56 days in Western Europe Itinerary

56 days in Western Europe Itinerary

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Drive to Düsseldorf Airport, Fly to Copenhagen Kastrup Airport
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Copenhagen, Denmark
— 5 nights
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 6 nights
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Fischingen, Switzerland
— 1 night
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Nice, France
— 6 nights
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Rennes, France
— 2 nights
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Paris, France
— 6 nights
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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
— 4 nights
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Maastricht, The Netherlands
— 3 nights
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Leuven, Belgium
— 1 night
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Brussels, Belgium
— 5 nights
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Bruges, Belgium
— 5 nights
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The Hague, The Netherlands
— 5 nights
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Nyhavn and Rosenborg Castle. Appreciate the collections at National Museum of Denmark and Visit Carlsberg Brand Store. Pack the 5th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Tivoli Gardens. And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, enjoy breathtaking views from Rundetarn, examine the collection at Medical Museion, and pause for some serene contemplation at Frederiks Kirke (Marmorkirken).

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Copenhagen driving holiday planning site.

Solingen, Germany to Copenhagen is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. When traveling from Solingen in March, plan for little chillier days in Copenhagen, with highs around 9°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Copenhagen

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks

Zurich, Switzerland

— 6 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Get a sense of the local culture at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich) and Landesmuseum. Let the collections at Museum Rietberg and Forum Wurth Chur capture your imagination. Get out of town with these interesting Zurich side-trips: Heiternplatz (in Zofingen), Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona (in Glarus) and Museum POST AB! (in Weisstannen). There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Maennlichen, admire the striking features of Church of St. Peter, take an in-depth tour of Bourbaki Panorama, and stroll through Mt Pilatus.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Zurich trip maker website.

You can fly from Copenhagen to Zurich in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Copenhagen in March, you will find days in Zurich are a bit warmer (13°C), and nights are about the same (1°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to travel to Fischingen.

Things to do in Zurich

Museums · Wildlife · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Fischingen, Switzerland

— 1 night
Fischingen is a municipality in the district of Münchwilen in the canton of Thurgau in Switzerland.HistoryFischingen is first mentioned in 1328 as Fischinon. Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): head outdoors with Pflanzenwelt, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Schlangenzoo Eschlikon, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monastery Fischingen.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Fischingen trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Zurich to Fischingen in an hour. March in Fischingen sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Nice.

Things to do in Fischingen

Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Nice, France

— 6 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Palais Lascaris and Chateau de la Napoule / Musee Henry-Clews. Visit Lérins Islands and Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice for their historical value. Get out of town with these interesting Nice side-trips: Antibes (Garoupe Lighthouse (Phare de la Garoupe), Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes, &more), Massif du Tanneron (in Tanneron) and La Croisette (in Cannes). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Sentier de la Vallee de la Brague, examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall, steep yourself in history at Musee Escoffier de l'Art Culinaire, and take a stroll through Vieille Ville.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Nice trip itinerary website.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Fischingen to Nice. In March, Nice is a bit warmer than Fischingen - with highs of 17°C and lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can travel to Rennes.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Rennes, France

— 2 nights
Many tour guides skip Rennes, a "City of Art and History," but that doesn't mean you should.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): relax and rejuvenate at Awelys Spa Privatif, then test your problem-solving skills at Escape Yourself Rennes, then see the interesting displays at Espace des Sciences, and finally see the interesting displays at Musee de Bretagne. Here are some ideas for day two: explore by horseback at Poney Club de Combourg, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Samson, then stroll the grounds of Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James, and finally explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Fougeres.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Rennes day trip planning site.

You can fly from Nice to Rennes in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Nice in March, expect a bit cooler with lows of 4°C in Rennes. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can catch the train to Paris.

Things to do in Rennes

Historic Sites · Museums · Spas · Baths

Side Trips

Paris, France

— 6 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 Musee d'Orsay are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Appreciate the collections at Louvre Museum and Musee de l'Orangerie. Explore Paris' surroundings by going to Versailles (Eglise Notre-Dame de Versailles & Palace of Versailles). There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, take a stroll through Île de la Cité, steep yourself in history at The Paris Catacombs, and visit Le Marais.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Paris road trip site.

Traveling by train from Rennes to Paris takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or fly. In March, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Luxembourg City.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

— 4 nights

Gibraltar of the North

While Luxembourg City boasts the shiny headquarters of several European institutions and EU offices, it is also home to a beautiful old town that's designated as a World Heritage Site.
You'll explore and learn at Mudam Luxembourg Modern Art Museum and Letzebuerg City Museum. Palace of the Grand Dukes (Palais Grand-Ducal) and Notre Dame Cathedral (Cathedrale Notre Dame) will appeal to history buffs. Explore Luxembourg City's surroundings by going to Vianden Castle (in Vianden), Beaufort Castles (in Beaufort) and Diekirch (Eglise St. Laurent & MNHM National Museum of Military History). And it doesn't end there: get to know the fascinating history of Le Chemin de la Corniche, don't miss a visit to Sandweiler German Military Cemetery, Luxembourg, get a new perspective on nature at National Museum of Natural History, and explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Clervaux.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Luxembourg City trip planner.

Traveling by train from Paris to Luxembourg City takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. March in Luxembourg City sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 2°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Maastricht.

Things to do in Luxembourg City

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Maastricht, The Netherlands

— 3 nights

Culinary Capital of the Netherlands

With 1,677 national heritage sites, Maastricht is a town rich in history.
Get some cultural insight at Netherlands American Cemetery and Boekhandel Dominicanen. Explore Maastricht's surroundings by going to Nationaal Park De Maasduinen (in Well), Bottle Distillery (in Eindhoven) and Oisterwijkse Bossen en Vennen (in Oisterwijk). There's more to do: discover the deep blue sea with Duiklocatie Boschmolenplas and identify plant and animal life at Brunssummerheide.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Maastricht road trip website.

Drive from Luxembourg City to Maastricht in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In March in Maastricht, expect temperatures between 12°C during the day and 2°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Leuven.

Things to do in Maastricht

Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

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 4th (Sun): explore the historical opulence of Arenberg Castle, admire the striking features of Groot Begijnhof, then identify plant and animal life at Arboretum Wespelaar, and finally get engrossed in the history at Damien Museum.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Leuven day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Maastricht to Leuven in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. April in Leuven sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 5°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can go by car to Brussels.

Things to do in Leuven

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Parks

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.
Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique and Atomium will appeal to museum buffs. Grand Place and St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule) will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Brussels: Antwerp (Red Star Line Museum, Cathedral of Our Lady, &more). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Belgian Comic Strip Center, admire the masterpieces at Magritte Museum, contemplate the long history of Eglise Notre Dame Du Sablon, and admire the striking features of Parc du Cinquantenaire.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Brussels trip itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Leuven to Brussels takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In April in Brussels, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can drive to Bruges.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trip

Bruges, Belgium

— 5 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Groeningemuseum and Belfry of Bruges. Popular historic sites such as Historic Centre of Brugge and Saint Bavo's Cathedral are in your itinerary. Change things up with these side-trips from Bruges: Ghent (Graslei and Korenlei, Gravensteen, &more). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum, don't miss a visit to The Markt, take an in-depth tour of Torture Museum Oude Steen, and appreciate the extensive heritage of The Princely Beguinage Ten Wijngaarde.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Bruges vacation maker app.

Getting from Brussels to Bruges by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train; or take a bus. April in Bruges sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to drive to The Hague.

Things to do in Bruges

Museums · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

The Hague, The Netherlands

— 5 nights

Judicial Capital of the World

Known as the "judicial capital of the world," The Hague is the center for everything official in the Netherlands: the home of the Dutch government and parliament, the workplace of the King and Queen, and the base of many international affairs such as the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court.
The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery and The Hidden House of Madame de Berry are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get some historical perspective at Nieuwe Kerk and Maria van Jessekerk. You'll find plenty of places to visit near The Hague: Rhoonse grienden (in Rhoon), Natuurgebied Dintelse Gorzen (in De Heen) and Landtong Rozenburg (in Rozenburg). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Regte Heide & Riels Laag, get a dose of the wild on Verita's Visit, examine the collection at museum Beelden aan Zee, and admire the masterpieces at Escher in Het Paleis (Escher in the Palace).

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the The Hague trip maker app.

Drive from Bruges to The Hague in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in The Hague are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Amsterdam.

