24 days in Western Europe Itinerary

24 days in Western Europe Itinerary

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Paris, France
— 2 nights
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Bruges, Belgium
— 1 night
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Brussels, Belgium
— 3 nights
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
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Copenhagen, Denmark
— 2 nights
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Munich, Germany
— 2 nights
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Berlin, Germany
— 2 nights
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
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Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
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Nice, France
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Paris, France

— 2 nights

City of Light

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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): examine the collection at Musee des Arts Forains and then make a trip to Place Vendome. Keep things going the next day: ponder the world of politics at Hotel de Ville, head off the coast to Île de la Cité, take a stroll through Latin Quarter, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Jardin des Plantes, then head off the coast to Ile Saint-Louis, and finally explore the wide array of goods at Galeries Lafayette Paris Haussmann.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Paris trip planner.

Bengaluru, India to Paris is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time (IST) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is minus 4.5 hours. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Bengaluru in December, with highs in Paris at 9°C and lows at 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Bruges.

Things to do in Paris

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Bruges, Belgium

— 1 night

Venice of the North

The medieval town of Bruges centers around a canal, and the architecture of its historical district has made it a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): hike along Bruges Art Route, examine the collection at Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Annakerk (St Anne's Church), then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Adornesdomein & Jeruzalemkerk, then admire the landmark architecture of Belfry of Bruges, and finally stop by Chocolates & Happiness.

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

Take a train from Paris to Bruges in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In December, daytime highs in Bruges are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Brussels.

Things to do in Bruges

Tours · Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Brussels, Belgium

— 3 nights

Capital of Europe

The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Antwerpen-Centraal and Rubens House (Rubenshuis). Venture out of the city with trips to Leuven (Great Market Square (Grote Markt) & Groot Begijnhof), Mechelen (Kazerne Dossin, St. Rumbold's Cathedral, &more) and Antwerp (Museum Mayer van den Bergh, Saint Paul's Church, &more). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Grand Place, appreciate the history behind Manneken Pis, take a peaceful walk through Sonian Forest, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise Notre Dame Du Sablon.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Brussels road trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Bruges to Brussels takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. December in Brussels sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of 1°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can go by car to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Brussels

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

— 2 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.
On the 30th (Wed), take a stroll through De 9 Straatjes, explore the activities along Emperor's Canal (Keizersgracht), contemplate the waterfront views at Herengracht, admire the masterpieces at Moco Museum, then admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum, and finally make a trip to Museum Quarter. On the 31st (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll around Vondelpark, explore the activities along The Amstel, examine the collection at Zaanse Schans, get curious at NEMO Science Museum, then enjoy breathtaking views from A'dam Lookout, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Portuguese Synagogue.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Amsterdam vacation builder app.

You can drive from Brussels to Amsterdam in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly. December in Amsterdam sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) to allow time to travel to Copenhagen.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums · Tours · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Copenhagen, Denmark

— 2 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.
On the 1st (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Grundtvig Church (Grundtvigs Kirke), explore the engaging exhibits at Experimentarium, pause for some photo ops at The Little Mermaid, explore the world behind art at The Hirschsprung Collection (Den Hirschsprungske Samling), then walk around Kongens Have, and finally step into the grandiose world of Rosenborg Castle. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Our Lady - Copenhagen Cathedral, wander the streets of Christiania, explore the world behind art at Thorvaldsens Museum, take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Denmark, then enjoy breathtaking views from Tarnet, and finally admire the masterpieces at Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Copenhagen trip maker site.

You can fly from Amsterdam to Copenhagen in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. When traveling from Amsterdam in January, plan for a bit cooler days in Copenhagen, with highs around 3°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can travel to Munich.

Things to do in Copenhagen

Museums · Nightlife · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Munich, Germany

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): get curious at Deutsches Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Old Town Hall, take in the spiritual surroundings of Heiliggeistkirche, appreciate the history behind Juliet Capulet Statue, then don't miss a visit to Marienplatz, and finally don't miss a visit to Mariensaule. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the striking features of Frauenkirche, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Burgersaalkirche, appreciate the history behind Karlstor, then don't miss a visit to Fassade des Hirmer Stammhauses, then contemplate the waterfront views at English Garden, and finally admire the natural beauty at Botanischer Garten Muenchen-Nymphenburg.

To see more things to do and other tourist information, go to the Munich sightseeing tool.

Traveling by flight from Copenhagen to Munich takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Copenhagen in January since evenings lows in Munich dip to -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Berlin.

