12 days in Western Europe Itinerary

12 days in Western Europe Itinerary

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Munich, Germany
— 1 night
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Frankfurt, Germany
— 2 nights
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 4 nights
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Paris, France
— 2 nights
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Lyon, France
— 1 night
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Munich, Germany

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Munich Residenz and then explore the activities along English Garden. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Nymphenburg Palace, then enjoy breathtaking views from Frauenkirche, then make a trip to Marienplatz, and finally admire the striking features of St. Peter's Church.

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Modena, Italy to Munich is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Modena in August, with highs in Munich at 28°C and lows at 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Frankfurt.

Things to do in Munich

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Frankfurt, Germany

— 2 nights

Mainhattan

A global center of finance and transportation, Frankfurt is perhaps best known for its futuristic cityscape.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Goethe House, admire the masterpieces at Stadel Museum, then take in nature's colorful creations at Palmengarten, and finally get engrossed in the history at Senckenberg Natural History Museum (Naturmuseum Senckenberg). Here are some ideas for day two: admire the striking features of Romer, then admire the striking features of Main Tower, and then take in the views from Iron Bridge.

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You can fly from Munich to Frankfurt in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. August in Frankfurt sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Frankfurt

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

— 4 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Amsterdam side-trips: The Hague (Binnenhof & Ridderzaal (Inner Court & Hall of the Knights) & The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery) and Old Church (in Delft). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Heineken Experience, contemplate the long history of Begijnhof, and stroll around Vondelpark.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Amsterdam trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Frankfurt to Amsterdam by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Frankfurt in August: highs in Amsterdam hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Paris, France

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): admire the striking features of Palace of Versailles. On the 18th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: walk around Luxembourg Gardens, contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, then appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Paris tour planner.

Getting from Amsterdam to Paris by train takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. August in Paris sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Lyon.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Lyon, France

— 1 night

Culinary Capital of France

Lyon is a historical city with a vibrant cultural scene as the birthplace of cinema, the silk capital of the globe, and the second biggest Renaissance city following Venice.
On the 19th (Thu), get to know the fascinating history of Colline de Fourviere, admire the landmark architecture of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, then pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Sainte Blandine, and finally walk around Parc de la Tete d'Or.

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You can fly from Paris to Lyon in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. August in Lyon sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites · Parks