20 days in Central Europe Itinerary

20 days in Central Europe Itinerary

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20 days in Central Europe Itinerary

Start: Cape Town, South Africa
Fly:  17​h 15​min
1
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
Krakow, Poland
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Berlin, Germany
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
5
Munich, Germany
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Salzburg, Austria
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
7
Vienna, Austria
— 5 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: Cape Town, South Africa

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.
Budapest is known for historic sites, spas, nightlife, museums, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Hungarian Parliament Building, pause for some photo ops at Hősök tere, test the waters at a local thermal spa, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dohány Street Synagogue.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Budapest itinerary planner.

Cape Town, South Africa to Budapest is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly. The time zone difference moving from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to Central European Time (CET) is minus 1 hour. In August, Budapest is somewhat warmer than Cape Town - with highs of 32°C and lows of 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to travel to Krakow.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Spas Museums
Highlights from your plan
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Hungarian Parliament Building ©
Hungarian Parliament Building
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church

2
nights
Krakow, Poland

Krakow ©
One of Poland's oldest cities, Krakow sits at the foot of the Carpathian Mountains, its historical town center nestled on the left bank of the Vistula River.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Wawel Cathedral, wander the streets of Stare Miasto, and then get to know the fascinating history of Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Wieliczka Salt Mine, then get to know the fascinating history of Wawel Royal Castle, and then admire the striking features of St. Mary's Basilica.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Krakow online attractions planner .

Traveling by flight from Budapest to Krakow takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Budapest in August; daily highs in Krakow reach 29°C and lows reach 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Berlin.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Wieliczka Salt Mine
Highlights from your plan
Wawel Cathedral ©
Wawel Cathedral
Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square ©
Wawel Royal Castle ©
Wawel Royal Castle

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.
Berlin is known for museums, historic sites, nightlife, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get a sense of history and politics at Reichstag Building, pause for some photo ops at The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, see the interesting displays at Topographie des Terrors, and contemplate the long history of Bebelplatz.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Berlin trip tool .

You can fly from Krakow to Berlin in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Prague.

Things to do in Berlin

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Brandenburg Gate ©
Brandenburg Gate
Reichstag Building ©
Reichstag Building

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 17th (Sat): take in the local highlights with Walking tours, then wander the streets of StaromEstske namEsti, then get great views at Prague Astronomical Clock, and finally snap pictures at Charles Bridge. On the 18th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the historical opulence of Prague Castle, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Katedrala Svateho Vita, and then take a stroll through Lesser Town.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Prague online route planner .

Getting from Berlin to Prague by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can travel to Munich.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Tours
Highlights from your plan
StaromEstske namEsti ©
StaromEstske namEsti
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
Charles Bridge
Charles Bridge

2
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 19th (Mon): take in nature's colorful creations at Nymphenburg Palace, then get curious at Deutsches Museum, and then make a trip to Marienplatz. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Munich Residenz, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael's Church, then take in panoramic vistas at Frauenkirche, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at English Garden.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Munich tour planner .

You can fly from Prague to Munich in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in August, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can go by car to Salzburg.

Things to do in Munich

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Nymphenburg Palace ©
Nymphenburg Palace
English Garden ©
English Garden
Marienplatz ©
Marienplatz

2
nights
Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): see the interesting displays at Red Bull Hangar-7, then explore the historical opulence of Schloss Hellbrunn, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Salzburg Cathedral, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Mirabell Palace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus), take an in-depth tour of Mozarts Geburtshaus, then see the interesting displays at Salzburg Museum, then get great views at Fortress Hohensalzburg, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter's Abbey (Stift St. Peter).

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Salzburg day trip site .

Traveling by car from Munich to Salzburg takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August in Salzburg, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Fortress Hohensalzburg ©
Fortress Hohensalzburg
Mirabell Palace ©
Mirabell Palace
Schloss Hellbrunn ©
Schloss Hellbrunn

5
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.
Vienna is known for historic sites, museums, nightlife, zoos & aquariums, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step into the grandiose world of Schonbrunn Palace, browse the eclectic array of goods at Vienna Naschmarkt, make a trip to Haus der Musik Wien, and examine the collection at MuseumsQuartier Wien.

To find out how to plan a trip to Vienna, use our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Salzburg to Vienna by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Vienna

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

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