20 days in Central Europe & Zagreb Itinerary

20 days in Central Europe & Zagreb Itinerary

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20 days in Central Europe & Zagreb Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg, South Africa
Fly:  14​h
1
Munich, Germany
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Nuremberg, Germany
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 30​min
3
Berlin, Germany
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Poznan, Poland
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 30​min
5
Warsaw, Poland
— 1 night
Train:  2​h 30​min
6
Krakow, Poland
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
7
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
8
Vienna, Austria
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
9
Bratislava, Slovakia
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
10
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
11
Zagreb, Croatia
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
12
Ljubljana, Slovenia
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
13
Salzburg, Austria
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
14
Munich, Germany
— 1 day
Fly:  14​h
End: Johannesburg, South Africa

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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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Munich Residenz, Generals' Hall (Feldherrnhalle), Hofbrauhaus Munchen, and other attractions. Start off your visit on the 25th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael's Church, don't miss a visit to Odeonsplatz, pause for some serene contemplation at Burgersaalkirche, then contemplate the long history of Isartor, then steep yourself in history at Generals' Hall (Feldherrnhalle), and finally squeeze the most out of the city with SANDEMANs New Munich, Free Walking Tour.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Munich online road trip planner .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Munich is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Johannesburg to Munich due to the time zone difference. In June, Munich is somewhat warmer than Johannesburg - with highs of 26°C and lows of 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Nuremberg.

Things to do in Munich

Historic Sites Tours Museums

Side Trip

Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site
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Theatinerkirche St. Kajetan ©
Theatinerkirche St. Kajetan
Munich Residenz ©
Munich Residenz
Frauenkirche ©
Frauenkirche

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Nuremberg, Germany

Nuremberg ©
Nuremberg's historic town center stands in the shadow of a towering imperial castle that dominates its northwestern corner.
You've added Bamberg Altstadt, CineCitta, Historische Felsengange, and other attractions to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Der Schoene Brunnen, make a trip to Kettensteg, steep yourself in history at Frauenkirche, steep yourself in history at Nuremberg Palace of Justice (Justizpalast), then see the interesting displays at Nuremberg Toy Museum (Spielzeugmuseum), and finally make a trip to Altstadt.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Nuremberg online vacation planner .

You can take a train from Munich to Nuremberg in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can travel to Berlin.

Things to do in Nuremberg

Museums Historic Sites Tours

Side Trips

Würzburg Residence, Bamberg Altstadt
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Würzburg Residence ©
Würzburg Residence
Nuremberg Tours in English ©
Nuremberg Tours in English

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Berlin, Germany

The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
You've added Bellevue Palace, Anhalter Bahnhof, St. Nicholas Church, and other attractions to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 27th (Wed): steep yourself in history at East Side Gallery, make a trip to Potsdamer Platz, steep yourself in history at Anhalter Bahnhof, contemplate the long history of Bebelplatz, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary's Church, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St. Nicholas Church. Keep things going the next day: tour the water at your own pace with Berlin Bootsverleih, step into the grandiose world of Pfaueninsel, contemplate the long history of Memorial of the Berlin Wall, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Zoo Berlin, then examine the collection at Topography of Terror, and finally get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Berlin trip builder app .

Traveling by flight from Nuremberg to Berlin takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Poznan.

Things to do in Berlin

Tours Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Tourist Information Lutherstadt Wittenberg
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Walking tours
Brandenburg Gate ©
Brandenburg Gate

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Poznan, Poland

Poznan ©
Poland's original capital, Poznan boasts centuries of rich history and culture, as well as a modern town center drawing a growing number of weekend revelers with its vibrant nightlife and diverse restaurant scene.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Cathedral of St. Peter and Paul, Ratusz Poznanski, Koziolki Poznankie Ratusz, and other attractions. Start off your visit on the 29th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Ratusz Poznanski, make a trip to Old Market Square, admire the landmark architecture of Koziolki Poznankie Ratusz, then make a trip to Monument of Stary Marych, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of St. Peter and Paul, and finally look for gifts at Centrum Stary Browar.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Poznan trip itinerary builder tool .

