18 days in Germany, Austria & Croatia Itinerary

18 days in Germany, Austria & Croatia Itinerary

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18 days in Germany, Austria & Croatia Itinerary

Start: London, United Kingdom
Fly:  5​h
1
Munich, Germany
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Salzburg, Austria
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
3
Vienna, Austria
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h
4
Zagreb, Croatia
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h
End: London, United Kingdom

4
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.
You'll explore and learn at Nymphenburg Palace and Munich Residenz. Discover out-of-the-way places like Schloss Hohenschwangau and St. Peter's Church. Change things up with these side-trips from Munich: Schloss Linderhof (in Ettal) and Zugspitze (in Garmisch-Partenkirchen). There's more to do: browse the eclectic array of goods at Viktualienmarkt and learn the secrets of production at BMW Welt.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Munich online tour planner .

London, UK to Munich is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Central European Time is 1 hour. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from London in December: high temperatures in Munich hover around 41°F and lows are around 29°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can drive to Salzburg.

Things to do in Munich

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Schloss Linderhof, Schloss Hohenschwangau, Zugspitze
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Schloss Hohenschwangau ©
Schloss Hohenschwangau
Schloss Linderhof ©
Schloss Linderhof
Nymphenburg Palace ©
Nymphenburg Palace

2
nights
Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Fortress Hohensalzburg and Mozarts Geburtshaus. Do some cultural sightseeing at Schloss Hellbrunn and Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus). And it doesn't end there: admire the striking features of Salzburg Cathedral, get a taste of the local shopping with Getreidegasse, look for gifts at Sporer Likör- & Punschmanufaktur, and steep yourself in history at Alte furst-erzbischofliche Hofapotheke.

For traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the 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 December, plan for daily highs up to 42°F, and evening lows to 29°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Fortress Hohensalzburg ©
Fortress Hohensalzburg
Schloss Hellbrunn ©
Schloss Hellbrunn
Mozarts Geburtshaus ©
Mozarts Geburtshaus

5
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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.
Get some cultural insight at Schonbrunn Palace and Imperial Palace (Hofburg). Do your shopping at Vienna Naschmarkt and Das Goldene Wiener Herz. There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, admire the striking features of Belvedere Palace, look for gifts at Altmann & Kühne, and take a stroll through Graben and Kohlmarkt.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Vienna road trip planner.

Getting from Salzburg to Vienna by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Vienna are 41°F, while nighttime lows are 31°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to Zagreb.

Things to do in Vienna

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

2
nights
Zagreb, Croatia

Zagreb ©
Zagreb boasts a combination of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture, but it is beloved for its outdoor cafe culture.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): take a stroll through Upper Town (Gornji Grad) and then enjoy the sand and surf at Recreational Sports Center Jarun. Keep things going the next day: join in the after-dark buzz at Vinoteka Bornstein, look for gifts at Morlacch, stop by Crop - Authentic Croatian Gifts, then examine the collection at Museum of Broken Relationships, then look for gifts at Handmade in Zagreb, and finally stop by Notes of Zagreb.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Zagreb trip itinerary builder website .

Getting from Vienna to Zagreb by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Zagreb are 41°F, while nighttime lows are 26°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Zagreb

Shopping Historic Sites Beaches
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Upper Town (Gornji Grad) ©
Upper Town (Gornji Grad)
Museum of Broken Relationships ©
Museum of Broken Relationships
Ban Josip Jelačić Square ©
Ban Josip Jelačić Square

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nights
Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik ©
Along the Dalmation Coast, the city of Dubrovnik has become famous for its pedestrian-only Old Town surrounded by fortress walls, and its historical heft has earned it World Heritage Site status.
Head to Kokula Art and Craft Shop and Dubrovnik Treasuresfor plenty of shopping. Get a sense of the local culture at Walls of Dubrovnik and Cavtat Old Town. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Fort Lovrijenac, don't miss a visit to Stradun, wander the streets of Old Town, and get to know the fascinating history of Lapad.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Dubrovnik road trip website .

You can fly from Zagreb to Dubrovnik in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Zagreb in January, with highs in Dubrovnik at 51°F and lows at 40°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Cavtat Old Town
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Dubrovnik City Walls ©
Dubrovnik City Walls
Old Town ©
Old Town
Kayaking & Canoeing

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