18 days in Central Europe Itinerary

18 days in Central Europe Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Central Europe holiday planner

Plan created by another user. Make it yours
1
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
2
Krakow, Poland
— 2 nights
3
Berlin, Germany
— 3 nights
4
Prague, Czech Republic
— 3 nights
5
Munich, Germany
— 2 nights
6
Salzburg, Austria
— 2 nights
7
Vienna, Austria
— 3 nights

2
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.
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.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Budapest road trip planner.

Cairo, Egypt to Budapest is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time to Central European Standard Time 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 travel to Krakow.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Fisherman's Bastion ©
Fisherman's Bastion
Hungarian Parliament Building ©
Hungarian Parliament Building
St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika) ©

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 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 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 travel to Berlin.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites · Museums · Fun & Games

Side Trip

Wieliczka Salt Mine
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Wawel Cathedral ©
Wawel Cathedral
Wieliczka Salt Mine ©
Wieliczka Salt Mine
Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square ©
Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square

3
nights
Berlin, Germany

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 · Parks · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Walking tours
Brandenburg Gate ©
Brandenburg Gate
Reichstag Building ©
Reichstag Building

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.
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 travel to Munich.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites · Parks · Tours
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Staromestske namesti ©
Staromestske namesti
Charles Bridge
Charles Bridge
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle

2
nights
Munich, Germany

Munich ©
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 3.5 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:
Highlights from your plan
Nymphenburg Palace ©
Nymphenburg Palace
Marienplatz ©
Marienplatz
Deutsches Museum ©
Deutsches Museum

2
nights
Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg ©
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 travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 3:
Highlights from your plan
Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle ©
Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle
Salzburg Cathedral ©
Salzburg Cathedral
Schloss Hellbrunn ©
Schloss Hellbrunn

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.
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 flight from Salzburg to Vienna takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. 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 travel back home.

Things to do in Vienna

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral
Belvedere Palace ©
Belvedere Palace

Similar plans

22 days in Central Europe BY A USER FROM COSTA RICA April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, wildlife, fast-paced, popular & hidden gems Preferences: April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, wildlife Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Fast-paced 60 days in Europe BY A USER FROM IRELAND June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems Preferences: June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium 24 days in Central Europe BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, culture, outdoors, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, fast-paced, popular sights Preferences: October, culture, outdoors, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Fast-paced 20 days in Central Europe BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA December, teens, culture, outdoors, historic sites, popular sights Preferences: December, teens, culture, outdoors, historic sites Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 60 days in Europe BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA July, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems Preferences: July, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium 17 days in Central Europe BY A USER FROM INDIA May, teens, kids, outdoors, romantic, beaches, historic sites, popular & hidden gems Preferences: May, teens, kids, outdoors, romantic, beaches, historic sites Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium 12 days in Central Europe BY A USER FROM ITALY July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems Preferences: July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Slow & easy 35 days in Central Europe BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular sights Preferences: June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 19 days in Florence, Central Europe & Eastern Europe BY A USER FROM ITALY September, relaxing, romantic, shopping, popular sights Preferences: September, relaxing, romantic, shopping Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 17 days in Central Europe BY A USER FROM MEXICO October, culture, historic sites, museums, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems Preferences: October, culture, historic sites, museums Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Slow & easy 48 days in Central Europe BY A USER FROM NEW ZEALAND May, culture, outdoors, romantic, historic sites, hidden gems Preferences: May, culture, outdoors, romantic, historic sites Attraction style: Hidden gems Pace: Medium 60 days in Central Europe BY A USER FROM FINLAND June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, slow & easy, popular sights Preferences: June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Slow & easy
See more plans