16 days in Western Europe Itinerary

16 days in Western Europe Itinerary

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Stockholm, Sweden
— 1 day
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Copenhagen, Denmark
— 1 night
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 1 night
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The Hague, The Netherlands
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Bruges, Belgium
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Lille, France
— 1 night
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Paris, France
— 2 nights
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Auxerre, France
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Dijon, France
— 1 night
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Lausanne, Switzerland
— 1 day
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Zermatt, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Interlaken, Switzerland
— 1 night
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Bern, Switzerland
— 1 day
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Lucerne, Switzerland
— 3 nights
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 night
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Stockholm, Sweden

— 1 day

Beauty by the Water

One of Europe's most culturally diverse cities, Stockholm extends over 14 islands, united by a series of tunnels and bridges.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): get a dose of the wild on The Green Trails and then get outside with Riddarholmen.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Stockholm trip itinerary builder site.

Helsinki, Finland to Stockholm is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is minus 1 hour. In May in Stockholm, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Copenhagen.

Things to do in Stockholm

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Wildlife

Copenhagen, Denmark

— 1 night

City of Beautiful Towers

Founded in the 10th century as a Viking fishing village, Copenhagen has morphed into the cultural, political, and economic powerhouse of the country.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): enjoy breathtaking views from Rundetarn.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Copenhagen driving holiday planner.

Traveling by combination of flight, taxi, and train from Stockholm to Copenhagen takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 8°C. You will have some time to spend on the 23rd (Sun) before leaving for Amsterdam.
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands

— 1 night

Venice of the North

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 23rd (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at De Duif.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Amsterdam itinerary app.

Fly from Copenhagen to Amsterdam in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Amsterdam can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can go by car to The Hague.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

The Hague, The Netherlands

Judicial Capital of the World

Known as the "judicial capital of the world," The Hague is the center for everything official in the Netherlands: the home of the Dutch government and parliament, the workplace of the King and Queen, and the base of many international affairs such as the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Old Church, then hike along Landgoed Clingendael, and then shop like a local with The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our The Hague trip itinerary tool.

You can drive from Amsterdam to The Hague in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Bruges.

Things to do in The Hague

Shopping · Museums · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trip

Bruges, Belgium

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.
On the 24th (Mon), take in the views from Nepomucenusbrug, take a leisurely stroll along Quai du Rosaire / Rozenhoedkaai, and then explore the activities along Minnewater Lake.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Bruges trip maker site.

You can drive from The Hague to Bruges in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Bruges are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can go by car to Lille.

Things to do in Bruges

Nature · Parks

Lille, France

— 1 night

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.
For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Lille road trip site.

You can drive from Bruges to Lille in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In May, daytime highs in Lille are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. On the 25th (Tue), you'll travel to Paris.

Things to do in Lille

Historic Sites · Nightlife · Museums · Fun & Games

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.
On the 25th (Tue), explore the activities along Seine River, stroll around Luxembourg Gardens, steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, look for all kinds of wild species at Arboretum de la Vallee-aux-Loups, then make a trip to La Galerie des Batailles, and finally explore the wealth of natural beauty at L'Orangerie. Here are some ideas for day two: take a stroll through Île de la Cité, admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and finally contemplate the long history of Arc de Triomphe.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Paris trip planner.

Traveling by car from Lille to Paris takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can drive to Auxerre.

Things to do in Paris

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Auxerre, France

Auxerre is the capital of the Yonne department and the fourth-largest city in Burgundy. On the 27th (Thu), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Abbaye de Saint-Germain d'Auxerre, learn about winemaking at Chablis Vititours, and then do a tasting at Domaine Celine & Frederic Gueguen.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Auxerre road trip planner.

You can drive from Paris to Auxerre in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Dijon.

Things to do in Auxerre

Wineries · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Dijon, France

— 1 night

Gateway to Burgundy

Perhaps best known for its locally produced mustard, Dijon also makes a wonderfully flavorful crème de cassis, or blackcurrant liqueur, and boasts excellent examples of regional architecture with polychrome roofs made of tiles in terracotta, green, yellow, and black placed in geometric patterns.
On the 27th (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Saint-Benigne de Dijon, walk along Owl's Trail, and then don't miss a visit to Place de la Liberation.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Dijon using our trip planner.

Traveling by car from Auxerre to Dijon takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May, daytime highs in Dijon are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can go by car to Lausanne.

Things to do in Dijon

Historic Sites · Trails

Lausanne, Switzerland

— 1 day

Swiss San Francisco

Lausanne contains several distinct neighborhoods, each offering a different side of the French-speaking Swiss town.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale de Lausanne, take a peaceful walk through Sauvabelin Forest, then learn about winemaking at Corniche Lavaux Vineyards, then see the interesting displays at The Olympic Museum Lausanne (Musee Olympique), and finally take in the waterfront activity at Le Port d'Ouchy.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Lausanne travel planner.

