20 days in Austria, Budapest & Prague Itinerary

20 days in Austria, Budapest & Prague Itinerary

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Budapest, Hungary
— 4 nights
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Prague, Czech Republic
— 5 nights
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Vienna, Austria
— 5 nights
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Salzburg, Austria
— 5 nights
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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.
Miniversum Budapest and Hospital in the Rock Nuclear Bunker Museum will appeal to museum buffs. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Wine Tours & Tastings and Liberty Statue. And it doesn't end there: do a tasting at Faust Wine Cellar, make a trip to New York Palace, take in the spiritual surroundings of Deak teri evangelikus templom, and step into the grandiose world of Vajdahunyad Castle (Vajdahunyadvar).

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Austin, USA to Budapest is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is 7 hours. Traveling from Austin in December, you will find days in Budapest are colder (40°F), and nights are a bit cooler (29°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Prague.

Things to do in Budapest

Wineries · Tours · Historic Sites · Museums

Prague, Czech Republic

— 5 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Hradcany and St Barbara's Church. Step off the beaten path and head to Lesser Town and Památník Terezín - Malá pevnost. Explore Prague's surroundings by going to Kutna Hora (The Cathedral of Assumption, Sedlec Ossuary, &more). Next up on the itinerary: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, contemplate the long history of Lobkowicz Palace, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Infant Jesus of Prague, and make a trip to National Memorial to the Heroes of the Heydrich Terror.

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Getting from Budapest to Prague by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. In December, plan for daily highs up to 41°F, and evening lows to 32°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to fly to Vienna.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Spas

Side Trips

Vienna, Austria

— 5 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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Albertina and Leopold Museum. Step off the beaten path and head to Natural History Museum (Naturhistorisches Museum) and Rathausplatz. The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Peterskirche, admire the masterpieces at Kunst Haus Wien - Museum Hundertwasser, take an in-depth tour of Kaiserliche Schatzkammer Wien, and explore the galleries of Central Cemetery (Zentralfriedhof).

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Fly from Prague to Vienna in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In December, plan for daily highs up to 41°F, and evening lows to 31°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can drive to Salzburg.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Salzburg, Austria

— 5 nights

Rome of the North

Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Altstadt von Innsbruck and KZ-Gedenkstatte Mauthausen. Museum-lovers will get to explore Red Bull Hangar-7 and Museu Delle Macchine Da Screvere. Explore Salzburg's surroundings by going to Innsbruck (Georgskapelle, Maria-Theresien-Strasse, &more). Next up on the itinerary: stroll the grounds of Petersfriedhof, admire the landmark architecture of Salzburg Cathedral, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Blasius Church, and take an unorthodox tour of Catacombe Del Cimitero Di San Pietro.

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You can drive from Vienna to Salzburg in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In December, plan for daily highs up to 42°F, and evening lows to 29°F. On the 31st (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

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.