55 days in Western Europe Itinerary

55 days in Western Europe Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Europe travel planner

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 4 nights
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Utrecht, The Netherlands
— 1 night
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Cologne, Germany
— 2 nights
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Berlin, Germany
— 4 nights
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Munich, Germany
— 4 nights
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Rome, Italy
— 5 nights
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Florence, Italy
— 5 nights
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Milan, Italy
— 5 nights
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Nice, France
— 5 nights
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Paris, France
— 5 nights
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Versailles, France
— 4 nights
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Brussels, Belgium
— 5 nights
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Leuven, Belgium
— 1 night
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Bruges, Belgium
— 4 nights
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands

— 4 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.
Get some historical perspective at Anne Frank House and Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House). Do some cultural sightseeing at Van Gogh Museum and Grote Markt. Get out of town with these interesting Amsterdam side-trips: The Hague (Escher in Het Paleis (Escher in the Palace) & The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery), Delft (Royal Delft - Koninklijke Porceleyne Fles & Nieuwe Kerk) and Haarlem (Frans Hals Museum, Sint-Bavokerk (Church of St. Bavo), &more). There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum, take a stroll through The Jordaan, stroll around Vondelpark, and get to know the fascinating history of Begijnhof.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Amsterdam online trip maker.

Leipzig, Germany to Amsterdam is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. June in Amsterdam sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Utrecht.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Utrecht, The Netherlands

— 1 night

Dome City

As one of the Netherland's largest university towns, Utrecht is bursting with young energy.
On the 6th (Sun), examine the collection at Kasteel de Haar, then pause for some serene contemplation at Pandhof Domkerk, and then stroll around Natuurmonument Corversbos.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Utrecht online trip builder.

Traveling by car from Amsterdam to Utrecht takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. June in Utrecht sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Cologne.

Things to do in Utrecht

Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Cologne, Germany

— 2 nights

City of Churches

Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
On the 7th (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Gereon's Basilica, look for all kinds of wild species at Decksteiner Weiher, then identify plant and animal life at Wildpark, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shrine of the Three Kings. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Tue): explore the world behind art at Wallraf-Richartz Museum, make a trip to Cologne Cathedral, and then admire the masterpieces at Museum Ludwig.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Cologne day trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Utrecht to Cologne takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in June, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Berlin.

Things to do in Cologne

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Parks

Berlin, Germany

— 4 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.
Appreciate the collections at The Dresden Zwinger and Topography of Terror. Visit East Side Gallery and Berliner Dom for their historical value. Go for a jaunt from Berlin to Dresden to see Katholische Hofkirche about 2 hours away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Pergamonmuseum, make a trip to Mauermuseum - Museum Haus am Checkpoint Charlie, appreciate the history behind The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Berlin trip website.

Traveling by flight from Cologne to Berlin takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel to Munich.

Things to do in Berlin

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Munich, Germany

— 4 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.
You'll explore and learn at Alte Pinakothek and BMW Museum. Get some cultural insight at Nymphenburg Palace and Munich Residenz. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter's Church, get curious at Deutsches Museum, steep yourself in history at Rathaus-Glockenspiel, and don't miss a visit to Marienplatz.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Munich road trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Berlin to Munich takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In June, daily temperatures in Munich can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Munich

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Nature

Rome, Italy

— 5 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Colosseum and Vatican Museums. Museum-lovers will appreciate Galleria Borghese and Stanze di Raffaello. Go for a jaunt from Rome to Tivoli to see Villa Adriana about 36 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: explore the ancient world of Palatine Hill, make a trip to Roman Forum, steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, and take a stroll through Trastevere.

To find ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Rome day trip planning app.

Fly from Munich to Rome in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In June, Rome is somewhat warmer than Munich - with highs of 34°C and lows of 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can catch the train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Florence, Italy

— 5 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Florence Academy of Fine Arts and Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. Your inner history buff will appreciate Palazzo Pubblico and Museo Civico and The Baptistery of St. John. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Florence: Siena (Museo dell'Opera Metropolitana, Duomo di Siena, &more). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Pitti Palace, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, take in panoramic vistas at Campanile di Giotto, and steep yourself in history at Basilica of Santa Croce.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Florence trip site.

