46 days in Western Europe Itinerary

46 days in Western Europe Itinerary

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Vienna, Austria
— 6 nights
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Kilkenny, Ireland
— 3 nights
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Killarney, Ireland
— 2 nights
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Galway, Ireland
— 3 nights
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Dublin, Ireland
— 5 nights
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Belfast, United Kingdom
— 5 nights
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Hamburg, Germany
— 3 nights
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Berlin, Germany
— 5 nights
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Dresden, Germany
— 2 nights
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Nuremberg, Germany
— 1 night
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Salzburg, Austria
— 4 nights
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Munich, Germany
— 5 nights
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Vienna, Austria — 6 nights

City of Dreams

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Maria Theresia Denkmal and Albertina. There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Schonbrunn Palace, admire the masterpieces at Belvedere Palace, examine the collection at MuseumsQuartier Wien, and make a trip to Rathausplatz.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Vienna trip itinerary website.

Brisbane, Australia to Vienna is an approximately 27-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Brisbane to Vienna is minus 9 hours. In November, Vienna is cooler than Brisbane - with highs of 11°C and lows of 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can fly to Kilkenny.
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Kilkenny, Ireland — 3 nights

Marble City

The country's smallest city in terms of population, Kilkenny boasts a rich cultural heritage and diverse tourist attractions that include well-preserved medieval architecture, exciting nightlife, a vibrant culinary scene, and abundant shopping opportunities.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Tullamore D.E.W. Distillery Experience and Rock of Cashel. Change things up with these side-trips from Kilkenny: Hook Lighthouse (in Fethard On Sea) and Dunbrody Famine Ship Experience (in New Ross). There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Kilkenny Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower, look for all kinds of wild species at Hawkeye School of Falconry, and stop by Nicholas Mosse Pottery.

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Traveling by flight from Vienna to Kilkenny takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Vienna to Kilkenny, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. November in Kilkenny sees daily highs of 12°C and lows of 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to drive to Killarney.
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Killarney, Ireland — 2 nights

Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): explore the historical opulence of Ross Castle, then take in the dramatic scenery at Torc Waterfall, then take in the pleasant sights at Muckross House, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Muckross Abbey. On your second day here, admire the verdant scenery at Gap of Dunloe and then see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour.

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Drive from Kilkenny to Killarney in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 12°C in December, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can drive to Galway.
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Galway, Ireland — 3 nights

City of the Tribes

A major hub for visitors exploring Ireland's western regions, Galway serves as a city of art and culture, renowned for its vibrant lifestyle and numerous festivals.
Step off the beaten path and head to Connemara National Park & Visitor Centre and Galway Bay. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Galway: Bunratty Castle & Folk Park (in Bunratty) and Clare Heritage and Genealogical Centre (in Corofin). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Quay Street, appreciate the extensive heritage of Salthill Promenade, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Galway Atlantaquaria.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Galway trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Killarney to Galway takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, Galway is slightly colder than Killarney - with highs of 8°C and lows of 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Dublin.
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Dublin, Ireland — 5 nights

Fair City

A history spanning over a thousand years, vibrant nightlife, and a mix of Georgian and modern architecture make Dublin a popular European tourist destination.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Room Escape Games and National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology. The adventure continues: browse the exhibits of Guinness Storehouse, walk around St Stephens Green, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Dublin Zoo, and admire the landmark architecture of Saint Patrick's Cathedral.

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Getting from Galway to Dublin by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Dublin can reach 10°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Belfast.
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Belfast, United Kingdom — 5 nights

A city with character, Belfast remains a great place for a leisurely exploration, as it is still relatively undiscovered by foreign tourists, who usually opt to visit Dublin instead.
Explore hidden gems such as Photography Tours and War Years Remembered (War Museum). Venture out of the city with trips to Ballintoy (Causeway Coastal Route & Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge), The Dark Hedges (in Ballymoney) and Bushmills Distillery (in Bushmills). The adventure continues: test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, examine the collection at SS Nomadic, and admire the masterpieces at Ulster Museum.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Belfast journey maker website.

You can drive from Dublin to Belfast in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Belfast can reach 10°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Hamburg.
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Hamburg, Germany — 3 nights

Gateway to the World

As the country's biggest port and one of the busiest in all of Europe, Hamburg has a well-deserved reputation as Germany's Gateway to the World.
Explore hidden gems such as Beer Tastings & Tours and St. Michael's Church. There's still lots to do: test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, see the interesting displays at Miniatur Wunderland, contemplate the long history of Alter Elbtunnel, and make a trip to Rathausmarkt.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Hamburg trip planning app.

