55 days in Europe Itinerary

55 days in Europe Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Europe travel planner

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Eindhoven, The Netherlands
— 5 nights
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Antwerp, Belgium
— 3 nights
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Mechelen, Belgium
— 1 day
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Brussels, Belgium
— 6 nights
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Ghent, Belgium
— 3 nights
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Lille, France
— 4 nights
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Reims, France
— 3 nights
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Bordeaux, France
— 4 nights
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Toulouse, France
— 2 nights
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Lausanne, Switzerland
— 5 nights
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La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland
— 3 nights
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 4 nights
Fly to Luxembourg-Findel International Airport, Drive to Esch-sur-Alzette
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Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg
— 2 nights
Drive to Luxembourg-Findel International Airport, Fly to Aarhus
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Aarhus, Denmark
— 2 nights
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Odense, Denmark
— 3 nights
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Copenhagen, Denmark
— 5 nights
Fly to Düsseldorf Airport, Drive to Solingen

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Eindhoven, The Netherlands

— 5 nights

City of Lights

The capital of Dutch industrial design, Eindhoven is known as the "City of Light." This is thanks to the technology company, Phillips, which has its base here and hosts many light projects in buildings around the city.
Let the collections at World Heritage Kinderdijk and Nederlands Openluchtmuseum capture your imagination. Get a sense of the local culture at Airborne Cemetery and Glider Collection Wolfheze. Change things up with these side-trips from Eindhoven: Park Merwestein (in Dordrecht), Natuurmonumenten Nieuwkoopse Plassen (in Woerdense Verlaat) and Kootwijkerzand (in Kootwijk). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Kroller-Muller Museum, don't miss a visit to Silly Walks Tunnel, brush up on your military savvy at Informatiecentrum De Polen van Driel, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Catharinakerk.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Eindhoven online tour planner.

Solingen, Germany to Eindhoven is an approximately 2-hour car ride. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in June, and nighttime lows around 13°C. You will have some time to spend on the 6th (Mon) before leaving for Antwerp.

Things to do in Eindhoven

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Antwerp, Belgium

— 3 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.
Get some cultural insight at Beguinage and MAS - Museum aan de Stroom. Popular historic sites such as Cathedral of Our Lady and Begijnhof Hoogstraten are in your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Antwerp side-trips: Grote Netewoud - Meerhout (in Meerhout) and Sint Katharinakerk (in Hoogstraten). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Rubens House (Rubenshuis), pause for some serene contemplation at Keizerskapel (Sint Anna kapel), get engrossed in the history at Museum Plantin-Moretus, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Grote Markt.

Start your trip to Antwerp by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Eindhoven to Antwerp takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can go by car to Mechelen.

Things to do in Antwerp

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Mechelen, Belgium

— 1 day
Truly a hidden gem, the town of Mechelen features a number of museums, a famous cathedral, and charming squares, all while remaining relatively under the radar.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Rumbold's Cathedral, get engrossed in the history at Fort Breendonk, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Fort Van Duffel, and finally don't miss a visit to Dijlepad.

For ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Mechelen road trip planner.

You can drive from Antwerp to Mechelen in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can drive to Brussels.

Things to do in Mechelen

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Brussels, Belgium

— 6 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 Atomium and Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique. Get a sense of the local culture at Grand Place and Musical Instruments Museum (MIM). Explore Brussels' surroundings by going to La Roche-aux-Faucons (in Esneux), Gare de Liege-Guillemins (in Liege) and Ardennes American Cemetery (in Neupre). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), see the interesting displays at Van Buuren Museum, don't miss a visit to Belgian Comic Strip Center, and buy something for everyone on your list at Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Brussels sightseeing planning tool.

You can drive from Mechelen to Brussels in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In June, daytime highs in Brussels are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. On the 15th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Ghent.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Ghent, Belgium

— 3 nights
Ghent melds the fairy tale-like beauty of Bruges with its stunning Flemish architecture, while at the same time supporting a vibrant cafe and bar scene.
Historic Centre of Brugge and Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Museum-lovers will appreciate Groeningemuseum and Historium Brugge. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ghent: Bruges (Tolhuis, Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, &more). There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Gravensteen, make a trip to Korenmarkt, take in the waterfront at Graslei and Korenlei, and get to know the fascinating history of Ghent City Center.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Ghent online vacation planner.

