37 days in Austria, France & Bruges Itinerary

37 days in Austria, France & Bruges Itinerary

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Vienna, Austria
— 7 nights
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Salzburg, Austria
— 6 nights
Train to Munich, Fly to Strasbourg
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Colmar, France
— 6 nights
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Bruges, Belgium
— 8 nights
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Paris, France
— 7 nights
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Vienna, Austria

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.
Vienna is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Schonbrunn Palace, admire the masterpieces at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, get in on the family fun at Prater, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Stephen's Cathedral.

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Perth, Australia to Vienna is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is minus 7 hours. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Perth in December, with highs in Vienna at 5°C and lows at 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can go by car to Salzburg.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Theme Parks

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Salzburg, Austria

Rome of the North

Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Change things up with these side-trips from Salzburg: Obertauern (Skigebiet obertauern & Obertauern Ski Resort), Hofkirche (in Innsbruck) and Skiparadies Zauchensee-Flachauwinkl-Kleinarl (in Altenmarkt im Pongau). And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle, admire the natural beauty at Mirabell Palace, examine the collection at Salzburg Museum, and contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Abbey (Stift St. Peter).

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Getting from Vienna to Salzburg by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train; or fly. December in Salzburg sees daily highs of 6°C and lows of -1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to Colmar.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Colmar, France

Little Venice

Situated along the Alsatian Wine Route, Colmar is renowned for its German and French culture, well-preserved old town, numerous architectural landmarks, and its museums.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Colmar: Parc du Petit Prince (in Ungersheim) and Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg (in Orschwiller). There's much more to do: make a trip to Old Town, stop by TONIN Creations l'Atelier Amoureux, learn about winemaking at Cave de Turckheim, and wander the streets of Little Venice.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Colmar day trip planning app.

Do a combination of train and flight from Salzburg to Colmar in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in December, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Bruges.

Things to do in Colmar

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

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Bruges, Belgium

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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Bruges: Antwerp (Grote Markt, Cathedral of Our Lady, &more), Pairi Daiza (in Brugelette) and Manneken Pis (in Geraardsbergen). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to The Markt, browse the exhibits of Gravensteen, contemplate the waterfront views at Minnewater Lake, and examine the collection at Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum.

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You can drive from Colmar to Bruges in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, shuttle, and flight; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

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Paris, France

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Paris side-trips: Versailles (The Trianons & The Hamlet, La Galerie des Batailles, &more). There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, walk around Luxembourg Gardens, contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, and admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Paris journey builder site.

Traveling by train from Bruges to Paris takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In January in Paris, expect temperatures between 8°C during the day and 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Austria travel guide

4.5
Castles · Art Museums · Specialty Museums
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.

France travel guide

4.2
Architectural Buildings · Art Museums · Landmarks
France has been the world's most popular tourist destination for decades, and geographically, it is one of the most diverse countries in Europe. Its cities are holiday hot spots and contain some of the greatest treasures in Europe, its countryside is prosperous and well tended, and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions, like Paris, the French Riviera, the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the French Alps, as well as the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany, and Normandy. The country is renowned for its gastronomy, particularly wines and cheeses, as well as its history, culture, and fashion industry.

You'll find that the French people are very polite and may react coldly to you if you forget this. You might be surprised as you're greeted by other customers and the proprieter when you walk into a restaurant or a shop. Be sure to take your sightseeing off the beaten path in France. Besides the famous Eiffel Tower and the chic resorts of the Côte d'Azur (French Riviera) you'll find many places to visit in the form of museums filled with fine art, crafts, and archaeological relics, wonderful medieval villages and castles, diverse national parks, and local shopping direct from artisans themselves.

Whether you're touring the Christmas Markets or going skiing during winter, viewing the springtime influx of color in Provence, sunbathing on the Mediterranean coast in the summer, or watching the fall foliage against the backdrop of the châteaux in the Loire Valley, you're sure to find just the right place to be. Spring is a time when the tourist attractions are just starting to expand their hours, but it may still be cold in the mountainous regions and the north. Summer is the busiest time in France with the longest hours for many museums and attractions, but it's often when you will experience the most crowds. Winter in France is filled with winter carnivals, Christmas Markets, and of course, skiing. Fall is a time to celebrate the release of Beaujolais nouveau wine in November, as well as experience Nuit Blanche, a day in October when major attractions, museums, galleries, parks, and swimming pools remain open all night.