15 days in Western Europe Itinerary

15 days in Western Europe Itinerary

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Vienna, Austria
— 2 nights
Salzburg, Austria
— 2 nights
Munich, Germany
— 3 nights
Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 night
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 3 nights


Vienna, Austria

— 2 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.
Appreciate the collections at Belvedere Palace and The Hofburg. Schonbrunn Palace and Historic Center of Vienna are good opportunities to explore the local culture. And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at St. Stephen's Cathedral, see the interesting displays at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Augustinerkirche.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Vienna holiday planner.

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to Vienna is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of ferry and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Jeddah to Vienna is minus 2 hours. In September, Vienna is colder than Jeddah - with highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can drive to Salzburg.

Things to do in Vienna

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Sep 13 — 15:

Salzburg, Austria

— 2 nights

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 16th (Thu): get great views at Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Salzburg Cathedral, and then step into the grandiose world of Schloss Hellbrunn. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Red Bull Hangar-7, browse the exhibits of Mozarts Geburtshaus, then steep yourself in history at Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus), and finally admire the natural beauty at Mirabell Palace.

For more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Salzburg trip planner.

Traveling by car from Vienna to Salzburg takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In September, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can go by car to Munich.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
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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.
Appreciate the collections at Munich Residenz and Alte Pinakothek. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Nymphenburg Palace and St. Peter's Church. There's lots more to do: stroll around English Garden, make a trip to Marienplatz, see the interesting displays at BMW Welt, and take in panoramic vistas at Frauenkirche.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Munich vacation planning website.

Traveling by car from Salzburg to Munich takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Munich are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Zurich.

Things to do in Munich

Museums · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Sep 17 — 20:

Zurich, Switzerland

— 1 night

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Landesmuseum and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Zurich trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Munich to Zurich in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in September, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Paris.

Things to do in Zurich

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Sep 20 — 21:

Paris, France

— 3 nights

City of Light

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Eiffel Tower and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. Popular historic sites such as Montmartre and Île de la Cité are in your itinerary. And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, admire the striking features of Louvre Museum, contemplate the long history of Arc de Triomphe, and examine the collection at Musee Rodin.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Paris trip itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Zurich to Paris by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can take a train to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Paris

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Nature
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands

— 3 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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): appreciate the extensive heritage of Begijnhof, then take a stroll through The Jordaan, and then admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum, then take an in-depth tour of Anne Frank House, and then steep yourself in history at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House).

To see reviews and tourist information, read Amsterdam trip builder.

You can take a train from Paris to Amsterdam in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In September in Amsterdam, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 13°C at night. On the 27th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Breweries & Distilleries
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Austria travel guide

Castles · Art Museums · Churches
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.

Germany travel guide

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.

Switzerland travel guide

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.

France travel guide

Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Historic Sites
France has been the world's most popular tourist destination for decades, and geographically, it is one of the most diverse countries in Europe. Its cities are holiday hot spots and contain some of the greatest treasures in Europe, its countryside is prosperous and well tended, and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions, like Paris, the French Riviera, the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the French Alps, as well as the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany, and Normandy. The country is renowned for its gastronomy, particularly wines and cheeses, as well as its history, culture, and fashion industry.

You'll find that the French people are very polite and may react coldly to you if you forget this. You might be surprised as you're greeted by other customers and the proprieter when you walk into a restaurant or a shop. Be sure to take your sightseeing off the beaten path in France. Besides the famous Eiffel Tower and the chic resorts of the Côte d'Azur (French Riviera) you'll find many places to visit in the form of museums filled with fine art, crafts, and archaeological relics, wonderful medieval villages and castles, diverse national parks, and local shopping direct from artisans themselves.

Whether you're touring the Christmas Markets or going skiing during winter, viewing the springtime influx of color in Provence, sunbathing on the Mediterranean coast in the summer, or watching the fall foliage against the backdrop of the châteaux in the Loire Valley, you're sure to find just the right place to be. Spring is a time when the tourist attractions are just starting to expand their hours, but it may still be cold in the mountainous regions and the north. Summer is the busiest time in France with the longest hours for many museums and attractions, but it's often when you will experience the most crowds. Winter in France is filled with winter carnivals, Christmas Markets, and of course, skiing. Fall is a time to celebrate the release of Beaujolais nouveau wine in November, as well as experience Nuit Blanche, a day in October when major attractions, museums, galleries, parks, and swimming pools remain open all night.

The Netherlands travel guide

Art Museums · History Museums · Specialty Museums
Low Country
The Netherlands literally means "Low Country", inspired by the country's low and flat geography, where only about 50 percent of the land exceeds one meter (three feet) above sea level. Since the late 16th century, large, flat land areas called "polders" have been reclaimed from the sea and lakes and protected by dikes, amounting to nearly 17 percent of the country's current land mass. The Netherlands is. This is small, densely populated country lies mainly in Western Europe but also includes three islands in the Caribbean; it's the main constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The European part of the Netherlands borders Germany to the east, Belgium to the south, and the North Sea to the northwest, sharing maritime borders with Belgium, the United Kingdom and Germany. Amsterdam, The Hague, and Rotterdam serve as the three largest and most important cities in the Netherlands. Amsterdam is the country's capital, while The Hague holds the Dutch seat of government. The port of Rotterdam claims the title as the largest port in Europe, in fact, it's as large as the next three ports combined.