57 days in Central Europe Itinerary

57 days in Central Europe Itinerary

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57 days in Central Europe Itinerary

Start: Toronto, Canada
Fly + train:  12​h 15​min
1
Lucerne, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Lausanne, Switzerland
— 5 nights
Fly + bus:  5​h 15​min
3
Trier, Germany
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Rothenburg, Germany
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Berchtesgaden, Germany
— 5 nights
Drive:  6​h
7
Postojna, Slovenia
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
8
Vienna, Austria
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h
9
Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
10
Prague, Czech Republic
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
11
Dresden, Germany
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h
12
Krakow, Poland
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
13
Gdansk, Poland
— 4 nights
Fly:  13​h 45​min
End: Toronto, Canada

2
nights
Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Get in touch with nature at Titlis and Mt Pilatus. Get a sense of the local culture at Old Town and Altstadt Luzern. There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Lake Lucerne, snap pictures at Chapel Bridge, and pause for some photo ops at Lion Monument.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Lucerne holiday planner .

Toronto, Canada to Lucerne is an approximately 12.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of flight, shuttle, and train. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Time, which is usually a 6 hour difference. October in Lucerne sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 8°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can drive to Lausanne.

Things to do in Lucerne

Parks Nature Winter Sports

Side Trips

Titlis, Old Town
Highlights from your plan
Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Titlis ©
Titlis
Altstadt Luzern ©
Altstadt Luzern

5
nights
Lausanne, Switzerland

Lausanne ©
Lausanne contains several distinct neighborhoods, each offering a different side of the French-speaking Swiss town.
Appreciate the collections at Chaplin's World and HR Giger Museum. Discover out-of-the-way places like The Olympic Museum Lausanne (Musee Olympique) and Cathedrale de Lausanne. Venture out of the city with trips to Castle of Gruyeres (in Gruyeres), Chateau de Chillon (in Veytaux) and UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern (in Bern). Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Mont Saleve, admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale de St-Pierre, ponder the design of The Geneva Water Fountain, and appreciate the history behind Freddie Mercury Statue.

For photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Lausanne trip tool .

Getting from Lucerne to Lausanne by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can travel to Trier.

Things to do in Lausanne

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Geneva, Gruyeres, Chaplin's World, Chateau d' Allaman, Chateau de Chillon
Highlights from your plan
Chaplin's World ©
Chaplin's World
Museum HR Giger ©
Museum HR Giger
Mont Saleve ©
Mont Saleve

4
nights
Trier, Germany

Trier ©
Trier may be the oldest city in Germany, founded long before the Roman times.
Explore hidden gems such as Marksburg Castle and Burg Eltz. Visit Reichsburg Cochem and Porta Nigra for their historical value. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Trier: Aachen Cathedral (Dom) (in Aachen), Haus der Ikonen (in Traben-Trarbach) and Koblenz (Deutsches Eck (German Corner) & Ehrenbreitstein Fortress). There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of St. Peter's Cathedral (Dom), get engrossed in the history at Siegfried's Mechanisches Musikkabinett, hunt for treasures at Hauptmarkt, and pause for some photo ops at Niederwald Monument (Niederwalddenkmal).

To see ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Trier trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Lausanne to Trier takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. In October, daytime highs in Trier are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to drive to Rothenburg.

Things to do in Trier

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Koblenz, Ruedesheim am Rhein, Aachen Cathedral (Dom), Haus der Ikonen, Burg Eltz
Highlights from your plan
Ehrenbreitstein Fortress ©
Ehrenbreitstein Fortress
Marksburg Castle ©
Marksburg Castle

3
nights
Rothenburg, Germany

Rothenburg ©
An old imperial city, Rothenburg is the main tourist stop on the scenic Romantic Road of Bavaria.
Visit Altes Rathaus and Bamberg Cathedral for their historical value. Explore hidden gems such as Bamberg Altstadt and Vieille Ville. Explore Rothenburg's surroundings by going to Burg Katzenstein (in Dischingen) and Wurzburg (Alte Mainbruecke, Würzburg Residence, & more). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Town Walls, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Jacob's Church (St. Jakobskirche), hunt for treasures at Kathe Wohlfahrt's Christmas Shop, and examine the collection at Medieval Crime Museum (Mittelalterliches Kriminalmuseum).

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Rothenburg trip planner.

