17 days in Europe Itinerary

17 days in Europe Itinerary

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Frankfurt, Germany
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Nuremberg, Germany
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Prague, Czech Republic
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Vienna, Austria
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Budapest, Hungary
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Zagreb, Croatia
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Ljubljana, Slovenia
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Hallstatt, Austria
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Salzburg, Austria
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Berchtesgaden, Germany
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Schwangau, Germany
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Lucerne, Switzerland
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Stuttgart, Germany
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Wierschem, Germany
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Frankfurt, Germany
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Frankfurt, Germany — 1 night

Mainhattan

A global center of finance and transportation, Frankfurt is perhaps best known for its futuristic cityscape.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): steep yourself in history at The Hauptwache, contemplate the long history of Goethe House, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then take an in-depth tour of Senckenberg Natural History Museum (Naturmuseum Senckenberg), and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Palmengarten.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Frankfurt planner.

Johor Bahru, Malaysia to Frankfurt is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus, subway, and flight; or do a combination of bus, subway, flight, and train. The time zone changes from Malaysia Time (MYT) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a -7 hour difference. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Johor Bahru in December: high temperatures in Frankfurt hover around 7°C and lows are around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Nuremberg.
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Nuremberg, Germany — 1 night

Gingerbread Capital of the World

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 19th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at St. Lorenz Church, step into the grandiose world of Kaiserburg Nurnberg, then examine the collection at Dokumentationszentrum Reichsparteitagsgelände, and finally steep yourself in history at Reichsparteigelande (Nazi Party Rally Grounds).

For where to stay and tourist information, go to the Nuremberg trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Frankfurt to Nuremberg in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. December in Nuremberg sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can fly to Prague.
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Find places to stay Dec 18 — 19:

Prague, Czech Republic — 1 night

City of a Hundred Spires

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 20th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Staromestske namesti, get engrossed in the history at Jewish Museum in Prague, take some stellar pictures from Prague Astronomical Clock, then admire the landmark architecture of St. Vitus Cathedral, and finally explore the galleries of Lobkowicz Palace.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Prague online vacation planner.

Getting from Nuremberg to Prague by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 5°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can fly to Vienna.
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Find places to stay Dec 19 — 20:

Vienna, Austria — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at St. Stephen's Cathedral, then explore the world behind art at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, then explore the world behind art at Belvedere Palace, and finally examine the collection at Hofburg.

To find reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Vienna journey planner.

Traveling by flight from Prague to Vienna takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In December, daily temperatures in Vienna can reach 5°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to drive to Budapest.
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Budapest, Hungary — 1 night

Pearl of the Danube

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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): ponder the world of politics at Hungarian Parliament Building, steep yourself in history at Heroes' Square, examine the collection at House of Terror Museum, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), then contemplate the long history of Matthias Church, and finally steep yourself in history at Fisherman's Bastion.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Budapest visit planner.

Traveling by car from Vienna to Budapest takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 5°C, and evening lows to -1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can go by car to Zagreb.
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Find places to stay Dec 21 — 22:

Zagreb, Croatia — 1 night

Little Vienna

Zagreb boasts a combination of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture, but it is beloved for its outdoor cafe culture.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): stop by Apiterra, admire the landmark architecture of Cathedral of the Assumption, take in the exciting artwork at Gallery of Croatian Naive Art, see the interesting displays at Museum of Broken Relationships, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Mark's Church, and finally test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

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Getting from Budapest to Zagreb by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. In December in Zagreb, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and -1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can drive to Ljubljana.
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Find places to stay Dec 22 — 23:

Ljubljana, Slovenia — 1 night

Sitting astride the Ljubljanica River, Ljubljana is marked with picturesque bridges and a marketplace, designed by the famous architect Jože Plečnik.
To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Ljubljana vacation planning tool.

You can drive from Zagreb to Ljubljana in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a train. December in Ljubljana sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of -3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Hallstatt.
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Hallstatt, Austria — 1 night

Pearl of Austria

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 25th (Sun): explore the activities along Hallstatter See, discover the riches below the earth's surface at Salzwelten Hallstatt, then take in panoramic vistas at Hallstatt Skywalk "Welterbeblick", and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Hallstatt trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Ljubljana to Hallstatt by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Salzburg.
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Salzburg, Austria — 1 night

Rome of the North

Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Salzburg road trip app.

Traveling by car from Hallstatt to Salzburg takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Salzburg are 6°C, while nighttime lows are -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Berchtesgaden.
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Berchtesgaden, Germany — 1 night

Germany's Mountain Gem

Bordered on three sides by Austria, Berchtesgaden is encircled by snow-capped mountain peaks that offer sweeping views of the entire region.
To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Berchtesgaden visit app.

