25 days in Western Europe Itinerary

25 days in Western Europe Itinerary

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Aachen, Germany
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Dusseldorf, Germany
— 3 nights
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Cologne, Germany
— 3 nights
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Bonn, Germany
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Mainz, Germany
— 1 night
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Speyer, Germany
— 3 nights
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Trier, Germany
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Liege, Belgium
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Spa, Belgium
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Leuven, Belgium
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Aachen, Germany

— 1 day

City of Water

Aachen, a spa town, was once a prominent royal city where German kings were crowned and Charlemagne built his favorite residence.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Mon): make a trip to St. Lucia, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then admire the landmark architecture of Aachener Rathaus, then shop like a local with Printenbackerei Klein & Printen Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Aachen Cathedral.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Aachen trip planning site.

Frankfurt to Aachen is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or do a combination of train and taxi. In March, daytime highs in Aachen are 12°C, while nighttime lows are 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can drive to Dusseldorf.

Things to do in Aachen

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Spas

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Dusseldorf, Germany

— 3 nights

Fashion Capital of Germany

Renowned for its fashion and trade fairs, Dusseldorf offers visitors vibrant nightlife and a wide range of shopping options.
Get some historical perspective at Rheinuferpromenade and ArcheoPoint. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Classic Remise Dusseldorf and Museum Folkwang. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Dusseldorf: German Mining Museum (in Bochum), Bergehalde Grosses Holz (in Bergkamen) and Zwillbrock Biologische Station (in Vreden). There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Konigsallee, examine the collection at Neanderthal Museum, enjoy breathtaking views from Rheinturm, and admire the masterpieces at Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Dusseldorf trip planner.

Drive from Aachen to Dusseldorf in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 12°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Cologne.

Things to do in Dusseldorf

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cologne, Germany

— 3 nights

City of Churches

Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Chocolate Museum and Wallraf-Richartz Museum. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Cologne Cathedral and Museum Ludwig. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Lindenthaler Tierpark, see the interesting displays at Museum Schnutgen, make a trip to KolnTriangle, and take an in-depth tour of Roman-German Museum (Romisch-Germanisches Museum).

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Cologne online trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Dusseldorf to Cologne by car takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 12°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Bonn.

Things to do in Cologne

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Bonn, Germany

— 2 nights

Little Big Town

The birthplace of Ludwig van Beethoven, Bonn is one of the country's oldest cities.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Wilder Kermeter Natur-Erlebnispark, look for all kinds of wild species at Nationalpark Eifel, and then take a tour by water with Dive4Life. On the next day, contemplate the long history of Beethoven-Haus Bonn, take an in-depth tour of Haus der Geschichte der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, then steep yourself in history at Schumannhaus, and finally see the interesting displays at Arp Museum.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Bonn vacation builder tool.

Drive from Cologne to Bonn in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or ride a tram. In March, daily temperatures in Bonn can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Mainz.

Things to do in Bonn

Wildlife · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Mainz, Germany

— 1 night

Great Wine Capital

Steeped in history and tradition, Mainz is an elegant, modern city in Germany's largest wine-growing region and a major center for tourism.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): see the interesting displays at The Museum of Ancient Shipbuilding, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mainz Cathedral, see the interesting displays at Fastnachtsmuseum, then get engrossed in the history at Gutenberg Museum, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Augustine's Church.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Mainz journey builder website.

Traveling by car from Bonn to Mainz takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In March, daytime highs in Mainz are 12°C, while nighttime lows are 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to drive to Speyer.

Things to do in Mainz

Museums · Historic Sites

Speyer, Germany

— 3 nights
With origins in the days of the Roman Empire and a religious history dating as far back as the 4th century, Speyer has long been known for its role as a hotbed of ecclesiastical reform.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Technik Museum Speyer and Speyer Cathedral. Let the collections at Historisches Museum der Pfalz Speyer and Nahe der Natur - Mitmach-Museum fur Naturschutz capture your imagination. Get out of town with these interesting Speyer side-trips: Worms (Tiergarten Worms & Dom zu Worms), Karlstalschlucht (in Trippstadt) and Burg Nanstein (in Landstuhl). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Museum fur Zeit - Pfalzisches Turmuhrenmuseum.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Speyer trip itinerary app.

You can drive from Mainz to Speyer in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Mainz in March, things will get little chillier in Speyer: highs are around 3°C and lows about 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Trier.

Things to do in Speyer

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Trier, Germany

— 3 nights

Oldest City in Germany

Trier may be the oldest city in Germany, founded long before the Roman times.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Rhineland Museum (Rheinisches Landesmuseum) and Museum Glockengiesserei Mabilon. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like St. Peter's Cathedral (Dom) and Porta Nigra. Explore Trier's surroundings by going to Wild- & Erlebnispark Daun (in Daun), Reichsburg Cochem (in Cochem) and Eltz Castle (in Wierschem). Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Freilichtmuseum, get a sense of history and politics at Kurfurstliches Palais, explore the ancient world of Trier Amphitheater, and steep yourself in history at Karl Marx House.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Trier tour itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Speyer to Trier takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. While traveling from Speyer, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Trier, ranging from highs of 11°C to lows of 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Liege.

