27 days in Europe Itinerary

27 days in Europe Itinerary

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27 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Fly + Train:  16​h 45​min
1
Brussels, Belgium
— 2 nights
Train:  2​h
2
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
3
Berlin, Germany
— 2 nights
Train:  4​h 30​min
4
Frankfurt, Germany
— 2 nights
Train:  3​h 15​min
5
Munich, Germany
— 3 nights
Bus:  4​h 45​min
6
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Bus:  4​h
7
Vienna, Austria
— 2 nights
Bus:  2​h 45​min
8
Budapest, Hungary
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
9
Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Train:  7​h
10
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
— 1 night
Train:  3​h 45​min
11
Brussels, Belgium
— 1 night
Train + Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

2
nights
Brussels, Belgium

Brussels ©
The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), take an in-depth tour of Museum Plantin-Moretus, then see the interesting displays at Rubens House (Rubenshuis), and finally see the interesting displays at Chocolate Nation. On your second day here, examine the collection at MOOF Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Notre Dame Du Sablon, stop by Pierre Marcolini, then steep yourself in history at Grand Place, then admire the striking features of Parc du Cinquantenaire, and finally see the interesting displays at Belgian Comic Strip Center.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Brussels journey builder app .

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Brussels is an approximately 17-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly. The time zone changes from Brasilia Time (BRT) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a 4 hour difference. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in April, expect Brussels to be much colder, temps between 15°C and 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Antwerp
Find places to stay Apr 24 — 26:
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Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Museum Plantin-Moretus
Museum Plantin-Moretus

3
nights
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Van Gogh Museum and Rijksmuseum. Let the collections at Anne Frank House and Zaanse Schans capture your imagination. When in Amsterdam, make a side trip to see Keukenhof in Lisse, approximately 34 minutes away. There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House), wander the streets of The Jordaan, and contemplate the waterfront views at The Amstel.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Amsterdam trip planner.

You can take a train from Brussels to Amsterdam in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. In April, daily temperatures in Amsterdam can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to travel to Berlin.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Keukenhof, Zaanse Schans
Find places to stay Apr 26 — 29:
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The Jordaan ©
The Jordaan
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum

2
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 30th (Thu), browse the different shops at Die Hackeschen Hoefe, then explore the wide array of goods at Kaufhaus des Westens (KaDeWe), then wander the streets of Mitte, and finally admire the architecture and history at THE ROOM - Live Escape Game Berlin. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the world behind art at Pergamonmuseum and then get engrossed in the history at Palace of Tears.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Berlin road trip tool .

Fly from Amsterdam to Berlin in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can travel to Frankfurt.

Things to do in Berlin

Museums Shopping Fun & Games
Find places to stay Apr 29 — May 1:
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THE ROOM - Live Escape Game Berlin ©
Pergamonmuseum ©
Pergamonmuseum
Palace of Tears ©
Palace of Tears

2
nights
Frankfurt, Germany

Frankfurt ©
A global center of finance and transportation, Frankfurt is perhaps best known for its futuristic cityscape.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): don't miss a visit to Fountain of Justice, admire the masterpieces at Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, contemplate the long history of Old Nicholas Church (Alte Nikolaikirche), see the interesting displays at Museum fur Kommunikation, then examine the collection at German Film Museum, and finally make a trip to Messeturm. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the striking features of Cathedral of St. Bartholomew (Dom St. Bartholomaus), take in the spiritual surroundings of Dreikonigskirche, then go for a walk through Mainkai, then steep yourself in history at St. Paul's Church (Paulskirche), and finally explore the world behind art at Frankfurter Kunstverein.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Frankfurt planning website .

Traveling by flight from Berlin to Frankfurt takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in May, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Munich.

Things to do in Frankfurt

Museums Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 1 — 3:
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Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt ©
Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt
German Film Museum ©
German Film Museum

3
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.
BMW Museum and Deutsches Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll explore and learn at Munich Residenz and Deutsches Museum Verkehrszentrum. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Nymphenburg Palace, see the interesting displays at Deutsches Museum Flugwerft Schleissheim, hunt for treasures at Viktualienmarkt, and contemplate the waterfront views at English Garden.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Munich trip planner .

Take a train from Frankfurt to Munich in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In May, daily temperatures in Munich can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can travel to Prague.