Traveling by train from Rome to Florence takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In June in Florence, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can take a train to Milan.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Milan, Italy

— 5 nights

Fashion Capital of World

In many ways the most modern of Italian cities, Milan is a busy, elegant metropolis with an impressive list of grand palaces, fine churches, and important museums.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Pinacoteca Ambrosiana and Forte Montecchio Nord. Duomo di Milano and Museo di Castelvecchio are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Milan: Verona (Casa di Giulietta, Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore, &more), Chiesa di San Giorgio (in Varenna) and Castello di Vezio (in Vezio). There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Greenway del Lago di Como, admire the striking features of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica San Lorenzo Maggiore, and steep yourself in history at Castello Sforzesco.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Milan holiday planning site.

Take a train from Florence to Milan in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In June, daily temperatures in Milan can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Nightlife

Side Trips

Nice, France

— 5 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.
Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice will appeal to history buffs. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Musee Picasso and La Croisette. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nice: Be Free To Dive (in Villeneuve-Loubet), Eglise de Biot (in Biot) and Chapelle Saint-Bernardin (in Antibes). There's much more to do: take a stroll through Vieille Ville, browse the exhibits of Palais Lascaris, see the interesting displays at Musee Matisse, and steep yourself in history at Place Garibaldi.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Nice trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Milan to Nice in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Milan in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Nice, with lows of 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can travel to Paris.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Paris, France

— 5 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.
Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe will appeal to history buffs. Get a sense of the local culture at Louvre Museum and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, don't miss a visit to Pere-Lachaise Cemetery, browse the exhibits of Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou, and wander the streets of Montmartre.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Paris trip planner.

You can fly from Nice to Paris in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Nice in July, expect little chillier with lows of 18°C in Paris. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can go by car to Versailles.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Versailles, France

— 4 nights

Royal Paradise

Renowned for its vast royal palace and gardens built by King Louis XIV, Versailles is also one of the wealthiest suburbs of Paris and home to a new cultural notability, such as a thriving artistic and musical scene.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Palace of Versailles and The Trianons & The Hamlet. Let the collections at Fondation Claude Monet and The Royal Chapel capture your imagination. Get out of town with these interesting Versailles side-trips: Rouen (Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen & Rue du Gros-Horloge). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Arboretum de la Vallee-aux-Loups, steep yourself in history at Temple de l'Amour, take an in-depth tour of Galerie des Carrosses, and pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Notre-Dame de Versailles.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Versailles trip planning website.

You can take a train from Paris to Versailles in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Versailles are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Brussels.

Things to do in Versailles

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Brussels, Belgium

— 5 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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Musical Instruments Museum (MIM) and Belgian Comic Strip Center. Visit Grand Place and St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule) for their historical value. Step out of Brussels to go to Antwerp and see Rubens House (Rubenshuis), which is approximately 52 minutes away. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Serres Royales De Laeken, admire the masterpieces at Magritte Museum, explore the historical opulence of Royal Palace of Brussels, and don't miss a visit to Atomium.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Brussels trip planning site.

You can take a train from Versailles to Brussels in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. Traveling from Versailles in July, you will find days in Brussels are a bit cooler (26°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can go by car to Leuven.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums · Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Parks

Side Trip

Leuven, Belgium

— 1 night
The ancient city of Leuven supports an old Catholic university and offers interesting architecture, botanical gardens, and great breweries.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Wed): steep yourself in history at Abdij van Vlierbeek, identify plant and animal life at Arboretum Wespelaar, then step into the grandiose world of Arenberg Castle, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Our Lady of Steenbergen Chapel.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Leuven trip builder website.

You can drive from Brussels to Leuven in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In July in Leuven, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Bruges.

Things to do in Leuven

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Bruges, Belgium

— 4 nights

Venice of the North

The medieval town of Bruges centers around a canal, and the architecture of its historical district has made it a World Heritage Site.
Popular historic sites such as Gravensteen and Saint Bavo's Cathedral are in your itinerary. Do some cultural sightseeing at Groeningemuseum and Belfry of Bruges. Change things up with these side-trips from Bruges: Ghent (St Michael's Bridge, Ghent City Center, &more). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of Brugge, don't miss a visit to The Markt, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Princely Beguinage Ten Wijngaarde, and sample the tasty concoctions at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan.

Discover how to plan a Bruges trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Leuven to Bruges takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. July in Bruges sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

The Netherlands travel guide

4.3
Art Museums · History Museums · Specialty Museums
Low Country
The Netherlands literally means "Low Country", inspired by the country's low and flat geography, where only about 50 percent of the land exceeds one meter (three feet) above sea level. Since the late 16th century, large, flat land areas called "polders" have been reclaimed from the sea and lakes and protected by dikes, amounting to nearly 17 percent of the country's current land mass. The Netherlands is. This is small, densely populated country lies mainly in Western Europe but also includes three islands in the Caribbean; it's the main constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The European part of the Netherlands borders Germany to the east, Belgium to the south, and the North Sea to the northwest, sharing maritime borders with Belgium, the United Kingdom and Germany. Amsterdam, The Hague, and Rotterdam serve as the three largest and most important cities in the Netherlands. Amsterdam is the country's capital, while The Hague holds the Dutch seat of government. The port of Rotterdam claims the title as the largest port in Europe, in fact, it's as large as the next three ports combined.

Utrecht Province travel guide

4.2
Specialty Museums · Historic Walking Areas · Observation Decks

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.

Italy travel guide

4.6
Landmarks · Ruins · Sacred & Religious Sites
Italy is a land of high fashion, fine art, exquisite architecture, luxury sports cars, outstanding cuisine--and an insatiable taste for "la dolce vita." It's also home to the greatest number of World Heritage Sites in the world, making it an ideal place for your next holiday. The country boasts a varied landscape of mountain ranges, alpine lakes, and coastal towns, so it's no wonder travelers often refer to it as the bel paese (beautiful country). With so many places to visit, visitors often have a difficult time planning their itinerary. The smaller villages each feature a distinct character and a blend of architecture, art, and cuisine. In the country, you'll find countless archeological sites dating back to Roman times and beyond. The country's cities and seaside resorts are cosmopolitan powerhouses with museums, galleries, restaurants, shops, open-air markets, and pedestrian-friendly historic areas.

Lombardy travel guide

4.3
Sacred & Religious Sites · Architectural Buildings · Landmarks
In the northern part of the country and sharing a border with Switzerland, Lombardy is one Italy's largest regions. It stretches from the Alps all the way to the fertile lowlands of the Po Valley. An ideal holiday destination for winter sports enthusiasts, the region is home to some of the continent's most popular resorts. If you get tired of the mountain views, skiing, and winter clothes, explore the attractions of the southern part of the Lombardy, which is famous for its sprawling vineyards and booming wine production. A region of outstanding cuisine, fashion, history, and culture, Lombardy is dotted with lakes that are surrounded by places to visit, including villas, villages, and nature preserves.

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.

Ile-de-France travel guide

4.3
Art Museums · Architectural Buildings · Historic Sites
Île-de-France offers a wealth of treasures from its Parisian urban culture and natural frontiers to its romantic river walks along artistic landscapes that continue to inspire painters. The heartland of the country is like a miniature version of France as a whole, offering a sample of everything you've come to expect in the country: charming villages, museums, cathedrals, châteaux, parks, forests, river lands, and world-class shopping and restaurants, of course. Many locals still refer to the region as Région Parisienne or RP, because it's the most populated and affluent metropolitan area of the country. Although this region is small, it has borne witness to great historical battles, canvasses painted by old masters, and centuries of royalty, as evidenced by its wealth of attractions. Your vacation in the economic, religious, and political hub of France brings you up close and personal with diverse historical monuments, the pink turrets of Disney's castle, and the three surrounding rivers: the Seine, the Marne and the Oise.

Belgium travel guide

4.2
Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · Monuments
A small country packing a big punch in terms of tourist attractions, Belgium sits at the crossroads of Western Europe, its cities soaked in history and famed for their lively arts, fashion, and dining scenes. Although it advertises itself simply as "A Food Lover's Dream," this country of just 11 million people boasts a rich architectural heritage, world-famous breweries, pristine natural areas, and touching memorials marking major battlegrounds from both World War I and World War II. Put the country's elegant cities of Brussels and Bruges at the top of your itinerary, but don't forget that Belgium's less-explored countryside offers dense forests, rolling hills, and lush valleys.

Flemish Brabant Province travel guide

3.9
Architectural Buildings · Spas · Landmarks
The heart of Belgium, the Flemish Brabant province surrounds Brussels, one of Europe's major centers of culture, politics, and commerce. This province forms the core of Belgian beer territory, known around the world for its production of quality brews. Despite its relatively small size, Flemish Brabant boasts the country's highest concentration of breweries, from family-run operations to major international establishments. Leuven, the provincial capital, serves as the beer industry's major hub and contains the longest bar in Europe, composed of a string of centrally located cafes and restaurants. This region contains over 1,800 km (1,100 mi) of marked cycling trails, so you can easily tour Leuven and the rest of the province on a bicycle.