15 days in Central Europe Itinerary

15 days in Central Europe Itinerary

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Start: Montreal, Canada
Fly:  14 h
1
Krakow, Poland
— 1 night
Fly + Bus:  4 h 30 min
2
Budapest, Hungary
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Vienna, Austria
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h 30 min
4
Salzburg, Austria
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
5
Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
6
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Fly:  12 h
End: Montreal, Canada

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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Wawel Cathedral, admire the striking features of St. Mary's Basilica, and then steep yourself in history at Wieliczka Salt Mine. On the 7th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Wawel Royal Castle, then hunt for treasures at Sukiennice (Cloth Hall), and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square.

To see reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Krakow trip planner.

Montreal, Canada to Krakow is an approximately 14- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 6 hour difference. In May, daytime highs in Krakow are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Wieliczka Salt Mine
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Wawel Cathedral ©
Wawel Cathedral
Wieliczka Salt Mine ©
Wieliczka Salt Mine
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Liberty Statue and Vajdahunyad Castle (Vajdahunyadvar). Get some cultural insight at Fisherman's Bastion and House of Terror Museum. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Matthias Church, take in the exciting artwork at Koller Gallery, ponder the world of politics at Hungarian Parliament Building, and explore the world behind art at Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria).

For more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Budapest travel planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Krakow to Budapest in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in May, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Vienna.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Liberty Statue ©
Liberty Statue
Fisherman's Bastion ©
Fisherman's Bastion
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church

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 discover tucked-away gems like Albertina and Karlskirche. Let the collections at Belvedere Palace and The Hofburg capture your imagination. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, explore the historical opulence of Schonbrunn Palace, make a trip to Judenplatz Holocaust Memorial, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Stephen's Cathedral.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Vienna travel website.

Getting from Budapest to Vienna by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or fly. In May, daily temperatures in Vienna can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Salzburg.

Things to do in Vienna

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

3
nights
Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle and Salzburg Cathedral. Take a break from the city and head to Erlebniswelt Tauerngold and Edelkastanienwald und Waldlehrpfad. There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Schloss Hellbrunn, get engrossed in the history at Mozarts Geburtshaus, examine the collection at Salzburg Museum, and take in nature's colorful creations at Mirabell Palace.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Salzburg itinerary planner.

You can fly from Vienna to Salzburg in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In May in Salzburg, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Cesky Krumlov.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Edelkastanienwald und Waldlehrpfad, Erlebniswelt Tauerngold
Highlights from your plan
Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle ©
Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle
Schloss Hellbrunn ©
Schloss Hellbrunn
Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus) ©
Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus)

1
night
Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic

Cesky Krumlov ©
Known around the world for its medieval castle, Cesky Krumlov offers the chance to experience the charm of a small European city seemingly frozen in time several centuries ago.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Cesky Krumlov Castle, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Christi and Our Lady of Sorrows Church, appreciate the extensive heritage of Historie mesta Ceský Krumlov, explore the world behind art at Egon Schiele Art Centrum, then contemplate the long history of Former Fink Cafe, and finally contemplate the long history of Latran houses.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Cesky Krumlov trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Salzburg to Cesky Krumlov takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, daytime highs in Cesky Krumlov are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can drive to Prague.

Things to do in Cesky Krumlov

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Cesky Krumlov Castle ©
Cesky Krumlov Castle
Historie mesta Ceský Krumlov ©
Historie mesta Ceský Krumlov
Egon Schiele Art Centrum ©
Egon Schiele Art Centrum

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 18th (Sat): explore the historical opulence of Prague Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Spanish Synagogue, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Staromestske namesti. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Sun): browse the exhibits of Powder Tower, snap pictures at Charles Bridge, get great views at Prague Astronomical Clock, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Vitus Cathedral, and finally take a stroll through Hradcany.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Prague sightseeing planning site.

Traveling by car from Cesky Krumlov to Prague takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Prague can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
Highlights from your plan
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
Staromestske namesti ©
Staromestske namesti
St. Vitus Cathedral ©
St. Vitus Cathedral

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