17 days in Europe Itinerary

17 days in Europe Itinerary

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17 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Chicago, United States
Fly:  12​h 15​min
1
Frankfurt, Germany
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Nordlingen, Germany
— 1 night
train:  1​h 15​min
3
Augsburg, Germany
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Fussen, Germany
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
5
Lucerne, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
6
Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
7
Hallstatt, Austria
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
8
Salzburg, Austria
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
9
Munich, Germany
— 3 nights
train:  3​h 15​min
10
Frankfurt, Germany
— 1 night
Fly:  12​h 15​min
End: Chicago, United States

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day
Frankfurt, Germany

Frankfurt ©
A global center of finance and transportation, Frankfurt is perhaps best known for its futuristic cityscape.
On the 13th (Sat), make a trip to Main Tower, don't miss a visit to Messeturm, then explore the world behind art at Liebieghaus, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dreikonigskirche.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Frankfurt trip planner .

Chicago, USA to Frankfurt is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Chicago to Frankfurt is 7 hours. Traveling from Chicago in June, expect Frankfurt to be a bit cooler, temps between 75°F and 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can drive to Nordlingen.

Things to do in Frankfurt

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Liebieghaus ©
Liebieghaus
Dreikonigskirche ©
Dreikonigskirche
Main Tower ©
Main Tower

1
night
Nordlingen, Germany

Nordlingen
Nördlingen is a town in the Donau-Ries district, in Swabia, Bavaria, Germany, with a population of approximately 19,000. To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Nordlingen trip itinerary builder website .

Drive from Frankfurt to Nordlingen in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. June in Nordlingen sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 54°F at night. You'll set off for Augsburg on the 14th (Sun).

Things to do in Nordlingen

Historic Sites Museums Parks

1
night
Augsburg, Germany

Augsburg ©
Easily and quickly accessible from anywhere in the country, Augsburg is packed with historical attractions and intersected by quaint cobbled streets.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Fugger Und Welser Erlebnismuseum, then contemplate the long history of Furstbischofliche Residenz, then see the interesting displays at Mazda Classic - Automobil Museum Frey, and finally see the interesting displays at Textil- und Industriemuseum.

To find reviews and tourist information, read our Augsburg holiday maker site .

Getting from Nordlingen to Augsburg by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in June, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can go by car to Fussen.

Things to do in Augsburg

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Textil- und Industriemuseum ©
Textil- und Industriemuseum
Mazda Classic - Automobil Museum Frey ©
Fugger Und Welser Erlebnismuseum ©
Fugger Und Welser Erlebnismuseum

1
night
Fussen, Germany

Fussen ©
Framed by the Alps and set upon a riverbank, the city of Fussen in addition to its historic architecture is the epicenter of Germany’s traditional violin-making industry.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): step into the grandiose world of Schloss Neuschwanstein, step into the grandiose world of Schloss Hohenschwangau, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kalvarienberg, explore the different monuments and memorials at Alter Friedhof, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Benediktinerkloster St. Mang, and finally contemplate the long history of Altstadt von Fuessen.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Fussen journey maker website .

You can drive from Augsburg to Fussen in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In June, daily temperatures in Fussen can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can travel to Lucerne.

Things to do in Fussen

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Schloss Neuschwanstein, Schloss Hohenschwangau
Highlights from your plan
Schloss Hohenschwangau ©
Schloss Hohenschwangau
Schloss Neuschwanstein ©
Schloss Neuschwanstein
Altstadt von Fuessen ©
Altstadt von Fuessen

2
nights
Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Richard Wagner Museum, contemplate the long history of Museggmauer, don't miss a visit to The Nine Towers, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hofkirche, then appreciate the history behind Lion Monument, and finally get engrossed in the history at Glacier Garden (Gletschergarten). On the 17th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Pilatus, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Jesuitenkirche, and finally see the interesting displays at The Rosengart Collection.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Lucerne attractions site .

You can drive from Fussen to Lucerne in 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in June, and nighttime lows around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to drive to Venice.

Things to do in Lucerne

Museums Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Richard Wagner Museum ©
Richard Wagner Museum
Glacier Garden (Gletschergarten) ©
Glacier Garden (Gletschergarten)
Jesuitenkirche ©
Jesuitenkirche

3
nights
Venice, Italy

Venice ©
Virtually unchanged for the last six centuries, Venice is actually a group of islands made famous by a series of canals, bridges, monuments, piazzas, and narrow pedestrian lanes.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Piazza San Marco and Cannaregio. Your inner history buff will appreciate Doge's Palace and Peggy Guggenheim Collection. And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Canal Grande, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, wander the streets of Dorsoduro, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of San Pantalon.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Venice trip planner .

You can drive from Lucerne to Venice in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Lucerne in June; daily highs in Venice reach 81°F and lows reach 63°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can go by car to Hallstatt.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace

1
night
Hallstatt, Austria

Hallstatt ©
Historically known for the production of salt, Halstatt's fine architecture reflects the small village's salt mining legacy.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): Head underground at Dachstein Giant Ice Caves, explore the different monuments and memorials at Beinhaus, Karner, Ossuary, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hallstatt Lutheran Church, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parish of the Assumption, then see the interesting displays at Museum Hallstatt, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Pfarrkirche St, Nikolaus.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Hallstatt trip itinerary planning website .

You can drive from Venice to Hallstatt in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Salzburg.

Things to do in Hallstatt

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Pfarrkirche St, Nikolaus, Dachstein Giant Ice Caves
Highlights from your plan
Parish of the Assumption ©
Parish of the Assumption
Museum Hallstatt ©
Museum Hallstatt
Hallstatt Lutheran Church ©
Hallstatt Lutheran Church

2
nights
Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Salzburg Cathedral and Franziskanerkirche. Let the collections at Fortress Hohensalzburg and Salzburg Museum capture your imagination. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter's Abbey (Stift St. Peter), stroll the grounds of Catacombe Del Cimitero Di San Pietro, get engrossed in the history at Mozarts Geburtshaus, and explore the galleries of Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus).

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Salzburg visit planning app .

You can drive from Hallstatt to Salzburg in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In June in Salzburg, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 55°F at night. On the 24th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Munich.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites Museums Tours
Highlights from your plan
Fortress Hohensalzburg ©
Fortress Hohensalzburg
Mozarts Geburtshaus ©
Mozarts Geburtshaus
Salzburg Cathedral ©
Salzburg Cathedral

3
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.
On the 24th (Wed), examine the collection at Munich Residenz. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter's Church, engage your brain at Deutsches Museum, and then explore the activities along English Garden.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Munich road trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Salzburg to Munich takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 72°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Frankfurt.

Things to do in Munich

Museums Childrens Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Munich Residenz ©
Munich Residenz
St. Peter's Church ©
St. Peter's Church
BMW Headquarters ©
BMW Headquarters

1
night
Frankfurt, Germany

Frankfurt ©
On the 27th (Sat), admire the landmark architecture of Cathedral of St. Bartholomew (Dom St. Bartholomaus), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Paul's Church (Paulskirche), examine the collection at Museum fur Kommunikation, then take in the views from Holbeinsteg, and finally make a trip to Berger Str.. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the local landmark of Gerechtigkeitsbrunnen, then don't miss a visit to Roemerberg, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Old Nicholas Church (Alte Nikolaikirche), and finally explore the world behind art at Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt.

Make your Frankfurt itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Take a train from Munich to Frankfurt in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Frankfurt

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Museum fur Kommunikation ©
Museum fur Kommunikation
Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt ©
Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt

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