27 days in Europe Itinerary

27 days in Europe Itinerary

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27 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly:  24 h
1
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
Train:  3 h 45 min
2
Dortmund, Germany
— 2 nights
Train:  3 h
3
Hamburg, Germany
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Plon, Germany
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  4 h 30 min
5
Frankfurt, Germany
— 1 night
Train:  2 h 15 min
6
Nuremberg, Germany
— 2 nights
Train:  6 h 45 min
7
Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 night
Train:  3 h 45 min
8
Grindelwald, Switzerland
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
9
Bern, Switzerland
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  8 h 45 min
10
Gmunden, Austria
— 7 nights
Train:  2 h 15 min
11
Vienna, Austria
— 2 nights
Fly:  25 h
End: Melbourne, Australia

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.
To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Amsterdam trip itinerary maker .

Melbourne, Australia to Amsterdam is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 9 hours traveling from Melbourne to Amsterdam. When traveling from Melbourne in December, plan for cooler days and little chillier nights in Amsterdam: temperatures range from 9°C by day to 3°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 8th (Sun) before leaving for Dortmund.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums
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Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum

2
nights
Dortmund, Germany

Dortmund ©
Though its major passion may be soccer, Dortmund offers visitors more than just historical sports venues.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): explore the engaging exhibits at German Football Museum.

To find where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Dortmund online attractions planner .

Drive from Amsterdam to Dortmund in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Dortmund are 8°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. You'll have a few hours on the 10th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Hamburg.

Things to do in Dortmund

Museums Childrens Museums
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German Football Museum ©
German Football Museum

1
night
Hamburg, Germany

Hamburg ©
As the country's biggest port and one of the busiest in all of Europe, Hamburg has a well-deserved reputation as Germany's Gateway to the World.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): get a sense of history and politics at Townhall.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Hamburg journey builder site .

Getting from Dortmund to Hamburg by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In December, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to 2°C. On the 11th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Plon.
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Townhall ©
Townhall

2
nights
Plon, Germany

Plon ©
Plön is the district seat of the Plön district in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, and has about 8,700 inhabitants. Venture out of the city with trips to Lubeck (Lubeck Altstadt (Lubeck Oldtown), St. Petri zu Lubeck, & more). Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Ploen Castle.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Plon online journey planner .

Traveling by car from Hamburg to Plon takes 1.5 hours. December in Plon sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of 3°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel to Nuremberg.

Things to do in Plon

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Lubeck
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Marienkirche ©
Marienkirche
Lubeck Altstadt (Lubeck Oldtown) ©
Lubeck Altstadt (Lubeck Oldtown)
Holstentor ©
Holstentor

1
night
Frankfurt, Germany

Frankfurt
A global center of finance and transportation, Frankfurt is perhaps best known for its futuristic cityscape.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of St. Bartholomew (Dom St. Bartholomaus).

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Frankfurt road trip website .

Explore your travel options from Plon to Frankfurt with the Route module. In December, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Nuremberg.

Things to do in Frankfurt

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Stadel Museum
Stadel Museum
Romer ©
Romer
Palmengarten ©
Palmengarten

2
nights
Nuremberg, Germany

Nuremberg ©
Nuremberg's historic town center stands in the shadow of a towering imperial castle that dominates its northwestern corner.
To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Nuremberg online sightseeing planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Plon to Nuremberg. Traveling from Plon in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Nuremberg, with lows of 0°C. You will have some time to spend on the 16th (Mon) before leaving for Zurich.

Things to do in Nuremberg

Historic Sites
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1
night
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Zurich travel planner.

You can fly from Nuremberg to Zurich in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Zurich can reach 5°C, while at night they dip to -1°C. You'll have a few hours on the 17th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Zurich

Outdoors Parks Museums
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4
nights
Grindelwald, Switzerland

Grindelwald ©
As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
You've now added Bachalpsee Lake to your itinerary. Change things up with these side-trips from Grindelwald: Wengen Mannlichen Aerial Cableway (in Wengen) and 007 Walk of fame - Schilthorn (in Murren). Next up on the itinerary: get interesting insight from Jungfraujoch, appreciate the views at Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls, take in the dramatic scenery at Staubbach Waterfall, and stop by Vogts Corner.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Grindelwald trip app .

Traveling by car from Zurich to Grindelwald takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. On the 21st (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Lucerne.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trips

Grindelwald-Wengen-Murren-Lauterbrunnen, Lauterbrunnen, Wengen Mannlichen Aerial Cableway, 007 Walk of Fame - Schilthorn
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Aletsch Glacier ©
Aletsch Glacier
Jungfraujoch ©
Jungfraujoch
The Eiger ©
The Eiger

1
night
Bern, Switzerland

Bern ©
The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of The Cathedral of Bern, wander the streets of UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, admire the natural beauty at Rose Garden (Rosengarten), then identify plant and animal life at Barenpark, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Clock Tower - Zytglogge.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Bern holiday planner .

Drive from Grindelwald to Bern in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In December, daytime highs in Bern are 5°C, while nighttime lows are -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Gmunden.

Things to do in Bern

Parks Historic Sites Shopping
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Rose Garden (Rosengarten) ©
Rose Garden (Rosengarten)
The Cathedral of Bern ©
The Cathedral of Bern
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern ©
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern

7
nights
Gmunden, Austria

Gmunden ©
Gmunden is a town in Upper Austria, Austria in the district of Gmunden. Get out of town with these interesting Gmunden side-trips: Hallstatt-Dachstein - Salzkammergut Cultural Landscape (in Obertraun) and Hallstatt (Old Town, Hallstatt Skywalk "Welterbeblick", & more). And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Traunsee, get outside with Katzenstein, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Traunstein, and enjoy breathtaking views from Baumwipfelpfad Salzkammergut.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Gmunden trip itinerary maker site .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Lucerne to Gmunden. On the 29th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Vienna.

Things to do in Gmunden

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Hallstatt, Hallstatt-Dachstein - Salzkammergut Cultural Landscape, Motorradmuseum Vorchdorf Salzkammergut
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Traunsee ©
Traunsee
Hallstatter See ©
Hallstatter See
Old Town ©
Old Town

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.
For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Vienna trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Salzburg to Vienna takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 5°C, and evening lows to 0°C. You will have some time to spend on the 1st (Wed) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Vienna

Nightlife Museums Historic Sites
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