42 days in Central Europe Itinerary

42 days in Central Europe Itinerary

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Budapest, Hungary
— 5 nights
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Bratislava, Slovakia
— 2 nights
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Vienna, Austria
— 6 nights
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Salzburg, Austria
— 2 nights
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Ljubljana, Slovenia
— 2 nights
Shuttle to Trieste, Fly to Munich
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Munich, Germany
— 4 nights
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Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic
— 1 night
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Prague, Czech Republic
— 6 nights
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Berlin, Germany
— 6 nights
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— 6 nights
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Budapest, Hungary

— 5 nights

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Hungarian Parliament Building and Budapest Pinball Museum. Discover out-of-the-way places like Margaret Island and Celeritas Shooting Club. Next up on the itinerary: let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, steep yourself in history at Matthias Church, don't miss a visit to 3d Gallery Budapest, and admire the local landmark of Music Fountain.

For traveler tips and more tourist information, go to the Budapest day trip tool.

Manila, Philippines to Budapest is an approximately 20-hour flight. The time zone changes from Philippine Standard Time (PST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a -7 hour difference. Traveling from Manila in April, expect Budapest to be colder, temps between 20°C and 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to drive to Bratislava.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Nature

Bratislava, Slovakia

— 2 nights

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 23rd (Fri), see Mystery Dinner, don't miss a visit to Slovak Philharmonic, then explore the world behind art at Nedbalka Gallery, and finally take in the views from Stary most. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Sat): appreciate the history behind Schone Naci Statue, appreciate the history behind Cumil, enjoy some diversion at Bratislava Shooting Club, then make a trip to Hviezdoslavovo Namestie, and finally admire the local landmark of Fountain of peace.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Bratislava trip itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Budapest to Bratislava in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can drive to Vienna.

Things to do in Bratislava

Fun & Games · Museums

Vienna, Austria

— 6 nights

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Ringstrasse and Hundertwasserhaus. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Schonbrunn Palace and Schönbrunn Zoo. There's lots more to do: make a trip to St. Stephen's Cathedral, stroll the grounds of Central Cemetery (Zentralfriedhof), admire the striking features of State Hall of the Austrian National Library, and pause for some photo ops at Maria Theresia Denkmal.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Vienna sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Bratislava to Vienna takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In April in Vienna, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 6°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Salzburg.

Things to do in Vienna

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Salzburg, Austria

— 2 nights

Rome of the North

Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
On the 1st (Sat), stroll through Snow Space Salzburg - St. Johann and then admire the sheer force of Gollinger Wasserfall. Keep things going the next day: step into the grandiose world of Schloss Hellbrunn, admire the striking features of Salzburg Cathedral, and then don't miss a visit to Mirabell Palace.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Salzburg travel route planner.

Drive from Vienna to Salzburg in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. April in Salzburg sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can drive to Ljubljana.

Things to do in Salzburg

Parks · Winter Sports · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Ljubljana, Slovenia

— 2 nights
Sitting astride the Ljubljanica River, Ljubljana is marked with picturesque bridges and a marketplace, designed by the famous architect Jože Plečnik.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): take some stellar pictures from Mala Osojnica and then fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Tue): head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

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You can drive from Salzburg to Ljubljana in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Ljubljana can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to travel to Munich.

Things to do in Ljubljana

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Adventure

Side Trip

Munich, Germany

— 4 nights

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Nymphenburg Palace and Starnberger See. Bring the kids along to Deutsches Museum and English Garden. Spend the 5th (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Marienplatz, admire the striking features of Old Town Hall, pause for some serene contemplation at Heiliggeistkirche, and examine the collection at BMW Headquarters.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Munich route planner.

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Ljubljana to Munich takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. May in Munich sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Cesky Krumlov.

Things to do in Munich

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trip

Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic

— 1 night
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 9th (Sun), get to know the fascinating history of Historie mesta Ceský Krumlov, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of St. Vitus, and then walk around The Castle Garden.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Cesky Krumlov trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Munich to Cesky Krumlov by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In May in Cesky Krumlov, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 10°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Prague.

Things to do in Cesky Krumlov

Historic Sites · Parks

Prague, Czech Republic

— 6 nights

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Top Gun Prague Shooting Events and Staroměstská mostecká věž. Bring the kids along to Charles Bridge and Nature & Wildlife Tours. The adventure continues: get to know the fascinating history of Staromestske namesti, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Spanish Synagogue, admire the striking features of Prague Astronomical Clock, and wander the streets of Lesser Town.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Prague day trip tool.

Traveling by car from Cesky Krumlov to Prague takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In May in Prague, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Berlin.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors

Berlin, Germany

— 6 nights

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.
Kids will enjoy Treptower Park and Reichstag Building. Discover out-of-the-way places like Großer Tiergarten and Gendarmenmarkt. Change things up with a short trip to Sanssouci Park in Potsdam (about 48 minutes away). There's much more to do: make a trip to Brandenburg Gate, get engrossed in the history at Palace of Tears, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Berlin vacation planner.

Getting from Prague to Berlin by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel to Krakow.

Things to do in Berlin

Museums · Tours · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Krakow, Poland

— 6 nights

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.
Kids will enjoy Nature & Wildlife Tours and Cracow Shooting Academy. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Wawel Cathedral and Planty Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Krakow: Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau (in Oswiecim) and Henryk Slawik and Jozsef Antall Monument (in Katowice). And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of HistoryLand, steep yourself in history at Wawel Royal Castle, don't miss a visit to The Ghetto Heroes Square, and see the interesting displays at Lost Souls Alley.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Krakow journey maker website.

