19 days in Central Europe, Venice & Rome Itinerary

19 days in Central Europe, Venice & Rome Itinerary

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19 days in Central Europe, Venice & Rome Itinerary

Start: Munich, Germany
Drive:  1​h 30​min
1
Salzburg, Austria
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Vienna, Austria
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
Bled, Slovenia
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
6
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive:  8​h 45​min
7
Interlaken, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
8
Munich, Germany
— 2 nights
End: Munich, Germany

2
nights
Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Get a sense of the local culture at Fortress Hohensalzburg and Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus). Get some historical perspective at Schloss Hellbrunn and Salzburg Cathedral. Change things up with these side-trips from Salzburg: Hallstatt (Beinhaus, Karner, Ossuary & Old Town). There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Mozarts Geburtshaus, see the interesting displays at Salzburg Museum, explore the different monuments and memorials at Cemetery of St. Sebastian (Friedhof St. Sebastian), and take in nature's colorful creations at Mirabell Palace.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Salzburg tour itinerary website .

Munich, Germany to Salzburg is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Salzburg are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Prague.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Hallstatt
Highlights from your plan
Schloss Hellbrunn ©
Schloss Hellbrunn
Fortress Hohensalzburg ©
Fortress Hohensalzburg
Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus) ©

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Skydiving. Get some historical perspective at Prague Castle and Karlstejn Castle. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Katedrala Svateho Vita, make a trip to StaromEstske namEsti, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and appreciate the extensive heritage of The Vrtba Garden.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Prague journey planning website .

You can drive from Salzburg to Prague in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in August, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Tours Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Karlstejn Castle
Highlights from your plan
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
St. Vitus Cathedral ©
St. Vitus Cathedral
StaromEstske namEsti ©
StaromEstske namEsti

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at St. Stephen's Cathedral, explore the world behind art at Belvedere Palace, then explore the historical opulence of Schonbrunn Palace, then examine the collection at Imperial Palace (Hofburg), and finally take in the awesome beauty at Kahlenberg. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Wed): take a stroll through Historic Center of Vienna, get outside with Donauinsel, take in the spiritual surroundings of Karlskirche, then get to know the fascinating history of Schonbrunner Gardens, and finally admire the masterpieces at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Vienna road trip planner .

You can fly from Prague to Vienna in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Vienna can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to travel to Bled.

Things to do in Vienna

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral
Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
Belvedere Palace ©
Belvedere Palace

2
nights
Bled, Slovenia

The most popular resort in Slovenia, Bled is marked by its iconic church steeple and medieval castle on glacial Lake Bled.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): take some stellar pictures from Mala Osojnica, stroll through Vintgar Gorge, step into the grandiose world of Bled Castle, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Martin's Parish Church, and finally skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Bled trip maker tool .

You can fly from Vienna to Bled in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in August, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Venice.

Things to do in Bled

Outdoors Parks Tours
Highlights from your plan
Parasailing & Paragliding
Vintgar Gorge ©
Vintgar Gorge
Bled Castle ©
Bled Castle

2
nights
Venice, Italy

Venice ©
Virtually unchanged for the last six centuries, Venice is actually a group of islands made famous by a series of canals, bridges, monuments, piazzas, and narrow pedestrian lanes.
Piazza San Marco and Scrovegni Chapel will appeal to history buffs. Doge's Palace and Basilica di San Marco are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with a short trip to Basilica di Sant’Antonio in Padua (about 54 minutes away). There's much more to do: explore the activities along Canal Grande, admire the masterpieces at Gallerie dell'Accademia, pause for some serene contemplation at San Giorgio Maggiore, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo (San Zanipolo).

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Venice itinerary builder site .

Getting from Bled to Venice by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a train. Traveling from Bled in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Venice, with lows of 22°C. On the 11th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Rome.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Padua
Highlights from your plan
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco

3
nights
Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
On the 12th (Mon), explore the ancient world of Colosseum, explore the different monuments and memorials at Catacombe di San Callisto, admire the masterpieces at Vatican Museums, then steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Maria in Trastevere. Keep things going the next day: explore the ancient world of Palatine Hill, steep yourself in history at Roman Forum, make a trip to Trevi Fountain, explore the ancient world of Pantheon, then make a trip to Piazza Navona, and finally admire the masterpieces at Galleria Borghese.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Rome online road trip planner .

Fly from Venice to Rome in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Interlaken.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Vatican City, Villa Adriana
Highlights from your plan
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica

2
nights
Interlaken, Switzerland

Nestled between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz in the heart of the Jungfrau region, Interlaken became popular for its proximity to the mountains and lakes of the Bernese Oberland region.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): take a stroll through UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, engage your brain at Einstein House (Einsteinhaus), glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, then take in the awesome beauty at Harderkulm, then get outside with Bumblebee Hanggliding Interlaken, and finally get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour. On the 16th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the awesome beauty at Jungfraujoch, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Kleine Scheidegg, and then have some family-friendly fun at Seilpark Interlaken.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Interlaken holiday builder website .

You can do a combination of flight and train from Rome to Interlaken in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In August, Interlaken is slightly colder than Rome - with highs of 26°C and lows of 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Munich.

Things to do in Interlaken

Tours Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Bern, Grindelwald-Wengen-Murren-Lauterbrunnen
Highlights from your plan
Parasailing & Paragliding
Jungfraujoch ©
Jungfraujoch
Harderkulm ©
Harderkulm

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nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Asam Church, then take in nature's colorful creations at Nymphenburg Palace, then steep yourself in history at Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site, and finally explore the activities along English Garden. On the 18th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter's Church, get curious at Deutsches Museum, then examine the collection at Munich Residenz, and finally explore the world behind art at Alte Pinakothek.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Munich trip planner .

Traveling by car from Interlaken to Munich takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Munich

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site
Highlights from your plan
Munich Residenz ©
Munich Residenz
Nymphenburg Palace ©
Nymphenburg Palace
St. Peter's Church ©
St. Peter's Church

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