Traveling by car from Trier to Rothenburg takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or do a combination of shuttle and train. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in October, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can drive to Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

Things to do in Rothenburg

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Bamberg, Wurzburg, Burg Katzenstein
Highlights from your plan
Bamberg Cathedral ©
Bamberg Cathedral
Altes Rathaus ©
Altes Rathaus
Marienburg Fortress ©
Marienburg Fortress

4
nights
Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany

Garmisch-Partenkirchen ©
Nestled within the Bavarian Alps, Garmisch-Partenkirchen offers a classic mountain feel along with world-class winter sports.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Ettal Abbey and Wies Church. Discover out-of-the-way places like Partnachklamm and Schloss Hohenschwangau. Explore Garmisch-Partenkirchen's surroundings by going to Fussen (Altstadt von Fuessen & Krippkirche St. Nikolaus), Andechs Monastery (in Andechs) and Schloss Possenhofen (in Possenhofen). The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Schloss Linderhof, take in the awesome beauty at Zugspitze, visit a coastal fixture at Lighthouse and Bavarian Lion Sculpture, and examine the collection at Zeppelin Museum.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Garmisch-Partenkirchen trip builder website .

Traveling by car from Rothenburg to Garmisch-Partenkirchen takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. In November, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to drive to Berchtesgaden.

Things to do in Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Fussen, Ettal, Schloss Hohenschwangau, Andechs Monastery, Zeppelin Museum
Highlights from your plan
Wies Church ©
Wies Church
Ettal Abbey ©
Ettal Abbey
Zeppelin Museum ©
Zeppelin Museum

5
nights
Berchtesgaden, Germany

Berchtesgaden ©
Bordered on three sides by Austria, Berchtesgaden is encircled by snow-capped mountain peaks that offer sweeping views of the entire region.
Get some historical perspective at Dokumentation Obersalzberg and Treasury and Pilgrimage Musuem. Visiting Konigssee and Audi Golf Course will get you outdoors. Explore Berchtesgaden's surroundings by going to St. Stephen's Cathedral (in Passau), Altotting (Missionshaus hl Kreuz, Friedhofskirche St. Michael, & more) and Stiftskirche (in Laufen). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to The Eagle's Nest, discover the riches below the earth's surface at Berchtesgaden Salt Mines, get a new perspective on nature at Urweltmuseum Neiderhell, and examine the collection at EFA Automobilmuseum.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Berchtesgaden travel route tool .

You can drive from Garmisch-Partenkirchen to Berchtesgaden in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and car. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in November, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to travel to Postojna.

Things to do in Berchtesgaden

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Altotting, Yburg, Urweltmuseum Neiderhell, St. Stephan's Cathedral, Stiftskirche
Highlights from your plan
Dokumentationszentrum Obersalzberg ©
Urweltmuseum Neiderhell ©
Urweltmuseum Neiderhell
Friedhofskirche St. Michael ©
Friedhofskirche St. Michael

5
nights
Postojna, Slovenia

Postojna ©
With its friendly atmosphere, breathtaking landscapes, natural phenomena, and historical monuments, Postojna offers everything you need for a peaceful vacation or a quick getaway from the city.
Appreciate the collections at Hunting Collection and Dormouse Museum and Handbag Museum Portoroz. Get some cultural insight at Predjama Castle and Toplar hayrack. Explore Postojna's surroundings by going to River Rafting & Tubing (in Bovec), Piran (Hitchhikers Museum & Tartini Square (Tartinijev trg)) and Francis' Shaft (in Idrija). There's much more to do: Head underground at Skocjan Caves, explore the landscape on two wheels at Notranjski Regijski Park, view the masterpieces at Avgust Cernigoj Gallery, and see the interesting displays at Cerkno Museum.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Postojna day trip planning website .

Drive from Berchtesgaden to Postojna in 3.5 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Postojna can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Postojna

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Piran, Avgust Cernigoj Gallery, Cerkno Museum, Hunting Collection and Dormouse Museum, River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
Postojna Cave ©
Postojna Cave
River Rafting & Tubing
Skocjan Caves ©
Skocjan Caves

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.
Appreciate the collections at Kaiserliche Schatzkammer Wien and Leopold Museum. Step off the beaten path and head to Ringstrasse and Natural History Museum (Naturhistorisches Museum). Change things up with a short trip to Melk Abbey in Melk (about 1h 40 min away). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Peterskirche Wien, admire the masterpieces at Albertina, get a sense of history and politics at Rathaus, and brush up on your military savvy at Heeresgeschichtliches Museum.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Vienna holiday builder app .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Postojna to Vienna in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, shuttle, and flight. November in Vienna sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Cesky Krumlov.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums Historic Sites Tours

Side Trip

Melk Abbey
Highlights from your plan
Votivkirche ©
Votivkirche
Melk Abbey ©
Melk Abbey
Ringstrasse ©
Ringstrasse

5
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like The State Chateau of Hluboká and Historie mesta Ceský Krumlov. Get some cultural insight at Cesky Krumlov Castle and Church of the Most Holy Trinity. Get out of town with these interesting Cesky Krumlov side-trips: Chapel of St. Joseph (in Vyssi Brod), Frantiskansky Klaster (in Pilsen) and Nove Hrady (Church of Sts. Peter and Paul, Nové Hrady, & more). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Watermill Hoslovice, explore the different monuments and memorials at Jewish Cemetery, pause for some serene contemplation at Chapel st Felix, and admire the landmark architecture of Villa of Hana and Edvard Benes.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Cesky Krumlov itinerary planner.

