1 Month Europe Itinerary

by | Last updated Dec 5, 2023 | Europe live work and play, Itineraries

Visit places you have only dreamed of on your 1 month Europe itinerary!


You have one month holiday and you want to spend it travelling around Europe. I know just how you are feeling. Excited. Daunted. Maybe a little stressed at how many amazing places there are and how you will fit seeing them all in to a 1 month Europe itinerary? But it doesn’t have to be.

In this post I will show you the best places to visit and advise you on some of the ‘must’ things to do and see in Central Europe. Plus, I provide an idea of how many days you will need to make the most of your time in each country with some added European city accommodation options. Plus provide options of how to travel to and in each European country destination so you can decide the best Europe trip route to follow. And lastly, help you to work out your 1 month Europe trip cost.

Whether you are traveling through Europe as a solo person, in a couple or family you can adapt this month long European itinerary to suit your travel style. Get ready to start planning your best of Europe itinerary for your 1 Month in Europe. This perfect Central Europe Itinerary for first timers I’ve written can be done any time of the year. So yes, you can  travel around Europe in winter or travel around Europe in summer, or the other seasons making the most of this itinerary.


When is the Best Time to Visit Europe?


Anytime, is the best time to visit Europe in my opinion as every European season has something different to offer! Your first challenge to organising your own 4 week Europe itinerary is working out when is the best time for you to visit for your European vacation. You may be governed by your employer or an event as to when you must take your holiday but if not, you have some things to consider.


Summer in Europe


Most first-timers to Europe are likely to choose to travel through Europe during the warmer summer months of June, July and August. This is when Europe is not only at its warmest but also its busiest and most expensive. If you don’t mind the European heat with lots of crowds at popular tourist attractions and also paying a little more for your accommodation, transport and other services then summer time will be great for you to travel around Europe.


READ MORE: If you’ve chosen to travel around Europe in the summer months you will need an idea of Europe summer outfits plus essentials for traveling in Europe. Check out my summer Europe packing list for ideas of what to pack. Packing List for a European Summer Holiday.


Winter in Europe


Winter time can be magical in Europe with lots of snow capped mountains, Christmas markets and warm drinks inside in front of fireplaces. If your aim is to do some skiing or snowboarding then a visit in winter is a must. Perhaps you want to extend your month in Europe to work and ski some of the best European ski centres? Or perhaps you want to include snowy destinations during your winter in Europe itinerary. Crowds over the winter months of December, January and February will be less in major tourist areas but some attractions may close during this time. If there is some specific European attraction you want to visit I would suggest you make sure it will be open when you will be there.


READ MORE: If you’ve chosen to travel around Europe in the winter months you will need an idea of Europe winters outfits plus essentials for traveling in Europe. Check out my winter Europe packing list for ideas of what to pack. Packing List for a European Winter Vacation


Spring in Europe or Autumn in Europe


Spring and Autumn are also great times to visit Europe. The weather is milder and potentially more comfortable for travel. Crowds will only be beginning or slowing down and you might save a few dollars on accommodation, transport and other services during these off-peak seasons. Spring and Autumn in Europe for a month are popular for these reasons.


Is One Month Long Enough in Europe?


If I had the choice I would spend a lot longer than one month in Europe. I would probably choose a 2 month Europe itinerary or a 3 month Europe itinerary – if I had the time. But one month in Europe is a very good start to discovering the amazing countries in Central Europe. One month in Europe will allow you to visit all the best parts of Europe. And this itinerary includes visiting 8 countries in 4 weeks.

Now before you read any further, I must warn you that this itinerary of Europe is jam-packed with things to see and do every day. Providing you with as many opportunities as possible to experience Europe. Some days you will need to be very prompt on your departure to fit everything in. So how long to visit Europe? How long have you got? One month in Europe is a great beginning. Afterall, I did this exact 1 month Europe itinerary for my first visit to Europe!


