16 days in Europe Itinerary

16 days in Europe Itinerary

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16 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Paris, France
1
Paris, France
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
2
Bruges, Belgium
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Frankfurt, Germany
— 2 nights
train:  4​h 15​min
4
Lucerne, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
5
Salzburg, Austria
— 2 nights
6
Munich, Germany
— 4 nights
End: Munich, Germany

2
nights
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.
Paris is known for museums, historic sites, nightlife, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, make a trip to Place de la Concorde, take in nature's colorful creations at Luxembourg Gardens, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

For where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Paris trip planner .

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major airports are Paris-Orly Airport, Charles de Gaulle International Airport and Paris Beauvais Tillé Airport. In May, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 64°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to drive to Bruges.

Things to do in Paris

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

3
nights
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.
On the 18th (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica of the Holy Blood, enjoy breathtaking views from Belfry of Bruges, then explore the activities along Minnewater Lake, then examine the collection at Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum, and finally don't miss a visit to The Markt. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at Groeningemuseum, then sample the tasty concoctions at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, then contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Brugge, and finally pause for some photo ops at Oude Griffie.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Bruges trip planner.

Getting from Paris to Bruges by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. In May in Bruges, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 47°F at night. On the 20th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Frankfurt.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites Museums Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Gravensteen
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Basilica of the Holy Blood ©
Basilica of the Holy Blood
Historic Centre of Brugge ©
Historic Centre of Brugge
The Markt ©
The Markt

2
nights
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 21st (Thu): make a trip to Main Tower, then admire the landmark architecture of Romer, then explore the world behind art at Staedel Museum, and finally snap pictures at Eiserner Steg. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the history behind Niederwald Monument (Niederwalddenkmal), take in nature's colorful creations at Palmengarten, then steep yourself in history at Goethe House, and finally steep yourself in history at Cathedral of St. Bartholomew (Dom St. Bartholomaus).

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Frankfurt visit planner .

You can drive from Bruges to Frankfurt in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of car and train. In May, daytime highs in Frankfurt are 67°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can drive to Lucerne.

Things to do in Frankfurt

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Niederwald Monument (Niederwalddenkmal)
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Staedel Museum
Staedel Museum
Romer ©
Romer

2
nights
Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
On the 23rd (Sat), snap pictures at Chapel Bridge, then appreciate the history behind Lion Monument, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Lucerne, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Pilatus. On the next day, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Rigi and then explore the activities along Lake Zurich.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Lucerne attractions app .

Traveling by car from Frankfurt to Lucerne takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. In May in Lucerne, expect temperatures between 65°F during the day and 48°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Salzburg.

Things to do in Lucerne

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Lake Zurich
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Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Lake Lucerne ©
Lake Lucerne

2
nights
Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Mon): step into the grandiose world of Schloss Hellbrunn, take some stellar pictures from Fortress Hohensalzburg, then admire the landmark architecture of Salzburg Cathedral, and finally contemplate the long history of Salzburger Altstadt. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter's Abbey (Stift St. Peter), examine the collection at Red Bull Hangar-7, take in the awesome beauty at Untersberg, take an in-depth tour of Mozarts Geburtshaus, then examine the collection at Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus), and finally don't miss a visit to Mirabell Palace.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Salzburg tour itinerary planner .

Drive from Lucerne to Salzburg in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. In May, daily temperatures in Salzburg can reach 65°F, while at night they dip to 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can drive to Munich.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Schloss Hellbrunn ©
Schloss Hellbrunn
Fortress Hohensalzburg ©
Fortress Hohensalzburg
Mirabell Palace ©
Mirabell Palace

4
nights
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Schloss Neuschwanstein in Hohenschwangau (about 1h 30 min away). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Marienplatz, engage your brain at Deutsches Museum, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and admire the masterpieces at New Pinakothek.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Munich tour builder .

Drive from Salzburg to Munich in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. May in Munich sees daily highs of 64°F and lows of 46°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Munich

Museums Historic Sites Tours

Side Trip

Schloss Neuschwanstein
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Deutsches Museum ©
Deutsches Museum
Marienplatz ©
Marienplatz
English Garden ©
English Garden

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