36 days in Europe Itinerary

36 days in Europe Itinerary

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Zurich, Switzerland
— 3 nights
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Zermatt, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Train to Zurich, Fly to Budapest
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Budapest, Hungary
— 4 nights
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Munich, Germany
— 4 nights
Drive
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Rothenburg, Germany
— 3 nights
Drive
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Nuremberg, Germany
— 4 nights
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Dresden, Germany
— 3 nights
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Berlin, Germany
— 5 nights
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Rovaniemi, Finland
— 3 nights
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Reykjavik, Iceland
— 4 nights
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Zurich, Switzerland — 3 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Zurich: Lucerne (Rigi, Lake Lucerne, &more). Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town, take a stroll through Bahnhofstrasse, visit Niederdorf, and take an in-depth tour of Landesmuseum.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Zurich trip itinerary planning site.

London, UK to Zurich is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or do a combination of car and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from London to Zurich. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from London in December; daily highs in Zurich reach 5°C and lows reach -1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can go by car to Zermatt.
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Zermatt, Switzerland — 2 nights

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 21st (Wed): enjoy breathtaking views from Gornergrat and then see the winter wonderland with Matterhorn Diamonds Ski School. On the next day, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Matterhorn, pause for some serene contemplation at Intercontinental Church Society, and then look for gifts at Laderach.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Zermatt trip planner.

Getting from Zurich to Zermatt by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can travel to Budapest.
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Winter Sports · Tours · Outdoors · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 22:

Budapest, Hungary — 4 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.
Budapest is known for historic sites, sightseeing, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Hungarian Parliament Building, examine the collection at House of Terror Museum, snap pictures at Szechenyi Lanchid, and test the waters at Széchenyi Thermal Bath.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Budapest journey planner.

Getting from Zermatt to Budapest by combination of train and flight takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In December in Budapest, expect temperatures between 5°C during the day and -1°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Munich.
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Find places to stay Dec 22 — 26:

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.
Munich is known for sightseeing, museums, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Marienplatz, contemplate the long history of Nymphenburg Palace, examine the collection at Munich Residenz, and explore the activities along English Garden.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Munich day trip planning site.

You can fly from Budapest to Munich in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Munich are 5°C, while nighttime lows are -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Rothenburg.
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Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 30:

Rothenburg, Germany — 3 nights

Medieval Heart of Germany

An old imperial city, Rothenburg is the main tourist stop on the scenic Romantic Road of Bavaria.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rothenburg: Wurzburg (Museum fur Franken, Würzburg Residence, &more). There's lots more to do: ponder the world of politics at Stadt Rothenburg ob der Tauber, don't miss a visit to Altstadt, examine the collection at Medieval Crime Museum (Mittelalterliches Kriminalmuseum), and take an in-depth tour of Reichsstadtmuseum.

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You can drive from Munich to Rothenburg in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, daytime highs in Rothenburg are 5°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Nuremberg.
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Nuremberg, Germany — 4 nights

Gingerbread Capital of the World

Nuremberg's historic town center stands in the shadow of a towering imperial castle that dominates its northwestern corner.
Nuremberg is known for historic sites, museums, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at Germanisches Nationalmuseum, contemplate the long history of Albrecht Durer's House, step into the grandiose world of Kaiserburg Nurnberg, and examine the collection at Memorium Nuremberg Trials.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Nuremberg online trip planner.

Drive from Rothenburg to Nuremberg in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 3°C in January, and nighttime lows around -2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Dresden.
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Dresden, Germany — 3 nights

Florence of the North

Dresden boasts a long history as a royal residence of many Saxon kings.
Dresden is known for museums, historic sites, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at The Dresden Zwinger, get engrossed in the history at Royal Palace (Residenzschloss), don't miss a visit to Procession of Princes, and take in the waterfront at Elbufer.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Dresden vacation tool.

