42 days in Central Europe Itinerary

42 days in Central Europe Itinerary

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Start: Lagos, Nigeria
Fly:  16 h 30 min
1
Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
2
Innsbruck, Austria
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
3
Munich, Germany
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Salzburg, Austria
— 4 nights
Fly:  2 h 30 min
5
Vienna, Austria
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
6
Budapest, Hungary
— 4 nights
Bus + Fly:  4 h 30 min
7
Krakow, Poland
— 4 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
8
Warsaw, Poland
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h
9
Gdansk, Poland
— 4 nights
Fly:  5 h 45 min
10
Berlin, Germany
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
11
Prague, Czech Republic
— 4 nights
Fly:  15 h 30 min
End: Lagos, Nigeria

2
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen and Ufschotti Park. Get outdoors at Mt Pilatus and Titlis. There's more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Grossmunster.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Zurich trip builder app.

Lagos, Nigeria to Zurich is an approximately 16.5- hour flight. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Lagos in July; daily highs in Zurich reach 30°C and lows reach 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to drive to Innsbruck.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Lucerne, Titlis
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Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Titlis ©
Titlis
Grossmunster ©
Grossmunster

3
nights
Innsbruck, Austria

Innsbruck ©
Nestled in a valley between snowcapped peaks, Innsbruck evokes visions of a winter wonderland.
You'll explore and learn at Schloss Ambras Innsbruck and Swarovski Kristallwelten. Take a break from the city and head to Krimml Falls (Krimmler Wasserfalle) and Rosshutte. When in Innsbruck, make a side trip to see Badestrand Achensee Nord in Achenkirch, approximately Achenkirch away. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Altstadt von Innsbruck, pause for some serene contemplation at Pfarrkirche Igls Vill, and get engrossed in the history at The Golden Roof (Goldenes Dachl).

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Innsbruck trip planning tool.

Drive from Zurich to Innsbruck in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. July in Innsbruck sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Munich.

Things to do in Innsbruck

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Krimml Falls (Krimmler Wasserfalle), Pfarrkirche Igls Vill, Swarovski Kristallwelten, Rosshutte, Badestrand Achensee Nord
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Krimml Falls (Krimmler Wasserfalle) ©
Krimml Falls (Krimmler Wasserfalle)
Altstadt von Innsbruck ©
Altstadt von Innsbruck
Rosshutte ©
Rosshutte

4
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.
Get some historical perspective at Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site and Herrenchiemsee New Palace. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Schloss Hohenschwangau and Schloss Linderhof. Change things up with these side-trips from Munich: Altstadt von Fuessen (in Fussen), Zugspitze (in Garmisch-Partenkirchen) and Schloss Neuschwanstein (in Schwangau). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Nymphenburg Palace, take in the spiritual surroundings of Asamkirche, and see the interesting displays at Munich Residenz.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Munich planner.

You can take a train from Innsbruck to Munich in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Munich can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Salzburg.

Things to do in Munich

Historic Sites Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trips

Schloss Hohenschwangau, Altstadt von Fuessen, Schloss Linderhof, Zugspitze, Schloss Neuschwanstein
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Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site ©
Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site
Schloss Linderhof ©
Schloss Linderhof
Herrenchiemsee New Palace ©
Herrenchiemsee New Palace

4
nights
Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Grossglockner High Alpine Road and Salzburg Cathedral. Get a sense of the local culture at Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle and Mozarts Geburtshaus. Go for a jaunt from Salzburg to Kaprun to see Kitzsteinhorn about 1h 40 min away. There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Schloss Hellbrunn, examine the collection at Salzburg Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter's Abbey (Stift St. Peter), and contemplate the long history of Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus).

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Salzburg trip planner.

Getting from Munich to Salzburg by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Salzburg are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Kitzsteinhorn, Grossglockner High Alpine Road
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Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle ©
Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle
Schloss Hellbrunn ©
Schloss Hellbrunn
Grossglockner High Alpine Road ©
Grossglockner High Alpine Road

5
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.
Head to Vienna Naschmarkt and Dorotheumfor some retail therapy. Explore hidden gems such as Melk Abbey and MuseumsQuartier Wien. There's still lots to do: explore the galleries of Belvedere Palace, explore the world behind art at Albertina, get to know the fascinating history of Ringstrasse, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Stephen's Cathedral.

For reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Vienna trip planner.

