60 days in Central Europe Itinerary

60 days in Central Europe Itinerary

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60 days in Central Europe Itinerary

Start: Auckland, New Zealand
Fly:  30​h
1
Gdansk, Poland
— 5 nights
Fly + bus:  7​h 45​min
2
Trier, Germany
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Rothenburg, Germany
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Lucerne, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Lausanne, Switzerland
— 6 nights
train + Fly:  7​h 30​min
7
Postojna, Slovenia
— 5 nights
+2
train + shuttle + Fly:  4​h 15​min
8
Vienna, Austria
— 7 nights
Drive:  3​h
9
Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
10
Prague, Czech Republic
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
11
Dresden, Germany
— 4 nights
Fly:  29​h
End: Auckland, New Zealand

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Archikatedra Oliwska and Muzeum Zamkowe w Malborku. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Westerplatte and Museum of the Second World War (Muzeum II Wojny Swiatowej). Change things up with these side-trips from Gdansk: Market Square in Tuchola (in Tuchola), Jastrzebia Gora Beach (in Jastrzebia Gora) and Chlapowska Valley - Nature Reserve (in Chlapowo). Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Europejskie Centrum SolidarnoSci, enjoy breathtaking views from Sopot Pier, wander the streets of Mariacka Street (ulica Mariacka), and take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Mary's Church.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Gdansk road trip planning tool .

Auckland, New Zealand to Gdansk is an approximately 30-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from New Zealand Standard Time to Central European Time, which is usually a -11 hour difference. When traveling from Auckland in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Gdansk, with highs around 25°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can travel to Trier.

Things to do in Gdansk

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Sopot, Muzeum Zamkowe w Malborku, Market Square in Tuchola, Jastrzebia Gora Beach, Chlapowska Valley - Nature Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Archikatedra Oliwska ©
Archikatedra Oliwska
Sopot Beach ©
Sopot Beach
Muzeum Zamkowe w Malborku ©
Muzeum Zamkowe w Malborku

5
nights
Trier, Germany

Trier ©
Trier may be the oldest city in Germany, founded long before the Roman times.
Get some cultural insight at Marksburg Castle and Burg Eltz. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to St. Peter's Cathedral (Dom) and Aachen Cathedral (Dom). Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Trier: Ruedesheim am Rhein (Siegfried's Mechanisches Musikkabinett & Niederwald Monument (Niederwalddenkmal)), Reichsburg Cochem (in Cochem) and Koblenz (Deutsches Eck (German Corner) & Ehrenbreitstein Fortress). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Porta Nigra, explore the historical opulence of Heimburg, contemplate the long history of Chateau-Fort de Dasburg, and join the crowd at Nuerburgring.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Trier travel route tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Gdansk to Trier takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In August, daily temperatures in Trier can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to drive to Rothenburg.

Things to do in Trier

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Koblenz, Ruedesheim am Rhein, Nuerburgring, Chateau-Fort de Dasburg, Marksburg Castle
Highlights from your plan
Hauptmarkt ©
Hauptmarkt
Marksburg Castle ©
Marksburg Castle
Siegfried's Mechanisches Musikkabinett ©

3
nights
Rothenburg, Germany

Rothenburg ©
An old imperial city, Rothenburg is the main tourist stop on the scenic Romantic Road of Bavaria.
Altes Rathaus and Bamberg Cathedral will appeal to history buffs. Get some cultural insight at Bamberg Altstadt and Town Walls. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rothenburg: Pfarrkirche St. Kilian (in Roettingen), Wurzburg (Alte Mainbruecke, Würzburg Residence, & more) and Wertheim (Neuplatz / Malerwinkel & Marienkapelle). There's much more to do: take a stroll through Vieille Ville, ponder the world of politics at Stadt Rothenburg ob der Tauber, stop by Kathe Wohlfahrt's Christmas Shop, and see the interesting displays at Medieval Crime Museum (Mittelalterliches Kriminalmuseum).

