36 days in Europe Itinerary

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Brussels, Belgium
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Ghent, Belgium
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Bruges, Belgium
— 3 nights
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Brussels, Belgium
— 2 nights
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Antwerp, Belgium
— 1 day
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Brussels, Belgium
— 1 night
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Berlin, Germany
— 6 nights
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Prague, Czech Republic
— 9 nights
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Vienna, Austria
— 4 nights
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Bratislava, Slovakia
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Budapest, Hungary
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Brussels, Belgium

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.
For more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Brussels online trip itinerary builder.

Lisbon, Portugal to Brussels is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Lisbon to Brussels is 1 hour. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Lisbon in December, with highs in Brussels at 7°C and lows at 1°C. On the 10th (Sat), you're off to Ghent.
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Ghent, Belgium — 1 night

Ghent melds the fairy tale-like beauty of Bruges with its stunning Flemish architecture, while at the same time supporting a vibrant cafe and bar scene.
On the 10th (Sat), contemplate the long history of Graslei and Korenlei, step into the grandiose world of Gravensteen, make a trip to Korenmarkt, then make a trip to Ghent City Center, and finally snap pictures at St Michael's Bridge.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Ghent online trip builder.

You can drive from Brussels to Ghent in an hour. Another option is to take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Bruges.
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Bruges, Belgium — 3 nights

Venice of the North

The medieval town of Bruges centers around a canal, and the architecture of its historical district has made it a World Heritage Site.
Venture out of the city with trips to Passchendaele New British Cemetery (in Zonnebeke) and Ieper (Ypres) (In Flanders Fields Museum & Menin Gate Memorial). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to The Markt, steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of Brugge, contemplate the waterfront views at Minnewater Lake, and sample the tasty concoctions at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan.

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You can drive from Ghent to Bruges in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in December, and nighttime lows around 3°C. You'll have a few hours on the 14th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Brussels.
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Brussels, Belgium — 2 nights

Capital of Europe

On the 14th (Wed), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), examine the collection at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Notre Dame Du Sablon, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Notre Dame de la Chapelle, then pause for some photo ops at Manneken Pis, and finally steep yourself in history at Grand Place. On your second day here, admire the landmark architecture of Parc du Cinquantenaire, admire the landmark architecture of Justice Palace (Palais de Justice), learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Pairi Daiza, find something for the whole family at Mini-Europe, then see the interesting displays at Atomium, and finally admire the natural beauty at Jardin du Petit Sablon.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Brussels travel route site.

Getting from Bruges to Brussels by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to drive to Antwerp.
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Antwerp, Belgium — 1 day

Its reputation as a business-centric city distracts many visitors from the real draws of Antwerp: its historical sites, architectural beauty, and lively culture.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at ZOO Antwerpen (Dierentuin), pause for some photo ops at Nello & Patrasche Statue, appreciate the history behind Pieter Appelmans Monument, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Our Lady, then pause for some photo ops at Brabo's Monument, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Grote Markt.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Antwerp road trip planner.

You can drive from Brussels to Antwerp in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Antwerp can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can go by car to Brussels.
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Brussels, Belgium — 1 night

Capital of Europe

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Brussels trip planner.

Traveling by car from Antwerp to Brussels takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. You will have some time to spend on the 17th (Sat) before leaving for Berlin.
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Berlin, Germany — 6 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Dresden (Royal Palace (Residenzschloss), The Dresden Zwinger, &more). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Brandenburg Gate, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Zoo Berlin, examine the collection at Topography of Terror, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

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Traveling by flight from Brussels to Berlin takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can drive to Prague.
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Prague, Czech Republic — 9 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: get to know the fascinating history of Staromestske namesti, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Vitus Cathedral, take some stellar pictures from Prague Astronomical Clock, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Prague road trip app.

You can drive from Berlin to Prague in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 5°C, and evening lows to 0°C. You will have some time to spend on the 1st (Sun) before leaving for 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: step into the grandiose world of Schonbrunn Palace, ponder the world of politics at Rathaus, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Stephen's Cathedral, and admire the landmark architecture of Haus der Musik Wien.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Vienna trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by flight from Prague to Vienna takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 3°C in January, and nighttime lows around -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can go by car to Bratislava.
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Bratislava, Slovakia — 2 nights

Beauty on the Danube

Slovakia's capital, Bratislava, attracts visitors for its natural beauty and rich culture, offering a plethora of landscapes, outdoor activities, historical monuments, and a stately old town.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Kapitulska Street, snap pictures at New Bridge (Novy Most), steep yourself in history at St. Martin's Cathedral (Dom svateho Martina), take an in-depth tour of Devin Castle, then explore the historical opulence of Bratislava Castle, and finally wander the streets of Bratislava Old Town.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Bratislava trip website.

Drive from Vienna to Bratislava in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 3°C, and evening lows to -3°C. On the 7th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Budapest.
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Budapest, Hungary — 7 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Budapest side-trips: Eger (Kopcsik Marcipania Szamos edessegbolt, Eger Castle, &more). The adventure continues: ponder the world of politics at Hungarian Parliament Building, contemplate the long history of Shoes on the Danube Bank, appreciate the history behind Heroes' Square, and test the waters at Széchenyi Thermal Bath.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Budapest trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Bratislava to Budapest takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. January in Budapest sees daily highs of 3°C and lows of -4°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can catch the flight back home.
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