1 Month Europe Trip Cost?


To work out how much it will cost to visit Europe for a 4 week Europe itinerary, I suggest you create a budget. Now everyone’s budget will be different mostly because of the style of accommodation you choose to stay at, the amount of meals you purchase and how many attractions you visit. To give you a good idea of the cost of your Europe trip, list it out as follows:

Airfare or transport to Europe _____
Transport to travel around Europe _____
Accommodation 28-30 nights @ _____
Food _____ is this included? Is breakfast included in accommodation stay?
Extras _____ ie. entrance fees to museums and other sites
Travel Insurance ______


LWPT Tip: If you have chosen to visit Europe during the summer months, I advise you book everything in advance. From accommodation to popular attractions booking in advance will ensure you have somewhere to stay and help you skip-the-line with pre-booked tickets. Believe me, queues to enter some tourist sights can be very long. I book all my accommodation through Booking.com and I buy tickets to the sites I want to see through GetYourGuide.


LWPT Tip: With the exception of the UK, most of the Central European countries in this itinerary belong to the Schengen Zone. This means, you won’t need a visa for individual countries as the Schengen Visa allows you to travel freely between the countries in this zone. But find out what visas are required for the countries you plan to visit.


How to Travel Through Europe


Europe is well serviced by plenty of different transport options so the continent is well linked and a rather easy place to get around. Here are the general travel options for getting around Europe. You can choose one or link different modes of transport together for your European vacation.


Travelling Europe by train is one of the most flexible ways to travel


Travelling around Europe by Car


When you travel Europe by car you have the freedom to go where you want, when you want. You are not limited by any schedules of public transport. Just remember to drive on the right side of the road and read up on the road rules of different countries. To find out what cars are available and to check prices get a deal through DiscoverCars. They have a great range of vehicles to choose from, from small cars to vans you can sleep in as you travel around central Europe.


Travelling around Europe by Train


Train travel is one of the most popular ways to travel in Europe. You could easily do this 1 month Europe itinerary by train. Train travel can be one of the most relaxing ways because you sit back and watch the scenery unfold while you travel in a comfy seat in a high-speed train. There are however some things to take in to account with train travel. It can be more expensive than other forms of travel and often you pay extra for seat reservations and if travelling overnight you may want to consider a sleeper. Some travellers like to train travel overnight and arrive in a new destination the next day because this helps to save on accommodation costs. Check out train passes here. Read my review on the Eurail and Interrail Pass here to help you choose the best for you.


Travelling around Europe By Bus


Bus is a great way to travel around Europe. It is usually the cheapest way to travel and also the slowest compared to other options. But if you sit back on the journeys between stops you will see a lot of Europe unfold before your eyes. Check out BusAbout or Flixbus.


Travelling around Europe By Plane


Flying is the fastest way to get you from A to B, however, you miss out on seeing what is between A and B. Nevertheless, if you only want to visit major European cities during your one month itinerary of Europe then flying is a great option. There are many airlines servicing Europe as well as a number of budget carriers like Ryanair and Easyjet. Before you book ensure you understand whether you can make seat selection and how much luggage you can take.


Take an organised tour around Europe


If the previous transport options become too tedious to organise or you don’t want to travel on your own because this is your first time travelling Europe you could consider going on an organised tour of Europe. There are a number of companies that offer 3-4 week tours of Europe. Check out Intrepid Travel, Top Deck, Trafalgar Tours and Contiki to name a few. Tours will include your transport which is usually by bus, accommodation and most meals. A very economical way to spend a month in Europe and also a great way to meet like-minded travelers to Europe.


Where to Stay in Europe – European Accommodation Types


Plenty of accommodation options in Europe


There are many styles of accommodation in Europe to suit your budget and needs. Accommodation comes in all sorts of sizes and shapes including hostels, hotels, B&Bs, camp sites, boats, villas, haciendas, chateaus, ski lodges, apartments and even castles. My biggest tip for booking your European accommodation is to book early, particularly if you are traveling around Europe during the summer months as many places book out well in advance. Many travellers to Europe from all walks of life stay at hostels and throughout Europe there are a number of small hostel chains such as Wombats, Generator and Meininger. They provide all the services you need in a hostel from a bed, bathroom, kitchens to cook in, communal areas, cafes, bars to free wifi. 

