17 days in Europe Itinerary

17 days in Europe Itinerary

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17 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Vancouver, Canada
Fly:  12 h 30 min
1
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
2
Bruges, Belgium
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 15 min
3
Brussels, Belgium
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
4
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h
5
Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
6
Vaduz, Liechtenstein
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
7
Munich, Germany
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
8
Salzburg, Austria
— 1 night
Fly:  2 h 30 min
9
Vienna, Austria
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
10
Berlin, Germany
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h
11
Copenhagen, Denmark
— 2 nights
Fly:  15 h 15 min
End: Vancouver, Canada

1
night
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam ©
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 9th (Fri): admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum and then get engrossed in the history at Anne Frank House. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Sat): get to know the fascinating history of Begijnhof, then admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum, and then get to know the resident critters at ARTIS.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Amsterdam travel planner.

Vancouver, Canada to Amsterdam is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Central European Time (CET) is 9 hours. In October in Amsterdam, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can drive to Bruges.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
ARTIS ©
ARTIS
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House

2
nights
Bruges, Belgium

Bruges ©
The medieval town of Bruges centers around a canal, and the architecture of its historical district has made it a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): explore the activities along Minnewater Lake, then admire the landmark architecture of Stadhuis, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, and finally contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Brugge. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Friet Museum, see the interesting displays at Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum, enjoy breathtaking views from Belfry of Bruges, then steep yourself in history at Basilica of the Holy Blood, and finally don't miss a visit to The Markt.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Bruges visit website .

Traveling by car from Amsterdam to Bruges takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in October, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Brussels.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites Museums Breweries & Distilleries
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Historic Centre of Brugge ©
Historic Centre of Brugge
The Markt ©
The Markt
Minnewater Lake ©
Minnewater Lake

1
night
Brussels, Belgium

Brussels ©
The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
On the 13th (Tue), get in on the family fun at Mini-Europe, then don't miss a visit to Atomium, and then don't miss a visit to Grand Place.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Brussels road trip website .

You can take a train from Bruges to Brussels in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Brussels are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can drive to Luxembourg City.

Things to do in Brussels

Theme Parks Museums Historic Sites
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Mini-Europe ©
Mini-Europe
Atomium ©
Atomium
Grand Place ©
Grand Place

1
night
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

Luxembourg City ©
While Luxembourg City boasts the shiny headquarters of several European institutions and EU offices, it is also home to a beautiful old town that's designated as a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): see the interesting displays at National Museum of Art and History (Musee National d'Histoire et d'Art), contemplate the long history of Palace of the Grand Dukes (Palais Grand-Ducal), admire the striking features of Notre Dame Cathedral (Cathedrale Notre Dame), then appreciate the extensive heritage of Le Chemin de la Corniche, and finally get to know the resident critters at Parc Merveilleux.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Luxembourg City trip itinerary planning site .

Getting from Brussels to Luxembourg City by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Luxembourg City

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Parc Merveilleux
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Le Chemin de la Corniche ©
Le Chemin de la Corniche
Parc Merveilleux ©
Parc Merveilleux

1
night
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): wander the streets of Old Town, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fraumünster Church, and then explore the activities along Lake Zurich.

To see photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Zurich trip planner .

Getting from Luxembourg City to Zurich by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. October in Zurich sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Vaduz.

Things to do in Zurich

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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Old Town ©
Old Town
Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Fraumünster Church ©
Fraumünster Church

1
night
Vaduz, Liechtenstein

Vaduz ©
As the capital of Liechtenstein, Vaduz is the country's financial and economic hub.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): make a trip to Burg Gutenberg, step into the grandiose world of Vaduz Castle, examine the collection at Postal Museum, then examine the collection at Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of St. Florin.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Vaduz trip itinerary planning app .

You can drive from Zurich to Vaduz in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Munich.

Things to do in Vaduz

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Gutenberg Castle
Find places to stay Oct 15 — 16:
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Vaduz Castle ©
Vaduz Castle
Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein ©
Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein
Gutenberg Castle ©
Gutenberg Castle

1
night
Munich, Germany

Munich ©
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 17th (Sat), engage your brain at Deutsches Museum, then make a trip to Marienplatz, and then steep yourself in history at Nymphenburg Palace.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Munich route maker site .

You can drive from Vaduz to Munich in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. October in Munich sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to drive to Salzburg.

Things to do in Munich

Historic Sites Childrens Museums Museums
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Nymphenburg Palace ©
Nymphenburg Palace
Deutsches Museum ©
Deutsches Museum
Marienplatz ©
Marienplatz

1
night
Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
On the 18th (Sun), explore the historical opulence of Schloss Hellbrunn, get great views at Fortress Hohensalzburg, then contemplate the long history of Mozarts Geburtshaus, and finally admire the natural beauty at Mirabell Palace.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Salzburg trip planning tool .

You can drive from Munich to Salzburg in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in October, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle ©
Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle
Mirabell Palace ©
Mirabell Palace
Schloss Hellbrunn ©
Schloss Hellbrunn

2
nights
Vienna, Austria

Vienna ©
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 (Mon), don't miss a visit to Stephansplatz, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Schönbrunn Zoo, then admire the landmark architecture of Schonbrunn Palace, and finally don't miss a visit to St. Stephen's Cathedral. Here are some ideas for day two: get in on the family fun at Prater and then explore the world behind art at Belvedere Palace.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Vienna online trip itinerary maker .

Fly from Salzburg to Vienna in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in October, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can travel to Berlin.

Things to do in Vienna

Parks Historic Sites Theme Parks
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Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
Schönbrunn Zoo ©
Schönbrunn Zoo
Prater ©
Prater

2
nights
Berlin, Germany

Berlin ©
The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Zoo Berlin, appreciate the history behind Brandenburg Gate, then get a sense of history and politics at Reichstag Building, and finally get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at AquaDom & SEA LIFE Berlin. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, appreciate the history behind The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, and then explore the world behind art at Pergamonmuseum.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Berlin online trip builder .

You can fly from Vienna to Berlin in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Copenhagen.

Things to do in Berlin

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Tours
Find places to stay Oct 20 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Zoo Berlin ©
Zoo Berlin
AquaDom & SEA LIFE Berlin ©
AquaDom & SEA LIFE Berlin
Brandenburg Gate ©
Brandenburg Gate

2
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.
On the 23rd (Fri), appreciate the extensive heritage of Nyhavn, pause for some photo ops at The Little Mermaid, and then get in on the family fun at Tivoli Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Denmark, then enjoy breathtaking views from Rundetarn, and then step into the grandiose world of Kastellet.

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

You can fly from Berlin to Copenhagen in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Copenhagen

Parks Theme Parks Historic Sites
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Tivoli Gardens ©
Tivoli Gardens
Nyhavn ©
Nyhavn
Rundetarn ©
Rundetarn

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