55 days in Western Europe Itinerary

55 days in Western Europe Itinerary

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Munich, Germany
— 5 nights
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Berlin, Germany
— 5 nights
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Cologne, Germany
— 2 nights
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Liege, Belgium
— 1 night
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Brussels, Belgium
— 5 nights
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Antwerp, Belgium
— 4 nights
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Utrecht, The Netherlands
— 1 night
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 5 nights
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The Hague, The Netherlands
— 4 nights
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Bruges, Belgium
— 5 nights
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Paris, France
— 5 nights
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Versailles, France
— 4 nights
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Bordeaux, France
— 4 nights
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Nice, France
— 4 nights
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Munich, Germany

— 5 nights

Village of a Million People

Often described as the city of laptops and lederhosen, Munich is an international center of business, engineering, research, and medicine that still maintains a rich cultural heritage and age-old traditions.
Visit Nymphenburg Palace and St. Michael's Church for their historical value. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Schloss Neuschwanstein and St. Peter's Church. Venture out of the city with trips to Schloss Hohenschwangau (in Hohenschwangau), St.Maria und Florian (in Schwangau) and Kirche St. Justina (in Bad Worishofen). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Munich Residenz, explore the world behind art at Lenbachhaus, engage your brain at Deutsches Museum, and make a trip to Marienplatz.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Munich trip planner.

Zurich, Switzerland to Munich is an approximately 3.5-hour car ride. You can also fly; or take a train. In June in Munich, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Berlin.

Things to do in Munich

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Berlin, Germany

— 5 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.
Popular historic sites such as The Dresden Zwinger and Mauermuseum - Museum Haus am Checkpoint Charlie are in your itinerary. Museum-lovers will get to explore Pergamonmuseum and Topography of Terror. Take a break from Berlin with a short trip to Katholische Hofkirche in Dresden, about 2 hours away. And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Charlottenburg Palace, contemplate the long history of Memorial of the Berlin Wall, pause for some serene contemplation at Berliner Dom, and see the interesting displays at Neues Museum.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Berlin trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Munich to Berlin takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can travel to Cologne.

Things to do in Berlin

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Cologne, Germany

— 2 nights

City of Churches

Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): explore the world behind art at Museum Ludwig, then admire the striking features of Cologne Cathedral, and then admire the masterpieces at Wallraf-Richartz Museum. On the next day, pause for some serene contemplation at Aachen Cathedral, then look for all kinds of wild species at Nationalpark Eifel, then don't miss a visit to Hohenzollern Bridge, and finally examine the collection at Chocolate Museum.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Cologne tour itinerary app.

Traveling by flight from Berlin to Cologne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. June in Cologne sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to drive to Liege.

Things to do in Cologne

Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Liege, Belgium

— 1 night

The Fervent City

Although decidedly industrial on the outskirts, Liege also boasts impressive architecture.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Forestia, look for all kinds of wild species at La Roche-aux-Faucons, explore the different monuments and memorials at Ardennes American Cemetery, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral de Liege (Liege Cathedral), and finally get to know the fascinating history of Coteaux de la Citadelle.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Liege day trip website.

Drive from Cologne to Liege in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June in Liege, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can go by car to Brussels.

Things to do in Liege

Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Brussels, Belgium

— 5 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.
Let the collections at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM) and Belgian Comic Strip Center capture your imagination. Get a sense of the local culture at Grand Place and St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Atomium, examine the collection at Horta Museum (Musee Horta), admire the masterpieces at Magritte Museum, and explore the historical opulence of Royal Palace of Brussels.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Brussels trip site.

Drive from Liege to Brussels in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. June in Brussels sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Antwerp.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums · Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Shopping

Antwerp, Belgium

— 4 nights
Its reputation as a business-centric city distracts many visitors from the real draws of Antwerp: its historical sites, architectural beauty, and lively culture.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Gravensteen and Ghent City Center. Rubens House (Rubenshuis) and MAS - Museum aan de Stroom will appeal to museum buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Antwerp side-trips: Damvallei (in Destelbergen), Ghent (Graslei and Korenlei, St Michael's Bridge, &more) and Grote Netewoud - Meerhout (in Meerhout). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Beguinage, get engrossed in the history at Museum Plantin-Moretus, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Our Lady, and make a trip to Grote Markt.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Antwerp journey planning site.

Drive from Brussels to Antwerp in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can go by car to Utrecht.

Things to do in Antwerp

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Utrecht, The Netherlands

— 1 night

Dome City

As one of the Netherland's largest university towns, Utrecht is bursting with young energy.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): examine the collection at Kasteel de Haar, enjoy breathtaking views from Dom Tower, and then get to know the fascinating history of Canals area.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Utrecht using our trip planner.

You can drive from Antwerp to Utrecht in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Utrecht can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Utrecht

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

— 5 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.
Get some cultural insight at Van Gogh Museum and Anne Frank House. Let the collections at Rijksmuseum and Frans Hals Museum capture your imagination. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Amsterdam: Haarlem (De Vishal, Grote Markt, &more) and Hertenkamp Bloemendaal (in Bloemendaal). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House), contemplate the long history of Begijnhof, take a stroll through The Jordaan, and take in the exciting artwork at Renssen Art Gallery.

To find where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Amsterdam trip itinerary planning website.

Getting from Utrecht to Amsterdam by car takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to go by car to The Hague.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

The Hague, The Netherlands

— 4 nights

Judicial Capital of the World

Known as the "judicial capital of the world," The Hague is the center for everything official in the Netherlands: the home of the Dutch government and parliament, the workplace of the King and Queen, and the base of many international affairs such as the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Nieuwe Kerk and Madurodam. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Royal Delft - Koninklijke Porceleyne Fles and The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery. Change things up with these side-trips from The Hague: Rhoonse grienden (in Rhoon), Landtong Rozenburg (in Rozenburg) and Euromast (in Rotterdam). There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Vermeer Centrum Delft, don't miss a visit to Rotterdam Centraal Station, examine the collection at Louwman Museum The Hague, and pause for some serene contemplation at Maria van Jessekerk.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the The Hague online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Amsterdam to The Hague takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in The Hague are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Bruges.

Things to do in The Hague

Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Bruges, Belgium

— 5 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.
Get some cultural insight at Groeningemuseum and Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum. Visit Saint Bavo's Cathedral and Cathedrale Saint Sauveur de Bruges for their historical value. Change things up with these side-trips from Bruges: In Flanders Fields Museum (in Ieper (Ypres)) and Ghent (St. Nicholas' Cathedral & Museum Voor Schone Kunsten). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Brugge, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Princely Beguinage Ten Wijngaarde, sample the tasty concoctions at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, and don't miss a visit to Belfry of Bruges.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Bruges sightseeing planning tool.

Drive from The Hague to Bruges in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Bruges

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Paris, France

— 5 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.
Popular historic sites such as Eiffel Tower and Champs-Elysees are in your itinerary. Do some cultural sightseeing at Louvre Museum and Musee Rodin. Change things up with a short trip to Evasion Canine in Fontainebleau (about 1h 5 min away). And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, wander the streets of Montmartre, stop by Le Marais, and admire the striking features of Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Paris trip tool.

You can take a train from Bruges to Paris in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Bruges in July: highs in Paris hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Versailles.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Versailles, France

— 4 nights

Royal Paradise

Renowned for its vast royal palace and gardens built by King Louis XIV, Versailles is also one of the wealthiest suburbs of Paris and home to a new cultural notability, such as a thriving artistic and musical scene.
Get some cultural insight at Palace of Versailles and Fondation Claude Monet. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen and The Royal Chapel. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Versailles: Rouen (Gros-Horloge, Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, &more). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Arboretum de la Vallee-aux-Loups, admire the landmark architecture of Ancien Hopital Royal, get to know the fascinating history of Grand Canal, and make a trip to La Galerie des Batailles.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Versailles trip tool.

