31 days in Western Europe & Prague Itinerary

31 days in Western Europe & Prague Itinerary

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Start: Houston, United States
+2
Bus + Foot + Fly:  14 h 15 min
1
London, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
2
Paris, France
— 4 nights
Train:  3 h
3
Bruges, Belgium
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 15 min
4
Brussels, Belgium
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
5
Cologne, Germany
— 2 nights
Train + Fly:  3 h
6
Nuremberg, Germany
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
7
Prague, Czech Republic
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
8
Munich, Germany
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h 15 min
9
Zurich, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 30 min
10
Bern, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Train + Fly:  5 h 15 min
11
Venice, Italy
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  15 h 30 min
End: Houston, United States

4
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.
London is known for museums, nightlife, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in panoramic vistas at Coca-Cola London Eye, contemplate the long history of Westminster Abbey, don't miss a visit to Tower Bridge, and admire the masterpieces at The British Museum.

To find maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our London trip planner.

Houston, USA to London is an approximately 14- hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. Traveling from Houston to London, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Houston in April: high temperatures in London hover around 56°F and lows are around 40°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Paris.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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National Gallery ©
National Gallery
Coca-Cola London Eye ©
Coca-Cola London Eye
Tower Bridge ©
Tower Bridge

4
nights
Paris, France

Paris ©
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.
Take a break from Paris with a short trip to Palace of Versailles in Versailles, about 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, wander the streets of Montmartre, and explore the different monuments and memorials at The Paris Catacombs.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Paris trip builder.

Traveling by train from London to Paris takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from London to Paris due to the time zone difference. In April, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 60°F, while at night they dip to 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Bruges.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Versailles
Find places to stay Apr 19 — 23:
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

2
nights
Bruges, Belgium

Bruges ©
The medieval town of Bruges centers around a canal, and the architecture of its historical district has made it a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of the Holy Blood, take in panoramic vistas at Belfry of Bruges, then explore the activities along Minnewater Lake, then examine the collection at Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum, and finally don't miss a visit to The Markt. On the 25th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Groeningemuseum, then sample the tasty concoctions at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, then steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of Brugge, and finally don't miss a visit to Oude Griffie.

To find ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Bruges trip builder tool.

Take a train from Paris to Bruges in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 56°F, and evening lows to 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Brussels.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites Museums Breweries & Distilleries
Find places to stay Apr 23 — 25:
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Basilica of the Holy Blood ©
Basilica of the Holy Blood
Historic Centre of Brugge ©
Historic Centre of Brugge
The Markt ©
The Markt

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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Museum of the City of Brussels (Musee de la Ville de Bruxelles), steep yourself in history at Grand Place, see the interesting displays at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM), then see the interesting displays at Atomium, and finally steep yourself in history at Justice Palace (Palais de Justice). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique, then appreciate the history behind Manneken Pis, then buy something for everyone on your list at Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule).

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Brussels online travel route builder.

You can take a train from Bruges to Brussels in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Brussels can reach 55°F, while at night they dip to 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Cologne.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
Find places to stay Apr 25 — 27:
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Atomium ©
Atomium
Grand Place ©
Grand Place

2
nights
Cologne, Germany

Cologne ©
Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
On the 28th (Tue), explore the world behind art at Museum Ludwig, admire the striking features of Cologne Cathedral, then snap pictures at Hohenzollern Bridge, and finally see the interesting displays at Chocolate Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: get in on the family fun at Phantasialand, then make a trip to Alt St. Alban, and then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Cologne vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by train from Brussels to Cologne takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Cologne can reach 59°F, while at night they dip to 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Nuremberg.

Things to do in Cologne

Theme Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Phantasialand
Find places to stay Apr 27 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Phantasialand ©
Phantasialand
Cologne Cathedral ©
Cologne Cathedral
Room Escape Games

2
nights
Nuremberg, Germany

Nuremberg ©
Nuremberg's historic town center stands in the shadow of a towering imperial castle that dominates its northwestern corner.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Reichsparteigelande (Nazi Party Rally Grounds), see the interesting displays at Dokumentationszentrum Reichsparteitagsgelände, explore the historical opulence of Kaiserburg Nurnberg, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Lorenz Church, and finally admire the striking features of Germanisches Nationalmuseum. On your second day here, admire the striking features of Stadt Rothenburg ob der Tauber, then get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Nuremberg travel route planning site.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Cologne to Nuremberg in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In April, plan for daily highs up to 59°F, and evening lows to 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to drive to Prague.

Things to do in Nuremberg

Museums Tours Historic Sites

Side Trip

Stadt Rothenburg ob der Tauber
Find places to stay Apr 29 — May 1:
Highlights from your plan
Dokumentationszentrum Reichsparteitagsgelände ©
Germanisches Nationalmuseum ©
Germanisches Nationalmuseum
Kaiserburg Nurnberg ©
Kaiserburg Nurnberg

3
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.
On the 2nd (Sat), explore the historical opulence of Prague Castle, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Vitus Cathedral, then take some stellar pictures from Prague Astronomical Clock, and finally snap pictures at Charles Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Staromestske namesti, and then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

For other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Prague day trip app.

Traveling by car from Nuremberg to Prague takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and flight. May in Prague sees daily highs of 64°F and lows of 48°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can travel to Munich.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Tours Fun & Games
Find places to stay May 1 — 4:
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Charles Bridge
Charles Bridge
Staromestske namesti ©
Staromestske namesti
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Mon): admire the natural beauty at English Garden, then steep yourself in history at Nymphenburg Palace, then pause for some photo ops at Moriskentanzer, and finally make a trip to Marienplatz. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael's Church, see the interesting displays at Munich Residenz, then engage your brain at Deutsches Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter's Church.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Munich visit planner.

Traveling by flight from Prague to Munich takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Munich can reach 64°F, while at night they dip to 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Munich

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums
Find places to stay May 4 — 5:
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Deutsches Museum ©
Deutsches Museum
Nymphenburg Palace ©
Nymphenburg Palace
English Garden ©
English Garden

3
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Explore Zurich's surroundings by going to Mt Pilatus (in Kriens) and Lucerne (The Nine Towers, Chapel Bridge, &more). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, pause for some serene contemplation at Grossmunster, pause for some photo ops at Hans Waldmann Statue, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fraumünster Church.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Zurich road trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Munich to Zurich takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In May, daytime highs in Zurich are 65°F, while nighttime lows are 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Bern.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Nature Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Lucerne
Find places to stay May 5 — 8:
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Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Lake Lucerne ©
Lake Lucerne
Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus

2
nights
Bern, Switzerland

Bern ©
The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Clock Tower - Zytglogge, contemplate the long history of Zahringerbrunnen, get curious at Einstein House (Einsteinhaus), then visit UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, then take in nature's colorful creations at Rose Garden (Rosengarten), and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Barenpark. On the 10th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some photo ops at Mosesbrunnen and then step into the grandiose world of Gruyeres Castle.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Bern tour builder site.

You can take a train from Zurich to Bern in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Bern can reach 66°F, while at night they dip to 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Venice.

Things to do in Bern

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Gruyeres Castle
Find places to stay May 8 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Rose Garden (Rosengarten) ©
Rose Garden (Rosengarten)
Clock Tower - Zytglogge ©
Clock Tower - Zytglogge
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern ©
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern

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Venice, Italy

Venice ©
Virtually unchanged for the last six centuries, Venice is actually a group of islands made famous by a series of canals, bridges, monuments, piazzas, and narrow pedestrian lanes.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Venice: Arena di Verona (in Verona) and Padua (Scrovegni Chapel & Loggia Della Gran Guardia). There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, make a trip to Peggy Guggenheim Collection, snap pictures at Ponte dei Sospiri, and see the interesting displays at Doge's Palace.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Venice trip planner.

Getting from Bern to Venice by combination of train and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Bern in May: high temperatures in Venice hover around 72°F and lows are around 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trips

Padua, Arena di Verona
Find places to stay May 10 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco

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