30 days in Europe Itinerary

30 days in Europe Itinerary

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Zurich, Switzerland
— 3 nights
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Innsbruck, Austria
— 2 nights
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Salzburg, Austria
— 2 nights
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Hallstatt, Austria
— 2 nights
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Vienna, Austria
— 3 nights
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Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
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Parma, Italy
— 2 nights
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Como, Italy
— 3 nights
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St. Moritz, Switzerland
— 3 nights
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Interlaken, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Zermatt, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Bern, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Zurich, Switzerland

— 3 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Explore hidden gems such as Liebfrauenkirche and Sammlung Oskar Reinhart. Popular historic sites such as Kirche Enge and Wasserkirche are in your itinerary. When in Zurich, make a side trip to see Oskar-Reinhart Foundation Museum in Winterthur, approximately Winterthur away. Next up on the itinerary: stop by Lake Zurich, Eastern Bank, head outdoors with Zurich Succulent Plant Collection, wander the streets of Schanzengraben Canal, and step into the grandiose world of Castle Kyburg.

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

Chicago, USA to Zurich is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is 7 hours. In September, Zurich is slightly colder than Chicago - with highs of 67°F and lows of 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can drive to Innsbruck.

Things to do in Zurich

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Outdoors

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Find places to stay Sep 1 — 4:

Innsbruck, Austria

— 2 nights
Nestled in a valley between snowcapped peaks, Innsbruck evokes visions of a winter wonderland.
On the 5th (Sun), pause for some serene contemplation at Herz-Jesu-Basilika, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Jesuitenkirche, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilika St. Michael, then see the interesting displays at Panorama and kaiserjager museum, and finally explore the activities along River Inn. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Swarovski Kristallwelten Store Innsbruck, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Jesuit Church, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pfarrkirche St. Nikolaus, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Magdalen’s Chapel, then contemplate the long history of Rathaus, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Heilig-Geist-Kirche.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Innsbruck online itinerary planner.

You can drive from Zurich to Innsbruck in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 68°F in September, and nighttime lows around 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Salzburg.

Things to do in Innsbruck

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 4 — 6:

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 7th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Evangelische Christuskirche, pause for some serene contemplation at Sankt Sebastiankriche, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Sebastiansfriedhof, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kapuzinerkloster, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St. Johannes am Imberg. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Estacion Meteorologica (Wetterstation), then steep yourself in history at Kommune Gruft, then pause for some serene contemplation at Michaelskirche, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Wallfahrtskirche Maria Plain.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Salzburg visit planning website.

Traveling by car from Innsbruck to Salzburg takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can go by car to Hallstatt.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 6 — 8:

Hallstatt, Austria

— 2 nights

Pearl of Austria

Historically known for the production of salt, Halstatt's fine architecture reflects the small village's salt mining legacy.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): have fun at Obertraun Bathing Area/Lakeside Recreation Area, explore the striking landscape at Dachstein Giant Ice Caves, see the interesting displays at Museum Hallstatt, then pause for some serene contemplation at Parish of the Assumption, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Hallstatt Lutheran Church. On the next day, pause for some serene contemplation at Pfarrkirche Traunkirchen and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Johannesbergkapelle.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Hallstatt visit website.

Traveling by car from Salzburg to Hallstatt takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Vienna.

Things to do in Hallstatt

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 8 — 10:

Vienna, Austria

— 3 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Wachau Valley and St. Michael's Church. Popular historic sites such as Burgruine Duernstein and Trinitarierkirche zum Heiligen Franz von Assisi are in your itinerary. Explore Vienna's surroundings by going to Castle Grafenegg (in Grafenegg) and Piaristenkirche (in Krems an der Donau). And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at St. Anna's Church, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Minoritenkirche, don't miss a visit to Griechenkirche zur heiligen Dreifaltigkeit, and appreciate the history behind Pestsäule.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Vienna day trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Hallstatt to Vienna takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Vienna can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to Prague.

Things to do in Vienna

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 10 — 13:

Prague, Czech Republic

— 2 nights

City of a Hundred Spires

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 14th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Saint Ludmila, get to know the fascinating history of The Vrtba Garden, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Francis of Assisi Church, then see the interesting displays at Muzeum ceskeho granatu, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Jerusalem Synagogue, and finally brush up on your military savvy at Cold War Museum. On the 15th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of New Town Hall, take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Church of St. Ignatius, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Peter and Paul Cathedral.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Prague vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from Vienna to Prague takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 66°F in September, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel to Parma.

Things to do in Prague

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

Parma, Italy

— 2 nights

Capital of Italian Food Valley

Parma is famous for its prosciutto, cheese, and architecture.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di Sant'Egidio e Sant'Omobono, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di Sant'Agostino, then pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di Santa Maria Maddalena, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Sant'Abbondio. On your second day here, take an in-depth tour of Museo Casa natale Arturo Toscanini, don't miss a visit to Sottopasso del Ponte Romano, explore the world behind art at Palazzo Del Governatore, then pause for some serene contemplation at Chiostri di S.Giovanni Evangelista, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa di Santa Cristina.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Parma trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Prague to Parma takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Prague in September; daily highs in Parma reach 77°F and lows reach 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Como.

