How to Travel Europe in a Month + Places to Visit

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  • LAST UPDATED: JUNE 3, 2021

Europe is a diverse continent made up of 4 subregions, 44 countries, and over 800 cities.

One month is more than enough time to visit all significant cities in Europe, spend a few days in each, and immerse yourself in several different cultures.

This article will provide you with the best travel itinerary so that you can get the most out of your 4-week stay in the ‘old world’.’

Things to keep in mind

For the most part, the 44 countries of Europe are well connected with public transport, making travel in Europe straightforward and affordable.

However, your means of transportation, the time of year you intend to travel, and your budget play a significant role in planning your European itinerary.

Let’s break them down

  • Means of Transportation

There are several different ways to travel between the main capital cities of Europe, including via planes, trains, buses, and taxis.

The most flexible means of traveling between cities is by train. Aircraft may be faster, but they can be challenging, as they often involve traveling out of town at awkward hours.

Train stations tend to be located in the city center, are affordable, and offer regular services.

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  • Budget

You should organize your budget depending on where in Europe to visit.

If you’re visiting Europe for the first time, you’re likely going to the main cities - Paris, Rome, Brussels, etc.-you should budget a lot, as these cities are pricey.

First-time visitors to Paris, for example, spend around €200 per day. It is possible to spend less by opting for hostels over hotels.

All in, you can travel Europe successfully within a month for €1,500 - €2,000.

  • Months of the year and what to expect
  • January - February: The coldest months to travel Europe. Expect plenty of snow in most capital cities, as well as rain and sleet. 
  • March: Expect mild temperatures, ideal for exploring cities and some countryside. 
  • April - May: Mild temperatures, suitable for exploring landmarks. 
  • June: Experience summer in Europe without things feeling too crowded. 
  • July - August: Experience a European summer in full swing.
  • September: Good if you want to explore Europe with mild temperatures and smaller crowds. 
  • October - November: the official start of the off-season. 
  • December: Visit Europe in the latter half of December. You can expect cities to be as bustling as they are at the peak of summer. 
  • What places to visit

This is far from a comprehensive list, but we’ve included some European destinations you can’t afford to miss, as well as some details about what you can do, what you can eat, and how expensive they are in our 1 to 5 scale (1 being ‘cheapest’ and 5 ‘most expensive’).

Vamos!

Paris

Paris is a must for first-time visitors to Europe. You can easily immerse yourself in Parisian culture within 3-4 days. Paris is 5/5 expensive.

What to do

Visit all of Paris’ famous museums, including the Louvre and the Palace of Versailles. Scale the Eiffel Tower. Hang out in the trendy Le Marais.

What to Eat

Baguette, pain au chocolat, macarons.

Paris

Nice

Get a real sense of France by visiting its famous Riviera. Spend only two days here as it’s also 5/5 expensive.

What to do

Enjoy some beach days, explore the surrounding quaint seaside towns.

What to eat

Lots of seafood.

nice city

Barcelona

A tourist epicenter, Barcelona deserves 2-3 days of your time. Barcelona is 3/5 expensive.

What to do

Admire the city’s diverse architecture and explore the famed gothic quarter

What to eat

Bombas and paella

barcelona

Venice

The historic city of Venice is worth spending 2-3 days in and is 4 /5 in terms of expenses.

What to do

Ride around its stunning canals, admire its art

What to eat

Cheap pizza and expensive risotto

venice

Zagreb

Get a taste of Eastern Europe by visiting Zagreb for 1-2 days. Zagreb is 1 /5 in terms of expenses.

What to do

Explore its off-beat streets, immerse yourself in the city’s cafe culture

What to eat

Traditional Balkan cuisine - expect a lot of meat

Zagreb

Budapest

Party in Budapest for 2-3 days cheaply, with expenses being only 2 /5.

What to do

Party at the city’s ruin bars, and recuperate in the luxurious spas

What to eat

Goulash

budapest

Prague

1-2 days is good enough to explore Prague, on a budget of 2 /5 expenses.

What to do

Admire baroque architecture, castles, and cathedrals.

What to eat

Sauerkraut soup

prague

Berlin

Explore the vibrant city of Berlin in 3-4 days, on a budget of around 4 /5.

What to do

Admire the graffiti along the Berlin Wall and explore the city’s rich parks and party until the early hours

What to eat

Lots of currywurst

berlin

Amsterdam

1-2 days is all you need for Amsterdam, with expenses being around 3 /5.

What to do

Visit the Van Gogh Museum and go on a canal tour

What to eat

Herring

amsterdam

Brussels

Brussels is big, but you only need 1-2 days to see its main attractions. It is expensive, however, being around 5/5 expensive most of the time.

What to do

Sample world-famous Belgian beers straight from the source and visit the city’s extensive chocolate factories

What to eat

French fries - a Belgian invention

brussels

Conclusion

Europe has so much to offer, and hopefully, by following the above itinerary, you will be given a taste for its diversity.

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