43 days in Europe Itinerary

43 days in Europe Itinerary

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Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly:  25 h
1
Brussels, Belgium
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 15 min
2
Bruges, Belgium
— 3 nights
Bus:  1 h 15 min
3
Antwerp, Belgium
— 2 nights
Train:  45 min
4
Rotterdam, The Netherlands
— 3 nights
Train:  45 min
5
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 4 nights
Train:  30 min
6
Utrecht, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h
7
Nijmegen, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
8
Maastricht, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
Bus:  45 min
9
Aachen, Germany
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
10
Dusseldorf, Germany
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
11
Bremen, Germany
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 15 min
12
Hamburg, Germany
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h 45 min
13
Copenhagen, Denmark
— 4 nights
Drive:  45 min
14
Malmo, Sweden
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
15
Stockholm, Sweden
— 3 nights
Fly:  24 h
End: Melbourne, Australia

3
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.
Brussels is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Grand Place, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), explore the world behind art at Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique, and see the interesting displays at Atomium.

To find where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Brussels trip planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Brussels is an approximately 25- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Melbourne to Brussels, you'll gain 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect much colder weather when traveling from Melbourne in December: highs in Brussels hover around 7°C, while lows dip to 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Bruges.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Historic Sites Tours
Find places to stay Dec 17 — 20:
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Atomium ©
Atomium
Grand Place ©
Grand Place

3
nights
Bruges, Belgium

Bruges ©
The medieval town of Bruges centers around a canal, and the architecture of its historical district has made it a World Heritage Site.
Bruges is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to The Markt, contemplate the waterfront views at Minnewater Lake, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica of the Holy Blood, and explore the world behind art at Groeningemuseum.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Bruges day trip planning site.

Traveling by train from Brussels to Bruges takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Bruges can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to take a bus to Antwerp.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 23:
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Historic Centre of Brugge ©
Historic Centre of Brugge
The Markt ©
The Markt
Groeningemuseum ©
Groeningemuseum

2
nights
Antwerp, Belgium

Antwerp ©
Its reputation as a business-centric city distracts many visitors from the real draws of Antwerp: its historical sites, architectural beauty, and lively culture.
On the 24th (Thu), pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Our Lady, browse the collection at Nottebohm Room of the Hendrik Conscience Heritage Library, examine the collection at Rubens House (Rubenshuis), see the interesting displays at Paleis op de Meir, then admire the landmark architecture of Antwerpen-Centraal, and finally look for gifts at GERETTI Jewellery & Diamonds. On the 25th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the extensive heritage of Grote Markt, don't miss a visit to St. Anna's Tunnel / Pedestrians' Tunnel, then examine the collection at Red Star Line Museum, then see the interesting displays at MAS - Museum aan de Stroom, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Keizerskapel (Sint Anna kapel).

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Antwerp route planner.

Traveling by bus from Bruges to Antwerp takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. December in Antwerp sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 2°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Rotterdam.

Things to do in Antwerp

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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MAS - Museum aan de Stroom ©
MAS - Museum aan de Stroom
Rubens House (Rubenshuis) ©
Rubens House (Rubenshuis)
Grote Markt ©
Grote Markt

3
nights
Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Rotterdam ©
Located in the South Holland province, Rotterdam is one of the Netherlands' most lively cities, as well as one of the largest trading ports in the world.
On the 26th (Sat), enjoy breathtaking views from Euromast, take in the views from Erasmus Bridge, then browse the different shops at Markthal, then look for gifts at Monsieur Saucisson, and finally see the interesting displays at Kijk-Kubus. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: view the masterpieces at The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery, get engrossed in the history at Panorama Mesdag, then meet the residents at Rotterdam Zoo, then see the interesting displays at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, and finally don't miss a visit to Rotterdam Centraal Station.

To see maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Rotterdam tour planner.

Getting from Antwerp to Rotterdam by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. December in Rotterdam sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can take a train to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Rotterdam

Shopping Museums Parks

Side Trip

The Hague
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 28:
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Markthal ©
Markthal
The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery ©
The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery
Euromast ©
Euromast

4
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.
Amsterdam is known for museums, nightlife, and breweries & distilleries. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum, sample the tasty concoctions at Heineken Experience, take an in-depth tour of Anne Frank House, and admire the striking features of Royal Palace Amsterdam.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Amsterdam day trip planner.

Traveling by train from Rotterdam to Amsterdam takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Utrecht.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Parks Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 28 — Jan 1:
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Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House

2
nights
Utrecht, The Netherlands

Utrecht ©
As one of the Netherland's largest university towns, Utrecht is bursting with young energy.
Step out of Utrecht with an excursion to Walibi Holland in Biddinghuizen--about 54 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of Canals area, pause for some photo ops at Jan VI van Nassau-Dillenburg (Jan de Oude), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sint Aegtenkapel, and examine the collection at DOMunder.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Utrecht sightseeing planner.

Utrecht is just a stone's throw from Amsterdam. In January in Utrecht, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Nijmegen.

Things to do in Utrecht

Museums Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trips

Amersfoort, Walibi Holland
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 3:
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Railway Museum (Het Spoorwegmuseum) ©
Railway Museum (Het Spoorwegmuseum)
Canals area ©
Canals area
Dom Tower ©
Dom Tower

2
nights
Nijmegen, The Netherlands

Nijmegen ©
Nijmegen, historically anglicized as Nimeguen, is a municipality and a city in the Dutch province of Gelderland. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Kronenburgerpark, examine the collection at muZIEum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Stevenskerk, then don't miss a visit to De Waagh, then admire the landmark architecture of Rijksmonument Latijnse School Nijmegen uit 1544, and finally don't miss a visit to Grote Markt. On your second day here, admire the landmark architecture of Rijksmonument Valkhofkapel of Sint-Nicolaaskapel and then see the interesting displays at Museum Het Valkhof.

To see more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Nijmegen online tour itinerary planner.

Take a train from Utrecht to Nijmegen in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 6°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Maastricht.

Things to do in Nijmegen

Museums Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 5:
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muZIEum ©
muZIEum
De Waagh ©
De Waagh
Stevenskerk ©
Stevenskerk

2
nights
Maastricht, The Netherlands

Maastricht ©
With 1,677 national heritage sites, Maastricht is a town rich in history.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Tue): appreciate the history behind Standbeeld van Minckelers and then make a trip to Market Square. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by de winkel van nijntje, go for a walk through Boekhandel Dominicanen, make a trip to Vrijthof, Head underground at Maastricht Underground, then contemplate the long history of Fort Sint Pieter, and finally see the interesting displays at Sphinxpassage.

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

Traveling by car from Nijmegen to Maastricht takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. January in Maastricht sees daily highs of 6°C and lows of 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a bus to Aachen.

Things to do in Maastricht

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Boekhandel Dominicanen ©
Boekhandel Dominicanen
Maastricht Underground ©
Maastricht Underground
Cesart ©
Cesart

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nights
Aachen, Germany

Aachen ©
Aachen, a spa town, was once a prominent royal city where German kings were crowned and Charlemagne built his favorite residence.
On the 8th (Fri), steep yourself in history at Aachener Rathaus, get engrossed in the history at Centre Charlemagne, don't miss a visit to Katschhof Square, then ponder the design of Kreislauf des Geldes, then don't miss a visit to Elisenbrunnen, and finally make a trip to Klenkes. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Mayersche Buchhandlung, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, have some family-friendly fun at Holocafe Aachen, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Tierpark Aachen, then admire the local landmark of Paradiesbrunnen, and finally make a trip to Markt.

For reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Aachen road trip website.

Aachen is very close to Maastricht. In January in Aachen, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to drive to Dusseldorf.

Things to do in Aachen

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Aachen Cathedral ©
Aachen Cathedral
Markt ©
Markt
Holocafe Aachen ©
Holocafe Aachen

2
nights
Dusseldorf, Germany

Dusseldorf ©
Renowned for its fashion and trade fairs, Dusseldorf offers visitors vibrant nightlife and a wide range of shopping options.
On the 10th (Sun), enjoy breathtaking views from Rheinturm, make a trip to Cologne Cathedral, and then explore the world behind art at Museum Ludwig. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Mon): steep yourself in history at ArcheoPoint, then get a taste of the local shopping with Konigsallee, then get to know the fascinating history of Rheinuferpromenade, and finally stop by Altstadt.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Dusseldorf road trip app.

