22 days in Central Europe Itinerary

22 days in Central Europe Itinerary

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Start: Johannesburg, South Africa
Fly:  13 h 45 min
1
Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 day
Fly:  4 h
2
Berlin, Germany
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
3
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
4
Krakow, Poland
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
5
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
6
Vienna, Austria
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h 30 min
7
Salzburg, Austria
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
8
Innsbruck, Austria
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
9
Munich, Germany
— 5 nights
Fly:  14 h 15 min
End: Johannesburg, South Africa

1
day
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Landesmuseum, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Fraumünster Church.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Zurich vacation planner.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Zurich is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Johannesburg to Zurich. In December, Zurich is cooler than Johannesburg - with highs of 5°C and lows of -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel to Berlin.

Things to do in Zurich

Nature Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Landesmuseum ©
Landesmuseum
Fraumünster Church ©
Fraumünster Church

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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): admire the masterpieces at Pergamonmuseum, thenget a sense of history and politics at Reichstag Building, thenpause for some photo ops at The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, and finally pause for some photo ops at Brandenburg Gate. On the 16th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Topography of Terror, thentake in the local highlights with Walking tours, and then make a trip to East Side Gallery.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Berlin holiday planning website.

You can fly from Zurich to Berlin in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to drive to Prague.

Things to do in Berlin

Museums Tours Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Walking tours
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.
On the 17th (Tue), take in the views from Charles Bridge, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Vitus Cathedral, thenexplore the historical opulence of Prague Castle, and finally don't miss a visit to Staromestske namesti. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, thenget great views at Prague Astronomical Clock, and then visit Lesser Town.

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Traveling by car from Berlin to Prague takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Prague can reach 5°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel to Krakow.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Tours Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Staromestske namesti ©
Staromestske namesti
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
Charles Bridge
Charles Bridge

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 19th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Muzeum Krakowa, oddzial Fabryka Emalia Oskara Schindlera, have fun at Cracow Shooting Academy, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Wawel Cathedral, thenenjoy breathtaking views from Museum of Krakow Town Hall Tower, and finally don't miss a visit to Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Fri): step into the grandiose world of Wawel Royal Castle, thentake in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary's Basilica, and then wander the streets of Stare Miasto.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Krakow tour itinerary planner.

You can fly from Prague to Krakow in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 5°C in December, and nighttime lows around -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough 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
Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square ©
Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square

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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): take in the views from Szechenyi Lanchid, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), thenexamine the collection at House of Terror Museum, and finally ponder the world of politics at Hungarian Parliament Building. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some photo ops at Heroes' Square, boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, pause for some photo ops at Shoes on the Danube Bank, thensteep yourself in history at Matthias Church, and finally steep yourself in history at Fisherman's Bastion.

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Getting from Krakow to Budapest by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December in Budapest, expect temperatures between 5°C during the day and -1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to drive to Vienna.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Spas Museums
Highlights from your plan
Fisherman's Bastion ©
Fisherman's Bastion
Hungarian Parliament Building ©
Hungarian Parliament Building
St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika) ©

3
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, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the historical opulence of Schonbrunn Palace, get to know the resident critters at Schönbrunn Zoo, explore the world behind art at Albertina, and admire the striking features of Maria Am Gestade.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Vienna trip planner.

Drive from Budapest to Vienna in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. December in Vienna sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of 0°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Salzburg.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
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 26th (Thu): explore the galleries of Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus), explore the historical opulence of Schloss Hellbrunn, thenadmire the landmark architecture of Salzburg Cathedral, and finally get great views at Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle. Keep things going the next day: admire the natural beauty at Mirabell Palace, examine the collection at Salzburg Museum, thentake an in-depth tour of Mozarts Geburtshaus, thenshop like a local with Getreidegasse, and finally examine the collection at Red Bull Hangar-7.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Salzburg online trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Vienna to Salzburg takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December in Salzburg, expect temperatures between 6°C during the day and -1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Innsbruck.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle ©
Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle
Salzburg Cathedral ©
Salzburg Cathedral
Schloss Hellbrunn ©
Schloss Hellbrunn

1
night
Innsbruck, Austria

Innsbruck ©
Nestled in a valley between snowcapped peaks, Innsbruck evokes visions of a winter wonderland.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): fly down the slopes at Ski & Snowboardschule Innsbruck, thentake in panoramic vistas at Town Tower (Stadtturm), thenget engrossed in the history at The Golden Roof (Goldenes Dachl), and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Dom zu St. Jakob.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Innsbruck attractions planner.

You can drive from Salzburg to Innsbruck in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December in Innsbruck, expect temperatures between 6°C during the day and -3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Munich.

Things to do in Innsbruck

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Ski & Snowboardschule Innsbruck ©
Ski & Snowboardschule Innsbruck
The Golden Roof (Goldenes Dachl) ©
The Golden Roof (Goldenes Dachl)
Dom zu St. Jakob ©
Dom zu St. Jakob

5
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.
Munich is known for museums, historic sites, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Marienplatz, enjoy breathtaking views from Frauenkirche, admire the striking features of St. Peter's Church, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael's Church.

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Getting from Innsbruck to Munich by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Munich can reach 5°C, while at night they dip to -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Munich

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Deutsches Museum ©
Deutsches Museum
Marienplatz ©
Marienplatz
Munich Residenz ©
Munich Residenz

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