36 days in Central Europe Itinerary

36 days in Central Europe Itinerary

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36 days in Central Europe Itinerary

Start: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Fly:  8​h 45​min
1
Warsaw, Poland
— 1 night
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Krakow, Poland
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Prague, Czech Republic
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Berlin, Germany
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + bus + train:  6​h
5
Interlaken, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
6
Munich, Germany
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Salzburg, Austria
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
Bled, Slovenia
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
9
Vienna, Austria
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
10
Budapest, Hungary
— 5 nights
Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: Dubai, United Arab Emirates

1
night
Warsaw, Poland

Warsaw draws big crowds with its seemingly unstoppable energy, exemplified by the city's explosive nightlife and thriving music scene.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Tue): get to know the fascinating history of Old Town.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Warsaw tour itinerary maker tool .

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Warsaw is an approximately 9-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Gulf Standard Time to Central European Time is minus 3 hours. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Dubai in July, with highs in Warsaw at 29°C and lows at 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Krakow.

Things to do in Warsaw

Tours Museums Historic Sites
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Walking tours
Old Town ©
Old Town
Lazienki Krolewskie w Warszawie ©
Lazienki Krolewskie w Warszawie

4
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.
Step out of Krakow with an excursion to Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau in Oswiecim--about 1h 30 min away. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Wawel Cathedral, explore the historical opulence of Wawel Royal Castle, admire the striking features of St. Mary's Basilica, and examine the collection at Muzeum Krakowa, oddzial Fabryka Emalia Oskara Schindlera.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Krakow trip planner .

Traveling by train from Warsaw to Krakow takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. July in Krakow sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to travel to Prague.

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 ©
Wawel Cathedral ©
Wawel Cathedral
Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square ©

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.
Prague is known for historic sites, nightlife, museums, fun & games, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a stroll through StaromEstske namEsti, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Prague Zoo, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, and get great views at Prague Astronomical Clock.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Prague attractions app .

Getting from Krakow to Prague by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. In August in Prague, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 16°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Berlin.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Tours Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
StaromEstske namEsti ©
StaromEstske namEsti
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
Charles Bridge
Charles Bridge

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.
Berlin is known for museums, historic sites, nightlife, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: ponder the world of politics at Reichstag Building, don't miss a visit to Brandenburg Gate, steep yourself in history at Memorial of the Berlin Wall, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Berlin online trip maker .

You can drive from Prague to Berlin in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Interlaken.

Things to do in Berlin

Historic Sites Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Brandenburg Gate ©
Brandenburg Gate
Reichstag Building ©
Reichstag Building

1
night
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.
On the 13th (Tue), get interesting insight from Tours and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Jungfraujoch. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through The Eiger Trail and then explore the striking landscape at Aletsch Glacier.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Interlaken trip planner.

You can fly from Berlin to Interlaken in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In August, daily temperatures in Interlaken can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Munich.

Things to do in Interlaken

Nature Tours Parks

Side Trips

Grindelwald-Wengen-Murren-Lauterbrunnen, The Eiger Trail
Highlights from your plan
Jungfraujoch ©
Jungfraujoch
Aletsch Glacier ©
Aletsch Glacier
The Eiger Trail ©
The Eiger Trail

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.
When in Munich, make a side trip to see Neuschwanstein Castle in Hohenschwangau, approximately 1h 30 min away. There's much more to do: explore the activities along English Garden, don't miss a visit to Marienplatz, see the interesting displays at Munich Residenz, and admire the natural beauty at Schloss Nymphenburg.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Munich trip planner .

Getting from Interlaken to Munich by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Munich can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to drive to Salzburg.

Things to do in Munich

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Schloss Neuschwanstein
Highlights from your plan
Deutsches Museum ©
Deutsches Museum
Nymphenburg Palace ©
Nymphenburg Palace
English Garden ©
English Garden

4
nights
Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Go for a jaunt from Salzburg to Heiligenblut to see Grossglockner High Alpine Road about 1h 45 min away. There's lots more to do: get great views at Fortress Hohensalzburg, take in nature's colorful creations at Mirabell Palace, examine the collection at Red Bull Hangar-7, and admire the landmark architecture of Salzburg Cathedral.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Salzburg vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Munich to Salzburg in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to drive to Bled.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites Museums Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Grossglockner, Grossglockner High Alpine Road
Highlights from your plan
Fortress Hohensalzburg ©
Fortress Hohensalzburg
Mirabell Palace ©
Mirabell Palace
Schloss Hellbrunn ©
Schloss Hellbrunn

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.
Take a break from Bled with a short trip to River Rafting & Tubing in Bovec, about 1h 30 min away. The adventure continues: glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Bled, and get outside with Mala Osojnica.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Bled online travel route planner .

Traveling by car from Salzburg to Bled takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in August, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Bled

Outdoors Parks Adventure

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
Parasailing & Paragliding
Lake Bled ©
Lake Bled
Vintgar Gorge ©
Vintgar Gorge

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.
Pack the 28th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Prater. Next up on the itinerary: admire the striking features of Schonbrunn Palace, browse the exhibits of Belvedere Palace, admire the masterpieces at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Stephen's Cathedral.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Vienna route maker .

Getting from Bled to Vienna by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. August in Vienna sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Budapest.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums Parks Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral
Belvedere Palace ©
Belvedere Palace

5
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.
On the 1st (Sun), spend a day exploring the natural beauty of Palatinus Strandfürdő. Next up on the itinerary: ponder the world of politics at Hungarian Parliament Building, don't miss a visit to Hősök tere, contemplate the long history of Halaszbastya, and admire the masterpieces at Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria).

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Budapest trip planning website .

Getting from Vienna to Budapest by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 18°C. On the 3rd (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Theme Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Hungarian Parliament Building ©
Hungarian Parliament Building
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church

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