You can fly from Nuremberg to Dresden in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 3°C, and evening lows to -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can drive to Berlin.
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Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Fun & Games
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Berlin, Germany — 5 nights

Athens of the Spree

The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Berlin is known for sightseeing, museums, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: appreciate the history behind Brandenburg Gate, make a trip to Reichstag Building, contemplate the long history of East Side Gallery, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Berlin trip itinerary tool.

You can drive from Dresden to Berlin in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can fly to Rovaniemi.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Jan 9 — 14:

Rovaniemi, Finland — 3 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Rovaniemi is known for sightseeing, nightlife, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Santa Claus Village, explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell, examine the collection at Santa's House of Snowmobiles, and wander the wide-open spaces of Napapiirin Porofarmi.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi travel planner.

Getting from Berlin to Rovaniemi by flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train, car, and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Berlin to Rovaniemi is 1 hour. In January, daily temperatures in Rovaniemi can reach -10°C, while at night they dip to -17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Reykjavik.
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Parks · Theme Parks · Museums · Fun & Games
Find places to stay Jan 14 — 17:

Reykjavik, Iceland — 4 nights

Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Venture out of the city with trips to Strokkur (in Geysir), Blue Lagoon (in Grindavik) and Gullfoss Falls (in Blaskogabyggd). There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hallgrimskirkja, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, admire the sheer force of Bruarfoss Waterfall, and appreciate the history behind Sun Voyager.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Reykjavik trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Rovaniemi to Reykjavik takes 9 hours. The time zone changes from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Rovaniemi in January; daily highs in Reykjavik reach 3°C and lows reach -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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Find places to stay Jan 17 — 21:

Switzerland travel guide

4.7
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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Germany travel guide

4.5
Germany is the home of high culture, fine art, classical music, world-class sports, award-winning cuisine--and some of the world's best beers. It's also one of the major economic and political powers of the European continent. One of the founding members of the European Union, Germany is a federation of 16 states. Each boasts its own distinct culture, art, cuisine, regional traditions, and array of things to do. The country is known worldwide for its precision engineering and high-tech products. Equally, though, Germany is admired for its old-world charm and what is locally known as gemutlichkeit (coziness). This is one of the easiest countries in the world to explore, offering an abundance of sightseeing opportunities. German transportation runs with German efficiency. Therefore, getting around the various regions is almost always easy, quick, and pleasant. Visit the cities to explore museums, art galleries, modern restaurants, and trendy shops. Also be sure to venture deeper into the countryside. Here, you can discover ancient castles and bustling little villages. Often in these off-the-beaten-path areas, the main tourist attraction remains the simple hospitality of the friendly locals.
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Finland travel guide

4.2
Land of a Thousand Lakes
Combining vast Nordic wilderness with bustling hip cities, Finland offers something to delight and surprise all its visitors. Generally speaking, the northern region is populated by unspoiled pine forests, glistening blue lakes, and a plethora of interesting wildlife, while the south is home to the nation's thoroughly modern urban centers. Although Finland holds the title of most sparsely populated county in the European Union, restaurants, bars, and nightclubs in cities like Helsinki, Espoo, and Tampere are often packed with fun-loving Finns. Do bring your dancing shoes, but don't forget your hiking boots either--you'll want to make use of the country's 37 national parks, spread throughout this "Land of a Thousand Lakes."
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Iceland travel guide

4.5
Waterfalls · Spas · Churches
Land of Fire and Ice
Experience the drama of this mountainous island in the North Atlantic, from glacial rivers to rushing waterfalls and geothermal hot spots. Iceland's cities, like its capital Reykjavik, are home to passionate natives who honor their Icelandic culture and history. Venture from the cities to experience the country's most powerful attraction: its breathtaking landscapes. Take a trip to one of the island's renowned national parks, see the effects of volcanic activity, and go for a dip in one of its many lakes. A haven for outdoor recreation, you can glacier hike, whitewater raft, and swim in natural pools.
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