17 days in Central Europe Itinerary

17 days in Central Europe Itinerary

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17 days in Central Europe Itinerary

Start: Sao Paulo, Brazil
Fly:  18​h 15​min
1
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h
2
Gdansk, Poland
— 1 day
Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
Krakow, Poland
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
5
Vienna, Austria
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
6
Salzburg, Austria
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
7
Lucerne, Switzerland
— 4 nights
Fly:  18​h
End: Sao Paulo, Brazil

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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Lobkowicz Palace and Illusion Art Museum Prague (IAM Prague). Museum-lovers will appreciate National Memorial to the Heroes of the Heydrich Terror and Prasna brana. There's lots more to do: make a trip to StaromEstske namEsti, take a stroll through Lesser Town, head outdoors with Prague for Two, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kostel sv. Mikuláše.

To find out how to plan a trip to Prague, use our trip itinerary maker.

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Prague is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Brasilia Time (BRT) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a 4 hour difference. Traveling from Sao Paulo in April, things will get much colder in Prague: highs are around 17°C and lows about 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to travel to Gdansk.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
StaromEstske namEsti ©
StaromEstske namEsti
Katedrala Svateho Vita ©
Katedrala Svateho Vita

1
day
Gdansk, Poland

Gdansk ©
Although its history goes back a thousand years, Gdansk represents one of Poland's most modern urban centers, its thriving economy boosted by a lively tourism sector.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): brush up on your military savvy at Museum of the Second World War (Muzeum II Wojny Swiatowej), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Dominikanie Gdańsk - Bazylika pw. Świętego Mikołaja | St. Nicholas Roman Catholic Church, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Mary's Church, then take a stroll through Mariacka Street (ulica Mariacka), and finally wander the streets of Old Town.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Gdansk day trip planning tool .

Getting from Prague to Gdansk by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Prague in April, with highs in Gdansk at 13°C and lows at 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Krakow.

Things to do in Gdansk

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Old Town ©
Old Town
Mariacka Street (ulica Mariacka) ©

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.
On the 9th (Fri), wander the streets of Stare Miasto, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary's Basilica, then admire the masterpieces at Stained Glass Museum (Muzeum Witrazu), and finally see the interesting displays at Muzeum Krakowa, oddzial Fabryka Emalia Oskara Schindlera. On the 10th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the extensive heritage of Wawel Royal Castle, then contemplate the long history of Wawel Cathedral, then hunt for treasures at Sukiennice (Cloth Hall), and finally don't miss a visit to Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Krakow online tour itinerary planner .

You can fly from Gdansk to Krakow in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In April, daily temperatures in Krakow can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
Highlights from your plan
Wawel Royal Castle ©
Wawel Royal Castle
Wawel Cathedral ©
Wawel Cathedral
Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square ©

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.
On the 11th (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), stop by Book Cafe - Lotz Terem, then steep yourself in history at Liberty Statue, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Matthias Church, and finally contemplate the long history of Halaszbastya. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Mon): make a trip to Vaci Street, examine the collection at Budapest Pinball Museum, then head off the coast to Margaret Island, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Gellert Hill Cave.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Budapest trip itinerary maker app .

Fly from Krakow to Budapest in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Krakow in April, expect nights in Budapest to be about the same, around 5°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Vienna.

Things to do in Budapest

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Highlights from your plan
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): admire the landmark architecture of Schonbrunn Palace, explore the world behind art at Belvedere Palace, and then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Stephen's Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, then get engrossed in the history at Kaiserliche Schatzkammer Wien, then examine the collection at Imperial Palace (Hofburg), and finally stroll through Kahlenberg.

To see reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Vienna tour itinerary planning app .

Getting from Budapest to Vienna by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. April in Vienna sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Salzburg.

Things to do in Vienna

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

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 15th (Thu): take some stellar pictures from Fortress Hohensalzburg, admire the landmark architecture of Salzburg Cathedral, then examine the collection at Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus), and finally step into the grandiose world of Schloss Hellbrunn. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Salzburg Museum, get engrossed in the history at Mozarts Geburtshaus, then look for gifts at Sporer Likör- & Punschmanufaktur, then deepen your understanding at Kollegienkirche (Collegiate Church), and finally see the interesting displays at Red Bull Hangar-7.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Salzburg trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Vienna to Salzburg takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In April, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can drive to Lucerne.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Fortress Hohensalzburg ©
Fortress Hohensalzburg
Schloss Hellbrunn ©
Schloss Hellbrunn
Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus) ©

4
nights
Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Altstadt Luzern and Museggmauer are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Take a break from the city and head to Mt Pilatus and Glacier Garden (Gletschergarten). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at The Rosengart Collection, take an in-depth tour of Bourbaki Panorama, see the sky in a new way at Verkehrshaus der Schweiz, and look for all kinds of wild species at Biosphaere Entlebuch.

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Getting from Salzburg to Lucerne by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. April in Lucerne sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 5°C at night. You will leave for home on the 20th (Tue).

Things to do in Lucerne

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Highlights from your plan
Glacier Garden (Gletschergarten) ©
Glacier Garden (Gletschergarten)
Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Altstadt Luzern ©
Altstadt Luzern

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