51 days in Europe Itinerary

51 days in Europe Itinerary

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Lubeck, Germany
— 3 nights
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Frankfurt, Germany
— 3 nights
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Koblenz, Germany
— 3 nights
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Cochem, Germany
— 4 nights
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Traben-Trarbach, Germany
— 4 nights
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Bernkastel-Kues, Germany
— 4 nights
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Trier, Germany
— 3 nights
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Bern, Switzerland
— 3 nights
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Basel, Switzerland
— 3 nights
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Brussels, Belgium
— 3 nights
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Antwerp, Belgium
— 4 nights
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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
— 4 nights
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 5 nights
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Lubeck, Germany

— 3 nights

City of Seven Spires

Lubeck is the only northern German city with a largely intact medieval old town comparable to sites farther south.
Escape the urban bustle at Arche Warder - Zentrum fur seltene Nutztierrassen and Travemunde. For shopping fun, head to Rotter Glas - Crystal since 1870 or McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Neumuenster. Get out of town with these interesting Lubeck side-trips: Padi Dive Center NICEDIVE4U (in Timmendorfer Strand), Schwerin Castle (Schweriner Schloss) (in Schwerin) and Kuhlungsborn Beach (in Ostseebad Kuhlungsborn). The adventure continues: wander the streets of Lubeck Altstadt (Lubeck Oldtown), examine the collection at Holstentor, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Marienkirche.

For traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Lubeck trip itinerary site.

Billund, Denmark to Lubeck is an approximately 3.5-hour car ride. April in Lubeck sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to fly to Frankfurt.

Things to do in Lubeck

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Frankfurt, Germany

— 3 nights

Mainhattan

A global center of finance and transportation, Frankfurt is perhaps best known for its futuristic cityscape.
Head to Kleinmarkthalle and Galeria Kaufhof Frankfurt An der Hauptwachefor some retail therapy. Change things up with these side-trips from Frankfurt: Heidelberg (Student Jail (Studentenkarzer), Altstadt (Old Town), &more). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Stadel Museum, admire the local landmark of Fountain of Justice, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of St. Bartholomew (Dom St. Bartholomaus), and take in the views from Iron Bridge.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Frankfurt trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by flight from Lubeck to Frankfurt takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In April, daytime highs in Frankfurt are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Koblenz.

Things to do in Frankfurt

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Koblenz, Germany

— 3 nights

Gateway to the Romantic Rhine

Calling itself "Germany's most beautiful corner," Koblenz is tucked in the picturesque valley formed by the Rhine and Moselle rivers and is one of the most popular spots on tourist itineraries.
Get in touch with nature at Rhine Valley and Drachenfels. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Koechemarkt Bad Neuenahr and Stefans Wine Paradise. Step out of Koblenz with an excursion to Wernerkapelle in Bacharach--about 48 minutes away. There's still lots to do: grab your bike and head to Mosel Radweg, get a taste of the local shopping with SCHAUstudio, make a trip to Nikolaus von Kues Denkmal, and pause for some photo ops at Historiensaule.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Koblenz planner.

Traveling by car from Frankfurt to Koblenz takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Cochem.

Things to do in Koblenz

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Nature

Side Trips

Cochem, Germany

— 4 nights

Pearl of the Mosselle Valley

Nestled away within the rolling hills of the Moselle River Valley, Cochem possesses an archetypical German appearance and medieval charm that provides one of the best atmospheres in the country.
Get outdoors at Layensteig Strimmiger-Berg and Wasserfall Dreimuhlen. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cochem: Masdascher Burgherrenweg (in Mastershausen), Creativ-EventZ outdoor (in Stadtkyll) and Wild- & Erlebnispark Daun (in Daun). There's still lots to do: stop by Jobelius Spirituosen, get outside with Outdoor Activities, do a tasting at Winemaker J. Koll & Cie., and trek along Calmont Klettersteig.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Cochem trip itinerary builder site.

Drive from Koblenz to Cochem in an hour. Traveling from Koblenz in April, expect nights in Cochem to be about the same, around 4°C, while days are slightly colder, around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can drive to Traben-Trarbach.

Things to do in Cochem

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Traben-Trarbach, Germany

— 4 nights
Traben-Trarbach on the Middle Moselle is a town in the Bernkastel-Wittlich district in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. Step out of the city life by going to Karlstalschlucht and Mosel River. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Traben-Trarbach: Steinkaulenberg Gemstone Mine (in Idar-Oberstein) and Schlosskirche Meisenheim (in Meisenheim). There's lots more to do: do a tasting at Weingut Richard Boecking, stop by Porzellanhaus Kaefer Ohg, examine the collection at Mittelmosel-Museum, and indulge in some personalized pampering at Vulkaneifel Therme.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Traben-Trarbach online tour builder.

Drive from Cochem to Traben-Trarbach in an hour. In May, daily temperatures in Traben-Trarbach can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Bernkastel-Kues.

Things to do in Traben-Trarbach

Wineries · Spas · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Bernkastel-Kues, Germany

— 4 nights
Bernkastel-Kues is a well-known winegrowing centre on the Middle Moselle in the Bernkastel-Wittlich district in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Galerie Wagner and Glashuette Monschau. Visiting Mosel Valley and Traumpfade will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Bernkastel-Kues side-trips: Hunsrueckhaus (in Hilscheid), Monschau (Haus Troistorff & Sandskulpturen Monschau) and Schalkenmehrener Maar (in Schalkenmehren). There's lots more to do: hike along Burg-Olymp-Tour - Ferienland-Wanderweg Bernkastel-Kues, make a trip to Burgruine-Landshut, learn about winemaking at Weingut Dr. Loosen, and see the interesting displays at Deutsches Edelsteinmuseum.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Bernkastel-Kues trip maker site.