You can drive from Brussels to Ghent in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. June in Ghent sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Lille.

Things to do in Ghent

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Lille, France

— 4 nights

Cultural Heart of Northern France

On the Deûle River near the Belgium border, Lille has a very active cultural life as France's fifth-largest metropolitan area and the fourth-largest urban area with a large college student population.
Let the collections at LaM, Lille Métropole Musée d'art moderne d'art contemporain et d'art brut and Le Palais Des Beaux Arts de Lille capture your imagination. Get some historical perspective at Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens and Old Stock Exchange. Venture out of the city with trips to Musée du Louvre-Lens (in Lens), Musee Somme 1916 (in Albert) and Centre Historique Mnier (in Lewarde). Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Maison de Jules Verne, get to know the fascinating history of Place du Theatre, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale de la Treille, and see the interesting displays at Asnapio.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Lille journey app.

Traveling by car from Ghent to Lille takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In June in Lille, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Reims.

Things to do in Lille

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Reims, France

— 3 nights

City of Kings

Reims is home to Champagne--the most celebrated and celebratory wine in the world.
Visit Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Reims and Museum of the Surrender for their historical value. Appreciate the collections at Musee des Beaux-Arts and Verdun Memorial. Change things up with these side-trips from Reims: La Tranchee de Chattancourt (in Chattancourt), Verdun (Cathedrale Notre Dame de Verdun & Citadelle Souterraine de Verdun) and Epernay (Avenue de Champagne & Moet et Chandon). There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of Palais du Tau, examine the collection at Hotel Le Vergeur Museum, learn about winemaking at Champagnes Pommery, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique Saint-Remi.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Reims trip planning website.

Drive from Lille to Reims in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Reims

Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries

Side Trips

Bordeaux, France

— 4 nights

The Port of the Moon

With a long history of producing regional wines since the Romans brought grapevines here during the first century, so many people consider Bordeaux to be the wine capital of the world.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Lascaux Caves 4 and Musee d'Aquitaine. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Place de la Bourse and Tour Pey-Berland. Get out of town with these interesting Bordeaux side-trips: Eglise de Saint Astier (in Saint-Astier), Chateau de Reignac (in Saint-Loubes) and Réserve Ornithologique du Teich (in Le Teich). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Andre Cathedral, identify plant and animal life at Maison de la Nature, don't miss a visit to The Water Mirror, and walk around Parc animalier Rene CANIVENC (Le Moulineau).

For maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Bordeaux attractions tool.

You can fly from Reims to Bordeaux in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Bordeaux when traveling from Reims in June, with lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can go by car to Toulouse.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Toulouse, France

— 2 nights

La Ville Rose (Pink City)

On the Garonne River, Toulouse is on the site of an ancient Roman settlement, and even today, many of the smaller streets follow their Roman counterparts, while many of the red brick buildings are built in a pseudo-Roman style.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Les Jacobins, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Saint-Sernin, admire the masterpieces at Musee des Augustins, then admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile, and finally explore the world behind art at Musee Toulouse-Lautrec. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: engage your brain at Cite de l'espace.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Toulouse day trip app.

Traveling by car from Bordeaux to Toulouse takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Lausanne.

Things to do in Toulouse

Museums · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Lausanne, Switzerland

— 5 nights

Swiss San Francisco

Lausanne contains several distinct neighborhoods, each offering a different side of the French-speaking Swiss town.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Chateau de Chillon and Corniche Lavaux Vineyards. Chaplin's World and The Olympic Museum Lausanne (Musee Olympique) will appeal to museum buffs. Explore Lausanne's surroundings by going to Pisciculture de la Gruyere (in Neirivue) and Gruyeres (Gruyeres Castle & HR Giger Museum). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise de Saint-Sulpice, admire the masterpieces at Collection de l'Art Brut, view the masterpieces at Fondation de l'Hermitage, and step aboard La Suisse - Belle Epoque - paddle steamboat.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Lausanne itinerary builder site.

