23 days in Western Europe Itinerary

23 days in Western Europe Itinerary

Kezlyr

Make it your trip
Drive to Frankfurt am Main Airport, Fly to Berlin Brandenburg Airport
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Berlin, Germany
— 2 nights
Fly
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 4 nights
Drive
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Brussels, Belgium
— 2 nights
Train
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Paris, France
— 3 nights
Fly
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Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly
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Lisbon, Portugal
— 2 nights
Fly
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Dublin, Ireland
— 3 nights
Fly
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London, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Fly
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Copenhagen, Denmark
— 2 nights
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Berlin, Germany

— 2 nights

Athens of the Spree

The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
On the 2nd (Fri), take in nature's colorful creations at Potsdam's Gardens, contemplate the long history of Neues Palais, then examine the collection at Classic Remise Berlin, and finally wander the streets of Mitte. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at Pergamonmuseum, then take an in-depth tour of Palace of Tears, then take a stroll through Potsdamer Platz, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Berlin day trip planner.

Ramstein-Miesenbach to Berlin is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Berlin

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 1 — 3:

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

— 4 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Louwman Museum The Hague and Museum Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Van Gogh Museum and Rijksmuseum. Change things up with these side-trips from Amsterdam: Escher in Het Paleis (Escher in the Palace) (in The Hague), Canals area (in Utrecht) and Maria van Jessekerk (in Delft). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Anne Frank House, take a stroll through The Jordaan, engage your brain at Body Worlds, and admire the masterpieces at Moco Museum.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Amsterdam road trip planning site.

You can fly from Berlin to Amsterdam in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Amsterdam can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Brussels.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 3 — 7:

Brussels, Belgium

— 2 nights

Capital of Europe

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 8th (Thu), contemplate the long history of Grand Place, step into the grandiose world of Royal Palace of Brussels, then learn about all things military at Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and of Military History, and finally explore the world behind art at René Magritte Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at GERETTI Jewellery & Diamonds, take an in-depth tour of Museum Plantin-Moretus, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Our Lady, then take an in-depth tour of Fort Breendonk, and finally see the interesting displays at Atomium.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Brussels trip planner.

You can drive from Amsterdam to Brussels in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly. In July in Brussels, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 56°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Paris.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 7 — 9:

Paris, France

— 3 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Île de la Cité and Ile Saint-Louis. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Louvre Museum and Musee d'Orsay. Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, admire the masterpieces at Petit Palais, wander the streets of Saint Germain des Pres Quarter, and examine the collection at Atelier des Lumieres.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Paris road trip planning website.

Getting from Brussels to Paris by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Brussels in July: highs in Paris hover around 79°F, while lows dip to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Paris

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks
Find places to stay Jul 9 — 12:

Barcelona, Spain

— 2 nights

Jewel of the Mediterranean

Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): visit El Born, then get engrossed in the history at Museu d'Història de Catalunya, then take a stroll through Ciutat Vella, and finally wander the streets of El Barri Gòtic. Here are some ideas for day two: get to know the fascinating history of Plaça de Sant Felip Neri, stroll around Parc Guell, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and finally admire the striking features of Casa Batllo.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Barcelona route planner.

Traveling by flight from Paris to Barcelona takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Paris in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Barcelona, with lows of 71°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Museums
Find places to stay Jul 12 — 14:

Lisbon, Portugal

— 2 nights

City of Seven Hills

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
On the 15th (Thu), see the interesting displays at Museu Nacional do Azulejo, then admire the masterpieces at Museu Colecao Berardo, then get engrossed in the history at Museu de Marinha, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mosteiro dos Jeronimos. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Carmo Archaeological Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Igreja de Sao Domingos (Santa Justa e Rufina), and then contemplate the long history of Castelo de S. Jorge.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Lisbon trip itinerary site.

Getting from Barcelona to Lisbon by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Barcelona to Lisbon due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder evenings in Lisbon when traveling from Barcelona in July, with lows around 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to travel to Dublin.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Jul 14 — 16:

Dublin, Ireland

— 3 nights

Fair City

A history spanning over a thousand years, vibrant nightlife, and a mix of Georgian and modern architecture make Dublin a popular European tourist destination.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Guinness Storehouse and The Irish Rock 'N' Roll Museum Experience. Get some historical perspective at Kilmainham Gaol Museum and Dublinia. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Croke Park Stadium Tour & GAA Museum, take an in-depth tour of The Jeanie Johnston: An Irish Famine Story, appreciate the history behind The Famine Sculptures, and explore the world behind art at Chester Beatty.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Dublin trip planner.

Fly from Lisbon to Dublin in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. Traveling from Lisbon in July, things will get little chillier in Dublin: highs are around 68°F and lows about 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to travel to London.

