29 days in Central Europe Itinerary

29 days in Central Europe Itinerary

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29 days in Central Europe Itinerary

Start: Houston, United States
Fly:  15​h 15​min
1
Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Munich, Germany
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Salzburg, Austria
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
4
Vienna, Austria
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
5
Budapest, Hungary
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
6
Krakow, Poland
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h
7
Prague, Czech Republic
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
8
Berlin, Germany
— 4 nights
Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Houston, United States

2
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Zurich: Lucerne (Mt Pilatus & Lake Lucerne). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fraumünster Church, wander the streets of Old Town, and explore the world behind art at Museum Rietberg.

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Zurich day trip planner .

Houston, USA to Zurich is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Houston to Zurich is 7 hours. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Houston in April; daily highs in Zurich reach 58°F and lows reach 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Munich.

Things to do in Zurich

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Lucerne
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Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Old Town ©
Old Town

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.
Munich is known for museums, nature, historic sites, nightlife, and childrens museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Nymphenburg Palace, admire the masterpieces at Alte Pinakothek, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael's Church, and get curious at Deutsches Museum.

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Munich travel planner .

You can drive from Zurich to Munich in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of flight and train. April in Munich sees daily highs of 57°F and lows of 37°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can go by car to Salzburg.

Things to do in Munich

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

3
nights
Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Salzburg is known for historic sites, museums, parks, nightlife, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take some stellar pictures from Fortress Hohensalzburg, take in nature's colorful creations at Mirabell Palace, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter's Abbey (Stift St. Peter), and see the interesting displays at Red Bull Hangar-7.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Salzburg online tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Munich to Salzburg takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April in Salzburg, expect temperatures between 58°F during the day and 40°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Salzburg

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

4
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.
Vienna is known for historic sites, museums, nightlife, parks, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Schonbrunn Palace, examine the collection at Imperial Palace (Hofburg), explore the galleries of Haus der Musik Wien, and admire the masterpieces at Belvedere Palace.

To see where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Vienna trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by flight from Salzburg to Vienna takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In April, daytime highs in Vienna are 61°F, while nighttime lows are 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Budapest.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums Parks Historic Sites
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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, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Matthias Church, steep yourself in history at Liberty Statue, and don't miss a visit to Halaszbastya.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Budapest road trip planner.

Take a train from Vienna to Budapest in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in April, and nighttime lows around 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to 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

4
nights
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.
Take a break from Krakow with a short trip to Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau in Oswiecim, about 1 hour away. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wawel Cathedral, make a trip to St. Mary's Basilica, take a stroll through Stare Miasto, and get your game on at Bubble Football by Bumper Ball Experiences.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Krakow visit planner.

Traveling by flight from Budapest to Krakow takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Budapest in May, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Krakow: temperatures range from 66°F by day to 47°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can travel to Prague.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trips

Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau, Wieliczka Salt Mine
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Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau ©
Wawel Cathedral ©
Wawel Cathedral

4
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.
Prague is known for historic sites, nightlife, museums, fun & games, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the historical opulence of Prague Castle, snap pictures at Charles Bridge, steep yourself in history at Prague Astronomical Clock, and take some stellar pictures from Petřín.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Prague day trip tool .

Fly from Krakow to Prague in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In May in Prague, expect temperatures between 64°F during the day and 48°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can drive to Berlin.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Tours Neighborhoods
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StaromEstske namEsti ©
StaromEstske namEsti
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
Charles Bridge
Charles Bridge

4
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.
Berlin is known for museums, historic sites, nightlife, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: appreciate the history behind Brandenburg Gate, contemplate the long history of East Side Gallery, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Zoo Berlin, and explore the world behind art at Pergamonmuseum.

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Traveling by car from Prague to Berlin takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Berlin

Historic Sites Museums Zoos & Aquariums
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Walking tours
Brandenburg Gate ©
Brandenburg Gate
Reichstag Building ©
Reichstag Building

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