38 days in Central Europe Itinerary

38 days in Central Europe Itinerary

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38 days in Central Europe Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  25​h
1
Prague, Czech Republic
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Lucerne, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Lausanne, Switzerland
— 4 nights
train + Fly:  7​h 30​min
6
Postojna, Slovenia
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
7
Vienna, Austria
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
8
Gdansk, Poland
— 8 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Sydney, Australia

5
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.
Památník Terezín - Malá pevnost and St Barbara's Church will appeal to history buffs. Get some cultural insight at Ossuary / The Cemetery Church and Kostel sv. Mikuláše. Change things up with these side-trips from Prague: Beach (in Hamr na Jezere), Corpus Christi Chapel (in Kutna Hora) and Pilsner Urquell Brewery (in Pilsen). There's much more to do: wander the streets of Lesser Town, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Our Lady before Tyn, and don't miss a visit to Franz Kafka Monument.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Prague trip tool .

Sydney, Australia to Prague is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Prague is minus 9 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Sydney in July, with highs in Prague at 30°C and lows at 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can go by car to Cesky Krumlov.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Tours Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Kutna Hora, Památník Terezín - Malá pevnost, Beach, Pilsner Urquell Brewery
Highlights from your plan
Sedlec Ossuary ©
Sedlec Ossuary
Corpus Christi Chapel ©
Corpus Christi Chapel
Pilsner Urquell Brewery ©
Pilsner Urquell Brewery

3
nights
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.
Explore hidden gems such as The State Chateau of Hluboká and Vimperk Castle. Get some cultural insight at Cesky Krumlov Castle and Historie mesta Ceský Krumlov. Get out of town with these interesting Cesky Krumlov side-trips: Church of St. Bartholomew (in Frymburk), Church of the Visitation of the Virgin Mary (in Vimperk) and Nove Hrady (Chateau park & Nové Hrady). There's much more to do: stroll through Ski Areal Lipno nad Vltavou, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapel of St. Joseph, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of St. Michael Archangel.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Cesky Krumlov visit planner .

Getting from Prague to Cesky Krumlov by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In July in Cesky Krumlov, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can go by car to Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

Things to do in Cesky Krumlov

Historic Sites Trails Parks

Side Trips

Nove Hrady, Vimperk, Chapel of St. Joseph, Ski Areal Lipno nad Vltavou, The State Chateau of Hluboká
Highlights from your plan
The State Chateau of Hluboká ©
The State Chateau of Hluboká
Kostel Svatych Filipa a Jakuba ©
Kostel Svatych Filipa a Jakuba
Nové Hrady ©
Nové Hrady

3
nights
Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany

Garmisch-Partenkirchen ©
Nestled within the Bavarian Alps, Garmisch-Partenkirchen offers a classic mountain feel along with world-class winter sports.
Visit Wies Church and Andechs Monastery for their historical value. Step off the beaten path and head to Partnachklamm and Altstadt von Fuessen. Explore Garmisch-Partenkirchen's surroundings by going to Schloss Hohenschwangau (in Hohenschwangau) and Krippkirche St. Nikolaus (in Fussen). Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Zugspitze and step into the grandiose world of Linderhof Palace.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Garmisch-Partenkirchen trip planner.

Drive from Cesky Krumlov to Garmisch-Partenkirchen in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can go by car to Lucerne.

Things to do in Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Fussen, Andechs Monastery, Wies Church, Schloss Linderhof, Schloss Hohenschwangau
Highlights from your plan
Andechs Monastery ©
Andechs Monastery
Wies Church ©
Wies Church
Altstadt von Fuessen ©
Altstadt von Fuessen

3
nights
Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Step off the beaten path and head to Trümmelbachfälle and Mt Pilatus. Escape the urban bustle at Parasailing & Paragliding and Harderkulm. Take a break from Lucerne with a short trip to Old Town in Zurich, about 46 minutes away. The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Lucerne.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Lucerne sightseeing planner.