Things to do in The Hague

Wildlife · Parks · Museums · Tours

Side Trips

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

— 6 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 a sense of the local culture at Van Gogh Museum and Rijksmuseum. Your inner history buff will appreciate Anne Frank House and Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House). Get out of town with these interesting Amsterdam side-trips: Keukenhof (in Lisse), Haarlem (Frans Hals Museum, Sint-Bavokerk (Church of St. Bavo), &more) and Hertenkamp Bloemendaal (in Bloemendaal). Next up on the itinerary: indulge your thirst for a good beer at Heineken Experience, contemplate the long history of Papiermolen De Schoolmeester/moulin a papier De Schoolmeester, take a stroll through The Jordaan, and admire the masterpieces at Willet-Holthuysen Museum.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Amsterdam travel app.

Drive from The Hague to Amsterdam in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Amsterdam are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. On the 25th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Denmark travel guide

4.2
Theme Parks · Historic Walking Areas · Castles
Known for its old-fashioned charm, Denmark often is referenced as a fairy-tale setting by visitors and locals alike. With quaint cobblestone streets leading the way to art galleries, museums, and historical sights, plus a modern and easily accessible public transportation system, Denmark seamlessly blends its rich history with modern advancements. Be inspired by the works of local legends, including the fairy tales of Hans Christian Andersen, the symphonies of Carli Nielsen, and the astronomy work of Tycho Brahe, then play a bit at amusement parks like Legoland. Visitors often find themselves developing "hygge," the untranslatable Danish trait that encapsulates a sense of coziness and contentment, which is thought to have a great deal of influence on Denmark's standing as one of the happiest nations on the planet.

Switzerland travel guide

4.7
Bodies of Water · Mountains · Landmarks
Immerse yourself in a snow-capped mountain wonderland in Switzerland's serene Alpine setting. See the world-renowned Matterhorn, Switzerland's second-highest mountain at 4,478 m (14,962 ft) tall, or zoom down the mountains on toboggan, ski, or snowboard. In the warmer seasons hike around the rolling green hillsides covered with pine trees and picturesque aqua blue lakes. Luxurious cities dotted with cozy wooden chalets and colorful flowerbeds balance quaintness with first-class cultural offerings. Indulge in the country's opulence of milk chocolate, cheese fondue, and keg-carrying St. Bernard dogs.

Canton of Thurgau travel guide

4.3
Theme Parks · Specialty Museums · Room Escape Games
The Canton of Thurgau is a northeast canton of Switzerland.It is named for the Thur River, and the name Thurgovia was historically used for a larger area, including part of this river's basin upstream of the modern canton. The area of what is now Thurgau was acquired as subject territories by the cantons of the Old Swiss Confederacy from the mid 15th century. Thurgau was first declared a canton in its own right at the formation of the Helvetic Republic in 1798.The population, is. In 2007, there were a total of 47,390 (or 19.9% of the population) who were resident foreigners. The capital is Frauenfeld.HistoryIn prehistoric times the lands of the canton were inhabited by people of the Pfyn culture along Lake Constance. During Roman times the canton was part of the province Raetia until in 450 the lands were settled by the Alamanni.In the 6th century Thurgovia became a Gau of the Frankish Empire as part of Alemannia, passing to the Duchy of Swabia in the early 10th century. At this time, Thurgovia included not just what is now the canton of Thurgau, but also much of the territory of the modern canton of St. Gallen, the Appenzell and the eastern parts of the canton of Zurich. The most important cities of Thurgovia in the early medieval period were Constance as the seat of the bishop, and St. Gallen for its abbey.

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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.

Ille-et-Vilaine travel guide

4.2
Landmarks · Historic Walking Areas · Aquariums

Luxembourg travel guide

4.4
Landmarks · Historic Sites · Geologic Formations
Green Heart of Europe
One of the three richest countries in the world, Luxembourg celebrates its wealth of natural and historical sites as well. Landlocked by Belgium, France, and Germany, this nation represents a blend of cultures, which are evident as you explore the nation's villages, outdoor attractions, and capital. If you prefer city living, discover Luxembourg City's old town, with World Heritage status. This small nation's rolling countryside is equally charming, offering castles and plenty of opportunity for recreation and leisure. Go for a bike ride, hike the country's mountainous region, or spend time at renowned vineyards.

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.

Belgium travel guide

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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.