14 days in Central Europe Itinerary

14 days in Central Europe Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Central Europe visit planner

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Bus to Chicago O'Hare, Fly to Prague
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Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Drive
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Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Drive
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Vienna, Austria
— 3 nights
Drive
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Salzburg, Austria
— 2 nights
Drive
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Munich, Germany
— 1 night
Drive
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Lucerne, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Fly

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Prague, Czech Republic

— 2 nights

City of a Hundred Spires

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.
Prague is known for historic sites, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Cyril and St Methodius Cathedral, appreciate the history behind Vyšehrad National Cultural Monument, steep yourself in history at Lobkowicz Palace, and let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

For photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Prague driving holiday planner.

Madison, USA to Prague is an approximately 15-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Madison to Prague. When traveling from Madison in October, plan for little chillier days in Prague, with highs around 56°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to drive to Ceske Budejovice.

Things to do in Prague

Tours · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries · Neighborhoods
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Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic

— 2 nights
Founded eight centuries ago, Ceske Budejovice sits on the confluence of the Vltava and Malse Rivers, enticing visitors with medieval architectural landmarks that include one of the largest town squares in Europe.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, admire the landmark architecture of Palace Vcela, then step into the grandiose world of Cesky Krumlov Castle, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Historie mesta Ceský Krumlov, and finally step into the grandiose world of The State Chateau of Hluboká.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Ceske Budejovice trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Prague to Ceske Budejovice takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October in Ceske Budejovice, expect temperatures between 57°F during the day and 43°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Ceske Budejovice

Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Vienna, Austria

— 3 nights

City of Dreams

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, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get advice or help at State Hall of the Austrian National Library, learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum (Naturhistorisches Museum), don't miss a visit to Stephansplatz, and admire the masterpieces at Albertina.

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Traveling by car from Ceske Budejovice to Vienna takes 3 hours. October in Vienna sees daily highs of 58°F and lows of 45°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Salzburg.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums · Historic Sites
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Salzburg, Austria

— 2 nights

Rome of the North

Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): step into the grandiose world of Schloss Hellbrunn, then admire the striking features of Salzburg Cathedral, and then admire the natural beauty at Mirabell Palace. On the 23rd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the galleries of Mozarts Geburtshaus, see the interesting displays at Red Bull Hangar-7, discover the riches below the earth's surface at Salt Mine Hallein, then take in the awesome beauty at Untersberg, and finally stop by Alte furst-erzbischofliche Hofapotheke.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Salzburg trip builder tool.

Drive from Vienna to Salzburg in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In October in Salzburg, expect temperatures between 59°F during the day and 43°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can go by car to Munich.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

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Munich, Germany

— 1 night

Village of a Million People

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.
On the 24th (Sun), sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting, then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and then catch a live event at Olympiapark.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Munich trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Salzburg to Munich in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 57°F, and evening lows to 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can drive to Lucerne.

Things to do in Munich

Breweries & Distilleries · Tours · Fun & Games
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Lucerne, Switzerland

— 2 nights
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Mon): pause for some photo ops at Lion Monument and then explore the activities along Lake Brienz. Here are some ideas for day two: take in breathtaking views at Aare Gorge and then appreciate the views at Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Lucerne road trip planning tool.

You can drive from Munich to Lucerne in 4 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in October, and nighttime lows around 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Lucerne

Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

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