9 days in Europe Itinerary

9 days in Europe Itinerary

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9 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Stuttgart, Germany
Drive:  4​h 30​min
1
Prague, Czech Republic
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h
2
Vienna, Austria
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Budapest, Hungary
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
4
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
5
Barcelona, Spain
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
6
Paris, France
— 1 night
Train:  3​h 15​min
End: Stuttgart, Germany

1
night
Prague, Czech Republic

Prague ©
Prague lures millions of tourists each year with its World Heritage-listed medieval city center--a labyrinth of narrow lanes, bridges, cathedrals, and palaces overlooked by a thousand-year-old castle.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): get great views at Prague Astronomical Clock and then snap pictures at Charles Bridge. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the striking features of Dancing House, explore the historical opulence of Prague Castle, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Vitus Cathedral, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Staromestske namesti.

For maps and other tourist information, use the Prague trip planner .

Stuttgart, Germany to Prague is an approximately 4.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and flight. In December, daytime highs in Prague are 5°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Staromestske namesti ©
Staromestske namesti
Charles Bridge
Charles Bridge
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle

2
nights
Vienna, Austria

Vienna ©
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.
On the 26th (Thu), take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Stephen's Cathedral, step into the grandiose world of Schonbrunn Palace, and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Schönbrunn Zoo. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at The Hofburg, then browse the exhibits of Belvedere Palace, and then explore the world behind art at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien.

Before you visit Vienna, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by flight from Prague to Vienna takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December in Vienna, expect temperatures between 5°C during the day and 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Budapest.

Things to do in Vienna

Historic Sites Museums Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral
The Hofburg ©
The Hofburg

1
night
Budapest, Hungary

Budapest ©
You might consider the city of Budapest, divided by the Danube River into two distinctive cities--Buda and Pest--to be essentially one large World Heritage Site.
On the 28th (Sat), don't miss a visit to Halaszbastya, steep yourself in history at Matthias Church, then admire the landmark architecture of Hungarian Parliament Building, then make a trip to Hősök tere, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika).

For maps and other tourist information, read Budapest road trip planner .

Traveling by train from Vienna to Budapest takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 5°C, and evening lows to -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Rome.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Hungarian Parliament Building ©
Hungarian Parliament Building
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church

2
nights
Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
On the 29th (Sun), admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain, pause for some serene contemplation at Pantheon, make a trip to Piazza Navona, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Louis of the French, and finally delve into the distant past at Colosseum. On your second day here, explore the world behind art at Vatican Museums, contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica, and then contemplate the long history of Palatine Hill.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Rome trip itinerary builder site .

Fly from Budapest to Rome in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Budapest in December, expect Rome to be a bit warmer, temps between 16°C and 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
Highlights from your plan
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain

1
night
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral, admire the striking features of Casa Batllo, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and finally stroll around Parc Guell.

To see maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Barcelona trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by flight from Rome to Barcelona takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Barcelona are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel to Paris.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo

1
night
Paris, France

Paris ©
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.
On the 1st (Wed), make a trip to Place de la Concorde, then contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, then admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, and finally don't miss a visit to Louvre Museum.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Paris trip planner .

You can fly from Barcelona to Paris in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Barcelona in December, with highs in Paris at 9°C and lows at 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to take a train back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Arc de Triomphe ©
Arc de Triomphe

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