15 days in Central Europe Itinerary

15 days in Central Europe Itinerary

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15 days in Central Europe Itinerary

Start: Phoenix, United States
Fly:  18​h 30​min
1
Munich, Germany
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Salzburg, Austria
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
3
Vienna, Austria
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
4
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
5
Prague, Czech Republic
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Berlin, Germany
— 3 nights
Fly:  17​h 15​min
End: Phoenix, United States

1
night
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 28th (Sun): admire the striking features of St. Peter's Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Marienplatz, then contemplate the waterfront views at English Garden, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Nymphenburg Palace.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Munich trip planner .

Phoenix, USA to Munich is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Phoenix to Munich is 8 hours. In June, Munich is much colder than Phoenix - with highs of 72°F and lows of 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Salzburg.

Things to do in Munich

Parks Historic Sites Museums
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Nymphenburg Palace ©
Nymphenburg Palace
English Garden ©
English Garden
Marienplatz ©
Marienplatz

2
nights
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 30th (Tue): step into the grandiose world of Schloss Hellbrunn, then take some stellar pictures from Fortress Hohensalzburg, then admire the landmark architecture of Salzburg Cathedral, and finally admire the natural beauty at Mirabell Palace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Salzburg Museum, browse the exhibits of Mozarts Geburtshaus, examine the collection at Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus), then steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Abbey (Stift St. Peter), and finally examine the collection at Red Bull Hangar-7.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Salzburg day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Munich to Salzburg takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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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.
On the 2nd (Thu), pause for some serene contemplation at St. Stephen's Cathedral, then explore the historical opulence of Schonbrunn Palace, then get to know the resident critters at Schönbrunn Zoo, and finally don't miss a visit to Stephansplatz. On the 3rd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, admire the masterpieces at Belvedere Palace, and then see the interesting displays at Imperial Palace (Hofburg).

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Vienna journey maker app .

You can fly from Salzburg to Vienna in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In July, daytime highs in Vienna are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to take a train to Budapest.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums
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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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Halaszbastya, contemplate the long history of Matthias Church, take in the views from Szechenyi Chain Bridge, then ponder the world of politics at Hungarian Parliament Building, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Hősök tere, examine the collection at House of Terror Museum, then steep yourself in history at Liberty Statue, and finally explore the world behind art at Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria).

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Budapest route planner.

Traveling by train from Vienna to Budapest takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Budapest are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel to Prague.

Things to do in Budapest

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

3
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.
Prague is known for historic sites, nightlife, museums, fun & games, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: wander the streets of StaromEstske namEsti, contemplate the long history of Vyšehrad National Cultural Monument, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and take some stellar pictures from Petřín.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Prague trip maker site .

You can fly from Budapest to Prague in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Budapest in July, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Prague: temperatures range from 78°F by day to 59°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Berlin.

Things to do in Prague

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

3
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.
Berlin is known for museums, historic sites, nightlife, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: pause for some photo ops at Brandenburg Gate, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Zoo Berlin, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and contemplate the long history of East Side Gallery.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Berlin trip itinerary builder website .

Getting from Prague to Berlin by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train. On the 11th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Berlin

Museums Zoos & Aquariums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Brandenburg Gate ©
Brandenburg Gate
Reichstag Building ©
Reichstag Building

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