43 days in Central Europe Itinerary

43 days in Central Europe Itinerary

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Gdansk, Poland
— 1 night
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Krakow, Poland
— 4 nights
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Budapest, Hungary
— 4 nights
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Vienna, Austria
— 5 nights
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Bled, Slovenia
— 5 nights
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Zermatt, Switzerland
— 3 nights
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Lucerne, Switzerland
— 4 nights
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Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
— 4 nights
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Salzburg, Austria
— 3 nights
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Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic
— 1 night
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Prague, Czech Republic
— 4 nights
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Berlin, Germany
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Gdansk, Poland

— 1 night

World Capital of Amber

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.
On the 30th (Sat), enjoy breathtaking views from Sopot Pier, enjoy the sand and surf at Sopot Beach, then take a stroll through Mariacka Street (ulica Mariacka), and finally learn about all things military at Museum of the Second World War (Muzeum II Wojny Swiatowej). On the next day, don't miss a visit to Dluga Street (ul. Dluga), then visit Old Town, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Mary's Church, and finally see the interesting displays at Europejskie Centrum SolidarnoSci.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Gdansk online vacation planner.

Manchester, UK to Gdansk is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and train; or take a train. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. July in Gdansk sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can travel to Krakow.

Things to do in Gdansk

Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Beaches

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Krakow, Poland

— 4 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau and Muzeum Uniwersytetu Jagiellonskiego Collegium Maius. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Wawel Cathedral and Lost Souls Alley. There's lots more to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, get to know the fascinating history of Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square, pause for some serene contemplation at Bazylika i Klasztor Franciszkanow, and admire the striking features of St. Mary's Basilica.

To find maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Krakow trip planner.

Getting from Gdansk to Krakow by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. When traveling from Gdansk in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Krakow, with highs around 30°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Budapest, Hungary

— 4 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Fisherman's Bastion and Matthias Church. Step off the beaten path and head to Hospital in the Rock Nuclear Bunker Museum and Margaret Island. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Liberty Statue, boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, appreciate the history behind Shoes on the Danube Bank, and take in the exciting artwork at Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria).

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Budapest sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Krakow to Budapest in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In August in Budapest, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Vienna.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Spas

Vienna, Austria

— 5 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Schonbrunn Palace and Kaiserliche Schatzkammer Wien. Explore hidden gems such as Melk Abbey and Peterskirche. Get out of town with these interesting Vienna side-trips: Weingut Stefan Bauer (in Koenigsbrunn am Wagram) and Wachau Valley (in Joching). There's much more to do: indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, don't miss a visit to Stephansplatz, ponder the world of politics at Rathaus, and explore the world behind art at Belvedere Palace.

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Drive from Budapest to Vienna in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In August in Vienna, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can drive to Bled.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums · Historic Sites · Wineries · Parks

Side Trips

Bled, Slovenia

— 5 nights
The most popular resort in Slovenia, Bled is marked by its iconic church steeple and medieval castle on glacial Lake Bled.
Explore hidden gems such as Vintgar Gorge and Bled Island. Take a break from the city and head to Lake Bohinj and Soča Valley. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bled: Bovec (Kayaking & Canoeing & Zipline), Savica Waterfall (in Bohinjsko Jezero) and Vršič Pass (in Kranjska Gora). Spend the 17th (Wed) exploring nature at Triglav National Park. There's more to do: get great views at Mala Osojnica and step into the grandiose world of Bled Castle.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Bled trip planning website.

You can drive from Vienna to Bled in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and shuttle; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Bled are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can go by car to Zermatt.

Things to do in Bled

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Zermatt, Switzerland

— 3 nights
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Step out of the city life by going to The Matterhorn and Parasailing & Paragliding. Discover out-of-the-way places like Gornergrat and Aletsch Glacier. There's still lots to do: enjoy breathtaking views from Sunnegga, examine the collection at Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis, take in the awesome beauty at Breithorn, and trek along 5-Seenweg.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Zermatt trip itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Bled to Zermatt in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and train; or do a combination of train, shuttle, and flight. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can go by car to Lucerne.

Things to do in Zermatt

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trip

Lucerne, Switzerland

— 4 nights
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Mt Pilatus and Titlis. Get outdoors at Trümmelbachfälle and Parasailing & Paragliding. Get out of town with these interesting Lucerne side-trips: Zurich (Lake Zurich & Old Town). There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Lucerne, admire the striking features of Lucerne Station, snap pictures at Chapel Bridge, and pause for some photo ops at Lion Monument.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Lucerne trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Zermatt to Lucerne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, daily temperatures in Lucerne can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

Things to do in Lucerne

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany

— 4 nights
Nestled within the Bavarian Alps, Garmisch-Partenkirchen offers a classic mountain feel along with world-class winter sports.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Schloss Linderhof and Pilgrimage Church of Wies. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Zugspitze and Ettal Abbey. Explore Garmisch-Partenkirchen's surroundings by going to Schloss Neuschwanstein (in Schwangau), Altstadt von Fuessen (in Fussen) and Schloss Hohenschwangau (in Hohenschwangau). There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Partnachklamm, trek along Hollentalklamm, and contemplate the waterfront views at Eibsee.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Garmisch-Partenkirchen road trip website.

You can drive from Lucerne to Garmisch-Partenkirchen in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a bus. August in Garmisch-Partenkirchen sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can drive to Salzburg.

Things to do in Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Salzburg, Austria

— 3 nights

Rome of the North

Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle and Erlebnisburg Hohenwerfen. Explore hidden gems such as Untersberg and Eisriesenwelt. Go for a jaunt from Salzburg to Golling an der Salzach to see Gollinger Wasserfall about 34 minutes away. There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Schloss Hellbrunn, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter's Abbey (Stift St. Peter), steep yourself in history at Salzburger Altstadt, and examine the collection at Red Bull Hangar-7.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Salzburg trip itinerary 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 August in Salzburg, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to drive to Cesky Krumlov.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): explore the historical opulence of Cesky Krumlov Castle, learn the secrets of beer at Wiseman Free Tour, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Historie mesta Ceský Krumlov, then browse the exhibits of Museum Fotoatelier Seidel, and finally explore the world behind art at Egon Schiele Art Centrum.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Cesky Krumlov planning site.

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. In September, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can drive to Prague.

Things to do in Cesky Krumlov

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Breweries & Distilleries

Prague, Czech Republic

— 4 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Lesser Town and Hradcany. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Staromestske namesti and St Cyril and St Methodius Cathedral. There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at St. Vitus Cathedral, take in the views from Charles Bridge, admire the landmark architecture of Kostel sv. Mikuláše, and let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Prague holiday planner.

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 September in Prague, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to drive to Berlin.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Tours

Berlin, Germany

— 4 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Frauenkirche Dresden and Topography of Terror. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Neues Grünes Gewölbe and Großer Tiergarten. Take a break from Berlin with a short trip to Procession of Princes in Dresden, about 2 hours away. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Pergamonmuseum, appreciate the history behind The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, contemplate the long history of Memorial of the Berlin Wall, and get a sense of history and politics at Reichstag Building.

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Drive from Prague to Berlin in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Berlin

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Parks

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