13 days in Western Europe Itinerary

13 days in Western Europe Itinerary

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13 days in Western Europe Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg, South Africa
Fly:  14​h 15​min
1
Munich, Germany
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Rothenburg, Germany
— 2 nights
+2
train + subway + Fly:  5​h 45​min
3
Amsterdam, Holland
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
4
Brussels, Belgium
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
5
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: Johannesburg, South Africa

2
nights
Munich, Germany

Munich ©
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.
Get some cultural insight at Schloss Nymphenburg and Wies Church. Andechs Monastery and Altstadt (Old Town) Mittenwald will appeal to history buffs. There's still lots to do: engage your brain at Deutsches Museum and stroll around English Garden.

To see ratings and tourist information, refer to the Munich trip tool .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Munich is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to Central European Time (CET) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Johannesburg in March, expect Munich to be cooler, temps between 11°C and 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Rothenburg.

Things to do in Munich

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Andechs Monastery, Wies Church, Altstadt (Old Town) Mittenwald
Highlights from your plan
Nymphenburg Palace ©
Nymphenburg Palace
Andechs Monastery ©
Andechs Monastery
Deutsches Museum ©
Deutsches Museum

2
nights
Rothenburg, Germany

Rothenburg ©
An old imperial city, Rothenburg is the main tourist stop on the scenic Romantic Road of Bavaria.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): examine the collection at Medieval Crime Museum (Mittelalterliches Kriminalmuseum), contemplate the long history of Old Town, contemplate the long history of Siebers Tower, admire the striking features of Marien Apotheke- Jagstheimerhaus, then see the interesting displays at Historiengewölbe mit Staatsverlies - Museum zur Stadtgeschichte in Rothenburg o.d.T., and finally admire the striking features of Fleisch- und Tanzhaus. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Gerlachschmiede, steep yourself in history at Markusturm and Buttelhaus, contemplate the long history of Town Walls, then contemplate the long history of Spital Bastion, and finally steep yourself in history at Rodertor.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Rothenburg trip itinerary maker website .

Getting from Munich to Rothenburg by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. March in Rothenburg sees daily highs of 10°C and lows of 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Rothenburg

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Town Walls ©
Town Walls
Burgtor und Burg ©
Burgtor und Burg

2
nights
Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at De Duif, contemplate the waterfront views at Emperor's Canal (Keizersgracht), and then contemplate the waterfront views at Herengracht. On the 29th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Anne Frank House, then contemplate the waterfront views at The Amstel, then examine the collection at Body Worlds, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Portuguese Synagogue.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Amsterdam travel planner .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Rothenburg to Amsterdam takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In March, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Brussels.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Parks Nature Museums
Highlights from your plan
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Portuguese Synagogue ©
Portuguese Synagogue
De Duif ©
De Duif

2
nights
Brussels, Belgium

Brussels ©
The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
On the 30th (Mon), contemplate the long history of Serres Royales De Laeken, see the interesting displays at Atomium, then steep yourself in history at Grand Place, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule). Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Train World, contemplate the long history of Graslei and Korenlei, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Cogels Osylei.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Brussels online trip builder .

Traveling by train from Amsterdam to Brussels takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. March in Brussels sees daily highs of 10°C and lows of 1°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can catch the train to Paris.

Things to do in Brussels

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Cogels Osylei, Graslei and Korenlei
Highlights from your plan
Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Graslei and Korenlei ©
Graslei and Korenlei

3
nights
Paris, France

Paris ©
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Ile Saint-Louis and Île de la Cité. Get some cultural insight at Palace of Versailles and Arc de Triomphe. There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, steep yourself in history at The Paris Catacombs, ponder the world of politics at Hotel de Ville, and explore and take pictures at Eiffel Tower.

For maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Paris road trip website .

Getting from Brussels to Paris by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. March in Paris sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
Highlights from your plan
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Palace of Versailles ©
Palace of Versailles

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