18 days in Central Europe Itinerary

18 days in Central Europe Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Europe sightseeing planner

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Oswiecim, Poland
— 1 night
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Krakow, Poland
— 2 nights
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Warsaw, Poland
— 3 nights
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Berlin, Germany
— 2 nights
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Prague, Czech Republic
— 1 night
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Munich, Germany
— 1 day
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Salzburg, Austria
— 2 nights
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Vienna, Austria
— 4 nights
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Oswiecim, Poland

— 1 night
Known to most by its German name Auschwitz, the modestly sized city of Oswiecim sits at the foot of the Jura Mountains, just 50 km (30 mi) west of Krakow.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and Jewish Museum and Synagogue.

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Austin, USA to Oswiecim is an approximately 19-hour flight. You can also fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Austin to Oswiecim. Expect colder weather when traveling from Austin in January: highs in Oswiecim hover around 33°F, while lows dip to 22°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Krakow.

Things to do in Oswiecim

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Krakow, Poland

— 2 nights

Slavic Rome

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square as well as Planty Park. Start off your visit on the 20th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square, get to know the fascinating history of Planty Park, then contemplate the long history of Wieliczka Salt Mine, and finally contemplate the long history of Muzeum Krakowa, oddzial Fabryka Emalia Oskara Schindlera. On the 21st (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get to know the fascinating history of Wawel Royal Castle, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Wawel Cathedral, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Sukiennice (Cloth Hall), and finally admire the masterpieces at Stained Glass Museum (Muzeum Witrazu).

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Krakow vacation planning site.

Getting from Oswiecim to Krakow by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In January, daytime highs in Krakow are 34°F, while nighttime lows are 23°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Warsaw.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Warsaw, Poland

— 3 nights

Phoenix City

Warsaw draws big crowds with its seemingly unstoppable energy, exemplified by the city's explosive nightlife and thriving music scene.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): learn about all things military at Muzeum Powstania Warszawskiego, learn about all things military at Muzeum Wojska Polskiego, don't miss a visit to Rynek Starego Miasta, then stop by Polart, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town. Keep things going the next day: hit the slopes at Gorka Szczesliwicka, then take an in-depth tour of The National Museum in Warsaw, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Anne's Church (Kosciol Swietej Anny).

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Warsaw day trip planning app.

Getting from Krakow to Warsaw by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train; or drive. January in Warsaw sees daily highs of 32°F and lows of 23°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Berlin.

Things to do in Warsaw

Museums · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks

Berlin, Germany

— 2 nights

Athens of the Spree

The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
You've added Mall of Berlin, Kaufhaus des Westens (KaDeWe), Brandenburg Gate, and other attractions to your itinerary. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Biosphere Potsdam and Old Market Square. Do some cultural sightseeing at Haus am Waldsee and Liebermann-Villa am Wannsee. Step out of Berlin with an excursion to Nikolaikirche in Potsdam--about 42 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: stroll around Pfaueninsel.

For ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Berlin trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Warsaw to Berlin in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can drive to Prague.

Things to do in Berlin

Parks · Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Prague, Czech Republic

— 1 night

City of a Hundred Spires

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Charles Bridge, Prague Astronomical Clock, Prague Castle, and other attractions you added. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Wed): appreciate the views at Vyhlidka Maj, then look for all kinds of wild species at MedvEdarium, then explore the historical opulence of Prague Castle, and finally see the interesting displays at Lobkowicz Palace. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Vyšehrad National Cultural Monument, contemplate the long history of Brick Gate, browse the fresh offerings at Farmer"s Market Naplavka, then step into the grandiose world of Pruhonicky zamek, then take some stellar pictures from Prague Astronomical Clock, and finally take in the views from Charles Bridge.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Prague trip planner.

You can take a train from Berlin to Prague in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle; or take a bus. January in Prague sees daily highs of 36°F and lows of 27°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Munich.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Munich, Germany

— 1 day

Village of a Million People

Often described as the city of laptops and lederhosen, Munich is an international center of business, engineering, research, and medicine that still maintains a rich cultural heritage and age-old traditions.
Nymphenburg Palace has been added to your itinerary. On the 29th (Fri), steep yourself in history at Nymphenburg Palace, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kalvarienberg und Kirche, then visit Marktstrasse, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Lake Tegernsee.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Munich attractions planning tool.

Fly from Prague to Munich in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. January in Munich sees daily highs of 38°F and lows of 26°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Salzburg.

