16 days in Central Europe Itinerary

16 days in Central Europe Itinerary

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Start: Cairo, Egypt
Fly:  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
Drive:  2 h 30 min
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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Pilatus, thenwander the streets of Altstadt Luzern, thenpause for some photo ops at Lion Monument, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Lucerne.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Lucerne journey maker tool.

Cairo, Egypt to Lucerne is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Cairo to Lucerne is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Cairo in September, expect Lucerne to be much colder, temps between 22°C and 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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Mozarts Geburtshaus, thenexplore the historical opulence of Schloss Hellbrunn, thentake an in-depth tour of Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle, and finally admire the striking features of 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), thenlook for gifts at Alte furst-erzbischofliche Hofapotheke, thenbrowse 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 bus. 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

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Schloss Hellbrunn ©
Schloss Hellbrunn
Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle ©
Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle
Salzburg Cathedral ©
Salzburg Cathedral

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Hradcany and Kostel sv. Mikuláše. Get some historical perspective at Staromestske namesti and St. Vitus Cathedral. Change things up with a short trip to St Barbara's Church in Kutna Hora (about 1h 20 min away). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Lobkowicz Palace, explore the different monuments and memorials at Stary zidovsky Hrbitov, take in the spiritual surroundings of Spanish Synagogue, and wander the streets of Lesser Town.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Prague road trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Salzburg to Prague takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can 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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Krakow.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

St Barbara's Church
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Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
Staromestske namesti ©
Staromestske namesti
St. Vitus Cathedral ©
St. Vitus Cathedral

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 in the serene atmosphere at Wawel Cathedral, thenhunt 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, thenstep 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 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
Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square ©
Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square

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, thentake in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary's Church, thentake 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 3.5 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 travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Gdansk

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

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

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Schonbrunn Palace and The Hofburg. Visit St. Stephen's Cathedral and Belvedere Palace for their historical value. There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Albertina, don't miss a visit to Stephansplatz, wander the streets of Mariahilfer Strasse, and examine the collection at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Vienna trip itinerary maker app.

Fly from Gdansk to Vienna in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In October in Vienna, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to drive 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Liberty Statue and Roman Beach. Get some cultural insight at Fisherman's Bastion and Heroes' Square. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Matthias Church, take a stroll through Vaci Street, admire the landmark architecture of Hungarian Parliament Building, 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 travel back home.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods
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Fisherman's Bastion ©
Fisherman's Bastion
Liberty Statue ©
Liberty Statue
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church

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