26 days in Central Europe Itinerary

26 days in Central Europe Itinerary

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26 days in Central Europe Itinerary

Start: Oradea, Romania
Drive:  8​h 30​min
1
Vienna, Austria
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
2
Hohenschwangau, Germany
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h 30​min
3
Montreux, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Interlaken, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
7
Lucerne, Switzerland
— 2 nights
train + Fly:  6​h
8
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
9
Dresden, Germany
— 2 nights
train:  4​h 15​min
10
Hamburg, Germany
— 2 nights
Fly:  13​h 30​min
End: Oradea, Romania

1
night
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.
On the 26th (Mon), head outdoors with Rosarium, pause for some serene contemplation at Stift Heiligenkreuz, identify plant and animal life at Naturpark Mannersdof-Wuste, then steep yourself in history at Wasserturm Wienna, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Augustinerkirche.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Vienna trip maker site .

Oradea, Romania to Vienna is an approximately 6-hour car ride. You can also fly. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time (EET) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. While traveling from Oradea, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Vienna, ranging from highs of 31°C to lows of 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to travel to Hohenschwangau.

Things to do in Vienna

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Burg Liechtenstein, Rosarium, Naturpark Mannersdof-Wuste, Stift Heiligenkreuz, Naturpark Sparbach
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Naturpark Mannersdof-Wuste ©
Naturpark Mannersdof-Wuste
Naturpark Sparbach ©
Naturpark Sparbach
Stift Heiligenkreuz ©
Stift Heiligenkreuz

1
night
Hohenschwangau, Germany

Hohenschwangau ©
A picturesque village nestled in a green valley on the shores of a lake, Hohenschwangau receives nearly two million visitors every year.
On the 28th (Wed), take in the spiritual surroundings of Kapelle St. Peter, have some family-friendly fun at Sommerrodelbahn, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Kirche St. Georg, then stroll around Der Kurpark in Schwangau, and finally head outdoors with Poellatschlucht.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Hohenschwangau itinerary planner .

Getting from Vienna to Hohenschwangau by combination of flight and car takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In August, Hohenschwangau is slightly colder than Vienna - with highs of 26°C and lows of 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to travel to Montreux.

Things to do in Hohenschwangau

Outdoors Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trips

Schwangau, Kapelle St. Peter
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Kirche St. Georg ©
Kirche St. Georg
Kapelle St. Peter ©
Kapelle St. Peter

3
nights
Montreux, Switzerland

Montreux ©
Mostly known for its world-renowned jazz festival, Montreux serves as a picturesque lakeside resort town on the Swiss Riviera.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Thu): admire the natural beauty at Alpengarten La Rambertia, find something for the whole family at Marmot's Paradise (Marmottes Paradis), pause for some serene contemplation at Abbaye de Saint-Maurice d'Agaune, then don't miss a visit to Ancienne Poste, then fly down the slopes at Wispile, and finally contemplate the long history of Bisse Saviese Torrent-Neuf. On the 30th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hike along Galeries Defago, do a tasting at Corniche Lavaux Vineyards, admire the landmark architecture of Marche couvert de Montreux, then pause for some serene contemplation at L'Eglise St Vincent, then take in the waterfront activity at Lake Geneva Marine (Genfersee Schifffahrt), and finally appreciate the history behind Monument to Vladimir Nabokov.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Montreux online travel route planner .

Traveling by car from Hohenschwangau to Montreux takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Interlaken.

Things to do in Montreux

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Abbaye de Saint-Maurice d'Agaune, Bisse Saviese Torrent-Neuf, Wispile, Galeries Defago
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Wispile ©
Wispile
Bisse Saviese Torrent-Neuf ©
Bisse Saviese Torrent-Neuf
Galeries Defago ©
Galeries Defago

2
nights
Interlaken, Switzerland

Interlaken ©
Nestled between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz in the heart of the Jungfrau region, Interlaken became popular for its proximity to the mountains and lakes of the Bernese Oberland region.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sat): fly down the slopes at Luftseilbahnen Fiesch-Eggishorn AG, get outside with Stockhorn, then explore the historical opulence of Oberhofen Castle, then trek along Maennlichen Royal Walk, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church Scherzligen. On the next day, explore the stunning scenery at Swissraft-Activity, explore the historical opulence of Oberhofen Castle, step into the grandiose world of Schloss Hunegg Hilterfingen, then trek along Maennlichen Romantic Trail, then get outside with BOHAG Helikopterrundflug, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Alpenwildpark.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Interlaken trip itinerary maker tool .

Getting from Montreux to Interlaken by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Interlaken can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Zurich.

Things to do in Interlaken

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Grindelwald, Oberhofen am Thunersee, Stockhorn, Luftseilbahnen Fiesch-Eggishorn AG, Schloss Hunegg Hilterfingen
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Luftseilbahnen Fiesch-Eggishorn AG ©
Schloss Hunegg Hilterfingen ©
Schloss Hunegg Hilterfingen
Oberhofen Castle ©
Oberhofen Castle

2
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Naturstation Silberweide and Naturschutzzentrum Neeracherried. Get in touch with nature at Werdinsel / Bad Au-Hongg and Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Zurich: Museum Aargau - Wildegg Castle (in Wildegg), Muri Abbey (in Muri) and Parish Church of St. John (in Rapperswil). The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Flussbad Oberer Letten, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Katholische Pfarrei St. Peter und Paul, appreciate the history behind James Joyce's Grave, and browse the exhibits of Zunfthaus zur Meisen.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Zurich travel planner.

