43 days in Central Europe Itinerary

43 days in Central Europe Itinerary

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Gdansk, Poland
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Krakow, Poland
— 4 nights
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Budapest, Hungary
— 4 nights
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Vienna, Austria
— 5 nights
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Bled, Slovenia
— 5 nights
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Zermatt, Switzerland
— 3 nights
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Lucerne, Switzerland
— 4 nights
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Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
— 4 nights
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Salzburg, Austria
— 3 nights
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Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic
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Prague, Czech Republic
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Berlin, Germany
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Gdansk, Poland

World Capital of Amber

Although its history goes back a thousand years, Gdansk represents one of Poland's most modern urban centers, its thriving economy boosted by a lively tourism sector.
On the 30th (Sat), enjoy breathtaking views from Sopot Pier, enjoy the sand and surf at Sopot Beach, then take a stroll through Mariacka Street (ulica Mariacka), and finally learn about all things military at Museum of the Second World War (Muzeum II Wojny Swiatowej). On the next day, don't miss a visit to Dluga Street (ul. Dluga), then visit Old Town, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Mary's Church, and finally see the interesting displays at Europejskie Centrum SolidarnoSci.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Gdansk online vacation planner.

Manchester, UK to Gdansk is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and train; or take a train. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. July in Gdansk sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can travel to Krakow.

Things to do in Gdansk

Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 30 — 31:

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Krakow, Poland

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau and Wawel Cathedral. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Lost Souls Alley and Spas. There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Muzeum Uniwersytetu Jagiellonskiego Collegium Maius, pause for some serene contemplation at Bazylika i Klasztor Franciszkanow, take a stroll through Kazmierz The Former Jewish District, and don't miss a visit to Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Krakow road trip app.

Getting from Gdansk to Krakow by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. While traveling from Gdansk, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Krakow, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 31 — Aug 4:

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Budapest, Hungary

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Fisherman's Bastion and St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika). Explore hidden gems such as Hospital in the Rock Nuclear Bunker Museum and Liberty Statue. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Matthias Church, admire the masterpieces at Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dohány Street Synagogue, and ponder the world of politics at Hungarian Parliament Building.

To see reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Budapest holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Krakow to Budapest takes 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 8th (Mon) so you can go by car to Vienna.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Spas
Find places to stay Aug 4 — 8:

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Vienna, Austria

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Schonbrunn Palace and Wine Tours & Tastings. Explore hidden gems such as Melk Abbey and Natural History Museum (Naturhistorisches Museum). Get out of town with these interesting Vienna side-trips: Wachau Valley (in Joching) and Weingut Stefan Bauer (in Koenigsbrunn am Wagram). And it doesn't end there: admire the striking features of Belvedere Palace, make a trip to Stephansplatz, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Schönbrunn Zoo, and get engrossed in the history at Kaiserliche Schatzkammer Wien.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Vienna journey maker tool.

Drive from Budapest to Vienna in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In August in Vienna, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to drive to Bled.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums · Historic Sites · Wineries · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 8 — 13:

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Bled, Slovenia

The most popular resort in Slovenia, Bled is marked by its iconic church steeple and medieval castle on glacial Lake Bled.
Explore hidden gems such as Vintgar Gorge and Kayaking & Canoeing. Take a break from the city and head to Lake Bohinj and Bled Island. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bled: Vršič Pass (in Kranjska Gora), Savica Waterfall (in Bohinjsko Jezero) and Bovec (Soča Valley & Zipline). Spend the 17th (Wed) exploring nature at Triglav National Park. There's more to do: get great views at Mala Osojnica and step into the grandiose world of Bled Castle.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Bled trip planning website.

You can drive from Vienna to Bled in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and shuttle; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Bled are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can go by car to Zermatt.

Things to do in Bled

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 13 — 18:

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Zermatt, Switzerland

Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Explore hidden gems such as Gornergrat and Sunnegga. Take a break from the city and head to The Matterhorn and Breithorn. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at Aletsch Glacier, tour the pleasant surroundings at 5-Seenweg, don't miss a visit to Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis, and glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Zermatt route maker.

Getting from Bled to Zermatt by car takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle, flight, and train; or do a combination of train, shuttle, and flight. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to drive to Lucerne.

Things to do in Zermatt

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 18 — 21:

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Lucerne, Switzerland

In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Mt Pilatus and Titlis. Get outdoors at Trümmelbachfälle and Lake Zurich. Get out of town with these interesting Lucerne side-trips: Parasailing & Paragliding (in Interlaken) and Old Town (in Zurich). There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Lucerne, admire the striking features of Lucerne Station, snap pictures at Chapel Bridge, and pause for some photo ops at Lion Monument.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Lucerne trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Zermatt to Lucerne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, daily temperatures in Lucerne can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

Things to do in Lucerne

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 21 — 25:

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Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany

Nestled within the Bavarian Alps, Garmisch-Partenkirchen offers a classic mountain feel along with world-class winter sports.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Schloss Linderhof and Altstadt von Fuessen. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Zugspitze and Partnachklamm. Explore Garmisch-Partenkirchen's surroundings by going to Schloss Hohenschwangau (in Hohenschwangau), Schloss Neuschwanstein (in Schwangau) and Pilgrimage Church of Wies (in Steingaden). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Eibsee, trek along Hollentalklamm, and make a trip to Ettal Abbey.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Garmisch-Partenkirchen attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Lucerne to Garmisch-Partenkirchen takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a bus. In August in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can drive to Salzburg.

Things to do in Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 25 — 29:

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Salzburg, Austria

Rome of the North

Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle and Schloss Hellbrunn. Explore hidden gems such as Erlebnisburg Hohenwerfen and Untersberg. Change things up with these side-trips from Salzburg: Eisriesenwelt (in Werfen) and Gollinger Wasserfall (in Golling an der Salzach). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Red Bull Hangar-7, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter's Abbey (Stift St. Peter), steep yourself in history at Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus), and take an in-depth tour of Mozarts Geburtshaus.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Salzburg journey planning tool.

Drive from Garmisch-Partenkirchen to Salzburg in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in August, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to drive to Cesky Krumlov.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 29 — Sep 1:

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Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic

Known around the world for its medieval castle, Cesky Krumlov offers the chance to experience the charm of a small European city seemingly frozen in time several centuries ago.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): explore the historical opulence of Cesky Krumlov Castle, learn the secrets of beer at Wiseman Free Tour, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Historie mesta Ceský Krumlov, then browse the exhibits of Museum Fotoatelier Seidel, and finally explore the world behind art at Egon Schiele Art Centrum.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Cesky Krumlov planning site.

Getting from Salzburg to Cesky Krumlov by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can drive to Prague.

Things to do in Cesky Krumlov

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Breweries & Distilleries
Find places to stay Sep 1 — 2:

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Prague, Czech Republic

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Lesser Town and Spas. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Staromestske namesti and Hradcany. There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at St. Vitus Cathedral, take in the views from Charles Bridge, admire the landmark architecture of Kostel sv. Mikuláše, and let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Prague holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Cesky Krumlov to Prague takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In September in Prague, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to drive to Berlin.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Sep 2 — 6:

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Berlin, Germany

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Frauenkirche Dresden and Topography of Terror. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Neues Grünes Gewölbe and Großer Tiergarten. Take a break from Berlin with a short trip to Procession of Princes in Dresden, about 2 hours away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Pergamonmuseum, pause for some photo ops at The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, take a stroll through Potsdamer Platz, and steep yourself in history at Mauermuseum - Museum Haus am Checkpoint Charlie.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Berlin travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Prague to Berlin takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Berlin

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 6 — 10: