15 days in Western Europe Itinerary

15 days in Western Europe Itinerary

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Fly to Brussels, Train to Lille
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Lille, France
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bruges, Belgium
— 2 nights
Drive
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Brussels, Belgium
— 3 nights
Fly
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Vienna, Austria
— 3 nights
Drive
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Salzburg, Austria
— 2 nights
Drive
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Lucerne, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Lille, France

— 2 nights

Cultural Heart of Northern France

On the Deûle River near the Belgium border, Lille has a very active cultural life as France's fifth-largest metropolitan area and the fourth-largest urban area with a large college student population.
On the 2nd (Sat), don't miss a visit to Heroes Square, then appreciate the history behind Monument et Parc commémoratifs du Canada à Vimy, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Faubourg-d'Amiens Cemetery, and finally learn about all things military at Carriere Wellington. On the 3rd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise Saint-Christophe, see the interesting displays at LaM, Lille Métropole Musée d'art moderne d'art contemporain et d'art brut, then explore the world behind art at Le Palais Des Beaux Arts de Lille, and finally don't miss a visit to Grande Place.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Lille trip planner.

New York City, USA to Lille is an approximately 12.5-hour combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 6 hour difference. April in Lille sees daily highs of 60°F and lows of 43°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to drive to Bruges.

Things to do in Lille

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bruges, Belgium

— 2 nights

Venice of the North

The medieval town of Bruges centers around a canal, and the architecture of its historical district has made it a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum, steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of Brugge, then sample the tasty concoctions at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Minnewater Lake. On your second day here, admire the striking features of Stadhuis, get to know the fascinating history of The Princely Beguinage Ten Wijngaarde, then enjoy breathtaking views from Belfry of Bruges, then explore the world behind art at Groeningemuseum, and finally don't miss a visit to The Markt.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Bruges holiday maker app.

Traveling by car from Lille to Bruges takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In April, daily temperatures in Bruges can reach 56°F, while at night they dip to 40°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Brussels.

Things to do in Bruges

Museums · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Brussels, Belgium

— 3 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.
Brussels is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Grand Place, examine the collection at Belgian Comic Strip Center, browse the exhibits of Atomium, and admire the masterpieces at Magritte Museum.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Brussels travel route planner.

Drive from Bruges to Brussels in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April in Brussels, expect temperatures between 55°F during the day and 39°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Vienna.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums · Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Shopping

Vienna, Austria

— 3 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.
Vienna is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at Belvedere Palace, don't miss a visit to Hundertwasserhaus, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Stephen's Cathedral, and hunt for treasures at Vienna Naschmarkt.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Vienna trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Brussels to Vienna takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. When traveling from Brussels in April, plan for a bit warmer days in Vienna, with highs around 61°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Salzburg.

Things to do in Vienna

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Zoos & Aquariums

Salzburg, Austria

— 2 nights

Rome of the North

Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Mirabell Palace, then take an in-depth tour of Mozarts Geburtshaus, then examine the collection at Salzburg Museum, and finally step into the grandiose world of Schloss Hellbrunn. On the next day, contemplate the long history of Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus), don't miss a visit to Salzburger Altstadt, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Salzburg Cathedral, then admire the landmark architecture of Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter's Abbey (Stift St. Peter).

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Salzburg online attractions planner.

Drive from Vienna to Salzburg in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In April, daily temperatures in Salzburg can reach 58°F, while at night they dip to 40°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can go by car to Lucerne.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Lucerne, Switzerland

— 2 nights
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
On the 14th (Thu), stop by Old Town and then explore the activities along Lake Zurich. On the next day, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Lucerne, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Rigi, then pause for some photo ops at Lion Monument, and finally snap pictures at Chapel Bridge.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Lucerne trip maker.

You can drive from Salzburg to Lucerne in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in April, and nighttime lows around 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Lucerne

Nature · Parks · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Belgium travel guide

4.2
Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · 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.

Austria travel guide

4.5
Castles · Art Museums · Specialty Museums
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.

Switzerland travel guide

4.7
Bodies of Water · Mountains · Landmarks
Immerse yourself in a snow-capped mountain wonderland in Switzerland's serene Alpine setting. See the world-renowned Matterhorn, Switzerland's second-highest mountain at 4,478 m (14,962 ft) tall, or zoom down the mountains on toboggan, ski, or snowboard. In the warmer seasons hike around the rolling green hillsides covered with pine trees and picturesque aqua blue lakes. Luxurious cities dotted with cozy wooden chalets and colorful flowerbeds balance quaintness with first-class cultural offerings. Indulge in the country's opulence of milk chocolate, cheese fondue, and keg-carrying St. Bernard dogs.