16 days in Europe Itinerary

16 days in Europe Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Europe attractions planner

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
— 1 night
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 night
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Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive to Zürich Airport, Fly to Vienna International Airport
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Vienna, Austria
— 2 nights
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Salzburg, Austria
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Innsbruck, Austria
— 1 night
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Munich, Germany
— 2 nights
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Nuremberg, Germany
— 1 day
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Berlin, Germany
— 2 nights
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Glasgow, United Kingdom

— 1 night

Scotland's Style Capital

Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow is known for its cultural heritage and the friendliness of its people.
To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Glasgow attractions planner.

Louisville, USA to Glasgow is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also fly. You'll lose 5 hours traveling from Louisville to Glasgow due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Louisville in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Glasgow, with lows of 35°F. You will have some time to spend on the 5th (Wed) before leaving for Edinburgh.

Things to do in Glasgow

Nightlife · Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Edinburgh, United Kingdom

— 2 nights

Athens of the North

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Edinburgh Castle, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at The Scotch Whisky Experience, and then explore the striking landscape at Arthur's Seat. On the 6th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to The Royal Mile, then take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and then wander the streets of Edinburgh Old Town.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Edinburgh trip planner.

Drive from Glasgow to Edinburgh in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January in Edinburgh, expect temperatures between 44°F during the day and 34°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites · Tours · Neighborhoods · Parks

Zurich, Switzerland

— 1 night

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
On the 7th (Fri), stroll around Lindenhofplatz and then wander the streets of Bahnhofstrasse.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Zurich journey planner.

Traveling by flight from Edinburgh to Zurich takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In January, daytime highs in Zurich are 40°F, while nighttime lows are 30°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can go by car to Lauterbrunnen.

Things to do in Zurich

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland

— 2 nights
A small village in a valley, Lauterbrunnen showcases an abundance of awe-inspiring waterfalls.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Lauterbrunnen Church, then take in the dramatic scenery at Staubbach Waterfall, and then admire the verdant scenery at Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls. Keep things going the next day: explore and take pictures at Jungfraujoch and then take in the awesome beauty at The Monch.

To plan Lauterbrunnen vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Drive from Zurich to Lauterbrunnen in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Lauterbrunnen

Nature · Parks · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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 11th (Tue): ponder the world of politics at Rathaus, step into the grandiose world of Schonbrunn Palace, and then explore the world behind art at Belvedere Palace. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, then explore the world behind art at Albertina, then see the interesting displays at The Hofburg, and finally don't miss a visit to St. Stephen's Cathedral.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Vienna tour site.

Explore your travel options from Lauterbrunnen to Vienna with the Route module. In January, daytime highs in Vienna are 38°F, while nighttime lows are 27°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to drive to Salzburg.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums · Historic Sites

Salzburg, Austria

Rome of the North

Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Salzburg day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Vienna to Salzburg takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. January in Salzburg sees daily highs of 39°F and lows of 26°F at night. On the 13th (Thu), you're off to Innsbruck.

Things to do in Salzburg

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Winter Sports

Innsbruck, Austria

— 1 night
Nestled in a valley between snowcapped peaks, Innsbruck evokes visions of a winter wonderland.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pfarrkirche Fulpmes, then hit the slopes at Stubaier Gletscher, and then relax and rejuvenate at Aqua Dome - Tirol Therme Laengenfeld. Here are some ideas for day two: take in panoramic vistas at Town Tower (Stadtturm), get engrossed in the history at The Golden Roof (Goldenes Dachl), take in the spiritual surroundings of Dom zu St. Jakob, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Alpenzoo, and finally see the interesting displays at Swarovski Kristallwelten.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Innsbruck online vacation planner.

Getting from Salzburg to Innsbruck by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. January in Innsbruck sees daily highs of 38°F and lows of 24°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can drive to Munich.

Things to do in Innsbruck

Museums · Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors

Side Trips

Munich, Germany

— 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): get curious at Deutsches Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asamkirche, then don't miss a visit to Marienplatz, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter's Church. On the 16th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Nymphenburg Palace, then admire the masterpieces at Alte Pinakothek, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Frauenkirche.

For photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Munich travel route builder website.

You can drive from Innsbruck to Munich in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 38°F, and evening lows to 26°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can go by car to Nuremberg.

Things to do in Munich

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums

Nuremberg, Germany

— 1 day

Gingerbread Capital of the World

Nuremberg's historic town center stands in the shadow of a towering imperial castle that dominates its northwestern corner.
To see more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Nuremberg travel route site.

Traveling by car from Munich to Nuremberg takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. In January, daytime highs in Nuremberg are 38°F, while nighttime lows are 28°F. On the 17th (Mon), you'll travel to Berlin.

Things to do in Nuremberg

Historic Sites · Museums · Nightlife · Parks

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 17th (Mon): get a sense of history and politics at Reichstag Building, then pause for some photo ops at Brandenburg Gate, and then see the interesting displays at Topography of Terror. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, appreciate the history behind The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, and then admire the masterpieces at Pergamonmuseum.

To see maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Berlin itinerary planner.

You can fly from Nuremberg to Berlin in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. You'll have a few hours on the 19th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Berlin

Museums · Tours · Historic Sites

Scotland travel guide

4.4
Castles · Specialty Museums · Distilleries
A land packed with thousands of years of history, Scotland is home to numerous thriving cities and a vibrant population proud of its distinct culture, heritage, and art. The Scottish people are fond of saying "Good things come in small packages," and nowhere is that more true than in their compact homeland. Despite its relatively small size, the country is crammed full of attractions, not the least of which are numerous world-famous golf courses and whiskey distilleries. Though the sun may not always shine here, Scotland is a stunning country renowned for its dramatic scenery of mountains, valleys, hills, green fields, and rugged coastlines, guaranteeing a diverse holiday. While most tourists restrict their itinerary to the historic Highlands, where they search for the mysterious Loch Ness monster, you can also explore the Lowlands’ outstanding natural wonders and flourishing cultural scene.

Switzerland travel guide

4.7
Bodies of Water · Mountains · Specialty Museums
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.

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.

Germany travel guide

4.5
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.