21 days in Europe Itinerary

21 days in Europe Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Europe trip planner

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Munich, Germany
— 2 nights
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Salzburg, Austria
— 3 nights
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Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic
— 1 night
Bus to Linz, Train to Vienna
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Vienna, Austria
— 2 nights
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Budapest, Hungary
— 4 nights
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Zagreb, Croatia
— 3 nights
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Ljubljana, Slovenia
— 3 nights
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Munich, Germany

— 2 nights

Village of a Million People

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Munich Residenz and Burgersaalkirche. Discover out-of-the-way places like Deutsches Museum and Deutsches Museum Flugwerft Schleissheim. There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Lenbachhaus, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Theatinerkirche St. Kajetan, examine the collection at Deutsches Museum Verkehrszentrum, and admire the striking features of Heiliggeistkirche.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Munich sightseeing site.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Munich is an approximately 15-hour flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Johannesburg to Munich due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Johannesburg in December, things will get cooler in Munich: highs are around 5°C and lows about -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Salzburg.

Things to do in Munich

Museums · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Salzburg, Austria

— 3 nights

Rome of the North

Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Tue): examine the collection at Red Bull Hangar-7, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter's Abbey (Stift St. Peter), then get great views at Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle, then take an in-depth tour of Mozarts Geburtshaus, and finally stop by Alte furst-erzbischofliche Hofapotheke.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Salzburg trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from Munich to Salzburg takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 6°C in December, and nighttime lows around -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to drive to Cesky Krumlov.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic

— 1 night
Known around the world for its medieval castle, Cesky Krumlov offers the chance to experience the charm of a small European city seemingly frozen in time several centuries ago.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): examine the collection at 3D Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Historie mesta Ceský Krumlov, then see the interesting displays at Moldavite Museum - Muzeum vltavinu, then admire the masterpieces at Egon Schiele Art Centrum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of St. Vitus. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Latran houses, contemplate the long history of Minorite Monastery, see the interesting displays at Regionalni Muzeum v Ceskem Krumlove, examine the collection at Museum Fotoatelier Seidel, then get great views at Lavka pod Zamkem, and finally contemplate the long history of Cesky Krumlov Castle.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Cesky Krumlov planner.

Drive from Salzburg to Cesky Krumlov in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, daily temperatures in Cesky Krumlov can reach 4°C, while at night they dip to -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can drive to Vienna.

Things to do in Cesky Krumlov

Historic Sites · Museums

Vienna, Austria

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of the Jesuits, make a trip to Ringstrasse, examine the collection at The Hofburg, then get engrossed in the history at Kaiserliche Schatzkammer Wien, and finally don't miss a visit to St. Stephen's Cathedral.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Vienna driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Cesky Krumlov to Vienna takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 5°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can go by car to Budapest.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums · Historic Sites

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.
Appreciate the collections at Miniversum Budapest and House of Terror Museum. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Wine Tours & Tastings and Faust Wine Cellar. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Fisherman's Bastion, admire the landmark architecture of Dohány Street Synagogue, take in the spiritual surroundings of Matthias Church, and appreciate the history behind Heroes' Square.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Budapest journey builder site.

Getting from Vienna to Budapest by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train. In December in Budapest, expect temperatures between 5°C during the day and -1°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can go by car to Zagreb.

Things to do in Budapest

Museums · Historic Sites · Wineries · Tours

Zagreb, Croatia

— 3 nights

Little Vienna

Zagreb boasts a combination of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture, but it is beloved for its outdoor cafe culture.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Upper Town (Gornji Grad) and Archaeological Museum in Zagreb. Do some cultural sightseeing at St. Mark's Church and Krapina Neanderthal Museum. Go for a jaunt from Zagreb to Trakoscan to see Trakoscan Castle (Dvor Trakoscan) about 1h 15 min away. And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Museum of Arts and Crafts, visit Strossmayer Promenade, and see the interesting displays at Zagreb 80's Museum.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Zagreb trip site.

You can drive from Budapest to Zagreb in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Zagreb can reach 7°C, while at night they dip to -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Ljubljana.

Things to do in Zagreb

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Ljubljana, Slovenia

— 3 nights
Sitting astride the Ljubljanica River, Ljubljana is marked with picturesque bridges and a marketplace, designed by the famous architect Jože Plečnik.
Popular historic sites such as Cathedral of St. Nicholas and Cankarjevo Nabrežje are in your itinerary. Let the collections at National Gallery and National Museum of Contemporary History capture your imagination. Spend the 27th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Dedicate the 28th (Tue) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Franciscan Church of the Annunciation, get a sense of history and politics at Town Hall, and don't miss a visit to Ljubljana Castle.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Ljubljana sightseeing website.

You can drive from Zagreb to Ljubljana in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 5°C, and evening lows to -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ljubljana

Tours · Wildlife · Wineries · Outdoors