57 days in Europe Itinerary

57 days in Europe Itinerary

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Fly to Bremen Airport, Drive to Norden
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Norden, Germany
— 5 nights
Drive
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Cologne, Germany
— 4 nights
Drive to Düsseldorf Airport, Fly to Katowice
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Katowice, Poland
— 4 nights
Drive
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Vienna, Austria
— 13 nights
Fly
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Nantes, France
— 5 nights
Drive
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Les Sables-d'Olonne, France
— 3 nights
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Saumur, France
— 4 nights
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Paris, France
— 14 nights
Train
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Leuven, Belgium
— 3 nights
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Norden, Germany

— 5 nights
Ludgeri-Kirche Norden and Alter Leuchtturm will appeal to history buffs. Museum-lovers will appreciate Teemuseum and Automobil- und Spielzeugmuseum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Norden: Wattwanderzentrum Ostfriesland (in Harlesiel), Alte Inselkirche Baltrum (in Baltrum) and Norderney (Watt Welten, Strandpromenade Norderney, &more).

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Norden trip planner.

Rome, Italy to Norden is an approximately 10-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. In September, Norden is a bit cooler than Rome - with highs of 20°C and lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can drive to Cologne.

Things to do in Norden

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Cologne, Germany

— 4 nights

City of Churches

Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Museum Ludwig and Roman-German Museum (Romisch-Germanisches Museum). Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Cologne Cathedral and Marienkirche. Change things up with these side-trips from Cologne: Stadtwald Bocholt (in Bocholt), Sengbachtalsperre (in Solingen) and Wildpferdebahn im Merfelder Bruch (in Dulmen). There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Wildpark and explore the world behind art at Wallraf-Richartz Museum.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Cologne trip itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Norden to Cologne in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. In September in Cologne, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Katowice.

Things to do in Cologne

Wildlife · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Katowice, Poland

— 4 nights
Katowice is a city in southwestern Poland, with a population of 299,910 and the center of the Silesian Metropolis, with a population of 2.2 million.Throughout the mid-18th century, Katowice had developed into a village upon the discovery of rich coal reserves in the area. Get some historical perspective at Rynek, Gliwice and Old Market. Museum-lovers will appreciate Silesian Upraisings Museum and MILL Museum of Ancient Crafts. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Katowice: Treasures of the Earth / Mineral Museum (in Bielsko-Biala), Wegierska Gorka (Fort Wedrowiec & Bulwary nad Sola) and Valley of the White Wiselka (in Wisla). And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Rezerwat Przyrody Lezczok, Head underground at Gora Zborow - Jaskinia Gleboka w Podlesicach, stroll around Gorki Szymona, and examine the collection at The Historic Narrow-Gauge Railway Station.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Katowice trip builder app.

Explore your travel options from Cologne to Katowice with the Route module. September in Katowice sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Katowice

Wildlife · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Vienna, Austria

— 13 nights

City of Dreams

The cultural, economic, and political center of the country, Vienna has developed from its early Celtic and Roman roots into a medieval and Baroque city, with an old town that was designated a World Heritage Site in 2001.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Schonbrunn Palace and The Hofburg. You'll explore and learn at Belvedere Palace and Judenplatz Holocaust Memorial. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Vienna: Naturpark Mannersdof-Wuste (in Mannersdorf am Leithagebirge), Ötscherbach (in Wienerbruck) and Naturpark Blockheide (in Gmuend). The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Stephen's Cathedral, take a stroll through Historic Center of Vienna, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Karlskirche, and see the interesting displays at MuseumsQuartier Wien.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Vienna travel planner.

You can drive from Katowice to Vienna in 4.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Nantes.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Nantes, France

— 5 nights

Venice of the West

Regarded as an art and history city, Nantes is called the Venice of the West.
Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne and Turing Escape Game-Guerande will appeal to history buffs. Do some cultural sightseeing at Les Machines de L'ile and Musee des Ustensiles de Cuisine Anciens. Venture out of the city with trips to La Maison de la Riviere (in Saint-Georges-de-Montaigu), La Cite des Oiseaux (in Les Landes-Genusson) and Tropicarium Bonsai (in La-Baule-Escoublac). There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Marais du Mullembourg, see the interesting displays at Musee de l'Imprimerie, contemplate the waterfront views at Base de Loisirs Nautisme & Plein Air, and walk around Arboretum Cimetiere Parc.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Nantes journey planner.

Getting from Vienna to Nantes by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In September, daily temperatures in Nantes can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to drive to Les Sables-d'Olonne.

Things to do in Nantes

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Les Sables-d'Olonne, France

— 3 nights
Les Sables-d'Olonne is a seaside town in western France, on the Atlantic Ocean. Popular historic sites such as Embarcadere de l'Abbaye and La Chapelle Sainte-Ursule are in your itinerary. Get some cultural insight at La Feerie des Santons and Abbaye de Nieul-sur-l'Autise. Get out of town with these interesting Les Sables-d'Olonne side-trips: Marais Communal (in Lairoux), Reserve Naturelle Regionale du Marais de la Vacherie (in Champagne-les-Marais) and Abbaye de Maillezais (in Maillezais). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Reserve Biologique Departementale de Nalliers, immerse yourself in nature at Rade d'Amour, and enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de Clemenceau.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Les Sables-d'Olonne trip itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Nantes to Les Sables-d'Olonne in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in October, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can drive to Saumur.

Things to do in Les Sables-d'Olonne

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Saumur, France

— 4 nights

Pearl of Anjou

Saumur is a famous historic town known for its locally grown mushrooms and for their production of a number of regional wines and celebrated Combier liqueurs.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Chateau de Montreuil-Bellay and Apothicairerie de Bauge. Museum-lovers will get to explore Musee Cafetieres et compagnie and Musee Robert Tatin. Step out of Saumur with an excursion to Manoir de Clairefontaine in Bauge--about 32 minutes away. The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Breze, see the interesting displays at Musee des Blindes, pause for some serene contemplation at L'eglise prieurale Notre Dame de Cunault, and admire the landmark architecture of Fontevraud L'Abbaye Royale.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Saumur trip site.

You can drive from Les Sables-d'Olonne to Saumur in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Saumur

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Paris, France

— 14 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 Palace of Versailles will appeal to history buffs. Museum-lovers will appreciate Louvre Museum and Musee d'Orsay. Explore Paris' surroundings by going to Parc Du Peuple De L'Herbe (in Carrieres-sous-Poissy), Versailles (Grand Canal, Temple de l'Amour, &more) and Arboretum de la Vallee-aux-Loups (in Chatenay-Malabry). And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, see the interesting displays at Musee Rodin, take a stroll through Montmartre, and make a trip to Champs-Elysees.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Paris trip planner.

You can take a train from Saumur to Paris in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In October in Paris, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Leuven.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Leuven, Belgium

— 3 nights
The ancient city of Leuven supports an old Catholic university and offers interesting architecture, botanical gardens, and great breweries.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Memorial Waterloo 1815 and Arenberg Castle. Visit Groot Begijnhof and Ardennes American Cemetery for their historical value. Change things up with these side-trips from Leuven: The Wellington Museum (in Waterloo), Forestia (in Theux) and La Roche-aux-Faucons (in Esneux). And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Arboretum Wespelaar, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Garden Kruidtuin, see the interesting displays at Maison de l'eau, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Peter's Church Sint-Pieterskerk.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Leuven trip planner.

Take a train from Paris to Leuven in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Leuven

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Lower Saxony travel guide

4.3
Specialty Museums · Landmarks · Zoos
A land with a strong sense of tradition, Lower Saxony is the country's second largest state by area. It was created in 1946 out of a patchwork of bustling urban districts and quiet rural retreats. Most of its current territory once thrived as an independent kingdom. It was inhabited from about 1000 CE by Old Saxons (hence the name). Named somewhat confusingly, the area actually lies to the north of "Upper" Saxony. Lower Saxony boasts its own distinct character, complete with age-old culinary traditions, folk festivals, unusual local sports, and colorful ethnic costumes. Most of the region's major cities and economic hubs are in the urbanized central and southern sections, where much of the local tourism industry concentrates. The less-developed northeast remains the largest uncultivated area in the country. Large tracts of land designated as nature preserves are great for sightseeing tours of the outdoors. Don't miss a chance to vacation in the so-called Old Country: this bucolic land just south of the Elba River is noted for being one of the country’s largest fruit-farming districts.

North Rhine-Westphalia travel guide

4.4
Architectural Buildings · Specialty Museums · Landmarks
North Rhine-Westphalia is in many ways almost a country unto itself. It's noted for its dense concentration of museums, art galleries, theaters, concert halls, and opera houses. The most populous German state, North Rhine-Westphalia was created at the end of World War II. It joined two Prussian provinces and a small fiefdom. The region's landscapes include flat expanses, densely forested hills, mighty rivers, and rugged mountains. Known for more than a century as the land of coal and steel, this was one of Europe's most important industrial regions in the post-war recovery period. Facing new demands of the ever-changing European markets, the region shifted its energies in the second half of the 20th century. Now it focuses on high-tech industries, media, and culture. Your itinerary may include days sightseeing in the region's bustling metropolises, but don't miss a chance to drive out into the sprawling countryside. You'll find a trove of quiet villages virtually unchanged since the Middle Ages.

Silesia Province travel guide

4.2
Specialty Museums · Castles · Sacred & Religious Sites

Pays de la Loire travel guide

4.2
Theme Parks · Specialty Museums · Castles
With 368 km (230 miles) of Atlantic Ocean coast, Pays de la Loire is a region rich with picturesque ports, renowned seaside resorts, salt marshes, and a strong maritime tradition. As a vivacious region, it hosts two legendary races, the 24 Hours of Le Mans car races in June and the Vendée Globe sailing races in November. With five departments, the majority of the famous châteaux and attractions of the Loire Valley are located in the Centre region, and not in the Pays de la Loire, despite the name. However, you will be happy to find that the weather is mild and conducive to biking, strolling, boating, and sightseeing around the region while discovering its secrets, such as its vineyards and wineries from Saumur to Anjou.

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.

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.