21 days in Europe Itinerary

21 days in Europe Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Europe route planner

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Copenhagen, Denmark
— 3 nights
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 4 nights
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Munich, Germany
— 5 nights
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Salzburg, Austria
— 3 nights
Drive
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Ljubljana, Slovenia
— 3 nights
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Zagreb, Croatia
— 2 nights
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Copenhagen, Denmark

— 3 nights

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.
Popular historic sites such as Nyhavn and Rosenborg Castle are in your itinerary. Kronborg and Our Saviour's Church are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's lots more to do: ponder the world of politics at Christiansborg Slot, make a trip to The Little Mermaid, see the interesting displays at National Museum of Denmark, and admire the masterpieces at Davids Samling (The David Collection).

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Copenhagen road trip planning tool.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Copenhagen is an approximately 17-hour flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Johannesburg to Copenhagen due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Johannesburg in December: high temperatures in Copenhagen hover around 7°C and lows are around 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Copenhagen

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

— 4 nights

Venice of the North

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Anne Frank House and Willet-Holthuysen Museum will appeal to history buffs. Step off the beaten path and head to Zaanse Schans and Museum Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder. Explore Amsterdam's surroundings by going to The Hague (Louwman Museum The Hague, Escher in Het Paleis (Escher in the Palace), &more). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum, contemplate the long history of Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House), take an in-depth tour of Museum of the Canals, and engage your brain at Body Worlds.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Amsterdam route planning website.

You can fly from Copenhagen to Amsterdam in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. December in Amsterdam sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 3°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel to Munich.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Munich, Germany

— 5 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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site and Cathedral of St Peter's. Explore hidden gems such as BMW Museum and Nuremberg Palace of Justice. Get out of town with these interesting Munich side-trips: Nuremberg (ST. JAKOB, Dokumentationszentrum Reichsparteitagsgelände, &more) and Regensburg (Basilika St. Emmeram, Old Town, &more). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Munich Residenz, contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Church, don't miss a visit to Rathaus-Glockenspiel, and admire the masterpieces at Bavarian National Museum.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Munich online route builder.

Traveling by flight from Amsterdam to Munich takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Amsterdam in December, expect Munich to be a bit cooler, temps between 5°C and -1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can go by car to Salzburg.

Things to do in Munich

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Salzburg, Austria

— 3 nights

Rome of the North

Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Step off the beaten path and head to St. Peter's Abbey (Stift St. Peter) and Salzburg Cathedral. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle and Schloss Hellbrunn. When in Salzburg, make a side trip to see Schmittenhohe in Zell am See, approximately Zell am See away. And it doesn't end there: explore the different monuments and memorials at Petersfriedhof, see the interesting displays at Red Bull Hangar-7, get engrossed in the history at Mozarts Geburtshaus, and contemplate the long history of Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus).

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Salzburg road trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Munich to Salzburg takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 6°C, and evening lows to -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Ljubljana.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trip

Ljubljana, Slovenia

— 3 nights
Sitting astride the Ljubljanica River, Ljubljana is marked with picturesque bridges and a marketplace, designed by the famous architect Jože Plečnik.
Get in touch with nature at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Ljubljanica River. Let the collections at Karst Museum and Ravnikar Gallery Space capture your imagination. Go for a jaunt from Ljubljana to Postojna to see Predjama Castle about 1 hour away. There's lots more to do: visit Ljubljana Old Town, pause for some serene contemplation at Ursuline Church of the Holy Trinity, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of St. Nicholas, and snap pictures at Triple Bridge.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Ljubljana itinerary maker website.

Drive from Salzburg to Ljubljana in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Ljubljana can reach 5°C, while at night they dip to -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to drive to Zagreb.

Things to do in Ljubljana

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Zagreb, Croatia

— 2 nights

Little Vienna

Zagreb boasts a combination of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture, but it is beloved for its outdoor cafe culture.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Wed): admire the striking features of Cathedral of the Assumption, then stroll the grounds of Mirogoj Cemetery, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Mark's Church, and finally visit Upper Town (Gornji Grad).

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Traveling by car from Ljubljana to Zagreb takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Zagreb can reach 7°C, while at night they dip to -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Zagreb

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods