18 days in Central Europe Itinerary

18 days in Central Europe Itinerary

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18 days in Central Europe Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Fly:  16 h 30 min
1
Berlin, Germany
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
2
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
3
Munich, Germany
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Salzburg, Austria
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h 30 min
5
Vienna, Austria
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
6
Budapest, Hungary
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  4 h 30 min
7
Krakow, Poland
— 3 nights
Fly:  19 h
End: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

2
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.
Keep things going the next day: appreciate the history behind Brandenburg Gate, then pause for some photo ops at The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, then don't miss a visit to Reichstag Building, and finally see the interesting displays at Topographie des Terrors.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Berlin vacation planner.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Berlin is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Berlin due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Prague.

Things to do in Berlin

Museums Tours Historic Sites
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Walking tours
Brandenburg Gate ©
Brandenburg Gate
Reichstag Building ©
Reichstag Building

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): step into the grandiose world of Prague Castle, take a stroll through StaromEstske namEsti, then admire the striking features of Prague Astronomical Clock, and finally snap pictures at Charles Bridge. On your second day here, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, admire the striking features of Katedrala Svateho Vita, and then wander the streets of Lesser Town.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Prague vacation planner .

You can drive from Berlin to Prague in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in September, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Munich.

Things to do in Prague

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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 23rd (Mon): stroll around English Garden, take in nature's colorful creations at Nymphenburg Palace, then pause for some photo ops at Moriskentanzer, and finally don't miss a visit to Marienplatz. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter's Church, then get curious at Deutsches Museum, then see the interesting displays at Munich Residenz, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael's Church.

For traveler tips and tourist information, refer to the Munich trip itinerary planning site .

You can fly from Prague to Munich in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Salzburg.

Things to do in Munich

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums
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Deutsches Museum ©
Deutsches Museum
Marienplatz ©
Marienplatz
Nymphenburg Palace ©
Nymphenburg Palace

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 25th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Salzburger Altstadt, get great views at Fortress Hohensalzburg, then admire the landmark architecture of Salzburg Cathedral, and finally explore the historical opulence of Schloss Hellbrunn. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Mirabell Palace, shop like a local with Getreidegasse, take an in-depth tour of Mozarts Geburtshaus, then steep yourself in history at Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus), then appreciate the history behind Caldera Sculpture, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Untersberg.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Salzburg trip itinerary maker website .

Getting from Munich to Salzburg by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Salzburg can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Schloss Hellbrunn ©
Schloss Hellbrunn
Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle ©
Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle
Mirabell Palace ©
Mirabell Palace

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): make a trip to Stephansplatz, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Schönbrunn Zoo, then step into the grandiose world of Schonbrunn Palace, and finally make a trip to St. Stephen's Cathedral. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Imperial Palace (Hofburg), admire the masterpieces at Belvedere Palace, and then see the interesting displays at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Vienna trip itinerary planner .

You can fly from Salzburg to Vienna in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. September in Vienna sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Budapest.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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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.
Budapest is known for historic sites, spas, nightlife, museums, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: ponder the world of politics at Hungarian Parliament Building, take in the spiritual surroundings of Matthias Church, appreciate the history behind Hősök tere, and steep yourself in history at Liberty Statue.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Budapest vacation planner.

You can take a train from Vienna to Budapest in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Budapest can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel to Krakow.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums Spas
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Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Hungarian Parliament Building ©
Hungarian Parliament Building
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church

3
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.
Step out of Krakow with an excursion to Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau in Oswiecim--about 1 hour away. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wawel Cathedral, get to know the fascinating history of Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square, hunt for treasures at Sukiennice (Cloth Hall), and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary's Basilica.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Krakow tour itinerary planning site .

Getting from Budapest to Krakow by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Budapest in October: highs in Krakow hover around 15°C, while lows dip to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau, Wieliczka Salt Mine
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Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau ©
Wawel Cathedral ©
Wawel Cathedral
Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square ©

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