- Time: 7 days
- Expenses: less than $78 or 65€ per person per day (excludes airfares, rental car)
- Season: spring, summer, fall
Money and time-saving tips:
- Find accommodation outside of the city center, the prices are lower and the public transport is nicely organized in both of the cities. The transport tickets include trams U-Bahn, buses and S-Bahn,
- plan on visiting a lot of museums? Buy a museum card!
- buy the cheapest flight to one of the cities and start from there.
When we think of Germany, these are the things that immediately pop in our head: beer, vibrant cities, extraordinary art, touching history and amazing architecture. This itinerary shows you two great German cities, Berlin and Munich, that are so similar yet so different. In both, you’ll find amazing cathedrals, museums, detailed art and history, yet the vibe in each is very different. You have to experience it by yourself, to fully understand what we are talking about. We loved every inch of it!
The trip from one city to another is 373 miles/600 kilometers long. You can rent a car and experience the German ‘Autobahn’, take the train or you can even fly from one city to the next if you’re on a tight schedule.
Staying little out of the city center will save you some money in both cities. If you are on a tight budget, you can easily save money with food and main attractions (check if it’s better to buy a pass card). Alcohol is a little more expensive, but don’t let this stop you from trying some delicious German Beers.
Here is our 7-day itinerary of two extraordinary German cities, Berlin and Munich.
Our 7-day itinerary:
1.-4. day Berlin
5.-7. day Munich
Put on your comfy shoes and start the trip with a walk in the park named Tiergarten. In the middle of the park is the Victory Column which you can climb to the top for only $3,5/3€. The Column was built in 1864 to commemorate the Prussian victory in the Danish-Prussian War. It offers beautiful views of the park, where your eyes can see as far as the Brandenburg Gate.
After a stroll through Tiergarten, your next stop is Reichstag, the astonishing Parliament Building.Later continue to the Brandenburg Gate, commemorating the successful restoration of order during the early Batavian Revolution. This landmark was built on the same spot as the former city gate, which marked the start of the road from Berlin to the town of Brandenburg an der Havel.Head to another touching commemoration, the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe. Walking among the status makes you feel agitated and disturbing. The atmosphere is designed to make you out of touch as it’s so easy to lose sight of other people in it, kind of like a maze. The creator really made a good job making this memorial special, as it deserves.
After grabbing some lunch or stopping for coffee, head trough Potsdamer Square to your next point Topography of Terror a museum on the site of the buildings which were used during the Nazi regime from 1933 to 1945 as the SS Reich Main Security Office.
Your last stop for the day is Checkpoint Charlie or also known as the “Checkpoint C” operated by the Western Allies after the II World War. Checkpoint Charlie was the best-known Berlin Wall crossing point between East Berlin and West Berlin during the Cold War (1947–1991).
Take a tour of the underground which will take you back to the time during the II World War. The Berlin Underworlds e.V. offers different tours of the underground that will give you chills. The tour guides do a good job putting you in hypothetical situations that allows you to somewhat experience the past events.
Next, take a walk through Mauerpark. If you happen to be there on a Sunday, you’re lucky as you’ll see a lot of things happening. From festivals to people just chilling and having picnics.
Head to The Gendarmenmarkt a square connecting the Konzerthaus (concert hall) and the French and German Churches. Amazing architecture!
In the evening be sure to book one of the many Beer tours. The tours take you through Berlin teaching you a bit of history as you are tasting and learning the history of Beer and about German Beer.
This day is reserved for the amazing museums Berlin has to offer. Start from the Museum Island. You can choose between the Pergamon Museum, Old National Gallery, the DDR Museum and many more…
Don’t forget to take the time to enjoy the beautiful architecture that Berlin Cathedral Church has to offer.
A must stop is also the Marx-Engels-Forum.
Enjoy the last evening in Berlin by visiting one of theirs great restaurants and pubs.
Your last day in Berlin concludes with an astonishing view from Berliner Fernsehturm – Television Tower. Berliner Fernsehturm is 1207 feet/368 meters high tower. This is the tallest structure in Germany, where you can enjoy the view of Berlin from the observation deck including a bar at a height of 666 feet/203 meters.
Take a walk trough Alexanderplatz – Square and continue on to your next and last stop of the day, The East Side Gallery.
The East Side Gallery is an open-air gallery of a series of beautiful and interesting murals painted on a 0,8 miles/1,316 kilometers long remains of the Berlin Wall. The East Side Gallery is a monument to the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989.In the afternoon, get going to your other destination, a 373 miles/600 kilometers long drive will take you through the beautiful German landscape.
This day is going to be all about the center of Munich. Get lost in the small streets, wander around and take in the beautiful architecture.
Some must-sees through the city are the Victuals Market, St. Peter’s Church, Old Town Hall, Marienplatz, New Town Hall, English Garden, The Munich Residence and the Odeonsplatz. Don’t forget to take a break and taste some of their delicious beer and great food. Vegan and vegetarian options are available mostly in the form of falafel, all around.
We really recommend this, even if you’re not a big fan of museums. Visit the Masterpieces of Science and Technology in the Deutsches Museum. Discovering the stories and innovations will take the whole day. Make sure you are there as soon the museum opens, so you’ll have enough time to see it all. From the high-voltage demonstration to the planetarium it is a place for adults and children to enjoy. We had a blast!In the evening check out the buzzing city center.
A sunny day is perfect for exploring the Olympic Park in Munich. Unique architectural buildings since the Olympic Games in 1972 is a great place to enjoy some concerts, sports events and a picnic in the park. Take your time to look around. This massive complex is the largest roof in the world, which spans over 700,000 feet/213,360 meters.
For a great view take the elevator to a 955 feet/291 meters high tower. The city’s highest building, with the viewing platform on an altitude of 623 feet/190 meters. It will give you some of the most spectacular panoramic views of Munich.Across the street from the tower, there are the Olympic Village accommodations, also worth a quick peek.
After lunch, to conclude your journey with some great cars ever made, visit the BMW museum. The museum shows development throughout the company’s history. Here you’ll find engines, aircraft, motorcycles, and vehicles of possible variations.
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