Planning a Road Trip: Germany
by Ashleigh (Awesome Escape Blogger)
Oct 9, 2015

Leaving from Hamburg

Located on the northern end of Germany, Hamburg is the perfect place to begin a road trip in the land of lager and wursts. Try to start your nine and a half hour journey in the morning so you can drive southeast to your first stop during the sunrise. From here you'll be traveling on Federal Motorway 24 towards the nation's capital of Berlin. Try to enjoy the scenery and speed limit-free driving responsibly here.

Beer and Brats in Berlin

Approximately three hours after you leave Hamburg, you will find yourself in the magnificent city of Berlin. Although you can stop here for tours of famous art galleries and museums, it's about time for lunch, so drive over to Pflugstrasse 11 for a tall stein of craft beer and some authentic German cuisine at an authentic tavern and restaurant like Hackethal's. Here you will find the portions to be huge. Just make sure you don't have more than one mug of lager...you're driving, after all. While in town you can also spend an hour or so photographing famous landmarks like the Brandenburg Gate, Reichstag Building, Gendarmenmarkt or the Holocaust Memorial.

Dinner in Dresden

Leave Berlin when you are pleased to do so, and follow A13 for two hours until you arrive in the stunning city of Dresden on the Elbe River. This fantastic city has some of the most stunning architecture, which is apparent from the Procession of Princes, the Dresden Frauenkirche, the Semper Opera House and Zwinger. In Dresden, you can find a ton of great accommodations as well as a few restaurants that serve food later into the evening like Restaurant Acheron –a cafe with upscale fare for excellent prices. Stay here overnight and tour the sights in the morning by booking one with your hotel's front desk or through a travel agent.

Touring Nuremberg

Bid Dresden adieu, hitting the pavement on A72 south until it turns into A9. The drive is just over 300 kilometers and should take approximately three hours. Despite the city being famous for being the site of the Nazi trials following World War II, there are a great deal of museums and buildings to tour in town if you would rather keep the mood light. The churches in the Nuremberg are particularly impressive and model several intricate styles of architecture that span several centuries. If you do wish to see some of the sites known for their part in convicting war criminals from the war, the very courtroom the Nuremberg Trials were held in has been preserved and is visited by many each year. You might also want to stop at the Schoene Brunnen for a few shots of this glorious, towering fountain with the gorgeous buildings in the background.

Arriving in Munich

Once you've had your fill of sightseeing, get back in the car and head south for another two hours to reach the end of your journey in Munich. Go ahead and treat yourself to a well-deserved rest in a boutique hotel like Hotel Metropol. The hotel is conveniently located in the city center near the train station for easy transportation after you've dropped off your rental car. The location of the hotel is perfect for walking tours, local eats and shopping.

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