Bernkastel-Kues is just a stone's throw from Traben-Trarbach. In May, daily temperatures in Bernkastel-Kues can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Trier.

Things to do in Bernkastel-Kues

Outdoors · Wineries · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Trier, Germany

— 3 nights

Oldest City in Germany

Trier may be the oldest city in Germany, founded long before the Roman times.
Get outdoors at Kasteler Felsenpfad and Greifvogelpark. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Trier: Saarland Therme (in Rilchingen-Hanweiler) and Saarschleife (in Mettlach). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter's Cathedral (Dom), delve into the distant past at Trier Amphitheater, see the interesting displays at Rhineland Museum (Rheinisches Landesmuseum), and make a trip to Porta Nigra.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Trier travel route app.

You can drive from Bernkastel-Kues to Trier in an hour. May in Trier sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Trier

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Spas

Side Trips

Zurich, Switzerland

— 2 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Bahnhofstrasse and Altstadt Luzern. Get outdoors at Lake Zurich and Uetliberg Mountain. Venture out of the city with trips to Lucerne (Lake Lucerne, Lion Monument, &more) and Mt Pilatus (in Kriens). It doesn't end there: take a stroll through Old Town.

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

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Trier to Zurich takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In May, daytime highs in Zurich are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Bern.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks · Neighborhoods · Nature · Shopping

Side Trip

Bern, Switzerland

— 3 nights

City of Bears

The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Take a break from the city and head to Parasailing & Paragliding and Staubbach Waterfall. Head to UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern and Swiss Chocolate Chaletfor some retail therapy. Explore Bern's surroundings by going to Harderkulm (in Interlaken), Grindelwald-First (in Grindelwald) and Trümmelbachfälle (in Lauterbrunnen). And it doesn't end there: browse the eclectic array of goods at Federal Building (Bundeshaus), identify plant and animal life at Barenpark, enjoy breathtaking views from Clock Tower - Zytglogge, and get great views at The Cathedral of Bern.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Bern trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by train from Zurich to Bern takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Bern are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to drive to Basel.

Things to do in Bern

Parks · Nature · Shopping · Outdoors

Side Trips

Basel, Switzerland

— 3 nights
Situated where the Swiss, German, and French borders meet, Basel is considered the hub of Dreilandereck, this "three countries corner." Its location makes Basel a center of culture and history, brimming with important theaters and museums.
Head to Jakob's Basler Leckerly (Manufaktur) and Manor Baselfor some retail therapy. Step out of the city life by going to La Combe Tabeillon and Etangs de Bonfol. Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Basel's Old Town, get to know the resident critters at Zoo Basel, make a trip to Rathaus, and head outdoors with Skulpturenweg.

For more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Basel journey maker app.

Getting from Bern to Basel by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can fly to Brussels.

Things to do in Basel

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

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.
Head to Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert and The Chocolate Line Brugesfor some retail therapy. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Brussels: Bruges (Historic Centre of Brugge, Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, &more). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Grand Place, examine the collection at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM), make a trip to Atomium, and admire the striking features of Parc du Cinquantenaire.

For maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Brussels journey planner.

Getting from Basel to Brussels by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. When traveling from Basel in May, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Brussels: temperatures range from 19°C by day to 8°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can go by car to Antwerp.

Things to do in Brussels

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Nature

Side Trip

Antwerp, Belgium

— 4 nights
Its reputation as a business-centric city distracts many visitors from the real draws of Antwerp: its historical sites, architectural beauty, and lively culture.
Shop till you drop at Pierre Marcolini and Meir. Get in touch with nature at Grote Netewoud - Meerhout and Eddy Merckx Bicycle Trail. Change things up with these side-trips from Antwerp: Ghent (Post Plaza, Museum Voor Schone Kunsten, &more) and Menin Gate Memorial (in Ieper (Ypres)). Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Our Lady, admire the striking features of Antwerpen-Centraal, and don't miss a visit to St. Anna's Tunnel / Pedestrians' Tunnel.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Antwerp tour itinerary maker site.

Getting from Brussels to Antwerp by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Antwerp can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Rotterdam.

Things to do in Antwerp

Neighborhoods · Shopping · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Rotterdam, The Netherlands

— 4 nights

Manhattan on the Maas

Located in the South Holland province, Rotterdam is one of the Netherlands' most lively cities, as well as one of the largest trading ports in the world.
Do your shopping at The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery and Markthal. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rotterdam: Scheveningen (museum Beelden aan Zee & Scheveningen Beach). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Royal Delft - Koninklijke Porceleyne Fles, enjoy breathtaking views from Euromast, admire the landmark architecture of Erasmus Bridge, and make a trip to Rotterdam Centraal Station.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Rotterdam trip planner.

Traveling by car from Antwerp to Rotterdam takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May in Rotterdam, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Rotterdam

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trips

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.
Head to Albert Cuyp Market and Leidsepleinfor plenty of shopping. Take a break from the city and head to Emperor's Canal (Keizersgracht) and Nationaal Park Weerribben-Wieden. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Amsterdam: Zandvoort aan Zee (in Zandvoort) and Grote Markt (in Haarlem). There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Heineken Experience, stop by The Jordaan, and steep yourself in history at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House).

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Amsterdam road trip planner.

You can drive from Rotterdam to Amsterdam in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Amsterdam can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips