16 days in Central Europe Itinerary

16 days in Central Europe Itinerary

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16 days in Central Europe Itinerary

Start: Cairo, Egypt
Fly + train:  7​h 30​min
1
Lucerne, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
2
Salzburg, Austria
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Prague, Czech Republic
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Krakow, Poland
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
5
Gdansk, Poland
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 30​min
6
Vienna, Austria
— 3 nights
7
Budapest, Hungary
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Cairo, Egypt

1
night
Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): take in the awesome beauty at Mt Pilatus, wander the streets of Altstadt Luzern, then appreciate the history behind Lion Monument, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Lucerne.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Lucerne online holiday planner .

Cairo, Egypt to Lucerne is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of flight, shuttle, and train; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Cairo to Lucerne due to the time zone difference. In September, Lucerne is cooler than Cairo - with highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can go by car to Salzburg.

Things to do in Lucerne

Nature Parks Neighborhoods
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Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Altstadt Luzern ©
Altstadt Luzern
Lake Lucerne ©
Lake Lucerne

2
nights
Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Mozarts Geburtshaus, then step into the grandiose world of Schloss Hellbrunn, then explore the galleries of Fortress Hohensalzburg, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Salzburg Cathedral. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Salzburger Altstadt, take in the exciting artwork at Residenzgalerie Salzburg, steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Abbey (Stift St. Peter), then look for gifts at Alte furst-erzbischofliche Hofapotheke, then contemplate the long history of Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus), and finally admire the natural beauty at Mirabell Palace.

To see photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Salzburg trip itinerary builder tool .

Drive from Lucerne to Salzburg in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. In September, daily temperatures in Salzburg can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to drive to Prague.

Things to do in Salzburg

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Schloss Hellbrunn ©
Schloss Hellbrunn
Fortress Hohensalzburg ©
Fortress Hohensalzburg
St. Peter's Abbey (Stift St. Peter) ©

3
nights
Prague, Czech Republic

Prague ©
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.
Visit St Barbara's Church and Prague Astronomical Clock for their historical value. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Ossuary / The Cemetery Church and StaromEstske namEsti. There's much more to do: wander the streets of Hradcany, explore the different monuments and memorials at Stary zidovsky Hrbitov, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Kostel sv. Mikuláše, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Katedrala Svateho Vita.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Prague sightseeing planner .

Getting from Salzburg to Prague by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in September, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can travel to Krakow.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Kutna Hora
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Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
StaromEstske namEsti ©
StaromEstske namEsti
Katedrala Svateho Vita ©
Katedrala Svateho Vita

2
nights
Krakow, Poland

Krakow ©
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 the long history of Wawel Cathedral, then contemplate the long history of Sukiennice (Cloth Hall), and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square. On the 5th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a stroll through Kazmierz The Former Jewish District, admire the striking features of St. Mary's Basilica, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Wawel Royal Castle, and finally don't miss a visit to Ulica Florianska.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Krakow day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Prague to Krakow takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In October in Krakow, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 5°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to travel to Gdansk.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Wieliczka Salt Mine
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Wawel Cathedral ©
Wawel Cathedral
Wieliczka Salt Mine ©
Wieliczka Salt Mine
Wawel Royal Castle ©
Wawel Royal Castle

1
night
Gdansk, Poland

Gdansk ©
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 spiritual surroundings of St. Mary's Church, then wander the streets of Old Town, and finally take a stroll through Mariacka Street (ulica Mariacka).

To see where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Gdansk road trip planning site .

Fly from Krakow to Gdansk in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In October in Gdansk, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 6°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Gdansk

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Sopot Beach
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Sopot Beach ©
Sopot Beach
Old Town ©
Old Town
Mariacka Street (ulica Mariacka) ©

3
nights
Vienna, Austria

Vienna ©
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 Belvedere Palace and Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien. Visit St. Stephen's Cathedral and Schonbrunn Palace for their historical value. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Imperial Palace (Hofburg), stop by Xocolat, explore the world behind art at Albertina, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Vienna Naschmarkt.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Vienna online tour itinerary planner .

Getting from Gdansk to Vienna by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in October, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Budapest.

Things to do in Vienna

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Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral
Belvedere Palace ©
Belvedere Palace

3
nights
Budapest, Hungary

Budapest ©
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 your shopping at Andrassy Avenue and Vaci Street. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Liberty Statue and Dohány Street Synagogue. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Halaszbastya, appreciate the history behind Hősök tere, get to know the fascinating history of Janoshegy, and examine the collection at House of Terror Museum.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Budapest planner .

Getting from Vienna to Budapest by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. October in Budapest sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 7°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Budapest

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Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church

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