Things to do in Munich

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

Berlin, Germany

— 2 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.
On the 5th (Tue), admire the striking features of Berlin Central Station, get curious at German Museum of Technology, pause for some photo ops at Victory Column (Siegessaule), wander the streets of Mitte, then get a new perspective on nature at Museum fuer Naturkunde, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Reichstag Building. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Classic Remise Berlin, contemplate the long history of Berlin-Hohenschonhausen Memorial, steep yourself in history at Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, then take in nature's colorful creations at Großer Tiergarten, and finally pause for some photo ops at Brandenburg Gate.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Berlin day trip tool.

Getting from Munich to Berlin by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Berlin

Museums · Tours · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Zurich, Switzerland

— 2 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
On the 7th (Thu), visit Lake Zurich, Eastern Bank, examine the collection at Zoological Museum, look for gifts at Maurice de Mauriac, head outdoors with Zurich Succulent Plant Collection, then take in panoramic vistas at Observation Decks, and finally see the interesting displays at Fotomuseum. On the next day, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, admire the landmark architecture of Kloster Einsiedeln, look for all kinds of wild species at Sattel Hochstuckli, get to know the resident critters at Natur- und Tierpark Goldau, then explore the world behind art at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich), and finally take a stroll through Old Town.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Zurich trip itinerary builder website.

You can fly from Berlin to Zurich in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In January, daytime highs in Zurich are 5°C, while nighttime lows are -1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can travel to Florence.

Things to do in Zurich

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Florence, Italy

— 2 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): admire the masterpieces at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, appreciate the extensive heritage of Centro Storico, pause for some photo ops at Campanile di Giotto, steep yourself in history at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, and finally take in the views from Ponte Vecchio. On the 10th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Piazza della Signoria, get a sense of history and politics at Palazzo Vecchio, get a sense of history and politics at Museo Nazionale del Bargello, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Opera of Saint Maria of Fiore, then admire the striking features of Basilica of Santa Maria Novella, and finally tour or see a show at Palazzo Strozzi.

To plan Florence vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Fly from Zurich to Florence in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Zurich in January, things will get a bit warmer in Florence: highs are around 13°C and lows about 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Spas

Side Trips

Rome, Italy

— 2 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Basilica Papale San Paolo fuori le Mura and Cupola di San Pietro. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Colosseum, don't miss a visit to Trevi Fountain, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di San Pietro in Vincoli, and admire the masterpieces at Vatican Museums.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Rome vacation planner.

Take a train from Florence to Rome in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In January, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can travel to Nice.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Nice, France

— 1 night

Nissa la Bella (Nice the Beautiful)

Well-known for the beautiful views of its famous Promenade des Anglais waterfront, Nice is an ethnically-diverse coastal port city on the French Riviera and the fifth most populated city in France.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): explore the historical opulence of Haut de Cagnes and then contemplate the long history of Ville medieval.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Nice tour planner.

Traveling by flight from Rome to Nice takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in January, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

France travel guide

4.3
Architectural Buildings · Art Museums · Landmarks
France has been the world's most popular tourist destination for decades, and geographically, it is one of the most diverse countries in Europe. Its cities are holiday hot spots and contain some of the greatest treasures in Europe, its countryside is prosperous and well tended, and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions, like Paris, the French Riviera, the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the French Alps, as well as the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany, and Normandy. The country is renowned for its gastronomy, particularly wines and cheeses, as well as its history, culture, and fashion industry.

You'll find that the French people are very polite and may react coldly to you if you forget this. You might be surprised as you're greeted by other customers and the proprieter when you walk into a restaurant or a shop. Be sure to take your sightseeing off the beaten path in France. Besides the famous Eiffel Tower and the chic resorts of the Côte d'Azur (French Riviera) you'll find many places to visit in the form of museums filled with fine art, crafts, and archaeological relics, wonderful medieval villages and castles, diverse national parks, and local shopping direct from artisans themselves.

Whether you're touring the Christmas Markets or going skiing during winter, viewing the springtime influx of color in Provence, sunbathing on the Mediterranean coast in the summer, or watching the fall foliage against the backdrop of the châteaux in the Loire Valley, you're sure to find just the right place to be. Spring is a time when the tourist attractions are just starting to expand their hours, but it may still be cold in the mountainous regions and the north. Summer is the busiest time in France with the longest hours for many museums and attractions, but it's often when you will experience the most crowds. Winter in France is filled with winter carnivals, Christmas Markets, and of course, skiing. Fall is a time to celebrate the release of Beaujolais nouveau wine in November, as well as experience Nuit Blanche, a day in October when major attractions, museums, galleries, parks, and swimming pools remain open all night.

