10-Day Germany road trip from Cologne to Hanover, Berlin, Hamburg, and Dortmund

Aerial view of the cathedral in Cologne and Hohenzollern bridge over Rhein, Germany
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Jan. - Dec.
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9 nights included
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Have the adventure of a lifetime with this 10-day road trip through Germany.

This incredible self-drive vacation package will take you through the best destinations in Germany. With this perfectly planned travel package, you will stay 2 nights in Cologne, 1 night in Hanover, 3 nights in Berlin, 2 nights in Hamburg, and 1 night in Dortmund, experiencing the ultimate road trip in Germany. Your road trip will enable you to discover the country's most popular attractions and restaurants in Cologne, Hanover, Berlin, Hamburg, and Dortmund. We'll help you experience the best 10 days in Germany you can imagine so you can leave happy and inspired.

Upon arriving in Cologne, you'll collect the rental vehicle of your choice. From there, you'll be off to discover some of the most popular attractions in Germany, including the stunning Cologne Cathedral and Brandenburg Gate.

You'll have an extensive selection of accommodations to choose from throughout your road trip. We have handpicked the best hotels and places to stay across the country, catering to all budgets. Whether you're in the mood for luxurious five-star hotels or cozy, budget-friendly accommodations, we've got you covered.

Your road trip will bring you close to the best attractions and most incredible sights in Germany. From the magnificent Alexanderplatz to the breathtaking Checkpoint Charlie and Miniatur Wunderland, your journey will take you on a thrilling adventure through some of the most iconic travel destinations in the country. Your discovery doesn't end there. Make sure to marvel at the remarkable Elbe Philharmonic Hall and learn more about the unique Phantasialand to truly immerse yourself in the local culture. As you hit the open road and drive through Cologne, Hanover, Berlin, Hamburg, and Dortmund, you'll also have plenty of opportunities to uncover hidden gems and experience the authentic charm of Germany. Whether you're exploring enchanting small towns, discovering scenic routes, or indulging in local cuisine, there's always something new and exciting to experience in Germany.

Add tours and tickets to each day of your trip to make the most of your time in Germany. You'll have the opportunity to choose from the best tours and activities that your travel destinations have to offer, meaning you'll never have a boring moment on your road trip through Germany.

Your travel plan itinerary also gives you multiple opportunities to look for souvenirs to memorialize your road trip in Germany.

You'll return home having experienced the very best of everything Germany has to offer. Each twist and turn of the journey adds a unique charm to your travel tales.

You can customize each day of your road trip vacation itinerary with flexible trip planning before and after booking. Enjoy the benefits of exploring all these great attractions at your own speed.

Your travel plan includes everything you need to experience the best of Germany. You'll be booked at the best hotels for 9 nights, with plenty of top-rated breakfast and restaurant options nearby. We'll provide you with the best car rental for 9 days during your self-drive road trip, including CDW insurance.

You'll have access to 24/7 travel support, a personal travel agent, and a step-by-step guide via our flexible mobile app. You can choose and add your flight preferences as needed. Make your vacation in Germany extra special by adding tours and tickets to each day of your itinerary.

The best services in Germany fill up quickly, so book your spot early. Select a date and start planning your self-drive road trip in Germany today!

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Hotel, 9 nights
Rental car, 10 days
CDW Insurance
Step-by-step guide
Personal travel agent
24/7 travel support

Destinations

Beautiful view of Hamburg city center with town hall and Alster river, Germany.Hamburg / 2 nights
Photo of Dortmund city centre aerial panoramic view in Germany.Dortmund / 1 night
Bonn - city in GermanyBonn
Cologne Aerial view with trains move on a bridge over the Rhine River on which cargo barges and passenger ships ply. Majestic Cologne Cathedral in the background.Cologne / 2 nights
Berlin cityscape with Berlin cathedral and Television tower, Germany.Berlin / 3 nights
Potsdam - city in GermanyPotsdam
Photo of panorama of New City Hall in Hannover in a beautiful summer day, Germany.Hanover / 1 night

