32 days in Western Europe Itinerary

32 days in Western Europe Itinerary

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Copenhagen, Denmark
— 4 nights
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Bath, United Kingdom
— 5 nights
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London, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 4 nights
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Rothenburg, Germany
— 1 night
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Nuremberg, Germany
— 2 nights
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Munich, Germany
— 3 nights
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Dresden, Germany
— 1 night
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Berlin, Germany
— 3 nights
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Stockholm, Sweden
— 3 nights
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Copenhagen, Denmark — 4 nights

City of Beautiful Towers

Founded in the 10th century as a Viking fishing village, Copenhagen has morphed into the cultural, political, and economic powerhouse of the country.
Nyhavn and Church of Our Lady - Copenhagen Cathedral are good opportunities to explore the local culture. National Museum of Denmark and Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek will appeal to museum buffs. On the 28th (Wed), spend a peaceful day at Tivoli Gardens. The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Rosenborg Castle, take a stroll through Stroeget, take in the spiritual surroundings of Our Saviour's Church, and appreciate the history behind The Little Mermaid.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Copenhagen trip planner.

Brisbane, Australia to Copenhagen is an approximately 26-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is minus 9 hours. In December, Copenhagen is cooler than Brisbane - with highs of 7°C and lows of 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to fly to Bath.
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Neighborhoods · Parks · Theme Parks · Historic Sites
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Bath, United Kingdom — 5 nights

Queen of English Cities

A World Heritage Site, Bath has been one of Europe’s most popular spa destinations since the Roman era.
Escape the urban bustle at Westonbirt Arboretum and WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre. Get some historical perspective at Sudeley Castle and The Roman Baths. Change things up with these side-trips from Bath: Walks With Hawks (in Cheltenham), The Cotswold Range (in Somerford Keynes) and Somerset Crafts (in Westhay). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at West of England Falconry, take in the spiritual surroundings of Bath Abbey, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Hawkstone Brewery, and admire the masterpieces at American Museum & Gardens.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Bath driving holiday planner.

You can fly from Copenhagen to Bath in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is minus 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to London.
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London, United Kingdom — 4 nights

The Square Mile

Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
For shopping fun, head to Harrods or Covent Garden. National Gallery and Victoria and Albert Museum will appeal to museum buffs. There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Natural History Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Westminster Abbey, don't miss a visit to Big Ben, and see the interesting displays at The British Museum.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our London online journey planner.

Getting from Bath to London by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. January in London sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 2°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Amsterdam.
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Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands — 4 nights

Venice of the North

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Visit Museum Het Rembrandthuis and Grote Markt for their historical value. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Zandvoort aan Zee and Scheveningen Beach. Change things up with a short trip to The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery in The Hague (about 1h 5 min away). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Anne Frank House, hunt for treasures at Albert Cuyp Market, explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, and sample the tasty concoctions at Heineken Experience.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Amsterdam sightseeing planning site.

Getting from London to Amsterdam by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: 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 Amsterdam. In January in Amsterdam, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and 1°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Rothenburg.
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Rothenburg, Germany — 1 night

Medieval Heart of Germany

An old imperial city, Rothenburg is the main tourist stop on the scenic Romantic Road of Bavaria.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Klingentor, get engrossed in the history at Reichsstadtmuseum, contemplate the long history of Town Walls, wander the streets of Altstadt, then examine the collection at Medieval Crime Museum (Mittelalterliches Kriminalmuseum), and finally hunt for treasures at Kathe Wohlfahrts Weihnachtsdorf.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Rothenburg online travel planner.

Fly from Amsterdam to Rothenburg in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Amsterdam in January; daily highs in Rothenburg reach 3°C and lows reach -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to drive to Nuremberg.
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Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Neighborhoods
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Nuremberg, Germany — 2 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.
On the 15th (Sun), see the interesting displays at Toy Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Sebaldus Church, contemplate the long history of Albrecht Durer's House, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Frauenkirche, then make a trip to St. Lorenz Church, and finally take an in-depth tour of Germanisches Nationalmuseum. On the next day, examine the collection at Memorium Nuremberg Trials, then steep yourself in history at Nuremberg Palace of Justice, then explore the historical opulence of Kaiserburg Nurnberg, and finally examine the collection at Dokumentationszentrum Reichsparteitagsgelände.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Nuremberg travel route site.

Drive from Rothenburg to Nuremberg in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 3°C, and evening lows to -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to drive to Munich.
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Munich, Germany — 3 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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Nymphenburg Palace and St. Peter's Church. Museum-lovers will appreciate Munich Residenz and Alte Pinakothek. There's much more to do: walk around English Garden, don't miss a visit to Marienplatz, engage your brain at Deutsches Museum, and enjoy breathtaking views from Frauenkirche.

To find reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Munich trip planner.

