13 days in Western Europe Itinerary

13 days in Western Europe Itinerary

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Brussels, Belgium
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Paris, France
— 3 nights
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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
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Interlaken, Switzerland
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands

— 2 nights

Venice of the North

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
On the 4th (Tue), explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, get engrossed in the history at Anne Frank House, then examine the collection at Tassenmuseum Amsterdam, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at De Duif. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Portuguese Synagogue, then examine the collection at Museum Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder, then explore the activities along Herengracht, and finally cast your line with a fishing tour.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Amsterdam trip planning website.

Worthing, UK to Amsterdam is an approximately 7-hour car ride. You can also fly; or do a combination of car and train; or take a train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Worthing to Amsterdam due to the time zone difference. In May in Amsterdam, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 10°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can go by car to Brussels.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Brussels, Belgium

— 2 nights

Capital of Europe

The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Parc du Cinquantenaire, then see the interesting displays at Atomium, then take a peaceful walk through Hallerbos – ‘'The Blue Forest’', and finally steep yourself in history at Serres Royales De Laeken. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Fondation Folon, soar above the sights with European Balloon Corporation, then don't miss a visit to Grand Place, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule).

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Getting from Amsterdam to Brussels by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or fly. In May, daytime highs in Brussels are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Brussels

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Paris, France

— 3 nights

City of Light

A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
Get outdoors at Île de la Cité and Ile Saint-Louis. Get a sense of the local culture at Louvre Museum and Arc de Triomphe. There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Chapelle Notre Dame de la Medaille Miraculeuse, explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, admire the striking features of Saint Germain des Pres Quarter, and get a sense of history and politics at Hotel de Ville.

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You can take a train from Brussels to Paris in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. In May in Paris, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Luxembourg City.

Things to do in Paris

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

— 1 night

Gibraltar of the North

While Luxembourg City boasts the shiny headquarters of several European institutions and EU offices, it is also home to a beautiful old town that's designated as a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): explore the fascinating underground world of Petrusse Casemates, walk around Parcs de la Petrusse, then steep yourself in history at Holy Ghost Citadel, then get to know the fascinating history of Le Chemin de la Corniche, and finally don't miss a visit to Casemates du Bock.

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Traveling by train from Paris to Luxembourg City takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In May in Luxembourg City, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Interlaken.

Things to do in Luxembourg City

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Interlaken, Switzerland

— 4 nights
Nestled between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz in the heart of the Jungfrau region, Interlaken became popular for its proximity to the mountains and lakes of the Bernese Oberland region.
Take a break from the city and head to Parasailing & Paragliding and Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls. Visit The Cathedral of Bern and Church of the Holy Ghost for their historical value. Change things up with these side-trips from Interlaken: Giessbachfälle (in Brienz) and UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern (in Bern). There's much more to do: admire the verdant scenery at Lauterbrunnen Village, take a memorable tour with Skydive Interlaken, Head underground at St. Beatus Hoehlen, and play a few rounds at Golf Club Interlaken-Unterseen.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Interlaken holiday builder website.

Getting from Luxembourg City to Interlaken by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Interlaken can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. On the 15th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Interlaken

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

The Netherlands travel guide

4.3
Art Museums · History Museums · Specialty Museums
Low Country
The Netherlands literally means "Low Country", inspired by the country's low and flat geography, where only about 50 percent of the land exceeds one meter (three feet) above sea level. Since the late 16th century, large, flat land areas called "polders" have been reclaimed from the sea and lakes and protected by dikes, amounting to nearly 17 percent of the country's current land mass. The Netherlands is. This is small, densely populated country lies mainly in Western Europe but also includes three islands in the Caribbean; it's the main constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The European part of the Netherlands borders Germany to the east, Belgium to the south, and the North Sea to the northwest, sharing maritime borders with Belgium, the United Kingdom and Germany. Amsterdam, The Hague, and Rotterdam serve as the three largest and most important cities in the Netherlands. Amsterdam is the country's capital, while The Hague holds the Dutch seat of government. The port of Rotterdam claims the title as the largest port in Europe, in fact, it's as large as the next three ports combined.

Belgium travel guide

4.2
Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · Monuments
A small country packing a big punch in terms of tourist attractions, Belgium sits at the crossroads of Western Europe, its cities soaked in history and famed for their lively arts, fashion, and dining scenes. Although it advertises itself simply as "A Food Lover's Dream," this country of just 11 million people boasts a rich architectural heritage, world-famous breweries, pristine natural areas, and touching memorials marking major battlegrounds from both World War I and World War II. Put the country's elegant cities of Brussels and Bruges at the top of your itinerary, but don't forget that Belgium's less-explored countryside offers dense forests, rolling hills, and lush valleys.

France travel guide

4.3
Architectural Buildings · Art Museums · Landmarks
France has been the world's most popular tourist destination for decades, and geographically, it is one of the most diverse countries in Europe. Its cities are holiday hot spots and contain some of the greatest treasures in Europe, its countryside is prosperous and well tended, and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions, like Paris, the French Riviera, the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the French Alps, as well as the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany, and Normandy. The country is renowned for its gastronomy, particularly wines and cheeses, as well as its history, culture, and fashion industry.

You'll find that the French people are very polite and may react coldly to you if you forget this. You might be surprised as you're greeted by other customers and the proprieter when you walk into a restaurant or a shop. Be sure to take your sightseeing off the beaten path in France. Besides the famous Eiffel Tower and the chic resorts of the Côte d'Azur (French Riviera) you'll find many places to visit in the form of museums filled with fine art, crafts, and archaeological relics, wonderful medieval villages and castles, diverse national parks, and local shopping direct from artisans themselves.

Whether you're touring the Christmas Markets or going skiing during winter, viewing the springtime influx of color in Provence, sunbathing on the Mediterranean coast in the summer, or watching the fall foliage against the backdrop of the châteaux in the Loire Valley, you're sure to find just the right place to be. Spring is a time when the tourist attractions are just starting to expand their hours, but it may still be cold in the mountainous regions and the north. Summer is the busiest time in France with the longest hours for many museums and attractions, but it's often when you will experience the most crowds. Winter in France is filled with winter carnivals, Christmas Markets, and of course, skiing. Fall is a time to celebrate the release of Beaujolais nouveau wine in November, as well as experience Nuit Blanche, a day in October when major attractions, museums, galleries, parks, and swimming pools remain open all night.

Luxembourg travel guide

4.4
Landmarks · Historic Sites · Geologic Formations
Green Heart of Europe
One of the three richest countries in the world, Luxembourg celebrates its wealth of natural and historical sites as well. Landlocked by Belgium, France, and Germany, this nation represents a blend of cultures, which are evident as you explore the nation's villages, outdoor attractions, and capital. If you prefer city living, discover Luxembourg City's old town, with World Heritage status. This small nation's rolling countryside is equally charming, offering castles and plenty of opportunity for recreation and leisure. Go for a bike ride, hike the country's mountainous region, or spend time at renowned vineyards.

Switzerland travel guide

4.7
Bodies of Water · Mountains · Specialty Museums
Immerse yourself in a snow-capped mountain wonderland in Switzerland's serene Alpine setting. See the world-renowned Matterhorn, Switzerland's second-highest mountain at 4,478 m (14,962 ft) tall, or zoom down the mountains on toboggan, ski, or snowboard. In the warmer seasons hike around the rolling green hillsides covered with pine trees and picturesque aqua blue lakes. Luxurious cities dotted with cozy wooden chalets and colorful flowerbeds balance quaintness with first-class cultural offerings. Indulge in the country's opulence of milk chocolate, cheese fondue, and keg-carrying St. Bernard dogs.