31 days in Central Europe Itinerary

31 days in Central Europe Itinerary

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31 days in Central Europe Itinerary

Start: San Jose, Costa Rica
+2
Fly + shuttle + train:  18​h 45​min
1
Postojna, Slovenia
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Bled, Slovenia
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Interlaken, Switzerland
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Lucerne, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
6
Rothenburg, Germany
— 4 nights
+2
train + subway + Fly:  7​h 45​min
7
Gdansk, Poland
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h
8
Prague, Czech Republic
— 4 nights
Fly:  18​h 45​min
End: San Jose, Costa Rica

3
nights
Postojna, Slovenia

Postojna ©
With its friendly atmosphere, breathtaking landscapes, natural phenomena, and historical monuments, Postojna offers everything you need for a peaceful vacation or a quick getaway from the city.
You'll get in some beach time at Nature Park Strunjan and Koper City Beach. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Skocjan Caves and Predjama Castle. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Postojna: Lipica Stud Farm (in Lipica), St. Nicholas Church (in Koper) and Piran (Tartini Square (Tartinijev trg) & Mestna loza - Piran). Next up on the itinerary: explore the fascinating underground world of Postojna Caves.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Postojna travel itinerary planner .

San Jose, Costa Rica to Postojna is an approximately 19-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Central European Time is 7 hours. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Postojna when traveling from San Jose in August, with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Bled.

Things to do in Postojna

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Koper, Piran, Lipica Stud Farm, Nature Park Strunjan, Skocjan Caves
Highlights from your plan
Postojna Caves ©
Postojna Caves
Skocjan Caves ©
Skocjan Caves
Lipica Stud Farm ©
Lipica Stud Farm

3
nights
Bled, Slovenia

The most popular resort in Slovenia, Bled is marked by its iconic church steeple and medieval castle on glacial Lake Bled.
Explore hidden gems such as Parasailing & Paragliding and Vintgar Gorge. Escape the urban bustle at Lake Bohinj and River Rafting & Tubing. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bled: Succursal Church Of The Holy Spirit By The Lake (in Bohinjsko Jezero), Golf Club Bovec (in Bovec) and Recurrent Lake of Ledine (in Kranjska Gora). There's more to do: don't miss a visit to Bridge of Napoleon.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Bled journey builder tool .

Traveling by car from Postojna to Bled takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, daily temperatures in Bled can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

Things to do in Bled

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Bovec, Bohinjsko Jezero, Bridge of Napoleon, Recurrent Lake of Ledine
Highlights from your plan
Parasailing & Paragliding
Golf Club Bovec ©
Golf Club Bovec
River Rafting & Tubing

4
nights
Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany

Garmisch-Partenkirchen ©
Nestled within the Bavarian Alps, Garmisch-Partenkirchen offers a classic mountain feel along with world-class winter sports.
Explore hidden gems such as Breitachklamm and Zugspitze. Visiting Partnachklamm and Eibsee will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Garmisch-Partenkirchen: Wies Church (in Steingaden), Andechs Monastery (in Andechs) and Alte Eibe von Balderschwang (in Balderschwang). Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Schloss Linderhof, contemplate the long history of Altstadt von Fuessen, admire the striking features of Schloss Hohenschwangau, and walk around Michael Ende Kurpark.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Garmisch-Partenkirchen online holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Bled to Garmisch-Partenkirchen takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and train. In August, daily temperatures in Garmisch-Partenkirchen can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to drive to Interlaken.

Things to do in Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Alte Eibe von Balderschwang, Wies Church, Eibsee, Schloss Hohenschwangau, Breitachklamm
Highlights from your plan
Breitachklamm ©
Breitachklamm
Eibsee ©
Eibsee
Andechs Monastery ©
Andechs Monastery

4
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.
Visiting Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls and Grindelwald-First will get you outdoors. Discover out-of-the-way places like Trümmelbachfälle and UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Interlaken: Zermatt (The Matterhorn & Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis) and Rose Garden (Rosengarten) (in Bern). There's more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Harderkulm and glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Interlaken visit planner .

