9 days in Western Europe Itinerary

9 days in Western Europe Itinerary

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Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 day
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
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Bruges, Belgium
— 1 night
Drive
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Brussels, Belgium
— 1 night
Train
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Paris, France
— 2 nights
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Nice, France
— 2 nights
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Zurich, Switzerland

— 1 day

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
On the 11th (Wed), wander the streets of Niederdorf and then wander the streets of Old Town.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Zurich trip planning tool.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Zurich is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. Traveling from Tel Aviv to Zurich, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Tel Aviv in August, plan for little chillier days in Zurich, with highs around 28°C, while nights are cooler with lows around 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Zurich

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

— 2 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.
On the 12th (Thu), take a stroll through The Jordaan, then take an in-depth tour of Anne Frank House, and then explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Fri): admire the masterpieces at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House), then steep yourself in history at Begijnhof, then admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Heineken Experience.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Amsterdam trip itinerary planning tool.

You can fly from Zurich to Amsterdam in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Bruges.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Breweries & Distilleries

Bruges, Belgium

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of Brugge, then sample the tasty concoctions at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, then explore the world behind art at Groeningemuseum, and finally don't miss a visit to The Markt.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Bruges online trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Amsterdam to Bruges in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly. In August, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Brussels.

Things to do in Bruges

Museums · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries

Brussels, Belgium

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Atomium, then see the interesting displays at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM), then don't miss a visit to Grand Place, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule).

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Drive from Bruges to Brussels in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Brussels are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Paris.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums · Historic Sites

Paris, France

— 2 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.
On the 16th (Mon), explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, then admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, and then steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Tue): wander the streets of Montmartre, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, then get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees, and finally stroll the grounds of The Paris Catacombs.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Paris sightseeing planner.

Traveling by train from Brussels to Paris takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Traveling from Brussels in August, you will find days in Paris are a bit warmer (29°C), and nights are about the same (16°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel to Nice.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Nice, France

— 2 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.
On the 18th (Wed), get to know the fascinating history of Rue d'Antibes and then shop like a local with La Croisette. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice and then wander the streets of Vieille Ville.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Nice online trip builder.

Getting from Paris to Nice by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Nice when traveling from Paris in August, with lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

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.

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

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.

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.