21 days in Europe Itinerary

21 days in Europe Itinerary

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Zurich, Switzerland
— 3 nights
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Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland
— 3 nights
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Zermatt, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Lausanne, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
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Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
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Vienna, Austria
— 4 nights
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Zurich, Switzerland

— 3 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Explore Zurich's surroundings by going to Lucerne (Chapel Bridge, Lion Monument, &more). Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Lake Zurich, appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town, take an in-depth tour of Landesmuseum, and take a stroll through Bahnhofstrasse.

To find more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Zurich trip builder app.

Jakarta, Indonesia to Zurich is an approximately 18-hour flight. Traveling from Jakarta to Zurich, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Jakarta in December, things will get cooler in Zurich: highs are around 5°C and lows about -1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can go by car to Lauterbrunnen.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks · Museums · Nature · Neighborhoods

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Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland

— 3 nights
A small village in a valley, Lauterbrunnen showcases an abundance of awe-inspiring waterfalls.
Step out of Lauterbrunnen with an excursion to Villa Cassel in Riederalp--about 48 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: admire all the interesting features of Jungfraujoch, admire the sheer force of Staubbach Waterfall, explore the striking landscape at Aletsch Glacier, and appreciate the views at Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Lauterbrunnen visit site.

You can drive from Zurich to Lauterbrunnen in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can drive to Zermatt.

Things to do in Lauterbrunnen

Nature · Parks · Tours · Trails

Side Trips

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Zermatt, Switzerland

— 2 nights
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): enjoy breathtaking views from Sunnegga and then hit the slopes at Zermatt-Matterhorn Ski Paradise. Here are some ideas for day two: take some stellar pictures from Gornergrat, pause for some serene contemplation at Intercontinental Church Society, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Matterhorn, and finally see the interesting displays at Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Zermatt trip builder.

You can drive from Lauterbrunnen to Zermatt in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can drive to Lausanne.

Things to do in Zermatt

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Nature

Side Trip

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Lausanne, Switzerland

— 2 nights

Swiss San Francisco

Lausanne contains several distinct neighborhoods, each offering a different side of the French-speaking Swiss town.
On the 10th (Fri), observe the fascinating underwater world at AQUATIS Aquarium-Vivarium Lausanne, take in the pleasant sights at Montreux Lakeside, and then admire the masterpieces at Collection de l'Art Brut.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Lausanne driving holiday website.

Getting from Zermatt to Lausanne by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can fly to Barcelona.

Things to do in Lausanne

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

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Barcelona, Spain

— 3 nights

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.
Barcelona is known for historic sites, parks, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica de la Sagrada Familia, admire the landmark architecture of Casa Batllo, admire the masterpieces at Museu Picasso, and indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Barcelona trip planner.

You can fly from Lausanne to Barcelona in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Barcelona can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to fly to Budapest.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites · Parks · Wineries · Tours
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Budapest, Hungary

— 2 nights

Pearl of the Danube

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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): admire the landmark architecture of Vajdahunyad Castle (Vajdahunyadvar), pause for some photo ops at Shoes on the Danube Bank, get a sense of history and politics at Hungarian Parliament Building, then steep yourself in history at Fisherman's Bastion, then steep yourself in history at Matthias Church, and finally take in the views from Szechenyi Lanchid. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), then examine the collection at House of Terror Museum, then appreciate the history behind Heroes' Square, and finally boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa.

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Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Budapest takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Barcelona in December; daily highs in Budapest reach 5°C and lows reach -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Vienna.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites · Spas · Museums
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Vienna, Austria

— 4 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 nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Schonbrunn Palace, don't miss a visit to St. Stephen's Cathedral, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Schönbrunn Zoo, and walk around Prater.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Vienna sightseeing tool.

Traveling by car from Budapest to Vienna takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. December in Vienna sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of 0°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Vienna

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods
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Canton of Zurich travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Historic Walking Areas · Zoos
Featuring over 50 museums and 100 art galleries, world-renowned shopping and exuberant nightlife, the Canton of Zurich is home to the bustling metropolis of the same name that overlooks Lake Zurich at the base the of the snow-capped Swiss Alps. Bahnhofstrasse is Zurich's main downtown street and one of the world's most expensive and exclusive shopping avenues, where you'll find high fashion labels, jewelry, and watches. Art lovers will relish the Kunsthaus and Rietberg museums, while hiking enthusiasts will appreciate the nearby trails. The places to visit offer a little something for everyone, from the hundreds of animals at the Zurich Zoo, to the party animals at the many nightclubs.