20 days in Europe Itinerary

20 days in Europe Itinerary

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20 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Barcelona, Spain
1
Barcelona, Spain
— 1 night
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
3
Seville, Spain
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 30​min
4
Amsterdam, Holland
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Berlin, Germany
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
6
Krakow, Poland
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
7
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
8
Bratislava, Slovakia
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
9
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
10
Munich, Germany
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
11
Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
End: Barcelona, Spain

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night
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral, then take a stroll through El Barri Gòtic, then pause for some photo ops at Casa Batllo, and finally appreciate the history behind Casa Mila - La Pedrera. On the next day, see the interesting displays at Museo Picasso, then admire the striking features of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and then walk around Parc Guell.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Barcelona journey website .

If you are flying in from Spain, the closest major airports are Barcelona International Airport, Girona Airport and Reus Air Base. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in August, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Madrid.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic

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nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): admire the masterpieces at Monasterio de las Descalzas Reales, admire the striking features of Royal Palace of Madrid, and then see the interesting displays at Prado National Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Retiro Park, then admire the masterpieces at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, and then examine the collection at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Madrid online trip itinerary builder .

Take a train from Barcelona to Madrid in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. While traveling from Barcelona, expect somewhat warmer days and little chillier nights in Madrid, ranging from highs of 39°C to lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to take a train to Seville.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid
Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza ©
Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza

1
night
Seville, Spain

Seville ©
A city of rich Moorish heritage, Seville is the cultural and financial center of southern Spain, and the site of numerous festivals throughout the year.
On the 22nd (Thu), admire the natural beauty at Royal Alcázar of Seville, steep yourself in history at Plaza de España, and then get great views at Catedral de Sevilla.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Seville trip builder site .

Traveling by train from Madrid to Seville takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. August in Seville sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Royal Alcázar of Seville ©
Royal Alcázar of Seville
Plaza de España ©
Plaza de España
Catedral de Sevilla ©
Catedral de Sevilla

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nights
Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): get to know the fascinating history of Begijnhof, get engrossed in the history at Anne Frank House, then admire the masterpieces at Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, and finally get engrossed in the history at Van Gogh Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum, then explore the engaging exhibits at NEMO Science Museum, and then admire the masterpieces at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House).

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Amsterdam trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Seville to Amsterdam takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Seville in August, expect Amsterdam to be little chillier, temps between 26°C and 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can travel to Berlin.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums
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Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

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nights
Berlin, Germany

Berlin ©
The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
On the 25th (Sun), admire the masterpieces at Pergamonmuseum, steep yourself in history at Memorial of the Berlin Wall, then make a trip to Reichstag Building, and finally appreciate the history behind Brandenburg Gate. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Neues Museum, then examine the collection at Topography of Terror, then contemplate the long history of Mauermuseum - Museum Haus am Checkpoint Charlie, and finally contemplate the long history of East Side Gallery.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Berlin road trip planning website .

Traveling by flight from Amsterdam to Berlin takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Krakow.

Things to do in Berlin

Museums Historic Sites
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Pergamonmuseum ©
Pergamonmuseum
Topography of Terror ©
Topography of Terror
East Side Gallery ©
East Side Gallery

2
nights
Krakow, Poland

Krakow ©
One of Poland's oldest cities, Krakow sits at the foot of the Carpathian Mountains, its historical town center nestled on the left bank of the Vistula River.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Tue): get to know the fascinating history of Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Wawel Cathedral, then admire the striking features of St. Mary's Basilica, and finally examine the collection at Wieliczka Salt Mine. Keep things going the next day: explore the different monuments and memorials at Rakowicki Cemetery, then stroll the grounds of New Jewish Cemetery, then get to know the fascinating history of Wawel Royal Castle, and finally browse the exhibits of Zamek Królewski.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Krakow online route planner .

Getting from Berlin to Krakow by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and train. August in Krakow sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Zamek Królewski, Wieliczka Salt Mine
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Wieliczka Salt Mine ©
Wieliczka Salt Mine
Wawel Cathedral ©
Wawel Cathedral
Wawel Royal Castle ©
Wawel Royal Castle

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nights
Budapest, Hungary

Budapest ©
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.
On the 29th (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), don't miss a visit to Hősök tere, see the interesting displays at House of Terror Museum, then admire the landmark architecture of Matthias Church, and finally steep yourself in history at Halaszbastya. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the historical opulence of Vajdahunyad Castle (Vajdahunyadvar), then take in the spiritual surroundings of Dohány Street Synagogue, then admire the masterpieces at Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria), and finally steep yourself in history at Liberty Statue.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Budapest holiday maker tool .

Traveling by flight from Krakow to Budapest takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in August, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Bratislava.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums
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Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya

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night
Bratislava, Slovakia

Bratislava ©
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.
On the 31st (Sat), explore the historical opulence of Devin Castle, explore the historical opulence of Bratislava Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Martin's Cathedral (Dom svateho Martina), then contemplate the long history of Primates' Palace (Primacialny palac), and finally contemplate the long history of Michalska Brana.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Bratislava sightseeing site .

Traveling by car from Budapest to Bratislava takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Bratislava can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can drive to Prague.

Things to do in Bratislava

Historic Sites Museums
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Devin Castle ©
Devin Castle
Bratislava Castle ©
Bratislava Castle
Michalska Brana ©
Michalska Brana

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nights
Prague, Czech Republic

Prague ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): explore the historical opulence of Prague Castle, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Katedrala Svateho Vita, then wander the streets of StaromEstske namEsti, and finally contemplate the long history of Prasna brana. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll the grounds of Stary zidovsky Hrbitov, take some stellar pictures from Prague Astronomical Clock, then snap pictures at Charles Bridge, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Spanish Synagogue, and finally take an in-depth tour of Jewish Museum in Prague.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Prague travel route planning tool .

Getting from Bratislava to Prague by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or take a train. Traveling from Bratislava in August, expect nights in Prague to be about the same, around 16°C, while days are little chillier, around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Munich.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
St. Vitus Cathedral ©
St. Vitus Cathedral
StaromEstske namEsti ©
StaromEstske namEsti

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nights
Munich, Germany

Munich ©
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.
On the 3rd (Tue), admire the striking features of St. Peter's Church, see the interesting displays at Munich Residenz, then admire the masterpieces at Alte Pinakothek, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael's Church. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at New Pinakothek, then admire the natural beauty at Schloss Nymphenburg, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Frauenkirche.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Munich using our trip planner.

Getting from Prague to Munich by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in September, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Zurich.

Things to do in Munich

Museums Historic Sites
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Munich Residenz ©
Munich Residenz
Nymphenburg Palace ©
Nymphenburg Palace
Alte Pinakothek ©
Alte Pinakothek

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Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich and then enjoy the sand and surf at Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen. Keep things going the next day: wander the streets of Old Town, then admire the landmark architecture of Fraumünster Church, and then admire the masterpieces at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich).

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Zurich trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Munich to Zurich takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and flight. In September, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors
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Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Fraumünster Church ©
Fraumünster Church
Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich) ©

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