55 days in Western Europe Itinerary

55 days in Western Europe Itinerary

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Berlin, Germany
— 4 nights
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Dresden, Germany
— 2 nights
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Wurzburg, Germany
— 2 nights
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Munich, Germany
— 4 nights
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Nice, France
— 5 nights
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Paris, France
— 5 nights
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Bayeux, France
— 4 nights
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Bruges, Belgium
— 3 nights
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Brussels, Belgium
— 5 nights
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London, United Kingdom
— 6 nights
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Bath, United Kingdom
— 5 nights
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 5 nights
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Inverness, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
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Berlin, Germany

— 4 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.
Visit Charlottenburg Palace and Berliner Dom for their historical value. Get some cultural insight at Pergamonmuseum and East Side Gallery. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Topography of Terror, get a sense of history and politics at Reichstag Building, explore the world behind art at Neues Museum, and wander the streets of Potsdamer Platz.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Berlin itinerary builder website.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Berlin is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Dresden.

Things to do in Berlin

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Parks

Dresden, Germany

— 2 nights

Florence of the North

Dresden boasts a long history as a royal residence of many Saxon kings.
On the 6th (Sun), take an in-depth tour of Transport Museum Dresden, admire the masterpieces at Gemaldegalerie Alte Meister, and then explore the world behind art at The Dresden Zwinger. On your second day here, examine the collection at Neues Grünes Gewölbe, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Katholische Hofkirche, then make a trip to Frauenkirche Dresden, and finally get engrossed in the history at Royal Palace (Residenzschloss).

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Dresden trip maker website.

Traveling by car from Berlin to Dresden takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in June, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Wurzburg.

Things to do in Dresden

Museums · Historic Sites

Wurzburg, Germany

— 2 nights

Pearl of the Romantic Road

Founded in the 10th century, Wurzburg served as the home of powerful prince-bishops for many centuries.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Schloss Veitshöchheim, then step into the grandiose world of Fortress Marienberg, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kapuzinerkloster Nikolausberg, and finally step into the grandiose world of Würzburg Residence. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Historiengewölbe mit Staatsverlies - Museum zur Stadtgeschichte in Rothenburg o.d.T., admire the striking features of St. Jacob's Church (St. Jakobskirche), take a stroll through Altstadt, examine the collection at Medieval Crime Museum (Mittelalterliches Kriminalmuseum), then take an in-depth tour of Reichsstadtmuseum, and finally steep yourself in history at Town Walls.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Wurzburg itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Dresden to Wurzburg takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In June, daily temperatures in Wurzburg can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Munich.

Things to do in Wurzburg

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Munich, Germany

— 4 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.
Nymphenburg Palace and St. Michael's Church are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Appreciate the collections at Munich Residenz and Lenbachhaus. And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Alte Pinakothek, contemplate the long history of Rathaus-Glockenspiel, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asamkirche, and don't miss a visit to Marienplatz.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Munich trip planner.

Traveling by car from Wurzburg to Munich takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In June, daily temperatures in Munich can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Nice.

Things to do in Munich

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Nature

Nice, France

— 5 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 Palais Lascaris. Do some cultural sightseeing at Musee Picasso and Musée Marc Chagall. Venture out of the city with trips to Be Free To Dive (in Villeneuve-Loubet), La Collegiale de la Conversion de St-Paul (in St-Paul-de-Vence) and Eglise de Biot (in Biot). Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Vieille Ville, examine the collection at Musee Matisse, steep yourself in history at La cité médiévale, and pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Nice trip planner.

Fly from Munich to Nice in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Munich in June, Nice is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Nice

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · 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.
Eiffel Tower and Louvre Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Popular historic sites such as Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre and Palace of Versailles are in your itinerary. Go for a jaunt from Paris to Versailles to see The Trianons & The Hamlet about 40 minutes away. There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, wander the streets of Le Marais, admire the landmark architecture of Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Montmartre.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Paris sightseeing tool.

You can fly from Nice to Paris in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect slightly colder evenings in Paris when traveling from Nice in June, with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Bayeux, France

— 4 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Mont Saint-Michel and Bayeux War Cemetery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Normandy American Cemetery and Omaha Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bayeux: Eglise Saint-Come-et-Saint-Damien d'Angoville-au-Plain (in Angoville-Au-Plain) and Airborne Museum (in Sainte-Mere-Eglise). There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, stroll the grounds of Beny-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery, admire the striking features of Cathedrale Notre-Dame, and steep yourself in history at Pointe du Hoc.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Bayeux travel planner.

You can drive from Paris to Bayeux in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Paris in June: highs in Bayeux hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Bruges.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Bruges, Belgium

— 3 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.
You'll explore and learn at Groeningemuseum and Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum. Gravensteen and Belfry of Bruges are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Bruges: Ghent (Saint Bavo's Cathedral & Graslei and Korenlei). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of Brugge, make a trip to The Markt, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Our Lady Bruges, and explore the activities along Minnewater Lake.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Bruges travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Bayeux to Bruges takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. In June, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Brussels.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

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.
Popular historic sites such as Grand Place and Serres Royales De Laeken are in your itinerary. Let the collections at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM) and Horta Museum (Musee Horta) capture your imagination. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Atomium, tour the pleasant surroundings at Castle of Laeken, admire the striking features of Parc du Cinquantenaire, and admire the masterpieces at Magritte Museum.

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Drive from Bruges to Brussels in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to London.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums · Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Shopping

London, United Kingdom

— 6 nights

The Square Mile

Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
Let the collections at The British Museum and Natural History Museum capture your imagination. Get some cultural insight at National Gallery and Buckingham Palace. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around London: The Hawking Centre (in Doddington) and Joe's Bows (in Hernhill). The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Westminster Abbey, identify plant and animal life at Isabella Plantation, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Paul's Cathedral, and walk around Hyde Park.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our London trip itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Brussels to London in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of car and train. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Brussels to London due to the time zone difference. In July, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Bath.

Things to do in London

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Bath, United Kingdom

— 5 nights

Queen of English Cities

A World Heritage Site, Bath has been one of Europe’s most popular spa destinations since the Roman era.
Museum-lovers will appreciate The Roman Baths and The Jane Austen Centre. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Stonehenge and Wells Cathedral. Venture out of the city with trips to WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre (in Slimbridge), Llanthony Secunda Priory (in Gloucester) and Salisbury Cathedral and Magna Carta (in Salisbury). Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Sudeley Castle, identify plant and animal life at Walks With Hawks, view the masterpieces at Somerset Crafts, and steep yourself in history at Bath Abbey.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Bath trip planner.

Getting from London to Bath by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to travel to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Bath

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Edinburgh, United Kingdom

— 5 nights

Athens of the North

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Let the collections at Royal Yacht Britannia and National Museum of Scotland capture your imagination. Your inner history buff will appreciate Edinburgh Castle and The Real Mary King's Close. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Edinburgh: Glasgow (Glasgow Cathedral & People's Palace and Winter Gardens) and Strathblane Falconry (in Strathblane). There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Dalhousie Castle Falconry, pause for some serene contemplation at St Giles' Cathedral, take a stroll through Edinburgh Old Town, and explore the striking landscape at Arthur's Seat.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Edinburgh travel route builder site.

Traveling by flight from Bath to Edinburgh takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can go by car to Inverness.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Inverness, United Kingdom

— 4 nights

Gateway to the Highlands

Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Appreciate the collections at Historylinks Museum and Tain Museum. Get some historical perspective at Dunrobin Castle and Gardens and Culloden Battlefield. Venture out of the city with trips to Eilean Donan Castle (in Kyle of Lochalsh), St Ninians Church (in Drumnadrochit) and Plockton Seal Trips (in Plockton). There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Aigas Field Centre, explore the ancient world of Clava Cairns, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cawdor Castle, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Inverness Cathedral.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Inverness vacation builder tool.

Drive from Edinburgh to Inverness in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Inverness can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Inverness

Historic Sites · Parks · Tours · Breweries & Distilleries

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.

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.

United Kingdom travel guide

4.3
Specialty Museums · Nightlife · Castles
Home to an impressive 25 World Heritage sites, the United Kingdom, which includes England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland, has hundreds of museums to explore, thousands of parks and gardens to stroll through, and tens of thousands of communities to discover. From Land’s End in the south to John O’Groats in the north, the country is packed with tourist attractions that can fill a range of itineraries. With nearly 30 million tourists visiting every year, the UK is ranked among the top ten holiday destinations in the world. Known for its royalty, this country also represents a diverse patchwork of native and immigrant cultures. Although Britannia no longer rules the waves, it possesses a captivating history and a dynamic modern culture, both of which remain hugely influential on the rest of the world.