The entire country of Germany looks like an art canvas filled with splendid beauty and intricate details, whether a person is looking at the coastline, the lush vineyards, the massive mountains, or the intriguing glaciers. While every area of this country is unique, it is all held together by the same authentic history that has turned it into what it is today.
Those who plan to spend seven days in Germany can easily fit six cities into their time there. Bare in mind that each day will be packed full of things to do and not much downtime.
Day One – Munich
A fun-filled day in Munich will start with a trip to the Frauenkirche church before heading over to see the expensive cars at BMW World. When it is time to grab a bite to eat, the cafés within Marienplatz are the best. Families can enjoy their meal outside as they watch the street entertainers perform. No one can leave this city until they have checked out some of Picasso’s work at the Pinakothek galleries. The art work by Andy Warhol will capture people’s attention as well. Those who choose to spend time in Germany during the fall will be greeted by the sights and sounds of Oktoberfest. This is always exciting, but a crowded, time to visit. Those who visit around the holidays will find themselves spending some time at a few fantastic Christmas markets.
Day Two – Nuremberg
Despite the horrendous history that took place in this city, families are able to thoroughly enjoy themselves during their time there. The rally grounds from Hitler’s days are still there, as is the museum filled with artifacts from those times. While most people will simply speed past most of it, they can still wander around the rest of the cobblestone streets, as they look at the architecture and venture into a restaurant for a bite to eat.
Day Three – Dresden
Dresden is considered the prettiest area of the entire country. This is due to the hard work and dedication of rebuilding and restoring a few important attractions. The Frauenkirche church was completely destroyed during bombings that took place back in 1945. While the church laid in ruins for years, a decision was finally made to rebuild it and bring it back to its original glory. The other places that were finally rebuilt are the Semperoper Opera House and the Zwinger Palace. Families will love strolling around, as they take in the beautiful sights, as well as the magnificent skyline that looks like it touches the clouds.
Day Four – Berlin
Berlin offers extraordinary nightlife that brings people in to the city almost every night of the week, but families can also enjoy the numerous memorials that can be found throughout too. Travelers should begin their journey at the Brandenburg Gate before heading over to the East Side Gallery and then the Fernsehturm Tower for its panoramic views of the surrounding area and the city.
Day Five – Essen
Essen has long been known for its industrial side, especially within the coal industry. Much of this history can be seen at the Ruhr Museum, which just happens to be inside one of the former coal washing plants in the city. Once visitors have learned all they can about how coal affected this city and turned it into the destination that it is today, they can then head over to one of the other museums in the area. A few of the more notable ones include the Villa Hugel, the Museum Folkwang, and the Red Dot Design Museum.
Day Six – Frankfurt
Frankfurt is the perfect place to fly into and out of Germany, as it has the busiest airport in the country. Of course, that also means that the city is filled with super-sized businesses and all the employees that work within those massive buildings. Families should not worry about getting lost in the shuffle of the hustle and bustle though, as there are plenty of old-fashioned neighborhoods that share the past and are a little less busy. A couple of the best neighborhoods for families to wander through include Sachsenhausen, Bockenheim, Nordend, and Bornheim. They have unique homes from the 19th century. The museums along the River Main are also excellent choices for those who want a little more history with their time in this city.
While these six cities can be seen within a seven-day journey, most people will want to spend more time in at least one of them. Therefore, families will want to use their discretion, as to how much time they spend in each area, so that they can see the attractions that are the most interesting to them. Some people may think that they will only need half a day in both Nuremberg and Dresden. This would then free up more time and allow more than one day in cities like Frankfurt and Munich.
Once decisions are made, travelers can then create the perfect seven-day itinerary that will fit their needs.