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Attractions

Photo of aerial view of Berlin skyline with famous TV tower at Alexanderplatz  at sunset, Germany.Alexanderplatz
Photo of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin on a sunny day, Germany.Brandenburg Gate
Photo of the German theme park Phantasialand.Phantasialand
Checkpoint CharlieCheckpoint Charlie
Photo of Miniatur Wunderland (Miniature Wonderland), Hamburg, Germany.Miniatur Wunderland
Photo of iconic Elbphilharmonie concert hall landmark in Hamburg, Germany.Elbe Philharmonic Hall
Photo of Cologne Cathedral, a Roman Catholic Gothic cathedral in Cologne, Germany.Cologne Cathedral
Photo of Stone elephants and the arch on the entrance to the Berlin Zoological Garden, Germany, the biggest zoo in the world by amount of species.Berlin Zoological Garden
Photo of panoramic view at the Potsdamer Platz, Berlin, Germany.Potsdamer Platz
Photo of Graffiti at the East Side Gallery in Berlin, Germany, the East Side Gallery is the longest preserved stretch of the Berlin wall.East Side Gallery
Photo of Holocaust Memorial Berlin Germany Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, Germany.Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe
Photo of Berlin Wall Memorial in Germany.Berlin Wall Memorial
Berliner dom at day, Berlin, GermanyBerlin Cathedral
Photo of beautiful view of Chinese House in Sanssouci Park, Potsdam, Germany.Sanssouci Park
Photo of Old Elbe tunnel in Hamburg, Germany, which connect St Pauli with the docks and shipyards of the Hamburg harbor.Elbe Tunnel
Topography of Terror Gestapo Headquarters Cellar Where Prisoners Tortured Remains of Berlin Wall Public Park Berlin Wall. Wall Separated West from East Berlin from 1961 to 1989.Topography of Terror
Cologne Chocolate Museum, Altstadt-Süd, Innenstadt, Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, GermanyCologne Chocolate Museum
Cologne Zoological Garden, Riehl, Nippes, Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, GermanyCologne Zoological Garden
Erlebnis-Zoo HannoverHanover Zoo
Facade of the Pergammonmuseum in Berlin. The Pergammon Museum holds a world exhibition of Greek, Roman, Babilonian and Oriental art.Pergamon Museum
Großer TiergartenGroßer Tiergarten
photo of Sanssouci Palace, the former summer palace of Frederick the Great, King of Prussia, in Potsdam, near Berlin, Potsdam, Germany.Sanssouci
Charlottenburg PalaceCharlottenburg Palace
Planten un BlomenPlanten un Blomen
Victory ColumnSiegessäule
St. Michael's Church, Neustadt, Hamburg-Mitte, Hamburg, GermanySt Michael's Church
St. Pauli Piers
Schloss Drachenburg Castle is a palace in Konigswinter on the Rhine river near the city of Bonn in GermanySchloss Drachenburg
photo of view of The Brandenburg Gate in Berlin at sunrise, GermanyBrandenburg Gate
photo of view of Freizeitpark Rheinaue,Bonn Germany.Freizeitpark Rheinaue
Old Market, Altstadt-Nord, Innenstadt, Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, GermanyOld Market
House of the History of the Federal Republic of Germany, Gronau, Stadtbezirk Bonn, Bonn, North Rhine-Westphalia, GermanyHouse of the History of the Federal Republic of Germany
CHOCOVERSUM Chocolate Museum, Altstadt, Hamburg-Mitte, Hamburg, GermanyCHOCOVERSUM by HACHEZ - Hamburgs Schokoladenmuseum
Reichstag BuildingReichstag building
Chilehaus, Altstadt, Hamburg-Mitte, Hamburg, GermanyChilehaus
Deutzer BrückeDeutz Suspension Bridge
Behringer Heide

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Day 1 – Cologne - arrival day

Day 1

Day 1 – Cologne - arrival day

  • Cologne - Arrival day
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  • Old Market
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Your road trip adventure in Germany begins as soon as you reach the incredible city of Cologne. You’ll stay in Cologne for 2 nights, experiencing all the best things to do and see in the city.

Cologne has many popular destinations you can explore. You could visit attractions like the incredible Old Market. This attraction is a best-rated sightseeing destination and has an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 12,654 visitors.

When you're done sightseeing for the day, you'll check in at one of the best hotels or places to stay in the city. Your stay promises to be a delightful continuation of your exploration, providing comfort and tranquility to recharge for the adventures that lie ahead.

When you’re ready for dinner, we recommend you try one of the best restaurants in the city of Cologne, Bei Oma Kleinmann. The restaurant is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 3,597 customers.

Another of the best restaurants in the city of Cologne is Craftbeer Corner Coeln. This restaurant is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 1,165 customers.

Locals recommend Gruber's as one of the best restaurants in the city of Cologne. This restaurant has an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 625 customers.

Cologne also has several great bars that will fit all travel budgets. One of the best bars in the city of Cologne is Toddy Tapper. This bar has an average rating of 4.9 out of 5 stars by 590 customers.

Another of the best bars in the city of Cologne is Gaffel am Dom I Kölsches Brauhaus und Wirtshaus I Brauhaus Köln. This bar is rated an average of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 6,484 customers.

Locals also enjoy Gilden im Zims. This bar has an average rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 5,823 customers.

Enjoy toasting the start of your 10-day vacation in Germany!

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Day 2 – Hanover

Day 2

Day 2 – Hanover

  • Cologne
  • Hanover
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Drive 298 km, 3 hours 46 min

  • Cologne Chocolate Museum
  • Cologne Cathedral
  • Cologne Zoological Garden
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Day 2 of your road trip through Germany gives you the opportunity to experience two places in one day. You'll start your day with some exploring in the city of Cologne and end it at a top-rated hotel in the city of Hanover. You will stay in Hanover for 1 night. Have a hearty breakfast and get excited for a wonderful day ahead!

One of the best places to visit today in Cologne is the amazing Cologne Chocolate Museum. This attraction is a museum that is rated an average of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 36,145 visitors.

You could also stop at the incredible catholic cathedral, Cologne Cathedral. With an average rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars by 68,667 visitors, this attraction is one of the top sights in the area. In fact, Cologne Cathedral welcomes around 5,000,000 yearly visitors.

Another unforgettable travel destination in the Cologne is the outstanding Cologne Zoological Garden. This popular zoo and travel destination has an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 29,743 visitors.

You can make the most of your new day in Cologne by joining activities and tours that let you discover what else the city has in store for you. There are many top-rated experiences you can include in your travel plan to add flavor to your road trip in Germany. Browse all of your options and reserve your slot before it's too late.

At the end of the day, you will drive to the city of Hanover, where you will access the best hotels and places to stay.

After a long day of driving and exploring, we recommend you try Meteora, one of the best restaurants in the city of Hanover. This restaurant has an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 2,756 customers.

Locals also recommend Al-dar as one of the best restaurants in the city of Hanover. Al-dar is rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 2,837 customers.

Another of the best restaurants in the city of Hanover is Pier 51 Restaurant. This restaurant has been rated an average of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 3,154 customers.

After dinner, visit Beef and Reef, which is considered one of the best bars in the city of Hanover. This bar is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 816 customers.

You can also enjoy drinks at a popular bar like Bavarium Hannover. This bar has an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 4,434 customers.

Alternatively, Dublin Inn is one of the best bars that locals recommend in the city of Hanover. This bar is rated an average of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 2,742 customers.

Raise your glass in celebration of your incredible road trip adventure through Germany!