Traveling by flight from Berlin to Krakow takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Krakow can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Hungary travel guide

4.1
Historic Sites · Thermal Spas · Government Buildings
Breadbasket of Europe
Because tourism throughout the whole country is not as popular as in other European countries, much of the natural beauty of Hungary has not been developed or exploited. Visitors today are drawn to the unspoiled picturesque landscape, the capital metropolis surrounded by charming small towns and villages, and the plethora of thermal baths. The country's number of well-preserved archaeological ruins, castles, cathedrals, and medieval towns provide opportunities to those wanting a taste of European history. With the opportunity to explore both time-worn architecture and notable natural surroundings in every region, Hungary provides sightseeing opportunities with the amenities of traditional tourist destinations. 

Slovakia travel guide

3.9
Landmarks · Castles · Monuments
Heart of Europe
A land of magnificent castles, untouched nature, and rich cultural heritage, Slovakia is a jewel in the heart of Europe that's waiting to be discovered. Larger cities such as Bratislava and Kosice feature historic architecture and offer numerous sightseeing opportunities and exciting art scenes, while the traditional villages are the perfect place to get acquainted with local customs. Some of the country's most popular tourist destinations are its numerous spa resorts, famous for their therapeutic properties, and a selection of wooden churches, many of which are World Heritage Sites. Those looking for nature's attractions can enjoy everything from the thick forests and snowy peaks of the Tatra Mountains, to one of Europe's largest concentrations of subterranean caves. The country's cuisine reflects its multi-cultural history and is a definite must-try.

Austria travel guide

4.5
Castles · Art Museums · Specialty Museums
Situated in the Central European Alps, Austria combines an alluring bundle of elegant urban architecture, cultural centers, and dramatic landscapes. This German-speaking country of 8.5 million residents is known for its rich history, dating back to the Hapsburg Empire, as well as its art, music, and scenery. Along with the neighboring country of Switzerland, Austria serves as the winter sports capital of Europe and is home to some of the continent's most popular ski resorts. This landlocked nation draws visitors from across the globe to its mountains, historical villages, and culturally rich cities. Experience trekking in the Alps one day and drinking regional wine at a crowded pub after a day of sightseeing in the capital Vienna the next.

Slovenia travel guide

4.2
Castles · Bodies of Water · Caves
Sunny Side of the Alps
From snowcapped Alpine peaks to sandy Adriatic beaches, a trip to Slovenia is like taking several vacations at once. Whatever the season, the country offers enticing natural attractions, all close at hand, including thick forests, scenic valleys, cave systems, waterfalls, lakes, and the Adriatic coast. For those seeking an active holiday, you'll fine an abundance of ski slopes, trails to hike, roads to bike, and rocks to climb. Pay a visit to some of Slovenia's spa resorts and take advantage of the fresh mountain air and thermal waters. Various castles, churches, and historical towns--many of which are fully preserved--tell stories of the country's past. In Slovenia's major cities, admire the architecture, explore the local arts, visit museums, and chat with the locals over a cup of coffee. Slovenian cuisine offers a blend of Alpine and Mediterranean tastes and is definitely worth trying, along with the country's wines.

Germany travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Germany is the home of high culture, fine art, classical music, world-class sports, award-winning cuisine--and some of the world's best beers. It's also one of the major economic and political powers of the European continent. One of the founding members of the European Union, Germany is a federation of 16 states. Each boasts its own distinct culture, art, cuisine, regional traditions, and array of things to do. The country is known worldwide for its precision engineering and high-tech products. Equally, though, Germany is admired for its old-world charm and what is locally known as gemutlichkeit (coziness). This is one of the easiest countries in the world to explore, offering an abundance of sightseeing opportunities. German transportation runs with German efficiency. Therefore, getting around the various regions is almost always easy, quick, and pleasant. Visit the cities to explore museums, art galleries, modern restaurants, and trendy shops. Also be sure to venture deeper into the countryside. Here, you can discover ancient castles and bustling little villages. Often in these off-the-beaten-path areas, the main tourist attraction remains the simple hospitality of the friendly locals.

Czech Republic travel guide

4.3
Bridges · Historic Walking Areas · Castles
From historical towns and cities, to a countryside speckled with castles and chateaus, the Czech Republic is a holiday destination that can satisfy everybody's taste. Even though it's modern and fully-developed, the country carefully preserves its traditions and heritage. The city of Prague, with its breathtaking architecture, vibrant art and culture scene, and bustling nightlife, is not only one of the country's main attractions, but also a top European tourist hub. The scenic countryside features numerous national parks and nature reserves perfect for hiking, cycling, golfing, and enjoying the natural beauty. In the wintertime ski buffs have their pick from a selection of resorts. If you're looking to unwind and rejuvenate in picturesque settings, visit the famous spa and wellness resorts that have been renowned in Europe for centuries.

Poland travel guide

4.6
Historic Walking Areas · Historic Sites · Landmarks
A massive country in eastern Europe, Poland offers much to those who venture beyond the continent's more traditional touristic destinations. Dating back to the first millennium, the republic has over a thousand years of heritage to explore, including an abundance of World War II history. Bordered by Germany to the west and Ukraine and Belarus to the east, Poland was the rope in a game of tug of war between German Nazis and the Soviet Allied forces. Major cities like Krakow, Warsaw, Gdansk, Wroclaw, Lodz, Poznan, and Lublin are offer an array of cultural attractions. The infamous concentration camp Auschwitz, near Krakow, is a difficult experience but a must for anyone visiting the area. Be sure to sample hearty comfort foods rich in meat, cabbage, and spices--the Polish secret to making it through harsh winters.