20 days in Western Europe Itinerary

20 days in Western Europe Itinerary

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 4 nights
Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Munich, Germany
— 3 nights
Berlin, Germany
— 3 nights
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Nice, France
— 3 nights


Amsterdam, The Netherlands — 4 nights

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Anne Frank House and Madurodam will appeal to history buffs. Discover out-of-the-way places like Efteling and World Heritage Kinderdijk. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Amsterdam: Utrecht (Dom Tower & Canals area), Markthal (in Rotterdam) and St. John's Cathedral (in Den Bosch). There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum, contemplate the long history of Portuguese Synagogue, appreciate the extensive heritage of Begijnhof, and take a stroll through The Jordaan.

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Amsterdam is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Dubai to Amsterdam is minus 3 hours. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Dubai in August; daily highs in Amsterdam reach 26°C and lows reach 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Zurich.
Museums · Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Fun & Games
Side Trips

Zurich, Switzerland — 2 nights

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Get a sense of the local culture at Old Town and Swiss Science Center Technorama. For shopping fun, head to Bahnhofstrasse or Maurice de Mauriac. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Zurich: Natur- und Tierpark Goldau (in Goldau), Glasi Hergiswil (in Hergiswil) and Lucerne (Glacier Garden Lucerne (Gletschergarten), Hofkirche, &more). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, explore the world behind art at Museum Rietberg, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Peter, and get engrossed in the history at Landesmuseum.

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Traveling by flight from Amsterdam to Zurich takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In August, daytime highs in Zurich are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to fly to Munich.
Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature
Side Trips

Munich, Germany — 3 nights

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.
Cathedral of St Peter's and Ettal Abbey are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step off the beaten path and head to Eisbach Wave and Alpine Coaster Oberammergau. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Munich: Oberammergau (Pilatushaus & Oberammergau Church), Wank Mountain (in Garmisch-Partenkirchen) and Starnberger See (in Starnberg). The adventure continues: hunt for treasures at Viktualienmarkt, see the interesting displays at NS-Dokumentationszentrum Muenchen, identify plant and animal life at Donaudurchbruch, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Heiliggeistkirche.

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Fly from Zurich to Munich in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. August in Munich sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Berlin.
Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums
Side Trips

Berlin, Germany — 3 nights

The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen and Potsdam's Gardens. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Sanssouci Palace and Neues Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Potsdam (Schloss Cecilienhof, Neues Palais, &more) and Waldschule Briesetal (in Birkenwerder). There's still lots to do: get curious at German Museum of Technology, step into the grandiose world of Charlottenburg Palace, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and explore the world behind art at Pergamonmuseum.

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Getting from Munich to Berlin by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can fly to Paris.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Fun & Games
Side Trips

Paris, France — 3 nights

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 Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Head to Champs-Elysees and Galeries Lafayette Paris Haussmannfor some retail therapy. Get out of town with these interesting Paris side-trips: Basilica Cathedral of Saint-Denis (in Saint-Denis), Parc des Felins (in Lumigny-Nesles-Ormeaux) and Provins (La Grange aux Dimes, La Tour Cesar, &more). The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, brush up on your military savvy at The Army Museum, take a stroll through Île de la Cité, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Pere-Lachaise Cemetery.

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Traveling by flight from Berlin to Paris takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In August, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Nice.
Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping
Side Trips

Nice, France — 3 nights

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.
Get some cultural insight at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Place Garibaldi. Discover out-of-the-way places like La cité médiévale and The Church of Èze. Get out of town with these interesting Nice side-trips: Antibes (Garoupe Lighthouse (Phare de la Garoupe), Notre-Dame de Bon Port, &more) and Be Free 2 Dive (in Villeneuve-Loubet). The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, get to know the fascinating history of Vieille Ville, explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere du Chateau, and steep yourself in history at Villa Santo Sospir.

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You can fly from Paris to Nice in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Paris in August, Nice is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can catch the flight back home.
Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours
Side Trips

The Netherlands travel guide

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.

Switzerland travel guide

Bodies of Water · Mountains · Specialty Museums
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.

Germany travel guide

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

Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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.