36 days in Europe Itinerary

36 days in Europe Itinerary

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36 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Brisbane, Australia
Fly:  26​h
1
Frankfurt, Germany
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Munich, Germany
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Strasbourg, France
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
Paris, France
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h
6
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Cologne, Germany
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
8
Munich, Germany
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
9
Salzburg, Austria
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
10
Ljubljana, Slovenia
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
11
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
12
Bologna, Italy
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
13
Genoa, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
14
Nice, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
15
Geneva, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  4​h
16
Lugano, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
17
Bern, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
18
Heidelberg, Germany
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
19
Frankfurt, Germany
— 1 day
Fly:  26​h
End: Brisbane, Australia

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Frankfurt, Germany

Frankfurt ©
A global center of finance and transportation, Frankfurt is perhaps best known for its futuristic cityscape.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): admire the landmark architecture of Romer, admire the striking features of Main Tower, then admire the masterpieces at Stadel Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of St. Bartholomew (Dom St. Bartholomaus). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Sat): snap pictures at Iron Bridge, steep yourself in history at Goethe House, then admire the natural beauty at Palmengarten, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Old Nicholas Church (Alte Nikolaikirche).

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Frankfurt itinerary maker .

Brisbane, Australia to Frankfurt is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST) to Central European Time (CET) is minus 9 hours. Traveling from Brisbane in December, expect Frankfurt to be much colder, temps between 7°C and 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Rothenburg ob der Tauber.

Things to do in Frankfurt

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Stadel Museum
Stadel Museum
Goethe House ©
Goethe House

1
night
Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany

Rothenburg ob der Tauber ©
Rothenburg ob der Tauber is a town in the district of Ansbach of Mittelfranken (Middle Franconia), the Franconia region of Bavaria, Germany. Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Das Wildbad, ponder the design of St. Georgs Brunnen, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Teufelshausel.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Rothenburg ob der Tauber trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Frankfurt to Rothenburg ob der Tauber takes 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Munich.

Things to do in Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Burgbernheim
Highlights from your plan
Das Wildbad ©
Das Wildbad
St. Georgs Brunnen ©
St. Georgs Brunnen

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): admire the natural beauty at English Garden, get curious at Deutsches Museum, then make a trip to Marienplatz, and finally appreciate the history behind Moriskentanzer. On your second day here, ponder the world of politics at New Town Hall (Neus Rathaus), then examine the collection at Munich Residenz, then steep yourself in history at Nymphenburg Palace, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter's Church.

To find photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Munich day trip website .

Traveling by car from Rothenburg ob der Tauber to Munich takes 3 hours. December in Munich sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of -1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Strasbourg.

Things to do in Munich

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Deutsches Museum ©
Deutsches Museum
Marienplatz ©
Marienplatz
Nymphenburg Palace ©
Nymphenburg Palace

1
night
Strasbourg, France

Strasbourg ©
Strasbourg is famous for its beautiful historical center, the Grande Île, which was the first city center classified entirely as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): make a trip to Barrage Vauban, then take a stroll through La Petite France, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg, and finally walk around Parc de l'Orangerie.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Strasbourg online itinerary planner .

You can fly from Munich to Strasbourg in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Munich in January since evenings lows in Strasbourg dip to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Strasbourg

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg ©
La Petite France ©
La Petite France
Barrage Vauban ©
Barrage Vauban

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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.
Step out of Paris to go to Versailles and see Palace of Versailles, which is approximately 48 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, make a trip to Eiffel Tower, admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, and take in nature's colorful creations at Luxembourg Gardens.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Paris trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by train from Strasbourg to Paris takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, shuttle, and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 8°C in January, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
Highlights from your plan
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

3
nights
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Amsterdam is known for museums, nightlife, breweries & distilleries, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Anne Frank House, admire the masterpieces at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House), get to know the resident critters at ARTIS, and take a stroll through The Jordaan.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Amsterdam trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Paris to Amsterdam by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In January in Amsterdam, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and 1°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Cologne.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

1
night
Cologne, Germany

Cologne ©
Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Chocolate Museum, then take in the views from Hohenzollern Bridge, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cologne Cathedral, and finally explore the world behind art at Museum Ludwig.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Cologne journey planner.

Traveling by car from Amsterdam to Cologne takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In January in Cologne, expect temperatures between 6°C during the day and 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Munich.

Things to do in Cologne

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Museum Ludwig ©
Museum Ludwig
Cologne Cathedral ©
Cologne Cathedral
Chocolate Museum ©
Chocolate Museum

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hours
Munich, Germany

Munich ©
On the 10th (Fri), see the interesting displays at BMW Museum and then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael's Church.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Munich trip planner .

You can fly from Cologne to Munich in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Cologne in January since evenings lows in Munich dip to -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can go by car to Salzburg.

Things to do in Munich

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
BMW Museum ©
BMW Museum
St. Michael's Church ©
St. Michael's Church

2
nights
Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): get a taste of the local shopping with Getreidegasse.

To see reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Salzburg trip planner .

Traveling by car from Munich to Salzburg takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 4°C in January, and nighttime lows around -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can drive to Ljubljana.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle ©
Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle
Salzburg Cathedral ©
Salzburg Cathedral
Mirabell Palace ©
Mirabell Palace

2
nights
Ljubljana, Slovenia

Ljubljana ©
Sitting astride the Ljubljanica River, Ljubljana is marked with picturesque bridges and a marketplace, designed by the famous architect Jože Plečnik.
Venture out of the city with trips to Postojna Cave (in Postojna) and Bled (Bled Castle, Vintgar Gorge, & more). There's much more to do: test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, take in the views from Dragon Bridge (Zmajski Most), walk around Tivoli Park, and explore the activities along Ljubljanica River.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Ljubljana journey maker tool .

Drive from Salzburg to Ljubljana in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January, daytime highs in Ljubljana are 5°C, while nighttime lows are -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can drive to Venice.

Things to do in Ljubljana

Parks Nature Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Bled, Postojna Cave, Vintgar Gorge
Highlights from your plan
Vintgar Gorge ©
Vintgar Gorge
Room Escape Games
Bled Castle ©
Bled Castle

2
nights
Venice, Italy

Venice ©
Virtually unchanged for the last six centuries, Venice is actually a group of islands made famous by a series of canals, bridges, monuments, piazzas, and narrow pedestrian lanes.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the activities along Canal Grande, see the interesting displays at Doge's Palace, snap pictures at Ponte dei Sospiri, then don't miss a visit to Piazza San Marco, and finally admire the striking features of Scala Contarini del Bovolo.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Venice road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Ljubljana to Venice takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Ljubljana in January, with highs in Venice at 9°C and lows at 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Bologna.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco

1
night
Bologna, Italy

Bologna ©
A city famous for its cuisine, Bologna is the seat of the oldest university in the world, founded in 1088.
For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Bologna online travel route planner .

Drive from Venice to Bologna in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. January in Bologna sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 0°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Genoa.

Things to do in Bologna

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Piazza Maggiore ©
Piazza Maggiore
Basilica - Santuario di Santo Stefano ©
Basilica di San Domenico ©
Basilica di San Domenico

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nights
Genoa, Italy

Genoa ©
Once the most important harbor in the Mediterranean Sea, Genoa has a long history as a rich and powerful trade center in northern Italy.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Piazza Raffaele De Ferrari, observe the fascinating underwater world at Aquarium of Genoa, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cattedrale di San Lorenzo - Duomo di Genova, then admire the masterpieces at Palazzo Ducale, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Passeggiata Anita Garibaldi a Nervi. On the 19th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy breathtaking views from Spianata Castelletto, then take a leisurely stroll along Old Port, then see the interesting displays at Galata Museo del Mare, and finally wander the streets of Boccadasse.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Genoa visit website .

