43 days in Europe Itinerary

43 days in Europe Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Europe sightseeing planner

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Innsbruck, Austria
— 2 nights
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Salzburg, Austria
— 4 nights
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Munich, Germany
— 3 nights
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Rothenburg, Germany
— 1 night
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Nuremberg, Germany
— 2 nights
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Prague, Czech Republic
— 4 nights
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Dresden, Germany
— 1 night
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Berlin, Germany
— 5 nights
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
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Dublin, Ireland
— 4 nights
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London, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
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Paris, France
— 4 nights
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Nice, France
— 3 nights
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Innsbruck, Austria

— 2 nights
Nestled in a valley between snowcapped peaks, Innsbruck evokes visions of a winter wonderland.
On the 18th (Sat), admire the masterpieces at Schloss Ambras Innsbruck, enjoy breathtaking views from Town Tower (Stadtturm), then take an in-depth tour of The Golden Roof (Goldenes Dachl), then pause for some serene contemplation at Dom zu St. Jakob, and finally contemplate the long history of Altstadt von Innsbruck. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Sun): fly down the slopes at Bergisel Ski Jump, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Maria-Theresien-Strasse, then admire the striking features of Imperial Palace, and finally learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Alpenzoo.

For where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Innsbruck trip builder website.

Melbourne, Australia to Innsbruck is an approximately 26-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 9 hours traveling from Melbourne to Innsbruck. Traveling from Melbourne in December, things will get much colder in Innsbruck: highs are around 6°C and lows about -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can drive to Salzburg.

Things to do in Innsbruck

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Salzburg, Austria

— 4 nights

Rome of the North

Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Salzburg is known for historic sites, museums, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take some stellar pictures from Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle, examine the collection at Red Bull Hangar-7, admire the striking features of Salzburg Cathedral, and take in the awesome beauty at Untersberg.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Salzburg vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Innsbruck to Salzburg takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In December in Salzburg, expect temperatures between 6°C during the day and -1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Munich.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Munich, Germany

— 3 nights

Village of a Million People

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.
Munich is known for museums, historic sites, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Marienplatz, explore the activities along English Garden, get curious at Deutsches Museum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Asamkirche.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Munich trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Salzburg to Munich takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. December in Munich sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of -1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Rothenburg.

Things to do in Munich

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Parks

Rothenburg, Germany

— 1 night

Medieval Heart of Germany

An old imperial city, Rothenburg is the main tourist stop on the scenic Romantic Road of Bavaria.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Mon): get a sense of history and politics at Stadt Rothenburg ob der Tauber, take an in-depth tour of Reichsstadtmuseum, see the interesting displays at German Christmas Museum, browse the eclectic array of goods at Kathe Wohlfahrt's Christmas Shop, then examine the collection at Medieval Crime Museum (Mittelalterliches Kriminalmuseum), and finally steep yourself in history at Altstadt.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Rothenburg route site.

Traveling by car from Munich to Rothenburg takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In December in Rothenburg, expect temperatures between 5°C during the day and 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Nuremberg.

Things to do in Rothenburg

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Nuremberg, Germany

— 2 nights

Gingerbread Capital of the World

Nuremberg's historic town center stands in the shadow of a towering imperial castle that dominates its northwestern corner.
On the 28th (Tue), examine the collection at Toy Museum, contemplate the long history of Albrecht Durer's House, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Sebaldus Church, examine the collection at Bernstein Museum, then don't miss a visit to St. Lorenz Church, and finally admire the masterpieces at Germanisches Nationalmuseum. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Altstadt, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Frauenkirche, then explore the historical opulence of Kaiserburg Nurnberg, then contemplate the long history of Nuremberg Palace of Justice, and finally examine the collection at Memorium Nuremberg Trials.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Nuremberg trip maker website.

Traveling by car from Rothenburg to Nuremberg takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, daytime highs in Nuremberg are 5°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can go by car to Prague.

