15 days in Germany, Austria & Budapest Itinerary

15 days in Germany, Austria & Budapest Itinerary

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Drive to Los Angeles International Airport, Fly to Budapest
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Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
Train
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Vienna, Austria
— 2 nights
Drive
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Salzburg, Austria
— 2 nights
Drive
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Munich, Germany
— 2 nights
Train
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Leipzig, Germany
— 1 night
Train
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Berlin, Germany
— 4 nights
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Budapest, Hungary

— 2 nights

Pearl of the Danube

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.
To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Budapest trip itinerary planner.

Ontario, USA to Budapest is an approximately 21-hour combination of car and flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is 9 hours. In June, Budapest is a bit cooler than Ontario - with highs of 79°F and lows of 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Vienna.

Things to do in Budapest

Wineries · Tours · Historic Sites

Vienna, Austria

— 2 nights

City of Dreams

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Schonbrunn Palace. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Thu): step into the grandiose world of Schonbrunn Palace. On the 2nd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Stephen's Cathedral, take an in-depth tour of Imperial Carriage Museum Vienna, then see the interesting displays at The Hofburg, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Michael's Church, and finally take an in-depth tour of Kaiserliche Schatzkammer Wien.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Vienna day trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Budapest to Vienna takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to drive to Salzburg.

Things to do in Vienna

Historic Sites · Museums

Salzburg, Austria

— 2 nights

Rome of the North

Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Salzburg Cathedral, contemplate the long history of Salzburger Altstadt, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kollegienkirche (Collegiate Church). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Abbey (Stift St. Peter), fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, explore the different monuments and memorials at Cemetery of St. Sebastian (Friedhof St. Sebastian), then steep yourself in history at Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus), then take an in-depth tour of Mozarts Geburtshaus, and finally examine the collection at Red Bull Hangar-7.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Salzburg visit planning site.

Traveling by car from Vienna to Salzburg takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In July in Salzburg, expect temperatures between 78°F during the day and 58°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can drive to Munich.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Adventure

Munich, Germany

— 2 nights

Village of a Million People

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.
On the 5th (Mon), see the interesting displays at Deutsches Museum Flugwerft Schleissheim, examine the collection at FC Bayern Museum, then see the interesting displays at Deutsches Museum Verkehrszentrum, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Starnberger See. On the 6th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Pinakothek der Moderne, then admire the masterpieces at Staatliche Museum Agyptischer Kunst, then examine the collection at NS-Dokumentationszentrum Muenchen, and finally explore the world behind art at Lenbachhaus.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Munich tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Salzburg to Munich in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 77°F in July, and nighttime lows around 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Leipzig.

Things to do in Munich

Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Leipzig, Germany

— 1 night

Little Paris

Leipzig is not only world-famous for its long tradition of trade fairs, but also for its vibrant music and cultural scenes.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): get outside with Cospudener See, head outdoors with Markkleeberger See, contemplate the long history of Mendelssohn-Haus Leipzig, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Universitatskirche, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Thomas Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Thu): get engrossed in the history at Landesmuseum fuer Vorgeschichte Halle, step into the grandiose world of Schloss Neuenburg, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Stadtkirche St. Wenzel, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Naumburg Cathedral UNESCO World Heritage.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Leipzig trip itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Munich to Leipzig in 4 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive; or take a train. In July, daytime highs in Leipzig are 78°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Berlin.

Things to do in Leipzig

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Berlin, Germany

— 4 nights

Athens of the Spree

The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Gemaldegalerie and Pergamonmuseum will appeal to museum buffs. Popular historic sites such as Berlin-Hohenschonhausen Memorial and Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church are in your itinerary. Change things up with these side-trips from Berlin: Potsdam (Neue Kammern, Sanssouci Palace, &more) and Karl Foerster Garten (in Bornim). There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Palace of Tears, examine the collection at Classic Remise Berlin, admire the masterpieces at Neues Museum, and appreciate the history behind Brandenburg Gate.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Berlin trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Leipzig to Berlin takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll have a few hours on the 12th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Berlin

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Austria travel guide

4.5
Castles · Art Museums · Churches
Situated in the Central European Alps, Austria combines an alluring bundle of elegant urban architecture, cultural centers, and dramatic landscapes. This German-speaking country of 8.5 million residents is known for its rich history, dating back to the Hapsburg Empire, as well as its art, music, and scenery. Along with the neighboring country of Switzerland, Austria serves as the winter sports capital of Europe and is home to some of the continent's most popular ski resorts. This landlocked nation draws visitors from across the globe to its mountains, historical villages, and culturally rich cities. Experience trekking in the Alps one day and drinking regional wine at a crowded pub after a day of sightseeing in the capital Vienna the next.

Germany travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Germany is the home of high culture, fine art, classical music, world-class sports, award-winning cuisine--and some of the world's best beers. It's also one of the major economic and political powers of the European continent. One of the founding members of the European Union, Germany is a federation of 16 states. Each boasts its own distinct culture, art, cuisine, regional traditions, and array of things to do. The country is known worldwide for its precision engineering and high-tech products. Equally, though, Germany is admired for its old-world charm and what is locally known as gemutlichkeit (coziness). This is one of the easiest countries in the world to explore, offering an abundance of sightseeing opportunities. German transportation runs with German efficiency. Therefore, getting around the various regions is almost always easy, quick, and pleasant. Visit the cities to explore museums, art galleries, modern restaurants, and trendy shops. Also be sure to venture deeper into the countryside. Here, you can discover ancient castles and bustling little villages. Often in these off-the-beaten-path areas, the main tourist attraction remains the simple hospitality of the friendly locals.