19 days in Europe Itinerary

19 days in Europe Itinerary

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19 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Frankfurt, Germany
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Frankfurt, Germany
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Cologne, Germany
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Brussels, Belgium
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Paris, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
5
Interlaken, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
7
Munich, Germany
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Salzburg, Austria
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
9
Vienna, Austria
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
10
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
End: Prague, Czech Republic

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nights
Frankfurt, Germany

Frankfurt
A global center of finance and transportation, Frankfurt is perhaps best known for its futuristic cityscape.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of St. Bartholomew (Dom St. Bartholomaus).

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Frankfurt journey planner .

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Frankfurt. In December in Frankfurt, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Cologne.

Things to do in Frankfurt

Museums Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Stadel Museum
Stadel Museum
Romer ©
Romer
Palmengarten ©
Palmengarten

1
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Cologne, Germany

Cologne ©
Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): see the interesting displays at Chocolate Museum, then make a trip to Hohenzollern Bridge, then admire the landmark architecture of Cologne Cathedral, and finally explore the world behind art at Museum Ludwig. Keep things going the next day: admire the striking features of Aachener Rathaus, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Aachen Cathedral (Dom), then make a trip to KolnTriangle, and finally test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Cologne sightseeing planner .

Getting from Frankfurt to Cologne by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. December in Cologne sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Brussels.

Things to do in Cologne

Historic Sites Museums Fun & Games

Side Trip

Aachen
Highlights from your plan
Cologne Cathedral ©
Cologne Cathedral
Museum Ludwig ©
Museum Ludwig
Room Escape Games

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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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): make a trip to Atomium, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), then browse the different shops at Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert, then pause for some photo ops at Manneken Pis, and finally steep yourself in history at Grand Place.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Brussels online tour planner .

Getting from Cologne to Brussels by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. December in Brussels sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Brussels

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
Highlights from your plan
Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Atomium ©
Atomium

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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.
On the 24th (Tue), admire the natural beauty at Luxembourg Gardens, then 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 ponder the world of politics at Hotel de Ville. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Wed): wander the streets of Île de la Cité, steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, then admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, and finally explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Paris day trip planner .

Take a train from Brussels to Paris in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Paris are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Interlaken.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

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nights
Interlaken, Switzerland

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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour and then take a stroll through UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern. On the next day, admire the sheer force of Trümmelbachfälle and then take a memorable tour with Jungfraujoch.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Interlaken attractions planner.

You can do a combination of flight, bus, and train from Paris to Interlaken in 5.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Paris in December, with highs in Interlaken at 1°C and lows at -4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can drive to Zurich.

Things to do in Interlaken

Tours Nature Neighborhoods

Side Trips

UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, Trümmelbachfälle, Jungfraujoch
Highlights from your plan
Parasailing & Paragliding
Jungfraujoch ©
Jungfraujoch
Trümmelbachfälle ©
Trümmelbachfälle

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Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): explore the activities along Lake Zurich, admire the landmark architecture of Fraumünster Church, and then take a stroll through Old Town. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the views from Chapel Bridge, then explore the world behind art at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich), then pause for some serene contemplation at Grossmunster, and finally take a stroll through Bahnhofstrasse.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Zurich day trip planning app .

Drive from Interlaken to Zurich in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Interlaken in December: highs in Zurich hover around 5°C, while lows dip to -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Munich.

Things to do in Zurich

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Chapel Bridge
Highlights from your plan
Old Town ©
Old Town
Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Fraumünster Church ©
Fraumünster Church

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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 30th (Mon), don't miss a visit to Marienplatz, then engage your brain at Deutsches Museum, and then ponder the world of politics at New Town Hall (Neus Rathaus). Keep things going the next day: explore the activities along English Garden, then contemplate the long history of Nymphenburg Palace, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter's Church.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Munich online trip planner .

Getting from Zurich to Munich by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of flight and train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 5°C, and evening lows to -1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can go by car to Salzburg.

Things to do in Munich

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Nymphenburg Palace ©
Nymphenburg Palace
Marienplatz ©
Marienplatz
Deutsches Museum ©
Deutsches Museum

1
night
Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): steep yourself in history at Salzburger Altstadt, admire the landmark architecture of Salzburg Cathedral, then get great views at Fortress Hohensalzburg, and finally step into the grandiose world of Schloss Hellbrunn. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter's Abbey (Stift St. Peter), see the interesting displays at Red Bull Hangar-7, take in the awesome beauty at Untersberg, then get engrossed in the history at Mozarts Geburtshaus, then steep yourself in history at Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus), and finally admire the natural beauty at Mirabell Palace.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Salzburg trip planner .

Drive from Munich to Salzburg in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. January in Salzburg sees daily highs of 4°C and lows of -3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Fortress Hohensalzburg ©
Fortress Hohensalzburg
Salzburg Cathedral ©
Salzburg Cathedral
Mirabell Palace ©
Mirabell Palace

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nights
Vienna, Austria

Vienna ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): make a trip to Stephansplatz, then explore the historical opulence of Schonbrunn Palace, then explore the world behind art at Belvedere Palace, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Stephen's Cathedral.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Vienna trip planner .

Fly from Salzburg to Vienna in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In January, daytime highs in Vienna are 3°C, while nighttime lows are -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Vienna

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral
Belvedere Palace ©
Belvedere Palace

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Prague, Czech Republic

Prague ©
Prague lures millions of tourists each year with its World Heritage-listed medieval city center--a labyrinth of narrow lanes, bridges, cathedrals, and palaces overlooked by a thousand-year-old castle.
Prague is known for historic sites, nightlife, museums, fun & games, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: wander the streets of StaromEstske namEsti, explore the historical opulence of Prague Castle, get great views at Prague Astronomical Clock, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Prague trip builder .

You can fly from Vienna to Prague in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 2°C in January, and nighttime lows around -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Tours Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Staromestske namesti ©
Staromestske namesti
Charles Bridge
Charles Bridge
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle

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