Things to do in Munich

Historic Sites · Nature · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Salzburg, Austria

— 2 nights

Rome of the North

Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle, Salzburger Altstadt, Salzburg Cathedral, and other attractions. Start off your visit on the 30th (Sat): admire the natural beauty at Mirabell Palace, get a taste of the local shopping with Getreidegasse, admire the striking features of Salzburg Cathedral, then explore the historical opulence of Schloss Hellbrunn, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Untersberg. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Salzburger Altstadt, get great views at Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle, then get engrossed in the history at Stille Nacht Museum, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Pfarrkirche Sankt Anthon.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Salzburg trip itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Munich to Salzburg in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Salzburg are 39°F, while nighttime lows are 26°F. On the 31st (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Vienna.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Vienna, Austria

— 4 nights

City of Dreams

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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes St. Stephen's Cathedral, Graben and Kohlmarkt, The Hofburg, and other attractions. Schonbrunn Palace and Central Cemetery (Zentralfriedhof) are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Museum-lovers will get to explore Belvedere Palace and Natural History Museum (Naturhistorisches Museum). Step out of Vienna to go to Voesendorf and see SCS Shopping Center Sued, which is approximately 32 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, make a trip to Maria Theresia Denkmal, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Schönbrunn Zoo.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Vienna trip builder app.

You can drive from Salzburg to Vienna in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly. In January, plan for daily highs up to 38°F, and evening lows to 27°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Poland travel guide

4.6
Historic Walking Areas · Historic Sites · Landmarks
A massive country in eastern Europe, Poland offers much to those who venture beyond the continent's more traditional touristic destinations. Dating back to the first millennium, the republic has over a thousand years of heritage to explore, including an abundance of World War II history. Bordered by Germany to the west and Ukraine and Belarus to the east, Poland was the rope in a game of tug of war between German Nazis and the Soviet Allied forces. Major cities like Krakow, Warsaw, Gdansk, Wroclaw, Lodz, Poznan, and Lublin are offer an array of cultural attractions. The infamous concentration camp Auschwitz, near Krakow, is a difficult experience but a must for anyone visiting the area. Be sure to sample hearty comfort foods rich in meat, cabbage, and spices--the Polish secret to making it through harsh winters.

Germany travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Germany is the home of high culture, fine art, classical music, world-class sports, award-winning cuisine--and some of the world's best beers. It's also one of the major economic and political powers of the European continent. One of the founding members of the European Union, Germany is a federation of 16 states. Each boasts its own distinct culture, art, cuisine, regional traditions, and array of things to do. The country is known worldwide for its precision engineering and high-tech products. Equally, though, Germany is admired for its old-world charm and what is locally known as gemutlichkeit (coziness). This is one of the easiest countries in the world to explore, offering an abundance of sightseeing opportunities. German transportation runs with German efficiency. Therefore, getting around the various regions is almost always easy, quick, and pleasant. Visit the cities to explore museums, art galleries, modern restaurants, and trendy shops. Also be sure to venture deeper into the countryside. Here, you can discover ancient castles and bustling little villages. Often in these off-the-beaten-path areas, the main tourist attraction remains the simple hospitality of the friendly locals.

Czech Republic travel guide

4.3
Bridges · Historic Walking Areas · Castles
From historical towns and cities, to a countryside speckled with castles and chateaus, the Czech Republic is a holiday destination that can satisfy everybody's taste. Even though it's modern and fully-developed, the country carefully preserves its traditions and heritage. The city of Prague, with its breathtaking architecture, vibrant art and culture scene, and bustling nightlife, is not only one of the country's main attractions, but also a top European tourist hub. The scenic countryside features numerous national parks and nature reserves perfect for hiking, cycling, golfing, and enjoying the natural beauty. In the wintertime ski buffs have their pick from a selection of resorts. If you're looking to unwind and rejuvenate in picturesque settings, visit the famous spa and wellness resorts that have been renowned in Europe for centuries.

Austria travel guide

4.5
Castles · Art Museums · Specialty Museums
Situated in the Central European Alps, Austria combines an alluring bundle of elegant urban architecture, cultural centers, and dramatic landscapes. This German-speaking country of 8.5 million residents is known for its rich history, dating back to the Hapsburg Empire, as well as its art, music, and scenery. Along with the neighboring country of Switzerland, Austria serves as the winter sports capital of Europe and is home to some of the continent's most popular ski resorts. This landlocked nation draws visitors from across the globe to its mountains, historical villages, and culturally rich cities. Experience trekking in the Alps one day and drinking regional wine at a crowded pub after a day of sightseeing in the capital Vienna the next.