15 days in Central Europe Itinerary

15 days in Central Europe Itinerary

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15 days in Central Europe Itinerary

Start: Sao Paulo, Brazil
Fly:  18​h
1
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Vienna, Austria
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
3
Krakow, Poland
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 45​min
4
Gdansk, Poland
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
5
Berlin, Germany
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
7
Salzburg, Austria
— 2 nights
Train + Fly:  17​h 30​min
End: Sao Paulo, Brazil

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.
Visit Halaszbastya and Liberty Statue for their historical value. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Matthias Church, step into the grandiose world of Vajdahunyad Castle (Vajdahunyadvar), get a sense of history and politics at Hungarian Parliament Building, and admire the striking features of Dohány Street Synagogue.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Budapest tour itinerary builder site .

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Budapest is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Brasilia Time (BRT) to Central European Time (CET) is 4 hours. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Sao Paulo in December, with highs in Budapest at 5°C and lows at -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Vienna.

Things to do in Budapest

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Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church

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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at St. Stephen's Cathedral, contemplate the long history of Chapel of St. Virgil, then step into the grandiose world of Schonbrunn Palace, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Belvedere Palace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Copa Beach, examine the collection at Imperial Palace (Hofburg), and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Capuchin Church (Kapuzinerkirche).

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Vienna day trip planning website .

Getting from Budapest to Vienna by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Vienna can reach 5°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Krakow.

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
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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): get to know the fascinating history of Wawel Royal Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wawel Cathedral, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary's Basilica, and finally don't miss a visit to Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Krakow sightseeing planner .

Fly from Vienna to Krakow in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 5°C in December, and nighttime lows around -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to travel to Gdansk.

Things to do in Krakow

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Wawel Cathedral ©
Wawel Cathedral
Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square ©
Wawel Royal Castle ©
Wawel Royal Castle

2
nights
Gdansk, Poland

Gdansk ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): head outdoors with Brzezno Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanktuarium Matki Bozej Brzemiennej, and then don't miss a visit to Church of Sts. Peter and Paul. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Jelitkowo Beach, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Mary's Church, then head outdoors with Sobieszewo Beach, and finally wander the streets of Old Town.

For where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Gdansk trip itinerary maker tool .

You can fly from Krakow to Gdansk in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In December in Gdansk, expect temperatures between 3°C during the day and -1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can take a train to Berlin.

Things to do in Gdansk

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Jelitkowo Beach ©
Jelitkowo Beach
St. Mary's Church ©
St. Mary's Church
Old Town ©
Old Town

2
nights
Berlin, Germany

Berlin ©
The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): head outdoors with Strandbad Muggelsee, then steep yourself in history at Bebelplatz, then get a sense of history and politics at Reichstag Building, and finally pause for some photo ops at Brandenburg Gate. On your second day here, enjoy the sand and surf at Strandbad Tegeler See, then pause for some photo ops at The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, then contemplate the long history of Mauermuseum - Museum Haus am Checkpoint Charlie, and finally don't miss a visit to East Side Gallery.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Berlin tour itinerary builder app .

Traveling by train from Gdansk to Berlin takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to drive to Prague.

Things to do in Berlin

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Strandbad Muggelsee ©
Strandbad Muggelsee
East Side Gallery ©
East Side Gallery

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): step into the grandiose world of Prague Castle, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Vitus Cathedral, then don't miss a visit to StaromEstske namEsti, and finally browse the exhibits of Prasna brana. On the 13th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Our Lady before Tyn, take some stellar pictures from Prague Astronomical Clock, stroll the grounds of Stary zidovsky Hrbitov, then take in the views from Charles Bridge, and finally wander the streets of Lesser Town.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Prague route builder website .

Getting from Berlin to Prague by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In December in Prague, expect temperatures between 5°C during the day and 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to drive to Salzburg.

Things to do in Prague

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Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
Staromestske namesti ©
Staromestske namesti
St. Vitus Cathedral ©
St. Vitus Cathedral

2
nights
Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): explore the galleries of Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus), get great views at Fortress Hohensalzburg, then admire the landmark architecture of Salzburg Cathedral, and finally explore the historical opulence of Schloss Hellbrunn.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Salzburg route planner .

Traveling by car from Prague to Salzburg takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or fly. In December in Salzburg, expect temperatures between 6°C during the day and -1°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites Museums
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Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle ©
Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle
Schloss Hellbrunn ©
Schloss Hellbrunn
Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus) ©
Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus)

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