Berchtesgaden is just a short distance from Salzburg. In December in Berchtesgaden, expect temperatures between 6°C during the day and -1°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Schwangau.
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Schwangau, Germany — 1 night

Fairy-Tale Village

An ideal holiday escape from fast-paced urban centers, Schwangau allows visitors to hike, cycle, swim, dance, and dine surrounded by a picture-perfect landscape.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Wed): admire the sheer force of Lechfall, explore the historical opulence of Schloss Hohenschwangau, get engrossed in the history at Museum of the Bavarian Kings, explore the historical opulence of Schloss Neuschwanstein, then contemplate the long history of Altstadt von Fuessen, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Benediktinerkloster St. Mang.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Schwangau online journey planner.

Getting from Berchtesgaden to Schwangau by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 6°C, and evening lows to -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Lucerne.
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Lucerne, Switzerland — 1 night

In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Jesuitenkirche, then look and learn at Verkehrshaus der Schweiz, then identify plant and animal life at Mt Pilatus, and finally snap pictures at Chapel Bridge.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Lucerne trip itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Schwangau to Lucerne in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Lucerne are 5°C, while nighttime lows are -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can drive to Stuttgart.
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Stuttgart, Germany — 1 night

Cradle of the Automobile

Stuttgart spreads across a variety of valleys, parks, and hills--many of them covered by vineyards.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Palace Square, wander the streets of Konigstrasse, see the interesting displays at Porsche Museum, then admire the striking features of Mercedes-Benz Museum, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Fernsehturm Stuttgart.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Stuttgart trip planner.

Drive from Lucerne to Stuttgart in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. December in Stuttgart sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Wierschem.
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Wierschem, Germany — 1 night

Wierschem is a municipality in the district of Mayen-Koblenz in Rhineland-Palatinate, western Germany. Start off your visit on the 31st (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Heilig Kreuz Kapelle, then pause for some serene contemplation at Stiftskirche St. Martin und St. Severus, then step into the grandiose world of Eltz Castle, and finally get outside with Traumschleife Murscher Eselsche.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Wierschem trip app.

Traveling by car from Stuttgart to Wierschem takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 5°C in December, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Frankfurt.
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Frankfurt, Germany — 1 night

Mainhattan

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Frankfurt trip maker.

You can drive from Wierschem to Frankfurt in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.
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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.
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Czech Republic travel guide

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From historical towns and cities, to a countryside speckled with castles and chateaus, the Czech Republic is a holiday destination that can satisfy everybody's taste. Even though it's modern and fully-developed, the country carefully preserves its traditions and heritage. The city of Prague, with its breathtaking architecture, vibrant art and culture scene, and bustling nightlife, is not only one of the country's main attractions, but also a top European tourist hub. The scenic countryside features numerous national parks and nature reserves perfect for hiking, cycling, golfing, and enjoying the natural beauty. In the wintertime ski buffs have their pick from a selection of resorts. If you're looking to unwind and rejuvenate in picturesque settings, visit the famous spa and wellness resorts that have been renowned in Europe for centuries.
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Austria travel guide

4.5
Situated in the Central European Alps, Austria combines an alluring bundle of elegant urban architecture, cultural centers, and dramatic landscapes. This German-speaking country of 8.5 million residents is known for its rich history, dating back to the Hapsburg Empire, as well as its art, music, and scenery. Along with the neighboring country of Switzerland, Austria serves as the winter sports capital of Europe and is home to some of the continent's most popular ski resorts. This landlocked nation draws visitors from across the globe to its mountains, historical villages, and culturally rich cities. Experience trekking in the Alps one day and drinking regional wine at a crowded pub after a day of sightseeing in the capital Vienna the next.
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Hungary travel guide

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Historic Sites · Government Buildings · Nightlife
Breadbasket of Europe
Because tourism throughout the whole country is not as popular as in other European countries, much of the natural beauty of Hungary has not been developed or exploited. Visitors today are drawn to the unspoiled picturesque landscape, the capital metropolis surrounded by charming small towns and villages, and the plethora of thermal baths. The country's number of well-preserved archaeological ruins, castles, cathedrals, and medieval towns provide opportunities to those wanting a taste of European history. With the opportunity to explore both time-worn architecture and notable natural surroundings in every region, Hungary provides sightseeing opportunities with the amenities of traditional tourist destinations. 
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Slovenia travel guide

4.2
Castles · Bodies of Water · Caves
Sunny Side of the Alps
From snowcapped Alpine peaks to sandy Adriatic beaches, a trip to Slovenia is like taking several vacations at once. Whatever the season, the country offers enticing natural attractions, all close at hand, including thick forests, scenic valleys, cave systems, waterfalls, lakes, and the Adriatic coast. For those seeking an active holiday, you'll fine an abundance of ski slopes, trails to hike, roads to bike, and rocks to climb. Pay a visit to some of Slovenia's spa resorts and take advantage of the fresh mountain air and thermal waters. Various castles, churches, and historical towns--many of which are fully preserved--tell stories of the country's past. In Slovenia's major cities, admire the architecture, explore the local arts, visit museums, and chat with the locals over a cup of coffee. Slovenian cuisine offers a blend of Alpine and Mediterranean tastes and is definitely worth trying, along with the country's wines.
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Switzerland travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Mountains · Specialty Museums
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.
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