12 days in Western Europe Itinerary

12 days in Western Europe Itinerary

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Munich, Germany
— 1 day
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Berlin, Germany
— 2 nights
Fly
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Gothenburg, Sweden
— 2 nights
Train to Helsingborg Centralstation, Ferry to Helsingoer
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Helsingoer, Denmark
— 3 nights
Fly
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Cologne, Germany
— 1 night
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Munich, Germany — 1 day

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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Fri): steep yourself in history at Nymphenburg Palace, admire the natural beauty at English Garden, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael's Church, then make a trip to Marienplatz, and finally admire the striking features of Asamkirche.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Munich trip itinerary site.

Milan, Italy to Munich is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Milan in July, with highs in Munich at 29°C and lows at 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can fly to Berlin.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Berlin, Germany — 2 nights

The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Berlin is known for sightseeing, museums, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: pause for some photo ops at Brandenburg Gate, examine the collection at Topography of Terror, explore the world behind art at Pergamonmuseum, and take in nature's colorful creations at Großer Tiergarten.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Berlin planning app.

Getting from Munich to Berlin by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to fly to Gothenburg.
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Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums

Gothenburg, Sweden — 2 nights

Situated on Sweden's western coastline, Gothenburg attracts visitors with cultural festivals, a lively music scene, and a blend of classical and modern architecture.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Tue): indulge in some personalized pampering at Hamam Goteborg, appreciate the extensive heritage of Haga, take in nature's colorful creations at Gothenburg Botanical Garden, then get in on the family fun at Liseberg Amusement Park, and finally get curious at Universeum. Keep things going the next day: admire the natural beauty at Horticultural Gardens (Tradgardsforeningen), then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then head off the coast to Southern Gothenburg Archipelago.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Gothenburg trip planner.

You can fly from Berlin to Gothenburg in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in July, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Helsingoer.
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Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Helsingoer, Denmark — 3 nights

Home to the castle made famous by Shakespeare's "Hamlet," Helsingoer offers rolling hills and lush forests in the countryside, juxtaposed by the acclaimed art galleries, museums, and cosmopolitan atmosphere of the town center.
Change things up with these side-trips from Helsingoer: Frederiksborg Slotskirke (in Hillerod) and Roskilde (Lutzhofts Kobmandsgard, Roskilde Domkirke, &more). There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Kronborg, examine the collection at M/S Maritime Museum of Denmark, get to know the fascinating history of Helsingor Havn, and explore the world behind art at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Helsingoer trip builder website.

You can drive from Gothenburg to Helsingoer in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In July, daily temperatures in Helsingoer can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Amsterdam.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Parks
Side Trips

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Amsterdam trip planner.

Fly from Helsingoer to Amsterdam in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in July, and nighttime lows around 16°C. You will leave for Cologne on the 9th (Sat).
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Tours · Outdoors · Nightlife · Parks

Cologne, Germany — 1 night

Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, get engrossed in the history at Roman-German Museum (Romisch-Germanisches Museum), take in panoramic vistas at KolnTriangle, then snap pictures at Hohenzollern Bridge, then admire the striking features of Cologne Cathedral, and finally admire the masterpieces at Museum Ludwig.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Cologne trip itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Amsterdam to Cologne in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a train. July in Cologne sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 16°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 11th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling home.
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Museums · Fun & Games · 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.
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Copenhagen Region travel guide

4.4
Castles · Art Museums · Specialty Museums
An area filled with cafes, boutiques, and historical buildings, Copenhagen Region houses everything from a charming Old Town to royal palaces and castles. Known as one of the most environmentally friendly regions in the world, the towns and cities here can be easily cycled through, offering visitors a unique way to tour attractions. Indulge in a meal at one of the many highly rated restaurants, which offer local and international cuisine.
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