8 days in Western Europe Itinerary

8 days in Western Europe Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Europe trip planner
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
Train
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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
— 1 night
Train
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Cologne, Germany
— 2 nights
Fly
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 night
Fly to Kalamazoo Battle Creek International Airport, Drive to Grand Rapids

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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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Kasteel de Haar as well as Muiderslot. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Wed): explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum and then examine the collection at Anne Frank House. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Thu): explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, examine the collection at Kasteel de Haar, and then explore the historical opulence of Muiderslot.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Amsterdam trip planning site.

Grand Rapids, USA to Amsterdam is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is 6 hours. Traveling from Grand Rapids in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Amsterdam, with lows of 40°F. You'll set off for Rotterdam on the 2nd (Fri).
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Rotterdam, The Netherlands — 1 night

Manhattan on the Maas

Located in the South Holland province, Rotterdam is one of the Netherlands' most lively cities, as well as one of the largest trading ports in the world.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Ahoy. On the 2nd (Fri), see where the action happens at Ahoy.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Rotterdam online tour planner.

You can drive from Amsterdam to Rotterdam in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December in Rotterdam, expect temperatures between 47°F during the day and 38°F at night. You'll set off for Cologne on the 3rd (Sat).
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Cologne, Germany — 2 nights

City of Churches

Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
Schloss Drachenburg has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): examine the collection at The Cathedral Treasury and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cologne Cathedral. On the 4th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at Museum Ludwig, then see the interesting displays at Chocolate Museum, and then explore the historical opulence of Schloss Drachenburg.

To find out how to plan a trip to Cologne, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Rotterdam to Cologne in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Cologne are 46°F, while nighttime lows are 37°F. On the 5th (Mon), you're off to Zurich.
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Zurich, Switzerland — 1 night

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): wander the streets of Bahnhofstrasse.

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Fly from Cologne to Zurich in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Cologne in December, expect Zurich to be slightly colder, temps between 41°F and 30°F. On the 6th (Tue), you'll travel back home.
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