36 days in Europe Itinerary

36 days in Europe Itinerary

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36 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly:  24​h
1
London, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Paris, France
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
3
Brussels, Belgium
— 3 nights
train:  2​h
4
Amsterdam, Holland
— 2 nights
train:  3​h
5
Cologne, Germany
— 1 night
train:  2​h
6
Heidelberg, Germany
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
7
Stuttgart, Germany
— 1 day
train:  2​h 30​min
8
Munich, Germany
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
9
Salzburg, Austria
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
10
Hallstatt, Austria
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h
11
Lucerne, Switzerland
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
12
Bologna, Italy
— 3 nights
train:  45​min
13
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
train:  2​h
14
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Melbourne, Australia


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3
nights
London, United Kingdom

London ©
Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Leadenhall Market, Thames River, The View from The Shard, and other attractions. On the 3rd (Fri), get a taste of local nightlife at The Comedy Store. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Tower of London, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Westminster Abbey, explore the historical opulence of Buckingham Palace, then don't miss a visit to Big Ben, then admire the landmark architecture of The View from The Shard, and finally explore the activities along Thames River.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the London day trip website .

Melbourne, Australia to London is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 10 hours traveling from Melbourne to London. Traveling from Melbourne in April, expect London to be little chillier, temps between 15°C and 5°C. You'll have a few hours on the 6th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Paris.

Things to do in London

Historic Sites Parks Nightlife
Highlights from your plan
Westminster Abbey ©
Westminster Abbey
The View from The Shard ©
The View from The Shard
The British Museum ©
The British Museum

3
nights
Paris, France

Paris ©
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.
You've added Le Marais, Latin Quarter, Louvre Museum, and other attractions to your itinerary.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Paris planner .

You can take a train from London to Paris in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In April in Paris, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 6°C at night. You will leave for Brussels on the 9th (Thu).

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
Highlights from your plan
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris ©
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris

3
nights
Brussels, Belgium

Brussels ©
The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Chateau de Seneffe and St-Martin's Basilica. It doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Rozentuin Coloma and step into the grandiose world of Gaasbeek Castle.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Brussels travel route builder tool .

Traveling by train from Paris to Brussels takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Paris in April, you will find days in Brussels are a bit cooler (15°C), and nights are about the same (4°C). On the 12th (Sun), you're off toAmsterdam.

Things to do in Brussels

Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Rozentuin Coloma, Gaasbeek Castle, Chateau de Seneffe, St-Martin's Basilica
Highlights from your plan
Gaasbeek Castle ©
Gaasbeek Castle
Chateau de Seneffe ©
Chateau de Seneffe

2
nights
Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Anne Frank House, Rijksmuseum, Red Light District, and other attractions. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): make a trip to De 9 Straatjes, then take a stroll through Brouwersgracht, then explore the activities along The Amstel, and finally wander the streets of Red Light District. Here are some ideas for day two: take a stroll through The Jordaan, admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum, take an in-depth tour of Anne Frank House, then admire the landmark architecture of Royal Palace Amsterdam, and finally look for gifts at Van Stapele Koekmakerij.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Amsterdam trip itinerary builder app .

Getting from Brussels to Amsterdam by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in April, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can drive to Cologne.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Neighborhoods Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
The Jordaan ©
The Jordaan
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House

1
night
Cologne, Germany

Cologne ©
Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Kolner Dom as well as Hohenzollern Bridge. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): snap pictures at Hohenzollern Bridge, then don't miss a visit to Heumarkt, and then make a trip to Sankt Andreas Kirche.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Cologne trip maker app .

Getting from Amsterdam to Cologne by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or fly. In April, daily temperatures in Cologne can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Wed) to allow time for the train ride to Heidelberg.

Things to do in Cologne

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Kolner Dom ©
Kolner Dom
Hohenzollern Bridge ©
Hohenzollern Bridge
Gross St. Martin ©
Gross St. Martin

2
nights
Heidelberg, Germany

Heidelberg ©
A vibrant university city, Heidelberg is nestled in the picturesque Neckar river valley.
To find maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Heidelberg trip tool .

You can take a train from Cologne to Heidelberg in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and car. In April in Heidelberg, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 7°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can go by car to Hallstatt.

Things to do in Heidelberg

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Schloss Heidelberg ©
Schloss Heidelberg
Heidelberg Tun ©
Heidelberg Tun
Thingstatte ©
Thingstatte

1
day
Stuttgart, Germany

Stuttgart ©
Stuttgart spreads across a variety of valleys, parks, and hills--many of them covered by vineyards.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Rubble Hill, pause for some photo ops at Inspiration 911 - Porsche-Skulptur, and then don't miss a visit to Mercedes-Benz Museum.

