18 days in Germany, Austria & Eastern Europe Itinerary

18 days in Germany, Austria & Eastern Europe Itinerary

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18 days in Germany, Austria & Eastern Europe Itinerary

Start: London, United Kingdom
Fly:  4​h 15​min
1
Cologne, Germany
— 2 nights
Train:  2​h 15​min
2
Stuttgart, Germany
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Munich, Germany
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Salzburg, Austria
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 30​min
5
Vienna, Austria
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
7
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
8
Berlin, Germany
— 3 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
9
Hamburg, Germany
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: London, United Kingdom

2
nights
Cologne, Germany

Cologne ©
Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): admire the masterpieces at Museum Ludwig, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cologne Cathedral, then don't miss a visit to Hohenzollern Bridge, and finally see the interesting displays at Chocolate Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, explore the historical opulence of Marksburg Castle, and then explore the historical opulence of Burg Eltz.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Cologne trip maker tool .

London, UK to Cologne is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from London to Cologne due to the time zone difference. In June, daily temperatures in Cologne can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Stuttgart.

Things to do in Cologne

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, Marksburg, Eltz Castle
Highlights from your plan
Cologne Cathedral ©
Cologne Cathedral
Eltz Castle ©
Eltz Castle
Museum Ludwig ©
Museum Ludwig

2
nights
Stuttgart, Germany

Stuttgart ©
Stuttgart spreads across a variety of valleys, parks, and hills--many of them covered by vineyards.
On the 21st (Sun), stop by Arabica Kaffee & Lebensart and then admire the striking features of Mercedes-Benz Museum. On your second day here, identify plant and animal life at Eninger Weide, take in panoramic vistas at Fernsehturm Stuttgart, and then admire the landmark architecture of State Gallery of Stuttgart.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Stuttgart day trip planner .

Traveling by train from Cologne to Stuttgart takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in June, and nighttime lows around 14°C. On the 23rd (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Munich.

Things to do in Stuttgart

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Eninger Weide, Arabica Kaffee & Lebensart
Highlights from your plan
Mercedes-Benz Museum ©
Mercedes-Benz Museum
Porsche Museum ©
Porsche Museum
Staatsgalerie ©
Staatsgalerie

1
night
Munich, Germany

Munich ©
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.
On the 23rd (Tue), see the interesting displays at Munich Residenz.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Munich online trip builder .

Drive from Stuttgart to Munich in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In June, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Salzburg.

Things to do in Munich

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Munich Residenz ©
Munich Residenz
Nymphenburg Palace ©
Nymphenburg Palace
Deutsches Museum ©
Deutsches Museum

1
night
Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
On the 25th (Thu), steep yourself in history at Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus), pause for some serene contemplation at Salzburg Cathedral, then get great views at Fortress Hohensalzburg, and finally step into the grandiose world of Schloss Hellbrunn.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Salzburg road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Munich to Salzburg takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle ©
Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle
Schloss Hellbrunn ©
Schloss Hellbrunn
Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus) ©
Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus)

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): head outdoors with Donauinsel, browse the eclectic array of goods at Vienna Naschmarkt, then examine the collection at Imperial Palace (Hofburg), then look for gifts at Xocolat, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Stephen's Cathedral.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Vienna trip builder app .

Fly from Salzburg to Vienna in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In June, daily temperatures in Vienna can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Budapest.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
The Hofburg ©
The Hofburg
St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral
Vienna Naschmarkt ©
Vienna Naschmarkt

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), then pause for some photo ops at Hősök tere, then test the waters at a local thermal spa, and finally don't miss a visit to Halaszbastya. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Sas Hill Nature Reserve, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Matthias Church, then examine the collection at House of Terror Museum, and finally take a stroll through Vaci Street.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Budapest trip itinerary planning tool .

Getting from Vienna to Budapest by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in June, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Spas Parks
Highlights from your plan
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church

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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Mon): wander the streets of StaromEstske namEsti, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Katedrala Svateho Vita, then take in panoramic vistas at Petrinska rozhledna, and finally explore the historical opulence of Prague Castle. On the 30th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get outside with Prague for Two, shop like a local with Shevchuk Art Gallery, examine the collection at Lobkowicz Palace, then make a trip to Prague Astronomical Clock, and finally see the sky in a new way at The Štefánik Observatory.

To find other places to visit and more tourist information, read our Prague trip builder .

Fly from Budapest to Prague in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Budapest in June, plan for little chillier days in Prague, with highs around 26°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Berlin.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Museums Tours
Highlights from your plan
Staromestske namesti ©
Staromestske namesti
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
St. Vitus Cathedral ©
St. Vitus Cathedral

3
nights
Berlin, Germany

Berlin ©
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 1st (Wed): explore the world behind art at Pergamonmuseum, then take a stroll through Kurfurstendamm (Kurfurstendam), then wander the streets of Potsdamer Platz, and finally don't miss a visit to East Side Gallery. On the next day, step off the mainland to explore Pfaueninsel, observe the fascinating underwater world at Zoo Berlin, and then view the masterpieces at Klassenfeind Gallery.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Berlin trip planner.

You can drive from Prague to Berlin in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Hamburg.

Things to do in Berlin

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Pergamonmuseum ©
Pergamonmuseum
East Side Gallery ©
East Side Gallery
Potsdamer Platz ©
Potsdamer Platz

3
nights
Hamburg, Germany

Hamburg ©
As the country's biggest port and one of the busiest in all of Europe, Hamburg has a well-deserved reputation as Germany's Gateway to the World.
On the 3rd (Fri), admire the landmark architecture of Speicherstadt. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of St. Michael, then examine the collection at Miniatur Wunderland, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Port of Hamburg.

For where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Hamburg attractions planner.

You can take a train from Berlin to Hamburg in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In July in Hamburg, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 15°C at night. On the 6th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Hamburg

Parks Museums Beaches

Side Trip

Wildpark Schwarze Berge
Highlights from your plan
Port of Hamburg ©
Port of Hamburg
Miniatur Wunderland ©
Miniatur Wunderland
Speicherstadt ©
Speicherstadt

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