23 days in Central Europe Itinerary

23 days in Central Europe Itinerary

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23 days in Central Europe Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Fly:  18​h
1
Budapest, Hungary
— 7 nights
2
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
3
Vienna, Austria
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
4
Salzburg, Austria
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Munich, Germany
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
6
Prague, Czech Republic
— Few hours
Fly:  4​h 45​min
7
Krakow, Poland
— 5 nights
Fly:  18​h 45​min
End: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

7
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.
Get some historical perspective at Andrassy Avenue and Dohány Street Synagogue. Get a sense of the local culture at Matthias Church and Vaci Street. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Budapest: Valley of the Beautiful Women (in Eger) and Nagyvillam Ski Slope (in Visegrad). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Halaszbastya, explore the world behind art at Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria), browse the fresh offerings at Central Market Hall, and boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Budapest trip itinerary builder website .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Budapest is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Budapest due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur in December, things will get colder in Budapest: highs are around 5°C and lows about -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Budapest

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Nagyvillam Ski Slope, Valley of the Beautiful Women
Highlights from your plan
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya

2
nights
Budapest, Hungary

Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): make a trip to Clark Adam Square (Clark Adam ter). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Tue): take in the views from Szechenyi Chain Bridge, then explore the activities along Danube River, then view the masterpieces at Koller Gallery, and finally contemplate the long history of Liberty Statue.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Budapest travel route builder website .

Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Vienna.

Things to do in Budapest

Spas Museums Parks
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Spas
Liberty Statue ©
Liberty Statue
Hospital in the Rock ©
Hospital in the Rock

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): explore the galleries of Belvedere Palace, look for gifts at Xocolat, then wander the streets of Historic Center of Vienna, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Stephen's Cathedral. On the 13th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the awesome beauty at Kahlenberg, see the interesting displays at Imperial Palace (Hofburg), then hunt for treasures at Vienna Naschmarkt, and finally admire the masterpieces at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien.

To find maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Vienna trip planner .

You can take a train from Budapest to Vienna in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 5°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Salzburg.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Belvedere Palace ©
Belvedere Palace
St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral
Imperial Palace (Hofburg) ©
Imperial Palace (Hofburg)

2
nights
Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): get a taste of the local shopping with Getreidegasse, get engrossed in the history at Mozarts Geburtshaus, contemplate the long history of Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Salzburg Cathedral, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Untersberg, and finally take a stroll through Steingasse. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Salzburg Museum, then contemplate the long history of Residenzgalerie Salzburg, then don't miss a visit to Salzburger Altstadt, and finally take an in-depth tour of Fortress Hohensalzburg.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Salzburg trip itinerary planning website .

You can fly from Vienna to Salzburg in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 6°C, and evening lows to -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Munich.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Fortress Hohensalzburg ©
Fortress Hohensalzburg
Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus) ©
Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus)
Mozarts Geburtshaus ©
Mozarts Geburtshaus

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): explore the activities along English Garden, get engrossed in the history at Nymphenburg Palace, and then contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Church. Here are some ideas for day two: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, browse the eclectic array of goods at Viktualienmarkt, and then see the interesting displays at Munich Residenz.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Munich online vacation planner .

You can drive from Salzburg to Munich in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December in Munich, expect temperatures between 5°C during the day and -1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel to Prague.

Things to do in Munich

Parks Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
English Garden ©
English Garden
Nymphenburg Palace ©
Nymphenburg Palace
Munich Residenz ©
Munich Residenz

few
hours
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.
To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Prague trip planner .

You can fly from Munich to Prague in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Prague can reach 5°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. You'll set off for Krakow on the 17th (Tue).

Things to do in Prague

Tours Nightlife Outdoors

5
nights
Krakow, Poland

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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore HistoryLand and Muzeum Krakowa, oddzial Fabryka Emalia Oskara Schindlera. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Wawel Cathedral and Stare Miasto. The adventure continues: appreciate the extensive heritage of Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mary's Basilica, take in the spiritual surroundings of Bazylika i Klasztor Franciszkanow, and take a stroll through Ulica Florianska.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Krakow route app .

Getting from Prague to Krakow by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 5°C in December, and nighttime lows around -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Krakow

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Wawel Cathedral ©
Wawel Cathedral
Wawel Royal Castle ©
Wawel Royal Castle

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