23 days in Europe Itinerary

23 days in Europe Itinerary

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23 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly:  9 h 30 min
1
Munich, Germany
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
2
Rothenburg, Germany
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
3
Heidelberg, Germany
— 1 night
Train:  2 h
4
Cologne, Germany
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
5
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 4 nights
Train:  3 h 30 min
6
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h
7
Beaune, France
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
8
Annecy, France
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 15 min
9
Zermatt, Switzerland
— 6 nights
Train + Fly:  29 h
End: Melbourne, Australia

2
nights
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.
Deutsches Museum and BMW Welt are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Ludwig Beck AG and The ITEM SHOP. It doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Alte Pinakothek.

For reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Munich trip generator.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Melbourne, Australia to Munich. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) to Central European Time is minus 9 hours. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Melbourne in January, with highs in Munich at 3°C and lows at -2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Rothenburg.

Things to do in Munich

Museums Childrens Museums Shopping
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Deutsches Museum ©
Deutsches Museum
Alte Pinakothek ©
Alte Pinakothek
BMW Welt ©
BMW Welt

1
night
Rothenburg, Germany

Rothenburg ©
An old imperial city, Rothenburg is the main tourist stop on the scenic Romantic Road of Bavaria.
You've now added Town Walls to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Kriminalmuseum and then steep yourself in history at Town Walls.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Rothenburg trip planner.

Traveling by car from Munich to Rothenburg takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train, flight, and subway. In January in Rothenburg, expect temperatures between 2°C during the day and -2°C at night. On the 12th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Heidelberg.

Things to do in Rothenburg

Historic Sites Museums
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Town Walls ©
Town Walls

1
night
Heidelberg, Germany

Heidelberg ©
A vibrant university city, Heidelberg is nestled in the picturesque Neckar river valley.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): step into the grandiose world of Heidelberg Castle (Schloss Heidelberg), look for gifts at Heidelberger Zuckerladen, and then trek along Philosophers' Way (Philosophenweg).

To see reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Heidelberg tour planner.

You can drive from Rothenburg to Heidelberg in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 5°C in January, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Cologne.

Things to do in Heidelberg

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Philosopher’s Walk ©
Philosopher’s Walk
Schloss Heidelberg ©
Schloss Heidelberg
Heidelberger Zuckerladen ©
Heidelberger Zuckerladen

1
night
Cologne, Germany

Cologne ©
Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): admire the striking features of Cologne Cathedral.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Cologne trip itinerary builder.

You can take a train from Heidelberg to Cologne in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Cologne are 7°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Sat) to allow time for the flight to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Cologne

Historic Sites
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Cologne Cathedral ©
Cologne Cathedral

4
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.
Anne Frank House and Rijksmuseum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Cachou Artelier and Abraham Kef's. And it doesn't end there: stop by Bonebakker Jeweler Amsterdam, take in the exciting artwork at TASCHEN Store Amsterdam, explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum, and explore the engaging exhibits at Science Center NEMO.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Amsterdam custom trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Cologne to Amsterdam takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in January, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Shopping Parks
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Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

3
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at The Catacombs and Louvre Museum. Shop till you drop at La Grande Épicerie de Paris and Wine Touch. Step out of Paris to go to Versailles and see Palace of Versailles, which is approximately 44 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Musée d'Orsay and stop by Les Marquis de Ladurée.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Paris vacation trip planner.

You can take a train from Amsterdam to Paris in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in January, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can take a train to Beaune.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

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

1
night
Beaune, France

Beaune ©
The Wine Capital of the Burgundy region in the Côte-d'Or department, Beaune is a walled city with features remaining from the pre-Roman and Roman eras in eastern France.
On the 22nd (Sun), indulge your taste buds at Ferme Fruirouge, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Savigny-les-Beaune, then see the interesting displays at Musee de l'Hotel-Dieu, and finally stop by Les Vins de Maurice.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Beaune travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Paris to Beaune takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In January, daytime highs in Beaune are 7°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Annecy.

Things to do in Beaune

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Ferme Fruirouge
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Les Vins de Maurice ©
Les Vins de Maurice
Ferme Fruirouge ©
Ferme Fruirouge

1
night
Annecy, France

Annecy ©
The canals is in Annecy helped earn the medieval town the nickname the Venice of the Alps.
On the 23rd (Mon), pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Pierre, then don't miss a visit to La Vieille Ville, and then examine the collection at Palais de l'Ile.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Annecy trip itinerary builder.

Drive from Beaune to Annecy in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Annecy can reach 7°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time for travel to Zermatt.

Things to do in Annecy

Museums Historic Sites
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Palais de l'Ile ©
Palais de l'Ile
La Vieille Ville ©
La Vieille Ville

6
nights
Zermatt, Switzerland

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Head to Metzgerei Bayard and Laderachfor plenty of shopping. Get some historical perspective at St. Mauritius Church and Intercontinental Church Society. Explore Zermatt's surroundings by going to Schilthorn (in Murren), Chateau de Chillon (in Montreux), Buri Sport (in Grindelwald), Swiss Chocolate Chalet (in Interlaken), Castle of Gruyeres (in Gruyeres) and Ski Service - Verbier Ski Hire / Location de Ski (in Verbier). On the 28th (Sat), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Matterhorn Diamonds Ski School. The adventure continues: take in the awesome beauty at The Matterhorn, take in panoramic vistas at Matterhorn Glacier Paradise, stroll through Matterhorn Ski Paradise, and have fun at Clay Shoot Zermatt.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Zermatt trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Annecy to Zermatt with the Route module. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Zermatt

Outdoors Winter Sports Tours

Side Trips

Swiss Chocolate Chalet, Chateau de Chillon, Buri Sport, Gruyeres Castle, Ski Service
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The Matterhorn ©
The Matterhorn
Chateau de Chillon ©
Chateau de Chillon
Matterhorn Diamonds Ski School ©
Matterhorn Diamonds Ski School

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