22 days in Europe Itinerary

22 days in Europe Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Europe route planner

Make it your trip
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Copenhagen, Denmark
— 3 nights
Fly
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Hamburg, Germany
— 3 nights
Train
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Berlin, Germany
— 3 nights
Fly
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Vienna, Austria
— 4 nights
Drive
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Ljubljana, Slovenia
— 2 nights
Drive
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Salzburg, Austria
— 3 nights
Drive
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Zagreb, Croatia
— 3 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.
Let the collections at Davids Samling (The David Collection) and Viking Ship Museum capture your imagination. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kronborg and Our Saviour's Church. Change things up with a short trip to Roskilde Domkirke in Roskilde (about 40 minutes away). There's lots more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Nyhavn, steep yourself in history at Christiansborg Slot, make a trip to National Museum of Denmark, and explore the world behind art at Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Copenhagen trip planner.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Copenhagen is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Johannesburg in December, expect Copenhagen to be colder, temps between 7°C and 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel to Hamburg.

Things to do in Copenhagen

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Hamburg, Germany

— 3 nights

Gateway to the World

As the country's biggest port and one of the busiest in all of Europe, Hamburg has a well-deserved reputation as Germany's Gateway to the World.
Your inner history buff will appreciate St. Michael's Church and Speicherstadt. Get some cultural insight at Lubeck Altstadt (Lubeck Oldtown) and Holstentor. Get out of town with these interesting Hamburg side-trips: Lubeck (St. Catherine's Church & Lubecker Weihnachtsmarkt). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Rathausmarkt, get to know the fascinating history of Alter Elbtunnel, contemplate the long history of St Nikolai Memorial, and examine the collection at CHOCOVERSUM by HACHEZ.

For reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Hamburg journey planner.

You can fly from Copenhagen to Hamburg in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Hamburg are 7°C, while nighttime lows are 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Berlin.

Things to do in Hamburg

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Breweries & Distilleries · Tours

Side Trip

Berlin, Germany

— 3 nights

Athens of the Spree

The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
You'll explore and learn at Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen and Gemaldegalerie. Step off the beaten path and head to Gendarmenmarkt and Neues Museum. There's still lots to do: visit Mitte, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, get engrossed in the history at Neue Wache, and don't miss a visit to Brandenburg Gate.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Berlin tour planner.

Traveling by train from Hamburg to Berlin takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Berlin

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Vienna, Austria

— 4 nights

City of Dreams

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Schonbrunn Palace and St. Stephen's Cathedral. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Albertina and Natural History Museum (Naturhistorisches Museum). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Rathausplatz, explore the world behind art at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Peterskirche, and browse the exhibits of Belvedere Palace.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Vienna road trip site.

You can fly from Berlin to Vienna in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Vienna are 5°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can drive to Ljubljana.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums · Historic Sites

Ljubljana, Slovenia

— 2 nights
Sitting astride the Ljubljanica River, Ljubljana is marked with picturesque bridges and a marketplace, designed by the famous architect Jože Plečnik.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. Here are some ideas for day two: snap pictures at Triple Bridge, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of St. Nicholas, then contemplate the waterfront views at Ljubljanica River, then step into the grandiose world of Predjama Castle, and finally examine the collection at Karst Museum.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Ljubljana trip planning tool.

You can drive from Vienna to Ljubljana in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or take a shuttle. Traveling from Vienna in December, plan for little chillier nights in Ljubljana, with lows around -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Salzburg.

Things to do in Ljubljana

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Salzburg, Austria

— 3 nights

Rome of the North

Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like St. Peter's Abbey (Stift St. Peter) and Schmittenhohe. Museum-lovers will get to explore Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle and Red Bull Hangar-7. There's still lots to do: stroll the grounds of Petersfriedhof, admire the striking features of Salzburg Cathedral, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Georgs Kirche, and see the interesting displays at Haus der Natur.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Salzburg vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Ljubljana to Salzburg by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Salzburg can reach 6°C, while at night they dip to -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to drive to Zagreb.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trip

Zagreb, Croatia

— 3 nights

Little Vienna

Zagreb boasts a combination of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture, but it is beloved for its outdoor cafe culture.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): visit Lower Town, get to know the fascinating history of Upper Town (Gornji Grad), then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Mark's Church, and finally see the interesting displays at Museum of Broken Relationships. On the 29th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the landmark architecture of Cathedral of the Assumption, then make a trip to Tkalciceva, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Ban Josip Jelačić Square, and finally stroll the grounds of Mirogoj Cemetery.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Zagreb trip builder site.

You can drive from Salzburg to Zagreb in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In December in Zagreb, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and -1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Zagreb

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums