, Germany

    Dresden Hbf

  • 6h 23m
  • Munich, Germany

    München Hbf

Munich (München), Germany

Munich, Germany: home of proud Bavarians; kingdom of world-class beer. The main square Marienplatz is a great starting point for exploring the Old Town. Minutes away is the Hofbräuhaus, a definite must-see on your Munich itinerary. The world’s most famous beer hall has been around since 1589.

Still up for more beer? Take a daytrip to Andechs Monastery, where Benedictine monks have been brewing beer since 1455. To gain an insight into the sad events of the Holocaust, visit the Dachau Concentration Camp. It provides a chilling account of the first National Socialist concentration camp. Tours are free.

tip-image Take a daytrip to Neuschwanstein Castle. This hilltop fairytale palace was the inspiration for Disney's Sleeping Beauty Castle. It's 2 hours away from Munich, close to the Austrian border.
Oktoberfest in Munich

For this itinerary we recommend:

  • The German Rail Pass
  • Travel days: 4 days within 1 month

 

For ICE trains in Germany it's not mandatory to have a reservation. However, we recommend you to buy a reservation for these trains, especially if you're traveling in a group. If you travel without a reservation, you might get asked to leave your seat because someone else reserved it. 

 

These reservations are not included in your Eurail Pass. Make sure to book your seats in advance, there are limited seats available for Eurail Pass holders. It's also possible to avoid reservations all together, simply by taking regional trains

What are my Pass options?

German Rail Pass
The ultimate Pass for train travel in Germany.

Eurail Global Pass
Lets you travel in 33 countries, including Germany.