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Day 3 – Potsdam and Berlin

Day 3

Day 3 – Potsdam and Berlin

  • Hanover
  • Potsdam
  • Berlin
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Drive 295 km, 3 hours 46 min

  • Hanover Zoo
  • Sanssouci Park
  • Sanssouci
  • Brandenburg Gate
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Day 3 of your road trip will take you to the city of Hanover and the city of Potsdam. You’ll stay in Berlin for 3 nights.

One of the best places to explore in the city of Hanover today is Hanover Zoo. This excellent attraction is a zoo that has been rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 26,506 visitors.

To experience the local culture, see more of Germany, and meet new people at the same time, we highly recommend you go on a tour. You’ll find many top-rated and popular tours in the city, offering unique experiences that will inspire you. On this tour, you can go on an epic adventure to some of the best places to visit in Germany. You also get to admire popular places of interest.

You could then travel to Sanssouci Park for some unforgettable sightseeing experience in the city of Potsdam. This popular attraction is a park and is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 32,576 visitors.

This outstanding palace has an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 24,562 travelers.

You can also stop at the popular Brandenburg Gate in the city of Potsdam. This attraction, a stunning triumphal arch, has been rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 14,587 visitors.

You’ll have your choice of the best hotels and places to stay in the city of Berlin.

After a long day of traveling and sightseeing, we recommend you try one of the best restaurants in the city of Berlin, A Mano. This restaurant has an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 3,451 customers.

Locals recommend Restaurant Trattoria Portofino as one of the best restaurants in the city of Berlin. Restaurant Trattoria Portofino is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 2,371 customers.

Another of the best restaurants in the city of Berlin is Dreh-Restaurant Sphere im Berliner Fernsehturm. This restaurant has been rated an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 4,375 customers.

After dinner, visit one of the top bars in the city of Berlin, LIMONADIER Cocktailbar. This popular bar is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 902 customers.

You could also relax with a drink at a popular bar like Restaurant Maximilians Berlin. This bar has an average rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 6,853 customers.

BrewDog Berlin Mitte is a popular bar that locals recommend in the city of Berlin. This bar is rated an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 3,557 customers.

Be sure to celebrate another day of your incredible road trip adventure through Germany with a toast!

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Day 4 – Berlin

Day 4

Day 4 – Berlin

  • Berlin
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Drive 7 km, 51 min

  • Brandenburg Gate
  • Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe
  • Pergamon Museum
  • Berlin Cathedral
  • Alexanderplatz
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On day 4 of your road trip across Germany, you’ll have the perfect day exploring the wonderful city of Berlin. You’ll stay in Berlin for 2 nights, meaning you have plenty of time to discover the best things to see and do in the area.

We recommend you stay at the IntercityHotel Berlin Hauptbahnhof, one of the best 4-star hotels in the city of Berlin. This hotel has an average rating of 4 out of 5 stars by 14,929 guests.

The best luxury hotel option in the city of Berlin is the 5-star Steigenberger Hotel Am Kanzleramt. The hotel is rated an average of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 7,531 guests.

One of the best hotels we recommend in the city of Berlin is the 3-star Ludwig van Beethoven. This 3-star hotel has an average rating of 4.2 out of 5 stars by 3,575 guests.

Our flexible booking system will automatically provide you with the best alternatives if these hotels are not available.

You'll have easy access to popular travel destinations in the city of Berlin, like the outstanding Brandenburg Gate. This attraction has an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 160,469 visitors.

Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe is another popular attraction you could visit in the city of Berlin. This incredible attraction is a holocaust memorial and has been rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 45,023 visitors.

One of the best attractions you could visit in the city of Berlin is the extraordinary Pergamon Museum. This art museum gets more than 1,298,000 visitors on an annual basis and is rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars in 29,276 reviews.

As the day moves along, one attraction you’ll probably want to visit is the incredible Berlin Cathedral. Around 35,783 visitors have given this lutheran cathedral an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars.

Today you'll also have the opportunity to spend some time at the fantastic Alexanderplatz. Alexanderplatz is a popular square, rated an average of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 210,891 travelers.

