15 days in Europe Itinerary

15 days in Europe Itinerary

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15 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Weimar, Germany
1
Weimar, Germany
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Heidelberg, Germany
— 1 night
train + bus:  2​h 15​min
3
Strasbourg, France
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
4
Colmar, France
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
5
Basel, Switzerland
— Few hours
Drive:  6​h 15​min
6
Hallstatt, Austria
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Salzburg, Austria
— 2 nights
train:  5​h
8
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
9
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
End: Prague, Czech Republic

2
nights
Weimar, Germany

Weimar ©
Weimar more than makes up for its relatively small size with a wealth of historical, cultural, and architectural attractions.
On the 27th (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of St. Peter and St. Paul (Stadtkirche St. Peter and Paul), examine the collection at Weimar Haus, steep yourself in history at Wittumspalais, steep yourself in history at Schiller-Museum, then take in nature's colorful creations at Goethes Gartenhaus, and finally get engrossed in the history at Goethe National Museum. On the 28th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Fuerstengruft, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Russian Orthodox Chapel, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Schloss und Park Tiefurt, and finally explore the historical opulence of Schlossmuseum.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Weimar day trip planning site .

If you are flying in from Germany, the closest major airports are Erfurt Airport, Leipzig/Halle Airport and Nuremberg Airport. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in July, and nighttime lows around 15°C. On the 29th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Heidelberg.

Things to do in Weimar

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Wittumspalais ©
Wittumspalais
Goethe National Museum ©
Goethe National Museum

1
night
Heidelberg, Germany

Heidelberg ©
A vibrant university city, Heidelberg is nestled in the picturesque Neckar river valley.
To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Heidelberg attractions planner .

Drive from Weimar to Heidelberg in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. July in Heidelberg sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can drive to Strasbourg.
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Jesuitenkirche ©
Jesuitenkirche

2
nights
Strasbourg, France

Strasbourg ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Le Vaisseau, then take an in-depth tour of Museum Œuvre Notre-Dame, then don't miss a visit to La Neustadt, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Thomas. On your second day here, contemplate the long history of Cave Historique des Hospices de Strasbourg, take a stroll through La Petite France, examine the collection at Pixel Museum, then steep yourself in history at Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Paul.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Strasbourg online itinerary builder .

You can drive from Heidelberg to Strasbourg in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. July in Strasbourg sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to take a train to Colmar.

Things to do in Strasbourg

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Eglise Saint-Thomas ©
Eglise Saint-Thomas
Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg ©
Pixel Museum ©
Pixel Museum

1
night
Colmar, France

Colmar ©
Situated along the Alsatian Wine Route, Colmar is renowned for its German and French culture, well-preserved old town, numerous architectural landmarks, and its museums.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Thu): see the interesting displays at Musee du Jouet, wander the streets of Little Venice, then take in the pleasant sights at Grand Rue De Colmar, then appreciate the history behind Manneken Pis, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieille Ville de Turckheim.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Colmar trip itinerary planning website .

Colmar is very close to Strasbourg. In August, daytime highs in Colmar are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to drive to Basel.

Things to do in Colmar

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Vieille Ville de Turckheim
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Vieille Ville de Turckheim ©
Vieille Ville de Turckheim
Little Venice ©
Little Venice
Musee du Jouet ©
Musee du Jouet

few
hours
Basel, Switzerland

Basel ©
Situated where the Swiss, German, and French borders meet, Basel is considered the hub of Dreilandereck, this "three countries corner." Its location makes Basel a center of culture and history, brimming with important theaters and museums.
On the 2nd (Fri), view the masterpieces at Art Basel, steep yourself in history at Basel Historical Museum - Barfuesserkirche, and then examine the collection at Augusta Raurica.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Basel driving holiday planner .

Drive from Colmar to Basel in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to drive to Hallstatt.

Things to do in Basel

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Augusta Raurica
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Augusta Raurica ©
Augusta Raurica
Art Basel ©
Art Basel

2
nights
Hallstatt, Austria

Hallstatt ©
Historically known for the production of salt, Halstatt's fine architecture reflects the small village's salt mining legacy.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): go for a walk through Old Town, see the interesting displays at Museum Hallstatt, then pause for some serene contemplation at Parish of the Assumption, and finally stroll the grounds of Beinhaus, Karner, Ossuary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Hallstatt Lutheran Church, Head underground at Dachstein Giant Ice Caves, and then explore and take pictures at Salz Welten.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Hallstatt trip itinerary builder site .

You can drive from Basel to Hallstatt in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to drive to Salzburg.

Things to do in Hallstatt

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Dachstein Giant Ice Caves
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Old Town ©
Old Town
Parish of the Assumption ©
Parish of the Assumption
Hallstatt Lutheran Church ©
Hallstatt Lutheran Church

2
nights
Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, view the masterpieces at Residenzgalerie Salzburg, steep yourself in history at Old City Hall (Altes Rathaus), take in the spiritual surroundings of Kollegienkirche (Collegiate Church), then contemplate the long history of Franziskanerkirche, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Cemetery of St. Sebastian (Friedhof St. Sebastian). Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of Mozarts Geburtshaus, browse the exhibits of Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus), examine the collection at Domquartier, then contemplate the long history of Kapitelplatz & Kapitelschwemme, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Salzburg Cathedral (Dom).

To find maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Salzburg online road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Hallstatt to Salzburg takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in August, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Budapest.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites Museums Tours
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Residenzgalerie Salzburg ©
Residenzgalerie Salzburg
Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus) ©
Mozarts Geburtshaus ©
Mozarts Geburtshaus

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): step off the mainland to explore Margaret Island, contemplate the long history of Citadel, get a taste of the local shopping with Koller Gallery, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Matthias Church, and finally steep yourself in history at Fisherman's Bastion. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Budapest Pinball Museum and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika).

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Budapest online itinerary planner .

Traveling by train from Salzburg to Budapest takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. When traveling from Salzburg in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Budapest, with highs around 32°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums Nature
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Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya

2
nights
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.
On the 9th (Fri), brush up on your military savvy at National Memorial to the Heroes of the Heydrich Terror, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Prague Castle, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Vitus Cathedral, and finally view the masterpieces at Lobkowicz Palace. On the 10th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Prague Zoo and then wander the streets of Old Town Square.

For reviews and more tourist information, read our Prague trip planner.

You can fly from Budapest to Prague in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Budapest in August: highs in Prague hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums Parks
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Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
Katedrala Svateho Vita ©
Katedrala Svateho Vita
StaromEstske namEsti ©
StaromEstske namEsti

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