15 days in Western Europe Itinerary

15 days in Western Europe Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Western Europe visit planner
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Vienna, Austria
— 3 nights
Drive
2
Salzburg, Austria
— 1 night
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Berlin, Germany
— 1 night
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4
Bruges, Belgium
— 2 nights
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5
Brussels, Belgium
— 2 nights
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Paris, France
— 2 nights
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Barcelona, Spain
— 1 night
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Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
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Vienna, Austria — 3 nights

City of Dreams

The cultural, economic, and political center of the country, Vienna has developed from its early Celtic and Roman roots into a medieval and Baroque city, with an old town that was designated a World Heritage Site in 2001.
Vienna is known for historic sites, museums, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Schonbrunn Palace, admire the masterpieces at Belvedere Palace, see the interesting displays at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, and ponder the world of politics at Rathaus.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Vienna online attractions planner.

Cape Town, South Africa to Vienna is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Cape Town to Vienna due to the time zone difference. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Cape Town in December; daily highs in Vienna reach 5°C and lows reach 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can go by car to Salzburg.
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Museums · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks
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Salzburg, Austria — 1 night

Rome of the North

Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sat): take in nature's colorful creations at Mirabell Palace, contemplate the long history of Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus), admire the striking features of Salzburg Cathedral, then step into the grandiose world of Fortress Hohensalzburg, and finally shop like a local with Getreidegasse.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Salzburg trip builder website.

You can drive from Vienna to Salzburg in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly. In December, daily temperatures in Salzburg can reach 6°C, while at night they dip to -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Berlin.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping
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Berlin, Germany — 1 night

Athens of the Spree

The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
On the 25th (Sun), don't miss a visit to Mauermuseum - Museum Haus am Checkpoint Charlie, take a stroll through Potsdamer Platz, pause for some photo ops at Brandenburg Gate, then appreciate the history behind The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, and finally get a sense of history and politics at Reichstag Building.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Berlin trip planner.

Fly from Salzburg to Berlin in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to fly to Bruges.
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Neighborhoods · Historic Sites
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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 26th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Friet Museum, then examine the collection at Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum, then don't miss a visit to Belfry of Bruges, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Minnewater Lake. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of Brugge, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, then get engrossed in the history at Groeningemuseum, and finally make a trip to The Markt.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Bruges trip app.

Fly from Berlin to Bruges in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in December, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Brussels.
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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.
On the 28th (Wed), get engrossed in the history at Museum of the City of Brussels (Musee de la Ville de Bruxelles), don't miss a visit to Grand Place, admire the striking features of Hôtel de Ville de Bruxelles, appreciate the history behind Manneken Pis, then buy something for everyone on your list at Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule). Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Belgian Comic Strip Center, find something for the whole family at Mini-Europe, and then examine the collection at Atomium.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Brussels visit planning site.

Traveling by car from Bruges to Brussels takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December in Brussels, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and 1°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Paris.
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Museums · Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping
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Paris, France — 2 nights

City of Light

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.
On the 30th (Fri), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, then admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, then explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, and finally admire the striking features of Sainte-Chapelle. Here are some ideas for day two: take a stroll through Île de la Cité, then don't miss a visit to Eiffel Tower, and then admire the striking features of Louvre Museum.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Paris online trip itinerary planner.

Take a train from Brussels to Paris in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to fly to Barcelona.
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Barcelona, Spain — 1 night

Jewel of the Mediterranean

Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): take a stroll through El Barri Gòtic, don't miss a visit to Casa Batllo, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilica de la Sagrada Familia, and finally walk around Parc Guell.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Barcelona tour itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Paris to Barcelona takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Paris in December, expect Barcelona to be a bit warmer, temps between 17°C and 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Rome.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods
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Rome, Italy — 2 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
On the 2nd (Mon), ponder the design of Trevi Fountain, delve into the distant past at Pantheon, steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, and finally explore the ancient world of Colosseum.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Rome trip itinerary builder app.

Getting from Barcelona to Rome by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Barcelona in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Rome, with lows of 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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Historic Sites
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