21 days in Central Europe & Holland Itinerary

21 days in Central Europe & Holland Itinerary

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21 days in Central Europe & Holland Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  26​h
1
Krakow, Poland
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
3
Vienna, Austria
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
4
Salzburg, Austria
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Munich, Germany
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
6
Prague, Czech Republic
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
7
Berlin, Germany
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
8
Amsterdam, Holland
— 4 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Sydney, Australia

1
night
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.
On the 9th (Fri), appreciate the extensive heritage of Wawel Royal Castle, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of St. Andrew (Kosciol Swietogo Andrzeja), then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wawel Cathedral, and finally have fun at Shooting in Krakow - Cracow Shooting Academy - Strzelnica Krakow. On the 10th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the extensive heritage of Main Market Square, then browse the different shops at Cloth Hall (Sukiennice), then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Mary's Basilica, and finally take a stroll through Stare Miasto.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Krakow day trip tool .

Sydney, Australia to Krakow is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a -9 hour difference. Traveling from Sydney in August, expect Krakow to be somewhat warmer, temps between 29°C and 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Cracow Shooting Academy ©
Cracow Shooting Academy
Wawel Cathedral ©
Wawel Cathedral
Wawel Royal Castle ©
Wawel Royal Castle

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.
On the 11th (Sun), ponder the world of politics at Parliament, then pause for some photo ops at Hősök tere, then see the interesting displays at House of Terror Museum, and finally admire the masterpieces at Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), take in the spiritual surroundings of Dohány Street Synagogue, then take in the views from Szechenyi Chain Bridge, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Matthias Church, and finally make a trip to Fisherman's Bastion.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Budapest trip planning website .

Traveling by flight from Krakow to Budapest takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in August, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Vienna.

Things to do in Budapest

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

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.
On the 13th (Tue), admire the landmark architecture of St. Stephen's Cathedral, browse the eclectic array of goods at Vienna Naschmarkt, and then admire the striking features of Schonbrunn Palace. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Imperial Palace (Hofburg), explore the world behind art at Belvedere Palace, and then explore the world behind art at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Vienna trip planner.

Take a train from Budapest to Vienna in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August in Vienna, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 18°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to travel to Salzburg.

Things to do in Vienna

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral
Belvedere Palace ©
Belvedere Palace

2
nights
Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): step into the grandiose world of Schloss Hellbrunn, then contemplate the long history of Salzburg Cathedral (Dom), then steep yourself in history at Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus), and finally admire the landmark architecture of Mirabell Palace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Salzburg Museum, explore the galleries of Mozarts Geburtshaus, get great views at Salzburg Fortress (Festung Hohensalzburg), then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter's Abbey (Stift St. Peter), and finally see the interesting displays at Red Bull Hangar-7.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Salzburg travel itinerary planner.

Fly from Vienna to Salzburg in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In August, daytime highs in Salzburg are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can drive to Munich.

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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Marienplatz, get curious at Deutsches Museum, then examine the collection at Munich Residenz, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael's Church. Here are some ideas for day two: walk around English Garden, take in nature's colorful creations at Schloss Nymphenburg, and then take in panoramic vistas at Frauenkirche.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Munich trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Salzburg to Munich takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August in Munich, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Munich

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

3
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.
Prague is known for historic sites, nightlife, museums, fun & games, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Old Town Square, take a stroll through Mala strana, sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Petřín.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Prague online visit planner .

You can fly from Munich to Prague in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In August, daytime highs in Prague are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to drive to Berlin.

Things to do in Prague

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

2
nights
Berlin, Germany

The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
On the 22nd (Thu), pause for some photo ops at Brandenburg Gate, then deepen your understanding at The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, then admire the striking features of Reichstag Building, and finally explore the world behind art at Pergamonmuseum. Keep things going the next day: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Zoo Berlin and then take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Berlin road trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Prague to Berlin takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Berlin

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Tours
Highlights from your plan
Walking tours
Reichstag Building ©
Reichstag Building
Brandenburg Gate ©
Brandenburg Gate

4
nights
Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Amsterdam is known for museums, nightlife, parks, breweries & distilleries, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum, steep yourself in history at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House), admire nature's wide array of creatures at ARTIS, and admire the striking features of Royal Palace Amsterdam.

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Amsterdam trip website .

Getting from Berlin to Amsterdam by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In August, daily temperatures in Amsterdam can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. On the 27th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

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