16 days in Central Europe Itinerary

16 days in Central Europe Itinerary

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16 days in Central Europe Itinerary

Start: Dallas, United States
Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Krakow, Poland
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Vienna, Austria
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
6
Salzburg, Austria
— 3 nights
Train + Fly:  16​h 15​min
End: Dallas, United States

1
night
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): kick back and relax at Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen, take a stroll through Bahnhofstrasse, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fraumünster Church. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, then wander the streets of Old Town, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Grossmunster.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Zurich travel itinerary planner.

Dallas, USA to Zurich is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of car and flight. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Dallas to Zurich due to the time zone difference. In July, Zurich is little chillier than Dallas - with highs of 78°F and lows of 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Neighborhoods Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen ©
Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen
Old Town ©
Old Town
Fraumünster Church ©
Fraumünster Church

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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): explore the historical opulence of Prague Castle, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Katedrala Svateho Vita, then take in the exciting artwork at Lobkowicz Palace, and finally don't miss a visit to The Vrtba Garden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Prasna brana, wander the streets of StaromEstske namEsti, then get great views at Prague Astronomical Clock, and finally take the plunge with a skydiving experience.

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You can fly from Zurich to Prague in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. July in Prague sees daily highs of 78°F and lows of 59°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to travel to Krakow.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
Staromestske namesti ©
Staromestske namesti
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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): appreciate the extensive heritage of Wawel Royal Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wawel Cathedral, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Sukiennice (Cloth Hall), and finally get to know the fascinating history of Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Sun): examine the collection at Wieliczka Salt Mine, take a stroll through Stare Miasto, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary's Basilica.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Krakow sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Prague to Krakow takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In July, plan for daily highs up to 78°F, and evening lows to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Wieliczka Salt Mine
Highlights from your plan
Wawel Royal Castle ©
Wawel Royal Castle
Wieliczka Salt Mine ©
Wieliczka Salt Mine
Wawel Cathedral ©
Wawel Cathedral

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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): shop like a local with Andrassy Avenue, pick up some local products at Central Market Hall, then make a trip to Roman Beach, then steep yourself in history at Matthias Church, and finally steep yourself in history at Halaszbastya. On the 16th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gul Baba's Tomb (Gul Baba Turbeje), boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), and finally wander the streets of Vaci Street.

For more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Budapest online trip itinerary maker .

Fly from Krakow to Budapest in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Vienna.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Spas Shopping
Highlights from your plan
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.
Get in touch with nature at Copa Beach and Donauinsel. Head to Vienna Naschmarkt and FreyWillefor some retail therapy. There's lots more to do: make a trip to St. Stephen's Cathedral, examine the collection at Imperial Palace (Hofburg), step into the grandiose world of Schonbrunn Palace, and admire the masterpieces at Belvedere Palace.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Vienna trip planner .

Getting from Budapest to Vienna by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. July in Vienna sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 61°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can travel to Salzburg.

Things to do in Vienna

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors
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.
Schloss Hellbrunn and Residenzgalerie Salzburg will appeal to history buffs. Get a sense of the local culture at Fortress Hohensalzburg and Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus). Take a break from Salzburg with a short trip to Badestrand Hallstatt in Hallstatt, about 1h 20 min away. There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Salzburg Cathedral, examine the collection at Red Bull Hangar-7, make a trip to Salzburger Altstadt, and take a stroll through Steingasse.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Salzburg trip planner .

Fly from Vienna to Salzburg in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In July in Salzburg, expect temperatures between 78°F during the day and 58°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Basilika St. Michael, Badestrand Hallstatt
Highlights from your plan
Schloss Hellbrunn ©
Schloss Hellbrunn
Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle ©
Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle
Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus) ©
Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus)

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