19 days in Europe Itinerary

19 days in Europe Itinerary

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19 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: London, United Kingdom
Train:  2 h 15 min
1
Brussels, Belgium
— 4 nights
Train:  2 h
2
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
3
Cologne, Germany
— 4 nights
Train:  5 h 30 min
4
Lucerne, Switzerland
— 4 nights
Drive:  5 h 30 min
5
Berchtesgaden, Germany
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
6
Salzburg, Austria
— 1 night
Fly:  4 h 45 min
End: London, United Kingdom

4
nights
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Historic Centre of Brugge and Belfry of Bruges. Discover out-of-the-way places like Basilica of the Holy Blood and Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Brussels: Bruges (Stadhuis, The Markt, & more). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Grand Place, explore the historical opulence of Royal Palace (Palais Royal), admire the natural beauty at Jardin du Petit Sablon, and see the interesting displays at Manneken Pis.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Brussels online itinerary creator.

London, UK to Brussels is an approximately 2.5-hour train ride. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of car and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from London to Brussels. In July, daytime highs in Brussels are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. You'll have a few hours on the 13th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Brussels

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trip

Bruges
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Musical Instruments Museum (MIM) ©
Musical Instruments Museum (MIM)
Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Historic Centre of Brugge ©
Historic Centre of Brugge

3
nights
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
You'll explore and learn at Rijksmuseum and Anne Frank House. Get some historical perspective at Rembrandt House Museum and Begijnhof. And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum, see the interesting displays at Heerlijck Slaapen op de Zaanse Schans, take an in-depth tour of Verzetsmuseum, and wander the streets of Red Light District.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Amsterdam vacation planner.

Traveling by train from Brussels to Amsterdam takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In July, daily temperatures in Amsterdam can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. On the 16th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Cologne.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Zaanse Schans
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Zaanse Schans ©
Zaanse Schans
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum

4
nights
Cologne, Germany

Cologne ©
Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
Get some cultural insight at Burg Eltz and Cologne Cathedral. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Beilstein Castle/Burg Metternich and Cologne Chocolate Museum. Explore Cologne's surroundings by going to Peace Museum - Bridge at Remagen (in Remagen), Historische Senfmühle (in Cochem) and Rheinfels Castle (in Sankt Goar). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Wallraf-Richartz Museum, indulge your thirst for a good beer at 4711 Eau de Cologne / Kolnisch Wasser/ 4711-Traditionshaus, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Bonner Münster, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Cologne travel itinerary creator.

You can drive from Amsterdam to Cologne in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can travel to Lucerne.

Things to do in Cologne

Museums Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Bonner Munster, Metternich Castle, Rheinfels Castle, Historische Senfmuehle, Peace Museum - Bridge at Remagen
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Eltz Castle ©
Eltz Castle
Cologne Cathedral ©
Cologne Cathedral
Metternich Castle ©
Metternich Castle

4
nights
Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Aare Gorge and Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Chapel Bridge (Kapellbrucke) and Altstadt Luzern. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lucerne: Kloster Einsiedeln (in Einsiedeln), Old Town Chur (in Chur) and Heididorf (in Maienfeld). There's much more to do: hike along The Eiger Trail, pause for some photo ops at Dying Lion of Lucerne Monument, admire the masterpieces at Fondation Beyeler, and wander the streets of Altstadt-Spaziergange durch Basel.

For where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Lucerne vacation planner.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Cologne to Lucerne takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In July, daytime highs in Lucerne are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can travel to Berchtesgaden.

Things to do in Lucerne

Neighborhoods Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Aare Gorge, Kloster Einsiedeln, Heidi's Village, Basel's Old Town, Old Town Chur
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Old Town Chur ©
Old Town Chur
Basel's Old Town ©
Basel's Old Town
Altstadt Luzern ©
Altstadt Luzern

2
nights
Berchtesgaden, Germany

Berchtesgaden ©
Bordered on three sides by Austria, Berchtesgaden is encircled by snow-capped mountain peaks that offer sweeping views of the entire region.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Haus der Berge, get outside with Jenner Bergbahn, and then browse the exhibits of Schloss Berchtesgaden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Gnadenkapelle, steep yourself in history at Kapellplatz, and then contemplate the long history of The Eagle's Nest.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Berchtesgaden travel itinerary creator.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Lucerne to Berchtesgaden. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in July, and nighttime lows around 17°C. On the 26th (Wed), you're off toSalzburg.

Things to do in Berchtesgaden

Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Altotting, Jenner Bergbahn
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The Eagle's Nest ©
The Eagle's Nest
Heilige Kapelle (Gnadenkapelle) ©
Heilige Kapelle (Gnadenkapelle)
Jenner Bergbahn ©
Jenner Bergbahn

1
night
Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
On the 26th (Wed), take in the dramatic scenery at Gollinger Wasserfall and then have a few drinks at Augustiner Braustubl.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Salzburg travel planner.

Traveling by car from Berchtesgaden to Salzburg takes an hour. In July, daily temperatures in Salzburg can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites Nightlife Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Gollinger Wasserfall
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Residenzgalerie Salzburg ©
Residenzgalerie Salzburg
Red Bull Hangar-7 ©
Red Bull Hangar-7
Salzburg Cathedral ©
Salzburg Cathedral

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