28 days in Europe Itinerary

28 days in Europe Itinerary

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Fly
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 4 nights
Train
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Munich, Germany
— 3 nights
Drive
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Zell am See, Austria
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Salzburg, Austria
— 1 night
Drive
5
Milan, Italy
— 1 night
Drive
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Como, Italy
— 5 nights
Drive
7
St. Moritz, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive
8
Zermatt, Switzerland
— 4 nights
Drive
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Geneva, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Drive
10
Grindelwald, Switzerland
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Zurich, Switzerland — 4 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Bring the kids along to Niederdorf and Old Town. Popular historic sites such as Church of St. Peter and Limmatquai are in your itinerary. Explore Zurich's surroundings by going to Kloster Einsiedeln (in Einsiedeln) and Wooden Bridge from Rapperswil to Hurden (in Rapperswil). The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Museum Rietberg and examine the collection at Zoological Museum.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Zurich trip planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Zurich is an approximately 24.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a -9 hour difference. Traveling from Melbourne in December, things will get cooler in Zurich: highs are around 5°C and lows about -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to fly to Munich.
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Find places to stay Dec 20 — 24:

Munich, Germany — 3 nights

Village of a Million People

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at St. Peter's Church and NS-Dokumentationszentrum Muenchen. Visit Nymphenburg Palace and Heiliggeistkirche for their historical value. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Marienplatz, see the interesting displays at Deutsches Museum Verkehrszentrum, pause for some serene contemplation at Burgersaalkirche, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael's Church.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Munich day trip app.

You can fly from Zurich to Munich in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 5°C in December, and nighttime lows around -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Zell am See.
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Find places to stay Dec 24 — 27:

Zell am See, Austria — 2 nights

Despite its small size, Zell am See is a well-visited tourist destination known mostly as a ski resort town, and it serves as an important transportation hub for the region.
On the 27th (Tue), relax and rejuvenate at Tauern Spa, tour the pleasant surroundings at Schmittenhohe, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Elisabethkapelle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Wed): get all the equipment you need at Maiskogel, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kitzsteinhorn, then see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and finally look for gifts at Charisma Am Stadtplatz.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Zell am See trip itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Munich to Zell am See in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Munich in December, expect Zell am See to be slightly colder, temps between 1°C and -5°C. You'll set off for Salzburg on the 29th (Thu).
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Salzburg, Austria — 1 night

Rome of the North

Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Thu): explore the historical opulence of Fortress Hohensalzburg, then admire the landmark architecture of Salzburg Cathedral, and then get engrossed in the history at Mozarts Geburtshaus. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Blasius Church, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter's Abbey (Stift St. Peter), look for gifts at Christmas in Salzburg, then wander the streets of Steingasse, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Cemetery of St. Sebastian (Friedhof St. Sebastian).

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Salzburg trip planner.

Drive from Zell am See to Salzburg in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. While traveling from Zell am See, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Salzburg, ranging from highs of 6°C to lows of -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Milan.
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Milan, Italy — 1 night

Fashion Capital of World

In many ways the most modern of Italian cities, Milan is a busy, elegant metropolis with an impressive list of grand palaces, fine churches, and important museums.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sat): ponder the world of politics at Palazzo Marino, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di Santa Maria presso San Satiro, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Milano, and finally steep yourself in history at Vicolo Privato Lavandai.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Milan driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Salzburg to Milan takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in December, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) to allow time to drive to Como.
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Como, Italy — 5 nights

City of Silk

Known for its idyllic location on the shores of Lake Como and at the foot of the Alps, Como is one of northern Italy's most popular tourist destinations.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Cathedral of Como (Duomo) and Basilica di San Carpoforo. Get a sense of the local culture at Basilica di Agliate and Civic Museum of the Risorgimento. Change things up with these side-trips from Como: Rettoria di Sant'Egidio in Fontanella (in Sotto il Monte Giovanni XXIII), Museo Fratelli Cozzi Alfa Romeo (in Legnano) and Monticello Spa (in Monticello Brianza). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Broletto, see the interesting displays at Museo Didattico della Seta, take in the spiritual surroundings of Museo della Collegiata, and explore the historical opulence of Castello Baradello.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Como itinerary app.

You can drive from Milan to Como in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. January in Como sees daily highs of 8°C and lows of -1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to drive to St. Moritz.
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St. Moritz, Switzerland — 1 night

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On the 6th (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of Katholische Kirche St. Karl Borromaus, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake St. Moritz, then make a trip to Leaning Tower, and finally explore the world behind art at Berry Museum. On the next day, admire the verdant scenery at Val Fex.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our St. Moritz trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by car from Como to St. Moritz takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Como in January, expect St. Moritz to be little chillier, temps between 1°C and -7°C. On the 7th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Zermatt.
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Zermatt, Switzerland — 4 nights

Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Mountaineers' Cemetery and Intercontinental Church Society will appeal to history buffs. Get outdoors at The Matterhorn and Matterhorn Diamonds Ski School. There's still lots to do: see the winter wonderland with Zermatt-Matterhorn Ski Paradise, tour the pleasant surroundings at Gornergrat, take in the awesome beauty at Oberrothorn, and get outside with Trockener Steg.

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

You can drive from St. Moritz to Zermatt in 5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or ride a tram. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to drive to Geneva.
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Geneva, Switzerland — 3 nights

Capital of Peace

Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): take a stroll through Vieux-Carouge, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise Russe, then see the interesting displays at Fondation Baur, Musee des Arts d’Extreme-Orient, and finally shop like a local with MB&F M.A.D.Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Escaliers du Marche, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise de Saint-Sulpice, and then explore the world behind art at Musee D'Art Et D'Histoire.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Geneva holiday maker app.

Traveling by car from Zermatt to Geneva takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In January, daily temperatures in Geneva can reach 6°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Grindelwald.
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Find places to stay Jan 11 — 14:

Grindelwald, Switzerland

Glacier Village

As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
For reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Grindelwald trip planner.

Drive from Geneva to Grindelwald in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. On the 14th (Sat), you're off to home.
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Lake Como travel guide

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Gardens · Architectural Buildings · Churches
A favorite vacation spot for more than a century, Lake Como was once an exclusive retreat for local aristocrats and wealthy people. It is not only one of Europe's most beautiful lakes, but also one of the deepest at more than 400 m (1,300 ft). Surrounded by elegant villas, the lake has become a popular holiday destination for tourists because of its range of attractions, from landscapes, wildlife, and spas, to activities like sailing, windsurfing, and kite-surfing. The area has been an inspiration for artists since Roman times. English poet Percy Bysshe Shelley wrote, "This lake exceeds anything I ever beheld in beauty…It is long and narrow and has the appearance of a mighty river winding among the mountains and the forests."
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