55 days in Western Europe Itinerary

55 days in Western Europe Itinerary

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Berlin, Germany
— 5 nights
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Munich, Germany
— 5 nights
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Nice, France
— 5 nights
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Bordeaux, France
— 5 nights
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Paris, France
— 6 nights
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Bruges, Belgium
— 4 nights
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Brussels, Belgium
— 5 nights
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Leuven, Belgium
— 1 night
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Haarlem, The Netherlands
— 3 nights
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 6 nights
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Utrecht, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
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Cologne, Germany
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Frankfurt, Germany
— 4 nights
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Hamburg, Germany
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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.
Let the collections at The Dresden Zwinger and Kunstgewerbemuseum capture your imagination. Popular historic sites such as Charlottenburg Palace and Katholische Hofkirche are in your itinerary. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Pergamonmuseum, steep yourself in history at East Side Gallery, pause for some photo ops at Brandenburg Gate, and see the interesting displays at Topography of Terror.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Berlin online itinerary maker.

Copenhagen, Denmark to Berlin is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also take a train; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel to Munich.

Things to do in Berlin

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Munich Residenz and BMW Welt. Popular historic sites such as Nymphenburg Palace and Schloss Neuschwanstein are in your itinerary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Munich: Maria-Hilf-Kirche (in Murnau), St.Maria und Florian (in Schwangau) and Schloss Hohenschwangau (in Hohenschwangau). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Alte Pinakothek, take in panoramic vistas at Frauenkirche, take in nature's colorful creations at English Garden, and engage your brain at Deutsches Museum.

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Getting from Berlin to Munich by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In June, daily temperatures in Munich can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel to Nice.

Things to do in Munich

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Parks

Side Trips

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and La Croisette. Get a sense of the local culture at Musee Picasso and Vieille Ville. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall, don't miss a visit to Promenade des Anglais, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise St Pierre & Paul, and explore the world behind art at Musee des Arts Asiatiques de Nice.

Before you visit Nice, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Fly from Munich to Nice in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Munich in June since evenings lows in Nice dip to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to travel to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Nice

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Bordeaux, France

— 5 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Place de la Bourse and Lascaux Caves 4. Your inner history buff will appreciate Chateau de Monbazillac and Basilique Saint-Michel. Change things up with these side-trips from Bordeaux: Chateau de Reignac (in Saint-Loubes), Réserve Ornithologique du Teich (in Le Teich) and Lascaux II (in Montignac). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Andre Cathedral, get engrossed in the history at Musee d'Aquitaine, steep yourself in history at Prieure de Cayac, and admire the striking features of Cathedrale St-Front.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Bordeaux day trip planning website.

Fly from Nice to Bordeaux in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Nice in June, plan for a bit cooler nights in Bordeaux, with lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can catch the train to Paris.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Paris, France

— 6 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 Arc de Triomphe will appeal to history buffs. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Louvre Museum and Palace of Versailles. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Paris: Versailles (The Trianons & The Hamlet & The Water Parterres), Fondation Claude Monet (in Giverny) and Rouen (Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen & Rue du Gros-Horloge). There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, stop by Montmartre, and identify plant and animal life at Arboretum de la Vallee-aux-Loups.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Paris trip itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Bordeaux to Paris in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly; or drive. In June in Paris, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Bruges.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Bruges, Belgium

— 4 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.
Gravensteen and Historic Centre of Brugge will appeal to history buffs. Museum-lovers will get to explore Groeningemuseum and Torture Museum Oude Steen. Change things up with these side-trips from Bruges: Ghent (Bourgoyen-Ossemeersen Nature Reserve, Saint Bavo's Cathedral, &more). There's lots more to do: enjoy breathtaking views from Belfry of Bruges, make a trip to The Markt, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Our Lady Bruges, and contemplate the long history of The Princely Beguinage Ten Wijngaarde.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Bruges day trip planner.

Traveling by train from Paris to Bruges takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. While traveling from Paris, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Bruges, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to drive to Brussels.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

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.
Grand Place and Atomium are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Popular historic sites such as St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule) and Eglise Notre Dame Du Sablon are in your itinerary. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM), explore the world behind art at René Magritte Museum, browse the exhibits of Belgian Comic Strip Center, and find something for the whole family at Mini-Europe.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Brussels trip planner.

You can drive from Bruges to Brussels in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train; or take a bus. July in Brussels sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Leuven.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums · Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

Leuven, Belgium

— 1 night
The ancient city of Leuven supports an old Catholic university and offers interesting architecture, botanical gardens, and great breweries.
On the 7th (Wed), look for all kinds of wild species at Arboretum Wespelaar, pause for some serene contemplation at Sint-Michielskerk, then make a trip to Groot Begijnhof, then take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Garden Kruidtuin, and finally don't miss a visit to Great Market Square (Grote Markt).

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Traveling by car from Brussels to Leuven takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In July in Leuven, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to travel to Haarlem.

Things to do in Leuven

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trip

Haarlem, The Netherlands

— 3 nights

Flower City

Often referred to as "Mini Amsterdam," Haarlem provides all the classical charm of Amsterdam, but on a smaller scale.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Grote Markt and Sint-Bavokerk (Church of St. Bavo). Get some cultural insight at Frans Hals Museum and Het Huis Met De Kogel Uit 1557. Change things up with these side-trips from Haarlem: Uitkijkduin Petten (in Petten), Noordhollands Duinreservaat (in Bergen aan Zee) and Zuiderzeemuseum (in Enkhuizen). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Duinreservaat Castricum, examine the collection at Teylers Museum, and shop like a local with De Vishal.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Haarlem trip builder app.

You can drive from Leuven to Haarlem in 3 hours. In July in Haarlem, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 16°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Haarlem

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

— 6 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.
Anne Frank House and Willet-Holthuysen Museum will appeal to history buffs. Do some cultural sightseeing at Van Gogh Museum and Madame Tussauds Amsterdam. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Amsterdam: Volendam (Experience Volendam & Mondial Museum) and Edam (Fort Edam, Edams Museum, &more). And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Begijnhof, cast your line with a fishing tour, and stroll around Vondelpark.

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Amsterdam is just a stone's throw from Haarlem. In July, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Utrecht.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Utrecht, The Netherlands

— 2 nights

Dome City

As one of the Netherland's largest university towns, Utrecht is bursting with young energy.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): examine the collection at Railway Museum (Het Spoorwegmuseum), then contemplate the long history of World Heritage Kinderdijk, and then explore the activities along Natuurmonumenten Nieuwkoopse Plassen. On the 18th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Kroller-Muller Museum, then enjoy breathtaking views from Dom Tower, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Canals area.

For reviews and tourist information, read our Utrecht trip maker tool.

Getting from Amsterdam to Utrecht by car takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a train; or take a bus. July in Utrecht sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to drive to Cologne.

Things to do in Utrecht

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

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 19th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Aachen Cathedral, then admire the landmark architecture of Cologne Cathedral, and then examine the collection at Chocolate Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Wallraf-Richartz Museum, take an in-depth tour of Roman-German Museum (Romisch-Germanisches Museum), then admire the masterpieces at Museum Ludwig, and finally take in the views from Hohenzollern Bridge.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Cologne itinerary planner.

You can drive from Utrecht to Cologne in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly. In July, daily temperatures in Cologne can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Frankfurt.

Things to do in Cologne

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Frankfurt, Germany

— 4 nights

Mainhattan

A global center of finance and transportation, Frankfurt is perhaps best known for its futuristic cityscape.
Appreciate the collections at Fortress Marienberg and Medieval Crime Museum (Mittelalterliches Kriminalmuseum). Würzburg Residence and Schloss Heidelberg will appeal to history buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Frankfurt side-trips: Wurzburg (St. Kilian Cathedral & Marienkapelle), Rothenburg (St. Jacob's Church (St. Jakobskirche), Altstadt, &more) and Neroberg (in Wiesbaden). And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Stadel Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of St. Bartholomew (Dom St. Bartholomaus), get great views at Main Tower, and make a trip to Altstadt (Old Town).

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Frankfurt holiday planner.

You can take a train from Cologne to Frankfurt in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or take a bus. In July in Frankfurt, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to travel to Hamburg.

Things to do in Frankfurt

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Hamburg, Germany

— 1 night

Gateway to the World

As the country's biggest port and one of the busiest in all of Europe, Hamburg has a well-deserved reputation as Germany's Gateway to the World.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sun): admire the landmark architecture of St. Michael's Church, then admire the landmark architecture of Speicherstadt, and then steep yourself in history at Alter Elbtunnel.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Hamburg route planner.

You can fly from Frankfurt to Hamburg in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Frankfurt in July, expect nights in Hamburg to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hamburg

Historic Sites

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.

Nouvelle-Aquitaine travel guide

4.3
Landmarks · Castles · Theme Parks

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.

Flemish Brabant Province travel guide

3.9
Architectural Buildings · Spas · Landmarks
The heart of Belgium, the Flemish Brabant province surrounds Brussels, one of Europe's major centers of culture, politics, and commerce. This province forms the core of Belgian beer territory, known around the world for its production of quality brews. Despite its relatively small size, Flemish Brabant boasts the country's highest concentration of breweries, from family-run operations to major international establishments. Leuven, the provincial capital, serves as the beer industry's major hub and contains the longest bar in Europe, composed of a string of centrally located cafes and restaurants. This region contains over 1,800 km (1,100 mi) of marked cycling trails, so you can easily tour Leuven and the rest of the province on a bicycle.

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.

Utrecht Province travel guide

4.2
Specialty Museums · Historic Walking Areas · Observation Decks

North Rhine-Westphalia travel guide

4.3
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.

Hesse travel guide

4.2
Architectural Buildings · Sacred & Religious Sites · Specialty Museums
Though relatively small in size, Hesse is not only rich in tradition, culture, and art, but also in numerous modern tourist attractions. This is one of the country's most prosperous regions. It includes the city of Frankfurt, a global financial powerhouse renowned for its futuristic skyline. The region is known for its outstanding public transportation, high quality of life, leafy parks, and lively nightlife. The city streets are lined with small cafes, innovative museums, bustling beer halls, and an array of other places to visit while in town. Hesse also contains huge green areas interspersed with lush river valleys and pristine national parks. Its quiet countryside surrounds hillside villages and medieval towns. Be sure to indulge in some of the local specialties while on your holiday: outstanding white wines, apple ciders, and a wide range of award-winning cheeses.