31 days in Central Europe Itinerary

31 days in Central Europe Itinerary

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Berlin, Germany
— 3 nights
Drive
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Dresden, Germany
— 2 nights
Drive
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Prague, Czech Republic
— 4 nights
Drive
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Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic
— 1 night
Drive
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Munich, Germany
— 3 nights
Drive
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Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
— 1 night
Drive
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Salzburg, Austria
— 3 nights
Drive
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Bled, Slovenia
— 2 nights
Shuttle to Klagenfurt, Fly to Vienna
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Vienna, Austria
— 4 nights
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Budapest, Hungary
— 3 nights
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Krakow, Poland
— 4 nights
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Berlin, Germany

— 3 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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate East Side Gallery and Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church. Discover out-of-the-way places like Großer Tiergarten and Potsdamer Platz. And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Pergamonmuseum, contemplate the long history of Mauermuseum - Museum Haus am Checkpoint Charlie, pause for some photo ops at Brandenburg Gate, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Berliner Dom.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Berlin trip itinerary builder website.

New York City, USA to Berlin is an approximately 11-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 6 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can drive to Dresden.

Things to do in Berlin

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Parks
Find places to stay Oct 1 — 4:

Dresden, Germany

— 2 nights

Florence of the North

Dresden boasts a long history as a royal residence of many Saxon kings.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Tue): admire the masterpieces at The Dresden Zwinger, then make a trip to Frauenkirche Dresden, and then admire the masterpieces at Gemaldegalerie Alte Meister. On the 6th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Procession of Princes, then see the interesting displays at Neues Grünes Gewölbe, then admire the striking features of Bruehlsche Terrasse, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Kunsthofpassage.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Dresden online travel route planner.

You can drive from Berlin to Dresden in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. October in Dresden sees daily highs of 57°F and lows of 45°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to drive to Prague.

Things to do in Dresden

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 4 — 6:

Prague, Czech Republic

— 4 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Staromestske namesti and St Barbara's Church. Get some historical perspective at Památník Terezín - Malá pevnost and Prague Astronomical Clock. Get out of town with these interesting Prague side-trips: Kutna Hora (Sedlec Ossuary & Bohemian Museum of Silver). And it doesn't end there: admire the striking features of St. Vitus Cathedral, examine the collection at Lobkowicz Palace, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Spanish Synagogue, and take a stroll through Lesser Town.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Prague planner.

You can drive from Dresden to Prague in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In October, daytime highs in Prague are 56°F, while nighttime lows are 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Cesky Krumlov.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 6 — 10:

Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic

— 1 night
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 11th (Mon), steep yourself in history at Minorite Monastery, see the interesting displays at Moldavite Museum - Muzeum vltavinu, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Historie mesta Ceský Krumlov, then learn the secrets of beer at Wiseman Free Tour, and finally step into the grandiose world of Cesky Krumlov Castle.

To find photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Cesky Krumlov trip website.

Traveling by car from Prague to Cesky Krumlov takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In October, daytime highs in Cesky Krumlov are 57°F, while nighttime lows are 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can drive to Munich.

Things to do in Cesky Krumlov

Historic Sites · Tours · Breweries & Distilleries · Museums
Find places to stay Oct 10 — 11:

Munich, Germany

— 3 nights

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site and St. Peter's Church. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Herrenchiemsee New Palace and New Town Hall (Neus Rathaus). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Nymphenburg Palace, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael's Church, explore the activities along English Garden, and admire the striking features of Asamkirche.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Munich trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Cesky Krumlov to Munich takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. October in Munich sees daily highs of 57°F and lows of 41°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

Things to do in Munich

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 11 — 14:

Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany

— 1 night
Nestled within the Bavarian Alps, Garmisch-Partenkirchen offers a classic mountain feel along with world-class winter sports.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): take in the awesome beauty at Zugspitze, take some stellar pictures from Zugspitzplatt, and then explore the historical opulence of Schloss Linderhof.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Garmisch-Partenkirchen road trip planning app.

You can drive from Munich to Garmisch-Partenkirchen in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 61°F in October, and nighttime lows around 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can go by car to Salzburg.

Things to do in Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 14 — 15:

Salzburg, Austria

— 3 nights

Rome of the North

Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Petersfriedhof and Salzburg Cathedral. Get a sense of the local culture at Schloss Hellbrunn and St. Peter's Abbey (Stift St. Peter). There's lots more to do: get great views at Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle, steep yourself in history at Mozarts Geburtshaus, take in the awesome beauty at Untersberg, and pause for some serene contemplation at Franziskanerkirche.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Salzburg trip builder tool.

Getting from Garmisch-Partenkirchen to Salzburg by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In October, daily temperatures in Salzburg can reach 59°F, while at night they dip to 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Bled.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Oct 15 — 18:

Bled, Slovenia

— 2 nights
The most popular resort in Slovenia, Bled is marked by its iconic church steeple and medieval castle on glacial Lake Bled.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): get great views at Mala Osojnica, step off the mainland to explore Bled Island, then step into the grandiose world of Bled Castle, and finally stroll through Vintgar Gorge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Wed): explore the striking landscape of Triglav National Park.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Bled trip planning app.

You can drive from Salzburg to Bled in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 60°F in October, and nighttime lows around 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Bled

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 18 — 20:

Vienna, Austria

— 4 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Schonbrunn Palace and Peterskirche. Melk Abbey and Church of the Jesuits will appeal to history buffs. There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at St. Stephen's Cathedral, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Augustinerkirche, explore the world behind art at Albertina, and see the interesting displays at Judenplatz Holocaust Memorial.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Vienna day trip app.

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Bled to Vienna in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Vienna can reach 58°F, while at night they dip to 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Budapest.

Things to do in Vienna

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 20 — 24:

Budapest, Hungary

— 3 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Liberty Statue and Vajdahunyad Castle (Vajdahunyadvar). Get some cultural insight at Fisherman's Bastion and St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Matthias Church, pause for some photo ops at Heroes' Square, steep yourself in history at Hungarian National Museum, and take in the views from Szechenyi Lanchid.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Budapest day trip website.

Traveling by car from Vienna to Budapest takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In October, daytime highs in Budapest are 61°F, while nighttime lows are 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Krakow.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites · Museums · Spas
Find places to stay Oct 24 — 27:

Krakow, Poland

— 4 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Planty Park and Rynek (Old Square) Underground. Get some cultural insight at Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau and Wieliczka Salt Mine. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Wawel Cathedral, admire the striking features of St. Mary's Basilica, take a stroll through Kazmierz The Former Jewish District, and get to know the fascinating history of Wawel Royal Castle.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Krakow day trip website.

Fly from Budapest to Krakow in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Budapest in October: highs in Krakow hover around 56°F, while lows dip to 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 27 — 31: