27 days in Western Europe Itinerary

27 days in Western Europe Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Europe trip planner

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Paris, France
— 3 nights
Train
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Grindelwald, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Drive
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Lucerne, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Drive
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Train
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Munich, Germany
— 3 nights
Train
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Strasbourg, France
— 2 nights
Drive
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Frankfurt, Germany
— 2 nights
Drive
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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
— 1 night
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Paris, France
— 5 nights
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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.
When in Paris, make a side trip to see Palace of Versailles in Versailles, approximately Versailles away. There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, get to know the fascinating history of Montmartre, contemplate the waterfront views at Seine River, and stroll around Luxembourg Gardens.

Before you visit Paris, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Detroit, USA to Paris is an approximately 11-hour flight. Traveling from Detroit to Paris, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Detroit in November, Paris is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 42°F. You will have some time to spend on the 18th (Thu) before leaving for Grindelwald.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 15 — 18:

Grindelwald, Switzerland

— 3 nights

Glacier Village

As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
Keep things going the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Jungfraujoch and then get to know the fascinating history of Kleine Scheidegg.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Grindelwald online attractions planner.

Do a combination of flight, bus, and train from Paris to Grindelwald in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. On the 21st (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Lucerne.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Tours · Nature · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 18 — 21:

Lucerne, Switzerland

— 3 nights
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Lucerne is known for nature, winter sports, and childrens museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Lucerne, identify plant and animal life at Biosphaere Entlebuch, visit Altstadt Luzern, and enjoy breathtaking views from Hammetschwand Lift.

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You can drive from Grindelwald to Lucerne in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In November, plan for daily highs up to 48°F, and evening lows to 36°F. On the 24th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Zurich.

Things to do in Lucerne

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 21 — 24:

Zurich, Switzerland

— 3 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Go for a jaunt from Zurich to Neuhausen am Rheinfall to see Rhine Falls about 42 minutes away. Spend the 26th (Fri) in the animal kingdom at Zoo Zurich. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, wander the streets of Bahnhofstrasse, appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town, and stroll around Lindenhofplatz.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Zurich road trip planning app.

Getting from Lucerne to Zurich by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In November in Zurich, expect temperatures between 48°F during the day and 37°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Munich.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 24 — 27:

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.
On the 28th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Theatinerkirche St. Kajetan, then examine the collection at Munich Residenz, then engage your brain at Deutsches Museum, and finally don't miss a visit to Marienplatz.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Munich online holiday planner.

You can fly from Zurich to Munich in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In November, daytime highs in Munich are 47°F, while nighttime lows are 34°F. On the 30th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Strasbourg.

Things to do in Munich

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Nov 27 — 30:

Strasbourg, France

— 2 nights

Crossroads of Europe

Strasbourg is famous for its beautiful historical center, the Grande Île, which was the first city center classified entirely as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Strasbourg is one of the nine largest cities in France with nearly half a million inhabitants in the metropolitan area crossing the river to the German city of Kehl, on the eastern bank of the Rhine River.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Strasbourg: Colmar (Musée d'Unterlinden & Little Venice) and Vieille Ville (in Riquewihr). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg, take a stroll through La Petite France, appreciate the extensive heritage of Centre-ville de Strasbourg, and walk around Parc de l'Orangerie.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Strasbourg trip itinerary maker site.

Getting from Munich to Strasbourg by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In November, daytime highs in Strasbourg are 50°F, while nighttime lows are 38°F. You'll set off for Frankfurt on the 2nd (Thu).

Things to do in Strasbourg

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 30 — Dec 2:

Frankfurt, Germany

— 2 nights

Mainhattan

A global center of finance and transportation, Frankfurt is perhaps best known for its futuristic cityscape.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): admire the landmark architecture of Romer, contemplate the long history of Goethe House, admire the masterpieces at Stadel Museum, then take in the views from Iron Bridge, and finally contemplate the long history of Cathedral of St. Bartholomew (Dom St. Bartholomaus).

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Frankfurt online driving holiday planner.

Drive from Strasbourg to Frankfurt in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 44°F, and evening lows to 35°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can go by car to Luxembourg City.

Things to do in Frankfurt

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 2 — 4:

Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

— 1 night

Gibraltar of the North

While Luxembourg City boasts the shiny headquarters of several European institutions and EU offices, it is also home to a beautiful old town that's designated as a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Place Guillaume II, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Notre-Dame, explore the historical opulence of Palace of the Grand Dukes (Palais Grand-Ducal), then take in the dramatic natural features at Casemates du Bock, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Le Chemin de la Corniche, and finally see the interesting displays at National Museum of Art and History (Musee National d'Histoire et d'Art). On the 5th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the striking features of Mudam Luxembourg Modern Art Museum, explore the different monuments and memorials at Luxembourg American Cemetery Memorial, and then don't miss a visit to Barrio Grund.

For more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Luxembourg City online trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Frankfurt to Luxembourg City by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train. December in Luxembourg City sees daily highs of 42°F and lows of 34°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Paris.

Things to do in Luxembourg City

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Dec 4 — 5:

Paris, France

— 5 nights

City of Light

See even more of Paris: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, and admire the landmark architecture of Louvre Museum.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Paris trip itinerary website.

Traveling by train from Luxembourg City to Paris takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Dec 5 — 10:

France travel guide

4.3
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.

Switzerland travel guide

4.7
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.

Germany travel guide

4.5
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.

Luxembourg travel guide

4.4
Landmarks · Castles · Churches
Green Heart of Europe
One of the three richest countries in the world, Luxembourg celebrates its wealth of natural and historical sites as well. Landlocked by Belgium, France, and Germany, this nation represents a blend of cultures, which are evident as you explore the nation's villages, outdoor attractions, and capital. If you prefer city living, discover Luxembourg City's old town, with World Heritage status. This small nation's rolling countryside is equally charming, offering castles and plenty of opportunity for recreation and leisure. Go for a bike ride, hike the country's mountainous region, or spend time at renowned vineyards.