17 days in Europe Itinerary

17 days in Europe Itinerary

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17 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Islamabad, Pakistan
Fly + Drive:  9 h 30 min
1
Osterholz-Scharmbeck, Germany
— 1 day
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Hamburg, Germany
— 1 night
+2
Train + Tram + Fly:  3 h 45 min
3
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h
4
Brussels, Belgium
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 30 min
5
Paris, France
— 4 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
6
Bern, Switzerland
— 1 night
Train:  1 h 30 min
7
Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
8
Munich, Germany
— 1 night
Fly:  17 h
End: Islamabad, Pakistan

1
day
Osterholz-Scharmbeck, Germany

Osterholz-Scharmbeck ©
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): examine the collection at Heinrich-Vogeler-Museum, then see the interesting displays at Käseglocke, then view the masterpieces at Große Kunstschau, and finally contemplate the long history of Haus im Schluh.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Osterholz-Scharmbeck trip itinerery planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Islamabad, Pakistan to Osterholz-Scharmbeck. The time zone changes from Pakistan Time to Central European Time, which is usually a -4 hour difference. Traveling from Islamabad in December, expect nights in Osterholz-Scharmbeck to be little chillier, around 0°C, while days are much colder, around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Hamburg.

Things to do in Osterholz-Scharmbeck

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Worpswede
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Barkenhoff, Heinrich-Vogeler-Museum ©
Kaseglocke ©
Kaseglocke
Haus im Schluh ©
Haus im Schluh

1
night
Hamburg, Germany

Hamburg ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): examine the collection at Miniatur Wunderland.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Hamburg custom trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Osterholz-Scharmbeck to Hamburg. In December, plan for daily highs up to 5°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time for travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Hamburg

Museums
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Miniatur Wunderland ©
Miniatur Wunderland

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Rijksmuseum and Anne Frank House. Van Gogh Museum and Rembrandt House Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Take a break from Amsterdam with a short trip to Zandvoort aan Zee in Zandvoort, about 42 minutes away. There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Red Light District, sample the tasty concoctions at Heineken Experience, look for gifts at PGC Hajenius, and hunt for treasures at Albert Cuyp Market.

To find ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Amsterdam trip itinerary maker.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Hamburg to Amsterdam in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Amsterdam can reach 7°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Brussels.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Zandvoort aan Zee
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Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum

3
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.
For shopping fun, head to The Chocolate Line Bruges or The Bottle Shop. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Historic Centre of Brugge and Maison d'Erasme. Venture out of the city with trips to Bruges (Belfry of Bruges, Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, & more). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Grand Place and examine the collection at Atomium.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Brussels trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by train from Amsterdam to Brussels takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In December in Brussels, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Brussels

Historic Sites Museums Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Bruges
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Historic Centre of Brugge ©
Historic Centre of Brugge
Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Atomium ©
Atomium

4
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.
Let the collections at Musée d'Orsay and Louvre Museum capture your imagination. Le Marais and Palace of Versailles are good opportunities to explore the local culture. And it doesn't end there: stop by La Grande Épicerie de Paris, kick back and relax at Paris Plage, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Rue Mouffetard Market.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Paris sightseeing planner.

Take a train from Brussels to Paris in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 8°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Bern.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
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Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Palace of Versailles ©
Palace of Versailles

1
night
Bern, Switzerland

Bern ©
The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
On the 14th (Wed), get engrossed in the history at Einsteinhaus, then take a stroll through UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, then explore the world behind art at Zentrum Paul Klee, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Wankdorf Center.

For maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Bern custom trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Paris to Bern. Traveling from Paris in December, expect Bern to be a bit cooler, temps between 4°C and -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Zurich.

Things to do in Bern

Museums Shopping Childrens Museums
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Einstein House (Einsteinhaus) ©
Einstein House (Einsteinhaus)
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern ©
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern
Zentrum Paul Klee (Paul Klee Center) ©

2
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, wander the streets of Old Town (Altstadt), and then stop by Bärenland. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Fri): look for gifts at Confiserie Sprüngli AG, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich), and then look for gifts at Uhrenmuseum Beyer Zürich.

To see maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Zurich trip generator.

Traveling by train from Bern to Zurich takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, daytime highs in Zurich are 5°C, while nighttime lows are -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Munich.

Things to do in Zurich

Museums Parks Nature
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Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich) ©
Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich)
Old Town ©
Old Town
Uhrenmuseum Beyer Zürich ©
Uhrenmuseum Beyer Zürich

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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): get curious at Deutsches Museum, then examine the collection at Munich Residenz, and then look for gifts at Schrannenhalle.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Munich itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Zurich to Munich takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Munich can reach 6°C, while at night they dip to -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Munich

Museums Childrens Museums Shopping
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Deutsches Museum ©
Deutsches Museum
Munich Residenz ©
Munich Residenz
Schrannenhalle ©
Schrannenhalle

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