12 days in Germany, Austria & Czech Republic Itinerary

12 days in Germany, Austria & Czech Republic Itinerary

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12 days in Germany, Austria & Czech Republic Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Fly:  4​h 30​min
1
Vienna, Austria
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Hallstatt, Austria
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Salzburg, Austria
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Munich, Germany
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Fussen, Germany
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  9​h
6
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Amsterdam, The Netherlands

2
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.
Vienna is known for historic sites, museums, nightlife, parks, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step into the grandiose world of Schonbrunn Palace, wander the streets of Historic Center of Vienna, ponder the world of politics at Rathaus, and explore the world behind art at Albertina.

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

Amsterdam, Holland to Vienna is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In December, Vienna is little chillier than Amsterdam - with highs of 5°C and lows of 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Hallstatt.

Things to do in Vienna

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral
The Hofburg ©
The Hofburg

1
night
Hallstatt, Austria

Hallstatt ©
Historically known for the production of salt, Halstatt's fine architecture reflects the small village's salt mining legacy.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): don't miss a visit to Central Square Marktplatz, then don't miss a visit to Hallstatt Skywalk "Welterbeblick", then appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Parish of the Assumption.

Find out how to plan Hallstatt trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Traveling by car from Vienna to Hallstatt takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can go by car to Salzburg.

Things to do in Hallstatt

Historic Sites
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Old Town ©
Old Town
Hallstatt Skywalk ©
Hallstatt Skywalk "Welterbeblick"
Central Square Marktplatz ©
Central Square Marktplatz

3
nights
Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): examine the collection at Red Bull Hangar-7, admire the striking features of Fortress Hohensalzburg, take an in-depth tour of Mozarts Geburtshaus, then steep yourself in history at Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus), and finally admire the landmark architecture of Mirabell Palace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Untersberg, then step into the grandiose world of Schloss Hellbrunn, then admire the striking features of Salzburg Cathedral, and finally steep yourself in history at Salzburger Altstadt.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Salzburg trip planner .

You can drive from Hallstatt to Salzburg in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In January, daily temperatures in Salzburg can reach 4°C, while at night they dip to -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Munich.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Salzburg Cathedral ©
Salzburg Cathedral
Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle ©
Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle
Mirabell Palace ©
Mirabell Palace

2
nights
Munich, Germany

Munich ©
Often described as the city of laptops and lederhosen, Munich is an international center of business, engineering, research, and medicine that still maintains a rich cultural heritage and age-old traditions.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): engage your brain at Deutsches Museum, see the interesting displays at Munich Residenz, and then make a trip to Marienplatz. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get behind the scenes at BMW Welt, contemplate the long history of Nymphenburg Palace, and then get a sense of history and politics at New Town Hall (Neus Rathaus).

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Munich visit planner .

Drive from Salzburg to Munich in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Munich are 3°C, while nighttime lows are -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Fussen.

Things to do in Munich

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums
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Deutsches Museum ©
Deutsches Museum
Marienplatz ©
Marienplatz
Nymphenburg Palace ©
Nymphenburg Palace

1
night
Fussen, Germany

Fussen ©
Framed by the Alps and set upon a riverbank, the city of Fussen in addition to its historic architecture is the epicenter of Germany’s traditional violin-making industry.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Altstadt von Fuessen, admire the striking features of Schloss Hohenschwangau, then explore the historical opulence of Schloss Neuschwanstein, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Wies Church.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Fussen day trip planner .

Getting from Munich to Fussen by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 3°C, and evening lows to -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Fussen

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Schloss Neuschwanstein, Pilgrimage Church of Wies, Schloss Hohenschwangau
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Schloss Neuschwanstein ©
Schloss Neuschwanstein
Schloss Hohenschwangau ©
Schloss Hohenschwangau
Altstadt von Fuessen ©
Altstadt von Fuessen

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): take in the views from Charles Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Prague Castle, then admire the striking features of St. Vitus Cathedral, and then make a trip to Prague Astronomical Clock.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Prague itinerary builder tool .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Fussen to Prague. In January in Prague, expect temperatures between 2°C during the day and -3°C at night. You'll set off for home on the 9th (Thu).

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites
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Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
Charles Bridge
Charles Bridge
Prague Astronomical Clock ©
Prague Astronomical Clock

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