8 days in Europe Itinerary

8 days in Europe Itinerary

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8 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Frankfurt, Germany
Drive:  45 min
1
Wiesbaden, Germany
— 1 day
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  5 h 15 min
2
Zaandam, The Netherlands
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Ghent, Belgium
— 2 nights
Train:  30 min
4
Bruges, Belgium
— 2 nights
Train + Fly:  5 h 30 min
5
Colmar, France
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
End: Frankfurt, Germany

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day
Wiesbaden, Germany

Wiesbaden ©
One of Europe's oldest spa towns, Wiesbaden has been catering to travelers from countries near and far for many centuries.
On the 3rd (Wed), pause for some photo ops at Oraniendenkmal, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephan's Church (Stephanskirche), then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mainz Cathedral, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and finally admire nature's wide array of creatures at Tier- und Pflanzenpark Fasanerie.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Wiesbaden road trip site.

Frankfurt to Wiesbaden is an approximately 1-hour car ride. You can also take a train. In June in Wiesbaden, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Zaandam.

Things to do in Wiesbaden

Historic Sites Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Mainz
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St. Stephan's Church (Stephanskirche) ©
Tier- und Pflanzenpark Fasanerie ©
Tier- und Pflanzenpark Fasanerie
Mainz Cathedral ©
Mainz Cathedral

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Zaandam, The Netherlands

Zaandam ©
Zaandam is a city in the Netherlands, in the province of North Holland. On the 4th (Thu), see the interesting displays at Zaanse Schans, take an in-depth tour of Edams Museum, browse the fresh offerings at Wijn & Kaas speciaalzaak, pause for some serene contemplation at Grote Kerk, then snap pictures at Kwakelbrug, and finally examine the collection at Mondial Museum.

Start your trip to Zaandam by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Wiesbaden to Zaandam. Traveling from Wiesbaden in June, you will find days in Zaandam are a bit cooler (23°C), and nights are about the same (13°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Ghent.

Things to do in Zaandam

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Edam, Mondial Museum
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Zaanse Schans ©
Zaanse Schans
Edams Museum ©
Edams Museum
Kwakelbrug ©
Kwakelbrug

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nights
Ghent, Belgium

Ghent ©
Ghent melds the fairy tale-like beauty of Bruges with its stunning Flemish architecture, while at the same time supporting a vibrant cafe and bar scene.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Korenmarkt, take in the views from St Michael's Bridge, then indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, then don't miss a visit to Ghent City Center, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Graslei and Korenlei. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at St. Nicholas' Cathedral, enjoy breathtaking views from Belfry and Cloth Hall (Belfort en Lakenhalle), savor the flavors at BE O Markt, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Bavo's Cathedral, then look for gifts at Bookz & Booze, and finally explore the historical opulence of Gravensteen.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Ghent route planning site.

You can drive from Zaandam to Ghent in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. June in Ghent sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Bruges.

Things to do in Ghent

Historic Sites Tours Museums
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Gravensteen ©
Gravensteen
Ghent City Center
Ghent City Center
Saint Bavo's Cathedral ©
Saint Bavo's Cathedral

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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.
On the 7th (Sun), admire the landmark architecture of Stadhuis, examine the collection at Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum, admire the striking features of Provinciaal Hof, don't miss a visit to The Markt, then appreciate the history behind Oude Griffie, and finally steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of Brugge. On your second day here, stop by The Bottle Shop, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica of the Holy Blood, enjoy breathtaking views from Belfry of Bruges, then contemplate the waterfront views at Minnewater Lake, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, and finally go for a walk through Walplein.

For traveler tips and tourist information, you can read our Bruges trip itinerary planner.

Bruges is very close to Ghent. In June, daily temperatures in Bruges can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to travel to Colmar.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries Parks
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Historic Centre of Brugge ©
Historic Centre of Brugge
The Markt ©
The Markt
Minnewater Lake ©
Minnewater Lake

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Colmar, France

Colmar ©
Situated along the Alsatian Wine Route, Colmar is renowned for its German and French culture, well-preserved old town, numerous architectural landmarks, and its museums.
On the 9th (Tue), step into the grandiose world of Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg and then visit Little Venice.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Colmar day trip website.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Bruges to Colmar takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Bruges in June: highs in Colmar hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Wed) to allow time for the train ride back home.

Things to do in Colmar

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg, NaturoparC - Hunawihr
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Little Venice ©
Little Venice
Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg ©
Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg
NaturoparC - Hunawihr ©
NaturoparC - Hunawihr

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