16 days in Europe Itinerary

16 days in Europe Itinerary

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16 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Santander, Spain
bus + Fly:  7​h 15​min
1
Berlin, Germany
— 3 nights
2
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
3
Vienna, Austria
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Hallstatt, Austria
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Munich, Germany
— 1 night
train:  3​h 15​min
6
Frankfurt, Germany
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
7
Bruges, Belgium
— 1 night
train:  1​h 15​min
8
Brussels, Belgium
— 1 night
train:  4​h
End: Lyon, France

3
nights
Berlin, Germany

Berlin ©
The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Berlin is known for museums, historic sites, nightlife, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: pause for some photo ops at Brandenburg Gate, make a trip to East Side Gallery, ponder the world of politics at Reichstag Building, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Zoo Berlin.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Berlin tour itinerary site .

Santander, Spain to Berlin is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Prague.

Things to do in Berlin

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums
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Brandenburg Gate ©
Brandenburg Gate
Reichstag Building ©
Reichstag Building

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.
Prague is known for historic sites, nightlife, museums, fun & games, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: wander the streets of StaromEstske namEsti, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, get great views at Prague Astronomical Clock, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Vitus Cathedral.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Prague vacation planning website .

You can drive from Berlin to Prague in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. October in Prague sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 7°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Prague

Tours Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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StaromEstske namEsti ©
StaromEstske namEsti
Charles Bridge
Charles Bridge
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): make a trip to Stephansplatz, then admire the striking features of Schonbrunn Palace, then browse the exhibits of Belvedere Palace, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Stephen's Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, then examine the collection at Imperial Palace (Hofburg), and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chapel of St. Virgil.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Vienna road trip planning tool .

You can fly from Prague to Vienna in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Vienna are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can go by car to Hallstatt.

Things to do in Vienna

Historic Sites Museums
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Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral
Belvedere Palace ©
Belvedere Palace

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hours
Hallstatt, Austria

Hallstatt
Historically known for the production of salt, Halstatt's fine architecture reflects the small village's salt mining legacy.
For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Hallstatt day trip planner.

You can drive from Vienna to Hallstatt in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. On the 16th (Wed), you're off toMunich.

Things to do in Hallstatt

Parks Outdoors Nature
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1
night
Munich, Germany

Munich ©
Often described as the city of laptops and lederhosen, Munich is an international center of business, engineering, research, and medicine that still maintains a rich cultural heritage and age-old traditions.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Thu): explore the activities along English Garden, contemplate the long history of Nymphenburg Palace, then appreciate the history behind Moriskentanzer, and finally make a trip to Marienplatz. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the landmark architecture of St. Peter's Church, engage your brain at Deutsches Museum, then see the interesting displays at Munich Residenz, and finally ponder the world of politics at New Town Hall (Neus Rathaus).

To find more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Munich trip builder app .

You can drive from Hallstatt to Munich in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Munich can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Frankfurt.

Things to do in Munich

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums
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Deutsches Museum ©
Deutsches Museum
Marienplatz ©
Marienplatz
Nymphenburg Palace ©
Nymphenburg Palace

2
nights
Frankfurt, Germany

Frankfurt
A global center of finance and transportation, Frankfurt is perhaps best known for its futuristic cityscape.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Johanniskirche, then explore the world behind art at Staedel Museum, then examine the collection at Museum Embankment, and finally admire the striking features of Romer. Here are some ideas for day two: take some stellar pictures from Main Tower, admire the natural beauty at Palmengarten, steep yourself in history at Goethe House, then take in the views from Eiserner Steg, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of St. Bartholomew (Dom St. Bartholomaus).

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Frankfurt route planning website .

Traveling by train from Munich to Frankfurt takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In October, daily temperatures in Frankfurt can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Bruges.

Things to do in Frankfurt

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Staedel Museum
Staedel Museum
Goethe House ©
Goethe House
Romer ©
Romer

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): don't miss a visit to The Markt, contemplate the waterfront views at Minnewater Lake, then enjoy breathtaking views from Belfry of Bruges, and finally steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of Brugge. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Groeningemuseum, then sample the tasty concoctions at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica of the Holy Blood, and finally see the interesting displays at Historium Brugge.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Bruges trip itinerary builder tool .

Getting from Frankfurt to Bruges by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and car. In October, daily temperatures in Bruges can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Brussels.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Historic Centre of Brugge ©
Historic Centre of Brugge
The Markt ©
The Markt
Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan ©
Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan

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night
Brussels, Belgium

Brussels ©
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 23rd (Wed), see the interesting displays at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM), appreciate the history behind Manneken Pis, steep yourself in history at Grand Place, then get engrossed in the history at Museum of the City of Brussels (Musee de la Ville de Bruxelles), and finally examine the collection at Atomium.

To find more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Brussels day trip planning site .

Getting from Bruges to Brussels by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train back home.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Historic Sites
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Atomium ©
Atomium
Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Musical Instruments Museum (MIM) ©
Musical Instruments Museum (MIM)