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. In July in Lucerne, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can go by car to Lausanne.

Things to do in Lucerne

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Interlaken, Trümmelbachfälle, Old Town
Highlights from your plan
Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Parasailing & Paragliding
Trümmelbachfälle ©
Trümmelbachfälle

4
nights
Lausanne, Switzerland

Lausanne ©
Lausanne contains several distinct neighborhoods, each offering a different side of the French-speaking Swiss town.
Get some historical perspective at Cathedrale de Lausanne and Cathedrale de St-Pierre. Chaplin's World and The Olympic Museum Lausanne (Musee Olympique) are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lausanne: Freddie Mercury Statue (in Montreux), Gruyeres (Castle of Gruyeres & HR Giger Museum) and Chateau de Chillon (in Veytaux). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Bains des Paquis, appreciate the extensive heritage of Rue de Bourg, wander the streets of UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, and ponder the design of The Geneva Water Fountain.

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

Getting from Lucerne to Lausanne by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to travel to Postojna.

Things to do in Lausanne

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Geneva, Gruyeres, Freddie Mercury Statue, Chaplin's World, UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern
Highlights from your plan
Chaplin's World ©
Chaplin's World
Museum HR Giger ©
Museum HR Giger
Castle of Gruyeres ©
Castle of Gruyeres

3
nights
Postojna, Slovenia

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Predjama Castle and Palaca Besenghi degli Ughi. Kids will appreciate attractions like Portoroz Beach and Koper City Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Postojna side-trips: River Rafting & Tubing (in Bovec), Koper (Muda Gate & The Rotunda of St John the Baptist) and Francis' Shaft (in Idrija). The adventure continues: Head underground at Skocjan Caves, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St Peter, and don't miss a visit to Tartini Square (Tartinijev trg).

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Postojna trip itinerary builder website .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Lausanne to Postojna in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, flight, shuttle, and bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Postojna

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Koper, Piran, River Rafting & Tubing, Skocjan Caves, Palaca Besenghi degli Ughi
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Portoroz Beach ©
Portoroz Beach
Skocjan Caves ©
Skocjan Caves

5
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.
Family-friendly places like MuseumsQuartier Wien and Rathaus will thrill your kids. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Ringstrasse and Natural History Museum (Naturhistorisches Museum). Go for a jaunt from Vienna to Melk to see Melk Abbey about 1h 40 min away. There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Peterskirche Wien, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, admire the masterpieces at Albertina, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Karlskirche.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Vienna trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Postojna to Vienna takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, shuttle, and flight. In July, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to travel to Gdansk.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums Historic Sites Tours

Side Trips

Melk Abbey, Seeschlacht
Highlights from your plan
Melk Abbey ©
Melk Abbey
Ringstrasse ©
Ringstrasse

8
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.
Attractions like Sopot Beach and Sztum Beach make great kid-friendly stops. Escape the urban bustle at Jastrzebia Gora Beach and Chlapowska Valley - Nature Reserve. Get out of town with these interesting Gdansk side-trips: Muzeum Zamkowe w Malborku (in Malbork), Orlowo Pier (in Gdynia) and Chlapowo Beach (in Chlapowo). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Europejskie Centrum SolidarnoSci, pause for some serene contemplation at Archikatedra Oliwska, take in the pleasant sights at Motlawa River Embankment (Dlugie Pobrzeze), and make a trip to Dluga Street (ul. Dluga).

For reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Gdansk itinerary planner.

You can fly from Vienna to Gdansk in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Vienna in July, things will get a bit cooler in Gdansk: highs are around 25°C and lows about 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Gdansk

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Chlapowo, Sopot, Jastrzebia Gora Beach, Orlowo Pier, Wielbladzi Grzbiet
Highlights from your plan
Archikatedra Oliwska ©
Archikatedra Oliwska
Sopot Beach ©
Sopot Beach
Wielbladzi Grzbiet ©
Wielbladzi Grzbiet

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