Things to do in Nuremberg

Museums · Historic Sites

Prague, Czech Republic

— 4 nights

City of a Hundred Spires

Prague lures millions of tourists each year with its World Heritage-listed medieval city center--a labyrinth of narrow lanes, bridges, cathedrals, and palaces overlooked by a thousand-year-old castle.
Prague is known for historic sites, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get to know the fascinating history of Staromestske namesti, wander the streets of Lesser Town, don't miss a visit to Vaclavske namEsti, and get great views at Prague Astronomical Clock.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Prague vacation planner.

You can drive from Nuremberg to Prague in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. In December, daily temperatures in Prague can reach 5°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Dresden.

Things to do in Prague

Tours · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries · Neighborhoods

Dresden, Germany

— 1 night

Florence of the North

Dresden boasts a long history as a royal residence of many Saxon kings.
On the 3rd (Mon), don't miss a visit to Neumarkt, then don't miss a visit to Frauenkirche Dresden, and then don't miss a visit to The Dresden Zwinger.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Dresden trip builder site.

You can drive from Prague to Dresden in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January in Dresden, expect temperatures between 3°C during the day and -1°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Berlin.

Things to do in Dresden

Historic Sites · Museums

Berlin, Germany

— 5 nights

Athens of the Spree

The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Berlin is known for museums, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: pause for some photo ops at Brandenburg Gate, ponder the world of politics at Reichstag Building, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Zoo Berlin, and admire the masterpieces at Pergamonmuseum.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Berlin trip planner.

You can drive from Dresden to Berlin in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can travel to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Berlin

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Edinburgh, United Kingdom

— 4 nights

Athens of the North

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Edinburgh is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step into the grandiose world of Edinburgh Castle, get a new perspective on nature at National Museum of Scotland, make a trip to The Royal Mile, and see the interesting displays at Royal Yacht Britannia.

For photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Edinburgh trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Berlin to Edinburgh takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in January, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can travel to Dublin.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Dublin, Ireland

— 4 nights

Fair City

A history spanning over a thousand years, vibrant nightlife, and a mix of Georgian and modern architecture make Dublin a popular European tourist destination.
Dublin is known for museums, nightlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Guinness Storehouse, admire the landmark architecture of Saint Patrick's Cathedral, walk around St Stephens Green, and wander the streets of Grafton Street.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Dublin online route planner.

Fly from Edinburgh to Dublin in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. In January, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to travel to London.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

London, United Kingdom

— 4 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 plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy breathtaking views from Coca-Cola London Eye, admire the masterpieces at The British Museum, don't miss a visit to Tower of London, and steep yourself in history at Buckingham Palace.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our London planning website.

Traveling by flight from Dublin to London takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Paris.

Things to do in London

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Paris, France

— 4 nights

City of Light

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.
Paris is known for museums, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, walk around Luxembourg Gardens, and wander the streets of Montmartre.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Paris itinerary maker site.

You can take a train from London to Paris in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is 1 hour. In January, plan for daily highs up to 8°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can travel to Nice.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Nice, France

— 3 nights

Nissa la Bella (Nice the Beautiful)

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.
On the 25th (Tue), stop by Wine Shop Flacons Divins, then steep yourself in history at Lérins Islands, and then don't miss a visit to Le Nomade. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Palais Lascaris, make a trip to Place Massena, then take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook, and finally take a stroll through Vieille Ville.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Nice tour website.

You can fly from Paris to Nice in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In January, Nice is somewhat warmer than Paris - with highs of 15°C and lows of 7°C. You'll have a few hours on the 27th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Austrian Alps travel guide

4.2
Ski Areas · Historic Sites · Lookouts
Much of the country's territory sits in the heart of the mountainous Austrian Alps, making the region a prime spot for trekking, skiing, or cozying up in a mountain resort. The mountain range makes Austria, along with Switzerland, the winter sports capital of Europe. Though the Alps are most famous for hosting a wealth of ski resorts for visitors of all skill levels, regional tourism is growing, capitalizing on the appeal of outdoor recreation during all seasons. Visitors flock to the Alps for hiking, golf, biking, and whitewater kayaking in addition to skiing.

Germany travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Germany is the home of high culture, fine art, classical music, world-class sports, award-winning cuisine--and some of the world's best beers. It's also one of the major economic and political powers of the European continent. One of the founding members of the European Union, Germany is a federation of 16 states. Each boasts its own distinct culture, art, cuisine, regional traditions, and array of things to do. The country is known worldwide for its precision engineering and high-tech products. Equally, though, Germany is admired for its old-world charm and what is locally known as gemutlichkeit (coziness). This is one of the easiest countries in the world to explore, offering an abundance of sightseeing opportunities. German transportation runs with German efficiency. Therefore, getting around the various regions is almost always easy, quick, and pleasant. Visit the cities to explore museums, art galleries, modern restaurants, and trendy shops. Also be sure to venture deeper into the countryside. Here, you can discover ancient castles and bustling little villages. Often in these off-the-beaten-path areas, the main tourist attraction remains the simple hospitality of the friendly locals.

Scotland travel guide

4.4
Castles · Specialty Museums · Distilleries
A land packed with thousands of years of history, Scotland is home to numerous thriving cities and a vibrant population proud of its distinct culture, heritage, and art. The Scottish people are fond of saying "Good things come in small packages," and nowhere is that more true than in their compact homeland. Despite its relatively small size, the country is crammed full of attractions, not the least of which are numerous world-famous golf courses and whiskey distilleries. Though the sun may not always shine here, Scotland is a stunning country renowned for its dramatic scenery of mountains, valleys, hills, green fields, and rugged coastlines, guaranteeing a diverse holiday. While most tourists restrict their itinerary to the historic Highlands, where they search for the mysterious Loch Ness monster, you can also explore the Lowlands’ outstanding natural wonders and flourishing cultural scene.

Ireland travel guide

4.4
Specialty Museums · Nightlife · Castles
Emerald Isle
Gentle green hills, Guinness, leprechauns, and friendly folks characterize this small isle of a country. From the busy big city of Dublin to cozy countryside, the emerald isle harbors a varied natural landscape and is steeped in tradition. Visitors can immerse themselves in the native Irish language by visiting a Gaeltacht, or Irish-speaking region of the country, where traditional culture thrives. The Irish are known for being open and welcoming: from the moment you land to the moment you leave, you'll be greeted with "cead mile failte"--a hundred thousand welcomes.

France travel guide

4.3
Architectural Buildings · Art Museums · Landmarks
France has been the world's most popular tourist destination for decades, and geographically, it is one of the most diverse countries in Europe. Its cities are holiday hot spots and contain some of the greatest treasures in Europe, its countryside is prosperous and well tended, and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions, like Paris, the French Riviera, the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the French Alps, as well as the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany, and Normandy. The country is renowned for its gastronomy, particularly wines and cheeses, as well as its history, culture, and fashion industry.

You'll find that the French people are very polite and may react coldly to you if you forget this. You might be surprised as you're greeted by other customers and the proprieter when you walk into a restaurant or a shop. Be sure to take your sightseeing off the beaten path in France. Besides the famous Eiffel Tower and the chic resorts of the Côte d'Azur (French Riviera) you'll find many places to visit in the form of museums filled with fine art, crafts, and archaeological relics, wonderful medieval villages and castles, diverse national parks, and local shopping direct from artisans themselves.

Whether you're touring the Christmas Markets or going skiing during winter, viewing the springtime influx of color in Provence, sunbathing on the Mediterranean coast in the summer, or watching the fall foliage against the backdrop of the châteaux in the Loire Valley, you're sure to find just the right place to be. Spring is a time when the tourist attractions are just starting to expand their hours, but it may still be cold in the mountainous regions and the north. Summer is the busiest time in France with the longest hours for many museums and attractions, but it's often when you will experience the most crowds. Winter in France is filled with winter carnivals, Christmas Markets, and of course, skiing. Fall is a time to celebrate the release of Beaujolais nouveau wine in November, as well as experience Nuit Blanche, a day in October when major attractions, museums, galleries, parks, and swimming pools remain open all night.