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Family Friendly Germany

10 Days / 9 Nights

Berlin, Dresden, Nuremberg, Munich

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Amaze your offspring with a holiday in Germany, which will undoubtedly entertain the adults, too. We've compiled a whole load of fun, active, and engaging activities for your free time after guided tours. Let your kid choose the next program in Berlin, Dresden, Nuremberg, and Munich. The younger ones will love the zoo in Berlin. Future scientists should not miss a visit to the Technical Collection Museum in Dresden. Children with a romantic spirit will love Nuremberg, the city of toys, the most, and sweeten the stay with a gingerbread cooking class. Little film buffs will have the ultimate movie experience at the Bavaria Film Studios in Munich. These are just a few examples of how convenient and enjoyable a family holiday can be in Germany. We included bike tours in your package to keep your young ones exercised. Bucket-list worthy hiking and cultural suggestions make our itinerary and your holiday complete.

A combination of a private car and train transport ensures that you will see noteworthy sites en route and enjoy German punctuality and comfort on high-speed trains. Family-friendly accommodations and easy-breezy bike tours are the components of your next family vacation in Germany.

In addition to the tours included we can arrange a number of excursions based on your own interests. All of our tours are custom, and this is just a sample meant to give an idea of what our trips are like, and the opportunities our destinations provide.

One of our team members in the region will be available to you leading up to and during your trip to answer any questions and arrange additional local services. You will receive access to your Guest Page, with its information on the best these destinations have to offer, including things to see and do, and other inside tips from restaurant recommendations to tipping advice. Upon your arrival, we will provide you with a local cell phone that you can use to reach your local JayWay contact throughout your trip. In all of our destinations, we offer a variety of memorable 3-5 star accommodation options, including boutique hotels, charming B&Bs, and spacious apartments. With our first-hand experience, we can ensure they are all clean, comfortable, and centrally located, with local ambience.

Route for Berlin, Dresden, Nuremberg, Munich tour

3 Nights in Berlin

3 Nights in Berlin

4 days in Berlin
4 days in Berlin

3 Nights in Berlin

A vibrant cosmopolitan city that’s rich in history and contemporary culture, Berlin is constantly evolving. From the ruins of World War II to the Cold War division of the Berlin wall, Berlin has always managed to rebuild. Germany's largest city, this sprawling (by European standards) metropolis has excellent public transportation, from subways to an official rowboat ferry. You’ll find a little of everything here, from history to high gastronomy, art museums to palaces, and plenty lively bars. The nightlife here is world-class, but there’s more than enough to see during the day. Berlin is made up of distinctive neighborhoods, each with a different character. We recommend several ways of exploring the city, from a Cold War walking tour to a bike tour to see all the must-see sights in a simple and easy way. An exploration of the long and volatile history of Jewish culture in the city is eye-opening as Jewish life in Berlin has been meticulously documented. Many of the city’s art and culture museums offer unforgettable glimpses into history. Potsdam offers the perfect diversion for an afternoon, and Sanssouci Palace, with its well-tended gardens, is a beautiful reminder of the city’s impressive past. The past comes alive in Berlin, but the present is very much alive as well.

A vibrant cosmopolitan city that’s rich in history and contemporary culture, Berlin is constantly evolving. From the ruins of World War II to the Cold War division of the Berlin wall, Berlin has always managed to rebuild. Germany's largest city, this sprawling (by European standards) metropolis has excellent public transportation, from subways to an official rowboat ferry. You’ll find a little of everything here, from history to high gastronomy, art museums to palaces, and plenty lively bars. The nightlife here is world-class, but there’s more than enough to see during the day. Berlin is made up of distinctive neighborhoods, each with a different character. We recommend several ways of exploring the city, from a Cold War walking tour to a bike tour to see all the must-see sights in a simple and easy way. An exploration of the long and volatile history of Jewish culture in the city is eye-opening as Jewish life in Berlin has been meticulously documented. Many of the city’s art and culture museums offer unforgettable glimpses into history. Potsdam offers the perfect diversion for an afternoon, and Sanssouci Palace, with its well-tended gardens, is a beautiful reminder of the city’s impressive past. The past comes alive in Berlin, but the present is very much alive as well.

Day 1

Day 1 - Arrival in Berlin

Welcome to Berlin! You will be met at the Berlin Brandenburg airport and have transport arranged to your centrally located accommodation.

Through the Eyes of Kids

Suggestion to explore on your own

Two or three options definitely jump out if you're visiting Berlin with kids. A zoo is always a good idea and, having been two cities, Berlin still has two of everything, including zoos. We will recommend the best, as well as options popular with people of all ages interested in trains, planes, and building things with their own two hands.

Through the Eyes of Kids

Day 2

Day 2 - Your First Full Day in Berlin

Berlin Highlights Bike Tour

Berlin Highlights Bike Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

Berlin on a bicycle: it's the perfect way to experience this historic and lively city. Pedal around Berlin at a leisurely pace, led by an experienced guide who will make the capital come to life. Highlights include the Brandenburg Gate, Museum Island, Checkpoint Charlie, and of course, the Berlin Wall. You'll get a feel for the layout of the city and everything that makes it special.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 3 hours

See the City From Above at Alexanderplatz

Suggestion to explore on your own

One of the liveliest places in Berlin, Alexanderplatz is East Berlin's unofficial main square, with cinemas, restaurants, shops and many other places of interest close by. The EU's second tallest structure, the TV Tower standing here has been Berlin's dominant sight for decades. The express elevator will get you to the observation deck with panoramic views high above the city. You can see and plan your next move at some of the city’s well-known sights, from the Reichstag Parliament building and Brandenburg Gate to the Olympic Stadium or former Tempelhof airport, while enjoying a meal.

See the City From Above at Alexanderplatz

Day 3

Day 3 - Your Second Full Day in Berlin

Gardens and Palaces of Potsdam Bike Group Tour

Gardens and Palaces of Potsdam Bike Group Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

Potsdam is Berlin’s most popular day trip destination, and for good reason. It’s a veritable playground for biking, with many Prussian and Cold War sights tucked deep in parks and along quiet alleyways. This 6.5-hour tour includes a train ride and cruising on a bike. Along the way you'll see some of the most unique sights in Potsdam, a paradise of gardens and palaces. The tour starts by taking the train from the TV Tower shop to Potsdam, where bikes are waiting for you. At the end of the tour you will take the train back to the shop in Alexanderplatz.

We recommend to wear comfortable shoes and come prepared for an action-filled day!


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 6-7 hours

Climb the Devil's Mountain

Suggestion to explore on your own

With its hip neighborhoods and sizable street art scene, Berlin is a haven for teens. We recommend visiting Teufelsberg ("Devil's Mountain"), an abandoned NSA surveillance base built atop the city's highest point. An easy half hour's walk from S-Bahn train stations west of the city center, this complex offers one of the city's best views. You can climb to the top for a fee, and enjoy the acoustics from within the radomes that once housed equipment used to monitor all of East Germany. For something more central, head to Mount Mitte, an adventure park next to one end of the Berlin Wall memorial area. Here, you can climb and bike in a park that covers a former rail yard, and is still strewn with abandoned tracks and bridges.

Climb the Devil's Mountain

Day 4

Day 4 - Traveling to Dresden by Private Transfer

Today you're off to lovely Dresden. The drive without a stop should take about 2.5 hours, but we included a 2-hour stop in the Spreewald, a forested wetland reserve filled with canals and villages only reachable by boat, making it a rural Venice.

Dresden by Private Transfer to with a Stop in Spreewald

2 Nights in Dresden

2 Nights in Dresden

3 days in Dresden
3 days in Dresden

2 Nights in Dresden

Dresden has had one of the most volatile histories of any city in Europe, being almost totally reduced to rubble in World War II. The city today is a unique combination of remembered and honored history and a vibrant, entertaining present. There are several historical buildings throughout the city that attest to the destruction here, but Dresden has rejuvenated itself since World War II, and today is one of Germany’s most tourist-friendly cities, with an enchanting energy and entertainment all year round. Famous for its Christmas markets, Dresden also has plenty to offer in the warmer months, from museums and memorials, to intriguing new architecture, pleasant parks, and nearby destinations for day trips. History comes alive everywhere you look in Dresden, and we highly recommend taking a closer look at the city’s museums and the traces of the past in the architecture. The city also has a rich cultural program, with numerous galleries and concert taking place quite regularly. You can certainly sample hearty German cuisine here, as well as more modern Continental flavours. You’ll love exploring this lovely city and the surrounding region.

Dresden has had one of the most volatile histories of any city in Europe, being almost totally reduced to rubble in World War II. The city today is a unique combination of remembered and honored history and a vibrant, entertaining present. There are several historical buildings throughout the city that attest to the destruction here, but Dresden has rejuvenated itself since World War II, and today is one of Germany’s most tourist-friendly cities, with an enchanting energy and entertainment all year round. Famous for its Christmas markets, Dresden also has plenty to offer in the warmer months, from museums and memorials, to intriguing new architecture, pleasant parks, and nearby destinations for day trips. History comes alive everywhere you look in Dresden, and we highly recommend taking a closer look at the city’s museums and the traces of the past in the architecture. The city also has a rich cultural program, with numerous galleries and concert taking place quite regularly. You can certainly sample hearty German cuisine here, as well as more modern Continental flavours. You’ll love exploring this lovely city and the surrounding region.

Day 4

Day 4 - Arrival in Dresden

Welcome to Dresden! Your private driver will bring you directly to your accommodation in the center of Dresden.

Children's Paradise

Suggestion to explore on your own

There are plenty of things to do in Dresden with kids. One of our favorite activities is taking the train that goes through the Grosse Garten (Great Garden). Originally run by the East German equivalent to the Boy/Girl Scouts, the Dresden Park Railway is still staffed by children! The electric, diesel, and steam trains loop along a 5.6 kilometer track, which includes a stop at the Dresden Zoo. If your kid is a budding young scientist, they'll love the Dresden Technical Collections Museum, which teaches science in a distinctive building with a large brick tower offering good views. The German Hygiene Museum is also home to surprisingly engrossing exhibitions on the body.

Children's Paradise
Dresden Private Walking Tour

Dresden Private Walking Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

If you'd like to explore Dresden's beautiful and historic Old Town, we recommend this private tour with an expert local guide. You'll be picked up from your accommodation and accompanied through Old Town, where you'll explore some of the city's most famous art and architecture. Your guide knows all of the city's secrets and you'll learn about the incredible history that has made Dresden the destination it is today.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 2 hours

Day 5

Day 5 - Your First Full Day in Dresden

Private Day Trip to Saxon Switzerland by Train

Private Day Trip to Saxon Switzerland by Train

Included in your vacation package price.

Saxon Switzerland, just southeast of Dresden, is one of the most spectacular mountain landscapes in Germany. This private tour with an expert guide is the perfect way to explore it. You can look forward to a scenic train trip followed by a hike through sandstone mountains and a beautiful National Park. You'll continue to the former mountain fortress of Konigstein, then finish up at Pirna, a town with a lovely marketplace.


Activity Level : Strenuous
Duration : 8 hours

Day 6

Day 6 - Traveling to Nuremberg by Private Transfer

Today you will trade Dresden for Nuremberg. A driver will pick you up from your accommodations at your preferred departure time. Near Nuremberg, you will stop in Bamberg, a lovely medieval town famous for its tasty beer and fairytale-like buildings. The drive takes about 7.5 hours, depending on the traffic, including the 3-hour stop. Please note that this transfer does not include a tour.

Nuremberg by Private Transfer with a Stop in Bamberg

2 Nights in Nuremberg

2 Nights in Nuremberg

3 days in Nuremberg
3 days in Nuremberg

2 Nights in Nuremberg

Nuremberg in northern Bavaria is famous for its well-preserved medieval architecture and delicious local food. Head to the Old Town to see its houses, stone towers, and fortifications, and to marvel at the Schöner Brunnen ("Beautiful Fountain") located in the "Hauptmarkt" main square. Kaiserburg castle is the most famous place to visit here, with its impressive insight into the city's history. But, there is so much more to Nuremberg; this is a lively modern city with lots of interesting museums, different festivals and events and a great variety of international cuisine. Even among Germans, the city is known for its beer, sausages, and gingerbread, so come hungry!

Nuremberg in northern Bavaria is famous for its well-preserved medieval architecture and delicious local food. Head to the Old Town to see its houses, stone towers, and fortifications, and to marvel at the Schöner Brunnen ("Beautiful Fountain") located in the "Hauptmarkt" main square. Kaiserburg castle is the most famous place to visit here, with its impressive insight into the city's history. But, there is so much more to Nuremberg; this is a lively modern city with lots of interesting museums, different festivals and events and a great variety of international cuisine. Even among Germans, the city is known for its beer, sausages, and gingerbread, so come hungry!

Day 6

Day 6 - Arrival in Nuremberg

Upon arriving in Nuremberg, your driver will bring you directly to your accommodation.

A City of Toys

Suggestion to explore on your own

Nuremberg has been famed for its toys and dolls for over six centuries. As a result, it hosts the world’s largest toy fair, every winter. But you don't have to visit in the depths of winter to see some impressive playthings. We'll recommend the city's best museums, science centers, and place to see animals. Should you want to introduce your kids to memorable art, make sure to take them to Albert Dürer's House.

A City of Toys

Day 7

Day 7 - Your First Full Day in Nuremberg

Gingerbread Baking Small Group Class

Gingerbread Baking Small Group Class

Included in your vacation package price.

Join a cooking class and prepare your very own traditional "cake of life," gingerbread. Take home what you cooked, and naturally the recipe as well, which will make your friends envious back home, and learn the stories behind this cake, to share with your family as well.


Activity Level : Easy
Duration : 1 hour 30 minutes

Nuremberg Old Town Private Walking Tour

Nuremberg Old Town Private Walking Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

The best way to be introduced to a city is a private walking tour. The prosperous city of Nuremberg provided the ideal foundation for cultural and intellectual life and was a center of economic activity. Even today numerous buildings and monuments reflect its former place within the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation. All your questions will be answered during this walking tour which offers a journey through Nuremberg's rise to greatness, providing historical background and insights in a fun and informative format. The guide will also introduce you to Nuremberg's world famous Lebkuchen and Bratwurst, two tasty local snacks.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 3 hours

Day 8

Day 8 - Traveling to Munich by Train

You're off to the Bavarian capital today. We'll include standard class train tickets in your package for one of the regular high-speed (just over an hour) services from Nuremberg to Munich. If you'd like an upgrade for the first class, we can arrange that for an additional fee. We have included a transfer directly from your accommodations to the train station, which should take 20 minutes at most.

You can upgrade your transfer

Upgrade to Munich by Private Transfer with Stops along the Romantic Road
Munich by Private Transfer with Stops along the Romantic Road

Upgrade for an additional cost

2 Nights in Munich

2 Nights in Munich

3 days in Munich
3 days in Munich

2 Nights in Munich

With its traditional beer halls, designer shops, trendy restaurants and international business, Munich is a mix of old and new, German and cosmopolitan. Largely rebuilt after World War II, the city still retains its old world charm, even in the midst of expansion and modernization. You’ve probably heard of the city’s world famous Oktobertfest, a once-in-a-lifetime party dedicated to that incredible Bavarian beer along with some of the local delicacies, including tasty schnitzel. But there’s much more to Munich than drinking, and on your holiday you’ll have the chance to discover the best this charming city has to offer. Don’t miss out on the beer halls and the breweries, but be sure to get off the beaten path to discover a Munich of your own. Much of the city’s past centers around World War II, and there are several ways you can explore this chapter of Munich’s history, including a day trip to the Dachau concentration camp and a special tour focusing on Hitler and the local activities of the Third Reich. Munich is also a center of industry and there is nowhere better to experience this than BMW World. Moving slightly farther afield, Neuschwanstein Castle makes the perfect day trip, perched high in the hills over a verdant valley. Munich’s variety means there’s more than enough to satisfy even the most diverse groups of travelers. Let your curiosity guide you as you explore this unique German city.

With its traditional beer halls, designer shops, trendy restaurants and international business, Munich is a mix of old and new, German and cosmopolitan. Largely rebuilt after World War II, the city still retains its old world charm, even in the midst of expansion and modernization. You’ve probably heard of the city’s world famous Oktobertfest, a once-in-a-lifetime party dedicated to that incredible Bavarian beer along with some of the local delicacies, including tasty schnitzel. But there’s much more to Munich than drinking, and on your holiday you’ll have the chance to discover the best this charming city has to offer. Don’t miss out on the beer halls and the breweries, but be sure to get off the beaten path to discover a Munich of your own. Much of the city’s past centers around World War II, and there are several ways you can explore this chapter of Munich’s history, including a day trip to the Dachau concentration camp and a special tour focusing on Hitler and the local activities of the Third Reich. Munich is also a center of industry and there is nowhere better to experience this than BMW World. Moving slightly farther afield, Neuschwanstein Castle makes the perfect day trip, perched high in the hills over a verdant valley. Munich’s variety means there’s more than enough to satisfy even the most diverse groups of travelers. Let your curiosity guide you as you explore this unique German city.

Day 8

Day 8 - Arrival in Munich

You will be greeted at Munich Hauptbahnhof when you arrive and brought to your central accommodations.

Munich for Kids

Suggestion to explore on your own

There are numerous activities for children in Munich, starting with the Deutsches Museum, which offers plenty of interactive exhibits for young explorers. Munich’s Toy Museum is impressive and a lot of fun, with an incredible collection of new and antique toys. The English garden, which is even bigger than New York’s Central Park, is a great place to stroll, rent a bike or enjoy a picnic. The Bavaria Film Studios are also fun, especially if your children like movies. This is Europe’s largest filmmaking center, where the little ones can ride the dragon from The Never-ending Story, or visit the submarine from Das Boot.

Munich for Kids

Day 9

Day 9 - Your First Full Day in Munich

Munich Bike Group Tour

Munich Bike Group Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

Hop aboard a bike and enjoy a fun and active tour of Munich, one of the most fascinating cities in Germany. You'll see all of the most famous sights in the center of the city and also explore some of the lesser-known but not less notable neighborhoods. From historic architecture to contemporary beer halls, you'll get a better understanding of the city and its special character. Led by an expert guide, the tour will be a highlight during your stay in Munich.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 3 hours

Bavarian Alps Private Hiking Tour

Hike the Alps

Please ask your travel advisor for the cost to add this to your package

Munich is inseparably connected to the Alps. If you're an active traveler, you shouldn't miss the chance to hike in the Bavarian Alps. The landscapes are lush, the valleys are full with hidden pastures, dairy farms, and huts, and you can head for ruined castles and well-preserved monasteries when the weather refuses to cooperate. Here are some easier hikes, with more challenging alternatives on offer, to provide a fun, memorable day, no matter the weather.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 9 hours

Day 10

Day 10 - Departure Day

Based on your departure time, a driver will pick you up from your accommodation and take you to Munich's airport.

What's Included

Here are all the services provided as part of your complete vacation package. See what every JayWay trip includes.
Please let us know if you'd like to upgrade any transfers or add any additional tours or excursions to your itinerary.

Berlin

3 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Berlin Airport Transfer
Berlin Highlights Bike Tour
Gardens and Palaces of Potsdam Bike Group Tour
Berlin - Dresden Private Transfer

Dresden

2 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Dresden Private Walking Tour
Private Day Trip to Saxon Switzerland by Train
Dresden - Nuremberg Private Transfer with stop in Bamberg

Nuremberg

2 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Gingerbread Baking Small Group Class
Nuremberg Old Town Private Walking Tour
Nuremberg - Munich Train
Nuremberg Train Station Transfer

Munich

2 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Munich Train Station Transfer
Munich Bike Group Tour
Munich Airport Transfer
The package excludes:

  • Flights to and from Europe.
  • Tips for Tour Guides, Drivers and Local Reps.
  • Meals (other than breakfast if included in room rate and meals listed as included in food tours and excursions, unless explicitly stated otherwise).
  • Parking fees for your Rental Car (if you are booking one with us) unless otherwise indicated. Some hotels provide free parking facilities.
  • Travel Insurance. See the insurance link on our website
Benefits of Traveling with JayWay

A JayWay vacation is more than the sum of its parts. Our team work tirelessly to ensure your experience is memorable for all the right reasons. Your trip is personalized to maximize your enjoyment. You're taken care of every step of the way.

A Travel Advisor who speaks your language
We will make sure that all your requirements and interests are taken into account in preparing your itinerary.
A totally tailored itinerary for your vacation
Your trip is customized for you by  an experienced trip planner and an expert on the region.
A choice of hand-picked hotels and excursions
We've personally inspected and tested all the hotels and local tour providers we work with to ensure quality.
Detailed pre-trip preparation to make the most of every day
Your Europe-based Tour Manager will be in touch by email and phone a month before you arrive to finalize timings.
On-trip Concierge Service to smooth out any bumps in the road
Our local staff are at your service throughout your journey via the local prepaid cellphone which we provide.
Personalized Guest Page to make sure you're not missing out
Packed with detailed information and recommendations curated by locals on the best things to do, see and eat.

Glowing Reviews from Our Guests

4.8 / 5
Average of our Guest's Ratings of vacation packages including these destinations
Review by Nell & Christina

Nell & Christina

Michigan

Everyone at JayWay Travel was exceedingly pleasant, knowledgeable, helpful and accommodating! Your services made planning a trip almost effortless and assured there was never a concern about our itinerary, our activities and all of the details!

Everyone at JayWay Travel was exceedingly pleasant, knowledgeable, helpful and accommodating! Your services made planning a trip almost effortless and assured there was never a concern about our itinerary, our activities and all of the details!

Year : 2018
Visited : Germany
Itinerary : Frankfurt, Nuremberg, Berlin, Dresden, Frankfurt
Rating :
4.6 / 5
Year : 2018
Visited : Germany
Itinerary : Frankfurt, Nuremberg, Berlin, Dresden, Frankfurt
Rating :
4.6 / 5
Review by Jimmy, Grace, Stefan, Aurora, Rommel & Jenniff

Jimmy, Grace, Stefan, Aurora, Rommel & Jenniff

Idaho

I am glad I chose JayWay Travel. Their knowledge of each city made each experience worth having. If we had just shown up as a group in each city, we would not have had as rich an experience.

I am glad I chose JayWay Travel. Their knowledge of each city made each experience worth having. If we had just shown up as a group in each city, we would not have had as rich an experience.

Year : 2018
Visited : Germany, Czech Republic, Poland
Itinerary : Berlin, Dresden, Prague, Krakow
Rating :
4.6 / 5
Year : 2018
Visited : Germany, Czech Republic, Poland
Itinerary : Berlin, Dresden, Prague, Krakow
Rating :
4.6 / 5
Review by Cindy, Robert, Jonathan & Kornel

Cindy, Robert, Jonathan & Kornel

Pennsylvania

It allows you to see Europe without being on a group tour, but with the sense of security of having someone taking care of everything for you.

It allows you to see Europe without being on a group tour, but with the sense of security of having someone taking care of everything for you.

Year : 2018
Visited : Hungary, Austria, Czech Republic, Germany
Itinerary : Budapest, Vienna, Prague, Dresden, Berlin
Rating :
4.8 / 5
Year : 2018
Visited : Hungary, Austria, Czech Republic, Germany
Itinerary : Budapest, Vienna, Prague, Dresden, Berlin
Rating :
4.8 / 5
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