Things to do in Dublin

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Jul 16 — 19:

London, United Kingdom

— 2 nights

The Square Mile

Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
On the 20th (Tue), steep yourself in history at The Monument to the Great Fire of London, see the interesting displays at The British Museum, then examine the collection at Cutty Sark, and finally wander the streets of Westminster. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Wallace Collection, see where the action happens at Lord's Cricket Ground, and then learn about all things military at HMS Belfast.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read London day trip planner.

Getting from Dublin to London by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and train. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in July, and nighttime lows around 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can travel to Copenhagen.

Things to do in London

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Fun & Games
Find places to stay Jul 19 — 21:

Copenhagen, Denmark

— 2 nights

City of Beautiful Towers

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 22nd (Thu): get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Denmark, wander the streets of Nyhavn, then explore the world behind art at Davids Samling (The David Collection), and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Grabrodretorv. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri): contemplate the long history of Church of Our Lady - Copenhagen Cathedral, then steep yourself in history at Rosenborg Castle, and then admire the masterpieces at Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Copenhagen holiday tool.

Fly from London to Copenhagen in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and train; or take a train. Traveling from London to Copenhagen, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In July, plan for daily highs up to 72°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Copenhagen

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Jul 21 — 23:

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.

France travel guide

4.3
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.

Spain travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Architectural Buildings · Landmarks
A colorful country known for its relaxed lifestyle, vibrant nightlife, excellent food, and world-famous folklore and festivals, Spain boasts a huge number of World Heritage Sites and other spectacular places to visit. It also deserves its reputation as a beach vacation destination; the Western edge of the Mediterranean Sea is home to some of the world’s top beaches. But Spain’s geography is so much more than just soft, sandy shores. Its landscapes are as diverse as its people, ranging from lush meadows and snowy mountains to huge marshes and sprawling deserts. The countryside bursts with unspoiled villages of timeless beauty and old-world charm, as well as vast and varied nature preserves.

Portugal travel guide

4.3
Landmarks · Castles · Beaches
Small in size but rich in history, culture, and natural beauty, Portugal features contrasting landscapes that include long beaches, lush vineyards, verdant valleys, and rolling hills dotted with tiny settlements where old traditions still prevail. The country's serene interior, often overlooked by foreigners, remains largely unspoiled by mass tourism and offers visitors a chance to discover this less-trodden part of Europe at their own pace. Ripe for leisurely adventures on foot or by bicycle, Portugal's fertile countryside boasts well-preserved medieval castles and outstanding wineries, producing some of the world's finest ports. The country's cities offer a lively culinary scene known for its many award-winning restaurants, topping the itineraries of foodies from around the globe.

Ireland travel guide

4.4
Specialty Museums · Nightlife · Castles
Emerald Isle
Gentle green hills, Guinness, leprechauns, and friendly folks characterize this small isle of a country. From the busy big city of Dublin to cozy countryside, the emerald isle harbors a varied natural landscape and is steeped in tradition. Visitors can immerse themselves in the native Irish language by visiting a Gaeltacht, or Irish-speaking region of the country, where traditional culture thrives. The Irish are known for being open and welcoming: from the moment you land to the moment you leave, you'll be greeted with "cead mile failte"--a hundred thousand welcomes.

England travel guide

4.4
Specialty Museums · Nightlife · Historic Sites
A trip through England is a trip through world history, and few places in the world offer such a diverse variety of places to visit, activities, and experiences. The sprawling urban areas surrounding the capital city offer countless sightseeing opportunities, such as museums and historical sites, as well as some of the best shopping, nightlife, and culinary options in the world. To truly experience this country steeped in centuries of history, try to make time to explore the sweeping countryside, where you can enjoy the warm hospitality of small villages and explore the ancient remains of once-powerful societies. England boasts an outstanding transportation system, and many visitors find that even a short train ride through the country’s landscape of rolling hills and plains can be a highlight of their entire vacation. However you choose to move about, remember that in this compact country you’re never very far from a bustling town, where modern pubs, shops, and restaurants await to be explored.

Denmark travel guide

4.2
Theme Parks · Historic Walking Areas · Castles
Known for its old-fashioned charm, Denmark often is referenced as a fairy-tale setting by visitors and locals alike. With quaint cobblestone streets leading the way to art galleries, museums, and historical sights, plus a modern and easily accessible public transportation system, Denmark seamlessly blends its rich history with modern advancements. Be inspired by the works of local legends, including the fairy tales of Hans Christian Andersen, the symphonies of Carli Nielsen, and the astronomy work of Tycho Brahe, then play a bit at amusement parks like Legoland. Visitors often find themselves developing "hygge," the untranslatable Danish trait that encapsulates a sense of coziness and contentment, which is thought to have a great deal of influence on Denmark's standing as one of the happiest nations on the planet.