20 days in Western Europe Itinerary

20 days in Western Europe Itinerary

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 3 nights
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Antwerp, Belgium
— 3 nights
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Bruges, Belgium
— 1 night
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Cologne, Germany
— 3 nights
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Frankfurt, Germany
— 3 nights
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Paris, France
— 2 nights
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands — 3 nights

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Let the collections at Van Gogh Museum and Anne Frank House capture your imagination. Get some cultural insight at Rijksmuseum and Zaanse Schans. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Amsterdam: SnowWorld (in Zoetermeer), The Hague (Kunstmuseum Den Haag & The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery) and Markthal (in Rotterdam). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Museum Het Rembrandthuis, examine the collection at Micropia, tour the pleasant surroundings at The Amstel, and get curious at Body Worlds.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Amsterdam trip itinerary planner.

Cape Town, South Africa to Amsterdam is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Cape Town to Amsterdam is minus 1 hour. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Cape Town in December, with highs in Amsterdam at 9°C and lows at 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to drive to Antwerp.
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Antwerp, Belgium — 3 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Grand Place and Rubens House (Rubenshuis). Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert and Museum Plantin-Moretus. Change things up with these side-trips from Antwerp: Eglise des Carmes (in Ixelles), René Magritte Museum (in Jette) and Brussels (Atomium, Autoworld, &more). There's lots more to do: stop by GERETTI Jewellery & Diamonds, ponder the world of politics at Town Hall (Stadhuis), examine the collection at Chocolate Nation, and pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Paul's Church.

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Traveling by car from Amsterdam to Antwerp takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Antwerp can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can drive to Bruges.
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Bruges, Belgium — 1 night

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 22nd (Thu): head outdoors with Bruges Art Route, brush up on your military savvy at For Freedom Museum, examine the collection at Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum, then take in the waterfront at Quai du Rosaire / Rozenhoedkaai, then look for gifts at Pur Chocolat Artisanale Chocolatier, and finally contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Brugge. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to The Markt, then explore the world behind art at Groeningemuseum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint Sauveur de Bruges, and finally take in the views from St Bonifacius Bridge.

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Drive from Antwerp to Bruges in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can go by car to Cologne.
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Cologne, Germany — 3 nights

Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
Popular historic sites such as Cologne Cathedral and Sankt Andreas Kirche are in your itinerary. Discover out-of-the-way places like Dive4Life and Shrine of the Three Kings. Venture out of the city with trips to Altenberger Dom (in Odenthal), Bonn (Arithmeum & Zoologisches Museum Konig) and AdenauerHaus (in Bad Honnef). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Kathe Kollwitz Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Gnadenkapelle, steep yourself in history at Heinzelmaennchenbrunnen, and take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Viktor Dom.

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Drive from Bruges to Cologne in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. In December in Cologne, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can take a train to Frankfurt.
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Frankfurt, Germany — 3 nights

A global center of finance and transportation, Frankfurt is perhaps best known for its futuristic cityscape.
Get a sense of the local culture at Stadel Museum and Friedrich Ebert Memorial (Gedenkstatte). Get some historical perspective at Old Nicholas Church (Alte Nikolaikirche) and Liebfrauen, Frankfurt. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Frankfurt: Wetzlar (Historische Altstadt Wetzlar & Wetzlar Cathedral), Heidelberg (Heidelberg Tun, Alte Universitaet, &more) and Mathematikum (in Giessen). There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, see the interesting displays at Museum fur Kommunikation, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dreikonigskirche, and step into the grandiose world of Bad Homburg Palace (Landgraves' Castle & Castle Park).

To see where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Frankfurt trip planner.

Take a train from Cologne to Frankfurt in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Frankfurt can reach 7°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to fly to Paris.
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Paris, France — 2 nights

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.
Eiffel Tower and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre will appeal to history buffs. You'll explore and learn at Louvre Museum and Musee d'Orsay. There's much more to do: wander the streets of Île de la Cité, steep yourself in history at Arc de Triomphe, browse the range of quality goods at Galeries Lafayette Paris Haussmann, and see the interesting displays at Musee Nissim de Camondo.

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Traveling by flight from Frankfurt to Paris takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In December in Paris, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to fly back home.
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The Netherlands travel guide

4.3
Art Museums · Specialty Museums · Nightlife
Low Country
The Netherlands literally means "Low Country", inspired by the country's low and flat geography, where only about 50 percent of the land exceeds one meter (three feet) above sea level. Since the late 16th century, large, flat land areas called "polders" have been reclaimed from the sea and lakes and protected by dikes, amounting to nearly 17 percent of the country's current land mass. The Netherlands is. This is small, densely populated country lies mainly in Western Europe but also includes three islands in the Caribbean; it's the main constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The European part of the Netherlands borders Germany to the east, Belgium to the south, and the North Sea to the northwest, sharing maritime borders with Belgium, the United Kingdom and Germany. Amsterdam, The Hague, and Rotterdam serve as the three largest and most important cities in the Netherlands. Amsterdam is the country's capital, while The Hague holds the Dutch seat of government. The port of Rotterdam claims the title as the largest port in Europe, in fact, it's as large as the next three ports combined.
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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.
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