23 days in Europe Itinerary

23 days in Europe Itinerary

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23 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Baghdad, Iraq
Fly:  13​h 15​min
1
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Munich, Germany
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Zurich, Switzerland
— 3 nights
train:  1​h
4
Bern, Switzerland
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  6​h
5
Paris, France
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
6
Brussels, Belgium
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
7
Hamburg, Germany
— 1 night
+2
train + tram + Fly:  3​h 45​min
8
Amsterdam, Holland
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
9
Copenhagen, Denmark
— 1 night
Fly:  11​h
End: Baghdad, Iraq

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Old Town Square, then identify plant and animal life at Medvedarium, then admire the striking features of St. Vitus Cathedral, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Vrtbovská zahrada. On your second day here, step off the mainland to explore Shooters Island, then make a trip to Old Town (Stare Mesto), and then contemplate the long history of Prague Astronomical Clock.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Prague holiday planner.

Baghdad, Iraq to Prague is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Baghdad to Prague is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Baghdad in November, expect nights in Prague to be slightly colder, around 3°C, while days are cooler, around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Munich.

Things to do in Prague

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

MedvEdarium
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Staromestske namesti ©
Staromestske namesti
Prague Astronomical Clock ©
Prague Astronomical Clock
St. Vitus Cathedral ©
St. Vitus Cathedral

3
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like English Garden and Forggensee. Altstadt (Old Town) Mittenwald and Altstadt von Fuessen are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Munich: Ferchensee Lake (in Mittenwald) and Basilika St. Mang (in Fussen). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Flaucher, make a trip to Marienplatz, and admire the striking features of St. Peter's Church.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Munich itinerary maker.

You can fly from Prague to Munich in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to fly to Zurich.

Things to do in Munich

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Mittenwald, Fussen, Forggensee
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Forggensee ©
Forggensee
Altstadt von Fuessen ©
Altstadt von Fuessen
St. Peter's Church ©
St. Peter's Church

3
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town (Altstadt), then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, and then stop by Uhrenmuseum Beyer Zürich. On the 24th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the activities along Lake Lucerne, take in the awesome beauty at Mt Pilatus, and then pause for some photo ops at Dying Lion of Lucerne Monument.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Zurich trip builder.

Getting from Munich to Zurich by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. November in Zurich sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Bern.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Nature Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Lucerne
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Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Old Town ©
Old Town
Lake Lucerne ©
Lake Lucerne

3
nights
Bern, Switzerland

The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Take a break from the city and head to Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls and Parasailing & Paragliding. Get some cultural insight at UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern and Schilthorn. Get out of town with these interesting Bern side-trips: Harderkulm (in Interlaken) and Trümmelbachfälle (in Lauterbrunnen). There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Rose Garden (Rosengarten).

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Bern vacation trip planner.

Take a train from Zurich to Bern in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In November in Bern, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to do a combination of to Paris.

Things to do in Bern

Parks Nature Adventure

Side Trips

Interlaken, Lauterbrunnen
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls ©
Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls
Trümmelbachfälle ©
Trümmelbachfälle

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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Montmartre, and then wander the streets of Le Marais. On your second day here, step off the mainland to explore Ile Saint-Louis, contemplate the waterfront views at River Seine, then stroll through Île de la Cité, and finally examine the collection at Musée d'Orsay.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Paris itinerary maker.

Do a combination of from Bern to Paris in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Bern in November, Paris is a bit warmer at night with lows of 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can take a train to Brussels.

Things to do in Paris

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums
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Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay
Arc de Triomphe ©
Arc de Triomphe
Montmartre ©
Montmartre

2
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 some cultural insight at Grand Place and Place St. Gery. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Musical Instruments Museum, contemplate the waterfront views at Etangs d'Ixelles, don't miss a visit to Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert, and get curious at Atomium.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Brussels itinerary maker.

You can take a train from Paris to Brussels in 2 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. November in Brussels sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Hamburg.

Things to do in Brussels

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Atomium ©
Atomium
Musical Instruments Museum (MIM) ©

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): wander the streets of HafenCity and then wander the streets of Aussenalster.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Hamburg trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Brussels to Hamburg in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 5°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Hamburg

Neighborhoods
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Alster ©
Alster
HafenCity ©
HafenCity

3
nights
Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
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 4th (Sun): explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, then admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum, and then get engrossed in the history at Anne Frank House. Here are some ideas for day two: wander the streets of Red Light District, then get a taste of local nightlife at Amsterdam Roest, then contemplate the long history of Museum Willet-Holthuysen, and finally look for gifts at De Kaaskamer.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Amsterdam vacation builder.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Hamburg to Amsterdam takes 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 fly to Copenhagen.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

1
night
Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen ©
Founded in the 10th century as a Viking fishing village, Copenhagen has morphed into the cultural, political, and economic powerhouse of the country.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Tue): pause for some photo ops at The Little Mermaid (Den Lille Havfrue), enjoy the sand and surf at Bureso, and then examine the collection at Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Copenhagen sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Amsterdam to Copenhagen in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 6°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Copenhagen

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Bureso
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Bureso ©
Bureso
Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek ©
Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
Peblinge Lake ©
Peblinge Lake

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