14 days in Central Europe Itinerary

14 days in Central Europe Itinerary

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14 days in Central Europe Itinerary

Start: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
+2
bus + train + Fly:  11​h
1
Krakow, Poland
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
Berlin, Germany
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
4
Munich, Germany
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Salzburg, Austria
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
6
Vienna, Austria
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
7
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  10​h 15​min
End: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

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 12th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Wawel Royal Castle, admire the landmark architecture of St. Mary's Basilica, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wawel Cathedral, and finally make a trip to Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Krakow road trip site .

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates to Krakow is an approximately 11-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Gulf Standard Time to Central European Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Abu Dhabi in September; daily highs in Krakow reach 22°C and lows reach 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Berlin.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Wawel Cathedral ©
Wawel Cathedral
Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square ©
Wawel Royal Castle ©
Wawel Royal Castle

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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sun): examine the collection at Topographie des Terrors, don't miss a visit to Reichstag Building, then appreciate the history behind The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, and finally pause for some photo ops at Brandenburg Gate. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Pergamonmuseum, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and then contemplate the long history of East Side Gallery.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Berlin day trip tool .

Traveling by flight from Krakow to Berlin takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can go by car to Prague.

Things to do in Berlin

Museums Tours Historic Sites
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): take in the views from Charles Bridge, get great views at Prague Astronomical Clock, then don't miss a visit to StaromEstske namEsti, and finally get the lay of the land with Walking tours. On the next day, explore the historical opulence of Prague Castle, then admire the landmark architecture of Katedrala Svateho Vita, and then wander the streets of Lesser Town.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Prague road trip planner.

You can drive from Berlin to Prague in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a train. In September in Prague, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 12°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to travel to Munich.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Tours
Highlights from your plan
StaromEstske namEsti ©
StaromEstske namEsti
Charles Bridge
Charles Bridge
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle

2
nights
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 17th (Thu): take in nature's colorful creations at Nymphenburg Palace, engage your brain at Deutsches Museum, and then don't miss a visit to Marienplatz. On the next day, examine the collection at Munich Residenz, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael's Church, then take in panoramic vistas at Frauenkirche, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at English Garden.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Munich trip itinerary builder tool .

You can fly from Prague to Munich in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Salzburg.

Things to do in Munich

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Munich Residenz ©
Munich Residenz
Nymphenburg Palace ©
Nymphenburg Palace
Marienplatz ©
Marienplatz

2
nights
Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sat): examine the collection at Red Bull Hangar-7, step into the grandiose world of Schloss Hellbrunn, then admire the landmark architecture of Salzburg Cathedral, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Mirabell Palace. On your second day here, explore the galleries of Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus), take an in-depth tour of Mozarts Geburtshaus, then see the interesting displays at Salzburg Museum, then explore the galleries of Fortress Hohensalzburg, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter's Abbey (Stift St. Peter).

For traveler tips and more tourist information, refer to the Salzburg trip tool .

Traveling by car from Munich to Salzburg takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Fortress Hohensalzburg ©
Fortress Hohensalzburg
Mirabell Palace ©
Mirabell Palace
Schloss Hellbrunn ©
Schloss Hellbrunn

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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Stephen's Cathedral, explore the historical opulence of Schonbrunn Palace, then admire the masterpieces at Belvedere Palace, and finally make a trip to Stephansplatz. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue): examine the collection at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, see the interesting displays at Imperial Palace (Hofburg), and then get to know the resident critters at Schönbrunn Zoo.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Vienna trip builder site .

You can fly from Salzburg to Vienna in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. September in Vienna sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Budapest.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral
Belvedere Palace ©
Belvedere Palace

2
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.
On the 23rd (Wed), make a trip to Halaszbastya, take in the spiritual surroundings of Matthias Church, snap pictures at Szechenyi Chain Bridge, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), and finally ponder the world of politics at Hungarian Parliament Building.

For ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Budapest travel route planning site .

You can take a train from Vienna to Budapest in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in September, and nighttime lows around 13°C. On the 24th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Hungarian Parliament Building ©
Hungarian Parliament Building
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church

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