Getting from Vienna to Cesky Krumlov by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. November in Cesky Krumlov sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 2°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to drive to Prague.

Things to do in Cesky Krumlov

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Tabor, Nove Hrady, Vimperk, Kostel Svatych Filipa a Jakuba, Watermill Hoslovice
Highlights from your plan
The State Chateau of Hluboká ©
The State Chateau of Hluboká
Kostel Svatych Filipa a Jakuba ©
Kostel Svatych Filipa a Jakuba
Nové Hrady ©
Nové Hrady

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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Lobkowicz Palace and Prasna brana. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Památník Terezín - Malá pevnost and St Barbara's Church. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Prague: Karlstejn Castle (in Karlstejn), Ossuary / The Cemetery Church (in Kutna Hora) and Pilsner Urquell Brewery (in Pilsen). And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Lesser Town, make a trip to Franz Kafka Monument, take some stellar pictures from Vyšehrad National Cultural Monument, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ss. Cyril and Methodius Cathedral.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Prague day trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Cesky Krumlov to Prague takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In November, daily temperatures in Prague can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Dresden.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Tours Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Kutna Hora, Památník Terezín - Malá pevnost, Karlstejn Castle, Pilsner Urquell Brewery
Highlights from your plan
Sedlec Ossuary ©
Sedlec Ossuary
Pilsner Urquell Brewery ©
Pilsner Urquell Brewery
Památník Terezín - Malá pevnost ©

3
nights
Dresden, Germany

Dresden ©
Dresden boasts a long history as a royal residence of many Saxon kings.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Royal Palace (Residenzschloss) and Neues Grünes Gewölbe. Step off the beaten path and head to Gemaldegalerie Alte Meister and Basteigebiet. When in Dresden, make a side trip to see Cristalica Kingdom in Doebern, approximately 1h 30 min away. There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Pillnitz Castle & Park, make a trip to Bruhl's Terrace, and pause for some serene contemplation at Frauenkirche.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Dresden road trip site .

You can drive from Prague to Dresden in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In November, daytime highs in Dresden are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Krakow.

Things to do in Dresden

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Basteigebiet, Cristalica Kingdom
Highlights from your plan
Pillnitz Castle & Park ©
Pillnitz Castle & Park
Royal Palace (Residenzschloss) ©
Royal Palace (Residenzschloss)
Frauenkirche ©
Frauenkirche

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.
Planty Park and Wawel Cathedral will appeal to history buffs. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Nature & Wildlife Tours and Polish Aviation Museum. Explore Krakow's surroundings by going to Muzeum Miejskie w Zywcu (in Zywiec) and Przypkowski State Museum in Jedrzejow (in Jedrzejow). And it doesn't end there: engage your brain at HistoryLand, take in the spiritual surroundings of Bazylika i Klasztor Franciszkanow, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and see the interesting displays at Lost Souls Alley.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Krakow road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Dresden to Krakow takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Dresden in December, plan for slightly colder nights in Krakow, with lows around -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to travel to Gdansk.

Things to do in Krakow

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Muzeum Miejskie w Zywcu, Rynek Gorny, Przypkowski State Museum in Jedrzejow
Highlights from your plan
Bazylika i Klasztor Franciszkanow ©
Bazylika i Klasztor Franciszkanow
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Polish Aviation Museum ©
Polish Aviation Museum

4
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Muzeum Zamkowe w Malborku and Archikatedra Oliwska. Museum of the Second World War (Muzeum II Wojny Swiatowej) and Europejskie Centrum SolidarnoSci are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with a short trip to Faktoria Cultural Centre (Centrum Kultury Faktoria) in Pruszcz Gdanski (about 32 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Westerplatte, take a stroll through Old Town, take in panoramic vistas at Sopot Pier, and don't miss a visit to Dluga Street (ul. Dluga).

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Gdansk online trip builder .

You can fly from Krakow to Gdansk in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 3°C in December, and nighttime lows around -1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Gdansk

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Sopot, Muzeum Zamkowe w Malborku, Faktoria Cultural Centre (Centrum Kultury Faktoria)
Highlights from your plan
Archikatedra Oliwska ©
Archikatedra Oliwska
Sopot Beach ©
Sopot Beach
Sopot Wax Museum ©
Sopot Wax Museum

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