19 days in Western Europe Itinerary

19 days in Western Europe Itinerary

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Paris, France
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Bruges, Belgium
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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Berlin, Germany
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Zurich, Switzerland
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Barcelona, Spain
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Rome, Italy
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Stockholm, Sweden
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Helsinki, Finland
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Paris, France

— 1 night

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.
On the 28th (Tue), take a stroll through Montmartre, then admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, then admire the striking features of Luxembourg Palace, and finally stroll the grounds of The Paris Catacombs. On the 29th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a stroll through Île de la Cité, then take a stroll through Le Marais, and then make a trip to Louvre Museum.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Paris online trip maker.

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Paris is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of car and train. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Riyadh to Paris due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Riyadh in March, things will get cooler in Paris: highs are around 13°C and lows about 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Bruges.

Things to do in Paris

Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Shopping

Bruges, Belgium

— 2 nights

Venice of the North

The medieval town of Bruges centers around a canal, and the architecture of its historical district has made it a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Minnewater Lake, raise your glass at 2be Beer Wall, take in panoramic vistas at Belfry of Bruges, then contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Brugge, and finally examine the collection at Friet Museum. On the 31st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to The Markt, admire the landmark architecture of Stadhuis, admire the masterpieces at Groeningemuseum, examine the collection at Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Onze-Lieve-Vrouw ter Potterie, and finally stop by Carpentier-Goegebeuer.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Bruges travel itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Paris to Bruges in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In March, daily temperatures in Bruges can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Bruges

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Nightlife

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 1st (Sat), learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at ARTIS, appreciate the extensive heritage of Begijnhof, then steep yourself in history at Anne Frank House, and finally take a stroll through Red Light District. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun): admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum and then enjoy the sand and surf at Zandvoort aan Zee.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Amsterdam tour website.

Traveling by car from Bruges to Amsterdam takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In March, daytime highs in Amsterdam are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can travel to Copenhagen.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums · Beaches

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Copenhagen, Denmark

— 2 nights

City of Beautiful Towers

Founded in the 10th century as a Viking fishing village, Copenhagen has morphed into the cultural, political, and economic powerhouse of the country.
On the 3rd (Mon), take a stroll through Stroeget, then explore the historical opulence of Rosenborg Castle, and then wander the streets of Gammel Strand. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Copenhagen ZOO, take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Denmark, and then take a leisurely stroll along Nyhavn.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Copenhagen day trip planner.

You can fly from Amsterdam to Copenhagen in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. April in Copenhagen sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 3°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to travel to Berlin.

Things to do in Copenhagen

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks

Berlin, Germany

— 2 nights

Athens of the Spree

The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Memorial of the Berlin Wall, then take a stroll through Potsdamer Platz, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Zoo Berlin, and finally pause for some photo ops at The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe. Here are some ideas for day two: head outdoors with Strandbad Tegeler See and then steep yourself in history at Charlottenburg Palace.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Berlin attractions planner.

You can fly from Copenhagen to Berlin in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Berlin

Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature

Zurich, Switzerland

— 1 night

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): explore the activities along Lake Zurich and then take a stroll through Old Town.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Zurich driving holiday planner.

You can fly from Berlin to Zurich in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. April in Zurich sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Zurich

Neighborhoods · Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Barcelona, Spain

— 2 nights

Jewel of the Mediterranean

Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, make a trip to Casa Batllo, then wander the streets of El Barri Gòtic, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de La Barceloneta. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll around Parc Guell, don't miss a visit to Casa Mila - La Pedrera, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Barcelona road trip site.

Traveling by flight from Zurich to Barcelona takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Zurich in April, things will get a bit warmer in Barcelona: highs are around 22°C and lows about 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can travel to Rome.

Things to do in Barcelona

Parks · Historic Sites · Beaches · Outdoors

Rome, Italy

— 2 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): delve into the distant past at Colosseum, then steep yourself in history at Palatine Hill, then take a stroll through Trastevere, and finally don't miss a visit to Trevi Fountain. Keep things going the next day: explore the ancient world of Pantheon, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, and then pedal to the sights with Gazebike.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Rome day trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Rome takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. April in Rome sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Stockholm.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Tours · Outdoors

Stockholm, Sweden

— 2 nights

Beauty by the Water

One of Europe's most culturally diverse cities, Stockholm extends over 14 islands, united by a series of tunnels and bridges.
On the 12th (Wed), get to know the fascinating history of Monteliusvagen, step off the mainland to explore Langholmen, then take an in-depth tour of Vasa Museum, and finally examine the collection at Skansen. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Sodermalm, then get interesting insight from GoBoat, then get engrossed in the history at Royal Palace, and finally take a stroll through Stockholm Old Town.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Stockholm online road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Rome to Stockholm takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and train. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Rome in April; daily highs in Stockholm reach 11°C and lows reach 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Stockholm

Museums · Nature · Parks · Neighborhoods

Helsinki, Finland

— 1 day

Daughter of the Baltic

Finland's largest and most populated metropolis, the maritime town of Helsinki boasts varied architecture, a lively cafe culture, and plethora of picturesque natural delights.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): visit Ullanlinna, then contemplate the waterfront views at Ruoholahti Canal, and then explore the historical opulence of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Helsinki trip builder tool.

