9 days in Europe Itinerary

9 days in Europe Itinerary

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9 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Zurich, Switzerland
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Zurich, Switzerland
— Few hours
train:  1​h 30​min
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Bern, Switzerland
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h 45​min
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Pontarlier, France
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
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Dijon, France
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 45​min
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Auxerre, France
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
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Paris, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h
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Mons, Belgium
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
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Zweibruecken, Germany
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
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Stuttgart, Germany
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
End: Zurich, Switzerland


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Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): explore the activities along Lake Zurich.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Zurich trip planner .

If you are flying in from South Africa, the closest major airports are Zürich Airport, Basel Mulhouse Freiburg and Bern Belp Airport. Expect a daytime high around 5°C in December, and nighttime lows around -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Bern.

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Nature Parks
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Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich

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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 13th (Fri): get curious at Einstein House (Einsteinhaus) and then take in panoramic vistas at Clock Tower - Zytglogge.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Bern itinerary planner .

Take a train from Zurich to Bern in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December in Bern, expect temperatures between 5°C during the day and -3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel to Pontarlier.

Things to do in Bern

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums
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Einstein House (Einsteinhaus) ©
Einstein House (Einsteinhaus)
Clock Tower - Zytglogge ©
Clock Tower - Zytglogge

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Pontarlier, France

Pontarlier
Pontarlier is a commune and one of the two sub-prefectures of the Doubs department in the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté region in eastern France near the Swiss border.HistoryPontarlier occupies the ancient Roman station of Ariolica, in Gallia and is placed in the Tables on the road from Urba (modern Orbe, Canton Vaud, Switzerland), to Vesontio (modern Besançon). For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Pontarlier trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Bern to Pontarlier takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 3°C in December, and nighttime lows around -3°C. On the 14th (Sat), you're off toDijon.

Things to do in Pontarlier

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Dijon, France

Dijon ©
Perhaps best known for its locally produced mustard, Dijon also makes a wonderfully flavorful crème de cassis, or blackcurrant liqueur, and boasts excellent examples of regional architecture with polychrome roofs made of tiles in terracotta, green, yellow, and black placed in geometric patterns.
On the 14th (Sat), make a trip to Place de la Liberation, admire the masterpieces at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Dijon, then enjoy the sights with a stroll at Owl's Trail, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Saint-Benigne de Dijon, and finally contemplate the long history of Maison Milliere.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Dijon trip maker site .

You can drive from Pontarlier to Dijon in 2 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 6°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to drive to Auxerre.

Things to do in Dijon

Museums Historic Sites Trails
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Musee des Beaux-Arts de Dijon ©
Musee des Beaux-Arts de Dijon
Cathedrale Saint-Benigne de Dijon ©
Cathedrale Saint-Benigne de Dijon
Maison Milliere ©
Maison Milliere

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Auxerre, France

Auxerre
Auxerre is the capital of the Yonne department and the fourth-largest city in Burgundy. To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Auxerre trip itinerary site .

Getting from Dijon to Auxerre by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in December, and nighttime lows around 1°C. On the 15th (Sun), you'll travel to Paris.

Things to do in Auxerre

Historic Sites Outdoors Museums
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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.
On the 15th (Sun), head off the coast to Île de la Cité, then explore and take pictures at Eiffel Tower, then pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, and finally explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: get a sense of history and politics at Hotel de Ville, steep yourself in history at Sainte-Chapelle, walk around Luxembourg Gardens, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and finally shop like a local with Champs-Elysees.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Paris holiday planner .

Drive from Auxerre to Paris in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. December in Paris sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 3°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel to Mons.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Arc de Triomphe ©
Arc de Triomphe
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower

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Mons, Belgium

Mons ©
Not far from Brussels, Mons is home to a World Heritage Site, the former home of Van Gogh, and Roman ruins.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Grand-Place de Mons, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Collegiale Sainte-Waudru, and then don't miss a visit to Francois Duesberg Museum.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Mons trip planner .

You can drive from Paris to Mons in 3 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Mons can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. On the 18th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Luxembourg City.

Things to do in Mons

Historic Sites Museums
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Francois Duesberg Museum ©
Francois Duesberg Museum
St Symphorien Military Cemetery ©
St Symphorien Military Cemetery
Grand-Place de Mons ©
Grand-Place de Mons

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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 18th (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Vianden.

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Traveling by car from Mons to Luxembourg City takes 2.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Luxembourg City are 6°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel to Zweibruecken.

Things to do in Luxembourg City

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Chateau de Vianden
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Le Chemin de la Corniche ©
Le Chemin de la Corniche
Chateau de Vianden ©
Chateau de Vianden

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Zweibruecken, Germany

Zweibruecken ©
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Burg Nanstein.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Zweibruecken road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Luxembourg City to Zweibruecken takes 1.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Zweibruecken can reach 5°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. On the 20th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Stuttgart.

Things to do in Zweibruecken

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Burg Nanstein
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Burg Nanstein ©
Burg Nanstein

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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 20th (Fri), see the interesting displays at Porsche Museum and then admire the striking features of Mercedes-Benz Museum.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Stuttgart trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by car from Zweibruecken to Stuttgart takes 2.5 hours. December in Stuttgart sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of 0°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 21st (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Stuttgart

Museums Historic Sites
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Mercedes-Benz Museum ©
Mercedes-Benz Museum
Porsche Museum ©
Porsche Museum
Palace Square ©
Palace Square

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