17 days in Central Europe Itinerary

17 days in Central Europe Itinerary

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17 days in Central Europe Itinerary

Start: Manchester, United Kingdom
Fly + train:  5​h 30​min
1
Lucerne, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Interlaken, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Bled, Slovenia
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
5
Budapest, Hungary
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
6
Vienna, Austria
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
7
Prague, Czech Republic
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
8
Berlin, Germany
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
End: Manchester, United Kingdom

1
night
Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
On the 22nd (Thu), pause for some photo ops at Lion Monument.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Lucerne trip planner .

Manchester, UK to Lucerne is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Central European Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Manchester in August, expect nights in Lucerne to be about the same, around 16°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Interlaken.

Things to do in Lucerne

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Lake Lucerne ©
Lake Lucerne
The Nine Towers ©
The Nine Towers

1
night
Interlaken, Switzerland

Interlaken ©
Nestled between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz in the heart of the Jungfrau region, Interlaken became popular for its proximity to the mountains and lakes of the Bernese Oberland region.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Harderkulm, stop by Molitor, then admire the sheer force of Trümmelbachfälle, and finally glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Interlaken vacation builder .

Getting from Lucerne to Interlaken by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. In August in Interlaken, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

Things to do in Interlaken

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Molitor, Trümmelbachfälle
Highlights from your plan
Harderkulm ©
Harderkulm
Parasailing & Paragliding
Trümmelbachfälle ©
Trümmelbachfälle

2
nights
Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany

Garmisch-Partenkirchen ©
Nestled within the Bavarian Alps, Garmisch-Partenkirchen offers a classic mountain feel along with world-class winter sports.
On the 25th (Sun), look for all kinds of wild species at Partnachklamm and then step into the grandiose world of Schloss Linderhof. Keep things going the next day: explore the activities along Eibsee and then stroll through Zugspitze.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Garmisch-Partenkirchen travel planner .

Drive from Interlaken to Garmisch-Partenkirchen in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. In August in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Bled.

Things to do in Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Schloss Linderhof, Eibsee
Highlights from your plan
Partnachklamm ©
Partnachklamm
Zugspitze ©
Zugspitze
Eibsee ©
Eibsee

1
night
Bled, Slovenia

The most popular resort in Slovenia, Bled is marked by its iconic church steeple and medieval castle on glacial Lake Bled.
On the 27th (Tue), fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, trek along Vintgar Gorge, and then hike along Mala Osojnica.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Bled trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Garmisch-Partenkirchen to Bled in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle. In August in Bled, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to drive to Budapest.

Things to do in Bled

Outdoors Adventure Trails
Highlights from your plan
Parasailing & Paragliding
Vintgar Gorge ©
Vintgar Gorge
Mala Osojnica ©
Mala Osojnica

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.
Budapest is known for historic sites, spas, nightlife, museums, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Halaszbastya, take in the spiritual surroundings of Dohány Street Synagogue, boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, and admire the striking features of Matthias Church.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Budapest travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Bled to Budapest takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or fly. In August, daytime highs in Budapest are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Vienna.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Thermal Spas
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Albertina and Stephansplatz. There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Schonbrunn Palace, explore the world behind art at Belvedere Palace, examine the collection at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Schönbrunn Zoo.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Vienna trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can take a train from Budapest to Vienna in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in August, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can travel to Prague.

Things to do in Vienna

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

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Food Tours and Hradcany. There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Prague Castle, get great views at Prague Astronomical Clock, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Spanish Synagogue.

For maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Prague online trip itinerary planner .

Fly from Vienna to Prague in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Prague are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Berlin.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Tours
Highlights from your plan
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
StaromEstske namEsti ©
StaromEstske namEsti
Hradcany ©
Hradcany

2
nights
Berlin, Germany

The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): pause for some photo ops at Brandenburg Gate, then pause for some photo ops at The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, then ponder the world of politics at Reichstag Building, and finally admire the masterpieces at Pergamonmuseum. Here are some ideas for day two: take in nature's colorful creations at Großer Tiergarten, then get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and then don't miss a visit to East Side Gallery.

For more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Berlin trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by car from Prague to Berlin takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Berlin

Tours Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Walking tours
Reichstag Building ©
Reichstag Building
Brandenburg Gate ©
Brandenburg Gate

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