If you would prefer a hotel room or apartment, don’t worry, I have you covered as I have listed some hotel contact details plus hostels under each city on this itinerary. So if you are travelling around Europe solo, in a couple or as a family with kids in Europe, hostels and hotels are great options. For more European accommodation options and to book your accommodation, check out Booking.com.


LWPT Tip: Before I begin my suggested itinerary of Central Europe I just want to recommend you purchase travel insurance. I know travel insurance is an extra cost on any holiday but it is well worth it. Things can happen when you least expect them to. You don’t want to be stuck with thousands of dollars in medical bills or without any luggage! I recommend World Nomads for holiday insurance and SafetyWing for long-term travel. If you don’t purchase a policy through either of these, please make sure you purchase travel insurance from somewhere else. You never know what might happen and you need to be covered.


Best of Europe Itinerary at a Glance



1 – London – Paris
2-4 – Paris
5-6 – Nice, French Riviera
7-8 – Milan
9 -10 – Florence
11 – 13 – Rome
14 – 15 – Venice
16 – 17 – Vienna
18 – Salzburg
19 – Vaduz, Leichtenstein and/or Bern, Switzerland
20 – 22 – Munich
23 – 25 – Berlin
26 – 28 – Amsterdam
29 – 30 – Brussels


1 Month in Europe Itinerary


Let’s get this 4 weeks in Europe itinerary started shall we? As Europe is such a large space, i suggest visiting the Central European countries on your first visit. I’ve assembled the following itinerary that will take you to some major cities in Central Europe. I have travelled the path myself and can highly recommend it. Although I have designed it to show you the best of Central Europe use the itinerary in a way that best suits you by adding or deleting cities/countries to your liking. After all, it is your holiday to Europe and you will have it in your own mind already the things you want to do in Europe and the places you want to see in Europe. And if you don’t have one month in Europe you can always reduce this itinerary by a week or so to make it a 3 week Europe itinerary or even a 2 week Europe itinerary.


London, England


London is a great place to start your first Europe 1 month itinerary trip. If you find though that you need to reduce days to fit everything in to your month holiday you could skip London on this trip. Maybe include London in another visit where you concentrate on traveling around the UK for one month.

You will definitely want to see all the sights of London therefore include the landmarks of Westminster Abbey, Tower BridgeTower of London, Big Ben and the Palace of Westminster. Royalists will head to Buckingham Palace to see the Changing of the Guard and also Kensington Palace. Shop at Harrods and the high street stores along Oxford Street. If you love Harry Potter then you are in for a treat at Platform 9 3/4 at Kings Cross Station. When I am new to a city or am short of time, I usually go on a Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour. These bus tours take you to all the best spots in London, or other cities, and allow you to hop on and hop off at different sites along the route.

Time in London: 3-4 days but it is up to you the length of time you spend in London. You could easily spend 5 Days in London. For this itinerary we are using it as a starting and ending point for this European holiday.

Getting to London: London is a hub and is serviced by airports, bus, tubes and train.

Where to stay in London: For a bed in a London Hostel I can recommend either the YHA London Central Hostel or the London Generator. For a hotel room or small B&B I recommend either London Oxford Hotel or London Earls Court Hotel or London Mayflower Hotel & Apartments. All are quite central to all the sights you want to see.


READ MORE:  Extend your time in London and the UK on a Working Holiday Visa. Or spend your one month holiday in the UK – here’s my 1 Month UK and Ireland itinerary.


Paris, France


Paris, the city of love is your first stop in France during this 1 month Europe itinerary.

Things to See and Do in Paris: Take the lift to the top of the Eiffel Tower to get a bird’s eye view of Paris. Once back on the ground visit notable landmarks of Notre Dame and Sacré-Cœur before meandering down the Champs-Élysées popping in to world-class stores like Chanel on your way to the Arc de Triumph. If looking for a gastronomic delight head to the Right Bank or enjoy a beer in a bar in Montmartre, or take a cruise along the River Seine. Take the Hop-on Hop-Off Bus around Paris to get your bearings. A visit to the Louvre Museum to see the Mona Lisa is a must. If you can, squeeze in a day visit to the Palace of Versailles and walk around the magnificent gardens. Or spend the day on the rides at Disneyland Paris.

Time in Paris: 3-4 days – Read my post How to Spend 3 Days in Paris

Getting to Paris: London and Paris are connected by the Eurostar train taking 2 hours 15 minutes. Or by bus and ferry taking about 6 hours or by plane taking 1 hour 15 minutes. Paris can also be reached by air and you will more than likely arrive at Paris’ Charles de Gaulle International Airport.

Where to stay in Paris: For a hostel bed try the Generator Paris or the Young and Happy Latinquarter Hostel. Wanting a budget hotel room try the Hotel de Lille Louvre or the Hotel Sainte-Marie.


Nice, French Riviera, France


From Paris head to the French Rivieria. Staying in Nice gives you a chance to experience the area and maybe rub shoulders with the rich and famous in Cannes, Saint Tropez or Monte Carlo. Maybe take a dip at one of the public or private beaches. Venture up to the ‘pink’ Castle with its park providing superb views over the area. You may like to take your chance and try to win some money at one of the casinos. If there are the right time of year, you may be treated to the carnival atmosphere when the Formula 1 rolls into town.

Time in Nice: 2 days

Getting to Nice: Nice is an easy 1 hour flight from Paris, a 6 hour train ride or a 10 hour bus ride.

Where to stay in Nice: For a hostel bed consider Villa Saint Exupery Beach Hostel only .2km from the city centre. Or Backpackers Chez Patrick just a little further from the centre of Nice at .7km. I can recommend the budget bed and breakfast the Nice Guesthouse or if you prefer a hotel room try the Deck Hotel by Happyculture. All these options are located close the the city centre making exploring easy and are also close to the beach.


There are many great French cities you could include in this itinerary, read my post on 16 of the Best French Cities to visit for some inspiration.


Milan, Italy


Begin your time in Italy during this 1 month Europe itinerary in the northern city of Milan. It is well known for its fashion so you might do plenty of shopping here. The city is also dominated by the Gothic Duomo di Milano cathedral and the Santa Maria Delle Grazie, a church where the painting The Last Supper by the famous painter Leonardo da Vinci can be found.

Time in Milan: 2 days

Getting to Milan: From the French Riviera Milan is a quick 45 minute flight, 5 hours on the train or 8 hours on the bus.

Where to stay in Milan: There are a number of cheap hostels close to the centre of town including the New Generation Hostel Urban Navigli and the Combo Milano. For a budget hotel room I can recommend the Easy Hotel Navigli or the Hotel Delizia that is close to the old town for exploring.


Florence, Italy


From Milan head to Florence, one of my favourite European cities, a city dominated by the Duomo. Duomo is an Italian term for church and which Florence’s skyline is dominated by. Experience rooftop views over Florence from the Campanile. Then spend time in the medieval palace of Palazzo Vecchio or Piazza della Signoria admiring the statues including a replica of Michelangelo’s David. Or see the real deal at the Accademia Gallery. Avoid the queues and purchase your ticket to see Michelangelo’s David beforehand. From Florence you could take the train and visit Pisa and see the Leaning Tower. The train trip is only about 1 hour so you could easily go for the day.

Time in Florence: 3 days

Getting to Florence from Milan: There are high speed trains connecting Milan and Florence. Taking around 1 hour and 40 minutes. Tthe bus will be around 3 hours.

Where to stay in Florence: For a cheap bed in a hostel that is close to the centre of Florence try Academy House or the Ostello Tasso that has both dorm and private rooms available. For a budget hotel room that by the way, serves great coffee, try the Hotel villa Il Castagno or the Piccolo Hotel.


Rome, Italy


You cannot visit Italy and not visit the ‘Eternal City’ of Rome on this 1 month Europe itinerary. There is so much to see and do with many historical and ancient sites and landmarks. You cannot miss the Colosseum where the gladiators fought or the Roman Forum. There are plenty more ruins to visit including the Pantheon. And don’t forget to visit the Spanish Steps and throw a coin in the Trevi Fountain. There are the Catacombs where the Christians were buried. Visit the Vatican City, a city within a city. You may be lucky to see the Pope. Visit the Sistine Chapel to view the ceiling painted by Michaelangelo in 1503. Take the BigBus Hop-on Hop-off tour of Rome.

Time in Rome: 2-3 days

Getting to Rome from Florence: There are frequent train services from Florence to Rome. It takes around 1 hour 30 minutes with the bus taking around 3 hours.

Where to stay in Rome: There are a number of accommodation options. If you want a bed in a hostel try the Freedom Hostel which has both dorm and private rooms. Or I can recommend the Dreaming Rome Hostel. If you are female you might be interested in the female-only hostel Orsa Maggiore for Women. If you are interested in camping try the Roma Camping in Town. It is about 15 minutes from the centre of Rome and has a pool to cool off in on those hot Italian days. If looking for a budget hotel that is convenient to the Vatican City then I can recommend Affreschi Al Vatican.


READ MORE: How to Spend 3 Days in Rome and How to extend your time in Italy on a Working Holiday Visa. Or loving Italy – you could spend one month in Italy – here’s my 1 Month Italy Itinerary. – See the Best Bits of Italy and Sicily.


Venice, Italy


Still in Italy, head to the city of Venice. Meander along the city’s streets and over the canal bridges. In particular see the Grand Canal from the Ponte Rialto. Spend time in a glass making shop and possibly purchase some Venetian Glass. Visit St Mark’s Square, and experience the extravagance of Saint Mark’s Basilica and perhaps climb Saint Mark’s Campanile for some great views of the city. But you can’t come to Venice and not have a gondola ride or enjoy a gelato.

Time in Venice: 2 days

Getting to Venice from Rome: Venice is connected by high-speed trains from Rome, taking just under 4 hours. The bus will take about twice that.

Where to stay in Venice: There is a campsite 6km from the city centre, Camping Rialto, or there are hostels such as Generator Venice and the Ostello S. Fosca which is a little closer to town. For a budget hotel room try Hotel San Geremio or the Hotel Adua.


Vienna, Austria


It’s time to leave Italy and head in to Austria and the capital of Vienna. This is a very grand and historic city with lots of architecture to admire especially along Stephansplatz. It’s also home to the world-famous Spanish dancing horses. There are a number of palaces to see including the Belvedere and Schonbrunn. It is on the Danube River and was home to a number of residents including Mozard, Beethoven and Signund Freud. You might want to take the Vienna hop-on hop-off bus.

Time in Vienna: 2 days

Getting to Vienna from Venice: Take the IntercCity train from Venice to Vienna taking about 7 hours or one of the regular bus services taking about 10 hours.

Where to stay in Vienna: There are a number of hostels you could choose to stay in in Vienna. A couple close to town and public transport include Wombats City Hoste – The Lounge and Meininger Downtown Hostel. For a budget hotel I can recommend Hotel ViennArt am Museumsquarter or for something a little more homely try the Budget-City-Apartments.


Salzburg, Austria


Still in Austria on our 1 month Europe itinerary, head to the musical city of Salzburg. Birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, you can walk down the quaint street of Getreidegasse and visit the house where he was born. Enjoy a chocolate Mozart ball from a chocolate shop. If you love the movie ’The Sound of Music’ you will love visiting the many places you see in the movie. From the main square to the church to the house, which is now a school.

Time in Salzburg: 1-2 days

Getting to Salzburg from Vienna: Vienna to Salzburg by train takes about 2 and a half hours. So a morning train will see you exploring the city by the afternoon.

Where to stay in Salzburg: For a bed in a hostel try the Yoho International Youth Hostel only .7km from the centre of Salzburg. If looking to stay in a clean, budget hotel then try the Plaza Inn Salzburg conveniently located in the centre of town.


Vaduz, Leichtenstein and/or Bern, Switzerland


The Principality of Liechtenstein is a mere 25km long principality and is wedged between Austria and Switzerland. It is known for its beautiful alpine landscapes, villages and medieval castles. You may wish to stop in the capital of Vaduz and walk around the town. Or just travel through and say you have been there.

