12 days in Western Europe Itinerary

12 days in Western Europe Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Western Europe vacation planner

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Drive
1
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 1 night
Drive
2
Brussels, Belgium
— 1 night
Train
3
Paris, France
— 1 night
Fly
4
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly
5
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Train
6
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly
7
Vienna, Austria
— 2 nights
Fly

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Venice of the North

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum, then walk around Vondelpark, and then sample the tasty concoctions at Heineken Experience. On the 2nd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House), contemplate the long history of Begijnhof, then take an in-depth tour of Anne Frank House, and finally admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Amsterdam online trip planner.

Dusseldorf, Germany to Amsterdam is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also fly; or take a train. December in Amsterdam sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 3°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can go by car to Brussels.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries · Parks

1
night
Brussels, Belgium

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 3rd (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), appreciate the history behind Manneken Pis, steep yourself in history at Grand Place, then admire the masterpieces at René Magritte Museum, and finally admire the masterpieces at Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique.

For photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Brussels online trip planner.

You can drive from Amsterdam to Brussels in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. December in Brussels sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of 1°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can catch the train to Paris.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums · Historic Sites

1
night
Paris, France

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 4th (Fri): admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, then admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, and then don't miss a visit to Eiffel Tower.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Paris attractions app.

You can take a train from Brussels to Paris in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In December, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums

2
nights
Barcelona, Spain

Jewel of the Mediterranean

Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): walk around Parc Guell, make a trip to Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, then don't miss a visit to Casa Mila - La Pedrera, and finally browse the fresh offerings at La Boqueria. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral, then stop by El Barri Gòtic, then don't miss a visit to Casa Batllo, and finally walk around Parc de Montjuic.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Barcelona road trip planning tool.

Getting from Paris to Barcelona by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Paris in December; daily highs in Barcelona reach 17°C and lows reach 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel to Rome.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Museums

2
nights
Rome, Italy

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
On the 7th (Mon), don't miss a visit to Trevi Fountain, explore the ancient world of Pantheon, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Louis of the French, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, and finally steep yourself in history at Palatine Hill. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at Galleria Borghese, don't miss a visit to Spanish Steps, then contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica, and finally explore the ancient world of Colosseum.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Rome trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Rome takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

2
nights
Florence, Italy

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo, admire the masterpieces at Pitti Palace, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of Santa Croce, and finally admire the masterpieces at Florence Academy of Fine Arts. Keep things going the next day: get a sense of history and politics at Palazzo Vecchio, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, enjoy breathtaking views from Campanile di Giotto, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of Santa Maria Novella, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Baptistery of St. John.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Florence trip planner.

You can take a train from Rome to Florence in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. In December, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites · Museums

2
nights
Vienna, Austria

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.
On the 11th (Fri), hunt for treasures at Vienna Naschmarkt, then explore the historical opulence of Schonbrunn Palace, and then get to know the resident critters at Schönbrunn Zoo. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at Belvedere Palace, then see the interesting displays at The Hofburg, then examine the collection at Judenplatz Holocaust Memorial, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St. Stephen's Cathedral.

To find where to stay and tourist information, go to the Vienna tour itinerary builder site.

Traveling by flight from Florence to Vienna takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Florence in December: high temperatures in Vienna hover around 5°C and lows are around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Vienna

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums