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 11th (Fri): admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum and then take an in-depth tour of Anne Frank House. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Sat): get to know the resident critters at ARTIS, explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, and then have some family-friendly fun at Museumphoto.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Amsterdam route planning website .

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 changes from Pacific Standard Time to Central European Time, which is usually a 9 hour difference. In December in Amsterdam, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can drive to Bruges.

Things to do in Amsterdam

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

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 13th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Brugge, sample the tasty concoctions at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, then admire the landmark architecture of Stadhuis, and finally make a trip to The Markt. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Basilica of the Holy Blood, enjoy breathtaking views from Belfry of Bruges, contemplate the waterfront views at Minnewater Lake, then examine the collection at Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum, then look for gifts at Carpentier-Goegebeuer, and finally take an in-depth tour of Torture Museum Oude Steen.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Bruges trip planner .

Traveling by car from Amsterdam to Bruges takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. December in Bruges sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Brussels.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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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 15th (Tue), find something for the whole family at Mini-Europe, then examine the collection at Atomium, and then make a trip to Grand Place.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Brussels attractions planning site .

Traveling by train from Bruges to Brussels takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in December, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to 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 16th (Wed): meet the residents at Parc Merveilleux, get to know the fascinating history of Le Chemin de la Corniche, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Notre Dame Cathedral (Cathedrale Notre Dame), then step into the grandiose world of Palace of the Grand Dukes (Palais Grand-Ducal), and finally examine the collection at National Museum of Art and History (Musee National d'Histoire et d'Art).

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Luxembourg City trip planner.

Traveling by car from Brussels to Luxembourg City takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Luxembourg City are 6°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Luxembourg City

Historic Sites Museums Zoos & Aquariums

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.
On the 17th (Thu), appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Fraumünster Church.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Zurich trip planning site .

You can fly from Luxembourg City to Zurich in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 5°C, and evening lows to -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Vaduz.

Things to do in Zurich

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods
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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.
On the 18th (Fri), step into the grandiose world of Vaduz Castle, see the interesting displays at Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein, see the interesting displays at Postal Museum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of St. Florin, and finally make a trip to Burg Gutenberg.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Vaduz travel route planner.

Getting from Zurich to Vaduz by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to drive to Munich.

Things to do in Vaduz

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Gutenberg Castle
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Vaduz Castle ©
Vaduz Castle
Gutenberg Castle ©
Gutenberg Castle
Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein ©
Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein

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 19th (Sat), make a trip to Marienplatz, get curious at Deutsches Museum, and then contemplate the long history of Nymphenburg Palace.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Munich itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Vaduz to Munich takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Munich are 5°C, while nighttime lows are -1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can go by car 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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Salzburg Museum, then take some stellar pictures from Fortress Hohensalzburg, then admire the striking features of Salzburg Cathedral, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Mirabell Palace.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Salzburg trip tool .

You can drive from Munich to Salzburg in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 6°C, and evening lows to -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Salzburg

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle ©
Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle
Mirabell Palace ©
Mirabell Palace
Salzburg Museum ©
Salzburg Museum

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 21st (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 make a trip to St. Stephen's Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: walk around Prater and then admire the masterpieces at Belvedere Palace.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Vienna route planner.

You can fly from Salzburg to Vienna in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Vienna are 5°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to 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.
On the 23rd (Wed), appreciate the history behind Brandenburg Gate, then appreciate the history behind The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, then meet the residents at Zoo Berlin, and finally get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at AquaDom & SEA LIFE Berlin. On your second day here, admire the masterpieces at Pergamonmuseum, admire the striking features of Reichstag Building, and then take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Berlin trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Vienna to Berlin takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can travel to Copenhagen.

Things to do in Berlin

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Tours
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Zoo Berlin ©
Zoo Berlin
AquaDom & SEA LIFE Berlin ©
AquaDom & SEA LIFE Berlin
Reichstag Building ©
Reichstag Building

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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Fri): step into the grandiose world of Kastellet, don't miss a visit to The Little Mermaid, and then laugh and play at Tivoli Gardens. On the next day, take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Denmark, appreciate the extensive heritage of Nyhavn, and then take in panoramic vistas at Rundetarn.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Copenhagen trip planner .

You can fly from Berlin to Copenhagen in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. In December in Copenhagen, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and 2°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to 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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