8 days in Central Europe Itinerary

8 days in Central Europe Itinerary

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8 days in Central Europe Itinerary

Start: Beirut, Lebanon
Fly:  4​h
1
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
train:  4​h
2
Vienna, Austria
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
3
Bratislava, Slovakia
— 1 night
4
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
Fly:  9​h
End: Beirut, Lebanon

2
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes JumpPark Praha, Prasna brana, Lesser Town, and other attractions you added. On the 17th (Tue), step into the grandiose world of Prague Castle, don't miss a visit to Golden Lane, stroll around Letna Park, then stroll around Petrin Park, then get to know the fascinating history of The Vrtba Garden, and finally wander the streets of Lesser Town. On the 18th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: browse the eclectic array of goods at Havel's Market, snap pictures at Charles Bridge, pause for some photo ops at Franz Kafka statue, then get great views at Prague Astronomical Clock, then wander the streets of StaromEstske namEsti, and finally contemplate the long history of Prasna brana.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Prague trip planner.

Beirut, Lebanon to Prague is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Beirut to Prague is minus 1 hour. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Beirut in September, with highs in Prague at 22°C and lows at 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Vienna.

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Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
StaromEstske namEsti ©
StaromEstske namEsti
Prague Astronomical Clock ©
Prague Astronomical Clock

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Schönbrunn Zoo, Palmenhaus Schoenbrunn, Vienna Naschmarkt, and other attractions you added. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): examine the collection at Imperial Palace (Hofburg), pause for some serene contemplation at St. Stephen's Cathedral, then don't miss a visit to Graben and Kohlmarkt, and finally find something for the whole family at Prater. On the next day, explore the historical opulence of Schonbrunn Palace, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Schönbrunn Zoo, make a trip to Palmenhaus Schoenbrunn, then hunt for treasures at Vienna Naschmarkt, then admire the striking features of Belvedere Palace, and finally stroll around Stadtpark.

To see maps and other tourist information, read our Vienna trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Prague to Vienna takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Vienna are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to drive to Bratislava.

Things to do in Vienna

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St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral
Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
Belvedere Palace ©
Belvedere Palace

1
night
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 UFO Observation Deck as well as Grassalkovich Palota. On the 21st (Sat), make a trip to Grassalkovich Palota, get to know the fascinating history of Bratislava Old Town, enjoy breathtaking views from UFO Observation Deck, then explore the historical opulence of Bratislava Castle, and finally explore the historical opulence of Devin Castle.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Bratislava online vacation planner .

Getting from Vienna to Bratislava by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In September in Bratislava, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Budapest.

Things to do in Bratislava

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Devin Castle ©
Devin Castle
Bratislava Castle ©
Bratislava Castle
Bratislava Old Town ©
Bratislava Old Town

2
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 list of things to see and do now includes Central Market Hall, Vorosmarty Square (Vorosmarty ter), House of Terror Museum, and other attractions. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): contemplate the long history of Citadel, get a sense of history and politics at Hungarian Parliament Building, pause for some photo ops at Shoes on the Danube, then examine the collection at House of Terror Museum, and finally appreciate the history behind Hősök tere. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Halaszbastya, take in the spiritual surroundings of Matthias Church, explore the historical opulence of Buda Castle, snap pictures at Szechenyi Chain Bridge, then make a trip to Vorosmarty Square (Vorosmarty ter), and finally browse the fresh offerings at Central Market Hall.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Budapest road trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Bratislava to Budapest takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 13°C. On the 24th (Tue), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church
Hősök tere ©
Hősök tere

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