Things to do in Munich

Museums Shopping Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Deutsches Museum Flugwerft Schleissheim
Find places to stay May 3 — 6:
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BMW Museum ©
BMW Museum
Nymphenburg Palace ©
Nymphenburg Palace
Munich Residenz ©
Munich Residenz

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Thu): learn about all things military at National Memorial to the Heroes of the Heydrich Terror, step into the grandiose world of Prague Castle, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Vitus Cathedral, and finally explore the galleries of Lobkowicz Palace. On your second day here, make a trip to StaromEstske namEsti, explore the engaging exhibits at Gallery of Steel Figures, then get great views at Prague Astronomical Clock, and finally admire the masterpieces at Narodni Galerie Praha.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Prague road trip app .

Traveling by flight from Munich to Prague takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May in Prague, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 10°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Find places to stay May 6 — 8:
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Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
Staromestske namesti ©
Staromestske namesti
St. Vitus Cathedral ©
St. Vitus Cathedral

2
nights
Vienna, Austria

Vienna ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): step into the grandiose world of Schonbrunn Palace, make a trip to Peterskirche, then wander the streets of Historic Center of Vienna, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Stephen's Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Sun): examine the collection at The Hofburg, then explore the world behind art at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, and then admire the masterpieces at Belvedere Palace.

For other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Vienna journey planning app .

Traveling by flight from Prague to Vienna takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in May, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Budapest.

Things to do in Vienna

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Find places to stay May 8 — 10:
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Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
Belvedere Palace ©
Belvedere Palace
St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral

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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 11th (Mon), stroll around Margaret Island, see the interesting displays at Budapest Pinball Museum, then steep yourself in history at Matthias Church, and finally steep yourself in history at Halaszbastya. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Liberty Statue, stop by Balna, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Esztergom Basilica / Cathedral, and finally view the masterpieces at Koller Gallery.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Budapest itinerary planning site .

Traveling by train from Vienna to Budapest takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 11°C. You will have some time to spend on the 13th (Wed) before leaving for Zurich.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Esztergom Basilica / Cathedral
Find places to stay May 10 — 13:
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Budapest Pinball Museum ©
Budapest Pinball Museum
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church

2
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
On the 13th (Wed), admire the striking features of Fraumünster Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich), stop by Confiserie Sprungli, and then examine the collection at FIFA World Football Museum.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Zurich trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Budapest to Zurich takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Budapest in May, expect nights in Zurich to be about the same, around 9°C, while days are slightly colder, around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Luxembourg City.

Things to do in Zurich

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Einkaufszentrum Glatt
Find places to stay May 13 — 15:
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Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich) ©
Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich)
Fraumünster Church ©
Fraumünster Church
Bahnhofstrasse ©
Bahnhofstrasse

1
night
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

Luxembourg City ©
While Luxembourg City boasts the shiny headquarters of several European institutions and EU offices, it is also home to a beautiful old town that's designated as a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): explore the historical opulence of Beaufort Castles, step into the grandiose world of Larochette Castle, then trek along Circuit Wenzel, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Notre Dame Cathedral (Cathedrale Notre Dame), and finally explore the striking landscape at Casemates du Bock. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Citadel of the Holy Spirit (Citadelle du St-Esprit), appreciate the extensive heritage of Le Chemin de la Corniche, explore the fascinating underground world of Petrusse Casemates, then view the masterpieces at Am Tunnel (BCEE Batiment Rousegaertchen), and finally don't miss a visit to Sandweiler German Military Cemetery, Luxembourg.

For reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Luxembourg City sightseeing planning website .

Getting from Zurich to Luxembourg City by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. May in Luxembourg City sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Brussels.

Things to do in Luxembourg City

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Sandweiler German Military Cemetery, Luxembourg, Larochette Castle, Beaufort Castles
Find places to stay May 15 — 17:
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Le Chemin de la Corniche ©
Le Chemin de la Corniche
Beaufort Castles ©
Beaufort Castles

1
night
Brussels, Belgium

Brussels ©
On the 18th (Mon), shop like a local with Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert, appreciate the history behind Manneken Pis, and then examine the collection at Autoworld.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Brussels trip maker app .

You can drive from Luxembourg City to Brussels in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Brussels

Shopping Historic Sites Museums
Find places to stay May 17 — 18:
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Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert ©
Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert
Autoworld ©
Autoworld
Manneken Pis ©
Manneken Pis

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