On leaving Leichtenstein head into Switzerland known for its magnificent Alps where you can partake in great skiing and snowboarding during the winter months or mountain bike riding during the summer months. Stay in the capital Bern, or take a funicular up in to the Alps which dominate the country. Spend a day going to the top of the world to Jungfraujoch.

Time in Switzerland: 1-2 days

Getting to Switzerland from Austria: There are trains from Leichtinstein or from Salzburg. From Salzburg it is only a 4 hour train ride or a 7 hour bus ride.


Munich, Germany


Next head in to Germany and Munich, home of the Glockenspeil. You may want to visit the Olympic Complex but definitely worth a visit is Dachau Concentration Camp on the outskirts of the city. If you visiting during September/October you may wish to experience Oktoberfest. If not, still enjoy some of the locally brewed beers. Maybe take a day tour to the magical Neuschwanstein Castle. You can book a ticket to visit the castle below.

Time in Munich: 2-3 days

Getting to Munich from Switzerland: Munich is easily reached by air, 1 hour 10 minutes, by train, 4.5 hours or by bus, 6-7 hours.

Where to stay in Munich: For a bed in a hostel try Wombats Hostel Munich or Meininger Munich Central Hostel. For a budget motel room only 350m from Central Station try the LetoMotel Munchen City Nord or the Ibis Hotel Munchen City.


Berlin, Germany


After Munich, stay in Germany and head to the cool capital city of Berlin. Start in the historic Alexanderplatz then visit the Brandenburg Gate, the Reichstag Building, Checkpoint Charlie and the Berlin Wall. You can see the graffiti at the East Side Gallery.

Time in Berlin: 2-3 days

Getting to Berlin from Munich: Berlin is a quick 1 hour and 10 minute plane hop from Munich. Or about 5 hours in the train or 7 hours in the bus.

Where to stay in Berlin: A couple of hostels to consider include St Christopher’s Inn Alexanderplatz and Generator Berlin Mitte. Budget friendly hotels include the Park Inn by Radisson in Berlin Alexanderplatz and the Motel-one Berlin-Bellevue.


Amsterdam, the Netherlands


Leaving Germany head to The Netherlands and the capital Amsterdam. Wander along the many canals or hire a bike and ride around visiting cheese and clog factories and the windmills. If you are a history buff visit the renowned Rijksmuseum and the Anne Frank House. Other landmarks to visit include the Van Gogh MuseumRoyal Palace of Amsterdam and the Red Light District. You may wish to spend some time in one of Amsterdam’s coffee shops where you can legally buy cannabis.

Time in Amsterdam: 2-3 days

Getting to Amsterdam from Berlin: Quite a long train ride of about 6 hours and about 10 hours by bus. Or a quick flight of 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Where to stay in Amsterdam: Some hostels close to the centre of town and public transport include Central Station Hostel and CityHub Hostel. For a hotel room check out the Best Western Amsterdam and the Leonardo Hotel Amsterdam Rembrandtpark.


READ MORE: How to Spend 3 Days in Amsterdam and How to extend your time in the Netherlands on a Working Holiday Visa.


Brussels, Belgium


Last stop on this 1 month Europe itinerary adventure is Brussels, the capital of Belgium. Brussels is home of the headquarters of the European Union where you could swing by. Or perhaps walk around the city or perhaps take a quick train ride to visit some Belgium castles. But being the last day of this 1 month European vacation you may wish to spend your time in one of the many bars or coffee shops enjoying Belgian beer, coffee and chocolate. What a great way to end your European holiday.

Time in Brussels: 1-2 days

Getting to Brussels from Amsterdam: A quick 2 hour train trip or about 4 hours by bus.

Where to stay in Brussels: For a bed in a hostel try the Sleep Well Youth Hostel or the Van Gogh Youth Hostel. For a budget hotel room try the Ibis Brussels Erasmus or the Hotel Izan Avenue Louise.

From Brussels you can take the Eurostar train back to London. Or fly out of Brussels to your home or another destination.


What To Do Now?


