57 days in Western Europe Itinerary

57 days in Western Europe Itinerary

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London, United Kingdom
— 32 nights
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Hannover, Germany
— 2 nights
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Goslar, Germany
— 2 nights
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Hankensbuettel, Germany
— 1 night
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Hanstedt, Germany
— 1 night
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Oldenburg, Germany
— 1 night
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Norden, Germany
— 2 nights
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Bielefeld, Germany
— 2 nights
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Schleiden, Germany
— 2 nights
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Cologne, Germany
— 4 nights
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Antwerp, Belgium
— 7 nights
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London, United Kingdom

— 32 nights

The Square Mile

Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Tower of London and Stonehenge. Let the collections at The British Museum and Victoria and Albert Museum capture your imagination. Explore London's surroundings by going to Bourton-on-the-Water (Cotswold Motoring Museum, Bourton On The Water Cemetery, &more), Buttercups Sanctuary for Goats (in Boughton Monchelsea) and The Big Cat Sanctuary (in Smarden). There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at St. Paul's Cathedral, explore the world behind art at Tate Modern, get a sense of history and politics at Houses of Parliament, and take in panoramic vistas at Tower Bridge.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the London tour planner.

Paris, France to London is an approximately 3.5-hour train ride. You can also fly; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In September, daytime highs in London are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Hannover.

Things to do in London

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Hannover, Germany

— 2 nights

City of Fairs

Hannover, northern Germany's major urban center, may be best known for hosting annual commercial trade fairs.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at St Godehard Church, explore the world behind art at Hildesheim Cathedral Museum, and then identify plant and animal life at Serengeti-Park Hodenhagen. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: walk around Eilenriede - Park, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kloster Wienhausen, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Herrenhauser Garten.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Hannover trip maker app.

Getting from London to Hannover by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In October, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to drive to Goslar.

Things to do in Hannover

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Goslar, Germany

— 2 nights
Goslar is a historic town in Lower Saxony, Germany. On the 6th (Tue), identify plant and animal life at Liebesbank Trail, examine the collection at Oberharzer Bergwerksmuseum, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Baumwipfelpfad Bad Harzburg. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Lohmuehle, then identify plant and animal life at Luchs-Schaugehege Rabenklippe, and then identify plant and animal life at Reitlingstal.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Goslar trip itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Hannover to Goslar takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in October, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Hankensbuettel.

Things to do in Goslar

Wildlife · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Hankensbuettel, Germany

— 1 night
On the 8th (Thu), identify plant and animal life at OTTER-ZENTRUM and then identify plant and animal life at Otterzentrum Hankensbuttel.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Hankensbuettel vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Goslar to Hankensbuettel takes 1.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Hankensbuettel can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Hanstedt.

Things to do in Hankensbuettel

Wildlife · Parks
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Hanstedt, Germany

— 1 night
On the 9th (Fri), identify plant and animal life at Wildpark Lueneburger Heide.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Hanstedt visit planner.

Drive from Hankensbuettel to Hanstedt in 1.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Hanstedt can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Oldenburg.

Things to do in Hanstedt

Wildlife · Parks
Highlights from your trip

Oldenburg, Germany

— 1 night
Oldenburg or simply Oldenburg is an independent city in the state of Lower Saxony, Germany. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): get a new perspective on nature at Landesmuseum Natur und Mensch and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Schlosskirche.

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Traveling by car from Hanstedt to Oldenburg takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in October, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Norden.

Things to do in Oldenburg

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Norden, Germany

— 2 nights
On the 11th (Sun), pause for some serene contemplation at Katholische Kirche St. Peter, look for all kinds of wild species at Wattwanderzentrum Ostfriesland, then look for all kinds of wild species at The Wadden Sea, Germany, and finally examine the collection at Schlossmuseum. On your second day here, pause for some serene contemplation at Alte Inselkirche Baltrum, then identify plant and animal life at Watt, then get engrossed in the history at Leezdorfer Muhle, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ludgeri-Kirche Norden.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Norden driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Oldenburg to Norden takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can go by car to Bielefeld.

Things to do in Norden

Wildlife · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bielefeld, Germany

— 2 nights
Historically a center of Europe’s linen industry, Bielefeld today combines rich local culture with a tradition of innovation and commercial development.
On the 13th (Tue), admire the architecture and history at X-it-ADVENTURES - Escape Room Bielefeld, look for all kinds of wild species at Adlerwarte Berlebeck, and then get a new perspective on nature at Lippisches Landesmuseum Detmold. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Huecker Moor, then see the interesting displays at Deutsches Automatenmuseum, and then examine the collection at LWL-Industriemuseum Glashutte Gernheim.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Bielefeld tour builder website.

Drive from Norden to Bielefeld in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In October in Bielefeld, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Schleiden.

Things to do in Bielefeld

Museums · Wildlife · Parks · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Schleiden, Germany

— 2 nights
Schleiden is a town in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Greifvogelstation & Wildfreigehege Hellenthal and then identify plant and animal life at Wilder Kermeter Natur-Erlebnispark. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Museum Huertgenwald 1944 und im Frieden, then take an in-depth tour of Romerthermen Zulpich, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilika Steinfeld.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Schleiden trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Bielefeld to Schleiden takes 3 hours. In October, Schleiden is a bit cooler than Bielefeld - with highs of 13°C and lows of 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Cologne.

Things to do in Schleiden

Wildlife · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

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.
Visit Cologne Cathedral and Aachen Cathedral for their historical value. You'll explore and learn at Museum Ludwig and Arthaus:nowodworski. Venture out of the city with trips to Haus Opherdicke (in Holzwickede), Sengbachtalsperre (in Solingen) and Bergehalde Grosses Holz (in Bergkamen). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Wildpark, admire the masterpieces at Wallraf-Richartz Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Kirche St. Martinus, and contemplate the long history of Schumannhaus.

To see reviews and more tourist information, read our Cologne trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Schleiden to Cologne takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Schleiden in October, expect Cologne to be a bit warmer, temps between 17°C and 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can drive to Antwerp.

Things to do in Cologne

Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Antwerp, Belgium

— 7 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.
MAS - Museum aan de Stroom and Museum Plantin-Moretus will appeal to museum buffs. Get some cultural insight at Rubens House (Rubenshuis) and Grote Markt. Explore Antwerp's surroundings by going to Fort Van Duffel (in Duffel) and Vismarkt (in Mechelen). And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Our Lady, get to know the fascinating history of Vlaeykensgang, see the interesting displays at Red Star Line Museum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Carolus Borromeus Church.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Antwerp route tool.

You can drive from Cologne to Antwerp in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in October, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) to allow time to take a train back home.

Things to do in Antwerp

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Lower Saxony travel guide

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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

4.2
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.

Antwerp Province travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Architectural Buildings · Historic Walking Areas
Constituting the Flemish-speaking northern section of Belgium, Antwerp province features a largely flat countryside intersected by a network of rivers and canals. The major tourist attraction of the province remains the city of Antwerp, a modern urban center boasting a well-preserved medieval heart filled with reminders of the country's 16th-century golden age. Baroque master Peter Paul Rubens lived and worked in Antwerp, providing his adopted hometown with an enviable artistic heritage. The industrial section of the province south of Antwerp, which remains relatively undiscovered by foreign travelers, contains a string of quaint Flemish towns containing Gothic churches and elegant public squares.