54 days in Europe Itinerary

54 days in Europe Itinerary

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Budapest, Hungary
— 4 nights
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Tata, Hungary
— 3 nights
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Balatonfoldvar, Hungary
— 3 nights
Drive
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Vienna, Austria
— 4 nights
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Oswiecim, Poland
— 4 nights
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Prague, Czech Republic
— 4 nights
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Berlin, Germany
— 4 nights
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Colmar, France
— 4 nights
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Brussels, Belgium
— 4 nights
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 4 nights
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London, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
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Dublin, Ireland
— 5 nights
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Budapest, Hungary — 4 nights

Pearl of the Danube

You might consider the city of Budapest, divided by the Danube River into two distinctive cities--Buda and Pest--to be essentially one large World Heritage Site.
Explore hidden gems such as Food Tours and Matthias Church. And it doesn't end there: get a sense of history and politics at Hungarian Parliament Building, don't miss a visit to 3d Gallery Budapest, admire the local landmark of Music Fountain, and appreciate the history behind Statue of St Stephen.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Budapest trip maker site.

Columbus, USA to Budapest is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Columbus to Budapest is 6 hours. Traveling from Columbus in September, expect Budapest to be little chillier, temps between 71°F and 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to drive to Tata.
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Find places to stay Sep 5 — 10:

Tata, Hungary — 3 nights

Tata, is a town in Komárom-Esztergom county, northwestern Hungary, 9km northwest of the county town Tatabánya.LocationTata is located in the valley between the Gerecse Mountains and Vértes Mountains, some 70km from Budapest, the Hungarian capital city. Explore hidden gems such as Geszler Family Winery and Agostyan Arboretum. Explore Tata's surroundings by going to Csabi Miklos' Cellar (in Mor), Cuha Valley (in Bakonyszentlaszlo) and Fotress of Csesznek (in Csesznek). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Esztergom Basilica / Cathedral, appreciate the extensive heritage of Hosok tere, delve into the distant past at Tata Castle, and identify plant and animal life at Fenyes Education Trail of Tata.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Tata trip builder.

Getting from Budapest to Tata by car takes about an hour. In September, daytime highs in Tata are 72°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Balatonfoldvar.
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Find places to stay Sep 10 — 13:

Balatonfoldvar, Hungary — 3 nights

Balatonföldvár is a popular resort town in Somogy, Hungary on the southern side of Lake Balaton, approximately 120 km southwest from Budapest and about 23 km southwest from Siófok, the "capital of Balaton". You'll discover tucked-away gems like Csodabogyos-barlang Balatonederics and Szent Gyorgy Mountain. Venture out of the city with trips to Panorama Setany (in Fonyod) and Csodabogyos Cave (in Balatonederics). Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Lake Balaton, see the interesting displays at Shipping History Visitors Center – Exhibition and Lookout, enjoy the sand and surf at Eastern Balatonfoldvar Beach, and take some stellar pictures from Kilato Presszo.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Balatonfoldvar online day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Tata to Balatonfoldvar takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 71°F, and evening lows to 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can go by car to Vienna.
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Find places to stay Sep 13 — 16:

Vienna, Austria — 4 nights

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Melk Abbey and Ringstrasse. Venture out of the city with trips to Wachau Valley (in Joching) and Burgruine Duernstein (in Durnstein). There's still lots to do: awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, appreciate the history behind Pestsäule, explore the world behind art at Belvedere Palace, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael's Church.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Vienna trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Balatonfoldvar to Vienna takes 3.5 hours. Traveling from Balatonfoldvar in September, plan for little chillier nights in Vienna, with lows around 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Oswiecim.
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Find places to stay Sep 16 — 20:

Oswiecim, Poland — 4 nights

Known to most by its German name Auschwitz, the modestly sized city of Oswiecim sits at the foot of the Jura Mountains, just 50 km (30 mi) west of Krakow.
Step off the beaten path and head to ZygZak Karting and Treasures of the Earth / Mineral Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Oswiecim: Bielsko-Biala (Cathedral of St. Nicholas, The Historical Museum in Bielsko-Biala Falatowka, &more) and Cieszyn (Museum of Cieszyn, Museum of Printing, &more). And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau, don't miss a visit to Sanctuary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Helper of Christians, pause for some photo ops at Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and steep yourself in history at Defense Tower.

To find more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Oswiecim vacation planning site.

