9 days in Austria, Croatia & Hungary Itinerary

9 days in Austria, Croatia & Hungary Itinerary

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Hallstatt, Austria
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Zagreb, Croatia
— 1 night
Fly
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Split, Croatia
— 1 night
Fly
4
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 1 night
Fly
5
Budapest, Hungary
— 1 night
Drive
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Vienna, Austria
— 1 night

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Hallstatt, Austria — 2 nights

Pearl of Austria

Historically known for the production of salt, Halstatt's fine architecture reflects the small village's salt mining legacy.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): admire the local landmark of Franz Carl Brunnen, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Dachstein West, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Hallstatt Skywalk "Welterbeblick". Here are some ideas for day two: step into the grandiose world of Seeschloss Ort, explore the activities along Traunsee, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Pfarrkirche Traunkirchen.

To see more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Hallstatt online trip planner.

Vienna to Hallstatt is an approximately 3.5-hour car ride. You can also take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to drive to Zagreb.
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Zagreb, Croatia — 1 night

Little Vienna

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 6th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of the Assumption, then admire the local landmark of Holy Mary Monument, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Mark's Church, and finally make a trip to Tunel Gric.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Zagreb day trip planning website.

You can drive from Hallstatt to Zagreb in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Split.
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Split, Croatia — 1 night

Sportiest City in the World

Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): push the limits with an extreme tour, admire the striking features of Cathedral of Saint Domnius, then get a new perspective on nature at Diocletians Dream, and finally look for gifts at Break Time.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Split online trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Zagreb to Split in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Zagreb in December, things will get somewhat warmer in Split: highs are around 16°C and lows about 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Dubrovnik.
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Dubrovnik, Croatia — 1 night

Pearl of the Adriatic

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, get engrossed in the history at Red History Museum, then stop by FARAC Filigree & Fine Jewelry, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Holy Annunciation.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Dubrovnik online itinerary planner.

Getting from Split to Dubrovnik by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Dubrovnik can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to fly to Budapest.
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Budapest, Hungary — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), appreciate the history behind Statue of St Stephen, then steep yourself in history at Matthias Church, and finally steep yourself in history at Fisherman's Bastion.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Budapest tour website.

Traveling by flight from Dubrovnik to Budapest takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Dubrovnik in December: high temperatures in Budapest hover around 5°C and lows are around -1°C. You'll have a few hours on the 10th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Vienna.
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Vienna, Austria — 1 night

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Karlskirche, Danube Tower and Osterreichisches Parlament.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Vienna trip planner.

You can drive from Budapest to Vienna in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In December in Vienna, expect temperatures between 5°C during the day and 0°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can travel back home.
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Austria travel guide

4.5
Castles · Art Museums · Architectural Buildings
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.
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Croatia travel guide

4.5
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.
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Hungary travel guide

4.1
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. 
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