Come to Berlin prepared by adding some tours and tickets to your vacation package. Book a popular and budget-friendly activity you can do on this day in Berlin.

After a day of exploring, try one of the best restaurants in the city of Berlin.

We recommend you eat at a delicious restaurant that locals enjoy, like YOSOY TAPAS BERLIN, after your day of exploring the city of Berlin. This excellent restaurant has an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 3,116 customers.

NENI Berlin is another of the best restaurants in the city of Berlin. This restaurant is rated an average of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 3,628 customers.

Another of the best restaurants in the city of Berlin is Delhi 6 Restaurant - Berlin. The restaurant has an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 2,923 customers.

Locals recommend Zur Gerichtslaube, one of the best bars in the city of Berlin, for a refreshing evening drink to finish your day. This bar is rated an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 2,868 customers.

Alternatively, you could choose another of the most popular bars in the city of Berlin, KASCHK by BRLO. This bar has an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 1,635 customers.

Alt-Berliner Gasthaus Julchen Hoppe is also one of the best bars in the city of Berlin. This bar is rated an average of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 1,661 customers.

It's a perfect place to relax and enjoy another amazing evening in Germany.

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Day 5 – Berlin

Day 5

Day 5 – Berlin

  • Berlin
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Drive 17 km, 59 min

  • Berlin Wall Memorial
  • Potsdamer Platz
  • Topography of Terror
  • Checkpoint Charlie
  • East Side Gallery
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Day 5 of your road trip will take you to the best attractions Berlin has to offer. Cherish the 1 night you have left in Berlin by discovering the best things there are to see and do in the city.

There are plenty of attractions, markets, and restaurants for you to experience today in the city of Berlin. Your accommodation will be conveniently located close to several of the best attractions you won't want to miss.

You'll be able to visit more of the best travel destinations in the city of Berlin, like the extraordinary Berlin Wall Memorial. This attraction is a museum and has an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 40,682 visitors.

Another of the best travel destinations in Berlin is the spectacular Potsdamer Platz. This attraction is a square and is rated an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 59,527 visitors.

You could then travel to the amazing Topography of Terror. This military museum has an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 36,144 visitors.

Checkpoint Charlie is another stop you might want to add to your itinerary. This top-tier point of interest is a popular destination among visitors in Berlin. Rated at an average of 4.1 out of 5 stars by 81,962 visitors, it’s one many travelers find worthy a visit.

If you’re interested in seeing something outstanding today, then consider East Side Gallery. East Side Gallery is an art museum and popular attraction in Berlin. More than 53,098 visitors have rated this place an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars.

Your discovery of Berlin does not have to stop there. Check out the fantastic selection of tours and tickets offered in Berlin on this day of your trip.

After a long day of exploring some of the most popular attractions in Germany, be sure to eat at Café Anna Blume, which is considered one of the best restaurants in the city of Berlin. This restaurant is a local favorite and has an average rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 3,328 customers.

Alternatively, another of the top restaurants in the city of Berlin is the popular Nante-Eck | Restaurant Berlin Mitte. This restaurant is rated an average of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 3,263 customers.

Another great restaurant we recommend in the city of Berlin is Alt-Berliner Wirtshaus. This restaurant has an average rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 3,238 customers.

When you’ve finished your meal, Gaffel Haus Berlin - Kölsches Konsulat is one of the best bars in the city of Berlin for an after-dinner drink. This bar has an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 1,365 customers.

Mikkeller Berlin is another of the most popular bars in the city of Berlin. This bar is rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 1,202 customers.

Alternatively, a great bar that locals enjoy in the city of Berlin is Train Cocktailbar. Train Cocktailbar has an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 1,196 customers.

Stopping at one of these popular bars is the perfect way to celebrate another incredible day in the magical city of Berlin!