Traveling by flight from Vienna to Oswiecim takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In September, daytime highs in Oswiecim are 66°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Prague.
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Find places to stay Sep 20 — 24:

Prague, Czech Republic — 4 nights

City of a Hundred Spires

Prague lures millions of tourists each year with its World Heritage-listed medieval city center--a labyrinth of narrow lanes, bridges, cathedrals, and palaces overlooked by a thousand-year-old castle.
Explore hidden gems such as Nature & Wildlife Tours and Vyšehrad National Cultural Monument. Next up on the itinerary: take in the views from Charles Bridge, make a trip to Franz Kafka Monument, contemplate the long history of Lobkowicz Palace, and admire the landmark architecture of Prague Astronomical Clock.

For maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Prague trip builder app.

You can fly from Oswiecim to Prague in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Prague can reach 66°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can drive to Berlin.
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Berlin, Germany — 4 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Gemaldegalerie Alte Meister and Berlin-Hohenschonhausen Memorial. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Berlin: Dresden (Neues Grünes Gewölbe & Procession of Princes) and Potsdam (Neues Palais, Sanssouci Park, &more). There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Palace of Tears, make a trip to Brandenburg Gate, get a sense of history and politics at Reichstag Building, and pause for some photo ops at The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Berlin trip maker app.

Getting from Prague to Berlin by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Colmar.
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Find places to stay Sep 28 — Oct 2:

Colmar, France — 4 nights

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 discover tucked-away gems like Old Town and Musée d'Unterlinden. Take a break from Colmar with a short trip to Musee des Eaux de Vie in Lapoutroie, about 32 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise des Dominicains, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Protestante Saint-Matthieu, make a trip to Place Rapp et Monument General Rapp, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Route des Vins d'Alsace.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Colmar online trip builder.

Traveling by combination of flight, shuttle, and train from Berlin to Colmar takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In October, daytime highs in Colmar are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Brussels.
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Find places to stay Oct 2 — 6:

Brussels, Belgium — 4 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Tyne Cot Cemetery and Food Tours. Get out of town with these interesting Brussels side-trips: Ramparts Cemetery (in Ieper (Ypres)) and Graslei and Korenlei (in Ghent). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Grand Place, explore the historical opulence of Royal Palace of Brussels, take a peaceful walk through Sonian Forest, and learn about all things military at Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and of Military History.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Brussels vacation site.

Traveling by train from Colmar to Brussels takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, shuttle, and flight. While traveling from Colmar, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Brussels, ranging from highs of 57°F to lows of 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can drive to Amsterdam.
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Find places to stay Oct 6 — 10:

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Museum Quarter and The Amstel. There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum, examine the collection at Anne Frank House, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and stroll around Vondelpark.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Amsterdam online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Brussels to Amsterdam takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. October in Amsterdam sees daily highs of 59°F and lows of 47°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to London.
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Find places to stay Oct 10 — 14:

London, United Kingdom — 4 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Beer Tastings & Tours and St. Paul's Cathedral. When in London, make a side trip to see Tulleys Farm in Turners Hill, approximately Turners Hill away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the landscape on two wheels at BrakeAway Bike Tours, make a trip to Tower Bridge, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery, and take in panoramic vistas at Coca-Cola London Eye.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our London trip builder site.

Traveling by flight from Amsterdam to London takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Amsterdam to London is minus 1 hour. In October in London, expect temperatures between 61°F during the day and 48°F at night. On the 18th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Edinburgh.
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Find places to stay Oct 14 — 18:

Edinburgh, United Kingdom — 4 nights

Athens of the North

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Explore hidden gems such as The Chocolatarium and Photography Tours. Get out of town with these interesting Edinburgh side-trips: Pitlochry (Queen's View Visitor Centre & Faskally Wood). There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Edinburgh Castle, get engrossed in the history at Surgeons' Hall Museums, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and sample the fine beverages at Pickering's Gin Distillery.

To see maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Edinburgh travel route planner.

Traveling by flight from London to Edinburgh takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from London in October, with highs in Edinburgh at 56°F and lows at 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Dublin.
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Find places to stay Oct 18 — 22:

Dublin, Ireland — 5 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to 14 Henrietta Street and National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology. Get out of town with these interesting Dublin side-trips: Vagabond Tours (in Greystones) and Howth Hills (in Howth). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Guinness Storehouse, admire the masterpieces at Chester Beatty, wander the streets of Temple Bar, and admire the natural beauty at National Botanic Gardens.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Dublin online sightseeing planner.

Getting from Edinburgh to Dublin by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. In October, daytime highs in Dublin are 57°F, while nighttime lows are 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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