29 days in Central Europe Itinerary

29 days in Central Europe Itinerary

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29 days in Central Europe Itinerary

Start: Phoenix, United States
Fly:  16​h 45​min
1
Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Munich, Germany
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Salzburg, Austria
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Prague, Czech Republic
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
5
Vienna, Austria
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
6
Budapest, Hungary
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
7
Krakow, Poland
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
8
Berlin, Germany
— 4 nights
Fly:  17​h 15​min
End: Phoenix, United States

2
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Shop till you drop at Bahnhofstrasse and Letzipark. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen and Ufschotti Park. Go for a jaunt from Zurich to Lucerne to see Kunsthalle Luzern about 1h 05 min away. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Strandbad Mythenquai, shop like a local with ARTBOX.GALLERY, and look for gifts at Uhrenmuseum Beyer Zürich.

For reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Zurich trip planning website .

Phoenix, USA to Zurich is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Phoenix to Zurich. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Phoenix in August; daily highs in Zurich reach 76°F and lows reach 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Munich.

Things to do in Zurich

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Lucerne
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Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen ©
Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen
Uhrenmuseum Beyer Zürich ©
Uhrenmuseum Beyer Zürich
Bahnhofstrasse ©
Bahnhofstrasse

4
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.
Head to Viktualienmarkt and Gallerie Thomasfor some retail therapy. Let the collections at Schloss Nymphenburg and Alte Pinakothek capture your imagination. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Munich Residenz, don't miss a visit to Marienplatz, look for gifts at Ingo Maurer Showroom, and explore the world behind art at New Pinakothek.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Munich trip planner .

Drive from Zurich to Munich in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect a daytime high around 76°F in August, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Salzburg.

Things to do in Munich

Museums Shopping Parks
Highlights from your plan
Nymphenburg Palace ©
Nymphenburg Palace
Munich Residenz ©
Munich Residenz
Alte Pinakothek ©
Alte Pinakothek

3
nights
Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Let the collections at Fortress Hohensalzburg and Mozarts Geburtshaus capture your imagination. Shop till you drop at Residenzgalerie Salzburg and Getreidegasse. Change things up with a short trip to Badestrand Hallstatt in Hallstatt (about 1h 20 min away). There's lots more to do: stroll through Mirabell Palace, steep yourself in history at Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus), explore the historical opulence of Schloss Hellbrunn, and admire the masterpieces at Atelier Thomas Selinger.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Salzburg online road trip planner .

You can drive from Munich to Salzburg in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 76°F in August, and nighttime lows around 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to drive to Prague.

Things to do in Salzburg

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Badestrand Hallstatt
Highlights from your plan
Fortress Hohensalzburg ©
Fortress Hohensalzburg
Mozarts Geburtshaus ©
Mozarts Geburtshaus
Salzburg Museum ©
Salzburg Museum

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.
Do your shopping at Lobkowicz Palace and DOX Centre for Contemporary Art. Museum-lovers will appreciate Jewish Museum in Prague and Kunstkomora. There's lots more to do: wander the streets of StaromEstske namEsti, look for gifts at Artel, admire the striking features of Katedrala Svateho Vita, and snap pictures at Charles Bridge.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Prague road trip planner.

Drive from Salzburg to Prague in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 76°F, and evening lows to 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Prague

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
StaromEstske namEsti ©
StaromEstske namEsti
Jewish Museum in Prague ©
Jewish Museum in Prague
Lesser Town
Lesser Town

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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Belvedere Palace and Imperial Palace (Hofburg). Head to Vienna Naschmarkt and Altmann & Kühnefor some retail therapy. The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Schonbrunn Palace, see the interesting displays at MuseumsQuartier Wien, wander the streets of Mariahilfer Strasse, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Stephen's Cathedral.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Vienna road trip planning site .

Getting from Prague to Vienna by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can take a train to Budapest.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
Belvedere Palace ©
Belvedere Palace
Imperial Palace (Hofburg) ©
Imperial Palace (Hofburg)

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.
You'll explore and learn at House of Terror Museum and Kiskep Galeria. Head to Central Market Hall and Vaci Streetfor some retail therapy. There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Hungarian Parliament Building, snap pictures at Szechenyi Chain Bridge, take a stroll through Andrassy Avenue, and get a taste of the local shopping with Koller Gallery.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Budapest trip planner .

Take a train from Vienna to Budapest in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to travel to Krakow.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
Highlights from your plan
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
House of Terror Museum ©
House of Terror Museum
Thermal Spas

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.
Let the collections at Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau and Krakowskie Szkoly Artystyczne capture your imagination. Do your shopping at Sukiennice (Cloth Hall) and Dystans Gallery. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Wieliczka Salt Mine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wawel Cathedral, take a stroll through Stare Miasto, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mary's Basilica.

To find where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Krakow journey builder tool .

Getting from Budapest to Krakow by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Budapest in August, with highs in Krakow at 77°F and lows at 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to travel to Berlin.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Wieliczka Salt Mine, Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau
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Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau ©
Wieliczka Salt Mine ©
Wieliczka Salt Mine
Stare Miasto ©
Stare Miasto

4
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Pergamonmuseum and Neues Museum. For shopping fun, head to Klassenfeind Gallery or Pravalia. The adventure continues: get a sense of history and politics at Reichstag Building, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, observe the fascinating underwater world at Zoo Berlin, and appreciate the history behind The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Berlin online sightseeing planner .

Getting from Krakow to Berlin by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Berlin

Parks Museums Beaches
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Brandenburg Gate ©
Brandenburg Gate
Pergamonmuseum ©
Pergamonmuseum
Topographie des Terrors ©
Topographie des Terrors

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