23 days in Western Europe Itinerary

23 days in Western Europe Itinerary

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Paris, France
— 4 nights
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
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Frankfurt, Germany
— 2 nights
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Munich, Germany
— 2 nights
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Salzburg, Austria
— 2 nights
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Vienna, Austria
— 2 nights
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Innsbruck, Austria
— 2 nights
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Lucerne, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Paris, France

— 4 nights

City of Light

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.
Step out of Paris to go to Versailles and see Palace of Versailles, which is approximately 48 minutes away. There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Louvre Museum, get to know the fascinating history of Champs-Elysees, take in nature's colorful creations at Luxembourg Gardens, and take a stroll through Le Marais.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Paris trip itinerary maker website.

Bengaluru, India to Paris is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Bengaluru to Paris is minus 4.5 hours. Traveling from Bengaluru in December, things will get colder in Paris: highs are around 9°C and lows about 3°C. On the 10th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): sample the tasty concoctions at Heineken Experience. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll around Vondelpark, then admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum, and then explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum.

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You can take a train from Paris to Amsterdam in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in December, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Frankfurt.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries · Parks

Frankfurt, Germany

— 2 nights

Mainhattan

A global center of finance and transportation, Frankfurt is perhaps best known for its futuristic cityscape.
On the 13th (Mon), take in nature's colorful creations at Palmengarten, contemplate the long history of Goethe House, then snap pictures at Iron Bridge, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of St. Bartholomew (Dom St. Bartholomaus), and finally admire the striking features of Romer. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Roemerberg, explore the world behind art at Stadel Museum, and then take some stellar pictures from Main Tower.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Frankfurt trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Amsterdam to Frankfurt takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of flight and train. In December in Frankfurt, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can fly to Munich.

Things to do in Frankfurt

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Munich, Germany

— 2 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.
On the 15th (Wed), take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter's Church, make a trip to Marienplatz, then engage your brain at Deutsches Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Frauenkirche. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Munich Residenz and then walk around English Garden.

For maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Munich online trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Frankfurt to Munich in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Frankfurt in December since evenings lows in Munich dip to -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Salzburg.

Things to do in Munich

Museums · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Salzburg, Austria

— 2 nights

Rome of the North

Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): examine the collection at Red Bull Hangar-7, step into the grandiose world of Schloss Hellbrunn, then admire the striking features of Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Salzburg Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Abbey (Stift St. Peter), shop like a local with Getreidegasse, then get engrossed in the history at Mozarts Geburtshaus, then admire the natural beauty at Mirabell Palace, and finally contemplate the long history of Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus).

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Salzburg online sightseeing planner.

Getting from Munich to Salzburg by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. December in Salzburg sees daily highs of 6°C and lows of -1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can drive to Vienna.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Vienna, Austria

— 2 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.
On the 19th (Sun), step into the grandiose world of Schonbrunn Palace, admire the landmark architecture of Belvedere Palace, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Stephen's Cathedral. On the 20th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Albertina, then examine the collection at The Hofburg, and then ponder the world of politics at Rathaus.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Vienna road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Salzburg to Vienna takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. December in Vienna sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can fly to Innsbruck.

Things to do in Vienna

Historic Sites · Museums

Innsbruck, Austria

— 2 nights
Nestled in a valley between snowcapped peaks, Innsbruck evokes visions of a winter wonderland.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): meet the residents at Alpenzoo, contemplate the long history of Altstadt von Innsbruck, enjoy breathtaking views from Town Tower (Stadtturm), then take an in-depth tour of The Golden Roof (Goldenes Dachl), and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Dom zu St. Jakob. On the next day, hit the slopes at Bergisel Ski Jump, then examine the collection at Swarovski Kristallwelten, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Maria-Theresien-Strasse.

For maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Innsbruck driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Vienna to Innsbruck takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Vienna in December since evenings lows in Innsbruck dip to -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Lucerne.

Things to do in Innsbruck

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Lucerne, Switzerland

— 2 nights
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Get out of town with these interesting Lucerne side-trips: Bern (UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern & Clock Tower - Zytglogge), Parasailing & Paragliding (in Interlaken) and Titlis (in Engelberg). There's much more to do: explore the activities along Lake Lucerne, admire the striking features of KKL Luzern - Lucerne Culture and Convention Centre, fly down the slopes at Mt Pilatus, and appreciate the history behind Lion Monument.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Lucerne planner.

Traveling by train from Innsbruck to Lucerne takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 5°C in December, and nighttime lows around -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Zurich.

Things to do in Lucerne

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature

Side Trips

Zurich, Switzerland

— 2 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
On the 26th (Sun), appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Grossmunster, then don't miss a visit to Bahnhofstrasse, and finally stroll around Lindenhofplatz. On the next day, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Uetliberg Mountain, explore the activities along Lake Zurich, and then stroll the grounds of Friedhof Fluntern.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Zurich holiday builder.

You can drive from Lucerne to Zurich in an hour. Other options are to 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 on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Neighborhoods

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.

Austria travel guide

4.5
Castles · Art Museums · Churches
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.

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.