15 days in Central Europe Itinerary

15 days in Central Europe Itinerary

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15 days in Central Europe Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam, Holland
Fly:  4​h 30​min
1
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Krakow, Poland
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Budapest, Hungary
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
4
Vienna, Austria
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
5
Salzburg, Austria
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
7
Lucerne, Switzerland
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
End: Amsterdam, Holland

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Prague Castle and Prague Astronomical Clock. Head to Lobkowicz Palace and Moser Sales Galleryfor some retail therapy. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Prague: Kutna Hora (Sedlec Ossuary & St Barbara's Church). Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of StaromEstske namEsti, take in the spiritual surroundings of Spanish Synagogue, examine the collection at Prasna brana, and take in the views from Charles Bridge.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Prague holiday maker .

Amsterdam, Holland to Prague is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. June in Prague sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Krakow.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

St Barbara's Church
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Staromestske namesti ©
Staromestske namesti
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
St. Vitus Cathedral ©
St. Vitus Cathedral

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square. On the 5th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the extensive heritage of Wawel Royal Castle, then make a trip to St. Mary's Basilica, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wawel Cathedral, and finally hunt for treasures at Sukiennice (Cloth Hall).

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Krakow trip planner .

Getting from Prague to Krakow by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. In June in Krakow, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau
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Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau ©
Wawel Cathedral ©
Wawel Cathedral
Wawel Royal Castle ©
Wawel Royal Castle

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Halaszbastya and St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika). Discover out-of-the-way places like Liberty Statue and Vajdahunyad Castle (Vajdahunyadvar). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Matthias Church, look for gifts at Herend Porcelain - Hadik Shop, wander the streets of Andrassy Avenue, and view the masterpieces at Koller Gallery.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Budapest journey planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Krakow to Budapest takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Krakow in June, plan for somewhat warmer days in Budapest, with highs around 30°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Vienna.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods
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Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya

3
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Melk Abbey and Stephansplatz. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Schonbrunn Palace and Imperial Palace (Hofburg). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Belvedere Palace, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Stephen's Cathedral, explore the world behind art at Albertina, and wander the streets of Graben and Kohlmarkt.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Vienna trip site .

Take a train from Budapest to Vienna in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June in Vienna, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel to Salzburg.

Things to do in Vienna

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Melk Abbey
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St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral
Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
Melk Abbey ©
Melk Abbey

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 12th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Mozarts Geburtshaus, explore the historical opulence of Schloss Hellbrunn, then get great views at Fortress Hohensalzburg, and finally contemplate the long history of Salzburger Altstadt. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Alte furst-erzbischofliche Hofapotheke, take in the exciting artwork at Residenzgalerie Salzburg, admire the landmark architecture of Salzburg Cathedral, then steep yourself in history at Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus), and finally admire the striking features of Mirabell Palace.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Salzburg online vacation planner .

Traveling by flight from Vienna to Salzburg takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In June, daytime highs in Salzburg are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can drive to Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Fortress Hohensalzburg ©
Fortress Hohensalzburg
Schloss Hellbrunn ©
Schloss Hellbrunn
Salzburg Cathedral ©
Salzburg Cathedral

1
night
Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany

Garmisch-Partenkirchen ©
Nestled within the Bavarian Alps, Garmisch-Partenkirchen offers a classic mountain feel along with world-class winter sports.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): step into the grandiose world of Schloss Linderhof and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Zugspitze.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Garmisch-Partenkirchen tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Salzburg to Garmisch-Partenkirchen takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in June, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can drive to Lucerne.

Things to do in Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Winter Sports Parks Nature

Side Trip

Schloss Linderhof
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Schloss Linderhof ©
Schloss Linderhof
Zugspitze ©
Zugspitze

1
night
Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Mon): take in the awesome beauty at Mt Pilatus, wander the streets of Altstadt Luzern, then appreciate the history behind Lion Monument, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Lucerne.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Lucerne online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Garmisch-Partenkirchen to Lucerne takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a bus. June in Lucerne sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lucerne

Parks Nature Shopping
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Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Lake Lucerne ©
Lake Lucerne
Altstadt Luzern ©
Altstadt Luzern

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