You can fly from Belfast to Hamburg in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. Traveling from Belfast to Hamburg, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. December in Hamburg sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of 2°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Berlin.
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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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Palace of Tears and Room Escape Games. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Brandenburg Gate, appreciate the history behind Victory Column (Siegessaule), take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and admire the masterpieces at Pergamonmuseum.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Berlin trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Hamburg to Berlin by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can go by car to Dresden.
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Dresden, Germany — 2 nights

Florence of the North

Dresden boasts a long history as a royal residence of many Saxon kings.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, examine the collection at Panometer Dresden, then admire the striking features of Bruehlsche Terrasse, then admire the masterpieces at Gemaldegalerie Alte Meister, and finally make a trip to Procession of Princes. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the world behind art at The Dresden Zwinger, then don't miss a visit to Frauenkirche Dresden, and then examine the collection at Neues Grünes Gewölbe.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Dresden online trip maker.

You can drive from Berlin to Dresden in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in December, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to fly to Nuremberg.
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Nuremberg, Germany — 1 night

Gingerbread Capital of the World

Nuremberg's historic town center stands in the shadow of a towering imperial castle that dominates its northwestern corner.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Reichsparteigelande (Nazi Party Rally Grounds), then examine the collection at Dokumentationszentrum Reichsparteitagsgelände, then explore the historical opulence of Kaiserburg Nurnberg, and finally don't miss a visit to Altstadt.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Nuremberg trip planner.

You can fly from Dresden to Nuremberg in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In December in Nuremberg, expect temperatures between 5°C during the day and 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Salzburg.
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Salzburg, Austria — 4 nights

Rome of the North

Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Haus der Natur and Salzwelten Hallstatt. Explore Salzburg's surroundings by going to Innsbruck (The Golden Roof (Goldenes Dachl), Altstadt von Innsbruck, &more) and Hallstatt (Central Square Marktplatz & Hallstatt Skywalk "Welterbeblick"). Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Fortress Hohensalzburg, browse the exhibits of Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus), contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Abbey (Stift St. Peter), and pause for some serene contemplation at Salzburg Cathedral.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Salzburg trip planner.

You can drive from Nuremberg to Salzburg in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. In December, daytime highs in Salzburg are 6°C, while nighttime lows are -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Munich.
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Munich, Germany — 5 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site and Deutsches Museum. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Nymphenburg Palace, examine the collection at Munich Residenz, take in the spiritual surroundings of Asamkirche, and explore the world behind art at Alte Pinakothek.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Munich trip planner.

You can drive from Salzburg to Munich in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 5°C in December, and nighttime lows around -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Austria travel guide

4.5
Situated in the Central European Alps, Austria combines an alluring bundle of elegant urban architecture, cultural centers, and dramatic landscapes. This German-speaking country of 8.5 million residents is known for its rich history, dating back to the Hapsburg Empire, as well as its art, music, and scenery. Along with the neighboring country of Switzerland, Austria serves as the winter sports capital of Europe and is home to some of the continent's most popular ski resorts. This landlocked nation draws visitors from across the globe to its mountains, historical villages, and culturally rich cities. Experience trekking in the Alps one day and drinking regional wine at a crowded pub after a day of sightseeing in the capital Vienna the next.
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Ireland travel guide

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Emerald Isle
Gentle green hills, Guinness, leprechauns, and friendly folks characterize this small isle of a country. From the busy big city of Dublin to cozy countryside, the emerald isle harbors a varied natural landscape and is steeped in tradition. Visitors can immerse themselves in the native Irish language by visiting a Gaeltacht, or Irish-speaking region of the country, where traditional culture thrives. The Irish are known for being open and welcoming: from the moment you land to the moment you leave, you'll be greeted with "cead mile failte"--a hundred thousand welcomes.
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Northern Ireland travel guide

4.4
Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · Geologic Formations
Unlike the place travelers found several decades ago, the Northern Ireland of today is a rejuvenated and dynamic region attracting increasing amounts of tourism. Belfast, the region’s biggest urban center and capital, is a hip city with vibrant nightlife and a thriving gourmet culinary scene, providing an extensive list of indulgent things to do. The region’s renowned coastline, featuring the World Heritage-listed Giant’s Causeway, is an attractive holiday destination for hikers, cyclists, photographers, and other adventurers of all descriptions. Northern Ireland has seen more than its fair share of political and economic unrest, yet the people of this region have always remained proud of their cultural and artistic heritage, providing visitors with a warm hospitality hard to find almost anywhere else in the world.
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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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