55 days in Europe, United States & Canada Itinerary

55 days in Europe, United States & Canada Itinerary

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 7 nights
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New York City, United States
— 6 nights
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Halifax, Canada
— 2 nights
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St. Helier, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
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London, United Kingdom
— 7 nights
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Brussels, Belgium
— 5 nights
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Paris, France
— 6 nights
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La Defense, France
— 2 nights
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Oradour-sur-Glane, France
— 1 night
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Moulins, France
— 2 nights
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Chambery, France
— 1 night
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Munich, Germany
— 5 nights
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Dresden, Germany
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Berlin, Germany
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom

— 7 nights

Athens of the North

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Edinburgh Castle and Royal Yacht Britannia. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like St Giles' Cathedral and Stirling Castle. Venture out of the city with trips to Andy Howeys Birds of Prey Centre (in Berwick upon Tweed), Church of Saint Aidan Bamburgh (in Bamburgh) and The Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (in Seahouses). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Strathblane Falconry, make a trip to The Real Mary King's Close, admire the masterpieces at Scottish National Gallery, and relax in the rural setting at BobCat Alpacas.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Edinburgh sightseeing planner.

Copenhagen, Denmark to Edinburgh is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and train; or take a train. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Copenhagen to Edinburgh due to the time zone difference. In June, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to New York City.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 1 — 8:

New York City, United States

— 6 nights

Big Apple

Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Metropolitan Museum of Art and 9/11 Memorial. Appreciate the collections at Ellis Island and New York Public Library. Get out of town with these interesting New York City side-trips: Demarest Nature Center (in Demarest), Sands Point Preserve (in Port Washington) and Closter Nature Center (in Closter). There's lots more to do: walk around Central Park, take in the pleasant sights at Times Square, learn more about the world around you at American Museum of Natural History, and tour the pleasant surroundings at The High Line.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read New York City trip tool.

You can fly from Edinburgh to New York City in 11 hours. You'll gain 5 hours traveling from Edinburgh to New York City due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Edinburgh in June, with highs in New York City at 31°C and lows at 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can fly to Halifax.

Things to do in New York City

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 8 — 14:

Halifax, Canada

— 2 nights
The largest city on Canada's eastern coastline, Halifax boast a rich maritime history and occupies a strategically important location with one of the world's greatest natural harbors.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, admire the natural beauty at Halifax Public Gardens, then contemplate the long history of Halifax Citadel National Historic Site, then stop by Freak LunchBox, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Paul's Church. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, visit a coastal fixture at Peggy's Cove Lighthouse, and then pause for some photo ops at Swissair Flight 111 Memorial.

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Traveling by flight from New York City to Halifax takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from New York City to Halifax. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from New York City in June: high temperatures in Halifax hover around 22°C and lows are around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to travel to St. Helier.

Things to do in Halifax

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

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Find places to stay Jun 14 — 16:

St. Helier, United Kingdom

— 4 nights
Get a sense of the local culture at Jersey War Tunnels - German Underground Hospital and Mont Orgueil Castle. Visit St. Saviour Parish Church and La Hougue Bie Museum for their historical value. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around St. Helier: The Little Chapel (in Les Vauxbelets) and Castle Cornet (in St Peter Port).

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the St. Helier trip itinerary planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Halifax to St. Helier. You'll lose 4 hours traveling from Halifax to St. Helier due to the time zone difference. In June, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can catch the flight to London.

Things to do in St. Helier

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

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Find places to stay Jun 17 — 21:

London, United Kingdom

— 7 nights

The Square Mile

Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Stonehenge and St. Paul's Cathedral. Museum-lovers will appreciate National Gallery and Victoria and Albert Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around London: Coda Falconry (in Waltham Abbey) and Church of St. James (in Avebury). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Westminster Abbey, ponder the world of politics at Houses of Parliament, see the interesting displays at The British Museum, and learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the London trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by flight from St. Helier to London takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and train. In June, daytime highs in London are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can take a train to Brussels.

Things to do in London

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours

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Find places to stay Jun 21 — 28:

Brussels, Belgium

— 5 nights

Capital of Europe

The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
Get some historical perspective at Historic Centre of Brugge and Parc du Cinquantenaire. You'll explore and learn at Groeningemuseum and Gravensteen. Explore Brussels' surroundings by going to Bruges (Church of Our Lady Bruges, Belfry of Bruges, &more). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM), steep yourself in history at St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), don't miss a visit to Grand Place, and explore the world behind art at René Magritte Museum.

