21 days in Western Europe Itinerary

21 days in Western Europe Itinerary

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21 days in Western Europe Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg, South Africa
Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
Zurich, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Rust, Germany
— 2 nights
train + Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Amsterdam, Holland
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Kaatsheuvel, Holland
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Brussels, Belgium
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
6
Paris, France
— 7 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: Johannesburg, South Africa


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3
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
On the 23rd (Mon), wander the streets of Bahnhofstrasse, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Grossmunster, and then wander the streets of Old Town. Here are some ideas for day two: head outdoors with Hallenbad City and then get to know the resident critters at Zoo Zurich.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Zurich online itinerary planner .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Zurich is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Johannesburg to Zurich, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Johannesburg in March, with highs in Zurich at 13°C and lows at 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Rust.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Neighborhoods
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Zoo Zurich ©
Zoo Zurich
Old Town ©
Old Town
Grossmunster ©
Grossmunster

2
nights
Rust, Germany

Rust ©
Originally a poor fishing village, Rust now features a world-class amusement park complex.
On the 25th (Wed), get in on the family fun at Europa-Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Thu): play a few rounds at Golfpark Breisgau, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Freiburger Münster, then step into the grandiose world of Schloßberg mit Ruine Flochberg, and finally do a tasting at Weingut Zotz.

To find maps and other tourist information, go to the Rust travel route planning website .

Traveling by car from Zurich to Rust takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Rust

Theme Parks Golf Outdoors

Side Trips

Freiburger Münster, Weingut Zotz, Golfpark Breisgau, Schloßberg mit Ruine Flochberg
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Europa-Park ©
Europa-Park
Freiburger Münster ©
Freiburger Münster
Weingut Zotz ©
Weingut Zotz

3
nights
Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Anne Frank House and Begijnhof will appeal to history buffs. Get a sense of the local culture at Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh Museum. Next up on the itinerary: indulge your thirst for a good beer at Heineken Experience, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at ARTIS, and contemplate the waterfront views at Singel.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Amsterdam day trip app .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Rust to Amsterdam in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. March in Amsterdam sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 1°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Kaatsheuvel.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums
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Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

2
nights
Kaatsheuvel, Holland

Kaatsheuvel ©
Kaatsheuvel is a village in the Dutch province of North Brabant, situated along highways N261 and N628. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like World Heritage Kinderdijk and De Kerkhovense Molen. Wijnhoeve de Colonjes and Noordbrabants Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Pack the 30th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Efteling. There's more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. John's Cathedral.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Kaatsheuvel trip planner .

You can drive from Amsterdam to Kaatsheuvel in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in March, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can go by car to Brussels.

Things to do in Kaatsheuvel

Theme Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Den Bosch, De Kerkhovense Molen, Wijnhoeve de Colonjes, World Heritage Kinderdijk
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Efteling ©
Efteling
World Heritage Kinderdijk ©
World Heritage Kinderdijk
Wijnhoeve de Colonjes ©
Wijnhoeve de Colonjes

2
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 1st (Wed): get a taste of the local shopping with Chaussee d'Ixelles. On the 2nd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Atomium, take a stroll through Place St. Gery, then contemplate the long history of Grand Place, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule).

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Brussels trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Kaatsheuvel to Brussels by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In April, daytime highs in Brussels are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Brussels

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Ghent
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Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Atomium ©
Atomium

7
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.
Île de la Cité and Palace of Versailles are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Attractions like The Paris Catacombs and Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou make great kid-friendly stops. The adventure continues: take a stroll through Montmartre, contemplate the waterfront views at Seine River, get a taste of the local shopping with Saint Germain des Pres Quarter, and don't miss a visit to Eiffel Tower.

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Take a train from Brussels to Paris in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In April in Paris, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
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Île de la Cité ©
Île de la Cité
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Palace of Versailles ©
Palace of Versailles

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