17 days in Europe Itinerary

17 days in Europe Itinerary

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17 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Tapachula, Mexico
Fly:  26​h
1
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Bruges, Belgium
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Brussels, Belgium
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
— 1 night
Train:  2​h 15​min
5
Strasbourg, France
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h 15​min
6
Esslingen am Neckar, Germany
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Munich, Germany
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
8
Vienna, Austria
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
9
Budapest, Hungary
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 30​min
10
Prague, Czech Republic
— 1 day
Fly:  3​h
11
Vienna, Austria
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
12
Nuremberg, Germany
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
13
Heidelberg, Germany
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 30​min
14
Cologne, Germany
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
15
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 1 day
Fly:  26​h
End: Tapachula, Mexico

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
You've added Amsterdam Red Light District Tours, Free Walking Tours Amsterdam, Van Gogh Museum, and other attractions to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): deepen your understanding of the past and present with Free Walking Tours Amsterdam and then see the top attractions with Amsterdam Red Light District Tours.

To find reviews and tourist information, read Amsterdam online driving holiday planner .

Tapachula, Mexico to Amsterdam is an approximately 26-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a 7 hour difference. Traveling from Tapachula in September, things will get colder in Amsterdam: highs are around 22°C and lows about 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can go by car to Bruges.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Tours Historic Sites
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Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Museum Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder ©

1
night
Bruges, Belgium

Bruges ©
The medieval town of Bruges centers around a canal, and the architecture of its historical district has made it a World Heritage Site.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Historic Centre of Brugge, Belfry of Bruges and Church of Our Lady Bruges. Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Our Lady Bruges, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at De Vos Almshouse (Godshuis de Vos), steep yourself in history at Beguinage (Begijnhof), then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sint-Walburgakerk, then enjoy breathtaking views from Belfry of Bruges, and finally contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Brugge.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Bruges road trip tool .

Drive from Amsterdam to Bruges in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in September, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can take a train to Brussels.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites
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Historic Centre of Brugge ©
Historic Centre of Brugge
Church of Our Lady Bruges ©
Church of Our Lady Bruges

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Brussels, Belgium

Brussels ©
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 6th (Fri): explore the galleries of Atomium, admire the masterpieces at René Magritte Museum, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule).

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Brussels day trip site .

Take a train from Bruges to Brussels in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Brussels can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Luxembourg City.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Historic Sites
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Atomium ©
Atomium
René Magritte Museum ©
René Magritte Museum

1
night
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

Luxembourg City
While Luxembourg City boasts the shiny headquarters of several European institutions and EU offices, it is also home to a beautiful old town that's designated as a World Heritage Site.
To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Luxembourg City online tour itinerary planner .

Getting from Brussels to Luxembourg City by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In September, daytime highs in Luxembourg City are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. On the 7th (Sat), you're off toStrasbourg.

Things to do in Luxembourg City

Museums Parks Historic Sites
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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.
On the 7th (Sat), learn about winemaking at Domaine Albert Seltz, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saints Pierre et Paul, examine the collection at Palais de Rohan, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Paul, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Old Saint Peter's Church, and finally wander the streets of La Petite France.

For maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Strasbourg day trip site .

Getting from Luxembourg City to Strasbourg by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. September in Strasbourg sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can travel to Esslingen am Neckar.

Things to do in Strasbourg

Wineries Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Domaine Albert Seltz, Eglise Saints Pierre et Paul
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Domaine Albert Seltz ©
Domaine Albert Seltz
Eglise Saints Pierre et Paul ©
Eglise Saints Pierre et Paul
Eglise Saint-Paul ©
Eglise Saint-Paul

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nights
Esslingen am Neckar, Germany

Esslingen am Neckar ©
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Frauenkirche Esslingen, make a trip to Esslingen (N) Burg, then don't miss a visit to Schelztorturm, then admire the masterpieces at Villa Merkel, and finally step into the grandiose world of Ruine Hohenurach. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Erfahrungsfeld der Sinne, step into the grandiose world of Burg Teck, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Alte Rathaus, then don't miss a visit to Dicker Turm, and finally learn about winemaking at Kessler Sekt.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Esslingen am Neckar trip itinerary builder site .

Getting from Strasbourg to Esslingen am Neckar by car takes about 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in September, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Munich.

Things to do in Esslingen am Neckar

Historic Sites Museums Wineries

Side Trips

Erfahrungsfeld der Sinne, Alte Rathaus, Ruine Hohenurach
Find places to stay Sep 7 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Schelztorturm ©
Schelztorturm
Erfahrungsfeld der Sinne ©
Erfahrungsfeld der Sinne
Burg Teck ©
Burg Teck

1
night
Munich, Germany

Munich ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): examine the collection at FC Bayern Erlebniswelt, then examine the collection at Deutsches Museum Flugwerft Schleissheim, then explore the historical opulence of Schloss Schleissheim, and finally examine the collection at Munich Residenz.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Munich visit planner.

