Melanie has been interested in cultures, languages, and travel since her youth. She also runs a YouTube channel: The Curious Coder.
Two Days in London
Start off your trip with two days in London.
Head out to Trafalgar Square to see Nelson's Column, the National Portrait Gallery, and the National Gallery.
Visit Parliament Square and Downing Street.
Head down Whitehall and snap some photos of Big Ben and Houses of Parliament before making your way to the beautiful Westminster Abbey.
Don't forget to stop at Buckingham Palace and, of course, check out St. James' Palace before taking a trip up Constitution Hill to catch a glimpse of the splendor of Wellington Arch.
Take a trip down Exhibition Road, where you will have the chance to visit Royal Albert Hall as well as Albert Memorial (located in the park).
End your day enjoying the views of Kensington Gardens and walking past Kensington Palace. This is a great way to take it all in before heading back to your hotel.
If you want to get a taste of Europe in two weeks, follow this itinerary, which slowly works its way from England to Italy.
By visiting the places on this list, you can explore magnificent and popular locales in major European cities. Enjoy the sights and sounds while enjoying some of the best food in the world.
Follow these tips to get the most out of two weeks in Europe, while having time to sit at a cafe and soak it all up.
The following itinerary allows for twelve days of sightseeing throughout Europe (in England, France, the Netherlands, Germany, and Italy) and two additional days to travel from city to city, for a total of 14 days.
If you have extra time, you can easily spend a few more days in the city of your choice. If you don't quite have 14 days to spend in Europe, you can easily cut a city from the list.
Start your day at the beautiful St. Paul's Cathedral before heading out to the Tower of London. Be sure to get a tour of the Tower and glimpse the history behind the fortress prison.
Head across Tower Bridge, one of London's most beloved landmarks, on your way to the Tate Modern art gallery. Spend some time shopping as you head down to the London Eye.
You'll want to board the London Eye and spend some time viewing the city from the observation wheel. The London Eye offers unmatched views of London and is not to be missed!
Three Days in Paris
Start off at the Jardins de Trocadero for one of the most beautiful views of the Eiffel Tour. Then, take a cruise along the Seine to take in some of the city's sights.
Take the subway out to the Arc de Triomphe (all the way to the top) and catch some views of Champs-Elysées before taking a stroll down the famous avenue. You'll probably want to stop for a meal at one of the many restaurants on Champs-Elysées and get some shopping done.
Spend some time wandering around the Louvre before having dinner and settling in for your first night in Paris.
Notre Dame Cathedral is not to be missed (and it's beautiful in the morning), so it's a great place to start out your second day in Paris.
Head out to the Latin Quarter from the Notre Dame Cathedral and wander the streets. Definitely stop at a book shop while in the Latin Quarter.
Take a stroll in the Jardin du Luxembourg, home of both the French Senate and the Palace of Luxembourg.
Spend the rest of the day in the Musée Rodin to view the sculptures of Rodin before heading back to your hotel to relax.
Start your last day in Paris at the Grand Palace, built for the 1900 World Exposition.
From the Grand Palace, go to the Père Lachaise Cemetery to view the graves of many famous people such as Honoré de Balzac, Georges Bizet, Frédéric Chopin, Jim Morrison, and Oscar Wilde.
Soak up the beautiful sites as you stroll around Montmartre, making sure you stop off at the Sacre-Coeur Basilica and the Moulin Rouge before leaving Paris.
Two Days in Amsterdam
Start off your first day in Amsterdam by visiting the Anne Frank House. This museum shows where Anne Frank and her family hid from the Nazis.
Spend some time wandering the area and stop off at a cafe before heading out to Amsterdam's famous Bloemenmarkt (flower market) to pick up fresh flowers (or just to see all the beautiful colors.)
You'll want to rent a bike as a way to get around the city, especially if it's warmer out. Head out to Rembrandt's House before stopping off to go shopping at the many shops at Utrechtstraat.
Take a tour of the Heineken Brewery (not to be missed) before having dinner and heading back to the hotel.
Start your day by having breakfast along the canals before boarding a canal cruise. This is the best way to see all of Amsterdam's beautiful architecture.
Stop off at Rijksmuseum to see beautiful Dutch paintings from the Golden Age, before heading out to the Van Gogh Museum to see some of his most beautiful (and famous).
Pick up some bargains at the Waterlooplein Flea Market, a huge outdoor bazaar. Note that the flea market is closed on Sunday, so plan accordingly.
Two Days in Berlin
Start off your first day in Berlin by visiting the Brandenburg Gate. From there, you'll want to head out to the Gendarmenmarkt square, Berlin's most prominent square.
At the square, you'll be able to see the French and German Cathedrals and Konzerthaus. These beautiful structures were considerably damaged during WWII but have since been restored.
Head out to the Altes Museum, a world-class collection of Egyptian art, before having dinner and finishing up your day.
Start your day at the Reichstag. Head to the top and out to the terrace for some beautiful morning views of the city.
Spend some time at the Berlin Wall, particularly the East Side Gallery, located in Friedrichshain. This is the best-preserved part of the wall and definitely worth the trip.
Finish up your day by shopping and enjoying a meal before heading to Rome. (Take the train, if you can—it will save on time.)
Three Days in Rome
Start off your first day in Rome at the Roman Forum, an ancient Roman plaza, before heading up to Palatine Hill. While in the area, definitely make sure you visit the Colosseum.
Head out to the Piazza Venezia and take in some of the sights before heading back to your hotel.
This may seem like a short day, but once you get there, you'll find that these four locations have more than enough to see and do for a day.
Start this day off at the Piazza di Spagna. From there, make your way to the Trevi fountain and, of course, don't forget to toss a coin in the fountain to ensure a return trip to Rome.
Afterward, head on out to the Pantheon and the Fontana Del Pantheon before doing a little shopping.
Have dinner out in the city before heading back to your hotel.
Did you know?
It's estimated that about 3,000 Euros are thrown into the Trevi Fountain every day.
Start off your last day in Rome at the Vatican City. Head on into to the Castel Sant'Angelo. Spend your day wandering around the Vatican museums.
You could spend your whole day in the museums, so make sure you leave time to see the church.
Spend the later part of the day exploring Rome on your own, soaking it all up before your return trip home.
© 2012 Melanie Palen
Marcy Bialeschki from Cerro Gordo, IL on May 04, 2020:
Nice breakdown of places and times. I enjoyed all the pictures, too.
Rachel on September 24, 2017:
Are you taking trains or bus for travelling between places?
Belinda from Kenya on July 20, 2017:
This is a great article keep it up
Sally Gulbrandsen from Norfolk on March 08, 2015:
Lovely images, some of places I have visited but plenty more of places I still have to visit. Thanks for sharing.
Audrey Howitt from California on March 04, 2014:
Very cool! I loved Amsterdam when I visited--and could have spent more time there I think!
promisem on February 21, 2014:
Outstanding photo choices, very vibrant. I can only speak about London and Paris -- both great cities. I think you're exactly right that London needs at least two days and Paris needs at least three. Can't wait to see Rome someday soon.
Susan W from The British Isles, Europe on February 09, 2014:
Very nice hub, Melanie! Europe is a beautiful continent with so many cities to explore. My favourite city is Paris and I would like to visit Rome some day too.
This is a very well-written hub and contains some lovely photos! I will definitely be coming back to this should I make a journey to one of the cities here. Voted up +++ and shared.
Albert on August 14, 2013:
This is a nice plan. However, I have never been to Europe before so I am not clear about the transportation. How do I travel from city to city? (car/rail?) Inside each city (car/bus?) Or do you recommend some city by bus and some city got to rent a car?
Andrew from Canton, Ohio on February 21, 2013:
I would like to spend at least a week in each place even if I had to cut some cities out. That way I can really get to know each place and not just the main sites. It's better to have time to relax and really enjoy yourself instead of rushing around.
Marie Hurt from New Orleans, LA on February 11, 2013:
I have only been to England and would love to see more of Europe. Hard to pick out what you would see in only 2 weeks. You did a good job.
Suzy sparks on January 05, 2013:
Great guide with a lot to cover in a very short time. As a European I've been to most of these cities and without doubt Rome has been my favourite spot. It's an amazing city so even 3 days seem too short if you want to visit Vatican as well. I also encourage those planning a trip to include my hometown, Budapest on their way to enjoy the thermal baths and the sights by the Danube river.
Kathleen Cochran from Atlanta, Georgia on December 26, 2012:
This is a great guide! I'd hate to miss Versailles in Paris, but that would add a day for sure, just getting out there. Add too many days like that and you'd blow your schedule, which is a very good one. This hub is a Must Read for anyone dreaming of travel.
citygetaway from France on December 18, 2012:
Nice hub! I always wonder about Bruges, I saw a movie (before that I have never heard anything about Bruges) and I would love to visit it during my Europe road trip! Voted up and useful!
Sarah AtHome on December 03, 2012:
What a fantastic hub! I'm planning a trip to Europe next spring with a friend, and you offer some great suggestions. I would add that if you're in London you shouldn't miss the Natural History Museum. It's one of the most beautifully ornate buildings there. It's just a few blocks (around the corner) from the Albert monument in Hyde Park on Cromwell Rd. Shared, voted up and useful!
John Patrick Baumann from St. Louis on November 28, 2012:
Absolutely love it. I just finished a year abroad in Wales traveling extensively throughout the mainland. Just love how accessible the whole continent is. Been to all the places you mentioned and your descriptions just make me want to go back! I would have thrown in some of the other basilicas in Roma to hit while cruising between destinations. Some of them, like Marie Maggorie, are a must see in my opinion. Looks like you've traveled a lot though! I look forward to reading more of your travel hubs!
freecampingaussie from Southern Spain on November 21, 2012:
Hi ! I am exhausted just reading this lol.. Great for those in a hurry and I was pleased you mentioned Anne Franks Museum as I want to go there like I mentioned earlier We will be spending longer and visiting more places but still some great tips for us , Will vote you up again . I keep reading as we are planning to leave in March !
Dink96 from Phoenix, AZ on July 29, 2012:
Lovely hub. I'm planning my first trip across the pond for October and am spending 2 wks in Paris/Normandy alone. I can't wait!
freecampingaussie from Southern Spain on June 25, 2012:
I am planning on flying to Greece and working our way around from there . I have spent time in Europe before but my husband hasn't . The Anne Frank museum is on my list . I will bookmark this page to refer to !
Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon from United Kingdom on May 04, 2012:
I completely agree with MelnChina. London's OK just to say you've been but to see the real England, you've got to travel to the countryside. I think England is at it's most beautiful right now with the flowers blooming and the land coming back to life. There are also some lovely beaches here.
MeInChina on May 03, 2012:
Ooh I miss Europe now! I'm English and I would say it's fin to miss London - you want to travel further north, try York and throw in a few days in the Lake District. This is where England's pretty.
I also think this represents an odd view of Europe. We don't love our big cities so why visit them all? Particularly in France, the real beautiful bits are in the countryside, Franche Comte for example
Melanie Chisnall from Cape Town, South Africa on April 28, 2012:
This would be a dream come true, and I agree with you - I could just take those 2 weeks and explore Italy all on its own! :)
Kelly Umphenour from St. Louis, MO on April 12, 2012:
I think it sounds perfect - you buy - I'll fly!
Beautiful trip plans - I really wish I could take two weeks off and go with the family!
emilybee on April 12, 2012:
Great itineracy of Europe! Never been, I hope to someday though. The pictures are so beautiful. Excellent hub and voted up.
LauraGT from MA on April 09, 2012:
Sounds amazing! I've been to all the places listed, and think any of them alone could make a week long vacation easily, but if you want a taste of Europe, this is great advice! I might add Prague and Lucerne as other must-see European cities.
Melanie Palen (author) from Midwest, USA on April 09, 2012:
Diogenes, leaving off Britain was my thought exactly, but I figured that many American readers wouldn't find it well-rounded without a trip to London. When I went to Europe, we did Eastern Europe (the family I went with is Hungarian) and then stopped off in London on the way home. In hindsight, we could have lengthened our mainland Europe trip and skipped England. Although, I DID have fun in London, my friend and I almost cried leaving Budapest! So beautiful!
Melanie Palen (author) from Midwest, USA on April 09, 2012:
I know what you're saying, SarahDC, I miss Europe too! I definitely was thinking about putting Greece in instead of Amsterdam, but wanted to help my readers save on travel costs by keeping it fairly centralized.
In writing this I realized that I couldn't probably easily spend just two weeks in Italy alone! It's been a dream of mine to visit the coastal towns, wander around Rome forever, maybe hit up Venice. I'm trying to convince my sister to go with me next winter, but she would prefer to visit friends in France. :P
sarahdc from California on April 05, 2012:
This made me miss Europe! I would try to put Greece in the itinerary -- Santorini is just beautiful!
Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon from United Kingdom on April 02, 2012:
Well planned, if exhausting itinerary. I would definitely recommend this to someone who is pressed for time and just want to visit the iconic spots.
Well done. Voted up and useful.
diogenes from UK and Mexico on April 02, 2012:
Pretty thorough coverage with limited time.
For me, Madrid and/or Barcelona would be on the itinery, as would be Bruges in Belgium.
I would miss Britain, but North Americans naturally would't want to do that.
Trouble is, of course, you see so much that it becomes a blur, that's why it's good to write a diary and take plenty of pics/videos.
I like you new profile pic by the way.
skymaster on April 01, 2012:
Really really good. But in my opinion Amsterdam is to be skipped and after Italy head westwards to Greece and Turkey.