Things to do in Trier

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Liege, Belgium

— 3 nights

The Fervent City

Although decidedly industrial on the outskirts, Liege also boasts impressive architecture.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Fort Eben-Emael and Tresor de Liege. Curtius Museum and La Boverie will appeal to museum buffs. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at La Roche-aux-Faucons, see the interesting displays at Archeoforum de Liege, take an in-depth tour of Musee du silex, and don't miss a visit to Montagne de Bueren.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Liege travel route builder site.

You can drive from Trier to Liege in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in March, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Spa.

Things to do in Liege

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Spa, Belgium

— 3 nights
Spa is a Belgian town, located in the Province of Liège, and is the town where the word spa comes from. Get some cultural insight at Musee de la Lessive and Baugnez 44 Historical Centre. You'll explore and learn at December 44 Historical Museum and Maison de l'eau. Step out of Spa to go to Butgenbach and see Butgenbacher Lake, which is approximately 38 minutes away. There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Domaine de Berinzenne, look for gifts at Jean Loup Legrand - Artisan Chocolatier, explore the different monuments and memorials at Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery, and indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at Les Thermes de Spa.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Spa trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Liege to Spa takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In March in Spa, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 1°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can go by car to Leuven.

Things to do in Spa

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Baths

Side Trips

Leuven, Belgium

— 3 nights
The ancient city of Leuven supports an old Catholic university and offers interesting architecture, botanical gardens, and great breweries.
Groot Begijnhof and Arenberg Castle are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Saint Peter's Church Sint-Pieterskerk and Abbaye de Grimbergen will appeal to history buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Leuven: Relax Divers Meise (in Meise), Stedelijk Museum Aarschot (in Aarschot) and Directions Basilliek van Scherpenheuvel (in Scherpenheuvel). There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Arboretum Wespelaar, admire the striking features of Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, and make a trip to Old Market Square.

For ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Leuven trip planning website.

Getting from Spa to Leuven by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 12°C in March, and nighttime lows around 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Leuven

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

North Rhine-Westphalia travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Specialty Museums · Landmarks
North Rhine-Westphalia is in many ways almost a country unto itself. It's noted for its dense concentration of museums, art galleries, theaters, concert halls, and opera houses. The most populous German state, North Rhine-Westphalia was created at the end of World War II. It joined two Prussian provinces and a small fiefdom. The region's landscapes include flat expanses, densely forested hills, mighty rivers, and rugged mountains. Known for more than a century as the land of coal and steel, this was one of Europe's most important industrial regions in the post-war recovery period. Facing new demands of the ever-changing European markets, the region shifted its energies in the second half of the 20th century. Now it focuses on high-tech industries, media, and culture. Your itinerary may include days sightseeing in the region's bustling metropolises, but don't miss a chance to drive out into the sprawling countryside. You'll find a trove of quiet villages virtually unchanged since the Middle Ages.

Rhineland-Palatinate travel guide

4.4
Castles · Sacred & Religious Sites · Historic Sites
Germany's renowned wine region, Rhineland-Palatinate is home to six of the country's 13 wine-producing districts. It leads the world in the production and export of fine sparkling wines. The region is also known for its modern museums, romantic castles, open-air markets, and traditional festivals, which make up a great number of its attractions. Be sure your itinerary includes a visit to some of the vibrant towns, as diverse and welcoming as the people who live in them. Rhineland-Palatinate is popular with walkers and cyclists. It offers more scenic long-distance paths, short walks, and award-winning trails than any casual tourist could ever hope to explore in a single visit. You can reach the major attractions easily by car or train. But to enjoy the region's pristine natural scenery, picturesque vineyards, and friendly villages, rent a bicycle. This way, you can traverse the countryside at a pace slow enough to soak up the local culture.

Liege Province travel guide

3.7
Landmarks · Architectural Buildings · Onsen Resorts
Given its small size, the Liege province boasts a considerable choice of tourist attractions, including historical towns, well-developed ski areas, golf courses, sprawling parks, and outstanding museums. Known to many as "Little Switzerland," the compact province also features over 5,000 km (3,100 mi) of marked hiking trails. The city of Liege--the capital and biggest urban center of the province--serves as a convenient starting point for sightseeing tours of the countryside. Enrich your vacation by visiting the region's World War II memorials, which mark the battlegrounds where thousands of American soldiers fought during the Battle of the Bulge.

Flemish Brabant Province travel guide

3.9
Architectural Buildings · Spas · Landmarks
The heart of Belgium, the Flemish Brabant province surrounds Brussels, one of Europe's major centers of culture, politics, and commerce. This province forms the core of Belgian beer territory, known around the world for its production of quality brews. Despite its relatively small size, Flemish Brabant boasts the country's highest concentration of breweries, from family-run operations to major international establishments. Leuven, the provincial capital, serves as the beer industry's major hub and contains the longest bar in Europe, composed of a string of centrally located cafes and restaurants. This region contains over 1,800 km (1,100 mi) of marked cycling trails, so you can easily tour Leuven and the rest of the province on a bicycle.