40 days in Central Europe Itinerary

40 days in Central Europe Itinerary

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40 days in Central Europe Itinerary

Start: Toronto, Canada
Fly:  10 h 30 min
1
Zurich, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
2
Munich, Germany
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Salzburg, Austria
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Bled, Slovenia
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h
5
Vienna, Austria
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
6
Budapest, Hungary
— 4 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
7
Warsaw, Poland
— 4 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
8
Krakow, Poland
— 4 nights
Fly:  4 h
9
Prague, Czech Republic
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
10
Berlin, Germany
— 4 nights
Fly:  10 h 45 min
End: Toronto, Canada

3
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Change things up with these side-trips from Zurich: Parasailing & Paragliding (in Interlaken), Lucerne (Mt Pilatus & Lake Lucerne) and Aare River (in Bern). Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Lake Zurich, make a splash at Swimming Pools Unter Letten, wander the streets of Old Town, and examine the collection at Uhrenmuseum Beyer Zürich.

To find where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Zurich online travel planner .

Toronto, Canada to Zurich is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Toronto to Zurich. In June in Zurich, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Munich.

Things to do in Zurich

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lucerne, Parasailing & Paragliding, Aare River
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich

4
nights
Munich, Germany

Munich ©
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Schloss Hohenschwangau (in Hohenschwangau) and Schloss Neuschwanstein (in Schwangau). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Nymphenburg Palace, admire the masterpieces at Alte Pinakothek, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter's Church, and get curious at Deutsches Museum.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Munich online day trip planner .

You can drive from Zurich to Munich in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of flight and train. In June in Munich, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Salzburg.

Things to do in Munich

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Schloss Hohenschwangau, Schloss Neuschwanstein
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Nymphenburg Palace ©
Nymphenburg Palace
English Garden ©
English Garden
Marienplatz ©
Marienplatz

3
nights
Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Step out of Salzburg with an excursion to Hexenwasser in Soll--about 1h 25 min away. The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Fortress Hohensalzburg, contemplate the long history of Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus), browse the exhibits of Mozarts Geburtshaus, and admire the landmark architecture of Salzburg Cathedral.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Salzburg travel planner.

You can drive from Munich to Salzburg in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in June, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to drive to Bled.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Hexenwasser
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Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle ©
Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle
Mirabell Palace ©
Mirabell Palace
Schloss Hellbrunn ©
Schloss Hellbrunn

3
nights
Bled, Slovenia

The most popular resort in Slovenia, Bled is marked by its iconic church steeple and medieval castle on glacial Lake Bled.
Take a break from Bled with a short trip to Lake Bohinj in Bohinjsko Jezero, about 34 minutes away. There's lots more to do: fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, get great views at Mala Osojnica, and stroll through Straza Bled.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Bled trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Salzburg to Bled in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. July in Bled sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to drive to Vienna.

Things to do in Bled

Outdoors Adventure Tours

Side Trips

Lake Bohinj, Vintgar Gorge
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Bled Castle ©
Bled Castle
Lake Bohinj ©
Lake Bohinj

5
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.
Vienna is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the historical opulence of Schonbrunn Palace, hunt for treasures at Vienna Naschmarkt, find something for the whole family at Prater, and browse the exhibits of Haus der Musik Wien.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Vienna trip itinerary planning tool .

You can drive from Bled to Vienna in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or fly. In July, daytime highs in Vienna are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Budapest.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums Parks Historic Sites
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Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral
Belvedere Palace ©
Belvedere Palace

4
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.
Budapest is known for historic sites, spas, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: ponder the world of politics at Hungarian Parliament Building, take in the views from Szechenyi Chain Bridge, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), and test the waters at a local thermal spa.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Budapest trip planning website .

Traveling by train from Vienna to Budapest takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July in Budapest, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to Warsaw.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Nature Theme Parks
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Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Hungarian Parliament Building ©
Hungarian Parliament Building
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church

4
nights
Warsaw, Poland

Warsaw ©
Warsaw draws big crowds with its seemingly unstoppable energy, exemplified by the city's explosive nightlife and thriving music scene.
Warsaw is known for historic sites, museums, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get to know the fascinating history of Old Town, get your game on at Room Escape Warszawa, learn about all things military at Museum of King Jan III's Palace at Wilanow, and step into the grandiose world of Zamek Krolewski w Warszawie - Muzeum.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Warsaw online trip builder .

Getting from Budapest to Warsaw by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Budapest in July, you will find days in Warsaw are a bit cooler (29°C), and nights are about the same (17°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Krakow.

Things to do in Warsaw

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games
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Old Town ©
Old Town
Lazienki Krolewskie w Warszawie ©
Lazienki Krolewskie w Warszawie

4
nights
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau in Oswiecim (about 1 hour away). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Wawel Cathedral, appreciate the extensive heritage of Wawel Royal Castle, don't miss a visit to Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square, and examine the collection at Wieliczka Salt Mine.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Krakow trip website .

You can take a train from Warsaw to Krakow in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in July, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel to Prague.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Wieliczka Salt Mine, Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau
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Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau ©
Wawel Cathedral ©
Wawel Cathedral

4
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.
Prague is known for historic sites, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: appreciate the extensive heritage of Staromestske namesti, sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting, visit Lesser Town, and explore the historical opulence of Prague Castle.

For ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Prague online trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Krakow to Prague by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in July, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Berlin.

Things to do in Prague

Tours Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums
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Staromestske namesti ©
Staromestske namesti
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
Charles Bridge
Charles Bridge

4
nights
Berlin, Germany

The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Berlin is known for museums, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Reichstag Building, contemplate the long history of East Side Gallery, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and see the interesting displays at Topography of Terror.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Berlin trip itinerary planner .

Drive from Prague to Berlin in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Berlin

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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Walking tours
Brandenburg Gate ©
Brandenburg Gate
Reichstag Building ©
Reichstag Building

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