17 days in Europe Itinerary

17 days in Europe Itinerary

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17 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Tehran, Iran
subway + Fly:  10​h 30​min
1
Cologne, Germany
— 5 nights
train:  3​h
2
Amsterdam, Holland
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
3
Brussels, Belgium
— 1 night
train:  4​h 30​min
4
Paris, France
— 4 nights
train:  3​h 15​min
5
Cologne, Germany
— 3 nights
Fly + subway:  9​h 30​min
End: Tehran, Iran


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5
nights
Cologne, Germany

Cologne ©
Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
Change things up with these side-trips from Cologne: Reichsburg Cochem (in Cochem), Koblenz (Deutsches Eck (German Corner) & Ehrenbreitstein Fortress) and Burg Eltz (in Wierschem). There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Kolner Dom, see the interesting displays at Chocolate Museum, make a trip to KolnTriangle, and steep yourself in history at Bayenturm.

For reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Cologne trip maker app .

Tehran, Iran to Cologne is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of subway and flight. You can also do a combination of subway, flight, and train; or drive. The time zone changes from Iran Standard Time (IRST) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Tehran in August, things will get colder in Cologne: highs are around 28°C and lows about 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Cologne

Historic Sites Theme Parks Museums

Side Trips

Koblenz, Eltz Castle, Phantasialand, Reichsburg Cochem
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Cologne Cathedral ©
Cologne Cathedral
Museum Ludwig ©
Museum Ludwig
Eltz Castle ©
Eltz Castle

2
nights
Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum, then walk around Vondelpark, and then get engrossed in the history at Van Gogh Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the world behind art at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House), don't miss a visit to Royal Palace Amsterdam, then browse the exhibits of Anne Frank House, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at Heineken Experience.

For reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Amsterdam trip itinerary planning site .

Getting from Cologne to Amsterdam by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or fly. August in Amsterdam sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can take a train to Brussels.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries
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Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): examine the collection at Atomium, see the interesting displays at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM), appreciate the history behind Manneken Pis, then contemplate the long history of Grand Place, and finally admire the striking features of Hôtel de Ville de Bruxelles.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Brussels tour itinerary planner .

You can take a train from Amsterdam to Brussels in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In August in Brussels, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 14°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 16th (Fri) before leaving for Paris.

Things to do in Brussels

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

4
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.
Paris is known for museums, historic sites, nightlife, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, wander the streets of Montmartre, admire the natural beauty at Luxembourg Gardens, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Paris trip maker site .

Getting from Brussels to Paris by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Brussels in August: highs in Paris hover around 29°C, while lows dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Cologne.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

3
nights
Cologne, Germany

Cologne ©
Start off your visit on the 21st (Wed): examine the collection at National Socialism Documentation Center, admire the masterpieces at Wallraf-Richartz Museum, examine the collection at The Cathedral Trasury, then get engrossed in the history at Roman-German Museum (Romisch-Germanisches Museum), and finally steep yourself in history at Heinzelmaennchenbrunnen. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Aachen Cathedral (Dom) and then get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Cologne travel route builder site .

Take a train from Paris to Cologne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Cologne

Museums Historic Sites Tours

Side Trips

Aachen Cathedral, Rheinuferpromenade
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Wallraf-Richartz Museum ©
Wallraf-Richartz Museum
Aachen Cathedral ©
Aachen Cathedral

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