This is my suggestion of an itinerary for your first Europe for a month trip. It is just a suggestion to help you make the most of your time. What I suggest you do now to start planning your 1 month Europe itinerary is:

  1. Start a Wishlist of the places you want to visit.
  2. Decide how you will travel – train, bus or plane.
  3. Will you travel during the day or overnight.
  4. Work out what type of accommodation you might choose to stay in – hostels or hotels or overnight in your transport.
  5. Write down your plan, ie. Day 1 – arrive London, Day 2 – explore London, Day 3 – travel to Paris, find acc and explore Paris at night – Day 4 – see sights of Paris – Day 5 – go to the Palace of Versailles Day 6 – travel to Nice, etc.
  6. Work out how much all this might cost.

Once you have done these things you can then refine your trip, book it and enjoy it. If you have done a Central European trip I would love to hear in the comments following.


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Extend Your Time in Europe on a Working Holiday Visa or Digital Nomad Visa


A number of European countries have a working holiday visa and / or a digital nomad visa. You will need to meet the requirements of the visa, but if you are granted one you can extend your 1 month Europe itinerary to 1 year in Europe or possibly longer. If you are from a European Union country you can move and live and work in another European country. Visit the official EU website for more details.


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  1. Emma

    Wow, this is quite the itinerary. There are definitely a lot of places here I need to visit and the ones I’ve been to I agree that they are worth being on this list. That’s what I love about Europe is that everywhere is so close. Train travel in Europe is the best

  2. Tania Muthusamy

    What a dream itinerary. I need to go back to Europe and see some of these places I haven’t been to, like Brussels and The Netherlands.

    • Sharyn McCullum

      This was my itinerary the first time I went to Europe. It is jam packed with all the major things to see and do in the most popular must-see cities when you have never been to Europe before. I hope you get to Brussel and the Netherlands also.

  3. Kiana

    Wow, this is such great information! I’d love to visit someday. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Sharyn McCullum

      I’m glad you enjoyed the information and I hope one day you will be able to visit Europe.

  4. Katie Diederichs

    Wow, this is very helpful info. Following this itinerary would definitely show you lots of great spots in Europe. It’s just crazy to think about how much there is to see around this continent!

    • Sharyn McCullum

      Agree. There is so much to see and unfortunately you can’t see it all in 1 month. This is why I have done the itinerary to help first-timers to Europe work out what they should see and do during their month in Europe. Then hopefully they will return in the future to see other things.

      • Melanie

        great information for planning and breaking down cities so you can do part of the route if you don’t have a month

  5. Renuka Walter

    It’s a great guide for an independent travel through Europe. I’d like to travel by trains most of the time, even though it’s expensive. I guess if you book your tickets in advance, prices are not that high. isn’t it?

    • Sharyn McCullum

      I like trains for the simple fact you can get a sleeper. Major suppliers of tickets like Eurail often have specials so I suggest you regularly check in with them to get a good price.

  6. Krista

    Unless I was renting a car, I think I would prefer to go via train. From past experiences the trains have been really good in the European countries. This is an awesome list you’ve put together and has given me some ideas for my next trip!

  7. Ophelie

    As a French and an European person I really like your itinerary! It will allow people to see the best of Europe! And also trains are a great way to travel and allow you to see the landscapes at the same time!

  8. Hels

    Talk about giving me wanderlust! I have been lucky enough to visit a number of these amazing cities, but there are just so many out there. We loved Venice last summer, particularly seeing it without the usual crowds. Milan and the pink palace in Nice are next on my list!

    • Sharyn McCullum

      Sounds like you love visiting Europe. It is always good to have list of places to visit next. I’d love to hear more about your travels so please comment further once you have travelled further.

  9. Alma

    I would love to spend a month in Europe! So many great places to see. You have provided a great itinerary for first timers with heaps of tips.

    • Sharyn McCullum

      It seems that most people get a month’s holiday so the itinerary is aimed at them. However, I am in the process of writing a 2 month itinerary – you may want to look at that too!

  10. Heather Markel

    What a great itinerary! I miss being able to change countries by car, train or bus – nice to see wonderful Europe and a one-month itinerary. Thanks for sharing!

