22 days in Central Europe Itinerary

22 days in Central Europe Itinerary

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22 days in Central Europe Itinerary

Start: Mumbai, India
Fly:  13 h 30 min
1
Krakow, Poland
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
2
Budapest, Hungary
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Vienna, Austria
— 4 nights
Fly:  2 h 30 min
4
Salzburg, Austria
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
5
Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 night
Fly:  4 h
6
Berlin, Germany
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
7
Prague, Czech Republic
— 3 nights
Fly:  13 h
End: Mumbai, India

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.
Head to Cloth Hall (Sukiennice) and Ulica Florianskafor some retail therapy. Wieliczka Salt Mine and Lost Souls Alley will appeal to museum buffs. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Wawel Cathedral, enjoy some diversion at Shooting in Krakow - Cracow Shooting Academy - Strzelnica Krakow, take a stroll through Stare Miasto, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mary's Basilica.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Krakow trip planner .

Mumbai, India to Krakow is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time to Central European Time is minus 4 hours. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Mumbai in May, with highs in Krakow at 22°C and lows at 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Wieliczka Salt Mine
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Wieliczka Salt Mine ©
Wieliczka Salt Mine
Wawel Royal Castle ©
Wawel Royal Castle
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.
Family-friendly places like Fisherman's Bastion and Liberty Statue will thrill your kids. Head to Koller Gallery and Vaci Streetfor some retail therapy. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Matthias Church, make a trip to Andrassy Avenue, examine the collection at House of Terror Museum, and appreciate the history behind Hősök tere.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Budapest trip planner .

You can fly from Krakow to Budapest in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Budapest can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Vienna.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Vienna Naschmarkt and Schönbrunn Zoo. You'll explore and learn at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien and MuseumsQuartier Wien. Pack the 21st (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Prater. There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Schonbrunn Palace, take a stroll through Graben and Kohlmarkt, admire the masterpieces at Belvedere Palace, and see the interesting displays at Imperial Palace (Hofburg).

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Vienna online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by train from Budapest to Vienna takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May in Vienna, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel to Salzburg.

Things to do in Vienna

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

3
nights
Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Popular historic sites such as Salzburg Fortress (Festung Hohensalzburg) and Schloss Hellbrunn are in your itinerary. Kids will appreciate attractions like Salzburg Museum and Mirabell Palace. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Salzburg Cathedral (Dom), see the interesting displays at Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus), take in the exciting artwork at Brancaccio Marini Art Gallery, and take an in-depth tour of Mozarts Geburtshaus.

To see traveler tips and other tourist information, refer to the Salzburg road trip tool .

Fly from Vienna to Salzburg in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. May in Salzburg sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Zurich.

Things to do in Salzburg

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle ©
Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle
Schloss Hellbrunn ©
Schloss Hellbrunn
Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus) ©
Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus)

1
night
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): wander the streets of Bahnhofstrasse, take an in-depth tour of Swiss National Museum, and then admire the masterpieces at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich).

To find ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Zurich trip planner.

Drive from Salzburg to Zurich in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in May, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel to Berlin.

Things to do in Zurich

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Landesmuseum ©
Landesmuseum
Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich) ©
Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich)
Bahnhofstrasse ©
Bahnhofstrasse

2
nights
Berlin, Germany

Berlin ©
The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): steep yourself in history at East Side Gallery, then steep yourself in history at Mauermuseum - Museum Haus am Checkpoint Charlie, then examine the collection at Topography of Terror, and finally admire the masterpieces at Pergamonmuseum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the history behind Brandenburg Gate, observe the fascinating underwater world at Zoo Berlin, then ponder the world of politics at Reichstag Building, and finally look for gifts at Antique Jewellery Berlin.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Berlin travel itinerary planner .

You can fly from Zurich to Berlin in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Prague.

Things to do in Berlin

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Pergamonmuseum ©
Pergamonmuseum
Topography of Terror ©
Topography of Terror
East Side Gallery ©
East Side Gallery

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at St. Vitus Cathedral and Prague Castle. Head to Lobkowicz Palace and Illusion Art Museum Prague (IAM Prague)for some retail therapy. There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Old Town Square, explore the different monuments and memorials at Old Jewish Cemetery, take in the exciting artwork at DOX Centre for Contemporary Art, and snap pictures at Charles Bridge.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Prague route builder website .

Drive from Berlin to Prague in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In May, daytime highs in Prague are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
St. Vitus Cathedral ©
St. Vitus Cathedral
Staromestske namesti ©
Staromestske namesti
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle

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