18 days in Europe Itinerary

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Berlin, Germany
— 1 night
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Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany
— 1 day
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Bamberg, Germany
— 1 night
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Dresden, Germany
— 1 night
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Nuremberg, Germany
— 1 night
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Munich, Germany
— 2 nights
Drive
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Salzburg, Austria
— 2 nights
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Hallstatt, Austria
— 1 night
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Vienna, Austria
— 3 nights
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Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
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Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
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Berlin, Germany — 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Topography of Terror, wander the streets of Potsdamer Platz, and then get the lay of the land with Walking tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Thu): explore the world behind art at Pergamonmuseum, admire the landmark architecture of Reichstag Building, then pause for some photo ops at The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, and finally pause for some photo ops at Brandenburg Gate.

To find reviews and other tourist information, read our Berlin trip planner.

Stockholm, Sweden to Berlin is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Rothenburg ob der Tauber.
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Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany — 1 day

Rothenburg ob der Tauber is a town in the district of Ansbach of Mittelfranken (Middle Franconia), the Franconia region of Bavaria, Germany. On the 16th (Fri), steep yourself in history at Market Square, wander the streets of Altstadt, contemplate the long history of Gerlachschmiede, then admire the landmark architecture of Stadt Rothenburg ob der Tauber, and finally hunt for treasures at Kathe Wohlfahrts Weihnachtsdorf.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Rothenburg ob der Tauber holiday planner.

You can drive from Berlin to Rothenburg ob der Tauber in 5.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can drive to Bamberg.
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Bamberg, Germany — 1 night

Franconian Rome

First mentioned in historical records from the year 902, Bamberg retains today the medieval, old-world charm that has defined its past development.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Kirche St. Maria und St. Theodor, pause for some serene contemplation at Bamberg Cathedral, steep yourself in history at Bamberg Altstadt, then take an in-depth tour of Gartner- und Hackermuseum, and finally steep yourself in history at Altes Rathaus.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Bamberg trip planner.

Drive from Rothenburg ob der Tauber to Bamberg in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 6°C in December, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to drive to Dresden.
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Dresden, Germany — 1 night

Florence of the North

Dresden boasts a long history as a royal residence of many Saxon kings.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): explore the world behind art at The Dresden Zwinger, then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and then steep yourself in history at Stallhof.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Dresden trip planner.

Traveling by car from Bamberg to Dresden takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Nuremberg.
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Nuremberg, Germany — 1 night

Gingerbread Capital of the World

Nuremberg's historic town center stands in the shadow of a towering imperial castle that dominates its northwestern corner.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Sebaldus Church, explore the historical opulence of Kaiserburg Nurnberg, snap pictures at Museumsbruecke, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Lorenz Church, and finally make a trip to Altstadt.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Nuremberg online travel route planner.

Traveling by flight from Dresden to Nuremberg takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 5°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can go by car to Munich.
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Munich, Germany — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Nymphenburg Palace, then examine the collection at Munich Residenz, and then make a trip to Marienplatz. Here are some ideas for day two: engage your brain at Deutsches Museum and then explore the world behind art at Alte Pinakothek.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Munich online itinerary maker.

You can drive from Nuremberg to Munich in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 5°C in December, and nighttime lows around -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can drive to Salzburg.
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Salzburg, Austria — 2 nights

Rome of the North

Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): admire the landmark architecture of Salzburg Cathedral, then explore the galleries of Fortress Hohensalzburg, then examine the collection at Salzburg Museum, and finally admire the natural beauty at Mirabell Palace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step into the grandiose world of Schloss Hellbrunn, steep yourself in history at Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus), browse the exhibits of Mozarts Geburtshaus, then get a taste of the local shopping with Getreidegasse, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter's Abbey (Stift St. Peter).

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Salzburg trip maker.

Getting from Munich to Salzburg by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 6°C, and evening lows to -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Hallstatt.
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Hallstatt, Austria — 1 night

Pearl of Austria

Historically known for the production of salt, Halstatt's fine architecture reflects the small village's salt mining legacy.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): hit the slopes at Dachstein West, explore the activities along Hallstatter See, then cruise along Rent A Bike Obertraun-Hallstatt, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hallstatt Lutheran Church.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Hallstatt trip itinerary tool.

Getting from Salzburg to Hallstatt by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to drive to Vienna.
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Vienna, Austria — 3 nights

City of Dreams

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.
Vienna is known for historic sites, museums, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the historical opulence of Schonbrunn Palace, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Stephen's Cathedral, admire the masterpieces at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, and get to know the resident critters at Schönbrunn Zoo.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Vienna travel route builder website.

You can drive from Hallstatt to Vienna in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. December in Vienna sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of 0°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Budapest.
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Budapest, Hungary — 2 nights

Pearl of the Danube

You might consider the city of Budapest, divided by the Danube River into two distinctive cities--Buda and Pest--to be essentially one large World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Wed): admire the landmark architecture of Vajdahunyad Castle (Vajdahunyadvar), make a trip to Heroes' Square, then boost your wellbeing at Széchenyi Thermal Bath, then see the interesting displays at House of Terror Museum, and finally take in the views from Szechenyi Lanchid. On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), contemplate the long history of Shoes on the Danube Bank, admire the landmark architecture of Hungarian Parliament Building, then steep yourself in history at Matthias Church, and finally contemplate the long history of Fisherman's Bastion.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Budapest driving holiday planning site.

You can drive from Vienna to Budapest in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a train. December in Budapest sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of -1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Prague.
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Prague, Czech Republic — 2 nights

City of a Hundred Spires

Prague lures millions of tourists each year with its World Heritage-listed medieval city center--a labyrinth of narrow lanes, bridges, cathedrals, and palaces overlooked by a thousand-year-old castle.
On the 30th (Fri), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Our Lady before Tyn, admire the striking features of Prague Astronomical Clock, stroll the grounds of Stary zidovsky Hrbitov, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Vitus Cathedral, and finally step into the grandiose world of Prague Castle. On the 31st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, appreciate the extensive heritage of Staromestske namesti, then take in the views from Charles Bridge, then wander the streets of Lesser Town, and finally make a trip to Wenceslas Square (Vaclavske namEsti).

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Prague travel route builder.

You can fly from Budapest to Prague in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. December in Prague sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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