15 days in Austria & Eastern Europe Itinerary

15 days in Austria & Eastern Europe Itinerary

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15 days in Austria & Eastern Europe Itinerary

Start: Florence, Italy
train:  6​h 30​min
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Innsbruck, Austria
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h
2
Salzburg, Austria
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Hallstatt, Austria
— 1 night
bus + train:  7​h
4
Bled, Slovenia
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Maribor, Slovenia
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
6
Zagreb, Croatia
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
7
Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
9
Kotor, Montenegro
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
10
Zabljak, Montenegro
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  5​h
11
Budapest, Hungary
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
12
Bratislava, Slovakia
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
13
Vienna, Austria
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
14
Krakow, Poland
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
15
Prague, Czech Republic
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Florence, Italy

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Innsbruck, Austria

Innsbruck ©
Nestled in a valley between snowcapped peaks, Innsbruck evokes visions of a winter wonderland.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): admire the landmark architecture of The Golden Roof (Goldenes Dachl) and then take in panoramic vistas at Town Tower (Stadtturm).

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Innsbruck online holiday planner .

Florence, Italy to Innsbruck is an approximately 5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. Traveling from Florence in January, things will get little chillier in Innsbruck: highs are around 3°C and lows about -5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Salzburg.

Things to do in Innsbruck

Museums
Highlights from your plan
The Golden Roof (Goldenes Dachl) ©
The Golden Roof (Goldenes Dachl)
Town Tower (Stadtturm) ©
Town Tower (Stadtturm)

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Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
On the 18th (Sat), step into the grandiose world of Schloss Hellbrunn, contemplate the long history of Salzburger Altstadt, pause for some serene contemplation at Salzburg Cathedral, then take some stellar pictures from Fortress Hohensalzburg, then steep yourself in history at Mozarts Geburtshaus, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Mirabell Palace.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Salzburg trip itinerary planning website .

Take a train from Innsbruck to Salzburg in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In January, daytime highs in Salzburg are 4°C, while nighttime lows are -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can go by car to Hallstatt.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Fortress Hohensalzburg ©
Fortress Hohensalzburg
Salzburg Cathedral ©
Salzburg Cathedral
Mirabell Palace ©
Mirabell Palace

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night
Hallstatt, Austria

Hallstatt ©
Historically known for the production of salt, Halstatt's fine architecture reflects the small village's salt mining legacy.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): get to know the fascinating history of Old Town, then contemplate the waterfront views at Hallstatter See, then take in panoramic vistas at Hallstatt Skywalk "Welterbeblick", and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hallstatt Lutheran Church.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Hallstatt travel app .

Getting from Salzburg to Hallstatt by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can go by car to Bled.

Things to do in Hallstatt

Historic Sites Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Old Town ©
Old Town
Hallstatter See ©
Hallstatter See
Hallstatt Skywalk ©
Hallstatt Skywalk "Welterbeblick"

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night
Bled, Slovenia

Bled ©
The most popular resort in Slovenia, Bled is marked by its iconic church steeple and medieval castle on glacial Lake Bled.
On the 20th (Mon), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Triglav National Park and then step into the grandiose world of Bled Castle.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Bled route builder website .

Getting from Hallstatt to Bled by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Bled are 4°C, while nighttime lows are -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to drive to Maribor.

Things to do in Bled

Outdoors Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Triglav National Park ©
Triglav National Park
Bled Castle ©
Bled Castle

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Maribor, Slovenia

Maribor ©
Cycling may be one of the best ways to tour Maribor, a great base for exploring the surrounding area and conquering Pohorje Mountains.
On the 21st (Tue), learn about winemaking at Ramsak Winery, don't miss a visit to Lutkovno gledalisce Maribor, fly down the slopes at Mariborsko Pohorje Ski Resort, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Plague Column, then test your team's savvy at Escape Room Enigmarium Maribor, and finally make a trip to Vetrinjski dvor.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Maribor route tool .

You can drive from Bled to Maribor in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In January in Maribor, expect temperatures between 5°C during the day and -4°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel to Zagreb.

Things to do in Maribor

Wineries Outdoors Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Escape Room Enigmarium Maribor ©
Escape Room Enigmarium Maribor
Mariborsko Pohorje Ski Resort ©
Mariborsko Pohorje Ski Resort
Vinogradi Horvat ©
Vinogradi Horvat

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Zagreb, Croatia

Zagreb boasts a combination of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture, but it is beloved for its outdoor cafe culture.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): enjoy some friendly competition at Bowling Bar, have some family-friendly fun at Sensperience, examine the collection at Typhlological Museum, then admire the landmark architecture of Academy of Music, and finally test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Zagreb online journey planner .

You can drive from Maribor to Zagreb in 2 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Zagreb can reach 5°C, while at night they dip to -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can travel to Mostar.

