18 days in Central Europe Itinerary

18 days in Central Europe Itinerary

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Vienna, Austria
— 3 nights
Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic
— 1 night
Prague, Czech Republic
— 4 nights
Budapest, Hungary
— 4 nights
Bled, Slovenia
— 1 night
Salzburg, Austria
— 2 nights
Train to Munich, Fly to Bengaluru


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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Central Cemetery (Zentralfriedhof) and Votivkirche. Do some cultural sightseeing at Schonbrunn Palace and Belvedere Palace. The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at St. Stephen's Cathedral, get engrossed in the history at Kaiserliche Schatzkammer Wien, take in the spiritual surroundings of Augustinerkirche, and admire the masterpieces at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Vienna trip website.

Bengaluru, India to Vienna is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from India Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a -4.5 hour difference. Traveling from Bengaluru in October, expect Vienna to be much colder, temps between 17°C and 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can drive to Cesky Krumlov.

Things to do in Vienna

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Minorite Monastery, get to know the fascinating history of Historie mesta Ceský Krumlov, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of St. Vitus, and finally steep yourself in history at Cesky Krumlov Castle.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Cesky Krumlov route planner.

You can drive from Vienna to Cesky Krumlov in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. October in Cesky Krumlov sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to drive to Prague.

Things to do in Cesky Krumlov

Historic Sites

Prague, Czech Republic

— 4 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 inner history buff will appreciate Staromestske namesti and St Cyril and St Methodius Cathedral. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like St. Vitus Cathedral and Lesser Town. When in Prague, make a side trip to see Památník Terezín - Malá pevnost in Terezin, approximately Terezin away. There's much more to do: make a trip to National Memorial to the Heroes of the Heydrich Terror, get great views at Prague Astronomical Clock, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Spanish Synagogue, and steep yourself in history at Powder Tower.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Prague trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Cesky Krumlov to Prague in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In October in Prague, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 7°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Budapest.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites · Museums · Fun & Games · 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Liberty Statue and Margaret Island. Fisherman's Bastion and Citadel will appeal to history buffs. Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Hospital in the Rock Nuclear Bunker Museum, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, see the interesting displays at Holocaust Memorial Center, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Matthias Church.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Budapest road trip website.

Drive from Prague to Budapest in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or fly. In October, daytime highs in Budapest are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Bled.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Parks

Bled, Slovenia

— 1 night
The most popular resort in Slovenia, Bled is marked by its iconic church steeple and medieval castle on glacial Lake Bled.
On the 22nd (Thu), walk around Spa Park, stop by Zakladi Slovenije, trek along Mala Osojnica, then step off the mainland to explore Bled Island, then head outdoors with Ojstrica, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Iglica Waterfall.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Bled vacation site.

Traveling by car from Budapest to Bled takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in October, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Salzburg.

Things to do in Bled

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

Salzburg, Austria

— 2 nights

Rome of the North

Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): stroll the grounds of Cemetery of St. Sebastian (Friedhof St. Sebastian), take a stroll through Steingasse, then pause for some serene contemplation at Salzburg Cathedral, then browse the exhibits of Mozarts Geburtshaus, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kollegienkirche (Collegiate Church).

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Salzburg trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Bled to Salzburg in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in October, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums

Austria travel guide

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.

Czech Republic travel guide

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.

Hungary travel guide

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. 

Slovenia travel guide

Castles · Bodies of Water · Caves
Sunny Side of the Alps
From snowcapped Alpine peaks to sandy Adriatic beaches, a trip to Slovenia is like taking several vacations at once. Whatever the season, the country offers enticing natural attractions, all close at hand, including thick forests, scenic valleys, cave systems, waterfalls, lakes, and the Adriatic coast. For those seeking an active holiday, you'll fine an abundance of ski slopes, trails to hike, roads to bike, and rocks to climb. Pay a visit to some of Slovenia's spa resorts and take advantage of the fresh mountain air and thermal waters. Various castles, churches, and historical towns--many of which are fully preserved--tell stories of the country's past. In Slovenia's major cities, admire the architecture, explore the local arts, visit museums, and chat with the locals over a cup of coffee. Slovenian cuisine offers a blend of Alpine and Mediterranean tastes and is definitely worth trying, along with the country's wines.