55 days in Central Europe Itinerary

55 days in Central Europe Itinerary

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Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  25 h
1
Budapest, Hungary
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
2
Vienna, Austria
— 5 nights
Fly:  3 h
3
Prague, Czech Republic
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
4
Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
5
Salzburg, Austria
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
6
Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
7
Lucerne, Switzerland
— 4 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
8
Trier, Germany
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
9
Rothenburg, Germany
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 45 min
10
Berlin, Germany
— 5 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
11
Krakow, Poland
— 5 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
12
Warsaw, Poland
— 5 nights
Fly:  3 h
13
Gdansk, Poland
— 5 nights
Fly:  26 h
End: Sydney, Australia

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Palatinus Strandfürdő and City Park Városliget. Your inner history buff will appreciate Fisherman's Bastion and Vajdahunyad Castle (Vajdahunyadvar). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Liberty Statue, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dohány Street Synagogue, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), and admire the masterpieces at Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria).

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Budapest online driving holiday planner.

Sydney, Australia to Budapest is an approximately 25-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Budapest is minus 9 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Sydney in August; daily highs in Budapest reach 32°C and lows reach 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Vienna.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Fisherman's Bastion ©
Fisherman's Bastion
Liberty Statue ©
Liberty Statue
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Belvedere Palace and Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien. Schonbrunn Palace and Albertina are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at St. Stephen's Cathedral, kick back and relax at Copa Beach, take a stroll through Graben and Kohlmarkt, and get to know the resident critters at Schönbrunn Zoo.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Vienna online travel route planner.

Getting from Budapest to Vienna by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train. In August, daytime highs in Vienna are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Vienna

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

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.
Shop till you drop at DOX Centre for Contemporary Art and Schwarzenberg Palace. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Staromestske namesti and St. Vitus Cathedral. The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Prague Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Spanish Synagogue, get engrossed in the history at Jewish Museum in Prague, and contemplate the long history of Lobkowicz Palace.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Prague attractions planner.

You can fly from Vienna to Prague in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In August, daily temperatures in Prague can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can go by car to Cesky Krumlov.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Museums Tours
Highlights from your plan
St. Vitus Cathedral ©
St. Vitus Cathedral
Staromestske namesti ©
Staromestske namesti
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle

3
nights
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Historie mesta Ceský Krumlov and St. Jost Church. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Cesky Krumlov Castle and Three Legends House. When in Cesky Krumlov, make a side trip to see The State Chateau of Hluboká in Hluboka nad Vltavou, approximately Hluboka nad Vltavou away. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Former Fink Cafe, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Christi and Our Lady of Sorrows Church, take in the exciting artwork at Miroslav Paral Art Gallery, and examine the collection at Museum Fotoatelier Seidel.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Cesky Krumlov trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Drive from Prague to Cesky Krumlov in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, daily temperatures in Cesky Krumlov can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can drive to Salzburg.

Things to do in Cesky Krumlov

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

The State Chateau of Hluboká
Highlights from your plan
Cesky Krumlov Castle ©
Cesky Krumlov Castle
Historie mesta Ceský Krumlov ©
Historie mesta Ceský Krumlov
The State Chateau of Hluboká ©
The State Chateau of Hluboká

4
nights
Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Take a break from the city and head to Grossglockner High Alpine Road and Lake Zell. Shop till you drop at Residenzgalerie Salzburg and Swarovski Shop. There's still lots to do: get great views at Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle, explore the galleries of Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus), explore the different monuments and memorials at Cemetery of St. Sebastian (Friedhof St. Sebastian), and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Salzburg Cathedral.

Before you visit Salzburg, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from Cesky Krumlov to Salzburg in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can drive to Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

Things to do in Salzburg

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Grossglockner High Alpine Road, Lake Zell
Highlights from your plan
Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle ©
Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle
Haus der Natur ©
Haus der Natur
Grossglockner High Alpine Road ©
Grossglockner High Alpine Road

2
nights
Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany

Garmisch-Partenkirchen ©
Nestled within the Bavarian Alps, Garmisch-Partenkirchen offers a classic mountain feel along with world-class winter sports.
On the 24th (Sat), explore the historical opulence of Schloss Linderhof and then look for all kinds of wild species at Partnachklamm. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Pilgrimage Church of Wies, contemplate the long history of Altstadt von Fuessen, and then get outside with Zugspitze.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Garmisch-Partenkirchen trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Salzburg to Garmisch-Partenkirchen takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. August in Garmisch-Partenkirchen sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Lucerne.

Things to do in Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Pilgrimage Church of Wies, Schloss Linderhof, Altstadt von Fuessen
Highlights from your plan
Schloss Linderhof ©
Schloss Linderhof
Zugspitze ©
Zugspitze
Pilgrimage Church of Wies ©
Pilgrimage Church of Wies

4
nights
Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Escape the urban bustle at Mt Pilatus and Parasailing & Paragliding. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Titlis and Lake Lucerne. Explore Lucerne's surroundings by going to Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen (in Zurich) and UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern (in Bern). And it doesn't end there: snap pictures at Chapel Bridge, take a stroll through Altstadt Luzern, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ufschotti Park, and look for gifts at Lindt Chocolate Shop Luzern.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Lucerne road trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Garmisch-Partenkirchen to Lucerne takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. August in Lucerne sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to drive to Trier.

