23 days in Western Europe & Budapest Itinerary

23 days in Western Europe & Budapest Itinerary

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23 days in Western Europe & Budapest Itinerary

Start: Chicago, United States
Fly:  12​h
1
London, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Amsterdam, Holland
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
3
Brussels, Belgium
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
4
Bruges, Belgium
— 1 night
5
Paris, France
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
6
Strasbourg, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h
7
Bellinzona, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h 45​min
8
Salzburg, Austria
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
9
Vienna, Austria
— 3 nights
10
Budapest, Hungary
— 3 nights
Fly:  13​h 45​min
End: Chicago, 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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Westminster Abbey, contemplate the long history of Kenwood House, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Paul's Cathedral, then explore the world behind art at The Courtauld Gallery, and finally step into the grandiose world of Buckingham Palace. On the 24th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at National Portrait Gallery, contemplate the long history of Wallace Collection, and then explore the galleries of Cutty Sark.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our London trip maker .

Chicago, USA to London is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time is 6 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Chicago in May; daily highs in London reach 62°F and lows reach 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in London

Historic Sites Museums
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Westminster Abbey ©
Westminster Abbey
Wallace Collection ©
Wallace Collection
Buckingham Palace ©
Buckingham Palace

2
nights
Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Mon): explore the activities along The Amstel, get engrossed in the history at Van Gogh Museum, then take a stroll through The Jordaan, and finally get engrossed in the history at Anne Frank House. On the 26th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: browse the exhibits of Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House), then admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Portuguese Synagogue.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Amsterdam trip itinerary site .

Traveling by flight from London to Amsterdam takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from London to Amsterdam, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in May, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can take a train to Brussels.

Things to do in Amsterdam

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

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.
On the 26th (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise Notre Dame Du Sablon. On the next day, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), contemplate the long history of Grand Place, make a trip to Atomium, then admire the striking features of Groot Begijnhof, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Cogels Osylei, and finally make a trip to Dijlepad.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Brussels day trip site .

You can take a train from Amsterdam to Brussels in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 62°F in May, and nighttime lows around 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Bruges.

Things to do in Brussels

Historic Sites Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Mons, Hallerbos – ‘'The Blue Forest’', Groot Begijnhof, Cogels Osylei, Dijlepad
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Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Atomium ©
Atomium

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at St. Anne's Church, take in the spiritual surroundings of Jerusalem Chapel & Adornes Domain, see the interesting displays at Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum, then brush up on your military savvy at For Freedom Museum, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Beguinage (Begijnhof), and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan. On the 30th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sint-Walburgakerk, explore the different monuments and memorials at German War Cemetery of Langemark , Belgium, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Langemark Cemetery, then take in the pleasant sights at Walplein, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of De Vos Almshouse (Godshuis de Vos).

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Bruges online trip maker .

Traveling by train from Brussels to Bruges takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 62°F, and evening lows to 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to drive to Paris.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites Museums Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Langemark Cemetery, For Freedom Museum, German War Cemetery of Langemark , Belgium
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The Princely Beguinage Ten Wijngaarde ©
Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum ©
For Freedom Museum ©
For Freedom Museum

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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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Ile Saint-Louis, head off the coast to Île de la Cité, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapelle Notre Dame de la Medaille Miraculeuse, see the interesting displays at Musee Marmottan Monet, then contemplate the long history of Arc de Triomphe, and finally steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Paris trip planner .

Traveling by car from Bruges to Paris takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. In May in Paris, expect temperatures between 64°F during the day and 49°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can catch the train to Strasbourg.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Basilica Cathedral of Saint-Denis
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Arc de Triomphe ©
Arc de Triomphe
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower

2
nights
Strasbourg, France

Strasbourg ©
Strasbourg is famous for its beautiful historical center, the Grande Île, which was the first city center classified entirely as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Mon): don't miss a visit to Le Puits a Six Seaux and then examine the collection at Manufacture Royale d'Armes Blanches.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Strasbourg road trip app .

You can take a train from Paris to Strasbourg in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In June, plan for daily highs up to 77°F, and evening lows to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Bellinzona.

Things to do in Strasbourg

Historic Sites Museums Wineries

Side Trips

Le Puits a Six Seaux, Domaine Albert Seltz, Eglise Abbatiale Saint Maurice d'Ebersmunster, Manufacture Royale d'Armes Blanches
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Domaine Albert Seltz ©
Domaine Albert Seltz
Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg ©

1
night
Bellinzona, Switzerland

Bellinzona ©
Bellinzona is the capital of the canton Ticino in Switzerland. On the 3rd (Wed), explore the historical opulence of Castello di Montebello, explore the historical opulence of Castelli di Bellinzona, step into the grandiose world of Castelgrande, pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa Collegiata dei SS Pietro e Stefano, then pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di Santa Maria delle Grazie, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Indipendenza. On the 4th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the ancient world of Castello Di Mesocco, head outdoors with San Bernardino Pass, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa di San Nicolao.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Bellinzona trip planner.

Traveling by car from Strasbourg to Bellinzona takes 4.5 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Salzburg.

Things to do in Bellinzona

Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Castello Di Mesocco, Chiesa di San Michele, Chiesa di San Nicolao
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Castello di Montebello ©
Castello di Montebello
Castello Di Mesocco ©
Castello Di Mesocco
Chiesa di San Michele ©
Chiesa di San Michele

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 5th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Mirabell Palace, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nonnberg Convent, steep yourself in history at Kapitelplatz & Kapitelschwemme, then see the interesting displays at Salzburg Museum, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Untersberg, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Salzburg Cathedral. On the 6th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take some stellar pictures from Fortress Hohensalzburg, get engrossed in the history at Mozarts Geburtshaus, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Blasius Church, browse the exhibits of Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus), then explore the different monuments and memorials at Cemetery of St. Sebastian (Friedhof St. Sebastian), and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kollegienkirche (Collegiate Church).

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Getting from Bellinzona to Salzburg by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Bellinzona in June, things will get slightly colder in Salzburg: highs are around 73°F and lows about 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Wallfahrtskirche Maria Plain
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Fortress Hohensalzburg ©
Fortress Hohensalzburg
Petersfriedhof ©
Petersfriedhof
Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus) ©

3
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.
You'll explore and learn at Belvedere Palace and Time Travel Vienna. Your inner history buff will appreciate St. Stephen's Cathedral and Ringstrasse. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Vienna: Burgruine Duernstein (in Durnstein), Wachau Valley (in Joching) and Melk Abbey (in Melk). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Imperial Palace (Hofburg), take an in-depth tour of Kaiserliche Schatzkammer Wien, admire the landmark architecture of Cafe Gloriette, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael's Church.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Vienna online trip itinerary planner .

Fly from Salzburg to Vienna in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. June in Vienna sees daily highs of 77°F and lows of 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Budapest.

Things to do in Vienna

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Wachau Valley, Burgruine Duernstein, Melk Abbey
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Belvedere Palace ©
Belvedere Palace
Melk Abbey ©
Melk Abbey
St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral

3
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.
Appreciate the collections at Budapest Pinball Museum and Miniversum Budapest. Get some historical perspective at Halaszbastya and Citadel. Step out of Budapest to go to Esztergom and see Esztergom Basilica / Cathedral, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Matthias Church, head off the coast to Margaret Island, pause for some photo ops at Hősök tere, and get to know the fascinating history of Janoshegy.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Budapest online travel route planner .

You can take a train from Vienna to Budapest in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in June, and nighttime lows around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

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

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