16 days in Central Europe Itinerary

16 days in Central Europe Itinerary

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16 days in Central Europe Itinerary

Start: Phoenix, United States
Fly:  17​h 45​min
1
Vienna, Austria
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Prague, Czech Republic
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Berlin, Germany
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
5
Krakow, Poland
— 3 nights
Fly:  19​h
End: Phoenix, United States

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Melk Abbey and Rathausplatz. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Belvedere Palace and St. Stephen's Cathedral. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Vienna: Wachau Valley (in Joching) and Stadtpfarrkirche Maria Himmelfahrt (in Melk). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, take an in-depth tour of Kaiserliche Schatzkammer Wien, step into the grandiose world of Schonbrunn Palace, and take a stroll through Historic Center of Vienna.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Vienna trip itinerary planner .

Phoenix, USA to Vienna is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Phoenix to Vienna. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Phoenix in March, with highs in Vienna at 51°F and lows at 34°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Budapest.

Things to do in Vienna

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Melk, Wachau Valley
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Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
Melk Abbey ©
Melk Abbey
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 17th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Halaszbastya, take in the spiritual surroundings of Matthias Church, then get engrossed in the history at Hospital in the Rock, then steep yourself in history at Citadel, and finally steep yourself in history at Liberty Statue. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Gellert Hill Cave, then step off the mainland to explore Margaret Island, then take in the pleasant sights at Roman Beach, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika).

Make your Budapest itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can take a train from Vienna to Budapest in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Budapest can reach 54°F, while at night they dip to 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
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.
Popular historic sites such as Památník Terezín - Malá pevnost and St Barbara's Church are in your itinerary. Get some cultural insight at Prague Astronomical Clock and Katedrala Svateho Vita. Change things up with a short trip to Ossuary / The Cemetery Church in Kutna Hora (about 1h 25 min away). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to StaromEstske namEsti, explore the galleries of National Memorial to the Heroes of the Heydrich Terror, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and explore the historical opulence of Prague Castle.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Prague trip planner .

Fly from Budapest to Prague in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Budapest in March, expect nights in Prague to be about the same, around 34°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can drive to Berlin.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Spas

Side Trips

Kutna Hora, Památník Terezín - Malá pevnost
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Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
StaromEstske namEsti ©
StaromEstske namEsti
Katedrala Svateho Vita ©
Katedrala Svateho Vita

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): explore the world behind art at Pergamonmuseum and then take an in-depth tour of Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon): take a stroll through Potsdamer Platz and then wander the streets of Mitte.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Berlin trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Prague to Berlin in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a train. On the 23rd (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Krakow.

Things to do in Berlin

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen
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Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen
Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen
Pergamonmuseum ©
Pergamonmuseum
Mitte ©
Mitte

3
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 24th (Tue): take a stroll through Stare Miasto, admire the landmark architecture of St. Mary's Basilica, then explore the world behind art at Stained Glass Museum (Muzeum Witrazu), 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 next day: get to know the fascinating history of Wawel Royal Castle, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wawel Cathedral, then have fun and explore at HistoryLand, and finally see the interesting displays at Lost Souls Alley.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Krakow trip itinerary builder tool .

Fly from Berlin to Krakow in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In March in Krakow, expect temperatures between 47°F during the day and 31°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Wieliczka Salt Mine
Highlights from your plan
HistoryLand ©
HistoryLand
Wieliczka Salt Mine ©
Wieliczka Salt Mine
Wawel Cathedral ©
Wawel Cathedral

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