33 days in Western Europe Itinerary

33 days in Western Europe Itinerary

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Vienna, Austria
— 3 nights
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Melk, Austria
— 3 nights
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Venice, Italy
— 4 nights
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Rome, Italy
— 5 nights
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Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
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Lucerne, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Bastogne, Belgium
— 5 nights
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Bruges, Belgium
— 2 nights
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Berlin, Germany
— 2 nights
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Hamburg, Germany
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Vienna, Austria — 3 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.
Get some cultural insight at Kaiserliche Schatzkammer Wien and Peterskirche. You'll explore and learn at Central Cemetery (Zentralfriedhof) and Museum of Military History. The adventure continues: get to know the fascinating history of Ringstrasse, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Karlskirche, explore the world behind art at Albertina, and learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum (Naturhistorisches Museum).

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Vienna journey planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Vienna 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. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in May, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Melk.
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Melk, Austria — 3 nights

Melk, a small town of about 5,000, hugs the south side of the Danube.
Venus of Willendorf and Schifffahrtsmuseum Spitz will appeal to museum buffs. Get some cultural insight at Durnstein Castle and Motorrad-Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Melk: Weingut Kolkmann (in Fels am Wagram), Krems an der Donau (Dominikanerkirche & Pfarre Krems St. Veit) and Sankt Polten (St.Pölten Rathausplatz Weihnachtsmarkt & Franziskanerkirche Und Franziskanerkloster). And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at Wallfahrtskirche Maria Laach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wehrkirche St. Michael, and steep yourself in history at Stift Herzogenburg.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Melk trip itinerary maker app.

Getting from Vienna to Melk by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from Vienna in May, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 16°C in Melk. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to drive to Venice.
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Venice, Italy — 4 nights

City of Romance

Virtually unchanged for the last six centuries, Venice is actually a group of islands made famous by a series of canals, bridges, monuments, piazzas, and narrow pedestrian lanes.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Venetian Arsenal and Chiesa di Santa Maria della Pieta. Take a break from the city and head to Kayaking & Canoeing and Giudecca. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo (San Zanipolo), see the interesting displays at Creature di Gomma - Venice Vintage Toys, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa di Santo Stefano, and get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum.

For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Venice trip maker app.

Getting from Melk to Venice by car takes about 6.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Venice can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Rome.
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Rome, Italy — 5 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Step off the beaten path and head to Piazza del Campidoglio and Domus Aurea. Visit Chiesa di Santa Maria del Popolo and Basilica di Santa Prassede for their historical value. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Stanze di Raffaello, explore the ancient world of Santo Stefano al Monte Celio, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica of the Holy Cross in Jerusalem, and get a sense of history and politics at Quirinale Palace (Palazzo del Quirinale).

To see photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Rome day trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Venice to Rome takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In June, daily temperatures in Rome can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Florence.
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Florence, Italy — 2 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): explore the world behind art at Church and Museum of Orsanmichele, get engrossed in the history at Museo dell'Opera di Santa Croce, then see the interesting displays at Museo Stefano Bardini, then look for gifts at Wine & Cheese shop, and finally view the masterpieces at Art Gallery Studio Iguarnieri. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Corridoio Vasariano, take a stroll through Oltrarno, then explore the world behind art at Palazzo Strozzi, then examine the collection at Cappella Brancacci, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Chiesa di San Salvatore in Ognissanti.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Florence sightseeing planner.

Traveling by train from Rome to Florence takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In June in Florence, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 21°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Lucerne.
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Lucerne, Switzerland — 2 nights

In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
On the 12th (Mon), step into the grandiose world of Schloss Meggenhorn, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pfarrkirche St. Maria Weggis, then trek along Hohle Gasse, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Astrid-Kapelle. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Rathaus Stadt Luzern, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ufschotti Park, then get engrossed in the history at Richard Wagner Museum, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Biosphaere Entlebuch.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Lucerne tour builder website.

Getting from Florence to Lucerne by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Florence in June; daily highs in Lucerne reach 27°C and lows reach 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can travel to Bastogne.
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Bastogne, Belgium — 5 nights

Most travelers come to Bastogne for its touching war memorial and museum, built in honor of over 76,000 American soldiers who fought during the legendary Battle of the Bulge--one of the last German offensives in World War II. Over seven decades later, the town's daily life remains deeply linked to this dramatic episode in wartime history. Bastogne makes a good day trip from almost anywhere in the Ardennes region and provides an easy bus link to Liege, a popular travel destination located less than 70 km (45 mi) north.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Le chateau de La Roche a Herbeumont and Piconrue - Musee de la Grande Ardenne. From Texas to Bastogne, Aggies go to War and Maison Du Patrimoine Medieval Mosan will appeal to museum buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bastogne: Eglise Saint-Etienne de Waha (in Marche-en-Famenne), Brasserie Caracole (in Falmignoul) and Arlon (St. Martin's Church, Eglise Saint-Donat, &more). Next up on the itinerary: stroll the grounds of German War Cemetery, examine the collection at Au Pays d'Ardenne Original Museum, hike along Les Echelles De Rochehaut, and add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Bastogne vacation tool.