You can fly from Salzburg to Vienna in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. July in Vienna sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Budapest.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Melk Abbey
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Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
Melk Abbey ©
Melk Abbey
Belvedere Palace ©
Belvedere Palace

4
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Liberty Statue and Vajdahunyad Castle (Vajdahunyadvar). Your inner history buff will appreciate Fisherman's Bastion and St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika). The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Matthias Church, pause for some photo ops at Heroes' Square, take an in-depth tour of Hospital in the Rock Nuclear Bunker Museum, and snap pictures at Szechenyi Lanchid.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Budapest journey planning app.

Getting from Vienna to Budapest by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or fly. In July, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can travel to Krakow.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums Spas
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Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church
Fisherman's Bastion ©
Fisherman's Bastion
St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika) ©

4
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau and Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Wieliczka Salt Mine and Wawel Royal Castle. Step out of Krakow with an excursion to Zamek Królewski in Suloszowa--about 46 minutes away. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Wawel Cathedral, examine the collection at Zywe Muzeum Obwarzanka, visit Stare Miasto, and admire the striking features of St. Mary's Basilica.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Krakow trip planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Budapest to Krakow takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, Krakow is little chillier than Budapest - with highs of 29°C and lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Warsaw.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Wieliczka Salt Mine, Zamek Królewski, Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau
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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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nights
Warsaw, Poland

Warsaw ©
Warsaw draws big crowds with its seemingly unstoppable energy, exemplified by the city's explosive nightlife and thriving music scene.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): take a stroll through Nowy Swiat, admire the natural beauty at Lazienki Krolewskie w Warszawie, then explore the historical opulence of Zamek Krolewski w Warszawie - Muzeum, then make a trip to Rynek Starego Miasta, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Old Town. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at POLIN Muzeum Historii Zydow Polskich, then learn about all things military at Muzeum Powstania Warszawskiego, and then get outside with Vistula River Beach.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Warsaw trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Krakow to Warsaw takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in August, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Gdansk.

Things to do in Warsaw

Museums Parks Historic Sites
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Lazienki Krolewskie w Warszawie ©
Lazienki Krolewskie w Warszawie
Muzeum Powstania Warszawskiego
Muzeum Powstania Warszawskiego
POLIN Muzeum Historii Zydow Polskich ©
POLIN Muzeum Historii Zydow Polskich

4
nights
Gdansk, Poland

Gdansk ©
Although its history goes back a thousand years, Gdansk represents one of Poland's most modern urban centers, its thriving economy boosted by a lively tourism sector.
Explore hidden gems such as Old Town and Sopot Beach. You'll explore and learn at Muzeum Zamkowe w Malborku and Europejskie Centrum SolidarnoSci. There's much more to do: take a stroll through Mariacka Street (ulica Mariacka), kick back and relax at Stogi Beach, enjoy breathtaking views from Sopot Pier, and head outdoors with Sobieszewo Beach.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Gdansk road trip planning site.

You can fly from Warsaw to Gdansk in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. While traveling from Warsaw, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Gdansk, ranging from highs of 25°C to lows of 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can travel to Berlin.

Things to do in Gdansk

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Sopot, Muzeum Zamkowe w Malborku
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Muzeum Zamkowe w Malborku ©
Muzeum Zamkowe w Malborku
Old Town ©
Old Town
Europejskie Centrum SolidarnoSci ©
Europejskie Centrum SolidarnoSci

4
nights
Berlin, Germany

Berlin
The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Frauenkirche Dresden and Neues Museum. You'll explore and learn at Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen and Pergamonmuseum. When in Berlin, make a side trip to see Procession of Princes in Dresden, approximately Dresden away. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Topography of Terror, pause for some photo ops at The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, contemplate the long history of Memorial of the Berlin Wall, and don't miss a visit to Brandenburg Gate.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Berlin trip itinerary website.

You can fly from Gdansk to Berlin in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can drive to Prague.

Things to do in Berlin

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Dresden, Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen
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Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen
Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen
Frauenkirche Dresden ©
Frauenkirche Dresden
Pergamonmuseum ©
Pergamonmuseum

4
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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.
Get some cultural insight at Staromestske namesti and St Barbara's Church. Let the collections at Lobkowicz Palace and Powder Tower capture your imagination. There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Prague Castle, wander the streets of Hradcany, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Vitus Cathedral, and shop like a local with Kunstkomora.

To find other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Prague trip planner.

You can drive from Berlin to Prague in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in August, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

St Barbara's Church
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Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
Staromestske namesti ©
Staromestske namesti
St. Vitus Cathedral ©
St. Vitus Cathedral

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