15 days in Central Europe Itinerary

15 days in Central Europe Itinerary

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15 days in Central Europe Itinerary

Start: London, United Kingdom
Fly:  5​h
1
Munich, Germany
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Salzburg, Austria
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
3
Vienna, Austria
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
4
Budapest, Hungary
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
5
Krakow, Poland
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
6
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
7
Berlin, Germany
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: London, United Kingdom

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter's Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the activities along English Garden, then steep yourself in history at Nymphenburg Palace, and then admire the striking features of Frauenkirche.

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London, UK to Munich is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In September, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can drive to Salzburg.

Things to do in Munich

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums
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Nymphenburg Palace ©
Nymphenburg Palace
Marienplatz ©
Marienplatz
English Garden ©
English Garden

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Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
On the 11th (Fri), examine the collection at Red Bull Hangar-7, then step into the grandiose world of Schloss Hellbrunn, then admire the striking features of Salzburg Cathedral, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Mirabell Palace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus), get engrossed in the history at Mozarts Geburtshaus, then examine the collection at Salzburg Museum, then explore the historical opulence of Fortress Hohensalzburg, and finally steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Abbey (Stift St. Peter).

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Salzburg trip planner.

Traveling by car from Munich to Salzburg takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Fortress Hohensalzburg ©
Fortress Hohensalzburg
Mirabell Palace ©
Mirabell Palace
Schloss Hellbrunn ©
Schloss Hellbrunn

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.
On the 13th (Sun), don't miss a visit to St. Stephen's Cathedral, explore the historical opulence of Schonbrunn Palace, then explore the world behind art at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, and finally don't miss a visit to Stephansplatz. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at Belvedere Palace, then hunt for treasures at Vienna Naschmarkt, then see the interesting displays at Imperial Palace (Hofburg), and finally admire the striking features of Maria Am Gestade.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Vienna road trip planning site .

You can fly from Salzburg to Vienna in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In September, daytime highs in Vienna are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Budapest.

Things to do in Vienna

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral
Belvedere Palace ©
Belvedere Palace

3
nights
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.
Budapest is known for historic sites, spas, nightlife, museums, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get a sense of history and politics at Hungarian Parliament Building, take in the views from Szechenyi Chain Bridge, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), and appreciate the history behind Hősök tere.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Budapest road trip planner.

You can take a train from Vienna to Budapest in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in September, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can travel to Krakow.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums Spas
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Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Hungarian Parliament Building ©
Hungarian Parliament Building
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Fri): appreciate the extensive heritage of Wawel Royal Castle, admire the landmark architecture of St. Mary's Basilica, then steep yourself in history at Wawel Cathedral, and finally don't miss a visit to Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Krakow online tour planner .

Fly from Budapest to Krakow in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Budapest, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Krakow, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites
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Wawel Cathedral ©
Wawel Cathedral
Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square ©
Wawel Royal Castle ©
Wawel Royal Castle

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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sat): take in the views from Charles Bridge, then take some stellar pictures from Prague Astronomical Clock, then explore the historical opulence of Prague Castle, and finally test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms. On the next day, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Vitus Cathedral, and then don't miss a visit to StaromEstske namEsti.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Prague online route planner .

Traveling by flight from Krakow to Prague takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In September, daytime highs in Prague are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Berlin.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Tours Fun & Games
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StaromEstske namEsti ©
StaromEstske namEsti
Charles Bridge
Charles Bridge
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle

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nights
Berlin, Germany

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 21st (Mon): take in the local highlights with Walking tours, then steep yourself in history at Mauermuseum - Museum Haus am Checkpoint Charlie, then admire the striking features of Reichstag Building, and finally pause for some photo ops at Brandenburg Gate. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Topography of Terror, then pause for some photo ops at The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, and then explore the world behind art at Pergamonmuseum.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Berlin trip planner .

Getting from Prague to Berlin by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Berlin

Museums Tours Historic Sites
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Walking tours
Brandenburg Gate ©
Brandenburg Gate
Reichstag Building ©
Reichstag Building

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