21 days in Central Europe Itinerary

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Fly to Vienna, Bus to Bratislava
Bratislava, Slovakia
— 4 nights
Budapest, Hungary
— 4 nights
Krakow, Poland
— 4 nights
Warsaw, Poland
— 2 nights
Prague, Czech Republic
— 6 nights


Bratislava, Slovakia — 4 nights

Beauty on the Danube

Slovakia's capital, Bratislava, attracts visitors for its natural beauty and rich culture, offering a plethora of landscapes, outdoor activities, historical monuments, and a stately old town.
Bratislava is known for sightseeing, historic sites, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the galleries of Devin Castle, don't miss a visit to Frantiskanske namestie, take a stroll through Bratislava Old Town, and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Bratislava online tour planner.

Cape Town, South Africa to Bratislava is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Cape Town to Bratislava. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Cape Town in April: high temperatures in Bratislava hover around 19°C and lows are around 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Budapest.
Historic Sites · Museums · Fun & Games · Neighborhoods
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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.
Budapest is known for historic sites, sightseeing, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: ponder the world of politics at Hungarian Parliament Building, steep yourself in history at Fisherman's Bastion, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), and examine the collection at House of Terror Museum.

To see reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Budapest day trip planning app.

Getting from Bratislava to Budapest by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in April, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Krakow.
Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Shopping
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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.
Go for a jaunt from Krakow to Oswiecim to see Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau about 1h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wawel Cathedral, admire the striking features of St. Mary's Basilica, see the interesting displays at Krakow Pinball Museum, and contemplate the long history of Wieliczka Salt Mine.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Krakow online vacation maker.

Traveling by flight from Budapest to Krakow takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Budapest in April, you will find days in Krakow are a bit cooler (16°C), and nights are about the same (3°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Warsaw.
Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Neighborhoods
Side Trips
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Warsaw, Poland — 2 nights

Phoenix City

Warsaw draws big crowds with its seemingly unstoppable energy, exemplified by the city's explosive nightlife and thriving music scene.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): take in the local highlights with Walking tours, step into the grandiose world of Zamek Krolewski w Warszawie - Muzeum, steep yourself in history at Pomnik Bohaterów Getta, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town, and finally don't miss a visit to Castle Square (Plac Zamkowy). On your second day here, don't miss a visit to Palace of Culture and Science, brush up on your military savvy at Muzeum Powstania Warszawskiego, then see the sky in a new way at Copernicus Science Centre, and finally walk around Lazienki Krolewskie w Warszawie.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Warsaw trip planner.

Fly from Krakow to Warsaw in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In April in Warsaw, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Prague.
Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Parks
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Prague, Czech Republic — 6 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.
On the 19th (Wed), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Prague Castle, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Prague Zoo, get to know the fascinating history of Staromestske namesti, and take in the views from Charles Bridge.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Prague travel route planner.

Traveling by flight from Warsaw to Prague takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can fly back home.
Tours · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries · Museums
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Slovakia travel guide

Landmarks · Castles · Monuments
Heart of Europe
A land of magnificent castles, untouched nature, and rich cultural heritage, Slovakia is a jewel in the heart of Europe that's waiting to be discovered. Larger cities such as Bratislava and Kosice feature historic architecture and offer numerous sightseeing opportunities and exciting art scenes, while the traditional villages are the perfect place to get acquainted with local customs. Some of the country's most popular tourist destinations are its numerous spa resorts, famous for their therapeutic properties, and a selection of wooden churches, many of which are World Heritage Sites. Those looking for nature's attractions can enjoy everything from the thick forests and snowy peaks of the Tatra Mountains, to one of Europe's largest concentrations of subterranean caves. The country's cuisine reflects its multi-cultural history and is a definite must-try.

Hungary travel guide

Historic Sites · Government Buildings · Nightlife
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. 

Poland travel guide

Historic Walking Areas · Historic Sites · Landmarks
A massive country in eastern Europe, Poland offers much to those who venture beyond the continent's more traditional touristic destinations. Dating back to the first millennium, the republic has over a thousand years of heritage to explore, including an abundance of World War II history. Bordered by Germany to the west and Ukraine and Belarus to the east, Poland was the rope in a game of tug of war between German Nazis and the Soviet Allied forces. Major cities like Krakow, Warsaw, Gdansk, Wroclaw, Lodz, Poznan, and Lublin are offer an array of cultural attractions. The infamous concentration camp Auschwitz, near Krakow, is a difficult experience but a must for anyone visiting the area. Be sure to sample hearty comfort foods rich in meat, cabbage, and spices--the Polish secret to making it through harsh winters.

Czech Republic travel guide

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.