24 days in Europe Itinerary

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Geneva, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Zermatt, Switzerland
— 1 night
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Bern, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Lucerne, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 night
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Innsbruck, Austria
— 2 nights
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Salzburg, Austria
— 2 nights
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Munich, Germany
— 4 nights
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Prague, Czech Republic
— 4 nights
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Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights

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Geneva, Switzerland — 2 nights

Capital of Peace

Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): engage your brain at CERN, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Notre Dame Basilica, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Russe, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Bains des Paquis. On the 19th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: delve into the distant past at Archeological Site at St. Pierre's Cathedral, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Holy Trinity Church, then see the interesting displays at International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum, and finally pause for some photo ops at Broken Chair Sculpture.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Geneva trip itinerary builder tool.

Melbourne, Australia to Geneva is an approximately 25-hour flight. You'll gain 9 hours traveling from Melbourne to Geneva due to the time zone difference. In May, daily temperatures in Geneva can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Zermatt.
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Zermatt, Switzerland — 1 night

Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): enjoy breathtaking views from Gornergrat, pause for some serene contemplation at Intercontinental Church Society, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kapelle Winkelmatten "Zur Heiligen Familie", then don't miss a visit to Walk of Climb, then examine the collection at Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis, and finally stroll the grounds of Mountaineers' Cemetery.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Zermatt tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Geneva to Zermatt takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Bern.
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Bern, Switzerland — 2 nights

City of Bears

The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
On the 21st (Sun), don't miss a visit to Vieille Ville de Thoune, admire the natural beauty at Rose Garden (Rosengarten), then take some stellar pictures from The Cathedral of Bern, then engage your brain at Einstein House (Einsteinhaus), and finally take a stroll through UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern. On the 22nd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Gruyeres Castle, then pause for some photo ops at Simsonbrunnen, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Clock Tower - Zytglogge.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Bern trip planner.

You can take a train from Zermatt to Bern in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In May, daily temperatures in Bern can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Lucerne.
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Lucerne, Switzerland — 2 nights

In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): explore the activities along Lake Lucerne, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Uferpromenade Weggis, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pfarrkirche St. Maria Weggis, and finally take in the views from Chapel Bridge. On the 24th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: wander the streets of Altstadt Luzern, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hofkirche, then appreciate the history behind Lion Monument, then see the sky in a new way at Verkehrshaus der Schweiz, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Jesuitenkirche.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Lucerne tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Bern to Lucerne in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Lucerne can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Zurich.
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Zurich, Switzerland — 1 night

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Thu): take in the awesome beauty at Uetliberg Mountain, make a trip to Bahnhofstrasse, and then visit Old Town.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Zurich trip planner.

Getting from Lucerne to Zurich by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in May, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Innsbruck.
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Innsbruck, Austria — 2 nights

Nestled in a valley between snowcapped peaks, Innsbruck evokes visions of a winter wonderland.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Innbrucke, then steep yourself in history at Altstadt von Innsbruck, then explore the world behind art at Schloss Ambras Innsbruck, and finally look for gifts at Feinheiten. On the 27th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in panoramic vistas at Town Tower (Stadtturm), get engrossed in the history at The Golden Roof (Goldenes Dachl), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hofkirche, then explore the historical opulence of Kufstein Fortress, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Rattenberg - Medieval pedestrian zone.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Innsbruck trip itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Zurich to Innsbruck in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. May in Innsbruck sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Salzburg.
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Salzburg, Austria — 2 nights

Rome of the North

Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sun): admire the masterpieces at DomQuartier Salzburg, explore the galleries of Fortress Hohensalzburg, then steep yourself in history at Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus), then explore the galleries of Mozarts Geburtshaus, and finally shop like a local with Getreidegasse. On the next day, explore the historical opulence of Schloss Hellbrunn, contemplate the long history of Salzburger Altstadt, then admire the landmark architecture of Salzburg Cathedral, and finally stroll through Mirabell Palace.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Salzburg trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Innsbruck to Salzburg takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In May in Salzburg, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can drive to Munich.
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Munich, Germany — 4 nights

Village of a Million People

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.
Visit Nymphenburg Palace and St. Michael's Church for their historical value. Get a sense of the local culture at Schloss Neuschwanstein and Schloss Hohenschwangau. Venture out of the city with trips to Fussen (Altstadt von Fuessen & Benediktinerkloster St. Mang) and Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site (in Dachau). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter's Church, examine the collection at BMW Welt, contemplate the waterfront views at English Garden, and explore the world behind art at Pinakothek der Moderne.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Munich tour planner.

Traveling by car from Salzburg to Munich takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Munich are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to fly to Prague.
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Prague, Czech Republic — 4 nights

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Staromestske namesti and St. Vitus Cathedral. Popular historic sites such as Prague Castle and Lobkowicz Palace are in your itinerary. Step out of Prague with an excursion to Lidice Memorial in Lidice--about 32 minutes away. The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Prague Astronomical Clock, steep yourself in history at Powder Tower, snap pictures at Charles Bridge, and take an in-depth tour of Convent of St Agnes of Bohemia - National Gallery Prague.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Prague trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Munich to Prague takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Prague can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to fly to Budapest.
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Budapest, Hungary — 2 nights

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.
On the 7th (Wed), ponder the world of politics at Hungarian Parliament Building, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), then admire the striking features of Dohány Street Synagogue, and finally take in the views from Szechenyi Lanchid. On the next day, steep yourself in history at Széchenyi Thermal Bath, pause for some photo ops at Heroes' Square, see the interesting displays at House of Terror Museum, then steep yourself in history at Matthias Church, and finally steep yourself in history at Fisherman's Bastion.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Budapest trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Prague to Budapest takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Traveling from Prague in June, expect nights in Budapest to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 30°C. You will have some time to spend on the 9th (Fri) before leaving for home.
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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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