17 days in Western Europe Itinerary

17 days in Western Europe Itinerary

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17 days in Western Europe Itinerary

Start: Seattle, United States
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
Brussels, Belgium
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
2
Amsterdam, Holland
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Berlin, Germany
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
4
Dresden, Germany
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
5
Vienna, Austria
— 2 nights
train:  4​h 15​min
6
Hallstatt, Austria
— 2 nights
train:  5​h
7
Innsbruck, Austria
— 1 night
train:  5​h 45​min
8
Milan, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly + train:  6​h 15​min
End: Bruges, Belgium

2
nights
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 8th (Sun): test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, contemplate the long history of Grand Place, and then admire the striking features of Guild Houses. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the waterfront at Graslei and Korenlei, then see the interesting displays at Atomium, then delve into the lush surroundings at Sonian Forest, and finally pause for some photo ops at Manneken Pis.

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

Seattle, USA to Brussels is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and train. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from Seattle to Brussels due to the time zone difference. In December, daily temperatures in Brussels can reach 43°F, while at night they dip to 35°F. You'll have a few hours on the 10th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Brussels

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Graslei and Korenlei
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Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Graslei and Korenlei ©
Graslei and Korenlei
Room Escape Games

2
nights
Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms and then take an in-depth tour of Anne Frank House. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Museum Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder, then explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, and then explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Amsterdam trip planning tool .

Traveling by train from Brussels to Amsterdam takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 47°F in December, and nighttime lows around 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Berlin.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Fun & Games Historic Sites
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Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

1
night
Berlin, Germany

Berlin ©
The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Gendarmenmarkt, then make a trip to Brandenburg Gate, then pause for some photo ops at The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, and finally get your game on at THE ROOM - Live Escape Game Berlin. On the 13th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: ponder the world of politics at Reichstag Building, then appreciate the history behind Victory Column (Siegessaule), and then contemplate the long history of Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Berlin trip planner .

You can fly from Amsterdam to Berlin in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Dresden.

Things to do in Berlin

Historic Sites Museums Fun & Games

Side Trip

Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen
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THE ROOM - Live Escape Game Berlin ©
Gendarmenmarkt ©
Gendarmenmarkt
Reichstag Building ©
Reichstag Building

2
nights
Dresden, Germany

Dresden ©
Dresden boasts a long history as a royal residence of many Saxon kings.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): make a trip to Theaterplatz, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Frauenkirche Dresden, and then steep yourself in history at The Dresden Zwinger. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Sun): take in the awesome beauty at Elbe Sandstone Mountains.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Dresden road trip tool .

Traveling by train from Berlin to Dresden takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 43°F in December, and nighttime lows around 34°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Vienna.

Things to do in Dresden

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Elbe Sandstone Mountains
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The Dresden Zwinger ©
The Dresden Zwinger
Frauenkirche Dresden ©
Frauenkirche Dresden
Elbe Sandstone Mountains ©
Elbe Sandstone Mountains

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): step into the grandiose world of Schonbrunn Palace, contemplate the long history of Belvedere Palace, and then make a trip to Rathausplatz. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Stephansplatz, make a trip to State Hall of the Austrian National Library, see the interesting displays at The Hofburg, then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St. Stephen's Cathedral.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Vienna online trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Dresden to Vienna in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or fly. December in Vienna sees daily highs of 41°F and lows of 31°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can drive to Hallstatt.

Things to do in Vienna

Historic Sites Museums Fun & Games
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Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
Rathausplatz ©
Rathausplatz
St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral

2
nights
Hallstatt, Austria

Hallstatt ©
Historically known for the production of salt, Halstatt's fine architecture reflects the small village's salt mining legacy.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Old Town and Salzwelten. There's much more to do: enjoy breathtaking views from Hallstatt Skywalk "Welterbeblick", take in the spiritual surroundings of Beinhaus, Karner, Ossuary, take in the dramatic scenery at Waldbachstrub Waterfall, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parish of the Assumption.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Hallstatt route planning app .

Traveling by car from Vienna to Hallstatt takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Innsbruck.

Things to do in Hallstatt

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Kleines Matterhorn
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Old Town ©
Old Town
Hallstatt Skywalk ©
Hallstatt Skywalk "Welterbeblick"
Central Square Marktplatz ©
Central Square Marktplatz

1
night
Innsbruck, Austria

Innsbruck ©
Nestled in a valley between snowcapped peaks, Innsbruck evokes visions of a winter wonderland.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): fly down the slopes at Serlesbahnen, explore the world behind art at Tyrolean Folk Art Museum, then fly down the slopes at Ski & Snowboardschule Innsbruck, and finally get engrossed in the history at The Golden Roof (Goldenes Dachl).

To find photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Innsbruck online road trip planner .

You can drive from Hallstatt to Innsbruck in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In December in Innsbruck, expect temperatures between 42°F during the day and 26°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Milan.

Things to do in Innsbruck

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trip

Serlesbahnen
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Ski & Snowboardschule Innsbruck ©
Ski & Snowboardschule Innsbruck
Serlesbahnen ©
Serlesbahnen
The Golden Roof (Goldenes Dachl) ©
The Golden Roof (Goldenes Dachl)

2
nights
Milan, Italy

Milan ©
In many ways the most modern of Italian cities, Milan is a busy, elegant metropolis with an impressive list of grand palaces, fine churches, and important museums.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): see the interesting displays at Tempio Civico della Beata Vergine Incoronata, then have some family-friendly fun at Trap Milano, then make a trip to Dialogo nel Buio, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II.

For where to stay and tourist information, refer to the Milan online attractions planner .

You can drive from Innsbruck to Milan in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. Traveling from Innsbruck in December, expect a bit warmer with lows of 34°F in Milan. On the 23rd (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites Museums Fun & Games

Side Trip

Tempio Civico della Beata Vergine Incoronata
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Dialogo nel Buio ©
Dialogo nel Buio
Duomo di Milano ©
Duomo di Milano

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