39 days in Central Europe Itinerary

39 days in Central Europe Itinerary

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Frankfurt, Germany
— 1 night
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Cologne, Germany
— 3 nights
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Berlin, Germany
— 4 nights
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Dresden, Germany
— 2 nights
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Prague, Czech Republic
— 4 nights
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Krakow, Poland
— 3 nights
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Tatra National Park, Poland
— 3 nights
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Budapest, Hungary
— 4 nights
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Bratislava, Slovakia
— 1 day
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Vienna, Austria
— 4 nights
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Salzburg, Austria
— 2 nights
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Innsbruck, Austria
— 3 nights
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Munich, Germany
— 3 nights
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Frankfurt, Germany

Mainhattan

A global center of finance and transportation, Frankfurt is perhaps best known for its futuristic cityscape.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): admire the natural beauty at Palmengarten, get great views at Main Tower, then admire the striking features of Romer, then admire the local landmark of Fountain of Justice, and finally contemplate the long history of Cathedral of St. Bartholomew (Dom St. Bartholomaus).

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Frankfurt trip planner.

San Jose, Costa Rica to Frankfurt is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from San Jose to Frankfurt. Traveling from San Jose in December, things will get colder in Frankfurt: highs are around 7°C and lows about 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Cologne.

Things to do in Frankfurt

Historic Sites · Parks

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Cologne, Germany

City of Churches

Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
Venture out of the city with trips to Aachen (Markt, Aachen Cathedral, &more) and Dusseldorf (Kirche St. Andreas, Konigsallee, &more). There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Cologne Cathedral, admire the masterpieces at Museum Ludwig, see the interesting displays at Chocolate Museum, and don't miss a visit to Hohenzollern Bridge.

For maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Cologne day trip app.

Getting from Frankfurt to Cologne by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. In December, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Berlin.

Things to do in Cologne

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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Berlin, Germany

Athens of the Spree

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, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: appreciate the history behind Brandenburg Gate, don't miss a visit to Reichstag Building, explore the world behind art at Pergamonmuseum, and contemplate the long history of East Side Gallery.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Berlin planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Cologne to Berlin takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. You'll have a few hours on the 21st (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Dresden.

Things to do in Berlin

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Neighborhoods

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Dresden, Germany

Florence of the North

Dresden boasts a long history as a royal residence of many Saxon kings.
On the 21st (Mon), contemplate the long history of The Dresden Zwinger, appreciate the history behind Statue of King John, and then don't miss a visit to Procession of Princes. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Gemaldegalerie Alte Meister, make a trip to Bruehlsche Terrasse, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Frauenkirche Dresden, then get engrossed in the history at Royal Palace (Residenzschloss), and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Katholische Hofkirche.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Dresden trip planner.

Drive from Berlin to Dresden in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. December in Dresden sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of 1°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Prague.

Things to do in Dresden

Historic Sites · Museums

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Prague, Czech Republic

City of a Hundred Spires

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, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Staromestske namesti, get great views at Petřín, contemplate the long history of Prague Astronomical Clock, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Vitus Cathedral.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Prague trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Dresden to Prague takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Prague can reach 5°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Krakow.

Things to do in Prague

Tours · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries · Neighborhoods

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Krakow, Poland

Slavic Rome

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 to go to Oswiecim and see Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Wawel Cathedral, make a trip to St. Mary's Basilica, see the interesting displays at Wieliczka Salt Mine, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Krakow trip planner.

You can fly from Prague to Krakow in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 5°C in December, and nighttime lows around -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can drive to Tatra National Park.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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Tatra National Park, Poland

Tatra National Park is known for nature and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Lake Morskie Oko, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Rysy, take in panoramic vistas at Rusinowa Polana, and appreciate the views at Dolina Koscieliska.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Tatra National Park trip builder website.

You can drive from Krakow to Tatra National Park in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Tatra National Park

Parks · Nature

Side Trip

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Budapest, Hungary

Pearl of the Danube

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.
Budapest is known for historic sites, spas, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: ponder the world of politics at Hungarian Parliament Building, snap pictures at Szechenyi Lanchid, pause for some photo ops at Shoes on the Danube Bank, and steep yourself in history at Fisherman's Bastion.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Budapest day trip planning website.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Tatra National Park to Budapest. January in Budapest sees daily highs of 3°C and lows of -4°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can go by car to Bratislava.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites · Museums · Spas · Shopping

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Bratislava, Slovakia

Beauty on the Danube

Slovakia's capital, Bratislava, attracts visitors for its natural beauty and rich culture, offering a plethora of landscapes, outdoor activities, historical monuments, and a stately old town.
On the 7th (Thu), make a trip to Michalska Brana, step into the grandiose world of Bratislava Castle, stop by Bratislava Old Town, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Martin's Cathedral (Dom svateho Martina), then pause for some photo ops at Cumil, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Blue Church of St. Elizabeth.

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Traveling by car from Budapest to Bratislava takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January, daily temperatures in Bratislava can reach 3°C, while at night they dip to -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Vienna.

Things to do in Bratislava

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

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Vienna, Austria

City of Dreams

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.
Vienna is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step into the grandiose world of Schonbrunn Palace, admire the masterpieces at Albertina, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Schönbrunn Zoo, and admire the striking features of Rathaus.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Vienna online road trip planner.

Getting from Bratislava to Vienna by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In January in Vienna, expect temperatures between 3°C during the day and -3°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Salzburg.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks

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Salzburg, Austria

Rome of the North

Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter's Abbey (Stift St. Peter), get great views at Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Salzburg Cathedral, then take an in-depth tour of Mozarts Geburtshaus, and finally examine the collection at Red Bull Hangar-7.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Salzburg driving holiday website.

You can fly from Vienna to Salzburg in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train; or fly. In January, plan for daily highs up to 4°C, and evening lows to -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Innsbruck.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites · Museums

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Innsbruck, Austria

Nestled in a valley between snowcapped peaks, Innsbruck evokes visions of a winter wonderland.
Get out of town with these interesting Innsbruck side-trips: Stubaier Gletscher (in Neustift im Stubaital), Aqua Dome - Tirol Therme Laengenfeld (in Langenfeld) and St. Anton (in St. Anton am Arlberg). There's much more to do: explore the galleries of The Golden Roof (Goldenes Dachl), admire the landmark architecture of Bergisel Ski Jump, take in panoramic vistas at Town Tower (Stadtturm), and examine the collection at Swarovski Kristallwelten.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Innsbruck tour itinerary website.

Drive from Salzburg to Innsbruck in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 3°C in January, and nighttime lows around -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can drive to Munich.

Things to do in Innsbruck

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Winter Sports

Side Trips

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Munich, Germany

Village of a Million People

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.
Munich is known for museums, historic sites, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Marienplatz, engage your brain at Deutsches Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael's Church, and contemplate the waterfront views at English Garden.

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

Getting from Innsbruck to Munich by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Munich can reach 3°C, while at night they dip to -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Munich

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Parks