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

Take a train from London to Brussels in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car and train. Traveling from London to Brussels, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in June, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Paris.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

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Find places to stay Jun 28 — Jul 3:

Paris, France

— 6 nights

City of Light

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Louvre Museum and Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Eiffel Tower and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. Get out of town with these interesting Paris side-trips: Arboretum de la Vallee-aux-Loups (in Chatenay-Malabry), Evasion Canine (in Fontainebleau) and Chateau de Chambord (in Chambord). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, get to know the fascinating history of Montmartre, take a stroll through Le Marais, and appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Paris journey planner.

Take a train from Brussels to Paris in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Brussels in July, expect nights in Paris to be about the same, around 18°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can go by car to La Defense.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

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La Defense, France

— 2 nights
On the 10th (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Sainte Genevieve et Saint Maurice, admire the landmark architecture of The Hall of Mirrors, and then contemplate the long history of Palace of Versailles. Here are some ideas for day two: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then contemplate the long history of Temple de l'Amour, and then get great views at La Grande Arche de La Defense.

For where to stay and other tourist information, use the La Defense online sightseeing planner.

Getting from Paris to La Defense by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a train; or take a subway. In July, daytime highs in La Defense are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Oradour-sur-Glane.

Things to do in La Defense

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

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Find places to stay Jul 9 — 11:

Oradour-sur-Glane, France

— 1 night
Oradour-sur-Glane is a commune in the Haute-Vienne department in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region in west-central France, and the name of main village within the commune.HistoryThe original village was destroyed on 10 June 1944, when 642 of its inhabitants, including women and children, were massacred by a Nazi German Waffen-SS company. On the 12th (Mon), take an in-depth tour of Historic Village and Rural Life Museum, then examine the collection at Centre de la Memoire, and then contemplate the long history of Oradour-sur-Glane.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Oradour-sur-Glane sightseeing planner.

You can fly from La Defense to Oradour-sur-Glane in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In July, daytime highs in Oradour-sur-Glane are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can drive to Moulins.

Things to do in Oradour-sur-Glane

Museums · Historic Sites

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Moulins, France

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Arboretum de Balaine, then examine the collection at CNCS - Centre National du Costume de Scene, then contemplate the long history of Maison Mantin, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Cathédrale de Moulins. On your second day here, don't miss a visit to Eglise Saint-Blaise, grab your bike and head to La Boire des Carres, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Laurent, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Pierre de Chateloy, and finally explore the ancient world of Chateau d'Herisson.

For where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Moulins journey planning tool.

Drive from Oradour-sur-Glane to Moulins in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and train. In July, daytime highs in Moulins are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Chambery.

Things to do in Moulins

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks · Trails

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Find places to stay Jul 12 — 14:

Chambery, France

— 1 night
Chambéry is a city in the department of Savoie, located in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region in south-eastern France.It is the capital of the department and has been the historical capital of the Savoy region since the 13th century, when Amadeus V, Count of Savoy, made the city his seat of power.Together with other Alpine towns Chambéry engages in the Alpine Town of the Year Association for the implementation of the Alpine Convention to achieve sustainable development in the Alpine Arc. On the 15th (Thu), get to know the fascinating history of Ville Ancienne, then examine the collection at Hotel de Cordon, and then see the interesting displays at Musée des Charmettes - Maison de jean-Jacques Rousseau.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Chambery trip itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Moulins to Chambery in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in July, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Munich.

Things to do in Chambery

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Jul 14 — 15:

Munich, Germany

— 5 nights

Village of a Million People

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.
Nymphenburg Palace and St. Peter's Church are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Museum-lovers will appreciate Munich Residenz and BMW Welt. Venture out of the city with trips to Schwangau (St.Maria und Florian & Schloss Neuschwanstein), Schloss Hohenschwangau (in Hohenschwangau) and Partnachklamm (in Garmisch-Partenkirchen). There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Alte Pinakothek, don't miss a visit to Marienplatz, admire the striking features of New Town Hall (Neus Rathaus), and get curious at Deutsches Museum.

To see maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Munich trip planner.

Traveling by car from Chambery to Munich takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Chambery in July, things will get a bit cooler in Munich: highs are around 29°C and lows about 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to fly to Dresden.

