17 days in Central Europe Itinerary

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Munich, Germany
— 1 night
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Salzburg, Austria
— 3 nights
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Vienna, Austria
— 2 nights
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Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
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Krakow, Poland
— 2 nights
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Prague, Czech Republic
— 1 night
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Berlin, Germany
— 2 nights
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Hamburg, Germany
— 3 nights
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Munich, Germany — 1 night

Village of a Million People

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.
On the 8th (Mon), contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Church, then don't miss a visit to Marienplatz, then enjoy breathtaking views from Frauenkirche, and finally examine the collection at Munich Residenz. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael's Church, explore the activities along English Garden, see the interesting displays at BMW Museum, then steep yourself in history at Nymphenburg Palace, and finally examine the collection at BMW Welt.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Munich trip itinerary planner.

Mumbai, India to Munich is an approximately 11-hour flight. Traveling from Mumbai to Munich, you'll gain 4.5 hours due to the time zone difference. In May, Munich is cooler than Mumbai - with highs of 20°C and lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Salzburg.
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Salzburg, Austria — 3 nights

Rome of the North

Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Get some cultural insight at Fortress Hohensalzburg and Mozarts Geburtshaus. Get outdoors at Badestrand Hallstatt and Fuschlsee Rundweg. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Salzburg: Hallstatt (Beinhaus, Karner, Ossuary, Hallstatt Lutheran Church, &more). There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Schloss Hellbrunn, steep yourself in history at Salzburger Altstadt, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nonnberg Convent, and stroll the grounds of Petersfriedhof.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Salzburg road trip tool.

Drive from Munich to Salzburg in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in May, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to drive to Vienna.
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Vienna, Austria — 2 nights

City of Dreams

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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): get to know the resident critters at Schönbrunn Zoo, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Peterskirche, then examine the collection at Hofburg, then admire the masterpieces at Albertina, and finally admire the masterpieces at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Schonbrunner Gardens, step into the grandiose world of Schonbrunn Palace, then explore the world behind art at Belvedere Palace, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Rupert's Church (Ruprechtskirche), and finally make a trip to St. Stephen's Cathedral.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Vienna day trip planner.

You can drive from Salzburg to Vienna in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly. In May in Vienna, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Budapest.
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Budapest, Hungary — 2 nights

Pearl of the Danube

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.
On the 15th (Mon), take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), steep yourself in history at Széchenyi Thermal Bath, pause for some photo ops at Heroes' Square, explore the historical opulence of Vajdahunyad Castle (Vajdahunyadvar), then snap pictures at Szechenyi Lanchid, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Matthias Church. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the landmark architecture of Hungarian Parliament Building, contemplate the long history of Shoes on the Danube Bank, contemplate the long history of Dohány Street Synagogue, then see the interesting displays at House of Terror Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Liberty Statue.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Budapest trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Vienna to Budapest takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Budapest can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to fly to Krakow.
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Krakow, Poland — 2 nights

Slavic Rome

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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): take a stroll through Ulica Florianska, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wawel Cathedral, then get to know the fascinating history of Wawel Royal Castle, then contemplate the long history of Wieliczka Salt Mine, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Peter and St. Paul. Here are some ideas for day two: get to know the fascinating history of Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square, browse the eclectic array of goods at Sukiennice (Cloth Hall), learn more about the world around you at Rynek (Old Square) Underground, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bazylika i Klasztor Franciszkanow, then see the interesting displays at Lost Souls Alley, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Planty Park.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Krakow visit planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Budapest to Krakow takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Budapest, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Krakow, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Prague.
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Prague, Czech Republic — 1 night

City of a Hundred Spires

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.
On the 19th (Fri), get to know the fascinating history of Staromestske namesti, take in the spiritual surroundings of Spanish Synagogue, take some stellar pictures from Prague Astronomical Clock, snap pictures at Charles Bridge, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Vitus Cathedral, and finally explore the historical opulence of Prague Castle.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Prague online trip maker.

You can fly from Krakow to Prague in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. In May, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Berlin.
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Berlin, Germany — 2 nights

Athens of the Spree

The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): get the lay of the land with Walking tours, admire the masterpieces at Pergamonmuseum, then admire the striking features of Berliner Dom, then steep yourself in history at Mauermuseum - Museum Haus am Checkpoint Charlie, and finally examine the collection at Topography of Terror. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Sun): steep yourself in history at East Side Gallery, visit Potsdamer Platz, pause for some photo ops at Brandenburg Gate, then appreciate the history behind The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, then get a sense of history and politics at Reichstag Building, and finally contemplate the long history of Memorial of the Berlin Wall.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Berlin trip planner.

Traveling by car from Prague to Berlin takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can take a train to Hamburg.
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Hamburg, Germany — 3 nights

Gateway to the World

As the country's biggest port and one of the busiest in all of Europe, Hamburg has a well-deserved reputation as Germany's Gateway to the World.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): get to know the fascinating history of Alter Elbtunnel, enjoy the sand and surf at Wildpark Schwarze Berge, then kick back and relax at Elbstrand Ovelgonne, then kick back and relax at 28Grad Strandbad Wedel, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ev.-Luth. Kirche. Keep things going the next day: admire the striking features of Hamburg Town Hall, admire the masterpieces at Kunsthalle Hamburg, then get to know the fascinating history of Speicherstadt, and finally examine the collection at Miniatur Wunderland.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Hamburg route planner.

You can take a train from Berlin to Hamburg in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In May in Hamburg, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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