You can drive from Dijon to Lausanne in 3 hours. Another option is to take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Zermatt.

Things to do in Lausanne

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature

Side Trip

Zermatt, Switzerland

— 2 nights
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): take in panoramic vistas at Sunnegga, have fun at Clay Shoot Zermatt, explore the different monuments and memorials at Mountaineers' Cemetery, then see the interesting displays at Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis, then get great views at Gornergrat, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Intercontinental Church Society.

Before you visit Zermatt, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from Lausanne to Zermatt takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Interlaken.

Things to do in Zermatt

Fun & Games · Outdoors · Museums · Historic Sites

Interlaken, Switzerland

— 1 night
Nestled between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz in the heart of the Jungfrau region, Interlaken became popular for its proximity to the mountains and lakes of the Bernese Oberland region.
You've now added Schloss Thun to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 30th (Sun): step into the grandiose world of Schloss Thun, look for all kinds of wild species at Heimwehfluh, have some family-friendly fun at Adventure Park Seilpark Interlaken, then admire the sheer force of Staubbach Waterfall, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Lauterbrunnen Village.

To see maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Interlaken trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by train from Zermatt to Interlaken takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In May, daytime highs in Interlaken are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can go by car to Bern.

Things to do in Interlaken

Parks · Nature · Fun & Games · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bern, Switzerland

— 1 day

City of Bears

The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Your day by day itinerary now includes UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern. On the 31st (Mon), wander the streets of UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, pause for some photo ops at Zahringerbrunnen, get great views at The Cathedral of Bern, then admire the local landmark of Laeuferbrunnen, then admire the natural beauty at Rose Garden (Rosengarten), and finally make a trip to BernShow.

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

Getting from Interlaken to Bern by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. May in Bern sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 7°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can go by car to Lucerne.

Things to do in Bern

Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Parks

Lucerne, Switzerland

— 3 nights
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Rigi, Gotthard Panorama Express and Jungfraujoch. Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Biosphaere Entlebuch, explore the activities along Lake Lucerne, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Rigi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Jungfraujoch, take a tour by water with Gotthard Panorama Express, then snap pictures at Chapel Bridge, then pause for some photo ops at Lion Monument, and finally kick back and relax at Ufschotti Park.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Lucerne trip builder website.

You can drive from Bern to Lucerne in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May in Lucerne, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Zurich.

Things to do in Lucerne

Nature · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Zurich, Switzerland

— 1 night

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Old Town has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): take a stroll through Old Town, have fun at Frauenbad Stadthausquai, admire the landmark architecture of Fraumünster Church, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, and finally don't miss a visit to Bahnhofstrasse.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Zurich trip maker.

You can drive from Lucerne to Zurich in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. June in Zurich sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 15°C at night. On the 4th (Fri), you're off to home.

Things to do in Zurich

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Fun & Games · Nature

Denmark travel guide

4.2
Theme Parks · Historic Walking Areas · Castles
Known for its old-fashioned charm, Denmark often is referenced as a fairy-tale setting by visitors and locals alike. With quaint cobblestone streets leading the way to art galleries, museums, and historical sights, plus a modern and easily accessible public transportation system, Denmark seamlessly blends its rich history with modern advancements. Be inspired by the works of local legends, including the fairy tales of Hans Christian Andersen, the symphonies of Carli Nielsen, and the astronomy work of Tycho Brahe, then play a bit at amusement parks like Legoland. Visitors often find themselves developing "hygge," the untranslatable Danish trait that encapsulates a sense of coziness and contentment, which is thought to have a great deal of influence on Denmark's standing as one of the happiest nations on the planet.

The Netherlands travel guide

4.3
Art Museums · History Museums · Specialty Museums
Low Country
The Netherlands literally means "Low Country", inspired by the country's low and flat geography, where only about 50 percent of the land exceeds one meter (three feet) above sea level. Since the late 16th century, large, flat land areas called "polders" have been reclaimed from the sea and lakes and protected by dikes, amounting to nearly 17 percent of the country's current land mass. The Netherlands is. This is small, densely populated country lies mainly in Western Europe but also includes three islands in the Caribbean; it's the main constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The European part of the Netherlands borders Germany to the east, Belgium to the south, and the North Sea to the northwest, sharing maritime borders with Belgium, the United Kingdom and Germany. Amsterdam, The Hague, and Rotterdam serve as the three largest and most important cities in the Netherlands. Amsterdam is the country's capital, while The Hague holds the Dutch seat of government. The port of Rotterdam claims the title as the largest port in Europe, in fact, it's as large as the next three ports combined.

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.

Switzerland travel guide

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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.