20 days in Central Europe Itinerary

20 days in Central Europe Itinerary

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20 days in Central Europe Itinerary

Start: New York City, United States
bus + Fly:  11​h 15​min
1
Berlin, Germany
— 2 nights
2
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
3
Vienna, Austria
— 2 nights
4
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
5
Bled, Slovenia
— 2 nights
6
Salzburg, Austria
— 2 nights
7
Munich, Germany
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
8
Interlaken, Switzerland
— 4 nights
+2
train + Fly + bus:  13​h 15​min
End: New York City, United States

2
nights
Berlin, Germany

Berlin ©
The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Berlin is known for museums, historic sites, nightlife, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get a sense of history and politics at Reichstag Building, make a trip to Brandenburg Gate, contemplate the long history of East Side Gallery, and see the interesting displays at Topography of Terror.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Berlin trip planner.

New York City, USA to Berlin is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from New York City to Berlin due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can drive to Prague.

Things to do in Berlin

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Brandenburg Gate ©
Brandenburg Gate
Zoo Berlin ©
Zoo Berlin
Reichstag Building ©
Reichstag Building

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 19th (Sun): step into the grandiose world of Prague Castle, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Vitus Cathedral, then get great views at Prague Astronomical Clock, and finally snap pictures at Charles Bridge. On your second day here, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, then take a stroll through StaromEstske namEsti, and then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Prague online trip planner .

Traveling by car from Berlin to Prague takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Prague can reach 78°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Tours Fun & Games
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StaromEstske namEsti ©
StaromEstske namEsti
Room Escape Games
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle

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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): make a trip to Stephansplatz, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Schönbrunn Zoo, then admire the striking features of Schonbrunn Palace, and finally make a trip to St. Stephen's Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed): find something for the whole family at Prater and then contemplate the long history of Belvedere Palace.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Vienna trip itinerary builder site .

You can fly from Prague to Vienna in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 61°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can catch the train to Budapest.

Things to do in Vienna

Parks Historic Sites Theme Parks
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Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
Prater ©
Prater
Schönbrunn Zoo ©
Schönbrunn Zoo

2
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.
On the 23rd (Thu), snap pictures at Szechenyi Chain Bridge, get a sense of history and politics at Hungarian Parliament Building, pause for some photo ops at Hősök tere, appreciate the extensive heritage of Janoshegy, then contemplate the long history of Matthias Church, and finally steep yourself in history at Halaszbastya. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Liberty Statue and then laugh and play at Palatinus Strandfürdő.

To see where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Budapest trip itinerary app .

You can take a train from Vienna to Budapest in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Budapest are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can go by car to Bled.

Things to do in Budapest

Parks Historic Sites Theme Parks
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Palatinus Strandfürdő ©
Palatinus Strandfürdő
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Szechenyi Chain Bridge ©
Szechenyi Chain Bridge

2
nights
Bled, Slovenia

The most popular resort in Slovenia, Bled is marked by its iconic church steeple and medieval castle on glacial Lake Bled.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area and then explore the activities along Lake Bled. Here are some ideas for day two: take some stellar pictures from Mala Osojnica, tour the pleasant surroundings at Vintgar Gorge, and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Bled trip planner.

Traveling by car from Budapest to Bled takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or fly. July in Bled sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 58°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can go by car to Salzburg.

Things to do in Bled

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Lake Bled ©
Lake Bled
Vintgar Gorge ©
Vintgar Gorge

2
nights
Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Mon): explore the historical opulence of Schloss Hellbrunn, explore the galleries of Fortress Hohensalzburg, then admire the landmark architecture of Salzburg Cathedral, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Mirabell Palace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: Head underground at Eisriesenwelt, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Untersberg, then see the interesting displays at Salzburg Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus).

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Salzburg tour itinerary builder site .

You can drive from Bled to Salzburg in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. July in Salzburg sees daily highs of 78°F and lows of 58°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can drive to Munich.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Eisriesenwelt
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Fortress Hohensalzburg ©
Fortress Hohensalzburg
Mirabell Palace ©
Mirabell Palace
Salzburg Museum ©
Salzburg Museum

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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 29th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Nymphenburg Palace, then engage your brain at Deutsches Museum, and then make a trip to Marienplatz. On your second day here, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael's Church, take in panoramic vistas at Frauenkirche, then explore the activities along English Garden, and finally see the interesting displays at Munich Residenz.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Munich online itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Salzburg to Munich takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July in Munich, expect temperatures between 77°F during the day and 55°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to drive to Interlaken.

Things to do in Munich

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums
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Nymphenburg Palace ©
Nymphenburg Palace
English Garden ©
English Garden
Deutsches Museum ©
Deutsches Museum

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nights
Interlaken, Switzerland

Nestled between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz in the heart of the Jungfrau region, Interlaken became popular for its proximity to the mountains and lakes of the Bernese Oberland region.
Get out of town with these interesting Interlaken side-trips: Grindelwald (The Eiger Trail & Grindelwald-First) and Mt Pilatus (in Lucerne). There's still lots to do: get interesting insight from Jungfraujoch, explore the striking landscape at Aletsch Glacier, take in the dramatic scenery at Trümmelbachfälle, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Interlaken road trip planning website .

You can drive from Munich to Interlaken in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. In July, daytime highs in Interlaken are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Interlaken

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trips

Grindelwald, Grindelwald-Wengen-Murren-Lauterbrunnen, Mt Pilatus, Trümmelbachfälle
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Jungfraujoch ©
Jungfraujoch
Aletsch Glacier ©
Aletsch Glacier

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