16 days in Europe Itinerary

16 days in Europe Itinerary

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16 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Minneapolis, United States
Fly:  13​h
1
Copenhagen, Denmark
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Cologne, Germany
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
3
Stockholm, Sweden
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Trondheim, Norway
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
5
Leknes, Norway
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  25​h
End: Minneapolis, United States

3
nights
Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen ©
Founded in the 10th century as a Viking fishing village, Copenhagen has morphed into the cultural, political, and economic powerhouse of the country.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Roskilde Cathedral and The David Collection. Step off the beaten path and head to National Gallery of Denmark and Frederiksberg Have. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Designmuseum Denmark, browse the collection at The Royal Library, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Our Lady - Copenhagen Cathedral, and stroll the grounds of Assistens Cemetery.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Copenhagen trip generator.

Minneapolis, USA to Copenhagen is an approximately 13-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Minneapolis to Copenhagen is 7 hours. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Minneapolis in August, with highs in Copenhagen at 71°F and lows at 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Cologne.

Things to do in Copenhagen

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Roskilde Domkirke, Jaegerborg Dyrehave
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The David Collection ©
The David Collection
Jaegerborg Dyrehave ©
Jaegerborg Dyrehave
Roskilde Domkirke ©
Roskilde Domkirke

2
nights
Cologne, Germany

Cologne
Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
On the 7th (Tue), admire the striking features of Schloss Augustusburg, then explore the ancient world of Praetorium, and then steep yourself in history at Heinzelmännchenbrunnen. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Wed): admire the striking features of Gross St. Martin, take in the natural beauty of Neptunbad, and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Melaten-Friedhof.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Cologne travel itinerary planner.

You can fly from Copenhagen to Cologne in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Stockholm.

Things to do in Cologne

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Schloss Augustusburg
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Melaten-Friedhof
Melaten-Friedhof
Gross St. Martin ©
Gross St. Martin
Schloss Augustusburg ©
Schloss Augustusburg

3
nights
Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm ©
One of Europe's most culturally diverse cities, Stockholm extends over 14 islands, united by a series of tunnels and bridges.
Step out of the city life by going to Stendorren Nature Reserve and Skeppsholmen. Get a sense of the local culture at Uppsala Domkyrka and German Church. Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Monteliusvagen, learn about all things military at Royal Armory, and step off the mainland to explore Sandhamn.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Stockholm travel itinerary creator.

Do a combination of train and flight from Cologne to Stockholm in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In August in Stockholm, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 53°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Trondheim.

Things to do in Stockholm

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Stendorren Nature Reserve, Uppsala Domkyrka
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Stendorren Nature Reserve ©
Stendorren Nature Reserve
Sandhamn ©
Sandhamn
Tyska Kyrkan (Old German Church) ©
Tyska Kyrkan (Old German Church)

2
nights
Trondheim, Norway

Trondheim ©
The oldest of Norway's major cities, Trondheim sits on the southern shore of one of the country's longest fjords.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): take in the views from Old Town Bridge and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Hiking in Bymarka. Keep things going the next day: trek along Pilegrimsleden - The Route of St. Olav Ways, then brush up on your military savvy at The Armoury Rustkammeret, then pause for some serene contemplation at Nidaros Cathedral and Our Lady church, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Stiftsgarden.

To see reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Trondheim trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Stockholm to Trondheim in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In August, daytime highs in Trondheim are 66°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to Leknes.

Things to do in Trondheim

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Bymarka ©
Bymarka
Church of Our Lady ©
Church of Our Lady
The Armoury Rustkammeret ©
The Armoury Rustkammeret

3
nights
Leknes, Norway

Leknes ©
Leknes is a town in Nordland county, Norway. Get in touch with nature at Haukland Beach and Hov Hestegaard. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Lofotr Viking Museum and Tjeldbergtind. Explore Leknes' surroundings by going to Bunes Beach (in Reine), Galleri Lofotens Hus (in Henningsvaer) and Norwegian Fishing Village Museum (in Sorvagen). There's more to do: contemplate the long history of Engelskmannsbrygga i Henningsvaer and stop by The Glasblower at Vikten.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Leknes trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Trondheim to Leknes by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. When traveling from Trondheim in August, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Leknes: temperatures range from 59°F by day to 51°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Leknes

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Henningsvaer, The Glasblower At Vikten, Hov Gard, Lofotr Viking Museum, Norwegian Fishing Village Museum
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Haukland Beach ©
Haukland Beach
Norwegian Fishing Village Museum ©
Norwegian Fishing Village Museum
Lofotr Viking Museum ©
Lofotr Viking Museum

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