26 days in Western Europe Itinerary

26 days in Western Europe Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Europe holiday planner

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Hamburg, Germany
— 3 nights
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Frankfurt, Germany
— 3 nights
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Cologne, Germany
— 2 nights
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Echternach, Luxembourg
— 1 night
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Brussels, Belgium
— 3 nights
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 5 nights
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London, United Kingdom
— 5 nights
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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.
Hamburg is known for museums, historic sites, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Miniatur Wunderland, get a sense of history and politics at Townhall, go all around town with City Tours, and get to know the resident critters at Tierpark Hagenbeck.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Hamburg trip planner.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Hamburg is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Johannesburg to Hamburg is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Johannesburg in December, expect Hamburg to be cooler, temps between 7°C and 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can fly to Frankfurt.

Things to do in Hamburg

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Breweries & Distilleries

Frankfurt, Germany

— 3 nights

Mainhattan

A global center of finance and transportation, Frankfurt is perhaps best known for its futuristic cityscape.
Get out of town with these interesting Frankfurt side-trips: Heidelberg (Altstadt (Old Town), Schloss Heidelberg, &more). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Stadel Museum, admire the striking features of Cathedral of St. Bartholomew (Dom St. Bartholomaus), admire the natural beauty at Palmengarten, and don't miss a visit to Romer.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Frankfurt trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Hamburg to Frankfurt in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In January, daytime highs in Frankfurt are 5°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Cologne.

Things to do in Frankfurt

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trip

Cologne, Germany

— 2 nights

City of Churches

Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Roman-German Museum (Romisch-Germanisches Museum), make a trip to Hohenzollern Bridge, then pause for some serene contemplation at Cologne Cathedral, then admire the masterpieces at Museum Ludwig, and finally examine the collection at NS Documentation Centre of the City of Cologne. On the next day, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pfarrkirche St Cacilia Benrath, get to know the fascinating history of Rheinuferpromenade, then shop like a local with Konigsallee, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Rheinturm.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Cologne trip itinerary builder website.

You can take a train from Frankfurt to Cologne in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In January in Cologne, expect temperatures between 6°C during the day and 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can drive to Echternach.

Things to do in Cologne

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Echternach, Luxembourg

— 1 night
Echternach is a commune with town status in the canton of Echternach, which is part of the district of Grevenmacher, in eastern Luxembourg. On the 7th (Fri), hike along Mullerthal Trail, make a trip to Place du Marche, then appreciate the history behind Statue of Johannes Bertels, and finally admire the striking features of Abbey of Echternach. Keep things going the next day: step into the grandiose world of Vianden Castle, then delve into the distant past at Bourscheid Castle, then brush up on your military savvy at MNHM National Museum of Military History, and finally get engrossed in the history at Musee d'histoires de Diekirch.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Echternach road trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Cologne to Echternach takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Echternach can reach 3°C, while at night they dip to -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Brussels.

Things to do in Echternach

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Trails

Side Trips

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Brussels side-trips: Bruges (Historium Brugge, The Markt, &more). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Grand Place, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Notre Dame Du Sablon, pause for some photo ops at Manneken Pis, and examine the collection at Atomium.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Brussels vacation builder app.

Traveling by car from Echternach to Brussels takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In January, daily temperatures in Brussels can reach 5°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trip

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

— 5 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.
When in Amsterdam, make a side trip to see Frans Hals Museum in Haarlem, approximately Haarlem away. There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum, admire nature's wide array of creatures at ARTIS, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and take a stroll through The Jordaan.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Amsterdam day trip planning website.

You can drive from Brussels to Amsterdam in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly. In January in Amsterdam, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to London.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

London, United Kingdom

— 5 nights

The Square Mile

Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
London is known for museums, nightlife, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: enjoy breathtaking views from Coca-Cola London Eye, walk around Hyde Park, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Paul's Cathedral, and explore the world behind art at National Gallery.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our London tour planner.

You can fly from Amsterdam to London in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of car and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Amsterdam to London. In January, daily temperatures in London can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in London

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

Luxembourg travel guide

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Landmarks · Castles · Churches
Green Heart of Europe
One of the three richest countries in the world, Luxembourg celebrates its wealth of natural and historical sites as well. Landlocked by Belgium, France, and Germany, this nation represents a blend of cultures, which are evident as you explore the nation's villages, outdoor attractions, and capital. If you prefer city living, discover Luxembourg City's old town, with World Heritage status. This small nation's rolling countryside is equally charming, offering castles and plenty of opportunity for recreation and leisure. Go for a bike ride, hike the country's mountainous region, or spend time at renowned vineyards.