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Day 6 – Hamburg

Day 6

Day 6 – Hamburg

  • Berlin
  • Hamburg
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Drive 295 km, 3 hours 37 min

  • Großer Tiergarten
  • Reichstag building
  • Siegessäule
  • Berlin Zoological Garden
  • Charlottenburg Palace
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As you rise to greet the dawn on day 6 of your epic road trip in Germany, you'll awaken to the bustling city of Berlin. Today, you'll hit the road once again, setting off on a journey towards the stunning city of Hamburg. You’ll stay in Hamburg for 2 nights. But before you begin your drive, we recommend taking the time to explore some of Berlin’s must-see attractions and local hotspots.

If you’re curious to see more of Berlin, start your day with a visit to the amazing Großer Tiergarten. This much-appreciated park and attraction is rated 4.6 out of 5 stars by 23,234 visitors.

You could also stop at another of the best local travel destinations in the area, the fascinating Reichstag building. This government building and spectacular attraction has an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 8,487 visitors.

We also recommend you spend some time at the popular Siegessäule to make the most of your road trip across Germany. The spectacular Siegessäule is a victory column that has been rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 25,973 visitors.

The lovely Berlin Zoological Garden is yet another attraction you could pay a visit. Around 62,430 visitors have left this zoo average ratings of 4.5 out of 5 stars.

If you feel like visiting another type of sight or don’t want to jump into the car quite yet, spend some time at the spectacular Charlottenburg Palace. This attraction is a château rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars in 25,430 reviews.

After soaking up all the sights and sounds that Berlin has to offer, you'll be ready to hit the open road and continue your unforgettable road trip towards the city of Hamburg. Hamburg offers plenty of options for top-rated hotels and other places to stay that fit all travel budgets.

After you’ve settled into your accommodation, we recommend a dinner at the popular estancia steaks. This popular restaurant is one of the locals’ most recommended restaurants in the city, with ratings of 4.7 out of 5 stars in 1,416 reviews.

The remarkable Hanoi Deli Rathaus is another top restaurant in Hamburg we recommend. This restaurant offers an unforgettable dining experience and is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 1,380 customers.

If you would rather go somewhere else, the famous Brücke 10 is also an excellent choice. This well-loved restaurant is rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 7,069 customers.

After your meal, we recommend you drink at one of the best bars in Hamburg, the fantastic Le Lion • Bar de Paris. This bar has an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 1,224 customers.

To end your night the best way possible, we recommend going to the wonderful The Chug Club. This bar offers a great variety of drinks and has been rated an average of 4.8 out of 5 stars by 734 customers.

Another bar with a great atmosphere is Skyline Bar 20up. This bar is rated an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 2,995 customers, so don’t forget to check this one out as well!

Celebrate another amazing vacation day filled with adventure in Germany!

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Day 7 – Hamburg

Day 7

Day 7 – Hamburg

  • Hamburg
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Drive 7 km, 58 min

  • Elbe Philharmonic Hall
  • Miniatur Wunderland
  • St Michael's Church
  • Elbe Tunnel
  • St. Pauli Piers
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On day 7 of your road trip across Germany, you’ll have the perfect day exploring the wonderful city of Hamburg. You’ll stay in Hamburg for 1 night, meaning you have plenty of time to discover the best things to see and do in the area.

We recommend you stay at the Holiday Inn Hamburg - Berliner Tor, one of the best 4-star hotels in the city of Hamburg. This hotel has an average rating of 4 out of 5 stars by 10,952 guests.

The best luxury hotel option in the city of Hamburg is the 5-star HYPERION Hotel Hamburg. The hotel is rated an average of 4.1 out of 5 stars by 12,777 guests.

One of the best hotels we recommend in the city of Hamburg is the 3-star the niu Yen. This 3-star hotel has an average rating of 4 out of 5 stars by 4,184 guests.

Our flexible booking system will automatically provide you with the best alternatives if these hotels are not available.

You'll have easy access to popular travel destinations in the city of Hamburg, like the outstanding Elbe Philharmonic Hall. This attraction has an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 76,719 visitors.

Miniatur Wunderland is another popular attraction you could visit in the city of Hamburg. This incredible attraction is a museum and has been rated an average of 4.8 out of 5 stars by 86,083 visitors.

One of the best attractions you could visit in the city of Hamburg is the extraordinary St. Michael's Church. This church is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars in 19,893 reviews.

As the day moves along, one attraction you’ll probably want to visit is the incredible Elbe Tunnel. Around 34,402 visitors have given this road tunnel an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars.

Today you'll also have the opportunity to spend some time at the fantastic St. Pauli Piers. St. Pauli Piers is a popular must-see tourist destination, rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 17,228 travelers.

Come to Hamburg prepared by adding some tours and tickets to your vacation package. Book a popular and budget-friendly activity you can do on this day in Hamburg.

After a day of exploring, try one of the best restaurants in the city of Hamburg.

We recommend you eat at a delicious restaurant that locals enjoy, like Heimathafen, after your day of exploring the city of Hamburg. This excellent restaurant has an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 3,912 customers.

Schifferbörse Restaurant is another of the best restaurants in the city of Hamburg. This restaurant is rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 3,559 customers.

Another of the best restaurants in the city of Hamburg is Caramba Especial. The restaurant has an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 2,219 customers.

Locals recommend Das Feuerschiff LV 13, one of the best bars in the city of Hamburg, for a refreshing evening drink to finish your day. This bar is rated an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 2,935 customers.

Alternatively, you could choose another of the most popular bars in the city of Hamburg, NAGEL Restaurant und Kneipe. This bar has an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 2,360 customers.

THE MADISON Hotel Hamburg is also one of the best bars in the city of Hamburg. This bar is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 1,785 customers.

It's a perfect place to relax and enjoy another amazing evening in Germany.

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Day 8 – Hamburg, Behringen, and Dortmund

Day 8

Day 8 – Hamburg, Behringen, and Dortmund

  • Hamburg
  • Dortmund
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Drive 362 km, 4 hours 13 min

  • Chilehaus
  • CHOCOVERSUM by HACHEZ - Hamburgs Schokoladenmuseum
  • Planten un Blomen
  • Behringer Heide
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Day 8 of your road trip through Germany is your chance to discover two places in one day, the city of Hamburg and the city of Behringen. Get ready to experience some of the most famous attractions in the area!

One of the best places to visit in the city of Hamburg is the amazing Chilehaus. This attraction is an office building and is rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 3,313 visitors.

You could also go sightseeing at the incredible CHOCOVERSUM by HACHEZ - Hamburgs Schokoladenmuseum. This store and travel destination has an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 11,044 visitors.

Planten un Blomen is another popular attraction you can explore in the city of Hamburg. This well-known attraction, a spectacular park, has an average rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars from over 21,777 reviews.

Joining a top-rated tour in Hamburg is another excellent way to spend your new day in Germany. The best tours in this travel destination will take you on an exploration to some of Germany’s most well-known attractions and best-kept secrets.

With this tour, you’ll set out on a journey to Germany’s most interesting sights. As you go along this remarkable tour, you’ll also have the unique opportunity to catch a glimpse of Germany’s scenic spots.

You could then travel to the amazing Behringer Heide in the city of Behringen for some sightseeing. This popular attraction is a park and has been rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 290 visitors.

You’ll also have your choice of the best hotels and places to stay in the city of Dortmund.

After a long day of driving and exploring, we recommend you try Restaurant Namu, one of the best restaurants in the city of Dortmund. This restaurant has an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 892 customers.

Locals also recommend 60 Seconds to Napoli as one of the best restaurants in the city of Dortmund. 60 Seconds to Napoli is rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 4,208 customers.

Another of the best restaurants in the city of Dortmund is Zum Alten Markt. This restaurant has been rated an average of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 4,074 customers.

After dinner, visit Steakhouse Rodizio, which is considered one of the best bars in the city of Dortmund. This bar is rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 3,082 customers.

You can also enjoy drinks at a popular bar like The ASH Dortmund. This bar has an average rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 2,283 customers.

Alternatively, Strobels Dortmund is one of the best bars that locals recommend in the city of Dortmund. This bar is rated an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 1,913 customers.

Raise your glass in celebration of your incredible road trip adventure through Germany!

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Day 9 – Königswinter, Bonn, Brühl, and Cologne

Day 9

Day 9 – Königswinter, Bonn, Brühl, and Cologne

  • Bonn
  • Cologne
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Drive 208 km, 3 hours 9 min

  • Schloss Drachenburg
  • Freizeitpark Rheinaue
  • House of the History of the Federal Republic of Germany
  • Phantasialand
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Rise and shine on day 9 of your road trip in Germany. Today, you'll wake up in Dortmund and embark on a scenic drive to Cologne, where you'll stay at one of the best hotels for 1 night. Seize the opportunity to explore spectacular attractions in Dortmund and Bonn before you reach your end destination for the day.

It’s hard not to feel excited about visiting attractions in a destination as lovely as Dortmund. When you’re eager to explore the city and nearby areas, we recommend visiting some local favorites, such as the wonderful Schloss Drachenburg. This attraction is a château that has an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 16,991 visitors.

Wave goodbye to Königswinter and continue your journey by car. If you want to break up today’s drive into two, take the opportunity to stop and discover what the city of Bonn has to offer.

One of the most popular attractions you can visit is the remarkable Rheinaue. This attraction is a park that has an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 14,075 visitors.

If you want to explore more, visit the incredible House of the History of the Federal Republic of Germany. This museum and attraction has an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 11,357 reviews.

When you're done with your sightseeing in Bonn, it's time to continue your drive to the city of Cologne. When you arrive in Cologne you’ll check in at one of the best hotels in the area.

We recommend you end the day with a dinner at a popular restaurant near your accommodation, like Mongo's Restaurant Köln. This restaurant offers various delicious and comforting meals and has an average rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars from 3,294 customers.

Locals also recommend Servus Colonia Alpina, another of the best restaurants in Cologne. Servus Colonia Alpina is rated an average of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 2,757 customers.

If you feel like having something else, check out the menu at The Little Steakhouse. This restaurant has been rated an average of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 2,631 customers and is a great place to enjoy a lovely meal.

After dinner, visit Gaststätte Lommerzheim to enjoy a couple of drinks and relax. This bar is one of the best in Cologne, with an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 3,487 customers.

You can also enjoy drinks at a popular bar like Funkhaus Cafe-Bar-Restaurant. This bar is a great spot to meet new friends and celebrate your vacation. Funkhaus Cafe-Bar-Restaurant has an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 4,282 customers.

Jameson Pub Cologne is another bar locals often recommend. This bar offers a great variety of snacks and drinks and is rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 3,308 customers.

End your day by raising your glass in celebration of your incredible road trip adventure in Germany, and look forward to more great days to come!

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Day 10 – Cologne - departure day

Day 10

Day 10 – Cologne - departure day

  • Cologne - Departure day
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  • Deutz Suspension Bridge
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Day 10 of your road trip in Germany is your departure day. This is your chance to catch one last glimpse of Cologne before saying goodbye to this wonderful destination. When you have time to explore the area before you make your way home, we recommend visiting some of the following attractions.

Deutz Suspension Bridge is an extraordinary attraction you could visit to enjoy your last day in Cologne. This suspension bridge and popular site of interest has an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 777 visitors.

Take a stroll along the main shopping streets of Cologne and find some souvenirs to remind you of your road trip in Germany.

You could then enjoy your last meal in the city of Cologne at Hommage Café before you travel home. This popular restaurant is rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 1,630 customers.

You’ll then say farewell to Cologne. We wish you a pleasant journey home, with many wonderful memories of your unforgettable vacation in Germany!

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