48 days in Europe Itinerary

48 days in Europe Itinerary

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Montpellier, France
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Avignon, France
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Aix-en-Provence, France
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Nice, France
— 4 nights
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Monte-Carlo, Monaco
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Lyon, France
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Dijon, France
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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
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Brussels, Belgium
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Bruges, Belgium
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Antwerp, Belgium
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Bremen, Germany
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Hamburg, Germany
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Hannover, Germany
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Horn-Bad Meinberg, Germany
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Frankfurt, Germany
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Rothenburg, Germany
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Stuttgart, Germany
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Munich, Germany
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Grindelwald, Switzerland
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Montpellier, France

— 2 nights
"Montpellier is a modern, compact, and fast-growing city about 10 km (6 mi) inland from the Mediterranean coast with an active, youthful vibe.
On the 15th (Tue), admire nature's wide array of creatures at Parc Zoologique Henri de Lunaret, shop like a local with Place de la Comedie, then steep yourself in history at Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes, and finally observe the fascinating underwater world at Seaquarium. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy breathtaking views from Notre Dame de la Mer - Église fortifiée, then identify plant and animal life at Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau, then head outdoors with Promenade a Cheval La Marisma, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale St-Pierre.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Montpellier trip planner.

Barcelona, Spain to Montpellier is an approximately 3.5-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in March, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Avignon.

Things to do in Montpellier

Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 14 — 17:

Avignon, France

— 2 nights

City of Popes

An ancient town center surrounded by medieval ramparts, Avignon is a major city of Provence and a Mediterranean city in the Vaucluse department on the left bank of the Rhône River.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Palais des Papes, then snap pictures at Pont du Gard, and then explore the world behind art at Musee Angladon. Keep things going the next day: relax in the rural setting at Moulin CastelaS, admire the masterpieces at Carrieres des Lumieres, then contemplate the long history of Chateau des Baux de Provence, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and finally don't miss a visit to Pont d'Avignon.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Avignon holiday site.

Drive from Montpellier to Avignon in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In March in Avignon, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 5°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Aix-en-Provence.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites · Museums · Spas

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 17 — 19:

Aix-en-Provence, France

— 3 nights

City of a Thousand Fountains

Aix-en-Provence is a small, classically Provençal town, famous for being home to Cézanne.
Change things up with these side-trips from Aix-en-Provence: Calanques (in Cassis) and Marseille (Cathédrale La Major, Le Vieux Port, &more). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Site Memorial du Camp des Milles, admire the striking features of Le Tour de l'Horloge, take a stroll through Cours Mirabeau, and stop by Le jardin de Lea.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Aix-en-Provence visit planner.

You can drive from Avignon to Aix-en-Provence in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In March, daytime highs in Aix-en-Provence are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can go by car to Nice.

Things to do in Aix-en-Provence

Museums · Nature · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 19 — 22:

Nice, France

— 4 nights

Nissa la Bella (Nice the Beautiful)

Well-known for the beautiful views of its famous Promenade des Anglais waterfront, Nice is an ethnically-diverse coastal port city on the French Riviera and the fifth most populated city in France.
When in Nice, make a side trip to see Lérins Islands in Cannes, approximately Cannes away. There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, don't miss a visit to Place Massena, take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook, and admire the natural beauty at Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Nice online trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Aix-en-Provence to Nice in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In March in Nice, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Monte-Carlo.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 22 — 26:

Monte-Carlo, Monaco

— 2 nights
Located at the base of the Alps along the French Riviera, the upscale city of Monte Carlo boasts a famous casino.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sat): admire the striking features of Place du Palais, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Notre-Dame-Immaculee, admire the natural beauty at Japanese Gardens, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Casino Square, and finally try to win big at Casino of Monte-Carlo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin du Casino, explore the fascinating underground world of Jardin Exotique de Monaco, steep yourself in history at Prince's Palace, then examine the collection at The Private Collection of Antique Cars of H.S.H. Prince Rainier III, and finally take in the waterfront at Monte Carlo Harbor.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Monte-Carlo itinerary planning website.

Monte-Carlo is just a stone's throw from Nice. March in Monte-Carlo sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 9°C at night. On the 28th (Mon), you're off to Lyon.

Things to do in Monte-Carlo

Historic Sites · Parks · Fun & Games · Casinos

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 26 — 28:

Lyon, France

— 3 nights

Culinary Capital of France

Lyon is a historical city with a vibrant cultural scene as the birthplace of cinema, the silk capital of the globe, and the second biggest Renaissance city following Venice.
Go for a jaunt from Lyon to Annecy to see Lake Annecy about 2 hours away. There's more to do: stroll around Parc de la Tete d'Or and don't miss a visit to Traboules du Vieux Lyon.

For more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Lyon day trip planning site.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Monte-Carlo to Lyon in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Lyon when traveling from Monte-Carlo in March, with lows around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Dijon.

Things to do in Lyon

Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 28 — 31:

Dijon, France

— 2 nights

Gateway to Burgundy

Perhaps best known for its locally produced mustard, Dijon also makes a wonderfully flavorful crème de cassis, or blackcurrant liqueur, and boasts excellent examples of regional architecture with polychrome roofs made of tiles in terracotta, green, yellow, and black placed in geometric patterns.
On the 31st (Thu), contemplate the long history of Maison Milliere. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Benigne de Dijon, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Darcy, trek along Owl's Trail, don't miss a visit to Chartreuse de Champmol et Puits de Moise, then examine the collection at Musee Magnin, and finally admire the masterpieces at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Dijon.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Dijon trip maker.

Getting from Lyon to Dijon by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 14°C, and evening lows to 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Luxembourg City.

Things to do in Dijon

Museums · Historic Sites · Wineries · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 31 — Apr 2:

Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

— 3 nights

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 3rd (Sun): steep yourself in history at Palace of the Grand Dukes (Palais Grand-Ducal), admire the striking features of Cathedrale Notre-Dame, then get to know the fascinating history of Le Chemin de la Corniche, then explore the striking landscape at Casemates du Bock, and finally make a trip to Barrio Grund. Keep things going the next day: stroll the grounds of Luxembourg American Cemetery Memorial, steep yourself in history at Vianden Castle, then pause for some photo ops at Monument du Souvenir - 'Gelle Fra', then make a trip to Place de la Constitution, and finally make a trip to Place d'Armes.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Luxembourg City travel planner.

You can drive from Dijon to Luxembourg City in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Dijon in April, you will find days in Luxembourg City are little chillier (15°C), and nights are about the same (5°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Brussels.

Things to do in Luxembourg City

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 2 — 5:

Brussels, Belgium

— 2 nights

Capital of Europe

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 5th (Tue): examine the collection at Belgian Comic Strip Center, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), then buy something for everyone on your list at Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert, then pause for some photo ops at Manneken Pis, and finally contemplate the long history of Grand Place. On your second day here, get in on the family fun at Mini-Europe, then see the interesting displays at Atomium, and then contemplate the long history of Serres Royales De Laeken.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Brussels journey planner.

Drive from Luxembourg City to Brussels in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. April in Brussels sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Bruges.

Things to do in Brussels

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Apr 5 — 7:

Bruges, Belgium

— 2 nights

Venice of the North

The medieval town of Bruges centers around a canal, and the architecture of its historical district has made it a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Thu): don't miss a visit to The Markt, contemplate the waterfront views at Minnewater Lake, then sample the tasty concoctions at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, then appreciate the extensive heritage of The Princely Beguinage Ten Wijngaarde, and finally admire the striking features of Belfry of Bruges. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Graffiti Street, get to know the fascinating history of Ghent City Center, then take an in-depth tour of Gravensteen, and finally contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Brugge.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Bruges trip itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Brussels to Bruges in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. April in Bruges sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Antwerp.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites · Nature · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 7 — 9:

Antwerp, Belgium

— 2 nights
Its reputation as a business-centric city distracts many visitors from the real draws of Antwerp: its historical sites, architectural beauty, and lively culture.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): appreciate the extensive heritage of Grote Markt, pause for some photo ops at Brabo, then make a trip to St. Anna's Tunnel / Pedestrians' Tunnel, then see the interesting displays at MAS - Museum aan de Stroom, and finally see the interesting displays at Red Star Line Museum. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Rubens House (Rubenshuis), look for gifts at Di Amore, then admire the striking features of Antwerpen-Centraal, and finally observe the fascinating underwater world at Antwerp Zoo (Dierentuin).

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Antwerp trip itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Bruges to Antwerp in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Antwerp are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to drive to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Antwerp

Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Apr 9 — 11:

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

— 1 night

Venice of the North

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 11th (Mon): stroll around Vondelpark, admire the natural beauty at Keukenhof, and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Heineken Experience. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum, admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum, and then take an in-depth tour of Anne Frank House.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Amsterdam day trip site.

You can drive from Antwerp to Amsterdam in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. April in Amsterdam sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 5°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to travel to Bremen.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums · Parks · Breweries & Distilleries · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 11 — 12:

Bremen, Germany

— 2 nights

Short-Way City

A rather long and narrow city spread along both sides of the Weser River, Bremen has more than a thousand years of history.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter's Cathedral (St. Petri Dom), make a trip to Schnoor Viertel, admire the landmark architecture of Bremer Rathaus, then make a trip to Marktplatz, then pause for some photo ops at Der Bremer Roland, and finally don't miss a visit to Bremer Stadtmusikanten. On your second day here, stroll around Burgerpark, then see the interesting displays at Deutsches Auswandererhaus, and then take in panoramic vistas at Viewing Platform SAIL City.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Bremen tour builder tool.

You can fly from Amsterdam to Bremen in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in April, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to drive to Hamburg.

Things to do in Bremen

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 12 — 14:

Hamburg, Germany

— 1 night

Gateway to the World

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 15th (Fri), see the top attractions with Sightseeing Tours, then see the interesting displays at Miniatur Wunderland, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Speicherstadt.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Hamburg holiday maker tool.

You can drive from Bremen to Hamburg in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Hamburg can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to drive to Hannover.

Things to do in Hamburg

Museums · Tours · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Apr 14 — 15:

Hannover, Germany

— 2 nights

City of Fairs

Hannover, northern Germany's major urban center, may be best known for hosting annual commercial trade fairs.
On the 16th (Sat), explore the activities along Maschsee, then get a sense of history and politics at The New Town Hall, and then admire the natural beauty at Herrenhauser Garten. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Serengeti-Park Hodenhagen, walk around Eilenriede - Park, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Stadtpark.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Hannover day trip site.

Traveling by car from Hamburg to Hannover takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April in Hannover, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 4°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can go by car to Horn-Bad Meinberg.

Things to do in Hannover

Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 15 — 17:

Horn-Bad Meinberg, Germany

— 2 nights
Horn-Bad Meinberg is a German city in the Principality of Lippe in the north-east of North Rhine-Westphalia on the edge of the Teutoburg forest. Start off your visit on the 18th (Mon): visit Historische Altstadt, then make a trip to Hermannsdenkmal, then head outdoors with Bad Meinberger Badehaus, and finally head outdoors with Externsteine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Tue): walk around Kurpark, then take a memorable drive along Bali Therme, then walk around Kurpark, and finally don't miss a visit to Erlebnis Gradierwerk.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Horn-Bad Meinberg trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Hannover to Horn-Bad Meinberg takes 2 hours. April in Horn-Bad Meinberg sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to travel to Frankfurt.

Things to do in Horn-Bad Meinberg

Outdoors · Parks · Neighborhoods · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 17 — 19:

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 20th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Fountain of Justice, snap pictures at Iron Bridge, explore the world behind art at Stadel Museum, then take in nature's colorful creations at Palmengarten, and finally admire the striking features of Borse Frankfurt. Keep things going the next day: admire the striking features of Romer, then get great views at Main Tower, then explore the world behind art at Liebieghaus, and finally admire the striking features of Cathedral of St. Bartholomew (Dom St. Bartholomaus).

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Frankfurt travel route tool.

Getting from Horn-Bad Meinberg to Frankfurt by car takes about 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in April, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Rothenburg.

Things to do in Frankfurt

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay Apr 19 — 21:

Rothenburg, Germany

— 2 nights

Medieval Heart of Germany

An old imperial city, Rothenburg is the main tourist stop on the scenic Romantic Road of Bavaria.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): admire the striking features of Rathaus Wuerzburg, don't miss a visit to Hofkirche, step into the grandiose world of Würzburg Residence, take in the views from Alte Mainbruecke, then ponder the design of Vierroehrenbrunnen, and finally step into the grandiose world of Fortress Marienberg. Keep things going the next day: admire the natural beauty at Burggarten, see the interesting displays at Medieval Crime Museum (Mittelalterliches Kriminalmuseum), stop by Altstadt, steep yourself in history at Town Walls, then make a trip to Das Plonlein, and finally ponder the world of politics at Stadt Rothenburg ob der Tauber.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Rothenburg trip itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Frankfurt to Rothenburg in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In April, daily temperatures in Rothenburg can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can drive to Stuttgart.

Things to do in Rothenburg

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 21 — 23:

Stuttgart, Germany

— 2 nights

Cradle of the Automobile

Stuttgart spreads across a variety of valleys, parks, and hills--many of them covered by vineyards.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): admire the striking features of Mercedes-Benz Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Wilhelma Zoologisch-Botanischer Garten, then examine the collection at Porsche Museum, and finally stroll around Hohenpark Killesberg. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll around Neckar Park, then don't miss a visit to Fernsehturm Stuttgart, then take a stroll through Konigstrasse, and finally don't miss a visit to Palace Square.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Stuttgart trip planner.

Drive from Rothenburg to Stuttgart in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In April, daytime highs in Stuttgart are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Munich.

Things to do in Stuttgart

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Apr 23 — 25:

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.
Munich is known for museums, historic sites, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Marienplatz, engage your brain at Deutsches Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter's Church, and explore the world behind art at Alte Pinakothek.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Munich online tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Stuttgart to Munich by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in April, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can drive to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Munich

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Nature
Find places to stay Apr 25 — 28:

Grindelwald, Switzerland

— 2 nights

Glacier Village

As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Fri): take some stellar pictures from First Cliff Walk by Tissot, fly down the slopes at Grindelwald-First, then look for gifts at Vogts Corner, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maennlichen. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the views at Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Grindelwald route site.

Drive from Munich to Grindelwald in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. On the 30th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Parks · Nature · Winter Sports · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 28 — 30:

France travel guide

4.3
Architectural Buildings · Art Museums · Landmarks
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.

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.

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.