21 days in Central Europe, Zagreb & Bucharest Itinerary

21 days in Central Europe, Zagreb & Bucharest Itinerary

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21 days in Central Europe, Zagreb & Bucharest Itinerary

Start: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Fly:  8​h 45​min
1
Prague, Czech Republic
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Bratislava, Slovakia
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h
3
Budapest, Hungary
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Zagreb, Croatia
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Ljubljana, Slovenia
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Zagreb, Croatia
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h
7
Vienna, Austria
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
8
Salzburg, Austria
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
9
Munich, Germany
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
10
Krakow, Poland
— 1 day
train:  2​h 30​min
11
Warsaw, Poland
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
12
Bucharest, Romania
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: Dubai, United Arab Emirates

3
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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Staromestske namesti, then take some stellar pictures from Prague Astronomical Clock, and then snap pictures at Charles Bridge.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Prague itinerary planner.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Prague is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Dubai to Prague due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Dubai in December, expect Prague to be much colder, temps between 5°C and 0°C. You will have some time to spend on the 15th (Sun) before leaving for Bratislava.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites
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Staromestske namesti ©
Staromestske namesti
Charles Bridge
Charles Bridge
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle

1
day
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 Bratislava Old Town. Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): step into the grandiose world of Bratislava Castle and then get to know the fascinating history of Bratislava Old Town.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Bratislava journey builder app .

You can drive from Prague to Bratislava in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or take a train. December in Bratislava sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of 0°C at night. On the 15th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Budapest.

Things to do in Bratislava

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Bratislava Castle ©
Bratislava Castle
Bratislava Old Town ©
Bratislava Old Town

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.
Dohány Street Synagogue has been added to your itinerary. On your second day here, pause for some photo ops at Hősök tere, get a sense of history and politics at Hungarian Parliament Building, don't miss a visit to Halaszbastya, then steep yourself in history at Matthias Church, then snap pictures at Szechenyi Chain Bridge, and finally find something for the whole family at Visegradi Bobpalya.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Budapest route maker .

Traveling by car from Bratislava to Budapest takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 5°C, and evening lows to -1°C. You'll have a few hours on the 18th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Zagreb.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Spas Theme Parks
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Hungarian Parliament Building ©
Hungarian Parliament Building
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Szechenyi Chain Bridge ©
Szechenyi Chain Bridge

1
night
Zagreb, Croatia

Zagreb ©
Zagreb boasts a combination of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture, but it is beloved for its outdoor cafe culture.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Tkalciceva, St. Mark's Church (Crkva sv. Marka) and Upper Town (Gornji Grad). Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): take a stroll through Upper Town (Gornji Grad), then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Mark's Church (Crkva sv. Marka), and then don't miss a visit to Tkalciceva.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Zagreb trip planner.

Traveling by car from Budapest to Zagreb takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a shuttle. In December in Zagreb, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and -1°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can go by car to Ljubljana.

Things to do in Zagreb

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Upper Town (Gornji Grad) ©
Upper Town (Gornji Grad)
St. Mark's Church (Crkva sv. Marka) ©
Tkalciceva ©
Tkalciceva

1
day
Ljubljana, Slovenia

Ljubljana ©
Sitting astride the Ljubljanica River, Ljubljana is marked with picturesque bridges and a marketplace, designed by the famous architect Jože Plečnik.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Lake Bled. On the 19th (Thu), take a stroll through Ljubljana Old Town and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Bled.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Ljubljana travel site .

Traveling by car from Zagreb to Ljubljana takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Ljubljana are 5°C, while nighttime lows are -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can go by car to Vienna.

Things to do in Ljubljana

Neighborhoods Parks Nature

Side Trip

Lake Bled
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Ljubljana Old Town ©
Ljubljana Old Town
Lake Bled ©
Lake Bled

1
night
Zagreb, Croatia

Zagreb
To see maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Zagreb trip planner .