Traveling by car from Esslingen am Neckar to Munich takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Munich are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Vienna.

Things to do in Munich

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Oberschleissheim
Find places to stay Sep 10 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Deutsches Museum Flugwerft Schleissheim ©
Munich Residenz ©
Munich Residenz
Schloss Schleissheim ©
Schloss Schleissheim

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Imperial Palace (Hofburg), then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kirche am Steinhof, then explore the world behind art at MAK - Austrian Museum of Applied Arts/Contemporary Art, and finally make a trip to St. Stephen's Cathedral.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Vienna trip itinerary maker website .

You can take a train from Munich to Vienna in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In September, daily temperatures in Vienna can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can take a train to Budapest.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums Historic Sites
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The Hofburg ©
The Hofburg
St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral
Kirche am Steinhof ©
Kirche am Steinhof

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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), contemplate the long history of Liberty Statue, then contemplate the long history of Citadel, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Matthias Church, and finally don't miss a visit to Halaszbastya. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Budapest Pinball Museum, appreciate the history behind Hősök tere, and then test the waters at a local thermal spa.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Budapest trip planner.

Traveling by train from Vienna to Budapest takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September in Budapest, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Spas Museums
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Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya

1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): admire the striking features of Katedrala Svateho Vita, take some stellar pictures from Prague Astronomical Clock, examine the collection at Speculum Alchemiae Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ss. Cyril and Methodius Cathedral, then learn about all things military at National Memorial to the Heroes of the Heydrich Terror, and finally wander the streets of StaromEstske namEsti.

For ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Prague road trip app .

You can fly from Budapest to Prague in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Budapest in September, plan for little chillier days in Prague, with highs around 22°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Museums
Find places to stay Sep 13 — 14:
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St. Vitus Cathedral ©
St. Vitus Cathedral
Staromestske namesti ©
Staromestske namesti
Prague Astronomical Clock ©
Prague Astronomical Clock

1
night
Vienna, Austria

Vienna
For other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Vienna online trip planner .

Getting from Prague to Vienna by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. You will leave for Nuremberg on the 15th (Sun).

Things to do in Vienna

Nightlife Museums Historic Sites
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night
Nuremberg, Germany

Nuremberg ©
Nuremberg's historic town center stands in the shadow of a towering imperial castle that dominates its northwestern corner.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): examine the collection at DB Museum (German Railway Museum), see the interesting displays at Dokumentationszentrum Reichsparteitagsgelände, then explore the historical opulence of Kaiserburg Nurnberg, and finally stroll the grounds of Johannisfriedhof Nurnberg.

To find reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Nuremberg trip planner.

You can fly from Vienna to Nuremberg in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. September in Nuremberg sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can drive to Heidelberg.

Things to do in Nuremberg

Museums Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 15 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Kaiserburg Nurnberg ©
Kaiserburg Nurnberg
Johannisfriedhof Nurnberg ©
Johannisfriedhof Nurnberg

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day
Heidelberg, Germany

Heidelberg ©
A vibrant university city, Heidelberg is nestled in the picturesque Neckar river valley.
On the 16th (Mon), take in the views from Carl Theodor Old Bridge (Alte Brucke), contemplate the long history of Dicker Turm (Schloss), then steep yourself in history at Heidelberg Tun, then steep yourself in history at Heiligenberg, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Anna-Kirche.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Heidelberg trip planner .

Traveling by car from Nuremberg to Heidelberg takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. September in Heidelberg sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Cologne.

Things to do in Heidelberg

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 16 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Old Bridge (Karl Theodor Bridge) ©
Old Bridge (Karl Theodor Bridge)
Dicker Turm (Schloss) ©
Dicker Turm (Schloss)
Heidelberg Tun ©
Heidelberg Tun

1
night
Cologne, Germany

Cologne
Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
For ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Cologne vacation maker app .

Getting from Heidelberg to Cologne by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car and train. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in September, and nighttime lows around 11°C. You will leave for Amsterdam on the 17th (Tue).

Things to do in Cologne

Nightlife Museums Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 16 — 17:

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Free Walking Tours Amsterdam, Amsterdam Red Light District Tours and Van Gogh Museum. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Begijnhof, then take in the local highlights with Free Walking Tours Amsterdam, then join in the after-dark buzz at Amsterdam Red Light District Tours, and finally take an in-depth tour of Van Gogh Museum.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Amsterdam online road trip planner .

You can drive from Cologne to Amsterdam in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Tours Museums Nightlife
Find places to stay Sep 17 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Begijnhof ©
Begijnhof
Amsterdam Red Light District Tours ©

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