31 days in Western Europe Itinerary

31 days in Western Europe Itinerary

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31 days in Western Europe Itinerary

Start: Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
Fly:  9​h 30​min
1
Frankfurt, Germany
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
2
Berlin, Germany
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Munich, Germany
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Fussen, Germany
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
5
Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Interlaken, Switzerland
— 2 nights
train:  6​h 15​min
7
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
8
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
9
Vienna, Austria
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
10
Cologne, Germany
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
11
Frankfurt, Germany
— 2 nights
Fly:  11​h 15​min
End: Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia


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2
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Frankfurt, Germany

Frankfurt ©
A global center of finance and transportation, Frankfurt is perhaps best known for its futuristic cityscape.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Heidelberg Tun and Dom zu Worms. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Galeria Kaufhof Frankfurt An der Hauptwache and MyZeil. Step out of Frankfurt to go to Heidelberg and see Church of the Holy Ghost (Heiliggeistkirche), which is approximately 1h 25 min away. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at DFF - Deutsches Filminstitut & Filmmuseum and make a trip to Berger Str..

To see reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Frankfurt road trip planning tool .

Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia to Frankfurt is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. Traveling from Ulaanbaatar to Frankfurt, you'll gain 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Ulaanbaatar in August since evenings lows in Frankfurt dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Berlin.

Things to do in Frankfurt

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Heidelberg, Dom zu Worms
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Museum fur Kommunikation ©
Museum fur Kommunikation
Heidelberg Tun ©
Heidelberg Tun

4
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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.
Get some cultural insight at Memorial of the Berlin Wall and Potsdamer Platz. Explore hidden gems such as Topography of Terror and Strandbar Mitte. The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, steep yourself in history at East Side Gallery, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Zoo Berlin, and get a sense of history and politics at Reichstag Building.

To see other places to visit and more tourist information, read our Berlin trip planner .

Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia to Berlin is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from Ulaanbaatar to Berlin due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Munich.

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Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums
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Zoo Berlin ©
Zoo Berlin
Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church ©
Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church
Topographie des Terrors ©
Topographie des Terrors

3
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.
Visit Nymphenburg Palace and Haidhausen for their historical value. Get a sense of the local culture at Munich Residenz and Deutsches Museum. The adventure continues: explore the activities along English Garden, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Heiliggeistkirche, browse the eclectic array of goods at Viktualienmarkt, and examine the collection at FC Bayern Erlebniswelt.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Munich online road trip planner .

Fly from Berlin to Munich in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Fussen.

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Museums Parks Historic Sites
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Nymphenburg Palace ©
Nymphenburg Palace
Munich Residenz ©
Munich Residenz
Deutsches Museum ©
Deutsches Museum

2
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Fussen, Germany

Fussen ©
Framed by the Alps and set upon a riverbank, the city of Fussen in addition to its historic architecture is the epicenter of Germany’s traditional violin-making industry.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Altstadt von Fuessen, admire the striking features of Schloss Hohenschwangau, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Oberammergau Church. Here are some ideas for day two: step into the grandiose world of Neuschwanstein Castle and then see the interesting displays at Museum der Stadt Fussen.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Fussen tour planner.

You can drive from Munich to Fussen in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Fussen are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Fussen

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Hohenschwangau, Oberammergau Church
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Altstadt von Fuessen ©
Altstadt von Fuessen
Schloss Hohenschwangau ©
Schloss Hohenschwangau
Schloss Neuschwanstein ©
Schloss Neuschwanstein

2
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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 (Tue): look for gifts at Confiserie Sprungli and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich. Keep things going the next day: wander the streets of Old Town and then take a stroll through Bahnhofstrasse.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Zurich trip planning website .

Drive from Fussen to Zurich in 3 hours. In August, daytime highs in Zurich are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Interlaken.

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Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites
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Old Town ©
Old Town
Bahnhofstrasse ©
Bahnhofstrasse
Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich

2
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Interlaken, Switzerland

Nestled between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz in the heart of the Jungfrau region, Interlaken became popular for its proximity to the mountains and lakes of the Bernese Oberland region.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Alpenwildpark, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, then get engrossed in the history at Bernisches Historisches Museum - Einstein Museum, and finally take a stroll through UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the views at Lauterbrunnen Village and then walk around Hohematte Park.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Interlaken online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Zurich to Interlaken takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Interlaken can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Interlaken

Parks Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Bern, Lauterbrunnen Village
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Parasailing & Paragliding
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern ©
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern
Lauterbrunnen Village ©
Lauterbrunnen Village

2
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Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): get great views at Piazzale Michelangelo and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. On your second day here, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica San Miniato al Monte and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Centro Storico.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Florence road trip planning app .

You can take a train from Interlaken to Florence in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Interlaken in August, things will get a bit warmer in Florence: highs are around 35°C and lows about 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Rome.

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Historic Sites
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Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Centro Storico ©
Centro Storico
Basilica San Miniato al Monte
Basilica San Miniato al Monte

2
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Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
On the 19th (Mon), appreciate the extensive heritage of Altare Della Patria and then contemplate the long history of Colosseum. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Venezia, and then admire the striking features of Pantheon.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Rome trip itinerary planner .

Take a train from Florence to Rome in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In August, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Altare Della Patria ©
Altare Della Patria

5
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Ringstrasse and Leopold Museum. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien and St. Stephen's Cathedral. Step out of Vienna to go to Weissenkirchen and see Wehrkirche St. Michael, which is approximately 1h 35 min away. There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Belvedere Palace, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Jesuits, take a stroll through Graben and Kohlmarkt, and don't miss a visit to Stephansplatz.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Vienna online itinerary planner .

Getting from Rome to Vienna by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Rome in August, expect Vienna to be little chillier, temps between 31°C and 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to travel to Cologne.

Things to do in Vienna

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Wehrkirche St. Michael
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St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral
Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
Belvedere Palace ©
Belvedere Palace

3
nights
Cologne, Germany

Cologne ©
Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
Let the collections at Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum and Kolumba capture your imagination. Do some cultural sightseeing at St. Maria im Kapitol and Schloss Augustusburg. There's more to do: make a trip to Hohenzollern Bridge and see the interesting displays at Schnutgen Museum.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Cologne trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Vienna to Cologne takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Vienna in August, expect Cologne to be little chillier, temps between 28°C and 15°C. On the 28th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Berlin.

Things to do in Cologne

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Schloss Augustusburg
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Kolumba ©
Kolumba
St. Maria im Kapitol ©
St. Maria im Kapitol
Schnutgen Museum ©
Schnutgen Museum

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Frankfurt, Germany

Frankfurt ©
On the 3rd (Tue), don't miss a visit to Roemer Kaisersaal, take in the spiritual surroundings of Old Nicholas Church (Alte Nikolaikirche), admire the masterpieces at Staedel Museum, then look for all kinds of wild species at Schwanheimer Dune, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at MainAppelHaus Lohrberg Streuobstzentrum e.V..

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Frankfurt itinerary planning site .

Take a train from Cologne to Frankfurt in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. On the 4th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Frankfurt

Parks Wildlife Museums
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Schwanheimer Dune ©
Schwanheimer Dune
Staedel Museum
Staedel Museum

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