18 days in Germany, Austria & Croatia Itinerary

18 days in Germany, Austria & Croatia Itinerary

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Munich, Germany
— 4 nights
Salzburg, Austria
— 2 nights
Vienna, Austria
— 5 nights
Zagreb, Croatia
— 2 nights
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 4 nights


Munich, Germany — 4 nights

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.
Get some cultural insight at Schloss Hohenschwangau and Nymphenburg Palace. Step off the beaten path and head to Schloss Linderhof and Viktualienmarkt. Go for a jaunt from Munich to Garmisch-Partenkirchen to see Zugspitze about 1h 40 min away. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter's Church and see the interesting displays at Munich Residenz.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Munich road trip website.

London, UK to Munich is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 72°F in June, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Salzburg.
Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Nature
Side Trips
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Salzburg, Austria — 2 nights

Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Getreidegasse and Bottle Shop. You'll explore and learn at Fortress Hohensalzburg and Mozarts Geburtshaus. Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Schloss Hellbrunn, take in nature's colorful creations at Salzburger Barockmuseum, examine the collection at Salzburg Museum, and admire the striking features of Mirabell Palace.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Salzburg itinerary planner.

You can drive from Munich to Salzburg in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in June, and nighttime lows around 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Vienna.
Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks
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Vienna, Austria — 5 nights

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.
Let the collections at Belvedere Palace and Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien capture your imagination. Get some cultural insight at Schonbrunn Palace and MuseumsQuartier Wien. There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at St. Stephen's Cathedral, look for gifts at Das Goldene Wiener Herz, hunt for treasures at Vienna Naschmarkt, and see the interesting displays at Hofburg.

To see where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Vienna trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Salzburg to Vienna takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In June in Vienna, expect temperatures between 77°F during the day and 56°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Zagreb.
Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods
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Zagreb, Croatia — 2 nights

Zagreb boasts a combination of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture, but it is beloved for its outdoor cafe culture.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Wed): take a stroll through Upper Town (Gornji Grad) and then kick back and relax at Recreational Sports Center Jarun. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: join in the after-dark buzz at Vinoteka Bornstein, stop by Morlacch, stop by Crop - Authentic Croatian Gifts, then see the interesting displays at Museum of Broken Relationships, then stop by Handmade in Zagreb, and finally stop by Notes of Zagreb.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Zagreb tour itinerary tool.

You can drive from Vienna to Zagreb in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 78°F, and evening lows to 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can fly to Dubrovnik.
Shopping · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites
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Dubrovnik, Croatia — 4 nights

Along the Dalmation Coast, the city of Dubrovnik has become famous for its pedestrian-only Old Town surrounded by fortress walls, and its historical heft has earned it World Heritage Site status.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Walls of Dubrovnik and Lapad. Step off the beaten path and head to Cavtat Old Town and Upper Corner Tower Foundry Museum. Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Old Town, stop by Kokula Art and Craft Shop, get to know the fascinating history of Stradun, and hit the best photo ops around with War Photo Limited.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Dubrovnik trip itinerary planning app.

Getting from Zagreb to Dubrovnik by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Zagreb in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Dubrovnik, with lows of 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can fly back home.
Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Tours · Shopping
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Germany travel guide

Specialty Museums · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Germany is the home of high culture, fine art, classical music, world-class sports, award-winning cuisine--and some of the world's best beers. It's also one of the major economic and political powers of the European continent. One of the founding members of the European Union, Germany is a federation of 16 states. Each boasts its own distinct culture, art, cuisine, regional traditions, and array of things to do. The country is known worldwide for its precision engineering and high-tech products. Equally, though, Germany is admired for its old-world charm and what is locally known as gemutlichkeit (coziness). This is one of the easiest countries in the world to explore, offering an abundance of sightseeing opportunities. German transportation runs with German efficiency. Therefore, getting around the various regions is almost always easy, quick, and pleasant. Visit the cities to explore museums, art galleries, modern restaurants, and trendy shops. Also be sure to venture deeper into the countryside. Here, you can discover ancient castles and bustling little villages. Often in these off-the-beaten-path areas, the main tourist attraction remains the simple hospitality of the friendly locals.

Austria travel guide

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.

Croatia travel guide

Historic Walking Areas · Landmarks · National Parks
Once situated on the edge of empires between the Balkans and Central Europe, Croatia represents a land of great natural diversity and rich cultural heritage. Croatian cultural tourism relies on the charming juxtaposition of contrasts. Venetian palaces sit next to Napoleonic forts, Viennese mansions face Socialist Realist sculpture, and early Slavic churches built on the sites of ancient Roman settlements offer countless sightseeing opportunities. Croatia's museums present the main stages of the history of Europe. The country's sapphire seawater and long coastline speckled with islands draws visitors, as do numerous nature reserves, marinas, ancient fortified towns, and sandy and rocky beaches. In recent years, Croatia's shoreline has become a famed center for nautical tourism and naturism, and is a promising diving destination. Hikers explore outdoor landscapes of canyons, underground grottoes, dramatic waterfalls, stony peaks, and scenic lakes of the Dinaric Alps, which hug the coastline. Inland areas showcase mountain resorts, national parks, pine forests, vineyards, and spas.