20 days in Central Europe Itinerary

20 days in Central Europe Itinerary

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Start: Cape Town, South Africa
Fly:  17 h 15 min
1
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  4 h 30 min
2
Krakow, Poland
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
3
Berlin, Germany
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
4
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
5
Munich, Germany
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
6
Salzburg, Austria
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h 30 min
7
Vienna, Austria
— 5 nights
Fly:  14 h 30 min
End: Cape Town, South Africa

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.
Budapest is known for historic sites, spas, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: ponder the world of politics at Hungarian Parliament Building, pause for some photo ops at Heroes' Square, contemplate the long history of Fisherman's Bastion, and boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Budapest using our trip planner.

Cape Town, South Africa to Budapest is an approximately 17- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. The time zone difference moving from South Africa Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Cape Town in August, things will get a bit warmer in Budapest: highs are around 32°C and lows about 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to travel to Krakow.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Spas Museums
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Fisherman's Bastion ©
Fisherman's Bastion
Hungarian Parliament Building ©
Hungarian Parliament Building
Szechenyi Lanchid ©
Szechenyi Lanchid

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.
On the 12th (Mon), steep yourself in history at Wawel Cathedral, then wander the streets of Stare Miasto, and then get to know the fascinating history of Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Wieliczka Salt Mine, then steep yourself in history at Wawel Royal Castle, and then admire the striking features of St. Mary's Basilica.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Krakow online trip planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Budapest to Krakow in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Budapest in August, things will get slightly colder in Krakow: highs are around 29°C and lows about 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can travel to Berlin.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Wieliczka Salt Mine
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Wawel Cathedral ©
Wawel Cathedral
Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square ©
Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square
Wawel Royal Castle ©
Wawel Royal Castle

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: pause for some photo ops at Brandenburg Gate, explore the world behind art at Pergamonmuseum, contemplate the long history of East Side Gallery, and examine the collection at Topography of Terror.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Berlin travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Krakow to Berlin takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to drive to Prague.

Things to do in Berlin

Historic Sites Museums Zoos & Aquariums
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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 17th (Sat): get the lay of the land with Walking tours, then get to know the fascinating history of Staromestske namesti, then take some stellar pictures from Prague Astronomical Clock, and finally take in the views from Charles Bridge. Keep things going the next day: step into the grandiose world of Prague Castle, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Vitus Cathedral, and then wander the streets of Lesser Town.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Prague road trip planning app.

Getting from Berlin to Prague by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a shuttle. In August, daytime highs in Prague are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can travel to Munich.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Tours Neighborhoods
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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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Nymphenburg Palace, engage your brain at Deutsches Museum, and then don't miss a visit to Marienplatz. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Munich Residenz, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael's Church, then enjoy breathtaking views from Frauenkirche, and finally explore the activities along English Garden.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Munich road trip planner.

You can fly from Prague to Munich in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in August, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to go by car 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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Wed): examine the collection at Red Bull Hangar-7, then step into the grandiose world of Schloss Hellbrunn, then admire the landmark architecture of Salzburg Cathedral, and finally admire the natural beauty at Mirabell Palace. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus), get engrossed in the history at Mozarts Geburtshaus, then examine the collection at Salzburg Museum, then take some stellar pictures from Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter's Abbey (Stift St. Peter).

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Salzburg trip itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Munich to Salzburg takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in August, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Salzburg

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

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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: explore the historical opulence of Schonbrunn Palace, examine the collection at The Hofburg, hunt for treasures at Vienna Naschmarkt, and meet the residents at Schönbrunn Zoo.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Vienna trip builder app.

Traveling by flight from Salzburg to Vienna takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. August in Vienna sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

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
The Hofburg ©
The Hofburg

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