Things to do in Zagreb

Fun & Games Museums
Highlights from your plan
Room Escape Games
Sensperience ©
Sensperience
Typhlological Museum ©
Typhlological Museum

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Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Mostar ©
Famed for its 16th-century bridge, Mostar boasts a rich cultural and architectural heritage.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): make a trip to Spanish square, get great views at Hum, don't miss a visit to Mostar Peace Bell Tower, get engrossed in the history at Old Bridge Museum, then shop like a local with Bosnaseum, and finally don't miss a visit to Mehmed Karadoz Moschee.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Mostar tour itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by flight from Zagreb to Mostar takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Zagreb in January, expect Mostar to be a bit warmer, temps between 11°C and 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Mostar

Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Art Studio Pandur ©
Art Studio Pandur
Spanish square ©
Spanish square
Hum ©
Hum

1
night
Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik ©
Along the Dalmation Coast, the city of Dubrovnik has become famous for its pedestrian-only Old Town surrounded by fortress walls, and its historical heft has earned it World Heritage Site status.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): see Off-Road Tours, appreciate the extensive heritage of Dubrovnik City Walls, then take in the exciting artwork at Art by Stjepko, and finally wander the streets of Old Town.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Dubrovnik online journey maker .

You can drive from Mostar to Dubrovnik in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and car; or take a bus. Traveling from Mostar in January, Dubrovnik is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Kotor.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Neighborhoods Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Old Town ©
Old Town
Dubrovnik City Walls ©
Dubrovnik City Walls
Off-Road Tours

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Kotor, Montenegro

Kotor ©
Perched on the edge of a fjord-like bay rimmed by rugged mountains, Kotor grew around a medieval settlement purposely built like a maze.
On the 25th (Sat), pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Joseph, examine the collection at Namfleg, cruise along Viewing Point at the Road Kotor-Lovcen, take in panoramic vistas at Kampana Tower, then contemplate the waterfront views at Bay of Kotor, and finally admire the striking features of St. Tryphon Cathedral.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Kotor travel route site .

You can drive from Dubrovnik to Kotor in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Dubrovnik in January, Kotor is slightly colder at night with lows of 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Zabljak.

Things to do in Kotor

Nature Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Bay of Kotor ©
Bay of Kotor
St. Tryphon Cathedral ©
St. Tryphon Cathedral
Kampana Tower ©
Kampana Tower

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Zabljak, Montenegro

Zabljak ©
Žabljak is a small town in northern Montenegro. On the 26th (Sun), get outside with Adventure Park Durmitor, contemplate the waterfront views at Valovito Lake, and then stroll through Bobotov Kuk.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Zabljak trip builder site .

Drive from Kotor to Zabljak in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Zabljak

Nature Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Bobotov Kuk ©
Bobotov Kuk
Adventure Park Durmitor ©
Adventure Park Durmitor
Valovito Lake ©
Valovito Lake

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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 27th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Halaszbastya, steep yourself in history at Matthias Church, snap pictures at Szechenyi Chain Bridge, then ponder the world of politics at Hungarian Parliament Building, then pause for some photo ops at Hősök tere, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika).

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Budapest trip maker app .

Getting from Zabljak to Budapest by combination of car and flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 3°C in January, and nighttime lows around -4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can drive to Bratislava.

Things to do in Budapest

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

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night
Bratislava, Slovakia

Bratislava ©
Slovakia's capital, Bratislava, attracts visitors for its natural beauty and rich culture, offering a plethora of landscapes, outdoor activities, historical monuments, and a stately old town.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Michalska Brana, contemplate the long history of Devin Castle, wander the streets of Bratislava Old Town, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Martin's Cathedral (Dom svateho Martina), and finally explore the historical opulence of Bratislava Castle.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Bratislava trip itinerary maker tool .

You can drive from Budapest to Bratislava in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In January in Bratislava, expect temperatures between 3°C during the day and -3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Vienna.

Things to do in Bratislava

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
Highlights from your plan
Devin Castle ©
Devin Castle
Bratislava Castle ©
Bratislava Castle
Bratislava Old Town ©
Bratislava Old Town

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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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at St. Stephen's Cathedral, examine the collection at Imperial Palace (Hofburg), then explore the world behind art at Silberkammer, then admire the striking features of Schonbrunn Palace, and finally admire the masterpieces at Belvedere Palace.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Vienna route maker site .

You can drive from Bratislava to Vienna in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In January in Vienna, expect temperatures between 3°C during the day and -3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to travel to Krakow.

Things to do in Vienna

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

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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.
On the 30th (Thu), steep yourself in history at Wieliczka Salt Mine, get to know the fascinating history of Wawel Royal Castle, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Wawel Cathedral, then take in panoramic vistas at Town Hall Tower, and finally don't miss a visit to Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Krakow trip itinerary app .

You can fly from Vienna to Krakow in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In January, daily temperatures in Krakow can reach 1°C, while at night they dip to -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Wieliczka Salt Mine
Highlights from your plan
Wawel Cathedral ©
Wawel Cathedral
Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square ©
Wawel Royal Castle ©
Wawel Royal Castle

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Fri): step into the grandiose world of Prague Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Vitus Cathedral, then wander the streets of StaromEstske namEsti, then take some stellar pictures from Prague Astronomical Clock, and finally snap pictures at Charles Bridge.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Prague vacation planning site .

Fly from Krakow to Prague in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 2°C in January, and nighttime lows around -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Staromestske namesti ©
Staromestske namesti
Charles Bridge
Charles Bridge
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle

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