26 days in Europe Itinerary

26 days in Europe Itinerary

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26 days in Europe Itinerary

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

2
days
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): explore the striking landscape of Royal Botanic Gardens Kew and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Paul's Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Westminster Abbey, then learn about all things military at Churchill War Rooms, and then take an in-depth tour of British Museum.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the London journey planner .

Perth, Australia to London is an approximately 20-hour flight. You'll gain 8 hours traveling from Perth to London due to the time zone difference. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Perth in December; daily highs in London reach 11°C and lows reach 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in London

Historic Sites Museums Parks

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

2
days
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 Musée 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 car 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 10°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 Historic Sites
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Musée d'Orsay ©
Musée d'Orsay
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris

3
days
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: Patershol (in Ghent) and De Koninck - Antwerp City Brewery (in Antwerp). 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 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Brussels

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Antwerp, Planckendael, Patershol
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Antwerp Zoo (Dierentuin) ©
Antwerp Zoo (Dierentuin)
Grand Place ©
Grand Place

3
days
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 Natura Artis Magistra 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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Natuurgebied Zwanenwater ©
Natuurgebied Zwanenwater
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum

2
days
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 steep yourself in history 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

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

4
days
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 Vogelschutzgebiet Lange Lacke. Go for a jaunt from Vienna to Wurflach to see Johannesbachklamm about 1h 20 min away. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Hofburg Palace, explore the world behind art at Belvedere Palace, take in nature's colorful creations at Schönbrunn Palace, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Stephen's Cathedral.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Vienna holiday builder site .

You can fly from Prague to Vienna in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. December in Vienna sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of 0°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel to Salzburg.

Things to do in Vienna

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Vogelschutzgebiet Lange Lacke, Johannesbachklamm
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Johannesbachklamm ©
Johannesbachklamm
Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien ©
Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien
Belvedere Palace ©
Belvedere Palace

2
days
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

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

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

2
days
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 (Schloss Nymphenburg).

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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
Munich Residenz ©
Munich Residenz

3
days
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Old Town (Altstadt) and Lindenhof. Get in touch with nature at Lake Zurich and Limmat. Go for a jaunt from Zurich to Riehen to see Fondation Beyeler about 1h 40 min away. There's much more to do: take a stroll through Bahnhofstrasse, look for gifts at Confiserie Sprüngli, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fraumünster Church, and explore the world behind art at Kunsthaus.

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Traveling by flight from Munich to Zurich takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In January, daytime highs in Zurich are 4°C, while nighttime lows are -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Nature Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Fondation Beyeler
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Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Kunsthaus ©
Kunsthaus
Old Town (Altstadt) ©
Old Town (Altstadt)

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