To see maps and other tourist information, go to the Stuttgart trip planner.

Take a train from Heidelberg to Stuttgart in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In April in Stuttgart, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 5°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Munich.

Things to do in Stuttgart

Museums
Highlights from your plan
Mercedes-Benz Museum ©
Mercedes-Benz Museum
Inspiration 911 - Porsche-Skulptur ©
Inspiration 911 - Porsche-Skulptur

2
nights
Munich, Germany

Munich ©
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.
You've added Tierpark Hellabrunn, St. Peter's Church, New Town Hall (Neus Rathaus), and other attractions to your itinerary.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Munich online holiday builder .

Getting from Stuttgart to Munich by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or fly. In April in Munich, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 3°C at night. On the 23rd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Salzburg.

Things to do in Munich

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Tierpark Hellabrunn ©
Tierpark Hellabrunn
St. Peter's Church ©
St. Peter's Church

2
nights
Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
To find other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Salzburg road trip tool .

Traveling by car from Munich to Salzburg takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April in Salzburg, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 5°C at night. You will leave for Lucerne on the 23rd (Thu).

Things to do in Salzburg

Museums Historic Sites Trails
Highlights from your plan
Fortress Hohensalzburg ©
Fortress Hohensalzburg
Salzburger Altstadt ©
Salzburger Altstadt
Red Bull Hangar-7 ©
Red Bull Hangar-7

2
nights
Hallstatt, Austria

Hallstatt ©
Historically known for the production of salt, Halstatt's fine architecture reflects the small village's salt mining legacy.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Stoderzinken, Waldbachstrub Waterfall and Central Square Marktplatz. On the 17th (Fri), go for a walk through Old Town and then take in panoramic vistas at Hallstatt Skywalk "Welterbeblick". Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Central Square Marktplatz, then take in the dramatic scenery at Waldbachstrub Waterfall, and then head outdoors with Stoderzinken.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Hallstatt trip planner .

You can drive from Heidelberg to Hallstatt in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and car; or do a combination of flight and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Stuttgart.

Things to do in Hallstatt

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Stoderzinken
Highlights from your plan
Old Town ©
Old Town
Stoderzinken ©
Stoderzinken
Waldbachstrub Waterfall ©
Waldbachstrub Waterfall

4
nights
Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Chapel Bridge and Altstadt Luzern. And it doesn't end there: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Rigi, don't miss a visit to The Nine Towers, pause for some photo ops at Lion Monument, and head outdoors with Pilatus Bahnen AG.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Lucerne online visit planner .

Traveling by car from Salzburg to Lucerne takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in April, and nighttime lows around 5°C. You'll have a few hours on the 27th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Venice.

Things to do in Lucerne

Outdoors Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Pilatus Bahnen AG ©
Pilatus Bahnen AG
Chapel Bridge ©
Chapel Bridge
Rigi ©
Rigi

3
nights
Bologna, Italy

Bologna ©
A city famous for its cuisine, Bologna is the seat of the oldest university in the world, founded in 1088.
Explore hidden gems such as Piazza Maggiore and Secret Zone. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica - Santuario di Santo Stefano, pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di Santa Maria della Vita, examine the collection at Museo per la Memoria di Ustica, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimitero monumentale della Certosa.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Bologna day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Lucerne to Bologna takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April, Bologna is somewhat warmer than Lucerne - with highs of 22°C and lows of 10°C. On the 30th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Bologna

Historic Sites Museums Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Chiesa di Santa Maria della Vita ©
Chiesa di Santa Maria della Vita
Piazza Maggiore ©
Piazza Maggiore
Basilica - Santuario di Santo Stefano ©

3
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
You've added Oltrarno, Piazzale Michelangelo, Ponte Vecchio, and other attractions to your itinerary.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Florence sightseeing app .

Take a train from Venice to Florence in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April in Florence, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 11°C at night. You will leave for Rome on the 3rd (Sun).

Things to do in Florence

Neighborhoods Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Piazza del Duomo ©
Piazza del Duomo
Piazzale Michelangelo ©
Piazzale Michelangelo
Ponte Vecchio ©
Ponte Vecchio

3
nights
Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Trevi Fountain, Pantheon and Colosseum. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Palazzo Chigi di Ariccia and get in on the family fun at Cinecitta World.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Rome trip site .

Traveling by train from Florence to Rome takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Rome when traveling from Florence in May, with lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rome

Theme Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

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