14 days in Finland & Central Europe Itinerary

14 days in Finland & Central Europe Itinerary

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14 days in Finland & Central Europe Itinerary

Start: Helsinki, Finland
1
Helsinki, Finland
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Tampere, Finland
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 15​min
3
Berlin, Germany
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Prague, Czech Republic
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h
5
Vienna, Austria
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Helsinki, Finland

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Helsinki, Finland

Helsinki ©
Finland's largest and most populated metropolis, the maritime town of Helsinki boasts varied architecture, a lively cafe culture, and plethora of picturesque natural delights.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), make a trip to Senate Square, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, then admire the landmark architecture of Helsinki Central Railway Station, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Helsinki trip maker .

If you are flying in from Finland, the closest major airport is Helsinki Vantaa Airport. In December, plan for daily highs up to 3°C, and evening lows to -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can catch the train to Tampere.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites
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Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral
Senate Square ©
Senate Square

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night
Tampere, Finland

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): stroll through Riihiniemen Uimaranta and then enjoy breathtaking views from Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower.

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

Take a train from Helsinki to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Helsinki in December, with highs in Tampere at 0°C and lows at -6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Berlin.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©

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nights
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 23rd (Mon), admire the masterpieces at Pergamonmuseum, ponder the world of politics at Reichstag Building, and then pause for some photo ops at Brandenburg Gate. Here are some ideas for day two: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, then appreciate the history behind The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, and then pause for some photo ops at Victory Column (Siegessaule).

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Berlin journey planner.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Tampere to Berlin in 6.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Tampere to Berlin. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Prague.

Things to do in Berlin

Tours Museums
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Walking tours
Brandenburg Gate ©
Brandenburg Gate

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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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Hradcany and Food Tours. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to StaromEstske namEsti, take in the spiritual surroundings of Spanish Synagogue, snap pictures at Charles Bridge, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can 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 December in Prague, expect temperatures between 5°C during the day and 0°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Tours Neighborhoods
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Hradcany ©
Hradcany
Spas
Lesser Town
Lesser Town

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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Rathausplatz and Rathaus. There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Schonbrunn Palace, get to know the resident critters at Schönbrunn Zoo, make a trip to Stephansplatz, and take a stroll through Graben and Kohlmarkt.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Vienna trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by flight from Prague to Vienna takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December in Vienna, expect temperatures between 5°C during the day and 0°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can catch the train to Budapest.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums
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Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
Graben and Kohlmarkt ©
Graben and Kohlmarkt
Rathausplatz ©
Rathausplatz

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Budapest, Hungary

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 2nd (Thu): contemplate the long history of Halaszbastya, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Matthias Church, then snap pictures at Szechenyi Chain Bridge, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Hungarian Parliament Building. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some photo ops at Hősök tere, then boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, and then snap pictures at Liberty Bridge (Szabadsag hid).

For other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Budapest trip maker .

Traveling by train from Vienna to Budapest takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Budapest are 3°C, while nighttime lows are -4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Budapest

Spas Historic Sites
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Thermal Spas
Hungarian Parliament Building ©
Hungarian Parliament Building
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya

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