41 days in Central Europe Itinerary

41 days in Central Europe Itinerary

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41 days in Central Europe Itinerary

Start: London, United Kingdom
Fly:  2​h 30​min
1
Innsbruck, Austria
— 1 night
Train:  1​h 45​min
2
Munich, Germany
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Salzburg, Austria
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Bled, Slovenia
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
5
Vienna, Austria
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Budapest, Hungary
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
7
Krakow, Poland
— 5 nights
Train:  2​h 30​min
8
Warsaw, Poland
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
9
Berlin, Germany
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
10
Prague, Czech Republic
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
11
Zurich, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: London, United Kingdom

1
night
Innsbruck, Austria

Innsbruck ©
Nestled in a valley between snowcapped peaks, Innsbruck evokes visions of a winter wonderland.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dom zu St. Jakob and then examine the collection at Hexenwasser. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Mon): explore the galleries of The Golden Roof (Goldenes Dachl), then meet the residents at Alpenzoo, then get in on the family fun at AREA 47, and finally get in on the family fun at Alpine Coaster.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Innsbruck route maker app .

London, UK to Innsbruck is an approximately 2.5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Innsbruck is 1 hour. July in Innsbruck sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can take a train to Munich.

Things to do in Innsbruck

Theme Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Alpine Coaster, AREA 47, Hexenwasser
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Alpine Coaster ©
Alpine Coaster
Alpenzoo ©
Alpenzoo
AREA 47 ©
AREA 47

4
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.
Bring the kids along to Deutsches Museum and New Town Hall (Neus Rathaus). Go for a jaunt from Munich to Schwangau to see Schloss Neuschwanstein about 1h 35 min away. There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at English Garden, admire the masterpieces at Neue Pinakothek, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael's Church, and contemplate the long history of Nymphenburg Palace.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Munich trip maker tool .

You can take a train from Innsbruck to Munich in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Munich can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can drive to Salzburg.

Things to do in Munich

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Schloss Neuschwanstein
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Deutsches Museum ©
Deutsches Museum
New Town Hall (Neus Rathaus) ©
New Town Hall (Neus Rathaus)
English Garden ©
English Garden

4
nights
Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Bring the kids along to Mirabell Palace and Salzburg Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Salzburg side-trips: Wildpark Aurach (in Aurach bei Kitzbuehel) and Ellmau (Ellmi's Zauberwelt & KaiserBad Ellmau). There's much more to do: browse the exhibits of Fortress Hohensalzburg, step into the grandiose world of Schloss Hellbrunn, steep yourself in history at Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus), and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Grossglockner.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Salzburg sightseeing planner .

You can drive from Munich to Salzburg in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in July, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can go by car to Bled.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Ellmau, Wildpark Aurach, Grossglockner
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Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle ©
Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle
Mirabell Palace ©
Mirabell Palace
Wildpark Aurach ©
Wildpark Aurach

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 29th (Wed): explore the historical opulence of Bled Castle, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Vintgar Gorge, and then glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the activities along Lake Bohinj, get great views at Mala Osojnica, and then get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To find photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Bled day trip planning site .

You can drive from Salzburg to Bled in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can drive to Vienna.

Things to do in Bled

Outdoors Adventure Parks

Side Trips

Vintgar Gorge, Lake Bohinj
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Lake Bohinj ©
Lake Bohinj

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.
Bring the kids along to Schonbrunn Palace and Prater. The adventure continues: get to know the resident critters at Schönbrunn Zoo, admire the masterpieces at Belvedere Palace, ponder the world of politics at Rathaus, and see the interesting displays at Imperial Palace (Hofburg).

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Vienna sightseeing site .

Traveling by car from Bled to Vienna takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or fly. In July, daily temperatures in Vienna can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Budapest.

Things to do in Vienna

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

5
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.
Attractions like Halaszbastya and Liberty Statue make great kid-friendly stops. Go for a jaunt from Budapest to Eger to see Eger Castle about 1h 45 min away. There's lots more to do: ponder the world of politics at Hungarian Parliament Building, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Matthias Church, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Budapest Zoo & Botanical Garden, and make a trip to Hősök tere.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Budapest road trip site .

Take a train from Vienna to Budapest in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August in Budapest, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 18°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can travel to Krakow.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Parks Theme Parks

Side Trip

Eger Castle
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Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Szechenyi Chain Bridge ©
Szechenyi Chain Bridge
Budapest Zoo & Botanical Garden ©
Budapest Zoo & Botanical Garden

5
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.
Bring the kids along to Wawel Royal Castle and Muzeum Uniwersytetu Jagiellonskiego Collegium Maius. Step out of Krakow to go to Oswiecim and see Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Wawel Cathedral, have some family-friendly fun at Bubble Football by Bumper Ball Experiences, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Ogrod Zoologiczny, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

For photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Krakow trip builder site .

Traveling by flight from Budapest to Krakow takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Budapest in August; daily highs in Krakow reach 29°C and lows reach 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Warsaw.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Wieliczka Salt Mine, Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau
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Wawel Royal Castle ©
Wawel Royal Castle
Ogrod Zoologiczny ©
Ogrod Zoologiczny

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 15th (Sat): get the lay of the land with Walking tours, take in nature's colorful creations at Lazienki Krolewskie w Warszawie, then pause for some photo ops at Pomnik Bohaterów Getta, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Old Town. Keep things going the next day: have some family-friendly fun at Room Escape Warszawa, then kick back and relax at Nature Reserve Lawice Kielpinskie, and then examine the collection at Copernicus Science Centre.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Warsaw travel app .

Getting from Krakow to Warsaw by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. August in Warsaw sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can travel to Berlin.

Things to do in Warsaw

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Lazienki Krolewskie w Warszawie ©
Lazienki Krolewskie w Warszawie
Copernicus Science Centre ©
Copernicus Science Centre
Nature Reserve Lawice Kielpinskie ©
Nature Reserve Lawice Kielpinskie

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Zoo Berlin and AquaDom & SEA LIFE Berlin. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Reichstag Building, contemplate the long history of Memorial of the Berlin Wall, take in nature's colorful creations at Großer Tiergarten, and step into the grandiose world of Charlottenburg Palace.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Berlin itinerary site .

Fly from Warsaw to Berlin in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can go by car to Prague.

Things to do in Berlin

Historic Sites Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Walking tours
Zoo Berlin ©
Zoo Berlin
AquaDom & SEA LIFE Berlin ©
AquaDom & SEA LIFE Berlin

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.
Attractions like Prague Zoo and Petrinska rozhledna make great kid-friendly stops. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to StaromEstske namEsti, take some stellar pictures from Petřín, wander the streets of Lesser Town, and admire the landmark architecture of St. Vitus Cathedral.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Prague itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Berlin to Prague takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in August, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Prague

Tours Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums
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Staromestske namesti ©
Staromestske namesti
Prague Zoo ©
Prague Zoo
Petrinska rozhledna ©
Petrinska rozhledna

3
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Swimming Pools Unter Letten and Hallenbad Altstetten. Get out of town with these interesting Zurich side-trips: Lucerne (Lake Lucerne, Lion Monument, & more). Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Lake Zurich, take a stroll through Old Town, pause for some serene contemplation at Grossmunster, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen.

To find photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Zurich travel route planner .

Traveling by flight from Prague to Zurich takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In August in Zurich, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Lucerne
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Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Swimming Pools Unter Letten ©
Swimming Pools Unter Letten
Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen ©
Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen

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