You can drive from Ljubljana to Zagreb in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. You will leave for Vienna on the 20th (Fri).

Things to do in Zagreb

Tours Nightlife Outdoors
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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 20th (Fri), make a trip to Stephansplatz, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Schönbrunn Zoo, then step into the grandiose world of Schonbrunn Palace, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St. Stephen's Cathedral. Keep things going the next day: laugh and play at Prater and then explore the world behind art at Belvedere Palace.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Vienna road trip planning site .

Traveling by flight from Zagreb to Vienna takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Vienna are 5°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Salzburg.

Things to do in Vienna

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

2
nights
Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
On the 22nd (Sun), get engrossed in the history at Fortress Hohensalzburg, admire the landmark architecture of Salzburg Cathedral, then take in the awesome beauty at Untersberg, then take an in-depth tour of Mozarts Geburtshaus, and finally stroll through Mirabell Palace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon): see the interesting displays at Red Bull Hangar-7, then explore the historical opulence of Schloss Hellbrunn, then steep yourself in history at Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus), and finally make a trip to Salzburger Altstadt.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Salzburg trip itinerary builder website .

You can fly from Vienna to Salzburg in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Salzburg can reach 6°C, while at night they dip to -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Munich.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Fortress Hohensalzburg ©
Fortress Hohensalzburg
Mirabell Palace ©
Mirabell Palace
Salzburg Cathedral ©
Salzburg Cathedral

3
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 visit kid-friendly attractions like Deutsches Museum and New Town Hall (Neus Rathaus). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Marienplatz, examine the collection at BMW Museum, explore the world behind art at Alte Pinakothek, and explore the activities along English Garden.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Munich day trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Salzburg to Munich takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Munich are 5°C, while nighttime lows are -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Krakow.

Things to do in Munich

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums
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Deutsches Museum ©
Deutsches Museum
New Town Hall (Neus Rathaus) ©
New Town Hall (Neus Rathaus)
Marienplatz ©
Marienplatz

1
day
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 27th (Fri): appreciate the extensive heritage of Wawel Royal Castle, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mary's Basilica, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Wawel Cathedral, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Krakow trip itinerary maker tool .

Fly from Munich to Krakow in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 5°C, and evening lows to -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Warsaw.

Things to do in Krakow

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

2
nights
Warsaw, Poland

Warsaw ©
Warsaw draws big crowds with its seemingly unstoppable energy, exemplified by the city's explosive nightlife and thriving music scene.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): appreciate the history behind Statue of John III Sobieski, browse the exhibits of Lazienki Krolewskie w Warszawie, step into the grandiose world of Zamek Krolewski w Warszawie - Muzeum, then engage your brain at Copernicus Science Centre, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town. Keep things going the next day: have fun and explore at Dollhouse Museum, then take in panoramic vistas at Palace of Culture and Science, then learn about all things military at Muzeum Powstania Warszawskiego, and finally take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Warsaw itinerary planner .

Traveling by train from Krakow to Warsaw takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 5°C in December, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Bucharest.

Things to do in Warsaw

Museums Tours Historic Sites
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Copernicus Science Centre ©
Copernicus Science Centre
Dollhouse Museum ©
Dollhouse Museum
Old Town ©
Old Town

2
nights
Bucharest, Romania

The booming city of Bucharest is a sophisticated metropolis with a high contrast of old- and new-world architecture.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): admire the striking features of Muzeul National al Satului "Dimitrie Gusti", then get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and then get a sense of history and politics at Palace of Parliament. On the 31st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Stavropoleos Monastery, then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and then walk around Herăstrău Park.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Bucharest online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by flight from Warsaw to Bucharest takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Warsaw to Bucharest due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Warsaw in December, Bucharest is a bit cooler at night with lows of -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bucharest

Tours Parks Fun & Games
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Walking tours
Palace of Parliament ©
Palace of Parliament

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