27 days in Central Europe Itinerary

27 days in Central Europe Itinerary

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Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly:  25 h
1
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
2
Vienna, Austria
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
3
Bled, Slovenia
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Salzburg, Austria
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
5
Munich, Germany
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 45 min
6
Interlaken, Switzerland
— 2 nights
+2
Train + Bus + Fly:  6 h
7
Berlin, Germany
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
8
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
9
Krakow, Poland
— 6 nights
Fly:  26 h
End: Melbourne, Australia

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.
Visit Fisherman's Bastion and Matthias Church for their historical value. You'll explore and learn at House of Terror Museum and Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), admire the landmark architecture of Dohány Street Synagogue, get to know the fascinating history of Janoshegy, and explore the historical opulence of Vajdahunyad Castle (Vajdahunyadvar).

To see photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Budapest trip itinerary planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Budapest is an approximately 25- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a -9 hour difference. While traveling from Melbourne, expect much hotter days and a bit warmer nights in Budapest, ranging from highs of 33°C to lows of 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can go by car to Vienna.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Theme Parks Nature
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Fisherman's Bastion ©
Fisherman's Bastion
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church
St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika) ©

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.
Popular historic sites such as Schonbrunn Palace and St. Stephen's Cathedral are in your itinerary. Belvedere Palace and Judenplatz Holocaust Memorial will appeal to museum buffs. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at The Hofburg, contemplate the long history of Karlskirche, explore the world behind art at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, and admire the natural beauty at Schonbrunner Gardens.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Vienna online road trip planner.

You can drive from Budapest to Vienna in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in July, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can go by car to Bled.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
Belvedere Palace ©
Belvedere Palace
St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral

2
nights
Bled, Slovenia

Bled ©
The most popular resort in Slovenia, Bled is marked by its iconic church steeple and medieval castle on glacial Lake Bled.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Triglav National Park and then glide peacefully along the water with categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_best_stand_up_paddleboarding_in_the_area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Mon): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Bled, hike along Vintgar Gorge, and then glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Bled road trip app.

You can drive from Vienna to Bled in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, daytime highs in Bled are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can drive to Salzburg.

Things to do in Bled

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trip

Vintgar Gorge
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Triglav National Park ©
Triglav National Park
Parasailing & Paragliding
Lake Bled ©
Lake Bled

2
nights
Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
On the 6th (Tue), see the interesting displays at Salzburg Museum, explore the historical opulence of Schloss Hellbrunn, admire the landmark architecture of Salzburg Cathedral, don't miss a visit to Salzburger Altstadt, then take some stellar pictures from Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter's Abbey (Stift St. Peter). Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Red Bull Hangar-7, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nonnberg Convent, contemplate the long history of Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus), then take an in-depth tour of Mozarts Geburtshaus, then shop like a local with Getreidegasse, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Franziskanerkirche.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Salzburg trip builder.

Traveling by car from Bled to Salzburg takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, daytime highs in Salzburg are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Munich.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Schloss Hellbrunn ©
Schloss Hellbrunn
Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle ©
Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle
Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus) ©
Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus)

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 8th (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at English Garden, contemplate the long history of Nymphenburg Palace, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter's Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Fri): get curious at Deutsches Museum, examine the collection at Munich Residenz, then explore the world behind art at Alte Pinakothek, and finally don't miss a visit to Marienplatz.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Munich tour itinerary builder app.

Drive from Salzburg to Munich in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August in Munich, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to drive to Interlaken.

Things to do in Munich

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums
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Munich Residenz ©
Munich Residenz
Nymphenburg Palace ©
Nymphenburg Palace
Alte Pinakothek ©
Alte Pinakothek

2
nights
Interlaken, Switzerland

Interlaken ©
Nestled between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz in the heart of the Jungfrau region, Interlaken became popular for its proximity to the mountains and lakes of the Bernese Oberland region.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): take in the dramatic scenery at Trümmelbachfälle, admire all the interesting features of Jungfraujoch, and then admire the verdant scenery at Lauterbrunnen Village. On the 11th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour and then take in the dramatic natural features at Aletsch Glacier.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Interlaken visit planner.

Drive from Munich to Interlaken in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Interlaken are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Berlin.

Things to do in Interlaken

Nature Tours Parks

Side Trips

Grindelwald-Wengen-Murren-Lauterbrunnen, Lauterbrunnen
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Aletsch Glacier ©
Aletsch Glacier
Jungfraujoch ©
Jungfraujoch
Parasailing & Paragliding

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Pergamonmuseum and Topography of Terror. Popular historic sites such as East Side Gallery and Mauermuseum - Museum Haus am Checkpoint Charlie are in your itinerary. There's still lots to do: pause for some photo ops at The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, steep yourself in history at Bebelplatz, step into the grandiose world of Charlottenburg Palace, and admire the landmark architecture of Reichstag Building.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Berlin day trip planning website.

Getting from Interlaken to Berlin by combination of train and flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can drive to Prague.

Things to do in Berlin

Historic Sites Museums Zoos & Aquariums
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Walking tours
Pergamonmuseum ©
Pergamonmuseum
Topography of Terror ©
Topography of Terror

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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 15th (Thu): stroll the grounds of Stary zidovsky Hrbitov, get great views at Prague Astronomical Clock, explore the historical opulence of Prague Castle, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Vitus Cathedral, and finally get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, appreciate the extensive heritage of Staromestske namesti, then take an in-depth tour of Jewish Museum in Prague, and finally snap pictures at Charles Bridge.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Prague vacation app.

Drive from Berlin to Prague in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a shuttle. In August, daily temperatures in Prague can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to travel to Krakow.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Tours Museums
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Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
Staromestske namesti ©
Staromestske namesti
St. Vitus Cathedral ©
St. Vitus Cathedral

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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.
Popular historic sites such as Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau and Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square are in your itinerary. Take a break from the city and head to Pieniński Park Narodowy and Saint Stanislaus Route. Step out of Krakow to go to Suloszowa and see Zamek Królewski, which is approximately 46 minutes away. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Wawel Cathedral, examine the collection at Muzeum Krakowa - Barbakan, admire the landmark architecture of St. Mary's Basilica, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Joseph.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Krakow day trip planning app.

Fly from Prague to Krakow in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In August, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Zamek Królewski, Wieliczka Salt Mine, Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau, Pieniński Park Narodowy
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Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau ©
Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau
Wieliczka Salt Mine ©
Wieliczka Salt Mine
Wawel Cathedral ©
Wawel Cathedral

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