33 days in Western Europe Itinerary

33 days in Western Europe Itinerary

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 4 nights
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Bruges, Belgium
— 3 nights
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Brussels, Belgium
— 3 nights
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Copenhagen, Denmark
— 3 nights
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Odense, Denmark
— 2 nights
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Aarhus, Denmark
— 3 nights
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Gothenburg, Sweden
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Stockholm, Sweden
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Oslo, Norway
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands

— 4 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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Willet-Holthuysen Museum and Nieuwe Kerk. Discover out-of-the-way places like The Corrie ten Boom House and Singel. Get out of town with these interesting Amsterdam side-trips: Museum Prinsenhof Delft (in Delft), Utrecht (Museum Speelklok, Centraal Museum, &more) and Grote of Sint-Laurenskerk (in Rotterdam). Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Begijnhof, explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, see the interesting displays at Hash Marihuana & Hemp Museum, and get engrossed in the history at Museum Van Loon.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Amsterdam online vacation planner.

New York City, USA to Amsterdam is an approximately 12-hour flight. Traveling from New York City to Amsterdam, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from New York City in September: high temperatures in Amsterdam hover around 67°F and lows are around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to drive to Bruges.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Bruges, Belgium

— 3 nights

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.
Popular historic sites such as Landhuis Saint Walburga Church and Sint-Pieterskerk are in your itinerary. You'll discover tucked-away gems like De Panne Beach and Belfry and Cloth Hall (Belfort en Lakenhalle). Change things up with these side-trips from Bruges: Gravensteen (in Ghent) and James Ensor House (James Ensorhuis) (in Ostend). There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Sint-Janshospitaal, examine the collection at Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum, look for gifts at Chocolaterie de Burg, and admire the masterpieces at Gruuthusemuseum.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Bruges trip planner.

Traveling by car from Amsterdam to Bruges takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In September, daytime highs in Bruges are 67°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Brussels.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Beaches

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.
Appreciate the collections at Rubens House (Rubenshuis) and Maison d'Erasme. Step off the beaten path and head to Museum Plantin-Moretus and The Spa Brussels. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM), step into the grandiose world of Royal Palace of Brussels, and admire the masterpieces at Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Brussels tour builder.

You can drive from Bruges to Brussels in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Brussels can reach 65°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to travel to Copenhagen.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums · Spas · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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.
Visit Kronborg and Kastellet for their historical value. Explore hidden gems such as Frederiksborg Castle and Gammel Strand. Change things up with these side-trips from Copenhagen: Medieval Museum (Drottens Museet) (in Lund) and The Karen Blixen Museum (in Rungsted). And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Designmuseum Danmark, examine the collection at The Cathedral Museum, explore the historical opulence of Rosenborg Castle, and take a leisurely stroll along Nyhavn.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Copenhagen tour site.

Getting from Brussels to Copenhagen by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In October in Copenhagen, expect temperatures between 55°F during the day and 46°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Odense.

Things to do in Copenhagen

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Odense, Denmark

— 2 nights

Odin's Shrine

The capital of the island of Funen, Odense represents the birthplace of Hans Christian Andersen, who penned such classics as "The Little Mermaid" and "The Ugly Duckling." Denmark's third-largest city proudly displays its link to the famous writer with museums, sculptures, and public art installations dedicated to Andersen and his stories.
On the 5th (Mon), examine the collection at H. C. Andersens House, examine the collection at The Funen Village, then take an in-depth tour of The Time Collection, and finally explore the galleries of The Danish Railway Museum. Keep things going the next day: browse the exhibits of Valdemars Slot, take an in-depth tour of Danmarks Forsorgsmuseum, and then learn more about the world around you at Naturama.

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You can drive from Copenhagen to Odense in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In October in Odense, expect temperatures between 55°F during the day and 45°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to drive to Aarhus.

Things to do in Odense

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Aarhus, Denmark

— 3 nights

City of Smiles

Located on the sea, Aarhus blends a world city with a small-town feel. Home to a young population, the city has a reputation for producing internationally known pop and rock musicians.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Aarhus Domkirke and Silkeborg Kirke. Get some cultural insight at Den Gamle By and Aros Aarhus Kunstmuseum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Aarhus: Silkeborg (Silkeborg Museum, Museum Jorn Silkeborg, &more). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Besaettelsesmuseet, admire the landmark architecture of Women's Museum in Denmark, learn more about the world around you at Naturhistorisk Museum, and get engrossed in the history at Aarhus Vikingemuseet.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Aarhus trip planning website.

