30 days in Central Europe

30 days in Central Europe

Jim Callcut

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30 days in Central Europe

Start: Dothan, United States
Fly:  17​h 15​min
1
Munich, Germany
— 6 nights
train:  4​h 30​min
2
Vienna, Austria
— 5 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
3
Budapest, Hungary
— 4 nights
train:  6​h 30​min
4
Prague, Czech Republic
— 5 nights
Fly:  22​h
End: Dothan, United States

6
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Staatliche Museum Agyptischer Kunst as well as Olympic Tower. Schokoladenmanufaktur Barbara Kronner and Jewish Museum Munich (Judisches Museum Munchen) will appeal to museum buffs. Popular historic sites such as Ehem. Stiftskirche Mariä Geburt and Trausnitz Castle are in your itinerary. Change things up with these side-trips from Munich: Landshut (Heiliggeistkirche & Stadtresidenz Landshut) and Basilika St. Emmeram (in Regensburg). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Deutsches Museum Flugwerft Schleissheim, admire the landmark architecture of Zerwirkgewolbe, contemplate the long history of Feldherrnhalle, and pause for some serene contemplation at New St. John's Church.

For other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Munich trip itinerary planning app .

Dothan, USA to Munich is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a 7 hour difference. When traveling from Dothan in December, plan for much colder days and a bit cooler nights in Munich: temperatures range from 41°F by day to 29°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Vienna.

Things to do in Munich

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Landshut, Oberschleissheim, Basilika St. Emmeram, Ehem. Stiftskirche Mariä Geburt, Schokoladenmanufaktur Barbara Kronner
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Staatliche Museum Agyptischer Kunst ©
Schokoladenmanufaktur Barbara Kronner ©
Ehem. Stiftskirche Mariä Geburt ©
Ehem. Stiftskirche Mariä Geburt

5
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 Christmas Market on Rathausplatz, MuseumsQuartier Wien, Concerts in St. Anne’s Church, and other attractions you added. Visit Augustinerkirche and Stift Heiligenkreuz for their historical value. Step off the beaten path and head to Bergkirche and MAK - Austrian Museum of Applied Arts/Contemporary Art. The adventure continues: ponder the design of Hochstrahlbrunnen and appreciate the extensive heritage of Historic Center of Vienna.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Vienna trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Munich to Vienna takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and flight. In December in Vienna, expect temperatures between 41°F during the day and 31°F at night. On the 20th (Sun), you're off toBudapest.

Things to do in Vienna

Historic Sites Museums Events

Side Trips

Bergkirche, Stift Heiligenkreuz
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MuseumsQuartier Wien ©
MuseumsQuartier Wien
Augustinerkirche
Augustinerkirche
Stift Heiligenkreuz ©
Stift Heiligenkreuz

4
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Holocaust Memorial Center as well as Liberty Statue. Museum-lovers will appreciate RepTar Szolnok Aviation Museum and The House of Houdini. Get some historical perspective at Vajdahunyad Castle (Vajdahunyadvar) and Amphitheatrum. Change things up with these side-trips from Budapest: Szentendre (Hubay House - Christmas Exhibition and Salon & Retro Design Center), Hernyak Estate (in Etyek) and Sirok Castle (in Sirok). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Hungarian Academy of Sciences, pause for some photo ops at The Fat Policeman Statue, make a trip to Halaszbastya, and see the interesting displays at Underground Railway Museum.

To see maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Budapest tour itinerary app .

Traveling by train from Vienna to Budapest takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 40°F, and evening lows to 29°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums Wineries

Side Trips

Szentendre, Sirok Castle, RepTar Szolnok Aviation Museum, Hernyak Estate
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Liberty Statue ©
Liberty Statue
Vajdahunyad Castle (Vajdahunyadvar) ©
Holocaust Memorial Center ©
Holocaust Memorial Center

5
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.
You've added National Memorial to the Heroes of the Heydrich Terror, Lesser Town, National Technical Museum, and other attractions to your itinerary. The Vrtba Garden and Kostel Nejsvetejsiho Srdce Pane will appeal to history buffs. Discover out-of-the-way places like Muzeum Smyslů and Kostel Sv. Gabriela. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rotunda of St. Martin, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Kostel sv. Klimenta, appreciate the extensive heritage of Staromestske namesti, and see the interesting displays at Apple Museum Prague.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Prague trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Budapest to Prague takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Prague are 41°F, while nighttime lows are 32°F. You'll set off for home on the 29th (Tue).

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Lesser Town
Lesser Town
The Vrtba Garden ©
The Vrtba Garden

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