18 days in Central Europe Itinerary

18 days in Central Europe Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Central Europe holiday planner

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Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
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Krakow, Poland
— 2 nights
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Berlin, Germany
— 3 nights
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Prague, Czech Republic
— 3 nights
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Munich, Germany
— 2 nights
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Salzburg, Austria
— 2 nights
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Vienna, Austria
— 3 nights
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Budapest, Hungary

— 2 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.
On the 20th (Thu), get a sense of history and politics at Hungarian Parliament Building. On your second day here, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), make a trip to Heroes' Square, see the interesting displays at House of Terror Museum, then admire the striking features of Matthias Church, and finally contemplate the long history of Fisherman's Bastion.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Budapest trip planner.

Cairo, Egypt to Budapest is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Cairo to Budapest is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Cairo in December, expect Budapest to be colder, temps between 5°C and -1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Krakow.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 22:

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 23rd (Sun): get to know the fascinating history of Wawel Royal Castle, then contemplate the long history of Wawel Cathedral, then pause for some serene contemplation at Bazylika i Klasztor Franciszkanow, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the landmark architecture of St. Mary's Basilica, take in panoramic vistas at Museum of Krakow Town Hall Tower, then get your game on at Axe Nation - axe throwing club Krakow, then contemplate the long history of Wieliczka Salt Mine, and finally enjoy some diversion at Gokarting Center.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Krakow trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Budapest to Krakow takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 5°C in December, and nighttime lows around -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can fly to Berlin.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites · Museums · Fun & Games

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 22 — 24:

Berlin, Germany

— 3 nights

Athens of the Spree

The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Berlin is known for museums, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Brandenburg Gate, explore the world behind art at Pergamonmuseum, ponder the world of politics at Reichstag Building, and appreciate the history behind The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe.

For maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Berlin itinerary website.

Fly from Krakow to Berlin in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Prague.

Things to do in Berlin

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 27:

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.
Prague is known for historic sites, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: appreciate the extensive heritage of Staromestske namesti, take some stellar pictures from Prague Astronomical Clock, appreciate the history behind Vyšehrad National Cultural Monument, and take an in-depth tour of Jewish Museum in Prague.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Prague vacation builder tool.

Drive from Berlin to Prague in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Prague are 5°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can fly to Munich.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites · Tours · Parks · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 30:

Munich, Germany

— 2 nights

Village of a Million People

Often described as the city of laptops and lederhosen, Munich is an international center of business, engineering, research, and medicine that still maintains a rich cultural heritage and age-old traditions.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Mon): engage your brain at Deutsches Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael's Church, then take in panoramic vistas at Frauenkirche, and finally make a trip to Marienplatz. On the 1st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Alte Pinakothek and then steep yourself in history at Nymphenburg Palace.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Munich trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Prague to Munich in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Munich are 5°C, while nighttime lows are -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Salzburg.

Things to do in Munich

Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 1:

Salzburg, Austria

— 2 nights

Rome of the North

Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
On the 2nd (Wed), take some stellar pictures from Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle, pause for some serene contemplation at Salzburg Cathedral, then step into the grandiose world of Schloss Hellbrunn, and finally shop like a local with Getreidegasse. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Salzburger Altstadt, examine the collection at Salzburg Museum, browse the exhibits of Mozarts Geburtshaus, then contemplate the long history of Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus), and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Mirabell Palace.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Salzburg online itinerary planner.

Drive from Munich to Salzburg in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 4°C in January, and nighttime lows around -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Vienna.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 3:

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.
Vienna is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step into the grandiose world of Schonbrunn Palace, see the interesting displays at The Hofburg, look for gifts at FreyWille, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Augustinerkirche.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Vienna trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Salzburg to Vienna takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In January, plan for daily highs up to 3°C, and evening lows to -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Vienna

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 6: