5 Weekend Road Trips From Berlin

A roadtrip from Berlin can immerse you in centuries of history, quaint towns, and rugged mountains.

It’s hard to get bored in Berlin. With its rich historical monuments, unique neighborhoods teeming with international markets, and notorious nightlife, most people find it hard to leave!

But even the biggest city slicker needs an escape from all the chaos every now and then, and you don’t need to go far to find a little reprieve—even a weekend camping trip is a great way to recharge.

How we travel has certainly changed in recent years. If you like freedom and a flexible itinerary, one of the best ways to get out and explore is by renting an RV and hitting the road.

If you have some extra time to explore, check out my 2 week Germany itinerary. Until then, here are five weekend road trips from Berlin.

1

Saxon Switzerland National Park

Don’t get confused: Saxon Switzerland National Park is actually nowhere near Switzerland. It’s in the eastern part of Germany, near Dresden, and is home to some of the most unique craggy rocks and sandstone pillar formations in Europe.

The River Elbe runs straight through the park, and you’ll get unparalleled views over the area from the famous Bastei Bridge. It rises 194 meters above the river, and appears to be surreally embedded in the rock.

2

Dresden, Germany

Dresden, Germany
Church Frauenkirche in Dresden, Germany

You can easily pair your trip to Saxon Switzerland with some time in Dresden, one of Germany’s most beautiful cities filled with Baroque architecture, historic sites, and plenty of museums. The Green Vault is my favorite: it contains the largest treasure hoard in Europe.

Head to the Old Town to see the Georgenbau, a palace built in the 1500s, or explore the impressive Dresden Cathedral. The streets around the Old Town are lined with restaurants, cafes, bars, and shops. When it’s time to park your RV, you’ll find plenty of campgrounds on the outskirts of town.

3

The Baltic Sea

When summer rolls around, Berliners flock to the Baltic Sea on the weekends for a relaxing beach-filled getaway.

Towns like Ahrenshoop and Schwaan are beloved artist colonies, and they’re full of galleries and exhibits. Creative types hang out here working on their art or enjoying the beach, lending to the upbeat vibes that make these towns so enjoyable. You’ll definitely want to stay awhile.

4

Hamburg, Germany

Hamburg, Germany
Hamburg, Germany

Hamburg is a short trip from Berlin, but it often gets overlooked by its older, louder big brother. This bustling port city is not only beautiful, but it’s also home to some of Germany’s best restaurants and nightlife options.

The Old Town is fun to explore, and you’ll find some historic churches around here as well as the huge City Hall which retains all its original architecture. Park your RV at a campsite and spend some time exploring this city on foot.

5

Prague, Czech Republic

Prague, Czech Republic.
Photo: Jeremy Scott Foster

If you’ve got a campervan, head over to the country next door. Prague, the capital of Czech Republic, is only a few hours of driving but you might as well be in a different world. Virtually untouched during WWII, Prague is awash with colorful Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque architecture and plenty of historical monuments to boot. The castle and Wenceslas Square are two must-sees.

Don’t leave town without checking out the beer gardens or taking a food tour around town.

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One of the best things about being based in a central city like Berlin is the fact that you can explore so many diverse places just within a day trip or weekend visit, and it’s perfectly safe to do so.

Berlin Road Trip FAQs

Which city to combine with Berlin?

Dresden is just a 2 hour drive from Berlin, and is a great city to combine with a roadtrip from Berlin.

Can you do Berlin in a weekend?

A weekend is the minimum amount of time I’d recommend staying in Berlin. There is so much to see and experience!

Is 3 nights in Berlin enough?

3 nights in Berlin is enough to see the major sites of the city. I’d recommend staying longer though.

What American city is Berlin like?

Chicago is the American city most like Berlin.

Can you do a day trip from Berlin to Prague?

One day isn’t really enough time for a trip from Berlin to Prague.

About the Author

Jeremy Scott Foster

Jeremy Scott Foster is an adventure-junkie, gear expert and travel photographer based in Southern California. Previously nomadic, he’s been to ~50 countries and loves spending time outdoors. You can usually find him on the trail, on the road, jumping from bridges or hustling on his laptop working to produce the best travel and outdoors content today.
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