24 days in Europe Itinerary

24 days in Europe Itinerary

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Cologne, Germany
— 1 night
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Heidelberg, Germany
— 1 night
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Salzburg, Austria
— 3 nights
Drive
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Budapest, Hungary
— 3 nights
Drive
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Vienna, Austria
— 4 nights
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Prague, Czech Republic
— 3 nights
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Dresden, Germany
— 2 nights
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Berlin, Germany
— 3 nights
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Hamburg, Germany
— 3 nights
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Cologne, Germany — 1 night

City of Churches

Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
On the 17th (Sat), test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then see the interesting displays at Chocolate Museum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cologne Cathedral, and finally explore the world behind art at Museum Ludwig.

To see other places to visit and more tourist information, you can read our Cologne online route planner.

London, UK to Cologne is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Central European Standard Time is 1 hour. December in Cologne sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 3°C at night. You will leave for Heidelberg on the 18th (Sun).
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Heidelberg, Germany — 1 night

City of Romanticism

A vibrant university city, Heidelberg is nestled in the picturesque Neckar river valley.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): examine the collection at Pharmacy Museum, snap pictures at Old Bridge (Karl Theodor Bridge), and then take a stroll through Altstadt (Old Town).

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Heidelberg day trip planning website.

Traveling by train from Cologne to Heidelberg takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Heidelberg can reach 7°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Salzburg.
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Salzburg, Austria — 3 nights

Rome of the North

Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Salzburg is known for historic sites, sightseeing, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: step into the grandiose world of Fortress Hohensalzburg, steep yourself in history at Mozarts Geburtshaus, examine the collection at Salzburg Museum, and explore the galleries of Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus).

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Salzburg itinerary planning site.

Fly from Heidelberg to Salzburg in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Heidelberg in December since evenings lows in Salzburg dip to -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Budapest.
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Budapest, Hungary — 3 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.
Budapest is known for historic sites, sightseeing, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get a sense of history and politics at Hungarian Parliament Building, steep yourself in history at Széchenyi Thermal Bath, admire the striking features of Matthias Church, and don't miss a visit to Shoes on the Danube Bank.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Budapest online driving holiday planner.

Getting from Salzburg to Budapest by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Budapest are 5°C, while nighttime lows are -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Vienna.
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Vienna, Austria — 4 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: admire the striking features of Schonbrunn Palace, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Stephen's Cathedral, explore the world behind art at Albertina, and contemplate the long history of Belvedere Palace.

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Traveling by car from Budapest to Vienna takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In December in Vienna, expect temperatures between 5°C during the day and 0°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Prague.
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Prague, Czech Republic — 3 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.
Prague is known for sightseeing, historic sites, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: appreciate the extensive heritage of Staromestske namesti, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Vitus Cathedral, take in panoramic vistas at Petrin Tower, and explore the historical opulence of Prague Castle.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Prague itinerary website.

You can fly from Vienna to Prague in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In December, daytime highs in Prague are 5°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can go by car to Dresden.
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Dresden, Germany — 2 nights

Florence of the North

Dresden boasts a long history as a royal residence of many Saxon kings.
On the 2nd (Mon), look for gifts at Dorothy Roffat Cosmetics, contemplate the long history of Stallhof, then don't miss a visit to Schlossplatz, and finally admire the masterpieces at The Dresden Zwinger. On your second day here, don't miss a visit to Theaterplatz, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Frauenkirche Dresden, and finally explore the world behind art at Albertinum.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Dresden trip maker website.

Traveling by car from Prague to Dresden takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January in Dresden, expect temperatures between 3°C during the day and -1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Berlin.
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Berlin, Germany — 3 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.
Berlin is known for sightseeing, museums, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: pause for some photo ops at Brandenburg Gate, admire the masterpieces at Pergamonmuseum, steep yourself in history at Memorial of the Berlin Wall, and make a trip to East Side Gallery.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Berlin trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Dresden to Berlin in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Hamburg.
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Hamburg, Germany — 3 nights

Gateway to the World

As the country's biggest port and one of the busiest in all of Europe, Hamburg has a well-deserved reputation as Germany's Gateway to the World.
Hamburg is known for museums, historic sites, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Miniatur Wunderland, take a stroll through Reeperbahn, appreciate the extensive heritage of Speicherstadt, and contemplate the waterfront views at Port of Hamburg.

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You can take a train from Berlin to Hamburg in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Hamburg are 3°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can fly back home.
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