43 days in Central Europe Itinerary

43 days in Central Europe Itinerary

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Gdansk, Poland
— 1 night
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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
— 1 night
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Prague, Czech Republic
— 4 nights
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Berlin, Germany
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Gdansk, Poland

— 1 night

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 · Beaches

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Find places to stay Jul 30 — 31:

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau and Lost Souls Alley. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Wawel Cathedral and Rynek (Old Square) Underground. 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 · Spas

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 31 — Aug 4:

Budapest, Hungary

— 4 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Fisherman's Bastion and Liberty Statue. Step off the beaten path and head to Hospital in the Rock Nuclear Bunker Museum and Margaret Island. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Matthias Church, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, and snap pictures at Szechenyi Lanchid.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Budapest sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Krakow to Budapest in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In August in Budapest, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Vienna.

Things to do in Budapest

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

Vienna, Austria

— 5 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 Kaiserliche Schatzkammer Wien. 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). There's much more to do: indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, don't miss a visit to Stephansplatz, ponder the world of politics at Rathaus, and explore the world behind art at Belvedere Palace.

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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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can drive to Bled.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums · Historic Sites · Wineries · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 8 — 13:

Bled, Slovenia

— 5 nights
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 Zipline. Take a break from the city and head to Lake Bohinj and Kayaking & Canoeing. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bled: Soča Valley (in Bovec), Savica Waterfall (in Bohinjsko Jezero) and Vršič Pass (in Kranjska Gora). Spend the 17th (Wed) exploring nature at Triglav National Park. There's still lots to do: step off the mainland to explore Bled Island, explore the historical opulence of Bled Castle, and take some stellar pictures from Mala Osojnica.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Bled trip itinerary 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. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in August, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Zermatt.

Things to do in Bled

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 13 — 18:

Zermatt, Switzerland

— 3 nights
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Step out of the city life by going to The Matterhorn and Parasailing & Paragliding. Discover out-of-the-way places like Gornergrat and Sunnegga. There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape at Aletsch Glacier, examine the collection at Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis, take in the awesome beauty at Breithorn, and trek along 5-Seenweg.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Zermatt trip itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Bled to Zermatt in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and train; or do a combination of train, shuttle, and flight. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can go by car to Lucerne.

Things to do in Zermatt

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 18 — 21:

Lucerne, Switzerland

— 4 nights
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 Parasailing & Paragliding. Get out of town with these interesting Lucerne side-trips: Zurich (Lake Zurich & Old Town). 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:

Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany

— 4 nights
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 Pilgrimage Church of Wies. Explore Garmisch-Partenkirchen's surroundings by going to Schloss Hohenschwangau (in Hohenschwangau) and Schloss Neuschwanstein (in Schwangau). There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Eibsee, identify plant and animal life at Partnachklamm, hike along Hollentalklamm, and don't miss a visit to Ettal Abbey.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Garmisch-Partenkirchen trip planner.

Getting from Lucerne to Garmisch-Partenkirchen by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to drive to Salzburg.

Things to do in Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 25 — 29:

Salzburg, Austria

— 3 nights

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 Erlebnisburg Hohenwerfen. Explore hidden gems such as Untersberg and Eisriesenwelt. Go for a jaunt from Salzburg to Golling an der Salzach to see Gollinger Wasserfall about 34 minutes away. There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Schloss Hellbrunn, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter's Abbey (Stift St. Peter), steep yourself in history at Salzburger Altstadt, and examine the collection at Red Bull Hangar-7.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Salzburg trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Garmisch-Partenkirchen to Salzburg takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In August in Salzburg, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time 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:

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.
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 · Breweries & Distilleries · Tours
Find places to stay Sep 1 — 2:

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Lesser Town and Spas. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Staromestske namesti and Hradcany. There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Vitus Cathedral, take some stellar pictures from Prague Astronomical Clock, snap pictures at Charles Bridge, and indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Prague day trip planning site.

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, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Berlin.

Things to do in Prague

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

Berlin, Germany

— 4 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Frauenkirche Dresden and Pergamonmuseum. 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: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, don't miss a visit to Brandenburg Gate, contemplate the long history of East Side Gallery, and appreciate the history behind Victory Column (Siegessaule).

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: