In November 2014, I decided to leave my comfortable home in Kuala Lumpur and embarked on one month journey to Europe. Yes, I ventured with my partner. We have seen 8 countries, hiked the Swiss and Austria alps, indulged in exotic cuisine, ride numerous scenic trains across the countries. It was one of the best time of our life.
Table of Contents
- 1 Paris- France
- 2 Basel-Switzerland
- 3 Bern-Switzerland
- 4 Lauterbrunnen-Switzerland
- 5 Murren- Switzerland
- 6 Lucerne-Switzerland
- 7 Mount Titlis-Switzerland
- 8 Milan-Italy
- 9 Florence- Italy
- 10 Pisa- Italy
- 11 Vatican City
- 12 Rome- Italy
- 13 Venice- Italy
- 14 Innsbruck- Austria
- 15 Salzburg- Austria
- 16 Hallstatt-Austria
- 17 Munich- Germany
- 18 Frankfurt- Germany
- 19 Amsterdam- The Netherlands
- 20 Zaanse Schans- The Netherlands
- 21 Brussels- Belgium
From Paris, we took a scenic train ride to Basel. After keeping luggages in the train station locker, we started to explore this lovely town.
Bern- UNESCO World Heritage Site
Wandering through the picture-postcard Old Town with its laid-back air, it’s hard to believe that Bern is the capital of Switzerland!
Most of the shops and places closed in Bern on Sunday, and we decided to up to the Gurten Hill as an alternative. A great spectacular view overlooking the Swiss Alps. It’s not touristy at all, and we’re the only Asian here…
Walking down the hill through the woods is a great experience!
Bern is my favourite city in Switzerland hands down. The nature, the laid-back culture and the picturesque Old Town will make you want to stay here forever. But i can’t, it’s too pricey.
We stayed two nights in this beautiful valley, surrounded by majestic mountain Alps and waterfalls.
The next morning, we catched this “Polar express” train to Jungfraujoch, the Top Of Europe!
It’s extremely cool and cold to walk in the glacier under the strong wind. And we made it!
This was an ad hoc adventure ~ 4-5hours hiking from Murren to Lauterbrunnen.
The epic view in Lake Lucerne
Cliff walking! I came all the way up to walk on this suspension bridge! And I wish it’s longer.
I think it’s overrated and too touristy.
Overlooking the Swiss Alps from Mount Titltis
We didn’t ski, but we took a ski lift ride for free.
The famous Milan Cathedral. After 4.5 hours train ride from Lucerne,we reached Milan in the evening. It’s crowded as expected, just be careful for pickpockets.
Fantastic view of the city of Florence from Piazzale Michelangelo.
We managed to visit the Uffizi Gallery Museum with half an hour queue! Not so bad though. It’s one of the world’s top art museums, housing some of the most important works of the Renaissance, including works by Leonardo da Vinci.
It’s about an hour train ride from Florence to Pisa. We climbed 294 steps to reach to the top of the Leaning Tower of Pisa, enjoying the great view of Pisa.
Vatican City is the smallest country in the world. One step cross the border from Rome,you are in Vatican city!
You are looking from the centre of the Colloseum.
The Roman Forum and Palatine Hill Rome, two of Rome’s must see sights.
*Tips: You can access both attractions using the same entrance ticket.
The Rialto Bridge is the most famous of the bridges that cross the Grand Canal. It’s pretty easy to navigate around. Most of the places are best to visit by foot. Of course, you may want to ride the Gondola for 80euro!
We bought the 1 day transport pass, which allows unlimited boat rides to Burano and Murano Island.
Our “First Christmas” experience – Christmas Carols, Christmas tree, Christmas market and first taste on the Hot red wine! Perfect!
We captured this picture from the top of the City Tower. We found the entrance to the tower by accident while looking for a toilet. Climbing 145steps to the top, we felt it’s well worth – enojoying the 360 panoramic view of the city.
It gives you a bird’s eye view directly onto the Golden Roof and the square of Altstadt. If you come at the daytime, you can view the surrounding mountains as well.
Yes, we spent half a day at the Innsbruck Alps doing nothing but to embrace the beauty.
Its beauty is indescribable, you gotta come here and see for yourself!
We’re above the sea of clouds. And we, really, did feel that time has stopped at the moment!
We took advantage to visit the Alpine Zoo (it’s included in the Innsbruck card), one hour just before it’s closed at 6pm!
We glad that we did it. First time seeing bear at such a close distant. There’re more alpine animals that we’ve seen for the first time.
It’s less than two hours train ride from Innsbruck to Salzburg. And here we’re- Salzburg, the birthplace of Mozart and setting for the film “The Sound of Music.”
Mirabell Palace and Garden
From Salzburg, we took a bus, a train and a boat ride to reach this quiet town. I decided to make all the way here after seeing those beautiful pictures in the webs.
Marienplatz- the heart of the city of Munich
English Garden- it’s huge, with kilometres of walking paths. We walked for almost two hours and it’s too cold to walk in the winter.
We spent the whole afternoon in the Allianz Arena, home to Bayern Munich.
For football fans!
It’s getting busy in the Christmas market.
Escape from the crowd and enjoy the night view.
Amsterdam- The Netherlands
Zaanse Schans- The Netherlands
Of course, we can’t miss the famous chocolates and waffles in Brussels.
From Brussels, we took a train to Paris and stayed another two nights before boarding our flight back home.
Do you enjoy reading my travel itinerary? Feel free to let me know in the comments if there’s anything or idea to improve for my future trips. And please do share any travel tips if you have! I love reading all.