26 days in Europe Itinerary

26 days in Europe Itinerary

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26 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Perth, Australia
Fly:  20​h
1
London, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Paris, France
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
3
Brussels, Belgium
— 3 nights
train:  2​h
4
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
5
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
6
Vienna, Austria
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
7
Salzburg, Austria
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Munich, Germany
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
9
Zurich, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Fly:  21​h
End: Perth, Australia

3
nights
London, United Kingdom

London ©
Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Paul's Cathedral. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Westminster Abbey, then brush up on your military savvy at Churchill War Rooms, and then admire the masterpieces at British Museum.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read London vacation tool .

Perth, Australia to London is an approximately 20-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is usually a -8 hour difference. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Perth in December: high temperatures in London hover around 11°C and lows are around 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in London

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Parks

Side Trip

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
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Westminster Abbey ©
Westminster Abbey
British Museum ©
British Museum
Churchill War Rooms ©
Churchill War Rooms

2
nights
Paris, France

Paris
A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): wander the streets of Île de la Cité, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, then head off the coast to Ile Saint-Louis, and finally wander the streets of Le Marais. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Musee d'Orsay and then explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Paris trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by train from London to Paris takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In December in Paris, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 3°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Brussels.

Things to do in Paris

#Museums, #Neighborhoods, #Shopping
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Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

3
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.
Popular historic sites such as Grand Place and Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert are in your itinerary. Escape the urban bustle at Antwerp Zoo (Dierentuin) and Planckendael. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Brussels: De Koninck Antwerp City Brewery (in Antwerp) and Patershol (in Ghent). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), sample the tasty concoctions at Cantillon Brewery, and make a trip to Place St. Gery.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Brussels day trip website .

Take a train from Paris to Brussels in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in December, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Brussels

#Parks, #Zoos & Aquariums, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Antwerp, Planckendael, Patershol
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3
nights
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Get outdoors at ARTIS and Natuurgebied Zwanenwater. You'll explore and learn at Anne Frank House and Van Gogh Museum. Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of The Jordaan, stop by Cachou Artelier, get a taste of the local shopping with De Negen Straatjes, and make a trip to Leidseplein.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Amsterdam trip planner.

You can take a train from Brussels to Amsterdam in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In December in Amsterdam, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Amsterdam

#Parks, #Neighborhoods, #Shopping

Side Trip

Natuurgebied Zwanenwater
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Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
The Jordaan ©
The Jordaan

2
nights
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.
On the 23rd (Sun), identify plant and animal life at Devil's Channel and then take in the exciting artwork at Lobkowicz Palace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Kralovska Obora-Stromovka and then get engrossed in the history at Jewish Museum in Prague.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Prague road trip planner.

You can fly from Amsterdam to Prague in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Amsterdam in December; daily highs in Prague reach 5°C and lows reach 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Prague

#Wildlife, #Parks, #Museums
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Devil's Channel ©
Devil's Channel
Jewish Museum in Prague ©
Jewish Museum in Prague
Lobkowicz Palace ©
Lobkowicz Palace

4
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.
Shop till you drop at Vienna Naschmarkt and Xocolat. Explore hidden gems such as Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien and Imperial Palace (Hofburg). Change things up with these side-trips from Vienna: Johannesbachklamm (in Wurflach) and Vogelschutzgebiet Lange Lacke (in Apetlon). There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Belvedere Palace, tour the pleasant surroundings at Schonbrunn Palace, get to know the fascinating history of Historic Center of Vienna, and admire the striking features of St. Stephen's Cathedral.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Vienna trip itinerary site .

Traveling by flight from Prague to Vienna takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can 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 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Salzburg.

Things to do in Vienna

#Parks, #Museums, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Johannesbachklamm, Vogelschutzgebiet Lange Lacke
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Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien ©
Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien
Belvedere Palace ©
Belvedere Palace
Imperial Palace (Hofburg) ©
Imperial Palace (Hofburg)

2
nights
Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): take a peaceful walk through Edelkastanienwald und Waldlehrpfad, then play a few rounds at Golfclub Am Mondsee, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Getreidegasse. Here are some ideas for day two: Head underground at Eisriesenwelt Ice Cave, then take in the awesome beauty at Untersberg, and then explore the striking landscape at Seisenberg Gorge (Seisenbergklamm).

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Salzburg trip itinerary planner .

Fly from Vienna to Salzburg in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. December in Salzburg sees daily highs of 6°C and lows of -1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to drive to Munich.

Things to do in Salzburg

#Nature, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Edelkastanienwald und Waldlehrpfad, Golfclub Am Mondsee, Seisenberg Gorge (Seisenbergklamm), Eisriesenwelt Ice Cave
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Seisenberg Gorge (Seisenbergklamm) ©
Untersberg
Untersberg
Golfclub Am Mondsee ©
Golfclub Am Mondsee

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Sauschutt Hohenlinden, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael's Church, and then examine the collection at Munich Residenz. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Tue): engage your brain at Deutsches Museum and then take in nature's colorful creations at Nymphenburg Palace.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Munich vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Salzburg to Munich in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Munich can reach 5°C, while at night they dip to -1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Munich

#Museums, #Parks, #Historic Sites

Side Trip

Sauschutt Hohenlinden
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Deutsches Museum ©
Deutsches Museum
Nymphenburg Palace ©
Nymphenburg Palace
Munich Residenz ©
Munich Residenz

3
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Lake Zurich and Confiserie Sprungli. Do your shopping at Bahnhofstrasse and Uhrenmuseum Beyer Zürich. Go for a jaunt from Zurich to Riehen to see Fondation Beyeler about 1h 40 min away. Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of Old Town (Altstadt), explore the world behind art at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich), take a stroll through Lindenhof, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Fraumünster Church.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Zurich day trip planning website .

You can fly from Munich to Zurich in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In January in Zurich, expect temperatures between 5°C during the day and -1°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

#Nature, #Parks, #Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Fondation Beyeler
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Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich) ©
Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich)
Old Town (Altstadt) ©
Old Town (Altstadt)

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