12 days in Europe Itinerary

12 days in Europe Itinerary

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12 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Stuttgart, Germany
Train:  3​h 15​min
1
Paris, France
— 1 night
Train:  3​h 30​min
2
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
4
Vienna, Austria
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Budapest, Hungary
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
6
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
7
Barcelona, Spain
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
End: Stuttgart, Germany

1
night
Paris, France

Paris ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): shop like a local with Champs-Elysees and then steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, then admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, and then admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Paris trip planner.

Stuttgart, Germany to Paris is an approximately 3.5-hour train ride. You can also fly; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Paris when traveling from Stuttgart in December, with lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

2
nights
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, then stroll around Vondelpark, and then explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum. Keep things going the next day: explore the galleries of Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House), admire the striking features of Royal Palace Amsterdam, then take an in-depth tour of Anne Frank House, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Heineken Experience.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Amsterdam online travel planner .

Getting from Paris to Amsterdam by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. December in Amsterdam sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 3°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Prague.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries
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Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

2
nights
Prague, Czech Republic

Prague ©
Prague lures millions of tourists each year with its World Heritage-listed medieval city center--a labyrinth of narrow lanes, bridges, cathedrals, and palaces overlooked by a thousand-year-old castle.
On the 30th (Mon), take an in-depth tour of Jewish Museum in Prague, get to know the fascinating history of Staromestske namesti, then don't miss a visit to Prague Astronomical Clock, and finally take in the views from Charles Bridge. Keep things going the next day: take a stroll through Lesser Town, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Vitus Cathedral, and then step into the grandiose world of Prague Castle.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Prague trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Amsterdam to Prague takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In December, Prague is slightly colder than Amsterdam - with highs of 5°C and lows of 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Staromestske namesti ©
Staromestske namesti
Charles Bridge
Charles Bridge
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle

2
nights
Vienna, Austria

Vienna ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Stephen's Cathedral, explore the historical opulence of Schonbrunn Palace, and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Schönbrunn Zoo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at The Hofburg, then steep yourself in history at Belvedere Palace, and then examine the collection at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Vienna itinerary builder app .

Traveling by flight from Prague to Vienna takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 5°C in December, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can catch the train to Budapest.

Things to do in Vienna

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral
The Hofburg ©
The Hofburg

1
night
Budapest, Hungary

Budapest ©
You might consider the city of Budapest, divided by the Danube River into two distinctive cities--Buda and Pest--to be essentially one large World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): contemplate the long history of Halaszbastya, contemplate the long history of Matthias Church, then get a sense of history and politics at Hungarian Parliament Building, then pause for some photo ops at Hősök tere, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika).

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Budapest online visit planner .

Traveling by train from Vienna to Budapest takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 3°C, and evening lows to -4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites
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Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Hungarian Parliament Building ©
Hungarian Parliament Building
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church

2
nights
Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
On the 4th (Sat), ponder the design of Trevi Fountain, admire the landmark architecture of Pantheon, then steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, then make a trip to Piazza Navona, and finally explore the world behind art at Galleria Borghese. On the 5th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Palatine Hill, explore the ancient world of Colosseum, and then admire the masterpieces at Musei Capitolini.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Rome online trip itinerary planner .

You can fly from Budapest to Rome in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Budapest in January: high temperatures in Rome hover around 15°C and lows are around 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

St. Peter's Basilica
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain

1
night
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
On the 6th (Mon), pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral, admire the landmark architecture of Casa Batllo, then admire the striking features of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and finally walk around Parc Guell.

To see photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Barcelona trip planner .

You can fly from Rome to Barcelona in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Parks
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo

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