Things to do in Munich

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 15 — 20:

Dresden, Germany

— 3 nights

Florence of the North

Dresden boasts a long history as a royal residence of many Saxon kings.
Museum-lovers will appreciate The Dresden Zwinger and Gemaldegalerie Alte Meister. Visit Frauenkirche Dresden and Royal Palace (Residenzschloss) for their historical value. Get out of town with these interesting Dresden side-trips: Koenigstein Fortress (in Koenigstein) and Obere Schleuse Kirnitschklamm (in Hinterhermsdorf). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Albertinum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Katholische Hofkirche, brush up on your military savvy at Museum of Military History, and see the interesting displays at Neues Grünes Gewölbe.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Dresden road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Munich to Dresden takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can go by car to Berlin.

Things to do in Dresden

Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 20 — 23:

Berlin, Germany

— 2 nights

Athens of the Spree

The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Charlottenburg Palace, then examine the collection at Topography of Terror, and then pause for some photo ops at The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe. On your second day here, contemplate the long history of East Side Gallery, then steep yourself in history at Mauermuseum - Museum Haus am Checkpoint Charlie, then explore the world behind art at Pergamonmuseum, and finally steep yourself in history at Memorial of the Berlin Wall.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Berlin journey planner.

You can drive from Dresden to Berlin in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Berlin

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Jul 23 — 25:

United Kingdom travel guide

4.3
Specialty Museums · Nightlife · Castles
Home to an impressive 25 World Heritage sites, the United Kingdom, which includes England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland, has hundreds of museums to explore, thousands of parks and gardens to stroll through, and tens of thousands of communities to discover. From Land’s End in the south to John O’Groats in the north, the country is packed with tourist attractions that can fill a range of itineraries. With nearly 30 million tourists visiting every year, the UK is ranked among the top ten holiday destinations in the world. Known for its royalty, this country also represents a diverse patchwork of native and immigrant cultures. Although Britannia no longer rules the waves, it possesses a captivating history and a dynamic modern culture, both of which remain hugely influential on the rest of the world.

United States travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Beaches · History Museums
More than the country of car-packed streets seen in TV shows and movies, the United States of America is a complex and diverse home to over 300 million people living in a wide range of landscapes and climates. From its big-city skyscrapers to its sprawling natural parks, the country's ''melting pot'' combines many ethnic groups that share a strong sense of national identity despite their cultural differences. A country of road trips and big blue skies, the United States harbors orderly cities filled with restaurants, parks, museums, and innumerable sightseeing opportunities, as well as pristine natural areas perfect for a holiday in the great outdoors. To see as much as you can of this diverse land quickly, drive over some of the more than 6 million km (4 million mi) of highways leading through deserts, mountain peaks, fertile fields, and giant urban centers.

Canada travel guide

4.6
Parks · Specialty Museums · Waterfalls
Most people remember their holiday in Canada by the country's great outdoors, yet this sprawling land of hulking mountains and rocky coastlines also boasts numerous modern cities, home to some of the world's finest dining, shopping, and entertainment options. Made for leisurely road trips, North America's biggest country features vast landscapes still unspoiled by mass tourism. A tour of Canada reveals a place packed with diverse cultures, living in tolerance and enjoying one of the highest standards of living in the world. If the vastness of those natural landscapes overwhelms you at any point during your Canada vacation, head to the openhearted cities of Vancouver, Toronto, or Montreal, ideal destinations for art lovers, history buffs, shopaholics, fashionistas, and impassioned foodies.

Jersey travel guide

4.2
Specialty Museums · Castles · Zoos
The biggest of the Channel Islands, Jersey is a self-governing British dependency noted for its long scenic coastline dotted with sandy beaches and overlooked by rugged cliffs. Walking and cycling are popular outdoor activities on the island’s tranquil roads and rustic trails. With a rich heritage and a strong spirit of independence, the island boasts numerous local museums and historical sites. High earnings, zero inheritance taxes, and a mild climate make Jersey a popular offshore finance center, with tourism, banking, and dairy providing a healthy backbone for the robust local economy. The fastest way to explore the island may be by car, but be mindful of the speed limits on the narrow country roads that twist and turn between the sprawling fields and dairy farms.

