13 days in Western Europe Itinerary

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Zurich, Switzerland
— 5 nights
Paris, France
— 2 nights
Brussels, Belgium
— 2 nights
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights


Zurich, Switzerland — 5 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Explore hidden gems such as Stiftsbibliothek and Einkaufszentrum Glatt. For shopping fun, head to Swiss Knife Valley Visitor Center or Bahnhofstrasse. Change things up with these side-trips from Zurich: Uferpromenade Weggis (in Weggis) and St. Gallen (Kathedrale St.Gallen & Wildpark Peter & Paul). Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Lake Zurich, see the interesting displays at Uhrenmuseum Beyer Zürich, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and take a stroll through Old Town.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Zurich day trip planning site.

Austin, USA to Zurich is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Austin to Zurich is 7 hours. When traveling from Austin in October, plan for much colder days and a bit cooler nights in Zurich: temperatures range from 58°F by day to 45°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Paris.
Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Shopping
Side Trips
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Paris, France — 2 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Musee du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac and Musee Marmottan Monet. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, see the interesting displays at Musee Nissim de Camondo, browse the range of quality goods at Galeries Lafayette Paris Haussmann, and take in the views from Pont-Neuf.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Paris road trip planning website.

You can fly from Zurich to Paris in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or drive. October in Paris sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 48°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Brussels.
Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods
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Brussels, Belgium — 2 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.
On the 29th (Sat), admire the striking features of Guild Houses, steep yourself in history at Grand Place, stop by Planete Chocolat, then pause for some photo ops at Manneken Pis, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Brussels route planner.

Take a train from Paris to Brussels in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. When traveling from Paris in October, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Brussels: temperatures range from 57°F by day to 46°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Amsterdam.
Shopping · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands — 2 nights

Venice of the North

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sun): wander the streets of The Jordaan. On the 31st (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Museum Quarter, then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then examine the collection at Anne Frank House, and finally savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

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Getting from Brussels to Amsterdam by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or fly. In October in Amsterdam, expect temperatures between 59°F during the day and 47°F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 1st (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling home.
Neighborhoods · Tours · Museums · Fun & Games
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Switzerland travel guide

Bodies of Water · Mountains · Specialty Museums
Immerse yourself in a snow-capped mountain wonderland in Switzerland's serene Alpine setting. See the world-renowned Matterhorn, Switzerland's second-highest mountain at 4,478 m (14,962 ft) tall, or zoom down the mountains on toboggan, ski, or snowboard. In the warmer seasons hike around the rolling green hillsides covered with pine trees and picturesque aqua blue lakes. Luxurious cities dotted with cozy wooden chalets and colorful flowerbeds balance quaintness with first-class cultural offerings. Indulge in the country's opulence of milk chocolate, cheese fondue, and keg-carrying St. Bernard dogs.

Belgium travel guide

Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · Nightlife
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.