39 days in Europe Itinerary

39 days in Europe Itinerary

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39 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Adelaide, Australia
Fly:  29 h
1
Frankfurt, Germany
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 30 min
2
Dusseldorf, Germany
— 1 day
Drive:  2 h
3
Brussels, Belgium
— 5 nights
Train:  2 h
4
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 6 nights
Train + Train:  5 h 30 min
5
Hamburg, Germany
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 15 min
6
Hannover, Germany
— 1 night
Train:  1 h 45 min
7
Berlin, Germany
— 6 nights
Train:  6 h 15 min
8
Munich, Germany
— 5 nights
Bus:  5 h 15 min
9
Bern, Switzerland
— 5 nights
Train:  1 h
10
Zurich, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Fly:  29 h
End: Adelaide, Australia

3
nights
Frankfurt, Germany

Frankfurt ©
A global center of finance and transportation, Frankfurt is perhaps best known for its futuristic cityscape.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Neroberg, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Augustine's Church, and then do a tasting at Eberbach Abbey. On the next day, contemplate the long history of Romerkastell Saalburg und archaologischer Park and then admire the striking features of Romer.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Frankfurt day trip planner.

Adelaide, Australia to Frankfurt is an approximately 24- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. You'll gain 8 hours traveling from Adelaide to Frankfurt due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Adelaide in December, things will get cooler in Frankfurt: highs are around 7°C and lows about 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Dusseldorf.

Things to do in Frankfurt

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

St. Augustine's Church, Neroberg, Romerkastell Saalburg und archaologischer Park, Eberbach Abbey
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Neroberg ©
Neroberg
Eberbach Abbey ©
Eberbach Abbey

1
day
Dusseldorf, Germany

Dusseldorf ©
Renowned for its fashion and trade fairs, Dusseldorf offers visitors vibrant nightlife and a wide range of shopping options.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): make a trip to Konigsallee, take in panoramic vistas at Rheinturm, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Sechs-Seen-Platte Duisburg.

For photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Dusseldorf trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Frankfurt to Dusseldorf takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In December, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can drive to Brussels.

Things to do in Dusseldorf

Parks Nature Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Sechs-Seen-Platte Duisburg
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Sechs-Seen-Platte Duisburg ©
Sechs-Seen-Platte Duisburg
Konigsallee ©
Konigsallee
Rheinturm ©
Rheinturm

5
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Belfry of Bruges and The Old Chocolate House. Grand Place and Atomium are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Bruges (Historic Centre of Brugge, The Markt, &more) and Belfry and Cloth Hall (Belfort en Lakenhalle) (in Ghent). The adventure continues: brush up on your military savvy at Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and of Military History, find something for the whole family at Mini-Europe, and appreciate the history behind Manneken Pis.

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

Drive from Dusseldorf to Brussels in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Brussels are 7°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Brussels

Historic Sites Museums Theme Parks

Side Trips

Bruges, Belfry and Cloth Hall (Belfort en Lakenhalle)
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Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Historic Centre of Brugge ©
Historic Centre of Brugge
Belfry of Bruges ©
Belfry of Bruges

6
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Van Gogh Museum and De Duif. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Begijnhof and Vrouwenpolder Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Amsterdam: Nationaal Park Weerribben-Wieden (in Sint Jansklooster), Zandvoort aan Zee (in Zandvoort) and Strand Egmond aan Zee (in Egmond aan Zee). The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Anne Frank House, explore the activities along Emperor's Canal (Keizersgracht), and hunt for treasures at Bloemenmarkt.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Amsterdam trip itinerary tool.

You can take a train from Brussels to Amsterdam in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In December, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Sun) to allow time for travel to Hamburg.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Nationaal Park Weerribben-Wieden, Vrouwenpolder Beach, Zandvoort aan Zee, Strand Egmond aan Zee
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Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
De Duif ©
De Duif

2
nights
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.
On the 1st (Mon), contemplate the long history of Alter Elbtunnel, wander the streets of Reeperbahn, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Binnenalster. On the 2nd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the waterfront views at Port of Hamburg, take a stroll through Deichstrasse, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Speicherstadt.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Hamburg itinerary builder website.

