17 days in Czech Republic, Austria & Hungary Itinerary

17 days in Czech Republic, Austria & Hungary Itinerary

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Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
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Karlstejn, Czech Republic
— 1 night
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Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
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Salzburg, Austria
— 2 nights
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Vienna, Austria
— 3 nights
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Veszprem, Hungary
— 4 nights
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Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights

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Prague, Czech Republic

— 2 nights

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.
Karlstejn Castle has been added to your itinerary. Staromestske namesti and Lobkowicz Palace will appeal to history buffs. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Spanish Synagogue and Prague Astronomical Clock. The adventure continues: brush up on your military savvy at National Memorial to the Heroes of the Heydrich Terror, stop by Lesser Town, get to know the fascinating history of The Vrtba Garden, and admire the striking features of St. Vitus Cathedral.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Prague trip planner.

May in Prague sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 10°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Karlstejn.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trip

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Karlstejn, Czech Republic

— 1 night
The site of one of Europe's most visited medieval castles, the small market town of Karlstejn sits in a densely forested region just a short drive west of Prague.
On the 14th (Sat), see the interesting displays at Museum of Nativity Scenes and then examine the collection at Wax Museum Karlstejn.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Karlstejn travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Prague to Karlstejn in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in May, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can go by car to Cesky Krumlov.

Things to do in Karlstejn

Museums
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Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic

— 2 nights
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.
On the 15th (Sun), contemplate the long history of Latran houses, contemplate the long history of Minorite Monastery, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of St. Vitus, then see the interesting displays at Moldavite Museum - Muzeum vltavinu, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Historie mesta Ceský Krumlov.

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Drive from Karlstejn to Cesky Krumlov in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. May in Cesky Krumlov sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to drive to Salzburg.

Things to do in Cesky Krumlov

Historic Sites · Museums
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Salzburg, Austria

— 2 nights

Rome of the North

Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter's Abbey (Stift St. Peter), take some stellar pictures from Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Salzburg Cathedral, then steep yourself in history at Kapitelplatz & Kapitelschwemme, and finally gain insight at Kollegienkirche (Collegiate Church). Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wallfahrtskirche Maria Plain, stroll the grounds of Cemetery of St. Sebastian (Friedhof St. Sebastian), then browse the exhibits of Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus), then contemplate the long history of Mozarts Geburtshaus, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Mirabell Palace.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Salzburg online itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Cesky Krumlov to Salzburg takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. May in Salzburg sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Vienna.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

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Vienna, Austria

— 3 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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate St. Stephen's Cathedral and Kaisergruft. Step off the beaten path and head to Kaiserliche Schatzkammer Wien and Ringstrasse. There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Belvedere Palace, examine the collection at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, steep yourself in history at Mozarthaus Vienna, and admire the landmark architecture of Church of the Jesuits.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Vienna trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Salzburg to Vienna takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In May, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel to Veszprem.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums
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Veszprem, Hungary

— 4 nights
Veszprém is one of the oldest urban areas in Hungary, and a city with county rights. Discover out-of-the-way places like Sumeg Castle and Castle of Csokako. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Esterhazy Castle and Borostyan Fountain. Change things up with these side-trips from Veszprem: Kekfesto Muzeum - Bluedye Museum (in Papa), Kemenes Vulkanpark (in Celldomolk) and Mor (Csabi Miklos' Cellar & Geszler Family Winery). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Saint George Chapel, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Michael's Cathedral, and take an in-depth tour of Laczko Dezso Museum.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Veszprem online route planner.

You can drive from Vienna to Veszprem in 2.5 hours. May in Veszprem sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 14°C at night. You will leave for Budapest on the 25th (Wed).

Things to do in Veszprem

Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries

Side Trips

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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 25th (Wed), get engrossed in the history at Hospital in the Rock Nuclear Bunker Museum, steep yourself in history at Fisherman's Bastion, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Matthias Church, and finally snap pictures at Szechenyi Lanchid. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), then ponder the world of politics at Hungarian Parliament Building, then steep yourself in history at Liberty Statue, and finally learn about winemaking at Faust Wine Cellar.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Budapest trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Veszprem to Budapest takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Budapest can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites · Wineries · Museums
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Czech Republic travel guide

4.3
Bridges · Historic Walking Areas · Castles
From historical towns and cities, to a countryside speckled with castles and chateaus, the Czech Republic is a holiday destination that can satisfy everybody's taste. Even though it's modern and fully-developed, the country carefully preserves its traditions and heritage. The city of Prague, with its breathtaking architecture, vibrant art and culture scene, and bustling nightlife, is not only one of the country's main attractions, but also a top European tourist hub. The scenic countryside features numerous national parks and nature reserves perfect for hiking, cycling, golfing, and enjoying the natural beauty. In the wintertime ski buffs have their pick from a selection of resorts. If you're looking to unwind and rejuvenate in picturesque settings, visit the famous spa and wellness resorts that have been renowned in Europe for centuries.

Austria travel guide

4.5
Castles · Art Museums · Churches
Situated in the Central European Alps, Austria combines an alluring bundle of elegant urban architecture, cultural centers, and dramatic landscapes. This German-speaking country of 8.5 million residents is known for its rich history, dating back to the Hapsburg Empire, as well as its art, music, and scenery. Along with the neighboring country of Switzerland, Austria serves as the winter sports capital of Europe and is home to some of the continent's most popular ski resorts. This landlocked nation draws visitors from across the globe to its mountains, historical villages, and culturally rich cities. Experience trekking in the Alps one day and drinking regional wine at a crowded pub after a day of sightseeing in the capital Vienna the next.

Hungary travel guide

4.1
Thermal Spas · Historic Sites · Government Buildings
Breadbasket of Europe
Because tourism throughout the whole country is not as popular as in other European countries, much of the natural beauty of Hungary has not been developed or exploited. Visitors today are drawn to the unspoiled picturesque landscape, the capital metropolis surrounded by charming small towns and villages, and the plethora of thermal baths. The country's number of well-preserved archaeological ruins, castles, cathedrals, and medieval towns provide opportunities to those wanting a taste of European history. With the opportunity to explore both time-worn architecture and notable natural surroundings in every region, Hungary provides sightseeing opportunities with the amenities of traditional tourist destinations.