38 days in Hungary, Germany & Salzburg Itinerary

38 days in Hungary, Germany & Salzburg Itinerary

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38 days in Hungary, Germany & Salzburg Itinerary

Start: Cape Town, South Africa
Fly:  17​h 45​min
1
Budapest, Hungary
— 11 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Heviz, Hungary
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Budapest, Hungary
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Lillafured, Hungary
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Tokaj, Hungary
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Budapest, Hungary
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 30​min
7
Salzburg, Austria
— 1 night
Fly + train:  2​h
8
Stuttgart, Germany
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
9
Munich, Germany
— 6 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
10
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
11
Miskolc, Hungary
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  23​h 45​min
End: Cape Town, South Africa

11
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.
Esztergom Basilica / Cathedral and St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika) will appeal to history buffs. Step off the beaten path and head to Beach and Hospital in the Rock. Change things up with a short trip to Fajdalmas Szuz Chapel in Esztergom (about 56 minutes away). On the 9th (Wed), spend a day exploring the natural beauty of Palatinus Strandfürdő. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Halaszbastya, examine the collection at Budapest Pinball Museum, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

To find out how to plan a trip to Budapest, use our trip itinerary maker.

Cape Town, South Africa to Budapest is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly. Traveling from Cape Town to Budapest, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in September, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Heviz.

Things to do in Budapest

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Esztergom, Beach
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Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Liberty Statue ©
Liberty Statue

2
nights
Heviz, Hungary

Heviz ©
Located on Heviz Lake, the world's second-largest thermal lake, Heviz is a charming little spa town.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): learn about winemaking at Egregy Cellars, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Somogyvar Abbey, then step into the grandiose world of Star Castle Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Kocsimuzeum Keszthely.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Heviz tour builder app .

Traveling by car from Budapest to Heviz takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October in Heviz, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 7°C at night. On the 13th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Budapest.

Things to do in Heviz

Museums Historic Sites Wineries

Side Trips

Kinizsi Castle, Star Castle Museum, Kocsimuzeum Keszthely, Somogyvar Abbey, Szigliget Castle
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Kinizsi Castle ©
Kinizsi Castle
Szigliget Castle ©
Szigliget Castle
Somogyvar Abbey ©
Somogyvar Abbey

5
nights
Budapest, Hungary

Budapest ©
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Koller Gallery and Visegrad Citadel. Popular historic sites such as Hungarian National Museum and Royal Palace of Godollo are in your itinerary. Venture out of the city with trips to Bory Castle (in Szekesfehervar), Koros Torok Sandy Beach (in Csongrad) and Zugfozde Palinka Museum (in Visegrad). Explore Budapest further: test your problem-solving skills at E- Exit Escape Game, examine the collection at Aeropark Budapest, get outside with City Park Városliget, and pause for some serene contemplation at Orokimadas Templom.

For photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Budapest road trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Heviz to Budapest takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to travel to Lillafured.

Things to do in Budapest

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Visegrad, Koros Torok Sandy Beach, Bory Castle, Royal Palace of Godollo, Aeropark Budapest
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Visegrad Citadel ©
Visegrad Citadel
Hungarian National Museum ©
Hungarian National Museum
Aeropark Budapest ©
Aeropark Budapest

1
night
Lillafured, Hungary

Lillafured
To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Lillafured trip itinerary builder app .

Drive from Budapest to Lillafured in 2.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Lillafured are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. You will leave for Tokaj on the 19th (Sat).

Things to do in Lillafured

Parks Historic Sites Nature
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1
night
Tokaj, Hungary

Tokaj ©
Tokaj, is a historical town in Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén county, Northern Hungary, 54 kilometers from county capital Miskolc. On the 19th (Sat), do a tasting at Erdos Pince - Borkatakomba, learn about winemaking at Disznókő, then do a tasting at Dereszla Winery, and finally identify plant and animal life at Tokaj Wine Region.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokaj trip planner .

Traveling by car from Lillafured to Tokaj takes 1.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Tokaj are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can go by car to Budapest.

