12 days in Western Europe Itinerary

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Brussels, Belgium
— 1 night
Paris, France
— 1 night
Nice, France
— 2 nights
Vienna, Austria
— 2 nights
Zurich, Switzerland
Zermatt, Switzerland
— 2 nights


Brussels, Belgium — 1 night

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.
On the 19th (Sun), examine the collection at Train World, examine the collection at Atomium, then explore the world behind art at René Magritte Museum, and finally make a trip to Grand Place. On your second day here, get outside with La plage de Renipont, explore the galleries of Memorial Waterloo 1815, then take a peaceful walk through Sonian Forest, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise Notre Dame Du Sablon.

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Milan, Italy to Brussels is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. In March, Brussels is slightly colder than Milan - with highs of 48°F and lows of 35°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Paris.
Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches
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Paris, France — 1 night

City of Light

A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): make a trip to Eiffel Tower, see the interesting displays at Musee du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac, then admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, and finally explore the world behind art at Petit Palais. On the next day, wander the streets of Île de la Cité, step off the mainland to explore Ile Saint-Louis, get engrossed in the history at Memorial De La Shoah, then take a stroll through 1st Arrondissement, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

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Traveling by train from Brussels to Paris takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In March in Paris, expect temperatures between 53°F during the day and 38°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Nice.
Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Nature
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Nice, France — 2 nights

Nissa la Bella (Nice the Beautiful)

Well-known for the beautiful views of its famous Promenade des Anglais waterfront, Nice is an ethnically-diverse coastal port city on the French Riviera and the fifth most populated city in France.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere du Chateau, and finally wander the streets of Old Town. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapelle de Saint Pierre des Pecheurs, stroll around Parc Naturel Departemental de la Grande Corniche, then take in the waterfront activity at Old Harbor (La Darse), and finally examine the collection at Les Musees de La Citadelle.

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Traveling by flight from Paris to Nice takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Paris in March; daily highs in Nice reach 59°F and lows reach 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Vienna.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods
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Vienna, Austria — 2 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.
On the 25th (Sat), pause for some serene contemplation at St. Stephen's Cathedral, steep yourself in history at Karlskirche, then admire the masterpieces at Belvedere Palace, and finally make a trip to Graben and Kohlmarkt. On the 26th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Ringstrasse, get engrossed in the history at Kaiserliche Schatzkammer Wien, and then examine the collection at Hofburg.

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You can fly from Nice to Vienna in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Nice in March; daily highs in Vienna reach 51°F and lows reach 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Zurich.
Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping
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Zurich, Switzerland

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
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Getting from Vienna to Zurich by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 52°F in March, and nighttime lows around 34°F. On the 26th (Sun), you're off to Zermatt.
Outdoors · Parks · Museums · Tours
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Zermatt, Switzerland — 2 nights

Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Intercontinental Church Society and Mountaineers' Cemetery will appeal to history buffs. Step out of the city life by going to The Matterhorn and Trockener Steg. There's much more to do: take in panoramic vistas at Gornergrat, see the winter wonderland with Matterhorn Diamonds Ski School, explore the galleries of Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis, and stop by Laderach.

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Traveling by car from Zurich to Zermatt takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train back home.
Outdoors · Winter Sports · Tours · Parks
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France travel guide

Architectural Buildings · Art Museums · Landmarks
France has been the world's most popular tourist destination for decades, and geographically, it is one of the most diverse countries in Europe. Its cities are holiday hot spots and contain some of the greatest treasures in Europe, its countryside is prosperous and well tended, and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions, like Paris, the French Riviera, the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the French Alps, as well as the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany, and Normandy. The country is renowned for its gastronomy, particularly wines and cheeses, as well as its history, culture, and fashion industry.

You'll find that the French people are very polite and may react coldly to you if you forget this. You might be surprised as you're greeted by other customers and the proprieter when you walk into a restaurant or a shop. Be sure to take your sightseeing off the beaten path in France. Besides the famous Eiffel Tower and the chic resorts of the Côte d'Azur (French Riviera) you'll find many places to visit in the form of museums filled with fine art, crafts, and archaeological relics, wonderful medieval villages and castles, diverse national parks, and local shopping direct from artisans themselves.

Whether you're touring the Christmas Markets or going skiing during winter, viewing the springtime influx of color in Provence, sunbathing on the Mediterranean coast in the summer, or watching the fall foliage against the backdrop of the châteaux in the Loire Valley, you're sure to find just the right place to be. Spring is a time when the tourist attractions are just starting to expand their hours, but it may still be cold in the mountainous regions and the north. Summer is the busiest time in France with the longest hours for many museums and attractions, but it's often when you will experience the most crowds. Winter in France is filled with winter carnivals, Christmas Markets, and of course, skiing. Fall is a time to celebrate the release of Beaujolais nouveau wine in November, as well as experience Nuit Blanche, a day in October when major attractions, museums, galleries, parks, and swimming pools remain open all night.

Austria travel guide

Castles · Art Museums · Architectural Buildings
Situated in the Central European Alps, Austria combines an alluring bundle of elegant urban architecture, cultural centers, and dramatic landscapes. This German-speaking country of 8.5 million residents is known for its rich history, dating back to the Hapsburg Empire, as well as its art, music, and scenery. Along with the neighboring country of Switzerland, Austria serves as the winter sports capital of Europe and is home to some of the continent's most popular ski resorts. This landlocked nation draws visitors from across the globe to its mountains, historical villages, and culturally rich cities. Experience trekking in the Alps one day and drinking regional wine at a crowded pub after a day of sightseeing in the capital Vienna the next.

Switzerland travel guide

Bodies of Water · Mountains · Specialty Museums
Immerse yourself in a snow-capped mountain wonderland in Switzerland's serene Alpine setting. See the world-renowned Matterhorn, Switzerland's second-highest mountain at 4,478 m (14,962 ft) tall, or zoom down the mountains on toboggan, ski, or snowboard. In the warmer seasons hike around the rolling green hillsides covered with pine trees and picturesque aqua blue lakes. Luxurious cities dotted with cozy wooden chalets and colorful flowerbeds balance quaintness with first-class cultural offerings. Indulge in the country's opulence of milk chocolate, cheese fondue, and keg-carrying St. Bernard dogs.