24 days in Central Europe Itinerary

24 days in Central Europe Itinerary

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24 days in Central Europe Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  25​h
1
Budapest, Hungary
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Vienna, Austria
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
3
Salzburg, Austria
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Prague, Czech Republic
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
6
Krakow, Poland
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
7
Gdansk, Poland
— 5 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Sydney, Australia

3
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.
Appreciate the collections at House of Terror Museum and Open Art Studio Gallery : urban sketcher center : Painter of Budapest. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Liberty Statue and Halaszbastya. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), steep yourself in history at Shoes on the Danube, examine the collection at Hospital in the Rock, and admire the striking features of Dohány Street Synagogue.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Budapest trip itinerary planner .

Sydney, Australia to Budapest is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. You'll gain 9 hours traveling from Sydney to Budapest due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sydney in October, expect Budapest to be a bit cooler, temps between 19°C and 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Vienna.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Albertina and Stephansplatz. Appreciate the collections at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien and Belvedere Palace. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Imperial Palace (Hofburg), explore the historical opulence of Schonbrunn Palace, get a taste of the local shopping with Graben and Kohlmarkt, and view the masterpieces at Galerie Kaiblinger.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Vienna driving holiday planner.

Traveling by train from Budapest to Vienna takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Vienna can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Salzburg.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at St. Peter's Abbey (Stift St. Peter) and Badestrand Hallstatt. Let the collections at Fortress Hohensalzburg and Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus) capture your imagination. There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Schloss Hellbrunn, explore the galleries of Residenzgalerie Salzburg, contemplate the long history of Mozarts Geburtshaus, and see the interesting displays at Salzburg Museum.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Salzburg trip builder site .

Traveling by flight from Vienna to Salzburg takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in October, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can drive to Cesky Krumlov.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Badestrand Hallstatt
Highlights from your plan
Fortress Hohensalzburg ©
Fortress Hohensalzburg
Schloss Hellbrunn ©
Schloss Hellbrunn
Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus) ©
Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus)

1
night
Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic

Cesky Krumlov ©
Known around the world for its medieval castle, Cesky Krumlov offers the chance to experience the charm of a small European city seemingly frozen in time several centuries ago.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): shop like a local with House of the Dyed Cloth, admire the masterpieces at Egon Schiele Art Centrum, get to know the fascinating history of Historie mesta Ceský Krumlov, have fun and explore at Fairytale House - Puppet Museum, then make a trip to Museum Fotoatelier Seidel, and finally step into the grandiose world of Cesky Krumlov Castle.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Cesky Krumlov visit planner.

You can drive from Salzburg to Cesky Krumlov in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. October in Cesky Krumlov sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Prague.

Things to do in Cesky Krumlov

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Historie mesta Ceský Krumlov ©
Historie mesta Ceský Krumlov
Cesky Krumlov Castle ©
Cesky Krumlov Castle
Egon Schiele Art Centrum ©
Egon Schiele Art Centrum

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to St Barbara's Church and Ossuary / The Cemetery Church. Head to Lobkowicz Palace and Schwarzenberg Palacefor plenty of shopping. There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Prague Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Katedrala Svateho Vita, wander the streets of Hradcany, and don't miss a visit to StaromEstske namEsti.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Prague tour itinerary planning site .

Drive from Cesky Krumlov to Prague in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. October in Prague sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel to Krakow.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Kutna Hora
Highlights from your plan
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
StaromEstske namEsti ©
StaromEstske namEsti
Katedrala Svateho Vita ©
Katedrala Svateho Vita

3
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.
Appreciate the collections at Wieliczka Salt Mine and Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Sukiennice (Cloth Hall) and Ulica Florianska. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Wawel Cathedral, appreciate the extensive heritage of Wawel Royal Castle, wander the streets of Kazmierz The Former Jewish District, and admire the landmark architecture of St. Mary's Basilica.

To see maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Krakow journey builder .

Fly from Prague to Krakow in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in October, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Gdansk.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Wieliczka Salt Mine, Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau
Highlights from your plan
Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau ©
Wieliczka Salt Mine ©
Wieliczka Salt Mine
Wawel Cathedral ©
Wawel Cathedral

5
nights
Gdansk, Poland

Gdansk ©
Although its history goes back a thousand years, Gdansk represents one of Poland's most modern urban centers, its thriving economy boosted by a lively tourism sector.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Mariacka Street (ulica Mariacka) and Europejskie Centrum SolidarnoSci. Take a break from the city and head to Sopot Beach and Brzezno Beach. Go for a jaunt from Gdansk to Malbork to see Muzeum Zamkowe w Malborku about 56 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Old Town, take in panoramic vistas at Sopot Pier, brush up on your military savvy at Museum of the Second World War (Muzeum II Wojny Swiatowej), and enjoy the sand and surf at Sobieszewo Beach.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Gdansk online trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Krakow to Gdansk takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In October, daily temperatures in Gdansk can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. On the 23rd (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Gdansk

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Sopot, Muzeum Zamkowe w Malborku
Highlights from your plan
Muzeum Zamkowe w Malborku ©
Muzeum Zamkowe w Malborku
Europejskie Centrum SolidarnoSci ©
Europejskie Centrum SolidarnoSci
Old Town ©
Old Town

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