11 days in Poland, Budapest & Szombathely Itinerary

11 days in Poland, Budapest & Szombathely Itinerary

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Budapest, Hungary
— 1 night
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Szombathely, Hungary
— 2 nights
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Zakopane, Poland
— 1 night
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Krakow, Poland
— 3 nights
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Warsaw, Poland
— 1 night
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Ostroda, Poland
— 2 nights
Drive to Gdańsk Lech Wałęsa Airport, Fly to Budapest Liszt Ferenc International Airport

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Budapest, Hungary

— 1 night

Pearl of the Danube

You might consider the city of Budapest, divided by the Danube River into two distinctive cities--Buda and Pest--to be essentially one large World Heritage Site.
On the 13th (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), see the interesting displays at House of Terror Museum, then appreciate the history behind Heroes' Square, and finally boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa. On your second day here, don't miss a visit to Fisherman's Bastion, steep yourself in history at Matthias Church, snap pictures at Szechenyi Lanchid, then appreciate the history behind Shoes on the Danube Bank, and finally admire the striking features of Hungarian Parliament Building.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Budapest day trip planning app.

If you are flying in from Hungary, the closest major aiport is Budapest Liszt Ferenc International Airport. August in Budapest sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Szombathely.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites · Spas · Museums

Szombathely, Hungary

— 2 nights
Szombathely is the 10th largest city in Hungary. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Jezus szive templom (Herz-Jesu-Pfarrkirche), contemplate the waterfront views at Csonakazo-to, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Abbey church of St George, then don't miss a visit to Szombathely Synagogue, and finally examine the collection at Iseum.

To see maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Szombathely journey maker website.

Drive from Budapest to Szombathely in 2.5 hours. In August in Szombathely, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel to Zakopane.

Things to do in Szombathely

Historic Sites · Nature · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Zakopane, Poland

— 1 night

Winter Capital of Poland

Home to Poland's indigenous Goral people, Zakopane sits at the foothill of the Tatra Mountains, an area serving as one of the country's most fashionable year-round vacation getaways.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Our Lady of Czestochowa and then admire the verdant scenery at Dolina Pieciu Stawow Polskich.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Zakopane tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Szombathely to Zakopane in 6 hours. In August, Zakopane is slightly colder than Szombathely - with highs of 28°C and lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Krakow.

Things to do in Zakopane

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Krakow, Poland

— 3 nights

Slavic Rome

One of Poland's oldest cities, Krakow sits at the foot of the Carpathian Mountains, its historical town center nestled on the left bank of the Vistula River.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Krakow: Oswiecim (Zamek Museum & Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Wieliczka Salt Mine, admire the landmark architecture of St. Mary's Basilica, appreciate the extensive heritage of Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square, and step into the grandiose world of Wawel Royal Castle.

To see photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Krakow trip builder site.

Traveling by car from Zakopane to Krakow takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Warsaw.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Warsaw, Poland

— 1 night

Phoenix City

Warsaw draws big crowds with its seemingly unstoppable energy, exemplified by the city's explosive nightlife and thriving music scene.
To find reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Warsaw online vacation builder.

You can take a train from Krakow to Warsaw in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In August, daytime highs in Warsaw are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Ostroda.

Things to do in Warsaw

Tours · Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Ostroda, Poland

— 2 nights
Ostróda is a town in Ostróda County in the Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship in Poland, with 33,191 inhabitants as of December 31, 2009.GeographyThe town lies in the west of the historic Masuria region on the Drwęca river, a right tributary of the Vistula. On the 22nd (Sun), see the interesting displays at Muzeum Budownictwa Ludowego - Park Etnograficzny, then contemplate the long history of City Hall, and then admire the striking features of Dohnow Palace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon): get engrossed in the history at Prisoners Camp and Olsztynek Museum.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Ostroda planning app.

Drive from Warsaw to Ostroda in 3 hours. On the 23rd (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ostroda

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Poland travel guide

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Historic Walking Areas · Historic Sites · Landmarks
A massive country in eastern Europe, Poland offers much to those who venture beyond the continent's more traditional touristic destinations. Dating back to the first millennium, the republic has over a thousand years of heritage to explore, including an abundance of World War II history. Bordered by Germany to the west and Ukraine and Belarus to the east, Poland was the rope in a game of tug of war between German Nazis and the Soviet Allied forces. Major cities like Krakow, Warsaw, Gdansk, Wroclaw, Lodz, Poznan, and Lublin are offer an array of cultural attractions. The infamous concentration camp Auschwitz, near Krakow, is a difficult experience but a must for anyone visiting the area. Be sure to sample hearty comfort foods rich in meat, cabbage, and spices--the Polish secret to making it through harsh winters.