Getting from Stockholm to Helsinki by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Stockholm to Helsinki. In April, daily temperatures in Helsinki can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Nature · Parks · Neighborhoods · Museums

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.

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.

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.

Denmark travel guide

4.2
Theme Parks · Historic Walking Areas · Castles
Known for its old-fashioned charm, Denmark often is referenced as a fairy-tale setting by visitors and locals alike. With quaint cobblestone streets leading the way to art galleries, museums, and historical sights, plus a modern and easily accessible public transportation system, Denmark seamlessly blends its rich history with modern advancements. Be inspired by the works of local legends, including the fairy tales of Hans Christian Andersen, the symphonies of Carli Nielsen, and the astronomy work of Tycho Brahe, then play a bit at amusement parks like Legoland. Visitors often find themselves developing "hygge," the untranslatable Danish trait that encapsulates a sense of coziness and contentment, which is thought to have a great deal of influence on Denmark's standing as one of the happiest nations on the planet.

Germany travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Germany is the home of high culture, fine art, classical music, world-class sports, award-winning cuisine--and some of the world's best beers. It's also one of the major economic and political powers of the European continent. One of the founding members of the European Union, Germany is a federation of 16 states. Each boasts its own distinct culture, art, cuisine, regional traditions, and array of things to do. The country is known worldwide for its precision engineering and high-tech products. Equally, though, Germany is admired for its old-world charm and what is locally known as gemutlichkeit (coziness). This is one of the easiest countries in the world to explore, offering an abundance of sightseeing opportunities. German transportation runs with German efficiency. Therefore, getting around the various regions is almost always easy, quick, and pleasant. Visit the cities to explore museums, art galleries, modern restaurants, and trendy shops. Also be sure to venture deeper into the countryside. Here, you can discover ancient castles and bustling little villages. Often in these off-the-beaten-path areas, the main tourist attraction remains the simple hospitality of the friendly locals.

Switzerland travel guide

4.7
Bodies of Water · Mountains · Landmarks
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.

Spain travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Landmarks · Architectural Buildings
A colorful country known for its relaxed lifestyle, vibrant nightlife, excellent food, and world-famous folklore and festivals, Spain boasts a huge number of World Heritage Sites and other spectacular places to visit. It also deserves its reputation as a beach vacation destination; the Western edge of the Mediterranean Sea is home to some of the world’s top beaches. But Spain’s geography is so much more than just soft, sandy shores. Its landscapes are as diverse as its people, ranging from lush meadows and snowy mountains to huge marshes and sprawling deserts. The countryside bursts with unspoiled villages of timeless beauty and old-world charm, as well as vast and varied nature preserves.

Italy travel guide

4.6
Landmarks · Ruins · Sacred & Religious Sites
Italy is a land of high fashion, fine art, exquisite architecture, luxury sports cars, outstanding cuisine--and an insatiable taste for "la dolce vita." It's also home to the greatest number of World Heritage Sites in the world, making it an ideal place for your next holiday. The country boasts a varied landscape of mountain ranges, alpine lakes, and coastal towns, so it's no wonder travelers often refer to it as the bel paese (beautiful country). With so many places to visit, visitors often have a difficult time planning their itinerary. The smaller villages each feature a distinct character and a blend of architecture, art, and cuisine. In the country, you'll find countless archeological sites dating back to Roman times and beyond. The country's cities and seaside resorts are cosmopolitan powerhouses with museums, galleries, restaurants, shops, open-air markets, and pedestrian-friendly historic areas.

Sweden travel guide

4.2
History Museums · Specialty Museums · Landmarks
Mother Svea
Once the land of the Vikings, Sweden today combines a long and fascinating history with a propensity for the very modern. The grand Romanesque churches that dot the countryside contrast with the clean, simple lines and partiality for organization the country is known for. With its reverence for the shy, reserved, and considerate, the nation exudes a sensation of being comfortable. Peek into the quiet lives from afar, gather around traditional "fika" coffee with loved ones, or dine on meatballs, herring, and potatoes. Immerse yourself in nature among the forests and trails so respected by their citizens, and take in the latest design and cultural offerings in this modest yet aesthetically savvy country.

Finland travel guide

4.2
Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Castles
Land of a Thousand Lakes
Combining vast Nordic wilderness with bustling hip cities, Finland offers something to delight and surprise all its visitors. Generally speaking, the northern region is populated by unspoiled pine forests, glistening blue lakes, and a plethora of interesting wildlife, while the south is home to the nation's thoroughly modern urban centers. Although Finland holds the title of most sparsely populated county in the European Union, restaurants, bars, and nightclubs in cities like Helsinki, Espoo, and Tampere are often packed with fun-loving Finns. Do bring your dancing shoes, but don't forget your hiking boots either--you'll want to make use of the country's 37 national parks, spread throughout this "Land of a Thousand Lakes."