13 days in Western Europe Itinerary

13 days in Western Europe Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Europe route planner

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Paris, France
— 5 nights
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Brussels, Belgium
— 3 nights
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Cologne, Germany
— 2 nights
Train
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Frankfurt, Germany
— 2 nights

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Paris, France

— 5 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.
Kids will enjoy Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe. Louvre Museum and Musee d'Orsay are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Paris' surroundings by going to Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte (in Maincy) and Chateau de Chantilly (in Chantilly City). There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Île de la Cité, shop like a local with Champs-Elysees, get to know the fascinating history of Latin Quarter, and step off the mainland to explore Ile Saint-Louis.

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

If you are flying in from Brazil, the closest major aiports are Paris-Orly Airport, Charles de Gaulle International Airport and Paris Beauvais Tillé Airport. In December, daytime highs in Paris are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. You'll have a few hours on the 27th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Brussels.

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Brussels, Belgium

— 3 nights

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Grand Place and Mont des Arts. You'll explore and learn at Rubens House (Rubenshuis) and MOOF Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Brussels side-trips: Antwerp (Cathedral of Our Lady, Carolus Borromeus Church, &more). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Train World, contemplate the long history of Parc du Cinquantenaire, take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise Notre Dame Du Sablon, and take a peaceful walk through Sonian Forest.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Brussels online day trip planner.

Take a train from Paris to Brussels in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Brussels can reach 7°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Cologne.

Things to do in Brussels

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

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Cologne, Germany

— 2 nights

City of Churches

Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Alt St. Alban, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Maria im Kapitol, then examine the collection at Kolumba, then pause for some serene contemplation at Cologne Cathedral, and finally make a trip to Shrine of the Three Kings. On your second day here, examine the collection at Kathe Kollwitz Museum, see the interesting displays at Museum Schnutgen, then examine the collection at Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sankt Andreas Kirche.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Cologne online visit planner.

Traveling by car from Brussels to Cologne takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can catch the train to Frankfurt.

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Frankfurt, Germany

— 2 nights

Mainhattan

A global center of finance and transportation, Frankfurt is perhaps best known for its futuristic cityscape.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of St. Bartholomew (Dom St. Bartholomaus), then appreciate the extensive heritage of Neroberg, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Elizabeth's Church, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St. Augustine's Church. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, see the interesting displays at Museum fur Kommunikation, then explore the world behind art at Stadel Museum, and finally relax and rejuvenate at Rhein-Main-Therme.

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

You can take a train from Cologne to Frankfurt in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Frankfurt can reach 5°C, while at night they dip to 0°C.

Things to do in Frankfurt

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Spas

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