Things to do in Lucerne

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen, Titlis, UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, Parasailing & Paragliding
Highlights from your plan
Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Titlis ©
Titlis
Parasailing & Paragliding

3
nights
Trier, Germany

Trier ©
Trier may be the oldest city in Germany, founded long before the Roman times.
Porta Nigra and Trier Amphitheater will appeal to history buffs. Discover out-of-the-way places like Reichsburg Cochem and St. Peter's Cathedral (Dom). Step out of Trier to go to Wierschem and see Eltz Castle, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. There's still lots to do: get a taste of the local shopping with Hauptmarkt, see the interesting displays at Rhineland Museum (Rheinisches Landesmuseum), get to know the fascinating history of Kornmarkt, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Paulin-Kirche.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Trier trip planner.

You can drive from Lucerne to Trier in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or take a train. August in Trier sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Rothenburg.

Things to do in Trier

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Reichsburg Cochem, Eltz Castle
Highlights from your plan
Eltz Castle ©
Eltz Castle
Reichsburg Cochem ©
Reichsburg Cochem
Porta Nigra ©
Porta Nigra

2
nights
Rothenburg, Germany

Rothenburg ©
An old imperial city, Rothenburg is the main tourist stop on the scenic Romantic Road of Bavaria.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): get engrossed in the history at Reichsstadtmuseum, contemplate the long history of Gerlachschmiede, steep yourself in history at Town Walls, take a stroll through Altstadt, thenexamine the collection at Medieval Crime Museum (Mittelalterliches Kriminalmuseum), and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Jacob's Church (St. Jakobskirche). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the historical opulence of Fortress Marienberg, snap pictures at Alte Mainbruecke, step into the grandiose world of Würzburg Residence, thenpause for some serene contemplation at Neumuenster, and finally admire the striking features of Stadt Rothenburg ob der Tauber.

To find traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Rothenburg trip planner.

Getting from Trier to Rothenburg by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Berlin.

Things to do in Rothenburg

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Wurzburg
Highlights from your plan
Town Walls ©
Town Walls
Altstadt ©
Altstadt
Würzburg Residence ©
Würzburg Residence

5
nights
Berlin, Germany

Berlin
The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen and Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church. East Side Gallery and Charlottenburg Palace will appeal to history buffs. And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Pergamonmuseum, take in nature's colorful creations at Großer Tiergarten, appreciate the history behind Brandenburg Gate, and see the interesting displays at Topography of Terror.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Berlin trip planner.

You can drive from Rothenburg to Berlin in 5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Krakow.

Things to do in Berlin

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen
Highlights from your plan
Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen
Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen
Pergamonmuseum ©
Pergamonmuseum
Neues Museum ©
Neues Museum

5
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 Wieliczka Salt Mine are in your itinerary. Rynek (Old Square) Underground and Zamek Królewski will appeal to museum buffs. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Wawel Cathedral, don't miss a visit to Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mary's Basilica, and take a stroll through Kazmierz The Former Jewish District.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Krakow travel route planner.

You can fly from Berlin to Krakow in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In September, daytime highs in Krakow are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Warsaw.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Zamek Królewski, Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau, Wieliczka Salt Mine
Highlights from your plan
Wawel Cathedral ©
Wawel Cathedral
Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau ©
Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau
Wieliczka Salt Mine ©
Wieliczka Salt Mine

5
nights
Warsaw, Poland

Warsaw ©
Warsaw draws big crowds with its seemingly unstoppable energy, exemplified by the city's explosive nightlife and thriving music scene.
Popular historic sites such as Zamek Krolewski w Warszawie - Muzeum and Rynek Starego Miasta are in your itinerary. Get some cultural insight at Lazienki Krolewskie w Warszawie and Copernicus Science Centre. There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of POLIN Muzeum Historii Zydow Polskich, get a taste of the local shopping with Kordegarda, brush up on your military savvy at Muzeum Powstania Warszawskiego, and kick back and relax at Vistula River Beach.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Warsaw online sightseeing planner.

Take a train from Krakow to Warsaw in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In September, daytime highs in Warsaw are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Gdansk.

Things to do in Warsaw

Museums Shopping Parks
Highlights from your plan
Lazienki Krolewskie w Warszawie ©
Lazienki Krolewskie w Warszawie
Muzeum Powstania Warszawskiego
Muzeum Powstania Warszawskiego
POLIN Muzeum Historii Zydow Polskich ©
POLIN Muzeum Historii Zydow Polskich

5
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Old Town and Europejskie Centrum SolidarnoSci. Take a break from the city and head to Sopot Beach and Stogi Beach. Go for a jaunt from Gdansk to Malbork to see Muzeum Zamkowe w Malborku about 56 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Mariacka Street (ulica Mariacka), look for gifts at Galeria Sztuk Roznych Kosycarz&MBeneda, contemplate the long history of Westerplatte, and kick back and relax at Jelitkowo Beach.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Gdansk trip itinerary tool.

Getting from Warsaw to Gdansk by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. September in Gdansk sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Gdansk

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Sopot, Muzeum Zamkowe w Malborku
Highlights from your plan
Muzeum Zamkowe w Malborku ©
Muzeum Zamkowe w Malborku
Europejskie Centrum SolidarnoSci ©
Europejskie Centrum SolidarnoSci
Old Town ©
Old Town

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