18 days in Danube Countries Itinerary

18 days in Danube Countries Itinerary

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Prague, Czech Republic
— 3 nights
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Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic
— 1 night
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Salzburg, Austria
— 2 nights
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Vienna, Austria
— 3 nights
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Bratislava, Slovakia
— 3 nights
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Budapest, Hungary
— 4 nights
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Prague, Czech Republic

— 3 nights

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 cultural itinerary includes sights like Staromestske namesti and Lesser Town. Appreciate the collections at Speculum Alchemiae Museum and Musee Grévin s.r.o. Prague. Step out of Prague to go to Terezin and see Památník Terezín - Malá pevnost, which is approximately 48 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Vitus Cathedral, get great views at Prague Astronomical Clock, pause for some serene contemplation at Infant Jesus of Prague, and make a trip to Franz Kafka Monument.

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Mumbai, India to Prague is an approximately 14-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 4.5 hours traveling from Mumbai to Prague. In December, Prague is much colder than Mumbai - with highs of 5°C and lows of 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can go by car to Cesky Krumlov.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums · Neighborhoods

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Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic

— 1 night
Known around the world for its medieval castle, Cesky Krumlov offers the chance to experience the charm of a small European city seemingly frozen in time several centuries ago.
On the 8th (Wed), contemplate the long history of Cesky Krumlov Castle, take some stellar pictures from Lavka pod Zamkem, see the interesting displays at Moldavite Museum - Muzeum vltavinu, then get to know the fascinating history of Historie mesta Ceský Krumlov, then see the interesting displays at Museum Fotoatelier Seidel, and finally admire the masterpieces at Egon Schiele Art Centrum.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Cesky Krumlov route maker site.

Getting from Prague to Cesky Krumlov by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. December in Cesky Krumlov sees daily highs of 4°C and lows of -1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Salzburg.

Things to do in Cesky Krumlov

Historic Sites · Museums

Salzburg, Austria

— 2 nights

Rome of the North

Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): look for gifts at Alte furst-erzbischofliche Hofapotheke, take an in-depth tour of Mozarts Geburtshaus, contemplate the long history of Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus), get great views at Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle, then steep yourself in history at Kapitelplatz & Kapitelschwemme, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Wallfahrtskirche Maria Plain. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll the grounds of Catacombe Del Cimitero Di San Pietro, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter's Abbey (Stift St. Peter), browse the eclectic array of goods at Salzburger Christkindlmarkt, steep yourself in history at Salzburger Altstadt, then admire the striking features of Salzburg Cathedral, and finally explore the historical opulence of Schloss Hellbrunn.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Salzburg online trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Cesky Krumlov to Salzburg in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, daytime highs in Salzburg are 6°C, while nighttime lows are -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can drive to Vienna.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Vienna, Austria

— 3 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Albertina and Rathausplatz. Your inner history buff will appreciate St. Stephen's Cathedral and Belvedere Palace. Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, learn about all things military at Heeresgeschichtliches Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Ringstrasse, and steep yourself in history at Karlskirche.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Vienna trip planner.

Traveling by car from Salzburg to Vienna takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 5°C in December, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Bratislava.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Childrens Museums

Bratislava, Slovakia

— 3 nights

Beauty on the Danube

Slovakia's capital, Bratislava, attracts visitors for its natural beauty and rich culture, offering a plethora of landscapes, outdoor activities, historical monuments, and a stately old town.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Devin Castle and Blue Church of St. Elizabeth. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Bratislava Castle and Primates' Palace (Primacialny palac). Step out of Bratislava with an excursion to Cerveny Kamen Castle in Cerveny Kamen--about 50 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Martin's Cathedral (Dom svateho Martina), take a stroll through Bratislava Old Town, take in panoramic vistas at Sigismund Gate, and steep yourself in history at Chatam Sofer Memorial.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Bratislava day trip site.

Traveling by car from Vienna to Bratislava takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Bratislava can reach 5°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Budapest.

Things to do in Bratislava

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Budapest, Hungary

— 4 nights

Pearl of the Danube

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.
Get some cultural insight at Fisherman's Bastion and Wine Tours & Tastings. Get some historical perspective at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika) and Vajdahunyad Castle (Vajdahunyadvar). There's still lots to do: learn about winemaking at Faust Wine Cellar, make a trip to New York Palace, steep yourself in history at Citadel, and ponder the world of politics at Hungarian Parliament Building.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Budapest trip planner.

You can drive from Bratislava to Budapest in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Budapest are 5°C, while nighttime lows are -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites · Wineries · Museums · Tours

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.

Slovakia travel guide

3.9
Landmarks · Castles · Monuments
Heart of Europe
A land of magnificent castles, untouched nature, and rich cultural heritage, Slovakia is a jewel in the heart of Europe that's waiting to be discovered. Larger cities such as Bratislava and Kosice feature historic architecture and offer numerous sightseeing opportunities and exciting art scenes, while the traditional villages are the perfect place to get acquainted with local customs. Some of the country's most popular tourist destinations are its numerous spa resorts, famous for their therapeutic properties, and a selection of wooden churches, many of which are World Heritage Sites. Those looking for nature's attractions can enjoy everything from the thick forests and snowy peaks of the Tatra Mountains, to one of Europe's largest concentrations of subterranean caves. The country's cuisine reflects its multi-cultural history and is a definite must-try.

Hungary travel guide

4.1
Historic Sites · Thermal Spas · Government Buildings
Breadbasket of Europe
Because tourism throughout the whole country is not as popular as in other European countries, much of the natural beauty of Hungary has not been developed or exploited. Visitors today are drawn to the unspoiled picturesque landscape, the capital metropolis surrounded by charming small towns and villages, and the plethora of thermal baths. The country's number of well-preserved archaeological ruins, castles, cathedrals, and medieval towns provide opportunities to those wanting a taste of European history. With the opportunity to explore both time-worn architecture and notable natural surroundings in every region, Hungary provides sightseeing opportunities with the amenities of traditional tourist destinations.