Things to do in Tokaj

Wineries Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Dereszla Winery, Disznókő, Tokaj Wine Region
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Disznókő ©
Disznókő
Tokaj Wine Region ©
Tokaj Wine Region
Erdos Pince - Borkatakomba ©
Erdos Pince - Borkatakomba

1
night
Budapest, Hungary

Budapest ©
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): make a trip to Shoes on the Danube, explore the world behind art at Kovacs Margit Muzeum, then examine the collection at MicroArt - MikroCsodak Muzeuma, then take an in-depth tour of Retro Design Center, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Peter and Paul's Church.

To see maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Budapest trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by car from Tokaj to Budapest takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. You will leave for Salzburg on the 21st (Mon).

Things to do in Budapest

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Szentendre
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Kovacs Margit Muzeum ©
Kovacs Margit Muzeum
Shoes on the Danube ©
Shoes on the Danube
Retro Design Center ©
Retro Design Center

1
night
Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
To see maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Salzburg attractions planning app .

Take a train from Budapest to Salzburg in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in October, and nighttime lows around 7°C. On the 22nd (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Stuttgart.

Things to do in Salzburg

Museums

Side Trip

Salzburger Freilichtmuseum
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Salzburger Freilichtmuseum ©
Salzburger Freilichtmuseum

3
nights
Stuttgart, Germany

Stuttgart ©
Stuttgart spreads across a variety of valleys, parks, and hills--many of them covered by vineyards.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Technik Museum Speyer, Auto & Technik Museum (Automobile and Technology Museum), Mercedes-Benz Factory Plant Tour, and other attractions. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): examine the collection at Motorworld Region Stuttgart. On the 23rd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Mercedes-Benz Museum and then see the interesting displays at Porsche Museum.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Stuttgart trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Salzburg to Stuttgart by combination of flight and train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Stuttgart can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can go by car to Munich.

Things to do in Stuttgart

Museums Tours

Side Trips

Technik Museum Speyer, Auto & Technik Museum (Automobile and Technology Museum), Mercedes-Benz Factory Plant Tour, Motorworld Region Stuttgart
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Mercedes-Benz Museum ©
Mercedes-Benz Museum
Technik Museum Speyer ©
Technik Museum Speyer

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.
You've added BMW Museum, Schloss Nymphenburg, Munich Tours, and other attractions to your itinerary. Get outdoors at Wendelstein and Josefsthaler Wasserfall. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Linderhof Palace and Kloster Benediktbeuern. Explore Munich's surroundings by going to Oberammergau Church (in Oberammergau), Lake Tegernsee (in Tegernsee) and Hohenschwangau (Schloss Hohenschwangau & Neuschwanstein Castle). There's more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kalvarienberg und Kirche.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Munich trip itinerary planner .

Drive from Stuttgart to Munich in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In October in Munich, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 5°C at night. You will leave for Budapest on the 31st (Thu).

Things to do in Munich

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Schloss Hohenschwangau, Schloss Linderhof, Deutsches Museum Flugwerft Schleissheim, Schloss Neuschwanstein, Lake Tegernsee
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Nymphenburg Palace ©
Nymphenburg Palace
Schloss Linderhof ©
Schloss Linderhof
Schloss Hohenschwangau ©
Schloss Hohenschwangau

2
nights
Budapest, Hungary

Budapest ©
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Szent Peter-Pal Church, then examine the collection at Szabó Marzipan Museum, then enjoy the sand and surf at Roman Beach, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Korzo - Danube Embankment (Dunakorzo).

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Budapest itinerary tool .

Getting from Munich to Budapest by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Miskolc.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Szentendre
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Roman Beach ©
Roman Beach
Room Escape Games

3
nights
Miskolc, Hungary

Miskolc ©
Miskolc is a city in northeastern Hungary, known for its heavy industry. Miskolc Gallery and Old Wooden Church are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Discover out-of-the-way places like Andrassy Castle and Greek Orthodox Church and Museum. Go for a jaunt from Miskolc to Aggtelek to see Baradla Cave about 1h 05 min away. There's more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Szentharomsag Church and examine the collection at Museum of Theatrical History and Acting.

To see where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Miskolc attractions planner .

Traveling by car from Budapest to Miskolc takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. November in Miskolc sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 2°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Miskolc

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Baradla Cave, Andrassy Castle
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Old Wooden Church ©
Old Wooden Church
Andrassy Castle ©
Andrassy Castle
Baradla Cave ©
Baradla Cave