You can drive from Garmisch-Partenkirchen to Interlaken in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. In August, daytime highs in Interlaken are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Lucerne.

Things to do in Interlaken

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Bern, Zermatt, Lauterbrunnen, Grindelwald-First
Highlights from your plan
Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls ©
Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls
The Matterhorn ©
The Matterhorn
Parasailing & Paragliding

3
nights
Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Mount Titlis and Mt Pilatus. Get in touch with nature at Lake Lucerne and Lake Zurich. Change things up with a short trip to Old Town in Zurich (about 46 minutes away). It doesn't end there: take in the views from Chapel Bridge and pause for some photo ops at Lion Monument.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Lucerne trip planner .

You can drive from Interlaken to Lucerne in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Lucerne can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Rothenburg.

Things to do in Lucerne

Nature Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Zurich, Titlis
Highlights from your plan
Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Titlis ©
Titlis
Lake Lucerne ©
Lake Lucerne

4
nights
Rothenburg, Germany

Rothenburg ©
An old imperial city, Rothenburg is the main tourist stop on the scenic Romantic Road of Bavaria.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Vieille Ville and Alte Mainbruecke. Get out of town with these interesting Rothenburg side-trips: Würzburg Residence (in Wurzburg), Fuggerei (in Augsburg) and Bamberg (Bamberg Altstadt, Bamberg Cathedral, & more). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Town Walls, see the interesting displays at Medieval Crime Museum (Mittelalterliches Kriminalmuseum), get a sense of history and politics at Stadt Rothenburg ob der Tauber, and admire the landmark architecture of Ulmer Münster.

Before you visit Rothenburg, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Drive from Lucerne to Rothenburg in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Rothenburg can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Gdansk.

Things to do in Rothenburg

Historic Sites Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Bamberg, Wurzburg, Fuggerei, Stadtstrand Schweinfurt, Audi Museum
Highlights from your plan
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Fuggerei ©
Fuggerei
Stadtstrand Schweinfurt ©
Stadtstrand Schweinfurt

3
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.
We've included these beaches for you: Sopot Beach and Plaza Stegna. Step off the beaten path and head to Europejskie Centrum SolidarnoSci and Museum of the Second World War (Muzeum II Wojny Swiatowej). Go for a jaunt from Gdansk to Malbork to see Muzeum Zamkowe w Malborku about 56 minutes away. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Dluga Street (ul. Dluga), steep yourself in history at Westerplatte, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Mary's Church, and take a stroll through Old Town.

To find more things to do and tourist information, read Gdansk trip planner .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Rothenburg to Gdansk in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in August, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can travel to Prague.

Things to do in Gdansk

Museums Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Sopot, Muzeum Zamkowe w Malborku, Plaza Stegna
Highlights from your plan
Muzeum Zamkowe w Malborku ©
Muzeum Zamkowe w Malborku
Sopot Beach ©
Sopot Beach
Old Town ©
Old Town

4
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Food Tours and Old Town Bridge Tower. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Prague: Pilsner Urquell Brewery (in Pilsen) and Kutna Hora (St Barbara's Church & Ossuary / The Cemetery Church). There's lots more to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, take some stellar pictures from Vyšehrad National Cultural Monument, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kostel sv. Mikuláše, and pause for some serene contemplation at Ss. Cyril and Methodius Cathedral.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Prague trip itinerary planning tool .

You can fly from Gdansk to Prague in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In August in Prague, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 16°C at night. On the 31st (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Tours Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Kutna Hora, Pilsner Urquell Brewery
Highlights from your plan
Kostel sv. Mikuláše ©
Kostel sv. Mikuláše
Pilsner Urquell Brewery ©
Pilsner Urquell Brewery
Spas

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