Things to do in Parma

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 15 — 17:

Como, Italy

— 3 nights

City of Silk

Known for its idyllic location on the shores of Lake Como and at the foot of the Alps, Como is one of northern Italy's most popular tourist destinations.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Chiesa di San Vittore and Santuario di Santa Maria del Monte. Your inner history buff will appreciate Baradello Castle and Chiesa di Sant'Andrea Apostolo. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Como: Borromeo Palace (in Lake Maggiore) and Stresa (Lungolago Stresa & Chiesa Santi Ambrogio e Theodolo). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Museo Didattico della Seta, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di San Vincenzo in Galliano, take an in-depth tour of Civico Museo Archeologico Paolo Giovio, and head outdoors with Aero Club Como.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Como route planner.

You can drive from Parma to Como in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 76°F, and evening lows to 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to St. Moritz.

Things to do in Como

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 17 — 20:

St. Moritz, Switzerland

— 3 nights
St.
Get some historical perspective at Church of San Gian and Chamanna Segantini. Step off the beaten path and head to National Park Centre and The Leaning Tower, Engadin St. Moritz. Change things up with a short trip to Guarda in Guarda (about 52 minutes away). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kirche San Karl St. Moritz-Bad, take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Burial Church of Santa Maria, go for a walk through Schellen Ursli Path, and experience rural life at Alp-Schaukaserei Morteratsch.

Plan trip to St. Moritz with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Getting from Como to St. Moritz by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from Como in September, things will get a bit cooler in St. Moritz: highs are around 60°F and lows about 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Interlaken.

Things to do in St. Moritz

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 20 — 23:

Interlaken, Switzerland

— 2 nights
Nestled between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz in the heart of the Jungfrau region, Interlaken became popular for its proximity to the mountains and lakes of the Bernese Oberland region.
On the 24th (Fri), take in the awesome beauty at The Eiger, then get to know the fascinating history of Kleine Scheidegg, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Maennlichen Royal Walk, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Maennlichen Romantic Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Sat): push the limits with Skydive Interlaken, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Schlosskirche, and then race across the water with a speed boat tour.

Make your Interlaken itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by car from St. Moritz to Interlaken takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September in Interlaken, expect temperatures between 65°F during the day and 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Interlaken

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 23 — 25:

Zermatt, Switzerland

— 2 nights
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): explore the activities along Stellisee, then tour the pleasant surroundings at 5-Seenweg, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kapelle Gornergrat "Bernhard von Aosta", and finally look for gifts at Lindt Chocolate Shop Zermatt. On the 27th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the pleasant sights at Hinterdorfstrasse, get great views at Photopoint Kirchbrucke bridge, then stroll through Riffelsee, and finally snap pictures at Hangebrucke.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Zermatt online travel planner.

You can take a train from Interlaken to Zermatt in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Bern.

Things to do in Zermatt

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 25 — 27:

Bern, Switzerland

— 2 nights

City of Bears

The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Musee Romain Avenches, delve into the distant past at Roman Amphitheatre, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Magdalena Hermitage, then wander the streets of Matte, and finally contemplate the long history of Gerechtigkeitsbrunnen. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at French Church, contemplate the long history of Zahringerbrunnen, admire the local landmark of Vennerbrunnen, then admire the striking features of Rathaus Bern, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Holy Ghost, and finally see the interesting displays at Schweizerisches .

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Bern trip planning site.

Traveling by train from Zermatt to Bern takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 68°F, and evening lows to 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Milan.

Things to do in Bern

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 27 — 29:

Milan, Italy

— 1 night

Fashion Capital of World

In many ways the most modern of Italian cities, Milan is a busy, elegant metropolis with an impressive list of grand palaces, fine churches, and important museums.
On the 30th (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica di San Simpliciano, admire the masterpieces at Museo Pieta Rondanini, and then explore the world behind art at Museum of Decorative Arts.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Milan journey planner.

You can take a train from Bern to Milan in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Bern in September, with highs in Milan at 76°F and lows at 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Milan

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 29 — 30:

Lake Como travel guide

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Gardens · Architectural Buildings · Churches
A favorite vacation spot for more than a century, Lake Como was once an exclusive retreat for local aristocrats and wealthy people. It is not only one of Europe's most beautiful lakes, but also one of the deepest at more than 400 m (1,300 ft). Surrounded by elegant villas, the lake has become a popular holiday destination for tourists because of its range of attractions, from landscapes, wildlife, and spas, to activities like sailing, windsurfing, and kite-surfing. The area has been an inspiration for artists since Roman times. English poet Percy Bysshe Shelley wrote, "This lake exceeds anything I ever beheld in beauty…It is long and narrow and has the appearance of a mighty river winding among the mountains and the forests."

Canton of Valais travel guide

4.1
Lookouts · Mountains · Ski Areas
With a strong emphasis on Alpine sports atop 4,000 m (13,123 ft) tall mountains, Valais is home to well-known resort towns and quaint villages. The panoramic views here are dominated by the famous Matterhorn, standing at 4,478 m (14,692 ft). Idyllic hikes through the dense forest, snowshoe trekking along the Alpine landscape, and jovial après-ski gatherings are among the things to do. Catch a glimpse of bubbling mountain streams winding through the many trails on foot or mountain bike, and after your adventures, immerse yourself in a thermal bath with a glass of acclaimed local wine.