18 days in Central Europe Itinerary

18 days in Central Europe Itinerary

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18 days in Central Europe Itinerary

Start: Montreal, Canada
Fly:  11​h 30​min
1
Zurich, Switzerland
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Salzburg, Austria
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
3
Vienna, Austria
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
4
Budapest, Hungary
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
5
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Fly:  12​h
End: Montreal, Canada

4
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Appreciate the collections at Fondation Beyeler and Jean Tinguely Museum. Step off the beaten path and head to Mt Pilatus and Lake Zurich. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Zurich: Schloss Lenzburg (in Lenzburg), Basel (Offene Kirche Elisabethen & Basel Paper Mill Museum) and Augusta Raurica (in Augst). And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Old Town, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fraumünster Church, examine the collection at FIFA World Football Museum, and make a trip to Niederdorf.

Plan my day in Zurich using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Montreal, Canada to Zurich is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Montreal to Zurich is 6 hours. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Montreal in August since evenings lows in Zurich dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Salzburg.

Things to do in Zurich

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Basel, Lucerne, Augusta Raurica, Schloss Lenzburg, Fondation Beyeler
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Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Fondation Beyeler ©
Fondation Beyeler
Old Town ©
Old Town

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 26th (Wed): get great views at Fortress Hohensalzburg, pause for some serene contemplation at Salzburg Cathedral, steep yourself in history at Salzburger Altstadt, browse the exhibits of Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus), then take an in-depth tour of Mozarts Geburtshaus, and finally steep yourself in history at Kapitelplatz & Kapitelschwemme. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Thu): take in the dramatic scenery at Gollinger Wasserfall, see the interesting displays at Red Bull Hangar-7, take in the awesome beauty at Untersberg, then admire the striking features of Mirabell Palace, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Cemetery of St. Sebastian (Friedhof St. Sebastian), and finally glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

For where to stay and tourist information, you can read our Salzburg road trip planning website .

You can drive from Zurich to Salzburg in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or fly. In August, daily temperatures in Salzburg can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites Museums Adventure

Side Trips

Gollinger Wasserfall, Wallfahrtskirche Maria Plain
Highlights from your plan
Fortress Hohensalzburg ©
Fortress Hohensalzburg
Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus) ©
Mozarts Geburtshaus ©
Mozarts Geburtshaus

4
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.
Appreciate the collections at Belvedere Palace and Kaiserliche Schatzkammer Wien. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Schonbrunn Palace and St. Stephen's Cathedral. Venture out of the city with trips to Melk Abbey (in Melk), Wachau Valley (in Joching) and Hinterhaus Castle (in Spitz). There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Votivkirche, learn about all things military at Heeresgeschichtliches Museum, and examine the collection at Imperial Palace (Hofburg).

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Vienna travel route planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Salzburg to Vienna takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In August, daily temperatures in Vienna can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can catch the train to Budapest.

Things to do in Vienna

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Hinterhaus Castle, Wachau Valley, Melk Abbey, Burgruine Duernstein
Highlights from your plan
St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral
Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
Belvedere Palace ©
Belvedere Palace

4
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Halaszbastya and St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika). Explore hidden gems such as Liberty Statue and Budapest Pinball Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Thermal Spas (in Heviz), Esztergom Basilica / Cathedral (in Esztergom) and Haditechnikai Park (in Zanka). There's much more to do: admire the striking features of Matthias Church, walk around Margaret Island, contemplate the long history of Citadel, and kick back and relax at Beach.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Budapest trip planner .

Traveling by train from Vienna to Budapest takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August in Budapest, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Haditechnikai Park, Koros Torok Sandy Beach, Beach, Esztergom Basilica / Cathedral
Highlights from your plan
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church
Esztergom Basilica / Cathedral ©
Esztergom Basilica / Cathedral

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Prague Castle and Ossuary / The Cemetery Church. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to St Barbara's Church and Food Tours. When in Prague, make a side trip to see Památník Terezín - Malá pevnost in Terezin, approximately 48 minutes away. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Katedrala Svateho Vita, see the interesting displays at Musee Grévin s.r.o. Prague, don't miss a visit to StaromEstske namEsti, and take in the exciting artwork at Lobkowicz Palace.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Prague vacation planner .

Fly from Budapest to Prague in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Budapest in September: highs in Prague hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Kutna Hora, Památník Terezín - Malá pevnost
Highlights from your plan
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
Památník Terezín - Malá pevnost ©
StaromEstske namEsti ©
StaromEstske namEsti

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