Traveling by train from Paris to Versailles takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in July, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Versailles

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Bordeaux, France

— 4 nights

The Port of the Moon

With a long history of producing regional wines since the Romans brought grapevines here during the first century, so many people consider Bordeaux to be the wine capital of the world.
Popular historic sites such as Place de la Bourse and St. Andre Cathedral are in your itinerary. Lascaux Caves 4 and La Petite Galerie de Bordeaux will appeal to museum buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bordeaux: Réserve Ornithologique du Teich (in Le Teich), Grottes du Regulus et des Fontaines (in Meschers-sur-Gironde) and Lascaux II (in Montignac). There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Maison de la Nature, explore the galleries of La Cite du Vin, contemplate the long history of Prieure de Cayac, and see the interesting displays at Association Hermione-La Fayette.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Bordeaux tour itinerary planner.

Take a train from Versailles to Bordeaux in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly; or drive. In July, daily temperatures in Bordeaux can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to travel to Nice.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nice, France

— 4 nights

Nissa la Bella (Nice the Beautiful)

Well-known for the beautiful views of its famous Promenade des Anglais waterfront, Nice is an ethnically-diverse coastal port city on the French Riviera and the fifth most populated city in France.
Appreciate the collections at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Musée Marc Chagall. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Vieille Ville and Eglise St Pierre & Paul. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of La cité médiévale, make a trip to Promenade des Anglais, get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook, and explore the world behind art at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Nice driving holiday site.

Getting from Bordeaux to Nice by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Bordeaux in July since evenings lows in Nice dip to 25°C. You'll have a few hours on the 25th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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.

North Rhine-Westphalia travel guide

4.2
Architectural Buildings · Specialty Museums · Landmarks
North Rhine-Westphalia is in many ways almost a country unto itself. It's noted for its dense concentration of museums, art galleries, theaters, concert halls, and opera houses. The most populous German state, North Rhine-Westphalia was created at the end of World War II. It joined two Prussian provinces and a small fiefdom. The region's landscapes include flat expanses, densely forested hills, mighty rivers, and rugged mountains. Known for more than a century as the land of coal and steel, this was one of Europe's most important industrial regions in the post-war recovery period. Facing new demands of the ever-changing European markets, the region shifted its energies in the second half of the 20th century. Now it focuses on high-tech industries, media, and culture. Your itinerary may include days sightseeing in the region's bustling metropolises, but don't miss a chance to drive out into the sprawling countryside. You'll find a trove of quiet villages virtually unchanged since the Middle Ages.

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.

Antwerp Province travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Architectural Buildings · Historic Walking Areas
Constituting the Flemish-speaking northern section of Belgium, Antwerp province features a largely flat countryside intersected by a network of rivers and canals. The major tourist attraction of the province remains the city of Antwerp, a modern urban center boasting a well-preserved medieval heart filled with reminders of the country's 16th-century golden age. Baroque master Peter Paul Rubens lived and worked in Antwerp, providing his adopted hometown with an enviable artistic heritage. The industrial section of the province south of Antwerp, which remains relatively undiscovered by foreign travelers, contains a string of quaint Flemish towns containing Gothic churches and elegant public squares.

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.

West Flanders Province travel guide

4.1
Historic Sites · Landmarks · Specialty Museums
West Flanders province contains Belgium's entire North Sea coastline, a major tourist destination in this part of Europe. In addition to a string of commercialized beaches, the province boasts several medieval cities soaked in history and rich in architectural heritage. Bruges, the provincial capital, serves as one of the country's major hubs of commerce, education, culture, and entertainment. Away from its heavily urbanized areas, West Flanders features a largely flat countryside crisscrossed by well-maintained roads and cycling paths. The province draws a growing number of foreign visitors with its lesser-known towns like Veurne and Ostend, which boast photogenic public squares, traditional breweries, and spired cathedrals.

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.

Nouvelle-Aquitaine travel guide

4.3
Landmarks · Castles · Theme Parks