Traveling by car from Interlaken to Zurich takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Zurich can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can drive to Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Castle Kyburg, Parish Church of St. John, Museum Aargau - Wildegg Castle, Naturstation Silberweide, Pfaffikersee
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Platzspitz Park ©
Platzspitz Park
Naturstation Silberweide ©
Naturstation Silberweide
Muri Abbey ©
Muri Abbey

2
nights
Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany

Garmisch-Partenkirchen ©
Nestled within the Bavarian Alps, Garmisch-Partenkirchen offers a classic mountain feel along with world-class winter sports.
Visiting Alpspitz and Alpine Coaster Oberammergau will get you outdoors. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Oberammergau Church and Riessersee. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Garmisch-Partenkirchen: River Rafting & Tubing (in Lenggries), Walchensee (in Walchensee) and Lake Tegernsee (in Tegernsee). Next up on the itinerary: hit the slopes at Garmisch-Classic, take in the awesome beauty at Wendelstein, don't miss a visit to Konigshaus am Schachen, and pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Sebastian Chapel.

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You can drive from Zurich to Garmisch-Partenkirchen in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Garmisch-Partenkirchen can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to drive to Lucerne.

Things to do in Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Mittenwald, Oberammergau, Wendelstein, Kalvarienberg und Kirche, Lake Tegernsee
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Garmisch-Classic ©
Garmisch-Classic
Alpspitz ©
Alpspitz
Riessersee ©
Riessersee

2
nights
Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Teufelsbrucke and Uferpromenade Weggis. Get in touch with nature at Reussdelta Badi und Feuerstellen and Lake Trubsee. Explore Lucerne's surroundings by going to Sattel Hochstuckli (in Sattel), St. Ursenkathedrale (in Solothurn) and Stoos Stanseilbahn (in Stoos). Next up on the itinerary: take in the views from Spreuer Bridge, pause for some photo ops at Lion Monument, examine the collection at Bourbaki Panorama, and take an in-depth tour of Richard Wagner Museum.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Lucerne vacation builder .

Getting from Garmisch-Partenkirchen to Lucerne by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. September in Lucerne sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Lucerne

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Teufelsbrucke, St. Ursenkathedrale, Stoos Stanseilbahn, Sattel Hochstuckli, Reussdelta Badi und Feuerstellen
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Glacier Garden (Gletschergarten) ©
Glacier Garden (Gletschergarten)
Sattel Hochstuckli ©
Sattel Hochstuckli
Stoos Stanseilbahn ©
Stoos Stanseilbahn

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.
Get outdoors at MedvEdarium and Shooters Island. The Vrtba Garden and Hrad Kost will appeal to history buffs. Explore Prague's surroundings by going to Cesky Sternberk Castle (in Cesky Sternberk), Lidice Memorial (in Lidice) and Krivoklat Castle (in Krivoklat). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to National Memorial to the Heroes of the Heydrich Terror, stroll around Park Průhonice, examine the collection at Musee Grévin s.r.o. Prague, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Loreta Praha.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Prague trip itinerary app .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Lucerne to Prague takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. In September, daytime highs in Prague are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Dresden.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Park Průhonice, Krivoklat Castle, Památník Terezín - Národní hřbitov, Lidice Memorial, Kost
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Cesky Sternberk Castle ©
Cesky Sternberk Castle
Lidice Memorial ©
Lidice Memorial
 Park Průhonice ©
Park Průhonice

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nights
Dresden, Germany

Dresden ©
Dresden boasts a long history as a royal residence of many Saxon kings.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Obere Schleuse Kirnitschklamm and Schloss und Park Lichtenwalde. Visit Neurathen Castle and Burg Kriebstein for their historical value. Change things up with these side-trips from Dresden: Schloss Augustusburg (in Augustusburg), Kloster Sankt Marienthal (in Ostritz) and St. Annenkirche (in Annaberg-Buchholz). There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Schloss Hartenfels, explore the different monuments and memorials at Alter Judischer Friedhof, contemplate the long history of Japanisches Palais, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Synagoge Dresden.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Dresden vacation planner .

You can drive from Prague to Dresden in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, daytime highs in Dresden are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Hamburg.

Things to do in Dresden

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Obere Schleuse Kirnitschklamm, Schloss Augustusburg, Schloss und Park Lichtenwalde, Neurathen Castle, Bautzen Memorial (Gedenkstaette Bautzen)
Highlights from your plan
Schloss und Park Lichtenwalde ©
Schloss und Park Lichtenwalde
Neurathen Castle ©
Neurathen Castle
Burg Kriebstein ©
Burg Kriebstein

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nights
Hamburg, Germany

Hamburg ©
As the country's biggest port and one of the busiest in all of Europe, Hamburg has a well-deserved reputation as Germany's Gateway to the World.
Get outdoors at Wildpark Lueneburger Heide and Arboretum. St. Nikolai Church and An der Obertrave will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Hamburg: Gothmund (in Lubeck), Alter Kran (in Luneburg) and Pietzmoor (in Schneverdingen). There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at UNESCO-Biospharenreservat Schaalsee, tour the pleasant surroundings at Alter Schwede, kick back and relax at Wildpark Schwarze Berge, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Petri und Pauli.

Plan trip to Hamburg with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by train from Dresden to Hamburg takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In September, daytime highs in Hamburg are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hamburg

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Lubeck, Wildpark Schwarze Berge, UNESCO-Biospharenreservat Schaalsee, 28Grad Strandbad Wedel, Arboretum
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Wildpark Schwarze Berge ©
Wildpark Schwarze Berge
UNESCO-Biospharenreservat Schaalsee ©
Wildpark Lueneburger Heide ©
Wildpark Lueneburger Heide

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