18 days in United States & Europe Itinerary

18 days in United States & Europe Itinerary

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18 days in United States & Europe Itinerary

Start: Lincoln, United States
Fly:  1​h 30​min
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Chicago, United States
— Few hours
Fly:  12​h 30​min
2
Frankfurt, Germany
— Few hours
train:  2​h 30​min
3
Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Colmar, France
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h
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Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany
— 1 day
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
7
Munich, Germany
— 1 night
8
Salzburg, Austria
— 1 day
9
Munich, Germany
— 2 nights
train:  5​h 30​min
10
Dresden, Germany
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 30​min
11
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
12
Berlin, Germany
— 3 nights
Fly:  11​h
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Chicago, United States
— Few hours
Fly:  2​h
End: Lincoln, United States

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Chicago, United States

Chicago
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Chicago day trip planner .

Lincoln to Chicago is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. While traveling from Lincoln, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Chicago, ranging from highs of 81°F to lows of 63°F. On the 20th (Thu), you're off toFrankfurt.

Things to do in Chicago

Nightlife Parks Outdoors
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Frankfurt, Germany

Frankfurt
A global center of finance and transportation, Frankfurt is perhaps best known for its futuristic cityscape.
For more things to do and tourist information, read our Frankfurt online itinerary planner .

Getting from Chicago to Frankfurt by flight takes about 12.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Central European Time (CET) is 7 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Chicago in June; daily highs in Frankfurt reach 75°F and lows reach 55°F. On the 21st (Fri), you'll travel to Freiburg im Breisgau.

Things to do in Frankfurt

Nightlife Historic Sites Parks
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Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany

Freiburg im Breisgau ©
In the heart of a major wine-producing region, Freiburg im Breisgau serves as the primary entry point for tours into the scenic Black Forest mountain range.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Freiburger Münster and Historisches Kaufhaus. Step off the beaten path and head to House of Black Forest Clocks and Schauinslandbahn. Next up on the itinerary: browse the exhibits of Wentzingerhaus, explore the world behind art at Augustinermuseum, and pause for some photo ops at Martinstor.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Freiburg im Breisgau trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by train from Frankfurt to Freiburg im Breisgau takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect a daytime high around 76°F in June, and nighttime lows around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Colmar.

Things to do in Freiburg im Breisgau

Shopping Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Schauinslandbahn, House of Black Forest Clocks
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Freiburger Münster ©
Freiburger Münster
Augustinermuseum ©
Augustinermuseum

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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.
To find where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Colmar trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Freiburg im Breisgau to Colmar in an hour. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. In June, daytime highs in Colmar are 76°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can go by car to Freiburg im Breisgau.

Things to do in Colmar

Neighborhoods
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Little Venice ©
Little Venice
Fontaine Schwendi ©
Fontaine Schwendi

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Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany

Freiburg im Breisgau
For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Freiburg im Breisgau online itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Colmar to Freiburg im Breisgau takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. On the 27th (Thu), you'll travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Freiburg im Breisgau

Outdoors Parks Museums
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Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Zurich visit planning tool .

You can drive from Freiburg im Breisgau to Zurich in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In June in Zurich, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 55°F at night. You'll set off for Munich on the 29th (Sat).

Things to do in Zurich

Outdoors Parks Tours
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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.
You've now added Hofbrauhaus Munchen to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): get curious at Deutsches Museum, then examine the collection at Munich Residenz, then hunt for treasures at Viktualienmarkt, and finally get a taste of local nightlife at Hofbrauhaus Munchen.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Munich road trip website .

You can drive from Zurich to Munich in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of flight and train. June in Munich sees daily highs of 72°F and lows of 52°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to drive to Salzburg.

Things to do in Munich

Museums Childrens Museums Nightlife
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Deutsches Museum ©
Deutsches Museum
Munich Residenz ©
Munich Residenz
Viktualienmarkt ©
Viktualienmarkt

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Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Mirabell Palace as well as Fortress Hohensalzburg. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): get great views at Fortress Hohensalzburg, see the interesting displays at Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus), admire the natural beauty at Mirabell Palace, contemplate the long history of Franziskanerkirche, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kollegienkirche (Collegiate Church), and finally get engrossed in the history at Mozarts Geburtshaus.

To see ratings and tourist information, use the Salzburg trip itinerary website .

Traveling by car from Munich to Salzburg takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June in Salzburg, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 55°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Munich.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Fortress Hohensalzburg ©
Fortress Hohensalzburg
Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus) ©
Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus)
Mozarts Geburtshaus ©
Mozarts Geburtshaus

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Munich, Germany

Munich ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Neuschwanstein Castle as well as Margarete Steiff Museum. On the 1st (Mon), explore the historical opulence of Neuschwanstein Castle and then examine the collection at Margarete Steiff Museum.

To see maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Munich sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Salzburg to Munich in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Dresden.

Things to do in Munich

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Margarete Steiff Museum, Neuschwanstein Castle
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Neuschwanstein Castle ©
Neuschwanstein Castle
Margarete Steiff Museum ©
Margarete Steiff Museum

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Dresden, Germany

Dresden ©
Dresden boasts a long history as a royal residence of many Saxon kings.
On the 2nd (Tue), wander the streets of Neustadt, brush up on your military savvy at Military History Museum, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of the Holy Cross.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Dresden trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by flight from Munich to Dresden takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In July in Dresden, expect temperatures between 77°F during the day and 59°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can go by car to Prague.

Things to do in Dresden

Museums Neighborhoods Historic Sites
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Military History Museum ©
Military History Museum
Church of the Holy Cross ©
Church of the Holy Cross
Neustadt ©
Neustadt

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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.
You've added Prague Astronomical Clock, Charles Bridge, John Lennon Wall, and other attractions to your itinerary. On the 3rd (Wed), steep yourself in history at Prague Astronomical Clock, snap pictures at Charles Bridge, don't miss a visit to John Lennon Wall, then explore the historical opulence of Prague Castle, then look for all kinds of wild species at Devil's Channel, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Spanish Synagogue.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Prague trip site .

You can drive from Dresden to Prague in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Prague can reach 78°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Berlin.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Nightlife Wildlife
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Prague Astronomical Clock ©
Prague Astronomical Clock
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
Spanish Synagogue ©
Spanish Synagogue

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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Potsdamer Platz, Reichstag Building, Memorial of the Berlin Wall, and other attractions you added. Potsdam's Gardens and Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church will appeal to history buffs. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Mall of Berlin and Rausch Schokoladenhaus. Explore Berlin's surroundings by going to Potsdam (Sanssouci Palace & Neues Palais). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Topography of Terror, steep yourself in history at Mauermuseum - Museum Haus am Checkpoint Charlie, get curious at Deutsches Technikmuseum, and pause for some photo ops at Brandenburg Gate.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Berlin online visit planner .

You can drive from Prague to Berlin in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Berlin

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Potsdam
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Brandenburg Gate ©
Brandenburg Gate
Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church ©
Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church
Neues Palais ©
Neues Palais

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Chicago, United States

Chicago
For maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Chicago trip itinerary planning tool .

You can fly from Berlin to Chicago in 14 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 7 hours traveling from Berlin to Chicago. On the 7th (Sun), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Chicago

Nightlife Parks Outdoors
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