You can drive from Odense to Aarhus in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 56°F, and evening lows to 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to travel to Gothenburg.

Things to do in Aarhus

Museums · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Gothenburg, Sweden

— 3 nights

Little London

Situated on Sweden's western coastline, Gothenburg attracts visitors with cultural festivals, a lively music scene, and a blend of classical and modern architecture.
Take a break from the city and head to Southern Goteborg Archipelago and Askimsbadet. Masthuggskyrkan and Kronhusbodarna will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Gothenburg: Tjoloholms Castle (in Fjaras) and Naas Slott (in Floda). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Volvo Museum and get engrossed in the history at City Museum (Goteborgs Stadsmuseum).

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Gothenburg trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Aarhus to Gothenburg takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a train. In October in Gothenburg, expect temperatures between 53°F during the day and 42°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Stockholm.

Things to do in Gothenburg

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trips

Stockholm, Sweden

— 3 nights

Beauty by the Water

One of Europe's most culturally diverse cities, Stockholm extends over 14 islands, united by a series of tunnels and bridges.
Visit Storkyrkan and Stockholm Old Town for their historical value. Let the collections at Royal Armory and Hallwyl Museum (Hallwylska Museet) capture your imagination. Change things up with a short trip to Museum Gustavianum in Uppsala (about 1h 5 min away). There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Millesgarden, step into the grandiose world of Royal Palace, examine the collection at Royal Treasury (Skattkammaren), and stroll through Langholmen.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Stockholm travel itinerary planner.

You can fly from Gothenburg to Stockholm in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In October in Stockholm, expect temperatures between 51°F during the day and 39°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to travel to Oslo.

Things to do in Stockholm

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Oslo, Norway

— 3 nights

Tiger City

Norway's capital city, Oslo boasts a thousand years of history and a diverse mix of architecture that blends old, new, and ultra-modern.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Norsk Folkemuseum and Baerums Verk. Appreciate the collections at National Gallery of Norway Nasjonalgalleriet and Kon-Tiki Museum. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Huk, see the interesting displays at The Ibsen Museum, admire the masterpieces at Munch Museum, and take an in-depth tour of Viking Ship Museum.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Oslo online tour planner.

Traveling by flight from Stockholm to Oslo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 52°F in October, and nighttime lows around 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Bergen.

Things to do in Oslo

Museums · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

Bergen, Norway

— 3 nights

City of Seven Mountains

A city famed for its underground music scene, Bergen also serves as the gateway to the fjords of Norway's western coastline.
Get some cultural insight at Museum Lepramuseet St. Jorgens Hospital and Gamlehaugen. Get in touch with nature at Hardangerfjord and Helleneset. And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Bryggens Museum, take in the waterfront at Fish Market, get to know the fascinating history of Bryggen, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Floyen and the Funicular.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Bergen tour planner.

You can fly from Oslo to Bergen in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Oslo in October, Bergen is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bergen

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

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.

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.

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.

Sweden travel guide

4.2
History Museums · Specialty Museums · Landmarks
Mother Svea
Once the land of the Vikings, Sweden today combines a long and fascinating history with a propensity for the very modern. The grand Romanesque churches that dot the countryside contrast with the clean, simple lines and partiality for organization the country is known for. With its reverence for the shy, reserved, and considerate, the nation exudes a sensation of being comfortable. Peek into the quiet lives from afar, gather around traditional "fika" coffee with loved ones, or dine on meatballs, herring, and potatoes. Immerse yourself in nature among the forests and trails so respected by their citizens, and take in the latest design and cultural offerings in this modest yet aesthetically savvy country.

Norway travel guide

4.2
History Museums · Nightlife · Specialty Museums
Land of the Midnight Sun
Take a trip up north and visit Norway, the land of fjords, northern lights, unspoiled nature, and friendly communities. Norway is a haven for holidaymakers who enjoy the outdoors, with numerous resorts for downhill skiing and snowboarding, as well as countless trails for hiking in the summer or dog sledding and cross-country skiing in the winter. Norway's cities combine historical and modern architecture and feature a selection of museums, art galleries, and performance venues. Meanwhile, traditional ways of life, local customs, and crafts are celebrated in many open-air and ethnological museums across the land. Even though the country has a modern and elaborate system of roads, Norway continues to foster its ancient connection with the sea. Take to the waters yourself with tours of the scenic coast, fjords, or whale watching.