Traveling by car from Lucerne to Bastogne takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, train, and bus; or drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can go by car to Bruges.
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Bruges, Belgium — 2 nights

Venice of the North

The medieval town of Bruges centers around a canal, and the architecture of its historical district has made it a World Heritage Site.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like De Vos Almshouse (Godshuis de Vos) and Sculpta. Your inner history buff will appreciate Sint-Walburgakerk and Sint-Jacob Antwerpen. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bruges: Antwerp (Di Amore, Rockoxhuis, &more). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Brugge Sint Jacobskerk, stroll around Koningin Astridpark, appreciate the extensive heritage of Windmills of Bruges, and admire the striking features of Provinciaal Hof.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Bruges trip itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Bastogne to Bruges in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Bruges can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to fly to Berlin.
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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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): learn about all things military at Military History Museum, head off the coast to Pfaueninsel, then get engrossed in the history at Haus der Wannsee-Konferenz, and finally take a stroll through Savignyplatz.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Berlin trip planner.

You can fly from Bruges to Berlin in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. On the 23rd (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Hamburg.
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Hamburg, Germany — 2 nights

Gateway to the World

As the country's biggest port and one of the busiest in all of Europe, Hamburg has a well-deserved reputation as Germany's Gateway to the World.
On the 23rd (Fri), find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area and then examine the collection at Museumsschiff Cap San Diego.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Hamburg road trip planner.

Take a train from Berlin to Hamburg in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in June, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Austria travel guide

4.5
Castles · Art Museums · Architectural Buildings
Situated in the Central European Alps, Austria combines an alluring bundle of elegant urban architecture, cultural centers, and dramatic landscapes. This German-speaking country of 8.5 million residents is known for its rich history, dating back to the Hapsburg Empire, as well as its art, music, and scenery. Along with the neighboring country of Switzerland, Austria serves as the winter sports capital of Europe and is home to some of the continent's most popular ski resorts. This landlocked nation draws visitors from across the globe to its mountains, historical villages, and culturally rich cities. Experience trekking in the Alps one day and drinking regional wine at a crowded pub after a day of sightseeing in the capital Vienna the next.
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Italy travel guide

4.6
Landmarks · Ruins · Beaches
Italy is a land of high fashion, fine art, exquisite architecture, luxury sports cars, outstanding cuisine--and an insatiable taste for "la dolce vita." It's also home to the greatest number of World Heritage Sites in the world, making it an ideal place for your next holiday. The country boasts a varied landscape of mountain ranges, alpine lakes, and coastal towns, so it's no wonder travelers often refer to it as the bel paese (beautiful country). With so many places to visit, visitors often have a difficult time planning their itinerary. The smaller villages each feature a distinct character and a blend of architecture, art, and cuisine. In the country, you'll find countless archeological sites dating back to Roman times and beyond. The country's cities and seaside resorts are cosmopolitan powerhouses with museums, galleries, restaurants, shops, open-air markets, and pedestrian-friendly historic areas.
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Switzerland travel guide

4.7
Bodies of Water · Mountains · Specialty Museums
Immerse yourself in a snow-capped mountain wonderland in Switzerland's serene Alpine setting. See the world-renowned Matterhorn, Switzerland's second-highest mountain at 4,478 m (14,962 ft) tall, or zoom down the mountains on toboggan, ski, or snowboard. In the warmer seasons hike around the rolling green hillsides covered with pine trees and picturesque aqua blue lakes. Luxurious cities dotted with cozy wooden chalets and colorful flowerbeds balance quaintness with first-class cultural offerings. Indulge in the country's opulence of milk chocolate, cheese fondue, and keg-carrying St. Bernard dogs.
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Belgium travel guide

4.3
Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · Nightlife
A small country packing a big punch in terms of tourist attractions, Belgium sits at the crossroads of Western Europe, its cities soaked in history and famed for their lively arts, fashion, and dining scenes. Although it advertises itself simply as "A Food Lover's Dream," this country of just 11 million people boasts a rich architectural heritage, world-famous breweries, pristine natural areas, and touching memorials marking major battlegrounds from both World War I and World War II. Put the country's elegant cities of Brussels and Bruges at the top of your itinerary, but don't forget that Belgium's less-explored countryside offers dense forests, rolling hills, and lush valleys.
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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.
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