16 days in Central Europe Itinerary

16 days in Central Europe Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Central Europe travel route planner

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Lucerne, Switzerland
— 1 night
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Salzburg, Austria
— 2 nights
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Prague, Czech Republic
— 3 nights
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Krakow, Poland
— 2 nights
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Gdansk, Poland
— 1 night
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Vienna, Austria
— 3 nights
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Budapest, Hungary
— 3 nights
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Lucerne, Switzerland

— 1 night
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): take a stroll through Altstadt Luzern, then appreciate the history behind Lion Monument, and then explore the activities along Lake Lucerne.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Lucerne online tour itinerary maker.

Cairo, Egypt to Lucerne is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of car and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Cairo to Lucerne. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Cairo in September; daily highs in Lucerne reach 22°C and lows reach 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Salzburg.

Things to do in Lucerne

Nature · Parks · Shopping · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Sep 27 — 28:

Salzburg, Austria

— 2 nights

Rome of the North

Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Mozarts Geburtshaus, then explore the historical opulence of Schloss Hellbrunn, then take an in-depth tour of Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Salzburg Cathedral. On your second day here, steep yourself in history at Salzburger Altstadt, explore the galleries of Residenzgalerie Salzburg, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter's Abbey (Stift St. Peter), then look for gifts at Alte furst-erzbischofliche Hofapotheke, then browse the exhibits of Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus), and finally admire the natural beauty at Mirabell Palace.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Salzburg road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Lucerne to Salzburg takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. September in Salzburg sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can drive to Prague.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks
Find places to stay Sep 28 — 30:

Prague, Czech Republic

— 3 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Hradcany and Lobkowicz Palace. Get some historical perspective at Staromestske namesti and Prague Astronomical Clock. Change things up with a short trip to St Barbara's Church in Kutna Hora (about 1h 10 min away). There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Prague Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Spanish Synagogue, explore the different monuments and memorials at Stary zidovsky Hrbitov, and take a stroll through Lesser Town.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Prague road trip planner.

You can drive from Salzburg to Prague in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and bus. In September, daily temperatures in Prague can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to fly to Krakow.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 30 — Oct 3:

Krakow, Poland

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Wieliczka Salt Mine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wawel Cathedral, then hunt for treasures at Sukiennice (Cloth Hall), and finally get to know the fascinating history of Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a stroll through Kazmierz The Former Jewish District, admire the landmark architecture of St. Mary's Basilica, then step into the grandiose world of Wawel Royal Castle, and finally make a trip to Ulica Florianska.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Krakow tour planner.

Traveling by flight from Prague to Krakow takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In October, daytime highs in Krakow are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Gdansk.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 3 — 5:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): kick back and relax at Sopot Beach, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary's Church, then take a stroll through Old Town, and finally wander the streets of Mariacka Street (ulica Mariacka).

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Gdansk trip itinerary maker website.

You can fly from Krakow to Gdansk in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In October in Gdansk, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 6°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can fly to Vienna.

Things to do in Gdansk

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 5 — 6:

Vienna, Austria

— 3 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Schonbrunn Palace and Belvedere Palace. Do your shopping at Graben and Kohlmarkt and Vienna Naschmarkt. There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Stephen's Cathedral, explore the world behind art at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, wander the streets of Mariahilfer Strasse, and don't miss a visit to Stephansplatz.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Vienna road trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Gdansk to Vienna takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. October in Vienna sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 8°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can go by car to Budapest.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Oct 6 — 9:

Budapest, Hungary

— 3 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Liberty Statue and Roman Beach. Get some cultural insight at Fisherman's Bastion and St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika). There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Matthias Church, take a stroll through Andrassy Avenue, make a trip to Heroes' Square, and get to know the fascinating history of Janoshegy.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Budapest tour itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Vienna to Budapest takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. October in Budapest sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Museums
Find places to stay Oct 9 — 12: