12 days in Europe Itinerary

12 days in Europe Itinerary

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Brussels, Belgium
— 2 nights
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 3 nights
Berlin, Germany
— 2 nights
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Vienna, Austria
— 2 nights


Brussels, Belgium

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): examine the collection at Autoworld. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Atomium, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Pairi Daiza, and then look for gifts at Planete Chocolat.

To see reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Brussels trip itinerary site.

Lisbon, Portugal to Brussels is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone changes from Western European Standard Time (WET) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Lisbon in December, expect Brussels to be little chillier, temps between 7°C and 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can go by car to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums · Parks · Shopping · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

— 3 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Body Worlds and Food Tours. Family-friendly places like Van Gogh Museum and Tassenmuseum Amsterdam will thrill your kids. There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Anne Frank House, don't miss a visit to Museum Quarter, wander the streets of The Jordaan, and enjoy breathtaking views from A'dam Lookout.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Amsterdam trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Brussels to Amsterdam takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in December, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to fly to Berlin.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums · Tours · Childrens Museums · Neighborhoods

Berlin, Germany

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, take a stroll through Potsdamer Platz, make a trip to Brandenburg Gate, then don't miss a visit to Gendarmenmarkt, and finally appreciate the history behind The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe. On the next day, stop by Mitte, appreciate the history behind Victory Column (Siegessaule), and then make a trip to Reichstag Building.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Berlin trip builder site.

You can fly from Amsterdam to Berlin in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can drive to Prague.

Things to do in Berlin

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Prague, Czech Republic

— 2 nights

City of a Hundred Spires

Prague lures millions of tourists each year with its World Heritage-listed medieval city center--a labyrinth of narrow lanes, bridges, cathedrals, and palaces overlooked by a thousand-year-old castle.
On the 25th (Sat), take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Vitus Cathedral, get to know the fascinating history of Staromestske namesti, then steep yourself in history at Prague Astronomical Clock, then snap pictures at Charles Bridge, and finally take a stroll through Lesser Town. On the next day, pause for some photo ops at Franz Kafka Monument and then get a taste of the local shopping with Gallery of Steel Figures.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Prague trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Berlin to Prague takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Prague are 5°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to fly to Vienna.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums · Shopping

Vienna, Austria

— 2 nights

City of Dreams

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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): appreciate the extensive heritage of Ringstrasse, then examine the collection at The Hofburg, then don't miss a visit to Rathausplatz, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Stephen's Cathedral.

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

You can fly from Prague to Vienna in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In December in Vienna, expect temperatures between 5°C during the day and 0°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 28th (Tue) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Vienna

Historic Sites · Museums

Belgium travel guide

Historic Sites · Specialty Museums · 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.

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.

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.

Czech Republic travel guide

Bridges · Historic Walking Areas · Castles
From historical towns and cities, to a countryside speckled with castles and chateaus, the Czech Republic is a holiday destination that can satisfy everybody's taste. Even though it's modern and fully-developed, the country carefully preserves its traditions and heritage. The city of Prague, with its breathtaking architecture, vibrant art and culture scene, and bustling nightlife, is not only one of the country's main attractions, but also a top European tourist hub. The scenic countryside features numerous national parks and nature reserves perfect for hiking, cycling, golfing, and enjoying the natural beauty. In the wintertime ski buffs have their pick from a selection of resorts. If you're looking to unwind and rejuvenate in picturesque settings, visit the famous spa and wellness resorts that have been renowned in Europe for centuries.

Austria travel guide

Castles · Art Museums · Churches
Situated in the Central European Alps, Austria combines an alluring bundle of elegant urban architecture, cultural centers, and dramatic landscapes. This German-speaking country of 8.5 million residents is known for its rich history, dating back to the Hapsburg Empire, as well as its art, music, and scenery. Along with the neighboring country of Switzerland, Austria serves as the winter sports capital of Europe and is home to some of the continent's most popular ski resorts. This landlocked nation draws visitors from across the globe to its mountains, historical villages, and culturally rich cities. Experience trekking in the Alps one day and drinking regional wine at a crowded pub after a day of sightseeing in the capital Vienna the next.