26 days in Europe Itinerary

26 days in Europe Itinerary

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Cologne, Germany
— 1 night
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Tallinn, Estonia
— 2 nights
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Bruges, Belgium
— 3 nights
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Nuremberg, Germany
— 2 nights
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Strasbourg, France
— 2 nights
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Rovaniemi, Finland
— 3 nights
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Vienna, Austria
— 3 nights
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Valkenburg, The Netherlands
— 1 night
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Prague, Czech Republic
— 3 nights
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 3 nights
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Grindelwald, Switzerland
— 1 night

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Cologne, Germany

Cologne ©

City of Churches

Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): explore the world behind art at Museum Ludwig and then examine the collection at NS Documentation Centre of the City of Cologne. On the 10th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of Haus der Geschichte der Bundesrepublik Deutschland and then see the interesting displays at Chocolate Museum.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Cologne road trip planner.

Charlotte, USA to Cologne is an approximately 14-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Charlotte to Cologne due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Charlotte, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Cologne, ranging from highs of 46°F to lows of 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Tallinn.

Things to do in Cologne

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Tallinn, Estonia

Tallinn ©
A historic city with its eye firmly on the future, Tallinn blends medieval fortifications, gleaming skyscrapers, and charming boutiques with a spattering of Soviet relics.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Peapiiskopi Kirik, then surround yourself with nature on Traveller Tours, and then examine the collection at Lennusadam Seaplane Harbour. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Toompea Hill, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Aleksander Nevski Katedraali, then get engrossed in the history at Kiek in de Kok and Bastion Passages Museum, and finally admire the masterpieces at Kumu Art Museum.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Tallinn trip app.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Cologne to Tallinn takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Cologne in December, expect Tallinn to be slightly colder, temps between 37°F and 30°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel to Bruges.

Things to do in Tallinn

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Tours
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Must see
Traveller Tours
4.8
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Art Museum
Kumu Art Museum
4.5

3
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Bruges, Belgium

Bruges

Venice of the North

The medieval town of Bruges centers around a canal, and the architecture of its historical district has made it a World Heritage Site.
Explore hidden gems such as Rubens House (Rubenshuis) and Grote Markt. Let the collections at Gravensteen and Groeningemuseum capture your imagination. Get out of town with these interesting Bruges side-trips: Ghent (St Michael's Bridge & Ghent City Center) and Antwerpen-Centraal (in Antwerp). Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of The Princely Beguinage Ten Wijngaarde, don't miss a visit to Belfry of Bruges, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Bourgogne des Flandres Brewery, and take an in-depth tour of Torture Museum Oude Steen.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Bruges travel route planning tool.

You can fly from Tallinn to Bruges in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone changes from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Tallinn in December, with highs in Bruges at 47°F and lows at 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can drive to Nuremberg.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

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Historic Walking Area
Ghent City Center
4.8
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Castle
Gravensteen
4.4
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Specialty Museum
Rubens House (Rubenshuis)
4.4

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Nuremberg, Germany

Nuremberg ©

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 16th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Nuremberg Palace of Justice, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Lorenz Church, step into the grandiose world of Kaiserburg Nurnberg, make a trip to Tiefer Brunnen, then examine the collection at Dokumentationszentrum Reichsparteitagsgelände, and finally steep yourself in history at Reichsparteigelande (Nazi Party Rally Grounds). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Altstadt, examine the collection at Historisches Museum Bamberg, contemplate the long history of Bamberg Altstadt, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Bamberg Cathedral, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Kirche St. Maria und St. Theodor.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Nuremberg trip builder tool.

Traveling by car from Bruges to Nuremberg takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or fly. In December, Nuremberg is little chillier than Bruges - with highs of 41°F and lows of 31°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can drive to Strasbourg.

Things to do in Nuremberg

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Strasbourg, France

Strasbourg ©

Crossroads of Europe

Strasbourg is famous for its beautiful historical center, the Grande Île, which was the first city center classified entirely as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Fri): gain a rich perspective with VinoRoute - Oenotourisme en Alsace, get to know the fascinating history of Centre-ville de Strasbourg, and then take an in-depth tour of Alsatian Museum.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Strasbourg driving holiday planning app.