Belgium travel guide

4.2
Historic Sites · Specialty Museums · Monuments
A small country packing a big punch in terms of tourist attractions, Belgium sits at the crossroads of Western Europe, its cities soaked in history and famed for their lively arts, fashion, and dining scenes. Although it advertises itself simply as "A Food Lover's Dream," this country of just 11 million people boasts a rich architectural heritage, world-famous breweries, pristine natural areas, and touching memorials marking major battlegrounds from both World War I and World War II. Put the country's elegant cities of Brussels and Bruges at the top of your itinerary, but don't forget that Belgium's less-explored countryside offers dense forests, rolling hills, and lush valleys.

France travel guide

4.3
Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Historic Sites
France has been the world's most popular tourist destination for decades, and geographically, it is one of the most diverse countries in Europe. Its cities are holiday hot spots and contain some of the greatest treasures in Europe, its countryside is prosperous and well tended, and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions, like Paris, the French Riviera, the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the French Alps, as well as the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany, and Normandy. The country is renowned for its gastronomy, particularly wines and cheeses, as well as its history, culture, and fashion industry.

You'll find that the French people are very polite and may react coldly to you if you forget this. You might be surprised as you're greeted by other customers and the proprieter when you walk into a restaurant or a shop. Be sure to take your sightseeing off the beaten path in France. Besides the famous Eiffel Tower and the chic resorts of the Côte d'Azur (French Riviera) you'll find many places to visit in the form of museums filled with fine art, crafts, and archaeological relics, wonderful medieval villages and castles, diverse national parks, and local shopping direct from artisans themselves.

Whether you're touring the Christmas Markets or going skiing during winter, viewing the springtime influx of color in Provence, sunbathing on the Mediterranean coast in the summer, or watching the fall foliage against the backdrop of the châteaux in the Loire Valley, you're sure to find just the right place to be. Spring is a time when the tourist attractions are just starting to expand their hours, but it may still be cold in the mountainous regions and the north. Summer is the busiest time in France with the longest hours for many museums and attractions, but it's often when you will experience the most crowds. Winter in France is filled with winter carnivals, Christmas Markets, and of course, skiing. Fall is a time to celebrate the release of Beaujolais nouveau wine in November, as well as experience Nuit Blanche, a day in October when major attractions, museums, galleries, parks, and swimming pools remain open all night.

Hauts-de-Seine travel guide

4.3
Room Escape Games · Parks · Lookouts

Haute-Vienne travel guide

4.1
History Museums · Architectural Buildings · Specialty Museums

Allier travel guide

3.7
Zoos · Specialty Museums · Churches

Savoie travel guide

4.3
Ski Areas · Outdoor Activities · Spas

Germany travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Germany is the home of high culture, fine art, classical music, world-class sports, award-winning cuisine--and some of the world's best beers. It's also one of the major economic and political powers of the European continent. One of the founding members of the European Union, Germany is a federation of 16 states. Each boasts its own distinct culture, art, cuisine, regional traditions, and array of things to do. The country is known worldwide for its precision engineering and high-tech products. Equally, though, Germany is admired for its old-world charm and what is locally known as gemutlichkeit (coziness). This is one of the easiest countries in the world to explore, offering an abundance of sightseeing opportunities. German transportation runs with German efficiency. Therefore, getting around the various regions is almost always easy, quick, and pleasant. Visit the cities to explore museums, art galleries, modern restaurants, and trendy shops. Also be sure to venture deeper into the countryside. Here, you can discover ancient castles and bustling little villages. Often in these off-the-beaten-path areas, the main tourist attraction remains the simple hospitality of the friendly locals.

Saxony travel guide

4.6
Churches · Landmarks · Art Museums
Saxony features a long history of independence as a separate kingdom. It is a fascinating mix of medieval castles, cobbled town squares, Gothic churches, lavish palaces, and old-fashioned steam trains. The people who live here have a strong sense of distinctness from other Germans. This mainly stems from the region's history of independence and its large population of ethnic Sorbs (a Slavic people). But the residents are as friendly and warm as they are proud of their cultural and natural riches. Saxony is home to several high-profile cities full of things to do. It also contains a sprawling countryside dotted by neat vineyards, sun-drenched parks, rugged sandstone cliffs, lush meadows, and picturesque hillside villages. Still relatively undiscovered by foreign travelers, the area outside Saxony's urban centers remains one of the least-explored regions of the country. Venture deep into this multifaceted land to soak up the local culture. You'll be able to enjoy sightseeing at the various cultural and natural attractions unhindered by large tourist crowds.