22 days in Central Europe Itinerary

22 days in Central Europe Itinerary

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22 days in Central Europe Itinerary

Start: London, United Kingdom
Fly:  5​h
1
Prague, Czech Republic
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Krakow, Poland
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Budapest, Hungary
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
4
Vienna, Austria
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
5
Salzburg, Austria
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h
6
Lucerne, Switzerland
— 3 nights
train + Fly:  5​h
End: London, United Kingdom

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.
St Barbara's Church and Prague Castle will appeal to history buffs. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Ossuary / The Cemetery Church and Katedrala Svateho Vita. Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through StaromEstske namEsti, take in panoramic vistas at Hradcany, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kostel sv. Mikuláše, and snap pictures at Charles Bridge.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Prague road trip tool .

London, UK to Prague is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Central European Time is 1 hour. In July in Prague, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Krakow.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Kutna Hora
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StaromEstske namEsti ©
StaromEstske namEsti
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
Katedrala Svateho Vita ©
Katedrala Svateho Vita

4
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.
Popular historic sites such as Wawel Cathedral and Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square are in your itinerary. Get a sense of the local culture at Wawel Royal Castle and Wieliczka Salt Mine. Take a break from Krakow with a short trip to Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau in Oswiecim, about 1h 30 min away. Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mary's Basilica, wander the streets of Stare Miasto, explore the different monuments and memorials at Rakowicki Cemetery, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Corpus Christi Church (Kosciol Bozego Ciala).

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Krakow visit planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Prague to Krakow takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In July, daily temperatures in Krakow can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau, Wieliczka Salt Mine
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Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau ©
Wieliczka Salt Mine ©
Wieliczka Salt Mine
Wawel Cathedral ©
Wawel Cathedral

4
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Liberty Statue and Vajdahunyad Castle (Vajdahunyadvar). Matthias Church and Halaszbastya will appeal to history buffs. When in Budapest, make a side trip to see Eger Castle in Eger, approximately 2 hours away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), pause for some photo ops at Hősök tere, get to know the fascinating history of Janoshegy, and ponder the world of politics at Hungarian Parliament Building.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Budapest day trip website .

You can fly from Krakow to Budapest in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. July in Budapest sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Vienna.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Spas Museums

Side Trip

Eger Castle
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Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church

4
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Melk Abbey and Schonbrunn Palace. Discover out-of-the-way places like Albertina and Stephansplatz. There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Belvedere Palace, see the interesting displays at Judenplatz Holocaust Memorial, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chapel of St. Virgil, and ponder the world of politics at Rathaus.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Vienna tour planner.

Traveling by train from Budapest to Vienna takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. July in Vienna sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Salzburg.

Things to do in Vienna

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Melk Abbey
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St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral
Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
Melk Abbey ©
Melk Abbey

3
nights
Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Get some historical perspective at Schloss Hellbrunn and Salzburg Cathedral. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Fortress Hohensalzburg and Mozarts Geburtshaus. When in Salzburg, make a side trip to see Schmittenhohe in Zell am See, approximately 1h 25 min away. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Abbey (Stift St. Peter), see the interesting displays at Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus), admire the natural beauty at Mirabell Palace, and make a trip to Salzburger Altstadt.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Salzburg online journey planner .

You can fly from Vienna to Salzburg in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In July in Salzburg, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can drive to Lucerne.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Schmittenhohe
Highlights from your plan
Schloss Hellbrunn ©
Schloss Hellbrunn
Schmittenhohe ©
Schmittenhohe
Fortress Hohensalzburg ©
Fortress Hohensalzburg

3
nights
Lucerne, Switzerland

In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Take a break from the city and head to Parasailing & Paragliding and Lake Lucerne. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Mt Pilatus and Chapel Bridge. Explore Lucerne's surroundings by going to Zurich (Fraumünster Church & Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Ufschotti Park.

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

Traveling by car from Salzburg to Lucerne takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Lucerne

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Zurich, Parasailing & Paragliding
Highlights from your plan
Parasailing & Paragliding
Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Lake Lucerne ©
Lake Lucerne

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