21 days in Europe Itinerary

21 days in Europe Itinerary

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Budapest, Hungary
— 4 nights
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Berlin, Germany
— 5 nights
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Munich, Germany
— 5 nights
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Zagreb, Croatia
— 1 night
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Ljubljana, Slovenia
— 2 nights
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Salzburg, Austria
— 3 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.
Fisherman's Bastion and Matthias Church will appeal to history buffs. Miniversum Budapest and Hospital in the Rock Nuclear Bunker Museum will appeal to museum buffs. There's much more to do: do a tasting at Faust Wine Cellar, examine the collection at Budapest Pinball Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), and steep yourself in history at Dohány Street Synagogue.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Budapest driving holiday website.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Budapest is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Johannesburg to Budapest is minus 1 hour. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Johannesburg in December; daily highs in Budapest reach 5°C and lows reach -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Berlin.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites · Wineries · Museums · Tours

Berlin, Germany

— 5 nights

Athens of the Spree

The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Explore hidden gems such as Gendarmenmarkt and Frauenkirche Dresden. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen and Gemaldegalerie Alte Meister. Explore Berlin's surroundings by going to Dresden (Neues Grünes Gewölbe, Procession of Princes, &more). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, wander the streets of Mitte, appreciate the history behind Brandenburg Gate, and examine the collection at Classic Remise Berlin.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Berlin online attractions planner.

Fly from Budapest to Berlin in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel to Munich.

Things to do in Berlin

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Munich, Germany

— 5 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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Munich Residenz and Pinakothek der Moderne. Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site and Old Town will appeal to history buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Munich: Regensburg (Legionslagermauer, Cathedral of St Peter's, &more) and Nuremberg (Nuremberg Palace of Justice, Kaiserburg Nurnberg, &more). Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of St. Peter's Church, steep yourself in history at Rathaus-Glockenspiel, examine the collection at BMW Welt, and don't miss a visit to Marienplatz.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Munich trip planner.

You can fly from Berlin to Munich in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 5°C, and evening lows to -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Zagreb.

Things to do in Munich

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Zagreb, Croatia

— 1 night

Little Vienna

Zagreb boasts a combination of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture, but it is beloved for its outdoor cafe culture.
On the 25th (Sat), admire the striking features of Cathedral of the Assumption, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Mirogoj Cemetery, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Mark's Church, and finally wander the streets of Upper Town (Gornji Grad).

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Zagreb route planning tool.

You can fly from Munich to Zagreb in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; 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 25th (Sat) so you can drive to Ljubljana.

Things to do in Zagreb

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Ljubljana, Slovenia

— 2 nights
Sitting astride the Ljubljanica River, Ljubljana is marked with picturesque bridges and a marketplace, designed by the famous architect Jože Plečnik.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): explore the historical opulence of Predjama Castle, explore the fascinating underground world of Postojna Cave, ponder the world of politics at Town Hall, then take in the views from Triple Bridge, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of St. Nicholas. Keep things going the next day: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Ljubljana route planner.

Drive from Zagreb to Ljubljana in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a train. December in Ljubljana sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of -3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Salzburg.

Things to do in Ljubljana

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · 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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): admire the landmark architecture of Salzburg Cathedral, admire the striking features of Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter's Abbey (Stift St. Peter), then stroll the grounds of Petersfriedhof, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Blasius Church. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Dreifaltigkeitskirche (Holy Trinity Church), see the interesting displays at Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus), take an in-depth tour of Mozarts Geburtshaus, then see the interesting displays at Red Bull Hangar-7, and finally explore the historical opulence of Schloss Hellbrunn.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Salzburg trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Ljubljana to Salzburg in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Salzburg can reach 6°C, while at night they dip to -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites · Museums