12 days in Europe Itinerary

12 days in Europe Itinerary

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1
Stuttgart, Germany
— 1 night
2
Cologne, Germany
— 2 nights
3
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
— 1 night
4
Strasbourg, France
— 2 nights
5
Rust, Germany
— 1 night
6
Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
7
Lucerne, Switzerland
— 2 nights

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Stuttgart, Germany

Stuttgart ©
Stuttgart spreads across a variety of valleys, parks, and hills--many of them covered by vineyards.
On the 3rd (Mon), contemplate the long history of Palace Square, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wilhelma Zoologisch-Botanischer Garten, then ponder the design of Galateabrunnen, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Fernsehturm Stuttgart. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Staatsgalerie, see the interesting displays at Porsche Museum, then get engrossed in the history at StadtPalais – Museum fur Stuttgart, and finally don't miss a visit to Mercedes-Benz Museum.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Stuttgart itinerary planner.

Augsburg to Stuttgart is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Cologne.

Things to do in Stuttgart

Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks
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Mercedes-Benz Museum ©
Mercedes-Benz Museum
Porsche Museum ©
Porsche Museum
Fernsehturm Stuttgart ©
Fernsehturm Stuttgart

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Cologne, Germany

Cologne ©
Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Chocolate Museum, snap pictures at Hohenzollern Bridge, then admire the striking features of Cologne Cathedral, and finally explore the world behind art at Museum Ludwig.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Cologne trip planner.

Take a train from Stuttgart to Cologne in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In August, daytime highs in Cologne are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can drive to Luxembourg City.

Things to do in Cologne

Museums · Historic Sites
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Cologne Cathedral ©
Cologne Cathedral
Museum Ludwig ©
Museum Ludwig
Chocolate Museum ©
Chocolate Museum

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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

Luxembourg City ©
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 6th (Thu): get a new perspective on nature at Musee d'histoires de Diekirch, steep yourself in history at Vianden Castle, then make a trip to Barrio Grund, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Le Chemin de la Corniche. On the 7th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Palace of the Grand Dukes (Palais Grand-Ducal), make a trip to Notre Dame Cathedral (Cathedrale Notre Dame), and then take in the dramatic natural features at Casemates du Bock.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Luxembourg City online holiday planner.

Drive from Cologne to Luxembourg City in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In August, daytime highs in Luxembourg City are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Strasbourg.

Things to do in Luxembourg City

Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Musee d'histoires de Diekirch, Vianden Castle
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Vianden Castle ©
Vianden Castle
Casemates du Bock ©
Casemates du Bock

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Strasbourg, France

Strasbourg ©
Strasbourg is famous for its beautiful historical center, the Grande Île, which was the first city center classified entirely as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): admire the landmark architecture of Gare de Strasbourg. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Sat): stop by La Petite France, then don't miss a visit to Barrage Vauban, then walk around Parc de l'Orangerie, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg.

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Drive from Luxembourg City to Strasbourg in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. August in Strasbourg sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Rust.

Things to do in Strasbourg

Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Domaine Koeberle-Kreyer, Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg, La montagne des singes
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La Petite France ©
La Petite France
Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg ©
Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg
Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg ©
Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg

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Rust, Germany

Rust
Originally a poor fishing village, Rust now features a world-class amusement park complex.
To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Rust trip itinerary builder website.

Drive from Strasbourg to Rust in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. August in Rust sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 16°C at night. On the 10th (Mon), you'll travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Rust

Parks · Museums · Outdoors
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Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Sackelamtshusli, admire the sheer force of Rhine Falls, and then wander the streets of Old Town. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy breathtaking views from Loorenkopf Aussichtsturm, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, then wander the streets of Bahnhofstrasse, and finally see the interesting displays at Uhrenmuseum Beyer Zürich.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Zurich tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Rust to Zurich in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Lucerne.

Things to do in Zurich

Nature · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Rhine Falls, Sackelamtshusli
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Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Old Town ©
Old Town
Rhine Falls ©
Rhine Falls

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Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Lucerne is known for nature, wildlife, and childrens museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Lucerne, pause for some photo ops at Lion Monument, admire the masterpieces at The Rosengart Collection, and admire the striking features of Lucerne Station.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Lucerne online tour itinerary builder.

You can drive from Zurich to Lucerne in an hour. Another option is to take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Lucerne

Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods
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Lake Lucerne ©
Lake Lucerne
Chapel Bridge ©
Chapel Bridge
Rigi ©
Rigi

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