11 days in Western Europe Itinerary

11 days in Western Europe Itinerary

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11 days in Western Europe Itinerary

Start: Washington DC, United States
+2
train + bus + Fly:  16​h 15​min
1
London, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + bus + train:  3​h 30​min
2
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Salzburg, Austria
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Munich, Germany
— Few hours
Fly:  2​h 45​min
5
Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + bus + subway:  15​h
End: Washington DC, United States

2
nights
London, United Kingdom

London ©
Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
You'll explore and learn at Natural History Museum and National Gallery. Buckingham Palace and Churchill War Rooms will appeal to history buffs. There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at St. Paul's Cathedral, snap pictures at Tower Bridge, admire the landmark architecture of Westminster Abbey, and admire the masterpieces at Tate Modern.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the London trip itinerary builder.

Washington DC, USA to London is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. Traveling from Washington DC to London, you'll lose 5 hours due to the time zone difference. In August, London is a bit cooler than Washington DC - with highs of 72°F and lows of 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Natural History Museum ©
Natural History Museum
National Gallery ©
National Gallery
St. Paul's Cathedral ©
St. Paul's Cathedral

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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Anne Frank House, then take a stroll through The Jordaan, and then get engrossed in the history at Van Gogh Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, get engrossed in the history at Verzetsmuseum, then admire the masterpieces at Rembrandt House Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Begijnhof.

To find photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Amsterdam custom trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from London to Amsterdam takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Central European Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In August, daily temperatures in Amsterdam can reach 72°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel to Salzburg.

Things to do in Amsterdam

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

2
nights
Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Mozarts Geburtshaus and then admire the striking features of Fortress Hohensalzburg. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the natural beauty at Mirabell Palace, see the interesting displays at Mozart-Wohnhaus, then admire the landmark architecture of Salzburg Cathedral (Dom), and finally explore the historical opulence of Hellbrunn Castle (Schloss Hellbrun).

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Salzburg trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Amsterdam to Salzburg takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 76°F in August, and nighttime lows around 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can drive to Munich.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Salzburg Cathedral (Dom) ©
Salzburg Cathedral (Dom)
Schloss Hellbrunn ©
Schloss Hellbrunn

few
hours
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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): step into the grandiose world of Nymphenburg Palace (Schloss Nymphenburg).

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Munich vacation builder.

Traveling by car from Salzburg to Munich takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Munich are 76°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Munich

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Nymphenburg Palace ©
Nymphenburg Palace

2
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Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
On the 13th (Sun), contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Grossmunster and then kick back and relax at Seebad Katzensee.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Zurich trip builder.

You can fly from Munich to Zurich in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In August in Zurich, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 57°F at night. On the 14th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Nature Beaches
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Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen ©
Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen
Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Grossmunster ©
Grossmunster

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