13 days in Central Europe Itinerary

13 days in Central Europe Itinerary

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13 days in Central Europe Itinerary

Start: Madrid, Spain
Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
Berlin, Germany
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
3
Munich, Germany
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Salzburg, Austria
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
5
Vienna, Austria
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
6
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Madrid, Spain

2
nights
Berlin, Germany

Berlin ©
The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sat): meet the residents at AquaDom & SEA LIFE Berlin. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some photo ops at Brandenburg Gate, then pause for some photo ops at The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, then ponder the world of politics at Reichstag Building, and finally admire the masterpieces at Pergamonmuseum.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Berlin trip itinerary builder .

Madrid, Spain to Berlin is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can go by car to Prague.

Things to do in Berlin

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Brandenburg Gate ©
Brandenburg Gate
Reichstag Building ©
Reichstag Building

2
nights
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.
On the 27th (Tue), get the lay of the land with Walking tours, then wander the streets of StaromEstske namEsti, then get great views at Prague Astronomical Clock, and finally snap pictures at Charles Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step into the grandiose world of Prague Castle, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Katedrala Svateho Vita, and then wander the streets of Lesser Town.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Prague trip planner.

You can drive from Berlin to Prague in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to travel to Munich.

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StaromEstske namEsti ©
StaromEstske namEsti
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
Charles Bridge
Charles Bridge

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Thu): stroll through Nymphenburg Palace, get curious at Deutsches Museum, and then make a trip to Marienplatz. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Munich Residenz, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael's Church, then take in panoramic vistas at Frauenkirche, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at English Garden.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Munich road trip planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Prague to Munich takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Munich can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Salzburg.

Things to do in Munich

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

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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 31st (Sat): see the interesting displays at Red Bull Hangar-7, then step into the grandiose world of Schloss Hellbrunn, then admire the striking features of Salzburg Cathedral, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Mirabell Palace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus), browse the exhibits of Mozarts Geburtshaus, then examine the collection at Salzburg Museum, then take some stellar pictures from Fortress Hohensalzburg, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter's Abbey (Stift St. Peter).

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Salzburg driving holiday planner .

You can drive from Munich to Salzburg in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. August in Salzburg sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 16°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Salzburg

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Fortress Hohensalzburg ©
Fortress Hohensalzburg
Mirabell Palace ©
Mirabell Palace
Schloss Hellbrunn ©
Schloss Hellbrunn

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nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): don't miss a visit to St. Stephen's Cathedral, then explore the historical opulence of Schonbrunn Palace, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Schönbrunn Zoo, and finally make a trip to Stephansplatz. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Imperial Palace (Hofburg), admire the landmark architecture of Belvedere Palace, and then admire the masterpieces at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Vienna trip app .

Traveling by flight from Salzburg to Vienna takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can take a train to Budapest.

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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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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Halaszbastya, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Matthias Church, then snap pictures at Szechenyi Chain Bridge, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), and finally ponder the world of politics at Hungarian Parliament Building. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the history behind Hősök tere, see the interesting displays at House of Terror Museum, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Janoshegy, and finally steep yourself in history at Liberty Statue.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Budapest vacation maker .

Getting from Vienna to Budapest by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Budapest are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums
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Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Hungarian Parliament Building ©
Hungarian Parliament Building
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church

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