You can take a train from Bologna to Genoa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Bologna in January; daily highs in Genoa reach 13°C and lows reach 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Nice.

Things to do in Genoa

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Aquarium of Genoa ©
Aquarium of Genoa
Boccadasse ©
Boccadasse

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Nice, France

Nice ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Palais Lascaris, then make a trip to Place Massena, then get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook, and finally wander the streets of Vieille Ville.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Nice online attractions planner .

Traveling by car from Genoa to Nice takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. January in Nice sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 7°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel to Geneva.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
Highlights from your plan
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Colline du Chateau overlook ©
Colline du Chateau overlook
Place Massena ©
Place Massena

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Geneva, Switzerland

Geneva ©
Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then make a trip to The Flower Clock, then ponder the design of The Geneva Water Fountain, and finally see the interesting displays at Patek Philippe Museum. On your second day here, get great views at Cathedrale de St-Pierre and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Geneva.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Geneva online trip itinerary maker .

You can fly from Nice to Geneva in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, tram, and train; or drive. In January, Geneva is slightly colder than Nice - with highs of 6°C and lows of 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Lugano.

Things to do in Geneva

Parks Nature Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Lake Geneva ©
Lake Geneva
Cathedrale de St-Pierre ©
Cathedrale de St-Pierre
Patek Philippe Museum ©
Patek Philippe Museum

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Lugano, Switzerland

Lugano ©
Located in the popular holiday region of Ticino, Lugano is the largest Italian-speaking town in Switzerland.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Maria degli Angioli, then explore the activities along Lake Lugano, then stop by Inperfetta Vintage, and finally stroll around Parco Civico. On the 24th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get great views at Monte Bre, pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa San Rocco Lugano, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Monte San Salvatore, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Fox Town Factory Stores.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Lugano trip itinerary planner .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Geneva to Lugano in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In January, daily temperatures in Lugano can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Bern.

Things to do in Lugano

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trip

Fox Town Factory Stores
Highlights from your plan
Lake Lugano ©
Lake Lugano
Inperfetta Vintage ©
Inperfetta Vintage
Santa Maria degli Angioli ©
Santa Maria degli Angioli

2
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Bern, Switzerland

Bern ©
The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Get out of town with these interesting Bern side-trips: Mt Pilatus (in Lucerne) and Skigebiet Metsch (in Lenk im Simmental). There's much more to do: explore the activities along Aare River, pause for some photo ops at Mosesbrunnen, admire the natural beauty at Rose Garden (Rosengarten), and take some stellar pictures from The Cathedral of Bern.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Bern trip maker .

You can drive from Lugano to Bern in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. Traveling from Lugano in January, you will find days in Bern are little chillier (5°C), and nights are about the same (-3°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to drive to Heidelberg.

Things to do in Bern

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Mt Pilatus, Skigebiet Metsch
Highlights from your plan
Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
The Cathedral of Bern ©
The Cathedral of Bern
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern ©
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern

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Heidelberg, Germany

Heidelberg
A vibrant university city, Heidelberg is nestled in the picturesque Neckar river valley.
To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Heidelberg road trip tool .

Drive from Bern to Heidelberg in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Heidelberg when traveling from Bern in January, with lows around 0°C. You'll set off for Frankfurt on the 28th (Tue).

Things to do in Heidelberg

Nightlife Historic Sites Museums

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Frankfurt, Germany

Frankfurt ©
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): learn more about the world around you at Senckenberg Natural History Museum (Naturmuseum Senckenberg), meet the residents at Zoo Frankfurt, then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and finally ponder the design of Fountain of Justice.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Frankfurt online trip builder .

Traveling by train from Heidelberg to Frankfurt takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Frankfurt

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Room Escape Games
Fountain of Justice ©
Fountain of Justice

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