Traveling by car from Nuremberg to Strasbourg takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In December in Strasbourg, expect temperatures between 44°F during the day and 33°F at night. On the 19th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Strasbourg

Tours · Wineries · Historic Sites · Museums
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History Museum
Alsatian Museum
4.3
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Landmark
Barrage Vauban
4.5

3
nights
Rovaniemi, Finland

Rovaniemi ©

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Visiting Tatuka Reindeerfarm and Napapiirin Porofarmi will get you outdoors. Explore hidden gems such as Arktikum and Santa's House of Snowmobiles. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy, get curious at Pilke Science Centre, revel in the low prices at Marttiini Store Old Factory, and see the interesting displays at Christmas House Santa.

Plan trip to Rovaniemi with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can fly from Strasbourg to Rovaniemi in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Strasbourg in December: high temperatures in Rovaniemi hover around 22°F and lows are around 11°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

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Must see
Arktikum
4.1
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Specialty Museum
Santa's House of Snowmobiles
4.5

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Vienna, Austria

Vienna ©

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Belvedere Palace and Albertina. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien and Kaiserliche Schatzkammer Wien. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at The Hofburg, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Peterskirche, make a trip to St. Stephen's Cathedral, and get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum (Naturhistorisches Museum).

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Vienna trip planner.

You can fly from Rovaniemi to Vienna in 9 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Rovaniemi in December, expect Vienna to be a bit warmer, temps between 41°F and 31°F. On the 25th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Valkenburg.

Things to do in Vienna

Highlights from your trip

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Valkenburg, The Netherlands

Valkenburg ©
Characterized by the ruins of a castle in the middle of the city, Valkenburg has an old-world charm.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sat): explore the fascinating underground world of Maastricht Underground and then go for a walk through Boekhandel Dominicanen.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Valkenburg attractions planner.

Explore your travel options from Vienna to Valkenburg with the Route module. Traveling from Vienna in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Valkenburg, with lows of 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Prague.

Things to do in Valkenburg

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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Scenic Walking Area
Boekhandel Dominicanen
4.7

3
nights
Prague, Czech Republic

Prague ©

City of a Hundred Spires

Prague lures millions of tourists each year with its World Heritage-listed medieval city center--a labyrinth of narrow lanes, bridges, cathedrals, and palaces overlooked by a thousand-year-old castle.
Museum-lovers will appreciate National Memorial to the Heroes of the Heydrich Terror and Narodni Galerie Praha. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Staromestske namesti and Hradcany. Spend the 28th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Lesser Town, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Vitus Cathedral, don't miss a visit to Prague Astronomical Clock, and pause for some serene contemplation at St Cyril and St Methodius Cathedral.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Prague online tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Valkenburg to Prague by car takes about 8 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. In December, Prague is little chillier than Valkenburg - with highs of 41°F and lows of 32°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Prague

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip
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Must see
Hradcany
4.7

3
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam ©

Venice of the North

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Van Gogh Museum and Rijksmuseum. Do some cultural sightseeing at Anne Frank House and Tassenmuseum Amsterdam. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Zaanse Schans, explore the galleries of Body Worlds, and explore the world behind art at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House).

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Amsterdam online tour planner.

Traveling by flight from Prague to Amsterdam takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Prague in December: high temperatures in Amsterdam hover around 47°F and lows are around 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to travel to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip
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Must see
Rijksmuseum
4.6
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Must see
Anne Frank House
4.4
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Must see
Van Gogh Museum
4.5

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Grindelwald, Switzerland

Grindelwald ©

Glacier Village

As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
On the 2nd (Sat), look for gifts at Vogts Corner and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Grindelwald-First.

Discover how to plan a Grindelwald trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Do a combination of flight and train from Amsterdam to Grindelwald in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Shopping
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Ski Area
Grindelwald-First
4.6
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Gift & Specialty Shop
Vogts Corner
4.3

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