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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): appreciate the extensive heritage of The Hauptwache, steep yourself in history at Goethe House, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then get a new perspective on nature at Senckenberg Natural History Museum (Naturmuseum Senckenberg), and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Palmengarten.

For maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Frankfurt tour itinerary maker website.

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. Traveling from Johor Bahru in December, things will get much colder in Frankfurt: highs are around 7°C and lows about 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Nuremberg.
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Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Museums
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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): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Lorenz Church, explore the historical opulence of Kaiserburg Nurnberg, then see the interesting displays at Dokumentationszentrum Reichsparteitagsgelände, and finally steep yourself in history at Reichsparteigelande (Nazi Party Rally Grounds).

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Traveling by flight from Frankfurt to Nuremberg takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Nuremberg are 5°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to 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): get to know the fascinating history of Staromestske namesti, take an in-depth tour of Jewish Museum in Prague, contemplate the long history of Prague Astronomical Clock, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Vitus Cathedral, and finally contemplate the long history of Lobkowicz Palace.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Prague trip app.

You can fly from Nuremberg to Prague in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 5°C in December, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to 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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Stephen's Cathedral, then examine the collection at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, then browse the exhibits of Belvedere Palace, and finally see the interesting displays at Hofburg.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Vienna route builder.

Fly from Prague to Vienna in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In December in Vienna, expect temperatures between 5°C during the day and 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Budapest.
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Find places to stay Dec 20 — 21:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): get a sense of history and politics at Hungarian Parliament Building, appreciate the history behind Heroes' Square, examine the collection at House of Terror Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), then contemplate the long history of Matthias Church, and finally contemplate the long history of Fisherman's Bastion.

For maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Budapest holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Vienna to Budapest takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In December in Budapest, expect temperatures between 5°C during the day and -1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time to drive 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): look for gifts at Apiterra, admire the striking features of Cathedral of the Assumption, explore the galleries of Gallery of Croatian Naive Art, then see the interesting displays at Museum of Broken Relationships, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Mark's Church, and finally test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Zagreb online trip builder.

You can drive from Budapest to Zagreb in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to 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 see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Ljubljana online attractions planner.

You can drive from Zagreb to Ljubljana in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 5°C, and evening lows to -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can go by car 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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Hallstatter See, go deep underground at Salzwelten Hallstatt, then don't miss a visit to Hallstatt Skywalk "Welterbeblick", and finally go for a walk through Old Town.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Hallstatt tour planner.

You can drive from Ljubljana to Hallstatt in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough 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.
For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Salzburg trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by car from Hallstatt to Salzburg takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December in Salzburg, expect temperatures between 6°C during the day and -1°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can go by car 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 see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Berchtesgaden trip planner.

Berchtesgaden is just a short distance from Salzburg. Expect a daytime high around 6°C in December, and nighttime lows around -1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can 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): take in the dramatic scenery at Lechfall, step into the grandiose world of Schloss Hohenschwangau, get engrossed in the history at Museum of the Bavarian Kings, explore the historical opulence of Schloss Neuschwanstein, then steep yourself in history at Altstadt von Fuessen, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Benediktinerkloster St. Mang.

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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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to go by car 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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Jesuitenkirche, then see the sky in a new way at Verkehrshaus der Schweiz, then look for all kinds of wild species at Mt Pilatus, and finally snap pictures at Chapel Bridge.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Lucerne travel route planner.

Drive from Schwangau to Lucerne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Lucerne can reach 5°C, while at night they dip to -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) to allow time to 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): contemplate the long history of Palace Square, make a trip to Konigstrasse, then see the interesting displays at Porsche Museum, then browse the exhibits of Mercedes-Benz Museum, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Fernsehturm Stuttgart.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Stuttgart trip planner.

You can 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can 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): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Heilig Kreuz Kapelle, then pause for some serene contemplation at Stiftskirche St. Martin und St. Severus, then explore the historical opulence of Eltz Castle, and finally get outside with Traumschleife Murscher Eselsche.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Wierschem itinerary planner.

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. In December, daytime highs in Wierschem are 5°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Frankfurt.
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Frankfurt, Germany — 1 night

Mainhattan

To find ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Frankfurt travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Wierschem to Frankfurt takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.
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Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 1:

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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