38 days in Central Europe Itinerary

38 days in Central Europe Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Gdansk, Poland
— 2 nights
2
Krakow, Poland
— 4 nights
3
Budapest, Hungary
— 4 nights
4
Vienna, Austria
— 4 nights
5
Ljubljana, Slovenia
— 3 nights
6
Lucerne, Switzerland
— 2 nights
7
Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
— 4 nights
8
Salzburg, Austria
— 4 nights
9
Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic
— 1 night
10
Prague, Czech Republic
— 4 nights
11
Berlin, Germany
— 3 nights

2
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.
Get some historical perspective at Muzeum Zamkowe w Malborku and St. Mary's Church. Visit Sopot Beach and Brzezno Beach for some beach relaxation. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Gdansk: Beach (in Chalupy) and Mennonite Cemetery (in Malbork). There's much more to do: take a stroll through Old Town, get engrossed in the history at Europejskie Centrum SolidarnoSci, and take in panoramic vistas at Sopot Pier.

For photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Gdansk trip planner.

Edmonton, Canada to Gdansk is an approximately 16-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Edmonton to Gdansk. In August, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can travel to Krakow.

Things to do in Gdansk

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

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

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.
Popular historic sites such as Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau and Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square are in your itinerary. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Wawel Cathedral and Podgorski Cemetery. Next up on the itinerary: admire the striking features of St. Mary's Basilica, stop by Stare Miasto, contemplate the long history of Muzeum Krakowa - Barbakan, and stroll the grounds of Rakowicki Cemetery.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Krakow online travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Gdansk to Krakow takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. When traveling from Gdansk in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Krakow, with highs around °C, while nights are about the same with lows around °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau
Highlights from your plan
St. Mary's Basilica ©
St. Mary's Basilica
Wawel Cathedral ©
Wawel Cathedral
Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau ©
Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau

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 discover tucked-away gems like Liberty Statue and Vajdahunyad Castle (Vajdahunyadvar). Visit Fisherman's Bastion and St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika) for their historical value. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Matthias Church, make a trip to Shoes on the Danube Bank, pause for some photo ops at Heroes' Square, and boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Budapest trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Krakow to Budapest by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Budapest can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to go by car to Vienna.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Tours Spas
Highlights from your plan
Fisherman's Bastion ©
Fisherman's Bastion
Liberty Statue ©
Liberty Statue
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Melk Abbey and Peterskirche. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Schonbrunn Palace and Belvedere Palace. Go for a jaunt from Vienna to Spitz to see Burgruine Aggstein about 1h 35 min away. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Ringstrasse, make a trip to St. Stephen's Cathedral, admire the landmark architecture of Rathaus, and take a stroll through Historic Center of Vienna.

To find reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Vienna trip itinerary planning website.

Getting from Budapest to Vienna by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can go by car to Ljubljana.

Things to do in Vienna

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Melk Abbey, Burgruine Aggstein
Highlights from your plan
Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
Melk Abbey ©
Melk Abbey
St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral

3
nights
Ljubljana, Slovenia

Ljubljana ©
Sitting astride the Ljubljanica River, Ljubljana is marked with picturesque bridges and a marketplace, designed by the famous architect Jože Plečnik.
Step off the beaten path and head to Postojna Cave and Triple Bridge. Your inner history buff will appreciate Predjama Castle and Bled Castle. Step out of Ljubljana with an excursion to Vintgar Gorge in Zgornje Gorje--about 54 minutes away. Dedicate the 8th (Sun) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Ljubljana travel route builder app.

Traveling by car from Vienna to Ljubljana takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or take a shuttle. In September in Ljubljana, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to travel to Lucerne.

Things to do in Ljubljana

Wineries Tours Parks

Side Trips

Postojna, Vintgar Gorge, Bled Castle
Highlights from your plan
Postojna Cave ©
Postojna Cave
Predjama Castle ©
Predjama Castle
Bled Castle ©
Bled Castle

2
nights
Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Mt Pilatus and Seebad Eich. Take a break from Lucerne with a short trip to Titlis in Engelberg, about 54 minutes away. There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Lucerne, appreciate the history behind Lion Monument, snap pictures at Chapel Bridge, and enjoy the sand and surf at Ufschotti Park.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Lucerne road trip site.

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Ljubljana to Lucerne in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and train. In September in Lucerne, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

Things to do in Lucerne

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Seebad Eich, Titlis
Highlights from your plan
Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Seebad Eich ©
Seebad Eich
Lake Lucerne ©
Lake Lucerne

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Schloss Hohenschwangau and Zugspitze. Schloss Linderhof and Altstadt von Fuessen will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Garmisch-Partenkirchen: Schloss Neuschwanstein (in Schwangau), Benediktinerkloster St. Mang (in Fussen) and Eisenberg (Burgruine Hohenfreyberg & Burgruine Eisenberg). Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pilgrimage Church of Wies, fly down the slopes at Laber, identify plant and animal life at Partnachklamm, and steep yourself in history at Altstadt (Old Town) Mittenwald.

For maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Garmisch-Partenkirchen road trip planner.

Getting from Lucerne to Garmisch-Partenkirchen by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °C in September, and nighttime lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to drive to Salzburg.

Things to do in Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Historic Sites Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Fussen, Mittenwald, Eisenberg, Schloss Neuschwanstein, Schloss Hohenschwangau
Highlights from your plan
Schloss Linderhof ©
Schloss Linderhof
Pilgrimage Church of Wies ©
Pilgrimage Church of Wies
Schloss Hohenschwangau ©
Schloss Hohenschwangau

4
nights
Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Schloss Hellbrunn and Mirabell Palace. Visit Erlebnisburg Hohenwerfen and Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle for their historical value. Change things up with these side-trips from Salzburg: Frauenkirche (in Bischofshofen), Eisriesenwelt (in Werfen) and Gollinger Wasserfall (in Golling an der Salzach). Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Salzburg Cathedral, make a trip to Pfarre St. Wolfgang, stroll the grounds of Cemetery of St. Sebastian (Friedhof St. Sebastian), and take in the spiritual surroundings of Franziskanerkirche.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Salzburg online trip maker.

Traveling by car from Garmisch-Partenkirchen to Salzburg takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, daily temperatures in Salzburg can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Cesky Krumlov.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Werfen, Traunkirchen, Frauenkirche, Pfarre St. Wolfgang, Gollinger Wasserfall
Highlights from your plan
Schloss Hellbrunn ©
Schloss Hellbrunn
Erlebnisburg Hohenwerfen ©
Erlebnisburg Hohenwerfen
Salzburg Cathedral ©
Salzburg Cathedral

1
night
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.
On the 20th (Fri), step into the grandiose world of Cesky Krumlov Castle, appreciate the extensive heritage of Siroka Ulice Cesky Krumlov, appreciate the extensive heritage of Historie mesta Ceský Krumlov, thentake in the architecture and atmosphere at Christi and Our Lady of Sorrows Church, thencontemplate the long history of Former Fink Cafe, and finally steep yourself in history at Latran houses.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Cesky Krumlov driving holiday tool.

Getting from Salzburg to Cesky Krumlov by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around °C in September, and nighttime lows around °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can go by car to Prague.

Things to do in Cesky Krumlov

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Cesky Krumlov Castle ©
Cesky Krumlov Castle
Historie mesta Ceský Krumlov ©
Historie mesta Ceský Krumlov
Christi and Our Lady of Sorrows Church
Christi and Our Lady of Sorrows Church

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Staromestske namesti and Prague Castle. Discover out-of-the-way places like Hradcany and Spanish Synagogue. Go for a jaunt from Prague to Terezin to see Památník Terezín - Malá pevnost about 48 minutes away. There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of St. Vitus Cathedral, take some stellar pictures from Prague Astronomical Clock, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Prague trip planner.

Getting from Cesky Krumlov to Prague by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, daily temperatures in Prague can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can drive to Berlin.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Tours

Side Trip

Památník Terezín - Malá pevnost
Highlights from your plan
St. Vitus Cathedral ©
St. Vitus Cathedral
Staromestske namesti ©
Staromestske namesti
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle

3
nights
Berlin, Germany

The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Charlottenburg Palace and Großer Tiergarten. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like East Side Gallery and Memorial of the Berlin Wall. Next up on the itinerary: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, ponder the world of politics at Reichstag Building, don't miss a visit to Brandenburg Gate, and admire the masterpieces at Pergamonmuseum.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Berlin day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Prague to Berlin takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Berlin

Historic Sites Tours Museums
Highlights from your plan
Walking tours
Charlottenburg Palace ©
Charlottenburg Palace
East Side Gallery ©
East Side Gallery

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