40 days in Central Europe Itinerary

40 days in Central Europe Itinerary

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40 days in Central Europe Itinerary

Start: Bengaluru, India
Fly:  14​h 45​min
1
Warsaw, Poland
— 3 nights
Train:  2​h 30​min
2
Krakow, Poland
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Prague, Czech Republic
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Berlin, Germany
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h
5
Zurich, Switzerland
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Munich, Germany
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Salzburg, Austria
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
8
Vienna, Austria
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
9
Budapest, Hungary
— 4 nights
Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Bengaluru, India

3
nights
Warsaw, Poland

Warsaw ©
Warsaw draws big crowds with its seemingly unstoppable energy, exemplified by the city's explosive nightlife and thriving music scene.
Warsaw is known for museums, historic sites, parks, shopping, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town, test your problem-solving skills at Enigma Room - Escape room game, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and take in nature's colorful creations at Lazienki Krolewskie w Warszawie.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Warsaw trip maker .

Bengaluru, India to Warsaw is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 4 hours traveling from Bengaluru to Warsaw. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Bengaluru in April; daily highs in Warsaw reach 15°C and lows reach 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Krakow.

Things to do in Warsaw

Museums Tours Parks
Highlights from your plan
Lazienki Krolewskie w Warszawie ©
Lazienki Krolewskie w Warszawie
Old Town ©
Old Town
Walking tours

5
nights
Krakow, Poland

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.
Take a break from Krakow with a short trip to Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau in Oswiecim, about 1h 30 min away. Spend the 8th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: have fun at Shooting in Krakow - Cracow Shooting Academy - Strzelnica Krakow, discover the riches below the earth's surface at Wieliczka Salt Mine, wander the streets of Stare Miasto, and admire the landmark architecture of St. Mary's Basilica.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Krakow trip planner.

Getting from Warsaw to Krakow by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In April in Krakow, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trips

Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau, Wieliczka Salt Mine
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Wawel Cathedral ©
Wawel Cathedral
Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau ©

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.
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 Old Town Square, learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Vitus Cathedral.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Prague sightseeing planning site .

Traveling by flight from Krakow to Prague takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. April in Prague sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to drive to Berlin.

Things to do in Prague

Tours Historic Sites Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Staromestske namesti ©
Staromestske namesti
Charles Bridge
Charles Bridge
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle

4
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.
Berlin is known for museums, historic sites, nightlife, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: pause for some photo ops at Brandenburg Gate, examine the collection at Topography of Terror, step into the grandiose world of Charlottenburg Palace, and contemplate the long history of East Side Gallery.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Berlin trip itinerary planning site .

You can drive from Prague to Berlin in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Berlin

Historic Sites Museums Tours
Highlights from your plan
Walking tours
Brandenburg Gate ©
Brandenburg Gate

4
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Venture out of the city with trips to Lucerne (Biosphaere Entlebuch & Mt Pilatus). There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Swiss National Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fraumünster Church, see the interesting displays at Zurich James Joyce Foundation, and admire the masterpieces at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich).

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Zurich sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Berlin to Zurich takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In April, daytime highs in Zurich are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Munich.

Things to do in Zurich

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Lucerne
Highlights from your plan
Landesmuseum ©
Landesmuseum
Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus

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.
Munich is known for parks, museums, nightlife, historic sites, and childrens museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Marienplatz, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter's Church, explore the world behind art at New Pinakothek, and enjoy breathtaking views from Frauenkirche.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Munich trip planner.

You can fly from Zurich to Munich in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Salzburg.

Things to do in Munich

Museums Historic Sites Tours
Highlights from your plan
Deutsches Museum ©
Deutsches Museum
Marienplatz ©
Marienplatz
Nymphenburg Palace ©
Nymphenburg Palace

3
nights
Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Salzburg is known for historic sites, museums, parks, nightlife, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take some stellar pictures from Salzburg Fortress (Festung Hohensalzburg), don't miss a visit to Salzburger Altstadt, steep yourself in history at Mozarts Geburtshaus, and take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter's Abbey (Stift St. Peter).

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Salzburg route maker site .

You can drive from Munich to Salzburg in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. April in Salzburg sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle ©
Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle
Mirabell Palace ©
Mirabell Palace
Salzburg Cathedral ©
Salzburg Cathedral

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.
Pack the 4th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Prater. And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Schonbrunn Palace, browse the eclectic array of goods at Vienna Naschmarkt, stroll through Schönbrunn Zoo, and admire the landmark architecture of Haus der Musik Wien.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Vienna journey planner.

You can fly from Salzburg to Vienna in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in April, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Budapest.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral
The Hofburg ©
The Hofburg

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.
Budapest is known for historic sites, spas, nightlife, museums, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Parliament, examine the collection at House of Terror Museum, steep yourself in history at Fisherman's Bastion, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika).

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Budapest online driving holiday planner .

You can take a train from Vienna to Budapest in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Budapest are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Koller Gallery ©
Koller Gallery
Hungarian Parliament Building ©
Hungarian Parliament Building
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya

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