    • Sharyn McCullum

      When you only a month holiday, this itinerary will help you see all the ‘must sees’. I miss Europe also.

  11. Shelbs

    The French Riviera has long been on our bucket list for Europe. We have wanted to go to St.Tropez and Cannes forever – they look absolutely stunning. And especially after visiting Paris? I feel like it would be an ideal baby moon

    • Sharyn McCullum

      St Tropez and Cannes are stunning places to visit on any European vacation. I hope you manage to get to both.

  12. Linda Jane

    A great itinerary that includes some fabulous European cities & sights! Thanks so much for sharing!

  13. Cosette

    Great itinerary for visiting Europe and by train makes it easy with large cities. I love road tripping through Europe, have yet to try out hopping on train through Europe. Just did London, Paris and Germany by train from my home country the Netherlands.

  14. Helena

    I’ve been to most of these places but never all in one trip, what a fantastic itinerary and I love the multiple Italy stops too, that’s what I always struggle with because there’s so much to see in Italy!

  15. Kate

    Great itinerary! So many amazing places on your list. I’ve been to most of them, but I still need to hit Florence. I love that train travel is so easy in Europe, I have such a fear of flying, so it’s ideal for me!

    • Sharyn McCullum

      Europe has such great transport infrastructure – trains and buses – to travel Europe. I hope you get back to Florence. Me too – I don’t like flying. I spent 42 days at sea, sailing from Southampton to Sydney as I couldn’t get on a plane!

  16. Krista

    Great guide to visiting central Europe! I’ve been to a few places like Vienna, but this guide is definitely making me want to plan a road trip!

  17. Laura

    Oh wow, this itinerary is amazing! You’ve highlighted some great cities and sights to see. I’ve not made it to Vienna, Salzburg and Brussels and would love to check them out

  18. Jenn

    This is a great roundup of some of the best spots in Europe! I would love to visit Milan, Nice and several other great places on this list.

  19. Kat

    This is a great post, thank you! I did 1 month in Europe a few years ago and a similar route, but missed spots mentioned! I would love to go back and Belgium and Nice. Thanks for sharing!

    • Sharyn McCullum

      Central Europe is a popular route to follow. I hope you get back to Belgium and Nice soon.

  20. Emily Wilson

    I wish more Americans would take a month instead of a week to try to see Europe in it’s entirety. I love the canals in Amsterdam. The light tour is new since I was there. It looks beautiful.

    • Sharyn McCullum

      The longer the better I say! A week is way too fast to enjoy the different cultures of Europe. I wish Americans would / could stay longer in Europe also.

  21. Linda (LD Holland)

    I love having a longer visit to Europe to take in so many great spots. Your month in Europe includes some new spots that we have not yet visited in Germany. We would definitely travel by train for most of the visit. With car rentals for day trips that may be hard to do any other way.

  22. Sue

    What an amazing itinerary! I would love to take a month to visit Europe, maybe when I retire.

    • Sharyn McCullum

      Thank you. I hope you can get to Europe before you retire! But if that is when, that is when.

  23. Mayi

    Your itinerary is impressive, particularly your decision to use trains instead of planes. Europe’s rail network is exceptional, and the picturesque scenery is not to be missed. Great!

  24. Sheryl

    This itinerary looks jam packed with fantastic information, the list of locations is impressive and super helpful for someone who’s never been. I never thought about taking the train around Europe but it makes so much sense to, and you get to see the countryside along the way!

  25. Jennifer Record

    LOVE posts like this this which have so many great tips, and include a flow and geography already organized… I would love to someday have a whole month for an adventure like this!

  26. Jan

    Great itinerary for one month in Europe! I love the tips of when to visit, what mode to use for travel, and what to see in each place. We found that Eurail is convenient and easy to use in Europe plus road trips are great too since distances are relatively shorter. 🙂

  27. Farrah

    I often dream about getting to take a sabbatical from work so I can travel for an extended period of time, but alas. I’d love to do this itinerary someday though — you got to cover so many places! :]

  28. Natalie

    Could this be done in the opposite direction? Going from London to Brussels and working backwards?

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