Belgium travel guide

4.2
Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · Monuments
A small country packing a big punch in terms of tourist attractions, Belgium sits at the crossroads of Western Europe, its cities soaked in history and famed for their lively arts, fashion, and dining scenes. Although it advertises itself simply as "A Food Lover's Dream," this country of just 11 million people boasts a rich architectural heritage, world-famous breweries, pristine natural areas, and touching memorials marking major battlegrounds from both World War I and World War II. Put the country's elegant cities of Brussels and Bruges at the top of your itinerary, but don't forget that Belgium's less-explored countryside offers dense forests, rolling hills, and lush valleys.

The Netherlands travel guide

4.3
Art Museums · History Museums · Specialty Museums
Low Country
The Netherlands literally means "Low Country", inspired by the country's low and flat geography, where only about 50 percent of the land exceeds one meter (three feet) above sea level. Since the late 16th century, large, flat land areas called "polders" have been reclaimed from the sea and lakes and protected by dikes, amounting to nearly 17 percent of the country's current land mass. The Netherlands is. This is small, densely populated country lies mainly in Western Europe but also includes three islands in the Caribbean; it's the main constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The European part of the Netherlands borders Germany to the east, Belgium to the south, and the North Sea to the northwest, sharing maritime borders with Belgium, the United Kingdom and Germany. Amsterdam, The Hague, and Rotterdam serve as the three largest and most important cities in the Netherlands. Amsterdam is the country's capital, while The Hague holds the Dutch seat of government. The port of Rotterdam claims the title as the largest port in Europe, in fact, it's as large as the next three ports combined.

Denmark travel guide

4.2
Theme Parks · Historic Walking Areas · Castles
Known for its old-fashioned charm, Denmark often is referenced as a fairy-tale setting by visitors and locals alike. With quaint cobblestone streets leading the way to art galleries, museums, and historical sights, plus a modern and easily accessible public transportation system, Denmark seamlessly blends its rich history with modern advancements. Be inspired by the works of local legends, including the fairy tales of Hans Christian Andersen, the symphonies of Carli Nielsen, and the astronomy work of Tycho Brahe, then play a bit at amusement parks like Legoland. Visitors often find themselves developing "hygge," the untranslatable Danish trait that encapsulates a sense of coziness and contentment, which is thought to have a great deal of influence on Denmark's standing as one of the happiest nations on the planet.

Germany travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Germany is the home of high culture, fine art, classical music, world-class sports, award-winning cuisine--and some of the world's best beers. It's also one of the major economic and political powers of the European continent. One of the founding members of the European Union, Germany is a federation of 16 states. Each boasts its own distinct culture, art, cuisine, regional traditions, and array of things to do. The country is known worldwide for its precision engineering and high-tech products. Equally, though, Germany is admired for its old-world charm and what is locally known as gemutlichkeit (coziness). This is one of the easiest countries in the world to explore, offering an abundance of sightseeing opportunities. German transportation runs with German efficiency. Therefore, getting around the various regions is almost always easy, quick, and pleasant. Visit the cities to explore museums, art galleries, modern restaurants, and trendy shops. Also be sure to venture deeper into the countryside. Here, you can discover ancient castles and bustling little villages. Often in these off-the-beaten-path areas, the main tourist attraction remains the simple hospitality of the friendly locals.

Switzerland travel guide

4.7
Bodies of Water · Mountains · Specialty Museums
Immerse yourself in a snow-capped mountain wonderland in Switzerland's serene Alpine setting. See the world-renowned Matterhorn, Switzerland's second-highest mountain at 4,478 m (14,962 ft) tall, or zoom down the mountains on toboggan, ski, or snowboard. In the warmer seasons hike around the rolling green hillsides covered with pine trees and picturesque aqua blue lakes. Luxurious cities dotted with cozy wooden chalets and colorful flowerbeds balance quaintness with first-class cultural offerings. Indulge in the country's opulence of milk chocolate, cheese fondue, and keg-carrying St. Bernard dogs.

Italy travel guide

4.6
Landmarks · Ruins · Sacred & Religious Sites
Italy is a land of high fashion, fine art, exquisite architecture, luxury sports cars, outstanding cuisine--and an insatiable taste for "la dolce vita." It's also home to the greatest number of World Heritage Sites in the world, making it an ideal place for your next holiday. The country boasts a varied landscape of mountain ranges, alpine lakes, and coastal towns, so it's no wonder travelers often refer to it as the bel paese (beautiful country). With so many places to visit, visitors often have a difficult time planning their itinerary. The smaller villages each feature a distinct character and a blend of architecture, art, and cuisine. In the country, you'll find countless archeological sites dating back to Roman times and beyond. The country's cities and seaside resorts are cosmopolitan powerhouses with museums, galleries, restaurants, shops, open-air markets, and pedestrian-friendly historic areas.