You can fly from Toulouse to Lausanne in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can go by car to La Chaux-de-Fonds.

Things to do in Lausanne

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland

— 3 nights
La Chaux-de-Fonds is a Swiss city of the district of La Chaux-de-Fonds in the canton of Neuchâtel. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at International Museum of Watches and Musee des Beaux-Arts. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Chateau de Neuchatel and The Collegiale Church. You'll find plenty of places to visit near La Chaux-de-Fonds: Tourbieres des Ponts-de-Martel (in Les Ponts-de-Martel), Creux du Van (in Gorgier) and Lac de Neuchatel (in Neuchatel). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Watch Museum of Le Locle, admire the masterpieces at Quartier General, Centre d'Art Contemporain, explore the engaging exhibits at Musee d'histoire, and don't miss a visit to Espace de l'Urbanisme Horloger.

To find maps and more tourist information, refer to the La Chaux-de-Fonds road trip app.

You can drive from Lausanne to La Chaux-de-Fonds in 1.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to travel to Zurich.

Things to do in La Chaux-de-Fonds

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Zurich, Switzerland

— 4 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Old Town and The Rosengart Collection are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Let the collections at Landesmuseum and Verkehrshaus der Schweiz capture your imagination. Explore Zurich's surroundings by going to Capuchin Friary (in Rapperswil), Mt Pilatus (in Kriens) and Lucerne (Lion Monument, Glacier Garden (Gletschergarten), &more). There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, make a trip to Bahnhofstrasse, and explore the world behind art at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich).

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Zurich online day trip planner.

Getting from La Chaux-de-Fonds to Zurich by car takes about 2.5 hours. Traveling from La Chaux-de-Fonds in July, expect Zurich to be somewhat warmer, temps between 30°C and 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can travel to Esch-sur-Alzette.

Things to do in Zurich

Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods · Nature

Side Trips

Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg

— 2 nights
Esch-sur-Alzette is a commune with town status in south-western Luxembourg. On the 14th (Thu), see the interesting displays at Musee National des Mines de Fer Luxembourgeoises, walk around Gaalgebierg, Le Parc Municipal Escher Deierepark Escher Bamhaiser, get to know the resident critters at Parc Merveilleux, then contemplate the long history of Blast Furnace Belval, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint Henri.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Esch-sur-Alzette trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Zurich to Esch-sur-Alzette. In July, daytime highs in Esch-sur-Alzette are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. You'll have a few hours on the 15th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Aarhus.

Things to do in Esch-sur-Alzette

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Aarhus, Denmark

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Den Gamle By, then look and learn at Aros Aarhus Kunstmuseum, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Moellevangskirken. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Sun): step into the grandiose world of Gammel Estrup The Danish Manor & Estate Museum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Aarhus Domkirke, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Helligaandskirken.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Aarhus trip builder.

Explore your travel options from Esch-sur-Alzette to Aarhus with the Route module. In July in Aarhus, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to drive to Odense.

Things to do in Aarhus

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Odense, Denmark

— 3 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.
The Danish Railway Museum and Koldinghus will appeal to museum buffs. Get some cultural insight at Egeskov Castle and The Funen Village. Get out of town with these interesting Odense side-trips: Middelfart (Lyt til marsvin & Hindsgavl Dyrehave) and Svanninge Bjerge (in Faaborg). There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Afgrunden Ved Vissenbjerg, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Odense ZOO, and examine the collection at H. C. Andersens House.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Odense vacation planner.

You can drive from Aarhus to Odense in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Odense can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can drive to Copenhagen.

Things to do in Odense

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Copenhagen, Denmark

— 5 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.
Popular historic sites such as Nyhavn and Kronborg are in your itinerary. Appreciate the collections at National Museum of Denmark and Louisiana Museum of Modern Art. Change things up with these side-trips from Copenhagen: Fuglereservat Vaserne (in Birkerod) and Frederiksborg Castle (in Hillerod). The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Rosenborg Castle, explore the world behind art at Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, stop by Stroeget, and pause for some serene contemplation at Our Saviour's Church.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Copenhagen online vacation planner.

Getting from Odense to Copenhagen by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in July, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Copenhagen

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips