13 days in Europe Itinerary

13 days in Europe Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Europe journey planner

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Fly to Zurich, Train to Zermatt
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Zermatt, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive
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Strasbourg, France
— 1 night
Fly
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Munich, Germany
— 3 nights
Fly
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Berlin, Germany
— 3 nights
Fly
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Vienna, Austria
— 3 nights
Fly

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Zermatt, Switzerland

— 2 nights
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Tue): get outside with Outdoor Activities, pause for some serene contemplation at Intercontinental Church Society, then take in the awesome beauty at The Matterhorn, and finally get great views at Furi Suspension Bridge. On the 28th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Laderach, take in panoramic vistas at Gornergrat, and then fly down the slopes at Matterhorn Diamonds Ski School.

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Chicago, USA to Zermatt is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Chicago to Zermatt. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Strasbourg.

Things to do in Zermatt

Tours · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks

Side Trip

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Strasbourg, France

— 1 night

Crossroads of Europe

Strasbourg is famous for its beautiful historical center, the Grande Île, which was the first city center classified entirely as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Strasbourg is one of the nine largest cities in France with nearly half a million inhabitants in the metropolitan area crossing the river to the German city of Kehl, on the eastern bank of the Rhine River.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Thu): look for gifts at La Petite Manufacture des Reves, then examine the collection at Palais de Rohan, then don't miss a visit to Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg, and finally visit La Petite France.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Strasbourg itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Zermatt to Strasbourg in 5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train, bus, and tram. In December in Strasbourg, expect temperatures between 44°F during the day and 33°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Munich.

Things to do in Strasbourg

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

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Munich, Germany

— 3 nights

Village of a Million People

Often described as the city of laptops and lederhosen, Munich is an international center of business, engineering, research, and medicine that still maintains a rich cultural heritage and age-old traditions.
Munich is known for museums, historic sites, and nature. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Marienplatz, engage your brain at Deutsches Museum, examine the collection at Munich Residenz, and admire the masterpieces at Alte Pinakothek.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Munich trip planner.

Fly from Strasbourg to Munich in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Munich can reach 41°F, while at night they dip to 29°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) to allow time to fly to Berlin.

Things to do in Munich

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Parks
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Berlin, Germany

— 3 nights

Athens of the Spree

The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Berlin is known for museums, historic sites, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: pause for some photo ops at Brandenburg Gate, see the interesting displays at Topography of Terror, steep yourself in history at Memorial of the Berlin Wall, and pause for some serene contemplation at Berliner Dom.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Berlin itinerary planner.

Fly from Munich to Berlin in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can fly to Vienna.

Things to do in Berlin

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Vienna, Austria

— 3 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.
Vienna is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Schonbrunn Palace, admire the masterpieces at Albertina, get to know the resident critters at Schönbrunn Zoo, and browse the exhibits of Belvedere Palace.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Vienna trip planner.

You can fly from Berlin to Vienna in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In January, daytime highs in Vienna are 38°F, while nighttime lows are 27°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks
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Swiss Alps travel guide

4.4
Mountains · Bodies of Water · Observation Decks
The stunning Swiss Alps cover 65 percent of the Switzerland's surface area with dramatic mountain scenery. Its spectacular peaks and valleys are the result of tectonic thrusts, among them the Jungfrau-Aletsch region, the first World Heritage Site in the Alps. Connected by a network of trains and cable cars, this majestic vacation spot is accessible for all. The Swiss Alps are home to some of the highest mountains in the Alps, including the Monte Rosa, which stands at 4,634 m (15,203 ft). Pristine white snow and perfect blue skies await you, and ski sports and hiking trails aplenty top the list of things to do.

Germany travel guide

4.5
Germany is the home of high culture, fine art, classical music, world-class sports, award-winning cuisine--and some of the world's best beers. It's also one of the major economic and political powers of the European continent. One of the founding members of the European Union, Germany is a federation of 16 states. Each boasts its own distinct culture, art, cuisine, regional traditions, and array of things to do. The country is known worldwide for its precision engineering and high-tech products. Equally, though, Germany is admired for its old-world charm and what is locally known as gemutlichkeit (coziness). This is one of the easiest countries in the world to explore, offering an abundance of sightseeing opportunities. German transportation runs with German efficiency. Therefore, getting around the various regions is almost always easy, quick, and pleasant. Visit the cities to explore museums, art galleries, modern restaurants, and trendy shops. Also be sure to venture deeper into the countryside. Here, you can discover ancient castles and bustling little villages. Often in these off-the-beaten-path areas, the main tourist attraction remains the simple hospitality of the friendly locals.