Do a combination of flight and train from Amsterdam to Hamburg in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Hamburg are 7°C, while nighttime lows are 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can take a train to Hannover.

Things to do in Hamburg

Parks Nature Neighborhoods
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Binnenalster ©
Binnenalster
Alter Elbtunnel ©
Alter Elbtunnel
Speicherstadt ©
Speicherstadt

1
night
Hannover, Germany

Hannover ©
Hannover, northern Germany's major urban center, may be best known for hosting annual commercial trade fairs.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Marktkirche, steep yourself in history at Aegidienkirche, and then contemplate the long history of Altes Rathaus.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Hannover trip planner.

Take a train from Hamburg to Hannover in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. January in Hannover sees daily highs of 4°C and lows of 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can take a train to Berlin.

Things to do in Hannover

Historic Sites
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Altes Rathaus ©
Altes Rathaus
Marktkirche ©
Marktkirche
Aegidienkirche ©
Aegidienkirche

6
nights
Berlin, Germany

Berlin
The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen and Sanssouci Palace. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Charlottenburg Palace and Mauermuseum - Museum Haus am Checkpoint Charlie. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Berlin: Spreewaldfahrt, Familie Goertz (in Lubben) and Flaeming Skate (in Luckenwalde). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Pergamonmuseum, don't miss a visit to Potsdamer Platz, contemplate the long history of Memorial of the Berlin Wall, and take an in-depth tour of Jewish Museum Berlin.

To find out how to plan a trip to Berlin, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can take a train from Hannover to Berlin in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to travel to Munich.

Things to do in Berlin

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Spreewaldfahrt, Familie Goertz, Sanssouci Palace, Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen, Flaeming Skate
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Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen
Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen
Sanssouci Palace ©
Sanssouci Palace
Charlottenburg Palace ©
Charlottenburg Palace

5
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.
Get some cultural insight at Altstadt von Fuessen and Nymphenburg Palace. Schloss Hohenschwangau and St. Peter's Church will appeal to history buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Munich side-trips: Laber (in Oberammergau), Starnberger See (in Starnberg) and Fuggerei (in Augsburg). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Asamkirche, get a sense of history and politics at New Town Hall (Neus Rathaus), and make a trip to Lake Tegernsee.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Munich online tour itinerary maker.

Getting from Berlin to Munich by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. January in Munich sees daily highs of 3°C and lows of -3°C at night. On the 14th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Bern.

Things to do in Munich

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Schloss Hohenschwangau, Laber, Starnberger See, Fuggerei, Altstadt von Fuessen
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Starnberger See ©
Starnberger See
Schloss Hohenschwangau ©
Schloss Hohenschwangau
Altstadt von Fuessen ©
Altstadt von Fuessen

5
nights
Bern, Switzerland

The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Get some cultural insight at UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern and St. Ursenkathedrale. Get outdoors at Parasailing & Paragliding and Thunersee. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bern: HR Giger Museum (in Gruyeres), Creux du Van (in Neuchatel) and Staubbach Waterfall (in Lauterbrunnen). There's more to do: don't miss a visit to Bundesplatz.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Bern online tour planner.

Getting from Munich to Bern by combination of flight and train takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. January in Bern sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of -3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Zurich.

Things to do in Bern

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

HR Giger Museum, Parasailing & Paragliding, Creux du Van, Thunersee, St. Ursenkathedrale
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Parasailing & Paragliding
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern ©
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern
Creux du Van ©
Creux du Van

3
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Visiting Mt Pilatus and Lake Lucerne will get you outdoors. Get some cultural insight at Old Town and Bahnhofstrasse. Change things up with a short trip to Lion Monument in Lucerne (about 1h 05 min away). There's much more to do: explore the activities along Lake Zurich, look for gifts at Confiserie Sprungli, and walk around Lindenhofplatz.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Zurich visit planner.

Getting from Bern to Zurich by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. January in Zurich sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of -1°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Nature Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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

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