Getting from Berlin to Poznan by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. In June in Poznan, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Warsaw.

Things to do in Poznan

Historic Sites Shopping
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Poznan Cathedral of St. Peter and Paul ©
Stary Rynek ©
Stary Rynek
Centrum Stary Browar ©
Centrum Stary Browar

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night
Warsaw, Poland

Warsaw ©
Warsaw draws big crowds with its seemingly unstoppable energy, exemplified by the city's explosive nightlife and thriving music scene.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Old Town Market Square, Copernicus Science Centre, POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, and other attractions. On the 30th (Sat), get to know the fascinating history of Old Town, examine the collection at POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, then appreciate the history behind Pomnik Bohaterów Getta, then take a stroll around Old Town Market Square, and finally see the interesting displays at Copernicus Science Centre.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Warsaw trip planner .

Take a train from Poznan to Warsaw in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In June, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can take a train to Krakow.

Things to do in Warsaw

Museums Tours Classes
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Lazienki Krolewskie w Warszawie ©
Lazienki Krolewskie w Warszawie
Old Town ©
Old Town
Eat Polska ©
Eat Polska

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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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Prime Tours Krakow, Krakow Auschwitz - Tours, Kazmierz The Former Jewish District, and other attractions. On the 1st (Sun), get the lay of the land with Krakow Free Walkative Tour, get to know the fascinating history of Kazmierz The Former Jewish District, get around town with Krakow Auschwitz - Tours, catch a ride with Prime Tours Krakow, then get to know the fascinating history of Historic Old Town, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Main Market Square.

To find ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Krakow journey planning website .

Traveling by train from Warsaw to Krakow takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. July in Krakow sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Krakow

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

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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Old Town Bridge Tower, Kostel svatého Jiljí, Karlstejn Castle, and other attractions. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): contemplate the long history of The Powder Tower, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Infant Jesus of Prague, pause for some serene contemplation at Ss. Cyril and Methodius Cathedral, pause for some serene contemplation at Kostel svatého Jiljí, then get engrossed in the history at Strahov Monastery, and finally admire the natural beauty at Wallenstein garden. On your second day here, get great views at Petřín, contemplate the long history of Vyšehrad National Cultural Monument, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kostel Panny Marie Pred Tynem, then get great views at Old Town Bridge Tower, then take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and finally take a memorable tour with Jazz Boat.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Prague route builder tool .

Fly from Krakow to Prague in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. July in Prague sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Tours Nightlife

Side Trip

Karlstejn Castle
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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Mozart Haus, Strudelshow in der Hofbackstube Schönbrunn, Imperial Treasury of Vienna, and other attractions you added. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Schottenkirche, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Augustinerkirche, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kirche am Steinhof, then don't miss a visit to Freyung, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Rupert's Church (Ruprechtskirche), and finally contemplate the long history of Neue Burg. On the 5th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Stadtpark, see the interesting displays at Sisi Museum, don't miss a visit to Ringstrasse, then contemplate the long history of St. Mary's on the Bank (Maria Am Gestade), then take in nature's colorful creations at Schonbrunn Palace, and finally explore the galleries of Belvedere Palace.

To find ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Vienna travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Prague to Vienna takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Bratislava.

Things to do in Vienna

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

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Bratislava, Slovakia

Bratislava ©
Slovakia's capital, Bratislava, attracts visitors for its natural beauty and rich culture, offering a plethora of landscapes, outdoor activities, historical monuments, and a stately old town.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Walking tours, Be Free Tours - Bratislava Free City Walking Tour, Grassalkovich Presidential Palace, and other attractions you added. On the 6th (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Martin's Cathedral (Dom svateho Martina), contemplate the long history of Old Town Hall (Stara radnica), make a trip to Grassalkovich Presidential Palace, see a show at Slovak National Theatre, then explore the activities along Tyrsovo nabrezie, and finally get a taste of local nightlife at Be Free Tours - Bratislava Free City Walking Tour.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Bratislava online journey builder .

Getting from Vienna to Bratislava by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In July in Bratislava, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 19°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 7th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Budapest.

Things to do in Bratislava

Historic Sites Tours Nightlife
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Devin Castle ©
Devin Castle
Bratislava Old Town ©
Bratislava Old Town
Bratislava Castle ©
Bratislava Castle

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Budapest, Hungary

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.
You've added Rinett Guide Tours, Budapest Park, Lovely Budapest Tours, and other attractions to your itinerary. On the 7th (Sat), get to know the fascinating history of Janoshegy, admire the striking features of Vajdahunyad Castle (Vajdahunyadvar), pick up some local products at Central Market Hall, contemplate the long history of Citadel, then get engrossed in the history at Hospital in the Rock, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Andrassy Avenue. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see a show at Budapest Park, pause for some photo ops at Shoes on the Danube Bank, contemplate the long history of Dohány Street Synagogue, appreciate the history behind Hősök tere, then see the interesting displays at House of Terror Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Matthias Church.

For traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Budapest trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Bratislava to Budapest in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can drive to Zagreb.

Things to do in Budapest

Tours Historic Sites Museums
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Food Tours
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church

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Zagreb, Croatia

Zagreb boasts a combination of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture, but it is beloved for its outdoor cafe culture.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Porta di Pietra (Kamenita Vrata), Food Tours, Nature & Wildlife Tours, and other attractions. Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): get the lay of the land with Walking tours, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, then don't miss a visit to Tkalciceva, then admire the landmark architecture of Cathedral of the Assumption, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Mark's Church (Crkva sv. Marka).

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Zagreb trip planner .

Getting from Budapest to Zagreb by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. July in Zagreb sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to drive to Ljubljana.

Things to do in Zagreb

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Walking tours
St. Mark's Church (Crkva sv. Marka) ©
Cathedral of the Assumption ©
Cathedral of the Assumption

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Ljubljana, Slovenia

Ljubljana ©
Sitting astride the Ljubljanica River, Ljubljana is marked with picturesque bridges and a marketplace, designed by the famous architect Jože Plečnik.
You've added Cankarjevo nabrezje, Odprta kuhna, Agent Panda Concept Store, and other attractions to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at River Ljubljanica Kanal, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of St. Nicholas (Stolnica Sv. Nikolaja), take in the spiritual surroundings of Franciscan Church (Franciskanska cerkev), then get a sense of history and politics at Town Hall (Magistrat), then appreciate the extensive heritage of Cankarjevo nabrezje, and finally step into the grandiose world of Ljubljana Castle.

To see maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Ljubljana trip tool .

You can drive from Zagreb to Ljubljana in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. July in Ljubljana sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Salzburg.

Things to do in Ljubljana

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Bled
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Slovenia Explorer ©
Slovenia Explorer
Lake Bled ©
Lake Bled
LjubljanaNjam Foodwalks ©
LjubljanaNjam Foodwalks

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Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
You've added Pferdeschwemme (Horse Well), Eisriesenwelt, Mozart in Residenz, and other attractions to your itinerary. On the 11th (Wed), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nonnberg Convent, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Franziskanerkirche, catch a ride on FestungsBahn, browse the exhibits of Mozarts Geburtshaus, then shop like a local with Getreidegasse, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Residenzgalerie Salzburg.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Salzburg tour planner .

You can drive from Ljubljana to Salzburg in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. July in Salzburg sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to drive to Munich.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites Tours Shopping
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Schloss Hellbrunn ©
Schloss Hellbrunn
Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle ©
Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle
Mirabell Palace ©
Mirabell Palace

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Munich, Germany

Munich ©
Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): make a trip to Marienplatz, engage your brain at Deutsches Museum, then examine the collection at BMW Welt, and finally step into the grandiose world of Nymphenburg Palace.

Plan trip to Munich with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by car from Salzburg to Munich takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. You will have some time to spend on the 13th (Fri) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Munich

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

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