23 days in Europe Itinerary

23 days in Europe Itinerary

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Start: Johannesburg, South Africa
+3
Train + Foot + Fly + Train:  14 h 30 min
1
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 3 nights
Train + Fly:  4 h 15 min
2
Berlin, Germany
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
3
Prague, Czech Republic
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
4
Bratislava, Slovakia
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
5
Budapest, Hungary
— 3 nights
Drive:  5 h
6
Salzburg, Austria
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
7
Munich, Germany
— 1 night
Train:  3 h 15 min
8
Frankfurt, Germany
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 45 min
9
Bruges, Belgium
— 1 night
Train:  3 h
10
Paris, France
— 2 nights
train:  8 h 30 min
11
Grindelwald, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  8 h
End: Dublin, Ireland

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.
Amsterdam is known for museums, nightlife, and breweries & distilleries. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, contemplate the long history of Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House), learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at ARTIS, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Begijnhof.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Amsterdam trip planner.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Amsterdam is an approximately 15- hour combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from South Africa Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Johannesburg in May, expect nights in Amsterdam to be about the same, around 10°C, while days are slightly colder, around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Berlin.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House

2
nights
Berlin, Germany

The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): appreciate the history behind Brandenburg Gate, appreciate the history behind The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, then make a trip to Reichstag Building, and finally explore the world behind art at Pergamonmuseum. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to East Side Gallery and then take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Berlin holiday builder site.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Amsterdam to Berlin in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Prague.

Things to do in Berlin

Tours Museums Historic Sites
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Walking tours
Reichstag Building ©
Reichstag Building
Brandenburg Gate ©
Brandenburg Gate

3
nights
Prague, Czech Republic

Prague ©
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.
Prague is known for historic sites, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get to know the fascinating history of Staromestske namesti, step into the grandiose world of Prague Castle, wander the streets of Lesser Town, and snap pictures at Charles Bridge.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Prague trip builder site.

You can drive from Berlin to Prague in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a shuttle. In June, daily temperatures in Prague can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can go by car to Bratislava.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Tours Neighborhoods
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Staromestske namesti ©
Staromestske namesti
Charles Bridge
Charles Bridge
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle

1
night
Bratislava, Slovakia

Bratislava ©
Slovakia's capital, Bratislava, attracts visitors for its natural beauty and rich culture, offering a plethora of landscapes, outdoor activities, historical monuments, and a stately old town.
On the 9th (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Martin's Cathedral (Dom svateho Martina), wander the streets of Bratislava Old Town, and then explore the historical opulence of Devin Castle.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Bratislava online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Prague to Bratislava takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a train. Traveling from Prague in June, you will find days in Bratislava are a bit warmer (30°C), and nights are about the same (17°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to drive to Budapest.

Things to do in Bratislava

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Devin Castle ©
Devin Castle
St. Martin's Cathedral (Dom svateho Martina) ©
Bratislava Old Town ©
Bratislava Old Town

3
nights
Budapest, Hungary

Budapest ©
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.
On the 10th (Wed), contemplate the long history of Fisherman's Bastion, contemplate the long history of Matthias Church, then take in the views from Szechenyi Lanchid, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), and finally get a sense of history and politics at Hungarian Parliament Building. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Heroes' Square, then examine the collection at House of Terror Museum, then contemplate the long history of Liberty Statue, and finally explore the world behind art at Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria).

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

Traveling by car from Bratislava to Budapest takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In June, daytime highs in Budapest are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Salzburg.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums
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Fisherman's Bastion ©
Fisherman's Bastion
Hungarian Parliament Building ©
Hungarian Parliament Building
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church

1
night
Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Fri): explore the historical opulence of Schloss Hellbrunn, then get great views at Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Salzburg Cathedral, and finally contemplate the long history of Salzburger Altstadt. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the natural beauty at Mirabell Palace, contemplate the long history of Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus), take an in-depth tour of Mozarts Geburtshaus, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Untersberg, then see the interesting displays at Red Bull Hangar-7, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter's Abbey (Stift St. Peter).

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Salzburg trip planning app.

You can drive from Budapest to Salzburg in 5.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly. Traveling from Budapest in June, you will find days in Salzburg are little chillier (26°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can go by car to Munich.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Schloss Hellbrunn ©
Schloss Hellbrunn
Mirabell Palace ©
Mirabell Palace
Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle ©
Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle

1
night
Munich, Germany

Munich ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): take in nature's colorful creations at English Garden, steep yourself in history at Nymphenburg Palace, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter's Church.

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Drive from Salzburg to Munich in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Munich are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Frankfurt.

Things to do in Munich

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Nymphenburg Palace ©
Nymphenburg Palace
English Garden ©
English Garden
St. Peter's Church ©
St. Peter's Church

2
nights
Frankfurt, Germany

Frankfurt ©
A global center of finance and transportation, Frankfurt is perhaps best known for its futuristic cityscape.
On the 15th (Mon), admire the local landmark of Fountain of Justice, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of St. Bartholomew (Dom St. Bartholomaus), snap pictures at Iron Bridge, contemplate the long history of Goethe House, then admire the natural beauty at Palmengarten, and finally make a trip to Main Tower. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Romer and then explore the world behind art at Stadel Museum.

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You can take a train from Munich to Frankfurt in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in June, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can go by car to Bruges.

Things to do in Frankfurt

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Stadel Museum
Stadel Museum
Goethe House ©
Goethe House

1
night
Bruges, Belgium

Bruges ©
The medieval town of Bruges centers around a canal, and the architecture of its historical district has made it a World Heritage Site.
On the 17th (Wed), examine the collection at Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum, don't miss a visit to The Markt, appreciate the history behind Oude Griffie, admire the striking features of Belfry of Bruges, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica of the Holy Blood, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan.

To find maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Bruges road trip planning tool.

You can drive from Frankfurt to Bruges in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. When traveling from Frankfurt in June, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Bruges: temperatures range from 22°C by day to 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Paris.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries Museums
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Basilica of the Holy Blood ©
Basilica of the Holy Blood
The Markt ©
The Markt
Belfry of Bruges ©
Belfry of Bruges

2
nights
Paris, France

Paris ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): wander the streets of Île de la Cité, contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, then admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, and finally admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay. On the 19th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the landmark architecture of Sainte-Chapelle and then admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Paris online route maker.

You can take a train from Bruges to Paris in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Bruges in June, expect nights in Paris to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

3
nights
Grindelwald, Switzerland

Grindelwald ©
As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Jungfraujoch and then take in the dramatic scenery at Trümmelbachfälle. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Aletsch Glacier and then fly down the slopes at Grindelwald-First.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Grindelwald online trip builder.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Paris to Grindelwald takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. You will leave for home on the 22nd (Mon).

Things to do in Grindelwald

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trips

Grindelwald-Wengen-Murren-Lauterbrunnen, Trümmelbachfälle
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Aletsch Glacier ©
Aletsch Glacier
Jungfraujoch ©
Jungfraujoch
Trümmelbachfälle ©
Trümmelbachfälle

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