12 days in Central Europe Itinerary

12 days in Central Europe Itinerary

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12 days in Central Europe Itinerary

Start: Budapest, Hungary
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Budapest, Hungary
— 1 night
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Vienna, Austria
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
3
Salzburg, Austria
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Munich, Germany
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Berlin, Germany
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
7
Krakow, Poland
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Budapest, Hungary

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Budapest, Hungary

Budapest ©
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 14th (Tue), don't miss a visit to Halaszbastya, steep yourself in history at Matthias Church, then snap pictures at Szechenyi Chain Bridge, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), and finally admire the striking features of Hungarian Parliament Building. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Hősök tere, see the interesting displays at House of Terror Museum, then steep yourself in history at Liberty Statue, and finally explore the world behind art at Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria).

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Budapest driving holiday app .

If you are flying in from Hungary, the closest major airport is Budapest Liszt Ferenc International Airport. April in Budapest sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 5°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Vienna.

Things to do in Budapest

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Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Hungarian Parliament Building ©
Hungarian Parliament Building
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church

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Vienna, Austria

Vienna ©
The cultural, economic, and political center of the country, Vienna has developed from its early Celtic and Roman roots into a medieval and Baroque city, with an old town that was designated a World Heritage Site in 2001.
On the 16th (Thu), take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Stephen's Cathedral, then admire the landmark architecture of Schonbrunn Palace, then meet the residents at Schönbrunn Zoo, and finally don't miss a visit to Stephansplatz. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Fri): examine the collection at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, then explore the world behind art at Belvedere Palace, and then examine the collection at Imperial Palace (Hofburg).

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Vienna trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by train from Budapest to Vienna takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April in Vienna, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 6°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel to Salzburg.

Things to do in Vienna

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Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral
Belvedere Palace ©
Belvedere Palace

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Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): step into the grandiose world of Schloss Hellbrunn, take some stellar pictures from Fortress Hohensalzburg, then pause for some serene contemplation at Salzburg Cathedral, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Mirabell Palace.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Salzburg trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Vienna to Salzburg takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in April, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can go by car to Munich.

Things to do in Salzburg

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Fortress Hohensalzburg ©
Fortress Hohensalzburg
Mirabell Palace ©
Mirabell Palace
Salzburg Cathedral ©
Salzburg Cathedral

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Munich, Germany

Munich ©
Often described as the city of laptops and lederhosen, Munich is an international center of business, engineering, research, and medicine that still maintains a rich cultural heritage and age-old traditions.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): admire the natural beauty at English Garden, then steep yourself in history at Nymphenburg Palace, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Frauenkirche. On the 20th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael's Church, then examine the collection at Munich Residenz, then engage your brain at Deutsches Museum, and finally don't miss a visit to Marienplatz.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Munich trip maker app .

Traveling by car from Salzburg to Munich takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in April, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel to Berlin.

Things to do in Munich

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Nymphenburg Palace ©
Nymphenburg Palace
Marienplatz ©
Marienplatz
English Garden ©
English Garden

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Berlin, Germany

The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
On the 21st (Tue), admire the masterpieces at Pergamonmuseum, get a sense of history and politics at Reichstag Building, then pause for some photo ops at The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, and finally make a trip to Brandenburg Gate. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, see the interesting displays at Topography of Terror, and then get your game on at WINDOBONA Indoor Skydiving Berlin.

For ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Berlin sightseeing website .

Traveling by flight from Munich to Berlin takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can drive to Prague.

Things to do in Berlin

Museums Tours Fun & Games
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Walking tours
Brandenburg Gate ©
Brandenburg Gate
Reichstag Building ©
Reichstag Building

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Prague, Czech Republic

Prague ©
Prague lures millions of tourists each year with its World Heritage-listed medieval city center--a labyrinth of narrow lanes, bridges, cathedrals, and palaces overlooked by a thousand-year-old castle.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): step into the grandiose world of Prague Castle, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Vitus Cathedral, then steep yourself in history at Prague Astronomical Clock, and finally snap pictures at Charles Bridge. On the 24th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, then take a stroll through StaromEstske namEsti, and then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Prague day trip planning website .

Drive from Berlin to Prague in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Krakow.

Things to do in Prague

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Highlights from your plan
StaromEstske namEsti ©
StaromEstske namEsti
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
Charles Bridge
Charles Bridge

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Krakow, Poland

Krakow ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): get to know the fascinating history of Wawel Royal Castle, then admire the landmark architecture of St. Mary's Basilica, then contemplate the long history of Wawel Cathedral, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Krakow trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by flight from Prague to Krakow takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In April, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites
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Wawel Cathedral ©
Wawel Cathedral
Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square ©
Wawel Royal Castle ©
Wawel Royal Castle

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