3 weeks in Europe: Famous Cities
A Eurail adventure in 7 European countries
If you're spending 3 weeks in Europe and want to get a taste of its most famous cities in one go, this is the route for you! Whether you're a first-timer to Europe or coming back for more, these European capitals and star cities each have their own unique character.
Cities visited in this trip:
1. Milan, Italy
Visit young and cosmopolitan Milan, the finest place for Italian cuisine, coffee, and of course, fashion!
Don't miss: the Cathedral Square and its entertaining surroundings. View the city from the cathedral roof.
Got more time? Watch a soccer game at the San Siro stadium. Or take a day trip to celeb hotspot Lake Como.
Video train route Milan - Venice
2. Venice, Italy
Arrive by train in Venice to be greeted by romantic views of canals, bridges, and boats.
Don’t miss: riding a gondola ferry (traghetto) across the Grand Canal or splash out on your own private ride.
Got more time? Stroll from Rialto Bridge to the squares of San Polo for markets and an afternoon spritz.
3. Munich, Germany
The Bavarian blockbuster, Munich. Expect a warm welcome, impressive architecture, and culture galore.
Don't miss: the Kunstareal district. Full of world-class museums and galleries, it has something for everyone.
Got more time? Enjoy a cold drink at the Hofbräuhaus beerhall after a stroll through the Englischer Garten.
4. Vienna, Austria
Follow in the footsteps of Mozart and Beethoven and visit Vienna, where you’re never short on entertainment.
Don't miss: the Schönbrunn Palace with its extensive gardens, sculptures, and truly decadent interior.
Got more time? Get your thrills at the Vienna Prater, the world’s oldest amusement park.
Video train route Vienna - Budapest
5. Budapest, Hungary
Explore the grand sights of Budapest. Check out Buda Castle by day, and the Chain Bridge by night.
Don't miss: the chance to unwind in this spa city. Take a dip in the Gellért or Széchenyi thermal baths.
Got more time? Take the train to Balatonakarattya and around Lake Balaton to see rural Hungarian life.
6. Prague, Czech Republic
From medieval cobbled streets to rooftop restaurants, the magic of Prague will charm you.
Don't miss: the astronomical clock (orloj) striking the hour. While you’re there, explore the Old Town Square.
Got more time? Wander from the saintly statues of Charles Bridge up to the splendid castle complex.
7. Berlin, Germany
Historic sites and a vibrant social scene await you in Germany's dynamic, ever-changing capital.
Don't miss: hearing stories at the poignant Berlin Wall Memorial or graffiti-decorated East Side Gallery.
Got more time? Head to the Grunewald for a stroll through woodland or a swim in its freshwater lakes.
8. Amsterdam, Netherlands
The "Dam". Tolerant, open-minded, and a labyrinth of narrow streets and canals. Expect the unexpected.
Must-do: Try a canal cruise for a different perspective of the city. If you prefer dry land, rent a bike!
Got more time? Get intellectual and check Dutch glory at the Rijksmuseum, then chill over a coffee or two...
9. Paris, France
Enjoy the good life in Paris with a glass of red Bordeaux wine while resting your feet by the River Seine.
Don't miss: standing before the Eiffel Tower in one of the most Instagram-worthy moments of your life.
Got more time? Check out art classics (think Mona Lisa) at the Louvre or modern art at the Centre Pompidou.
10. Nice, France
It’s time for you to relax and take it easy in the capital of the French Riviera. Nice!
Don't miss: soaking up the sun on the Promenade des Anglais with its cafés, palm trees, and pebble beach.
Got more time? It’s just 7 minutes to sandy beaches in Villefranche-sur-Mer, and 20 to Monte Carlo casino.
If you’re heading back to Milan, change trains in Ventimiglia to get there in just over 5 hours.
Is this itinerary for me?
This itinerary is designed to give you an example of what you can do with a Eurail train pass. It's made for independent travelers who want to shape their own Europe itinerary. Three weeks gives you enough time to spend 2 nights in all these famous cities. In each destination, you have the freedom to make your own plans.
The best train pass to use to follow this itinerary is the Eurail Global Pass. It gives you the luxury and flexibility to travel by train in all these countries on any day of your trip. Want to spend more time in one city and less in another? With Eurail, that's not a problem! Simply choose a Pass with a longer validity period.
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