36 days in Western Europe Itinerary

36 days in Western Europe Itinerary

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London, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
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Brussels, Belgium
— 2 nights
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Bruges, Belgium
— 2 nights
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 4 nights
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Cologne, Germany
— 1 night
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Frankfurt, Germany
— 7 nights
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Strasbourg, France
— 2 nights
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Bern, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Munich, Germany
— 3 nights
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Salzburg, Austria
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Vienna, Austria
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London, United Kingdom — 4 nights

Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
London is known for museums, nightlife, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in panoramic vistas at Coca-Cola London Eye, steep yourself in history at Tower of London, don't miss a visit to Buckingham Palace, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Paul's Cathedral.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the London road trip planning tool.

Sydney, Australia to London is an approximately 25-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time, which is usually a -10 hour difference. In December, London is cooler than Sydney - with highs of 11°C and lows of 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Brussels.
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Brussels, Belgium — 2 nights

The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): shop like a local with Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert, pause for some photo ops at Manneken Pis, see the interesting displays at Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, then take an in-depth tour of Museum of the City of Brussels (Musee de la Ville de Bruxelles), and finally steep yourself in history at Grand Place. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Belgian Comic Strip Center, browse the exhibits of Atomium, admire the striking features of Hôtel de Ville de Bruxelles, then take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin du Petit Sablon, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule).

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Brussels planner.

Take a train from London to Brussels in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from London in December, expect nights in Brussels to be about the same, around 1°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to drive to Bruges.
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Bruges, Belgium — 2 nights

The medieval town of Bruges centers around a canal, and the architecture of its historical district has made it a World Heritage Site.
On the 16th (Fri), examine the collection at Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum, contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Brugge, then explore the world behind art at Groeningemuseum, and finally make a trip to The Markt. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Sat): take in panoramic vistas at Belfry of Bruges, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Princely Beguinage Ten Wijngaarde, sample the tasty concoctions at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, then admire the striking features of Stadhuis, and finally explore the activities along Minnewater Lake.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Bruges holiday planner.

You can drive from Brussels to Bruges in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Bruges can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to drive to Amsterdam.
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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.
Explore Amsterdam's surroundings by going to The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery (in The Hague) and Markt (in Delft). There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum, see the interesting displays at Anne Frank House, wander the streets of The Jordaan, and stop by The American Book Center.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Amsterdam trip planner.

Getting from Bruges to Amsterdam by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train. December in Amsterdam sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can drive to Cologne.
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Cologne, Germany — 1 night

Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): admire the masterpieces at Museum Ludwig, then admire the landmark architecture of Cologne Cathedral, then examine the collection at Chocolate Museum, and finally take in panoramic vistas at KolnTriangle.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Cologne online day trip planner.

Drive from Amsterdam to Cologne in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Cologne are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to take a train to Frankfurt.
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Frankfurt, Germany — 7 nights

A global center of finance and transportation, Frankfurt is perhaps best known for its futuristic cityscape.
Venture out of the city with trips to Wurzburg (Alte Mainbruecke, Würzburg Residence, &more), Rothenburg (Medieval Crime Museum (Mittelalterliches Kriminalmuseum), Altstadt, &more) and Heidelberg (Pharmacy Museum, Schloss Heidelberg, &more). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Stadel Museum, take in the views from Iron Bridge, examine the collection at Museum Embankment, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of St. Bartholomew (Dom St. Bartholomaus).

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Frankfurt online holiday maker.

Take a train from Cologne to Frankfurt in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. December in Frankfurt sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Strasbourg.
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Strasbourg, France — 2 nights

Strasbourg is famous for its beautiful historical center, the Grande Île, which was the first city center classified entirely as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Strasbourg is one of the nine largest cities in France with nearly half a million inhabitants in the metropolitan area crossing the river to the German city of Kehl, on the eastern bank of the Rhine River.
On the 30th (Fri), admire the striking features of Gare de Strasbourg, then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Centre-ville de Strasbourg. Here are some ideas for day two: ponder the design of Saint-Leon Fountain, don't miss a visit to Vieille ville d'Eguisheim, then don't miss a visit to Vieille Ville, then don't miss a visit to Barrage Vauban, and finally wander the streets of La Petite France.

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Traveling by car from Frankfurt to Strasbourg takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December in Strasbourg, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and 0°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can go by car to Bern.
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Bern, Switzerland — 2 nights

The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): enjoy breathtaking views from Gurten, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, then identify plant and animal life at Barenpark, and finally ponder the design of Zahringerbrunnen. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Clock Tower - Zytglogge, then take in nature's colorful creations at Rose Garden (Rosengarten), then get great views at The Cathedral of Bern, and finally take a stroll through UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Bern online itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Strasbourg to Bern takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Strasbourg in December, Bern is little chillier at night with lows of -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to take a train to Zurich.
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Zurich, Switzerland — 2 nights

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): explore the activities along Lake Zurich, then take a stroll through Bahnhofstrasse, and then admire the masterpieces at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich). On the 4th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a stroll through Altstadt Luzern, take in the views from Chapel Bridge, and then wander the streets of Old Town.

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Traveling by train from Bern to Zurich takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Zurich are 5°C, while nighttime lows are -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Munich.
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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.
Munich is known for sightseeing, museums, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Marienplatz, see the interesting displays at Munich Residenz, admire the masterpieces at Alte Pinakothek, and contemplate the long history of Nymphenburg Palace.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Munich road trip planning website.

You can fly from Zurich to Munich in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In January in Munich, expect temperatures between 3°C during the day and -3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Salzburg.
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Salzburg, Austria — 1 night

Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): explore the world behind art at Museum der Moderne Monchsberg, explore the historical opulence of Fortress Hohensalzburg, admire the landmark architecture of Salzburg Cathedral, then take an in-depth tour of Mozarts Geburtshaus, then get a taste of the local shopping with Getreidegasse, and finally see the interesting displays at Red Bull Hangar-7.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Salzburg online journey maker.

Traveling by car from Munich to Salzburg takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January in Salzburg, expect temperatures between 4°C during the day and -3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to drive to Vienna.
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Vienna, Austria — 3 nights

The cultural, economic, and political center of the country, Vienna has developed from its early Celtic and Roman roots into a medieval and Baroque city, with an old town that was designated a World Heritage Site in 2001.
Vienna is known for historic sites, museums, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Schonbrunn Palace, get a sense of history and politics at Rathaus, examine the collection at Hofburg, and get to know the resident critters at Schönbrunn Zoo.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Vienna vacation builder.

Traveling by car from Salzburg to Vienna takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. January in Vienna sees daily highs of 3°C and lows of -3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can fly back home.
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