Drive from Aachen to Dusseldorf in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Dusseldorf are 7°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Bremen.

Things to do in Dusseldorf

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Cologne
Find places to stay Jan 9 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Rheinuferpromenade ©
Rheinuferpromenade
Cologne Cathedral ©
Cologne Cathedral
Museum Ludwig ©
Museum Ludwig

2
nights
Bremen, Germany

Bremen ©
A rather long and narrow city spread along both sides of the Weser River, Bremen has more than a thousand years of history.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): make a trip to Schnoor Viertel, admire the landmark architecture of Bremer Rathaus, make a trip to Marktplatz, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Historische Altstadt, and finally make a trip to Bremer Stadtmusikanten. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Schlachte, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter's Cathedral (St. Petri Dom), pause for some serene contemplation at Unser Lieben Frauen Kirchhof, then stop by Bremer Bonbon Manufaktur, then pause for some photo ops at Der Bremer Roland, and finally make a trip to Bottcherstrasse.

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

You can drive from Dusseldorf to Bremen in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. In January, daytime highs in Bremen are 4°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Hamburg.

Things to do in Bremen

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
Find places to stay Jan 11 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Historische Altstadt ©
Historische Altstadt
St. Peter's Cathedral (St. Petri Dom) ©
St. Peter's Cathedral (St. Petri Dom)
Schnoor Viertel ©
Schnoor Viertel

3
nights
Hamburg, Germany

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.
Hamburg is known for museums, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: browse the exhibits of Miniatur Wunderland, appreciate the extensive heritage of Alter Elbtunnel, get to know the resident critters at Tierpark Hagenbeck, and admire the natural beauty at Planten un Blomen.

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

Traveling by train from Bremen to Hamburg takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. January in Hamburg sees daily highs of 3°C and lows of 0°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel to Copenhagen.

Things to do in Hamburg

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Jan 13 — 16:
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Walking tours
Miniatur Wunderland ©
Miniatur Wunderland
Kunsthalle Hamburg ©
Kunsthalle Hamburg

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nights
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.
Copenhagen is known for historic sites, theme parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Tivoli Gardens, admire the striking features of Amalienborg, appreciate the history behind The Little Mermaid, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Nyhavn.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Copenhagen day trip planner.

You can fly from Hamburg to Copenhagen in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 3°C in January, and nighttime lows around 0°C. On the 20th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Malmo.

Things to do in Copenhagen

Neighborhoods Museums Parks
Find places to stay Jan 16 — 20:
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Stroeget ©
Stroeget
Tivoli Gardens ©
Tivoli Gardens
Nyhavn ©
Nyhavn

3
nights
Malmo, Sweden

Malmo ©
A conglomeration of over a hundred different nationalities, cosmopolitan Malmo sits on the southern tip of Sweden as part of the most densely populated area in Scandinavia.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): view the masterpieces at Formargruppen and then take in the views from Oresund Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Little Square, admire the striking features of HSB Turning Torso, then get engrossed in the history at Malmohus castle, and finally get your game on at The Alley Escape Rooms.

To see maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Malmo road trip site.

Getting from Copenhagen to Malmo by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Malmo are 3°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can travel to Stockholm.

Things to do in Malmo

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Lund Cathedral
Find places to stay Jan 20 — 23:
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Malmohus castle ©
Malmohus castle
Oresund Bridge ©
Oresund Bridge
Lund Cathedral ©
Lund Cathedral

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nights
Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm ©
One of Europe's most culturally diverse cities, Stockholm extends over 14 islands, united by a series of tunnels and bridges.
Stockholm is known for museums, historic sites, and childrens museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Vasa Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Storkyrkan, examine the collection at Fotografiska Stockholm, and take in panoramic vistas at Stockholm City Hall.

For ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Stockholm trip itinerary planning website.

You can fly from Malmo to Stockholm in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Malmo in January; daily highs in Stockholm reach 0°C and lows reach -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Stockholm

Museums Parks Childrens Museums
Find places to stay Jan 23 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Skansen ©
Skansen
Vasa Museum ©
Vasa Museum
Royal Palace ©
Royal Palace

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