8 days in Central Europe Itinerary

8 days in Central Europe Itinerary

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8 days in Central Europe Itinerary

Start: Maspalomas, Spain
Fly:  8 h 30 min
1
Berlin, Germany
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
2
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h
3
Vienna, Austria
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
Fly:  9 h
End: Maspalomas, Spain

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night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Mauermuseum - Museum Haus am Checkpoint Charlie, then appreciate the history behind The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, then ponder the world of politics at Reichstag Building, and finally appreciate the history behind Brandenburg Gate.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Berlin online vacation planner .

Maspalomas, Spain to Berlin is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Maspalomas to Berlin is 1 hour. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can go by car to Prague.

Things to do in Berlin

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Brandenburg Gate ©
Brandenburg Gate
Reichstag Building ©
Reichstag Building

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): snap pictures at Charles Bridge, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Vitus Cathedral, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Prague Castle. On the 16th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the landmark architecture of Prague Astronomical Clock, take a stroll through Old Town Square, and then get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Prague road trip site .

You can drive from Berlin to Prague in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In May in Prague, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Prague

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Staromestske namesti ©
Staromestske namesti
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
Charles Bridge
Charles Bridge

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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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at St. Stephen's Cathedral, then steep yourself in history at Belvedere Palace, and then examine the collection at Imperial Palace (Hofburg). On the 18th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Judenplatz Holocaust Memorial, admire the natural beauty at Schonbrunn Palace, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Jesuits.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Vienna route site .

You can fly from Prague to Vienna in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in May, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Budapest.

Things to do in Vienna

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Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral
Belvedere Palace ©
Belvedere Palace

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), examine the collection at House of Terror Museum, and then get a sense of history and politics at Parliament. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the history behind Hősök tere, then take in the views from Szechenyi Chain Bridge, then steep yourself in history at Matthias Church, and finally contemplate the long history of Fisherman's Bastion.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Budapest trip planner .

Take a train from Vienna to Budapest in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Budapest are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Budapest

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Highlights from your plan
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Hungarian Parliament Building ©
Hungarian Parliament Building
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church

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