13 days in Central Europe Itinerary

13 days in Central Europe Itinerary

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13 days in Central Europe Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles, United States
Fly:  16 h 30 min
1
Berlin, Germany
— 1 day
Drive:  3 h 30 min
2
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h
3
Vienna, Austria
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Budapest, Hungary
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  4 h 30 min
5
Krakow, Poland
— 1 night
Fly:  4 h 30 min
6
Zurich, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Fly:  13 h 45 min
End: Los Angeles, United States

1
day
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 13th (Sat): make a trip to Brandenburg Gate, don't miss a visit to Potsdamer Platz, then gain insight at The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, and finally ponder the world of politics at Reichstag Building.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Berlin road trip planning app .

Los Angeles, USA to Berlin is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from Los Angeles to Berlin. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Prague.

Things to do in Berlin

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Potsdamer Platz ©
Potsdamer Platz
Reichstag Building ©
Reichstag Building
Brandenburg Gate ©
Brandenburg Gate

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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): wander the streets of Mala strana, then get to know the fascinating history of Prague Castle, and then wander the streets of Old Town Square. On the 15th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at Artel, take in the exciting artwork at Lobkowicz Palace, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Vitus Cathedral, then admire the striking features of Prague Astronomical Clock, and finally don't miss a visit to Charles Bridge.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Prague day trip planner .

Drive from Berlin to Prague in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 78°F in July, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
Lesser Town
Lesser Town
Prague Astronomical Clock ©
Prague Astronomical Clock

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at St. Stephen's Cathedral, tour the pleasant surroundings at Schonbrunn Palace, and then browse the eclectic array of goods at Vienna Naschmarkt. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at Xocolat, then see the interesting displays at Imperial Palace (Hofburg), then admire the masterpieces at Belvedere Palace, and finally wander the streets of Graben and Kohlmarkt.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Vienna trip maker .

Traveling by flight from Prague to Vienna takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in July, and nighttime lows around 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Budapest.

Things to do in Vienna

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Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
Vienna Naschmarkt ©
Vienna Naschmarkt
Graben and Kohlmarkt ©
Graben and Kohlmarkt

3
nights
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.
Head to Central Market Hall and Koller Galleryfor some retail therapy. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Fisherman's Bastion, see the interesting displays at House of Terror Museum, wander the streets of Vaci Street, and take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika).

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Budapest itinerary tool .

Traveling by train from Vienna to Budapest takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Krakow.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Shopping Spas
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Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Thermal Spas
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church

1
night
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 21st (Sun): wander the streets of Stare Miasto, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Mary's Basilica, then buy something for everyone on your list at Cloth Hall (Sukiennice), and finally get to know the fascinating history of Main Market Square.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Krakow trip tool .

Traveling by flight from Budapest to Krakow takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Budapest in July, expect nights in Krakow to be about the same, around 56°F, while days are slightly colder, around 78°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Krakow

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Shopping
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Stare Miasto ©
Stare Miasto
Sukiennice (Cloth Hall) ©
Sukiennice (Cloth Hall)
Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square ©

3
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
For shopping fun, head to Bahnhofstrasse or Altstadt Luzern. Visit Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen and Ufschotti Park for some beach relaxation. Change things up with a short trip to Lake Lucerne in Lucerne (about 46 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Strandbad Mythenquai, stop by Uhrenmuseum Beyer Zürich, buy something for everyone on your list at Hauptbahnhof, and get engrossed in the history at Swiss National Museum.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Zurich trip planner .

You can fly from Krakow to Zurich in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 78°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Lucerne
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Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen ©
Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen
Bahnhofstrasse ©
Bahnhofstrasse
Altstadt Luzern ©
Altstadt Luzern

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