9 days in Western Europe Itinerary

9 days in Western Europe Itinerary

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9 days in Western Europe Itinerary

Washington DC, United States
Fly:  15​h
Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 45​min
Munich, Germany
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Salzburg, Austria
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
Fly + bus + subway:  19​h 45​min
Washington DC, United States

1
day
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
On the 5th (Sat), kick back and relax at Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Zurich trip itinerary maker.

Washington DC, USA to Zurich is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a 6 hour difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Washington DC in August: high temperatures in Zurich hover around 75°F and lows are around 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Munich.

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Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
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Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen

2
days
Munich, Germany

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): get curious at Deutsches Museum and then make a trip to Marienplatz. On the 7th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the historical opulence of Nymphenburg Palace (Schloss Nymphenburg) and then explore the activities along English Garden.

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Getting from Zurich to Munich by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Munich can reach 76°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can go by car to Salzburg.

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English Garden ©
English Garden
Deutsches Museum ©
Deutsches Museum
Marienplatz ©
Marienplatz

1
day
Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
On the 8th (Tue), explore the historical opulence of Hellbrunn Castle (Schloss Hellbrun), then admire the striking features of Salzburg Cathedral (Dom), then explore the historical opulence of Fortress Hohensalzburg, and finally stroll through Mirabell Palace.

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Drive from Munich to Salzburg in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 76°F, and evening lows to 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can travel to Amsterdam.

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Schloss Hellbrunn ©
Schloss Hellbrunn
Mirabell Palace ©
Mirabell Palace
Fortress Hohensalzburg ©
Fortress Hohensalzburg

2
days
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
On the 9th (Wed), enjoy some diversion at Museumfoto, explore the activities along Emperor's Canal (Keizersgracht), and then explore the galleries of Anne Frank House. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, stroll through Vondelpark, and then choose your vessel at Sloepdelen Boat Rental.

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You can fly from Salzburg to Amsterdam in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 72°F in August, and nighttime lows around 56°F. On the 11th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

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Emperor's Canal (Keizersgracht) ©
Emperor's Canal (Keizersgracht)
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Museumfoto
Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam ©
Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam

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