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Rothenburg road trip planning website .

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. In August, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

Things to do in Rothenburg

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Wurzburg, Bamberg, Wertheim, Pfarrkirche St. Kilian
Highlights from your plan
Marienburg Fortress ©
Marienburg Fortress
Bamberg Cathedral ©
Bamberg Cathedral
Altes Rathaus ©
Altes Rathaus

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.
Get outdoors at Breitachklamm and Zugspitze. Get some historical perspective at Ettal Abbey and Altstadt von Fuessen. Venture out of the city with trips to Schloss Hohenschwangau (in Hohenschwangau), Wies Church (in Steingaden) and Evangelisch-Lutherische Kirchengemeinde Bad Toelz (in Bad Toelz). Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Schloss Linderhof, pause for some serene contemplation at Krippkirche St. Nikolaus, identify plant and animal life at Partnachklamm, and visit a coastal fixture at Lighthouse and Bavarian Lion Sculpture.

For other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Garmisch-Partenkirchen road trip app .

You can drive from Rothenburg to Garmisch-Partenkirchen in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in August, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Lucerne.

Things to do in Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Fussen, Ettal, Evangelisch-Lutherische Kirchengemeinde Bad Toelz, Breitachklamm, Lighthouse and Bavarian Lion Sculpture
Highlights from your plan
Wies Church ©
Wies Church
Ettal Abbey ©
Ettal Abbey
Lighthouse and Bavarian Lion Sculpture ©

3
nights
Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Trümmelbachfälle and Harderkulm. Visiting Parasailing & Paragliding and Mt Pilatus will get you outdoors. Take a break from Lucerne with a short trip to Old Town in Zurich, about 46 minutes away. There's more to do: explore the activities along Lake Lucerne and pause for some photo ops at Lion Monument.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Lucerne tour itinerary site .

Drive from Garmisch-Partenkirchen to Lucerne in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Lucerne can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can go by car to Lausanne.

Things to do in Lucerne

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Interlaken, Old Town, Trümmelbachfälle
Highlights from your plan
Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Parasailing & Paragliding
Trümmelbachfälle ©
Trümmelbachfälle

6
nights
Lausanne, Switzerland

Lausanne ©
Lausanne contains several distinct neighborhoods, each offering a different side of the French-speaking Swiss town.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Chaplin's World and Cathedrale de Lausanne. Visiting Mont Saleve and Rochers-de-Naye will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lausanne: Gruyeres (HR Giger Museum & Castle of Gruyeres), Montreux (Lakeside Promenade Fleuri & Freddie Mercury Statue) and Chateau de Chillon (in Veytaux). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at The Olympic Museum Lausanne (Musee Olympique), stroll through Bains des Paquis, delve into the distant past at Bains Romains, and take a stroll through UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Lausanne trip app .

Traveling by car from Lucerne to Lausanne takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to travel to Postojna.

Things to do in Lausanne

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Geneva, Montreux, Gruyeres, Chateau de Chillon, Chaplin's World
Highlights from your plan
Chaplin's World ©
Chaplin's World
Bains des Paquis ©
Bains des Paquis
Mont Saleve ©
Mont Saleve

5
nights
Postojna, Slovenia

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.
Predjama Castle and Cerkev Zalostne Matere bozje will appeal to history buffs. Get a sense of the local culture at Palaca Besenghi degli Ughi and First of May Square. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Postojna: Francis' Shaft (in Idrija), Piran (Tartini Square (Tartinijev trg) & Krstilnica sv.Janeza Krstnika) and River Rafting & Tubing (in Bovec). Next up on the itinerary: Head underground at Skocjan Caves, explore the landscape on two wheels at Notranjski Regijski Park, pause for some serene contemplation at The Rotunda of St John the Baptist, and steep yourself in history at Muda Gate.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Postojna vacation maker .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Lausanne to Postojna in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, flight, shuttle, and bus. In August, daytime highs in Postojna are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Postojna

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Koper, Piran, Palaca Besenghi degli Ughi, Skocjan Caves, River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Skocjan Caves ©
Skocjan Caves
Portoroz Beach ©
Portoroz Beach

7
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Ringstrasse and Peterskirche Wien. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Melk Abbey and Kaiserliche Schatzkammer Wien. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at MuseumsQuartier Wien, contemplate the long history of Votivkirche, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, and admire the striking features of Kaisergruft.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Vienna trip planning app .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Postojna to Vienna takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, shuttle, and flight. September in Vienna sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can drive to Cesky Krumlov.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums Historic Sites Tours

Side Trips

Seeschlacht, Melk Abbey
Highlights from your plan
Kaisergruft ©
Kaisergruft
Votivkirche ©
Votivkirche
Melk Abbey ©
Melk Abbey

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at The State Chateau of Hluboká and Historie mesta Ceský Krumlov. Your inner history buff will appreciate Cesky Krumlov Castle and Chapel st Felix. Venture out of the city with trips to Chapel of St. Joseph (in Vyssi Brod), Vimperk (Vimperk Castle & Church of the Visitation of the Virgin Mary) and Nove Hrady (Chateau park, Nové Hrady, & more). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Watermill Hoslovice, pause for some serene contemplation at Kostel Svatych Filipa a Jakuba, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Krokodyli ZOO Protivin, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Frantiskansky Klaster.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Cesky Krumlov road trip site .

Traveling by car from Vienna to Cesky Krumlov takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Cesky Krumlov can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can drive to Prague.

Things to do in Cesky Krumlov

Historic Sites Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Nove Hrady, Tabor, Vimperk, Krokodyli ZOO Protivin, Chapel st Felix
Highlights from your plan
The State Chateau of Hluboká ©
The State Chateau of Hluboká
Kostel Svatych Filipa a Jakuba ©
Kostel Svatych Filipa a Jakuba
Vimperk Castle ©
Vimperk Castle

7
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Památník Terezín - Malá pevnost and Food Tours. St Barbara's Church and Kostel sv. Mikuláše will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Prague: Kutna Hora (Corpus Christi Chapel & Ossuary / The Cemetery Church), Karlstejn Castle (in Karlstejn) and Pilsner Urquell Brewery (in Pilsen). The adventure continues: wander the streets of Lesser Town, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ss. Cyril and Methodius Cathedral, appreciate the history behind Franz Kafka Monument, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Spanish Synagogue.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Prague trip planning site .

Getting from Cesky Krumlov to Prague by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Prague can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Dresden.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trips

Kutna Hora, Hradiste Castle - Museum of Southern Pilsner Region, Památník Terezín - Malá pevnost, Pilsner Urquell Brewery, Karlstejn Castle
Highlights from your plan
Ossuary / The Cemetery Church ©
Ossuary / The Cemetery Church
Zřícenina hradu Borotín ©
Zřícenina hradu Borotín
Corpus Christi Chapel ©
Corpus Christi Chapel

4
nights
Dresden, Germany

Dresden ©
Dresden boasts a long history as a royal residence of many Saxon kings.
Popular historic sites such as St. Nicholas Church (Nikolaikirche) and Frauenkirche are in your itinerary. Do some cultural sightseeing at Gemaldegalerie Alte Meister and St. Thomas Church (Thomaskirche). You'll find plenty of places to visit near Dresden: Basteigebiet (in Lohmen) and Leipzig (Volkerschlachtdenkmal & Leipzig Zoo (Zoologischer Garten Leipzig)). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Neues Grünes Gewölbe, make a trip to Procession of Princes, and admire the striking features of Bruhl's Terrace.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Dresden online day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Prague to Dresden takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. September in Dresden sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Dresden

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Leipzig, Basteigebiet
Highlights from your plan
St. Nicholas Church (Nikolaikirche) ©
Frauenkirche ©
Frauenkirche
Gemaldegalerie Alte Meister
Gemaldegalerie Alte Meister

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