Traveling by car from Nuremberg to Munich takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Munich can reach 3°C, while at night they dip to -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Dresden.
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Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Parks
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Dresden, Germany — 1 night

Florence of the North

Dresden boasts a long history as a royal residence of many Saxon kings.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Frauenkirche Dresden, admire the masterpieces at Gemaldegalerie Alte Meister, and then explore the world behind art at The Dresden Zwinger.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Dresden day trip planning website.

You can fly from Munich to Dresden in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In January in Dresden, expect temperatures between 3°C during the day and -1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Berlin.
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Historic Sites · Museums
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Berlin, Germany — 3 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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Pergamonmuseum and Neues Museum. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Potsdamer Platz and Topography of Terror. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at East Side Gallery, examine the collection at DDR Museum, ponder the world of politics at Reichstag Building, and make a trip to Brandenburg Gate.

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Getting from Dresden to Berlin by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can fly to Stockholm.
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Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
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Stockholm, Sweden — 3 nights

Beauty by the Water

One of Europe's most culturally diverse cities, Stockholm extends over 14 islands, united by a series of tunnels and bridges.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): head off the coast to Sodermalm, then explore the world behind art at Fotografiska Stockholm, and then admire the masterpieces at Moderna Museet - Stockholm. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Skansen, then examine the collection at Vasa Museum, and then take an in-depth tour of Hallwyl Museum.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Stockholm trip itinerary planning site.

Getting from Berlin to Stockholm by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In January, daily temperatures in Stockholm can reach 0°C, while at night they dip to -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks · Nature
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Denmark travel guide

4.2
Historic Walking Areas · Gardens · Castles
Known for its old-fashioned charm, Denmark often is referenced as a fairy-tale setting by visitors and locals alike. With quaint cobblestone streets leading the way to art galleries, museums, and historical sights, plus a modern and easily accessible public transportation system, Denmark seamlessly blends its rich history with modern advancements. Be inspired by the works of local legends, including the fairy tales of Hans Christian Andersen, the symphonies of Carli Nielsen, and the astronomy work of Tycho Brahe, then play a bit at amusement parks like Legoland. Visitors often find themselves developing "hygge," the untranslatable Danish trait that encapsulates a sense of coziness and contentment, which is thought to have a great deal of influence on Denmark's standing as one of the happiest nations on the planet.
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England travel guide

4.4
Nightlife · Specialty Museums · Gardens
A trip through England is a trip through world history, and few places in the world offer such a diverse variety of places to visit, activities, and experiences. The sprawling urban areas surrounding the capital city offer countless sightseeing opportunities, such as museums and historical sites, as well as some of the best shopping, nightlife, and culinary options in the world. To truly experience this country steeped in centuries of history, try to make time to explore the sweeping countryside, where you can enjoy the warm hospitality of small villages and explore the ancient remains of once-powerful societies. England boasts an outstanding transportation system, and many visitors find that even a short train ride through the country’s landscape of rolling hills and plains can be a highlight of their entire vacation. However you choose to move about, remember that in this compact country you’re never very far from a bustling town, where modern pubs, shops, and restaurants await to be explored.
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The Netherlands travel guide

4.3
Art Museums · Specialty Museums · Nightlife
Low Country
The Netherlands literally means "Low Country", inspired by the country's low and flat geography, where only about 50 percent of the land exceeds one meter (three feet) above sea level. Since the late 16th century, large, flat land areas called "polders" have been reclaimed from the sea and lakes and protected by dikes, amounting to nearly 17 percent of the country's current land mass. The Netherlands is. This is small, densely populated country lies mainly in Western Europe but also includes three islands in the Caribbean; it's the main constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The European part of the Netherlands borders Germany to the east, Belgium to the south, and the North Sea to the northwest, sharing maritime borders with Belgium, the United Kingdom and Germany. Amsterdam, The Hague, and Rotterdam serve as the three largest and most important cities in the Netherlands. Amsterdam is the country's capital, while The Hague holds the Dutch seat of government. The port of Rotterdam claims the title as the largest port in Europe, in fact, it's as large as the next three ports combined.
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Germany travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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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Sweden travel guide

4.2
History Museums · Specialty Museums · Landmarks
Mother Svea
Once the land of the Vikings, Sweden today combines a long and fascinating history with a propensity for the very modern. The grand Romanesque churches that dot the countryside contrast with the clean, simple lines and partiality for organization the country is known for. With its reverence for the shy, reserved, and considerate, the nation exudes a sensation of being comfortable. Peek into the quiet lives from afar, gather around traditional "fika" coffee with loved ones, or dine on meatballs, herring, and potatoes. Immerse yourself in nature among the forests and trails so respected by their citizens, and take in the latest design and cultural offerings in this modest yet aesthetically savvy country.
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