45 days in Central Europe & Eastern Europe Itinerary

45 days in Central Europe & Eastern Europe Itinerary

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45 days in Central Europe & Eastern Europe Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Fly:  4 h 45 min
1
Munich, Germany
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Salzburg, Austria
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
3
Split, Croatia
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
4
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 5 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 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
— 5 nights
Fly:  4 h
8
Prague, Czech Republic
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
9
Berlin, Germany
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h 45 min
10
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 4 nights
Train + Fly:  5 h 15 min
11
Tallinn, Estonia
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
End: Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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 Schloss Hohenschwangau. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Zugspitze and St. Peter's Church. Change things up with these side-trips from Munich: Pilgrimage Church of Wies (in Steingaden) and Schloss Linderhof (in Ettal). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Nymphenburg Palace, make a trip to Marienplatz, contemplate the waterfront views at English Garden, and see the interesting displays at Munich Residenz.

To find traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Munich online driving holiday planner .

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Munich is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in June, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Salzburg.

Things to do in Munich

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Zugspitze, Schloss Hohenschwangau, Pilgrimage Church of Wies, Schloss Linderhof, Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site
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Zugspitze ©
Zugspitze
Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site ©
Schloss Linderhof ©
Schloss Linderhof

3
nights
Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Erlebnisburg Hohenwerfen and Salzburg Cathedral. Your inner history buff will appreciate Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle and Mozarts Geburtshaus. When in Salzburg, make a side trip to see Gollinger Wasserfall in Golling an der Salzach, approximately Golling an der Salzach away. There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Schloss Hellbrunn, steep yourself in history at Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nonnberg Convent, and examine the collection at Red Bull Hangar-7.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Salzburg day trip planning website .

You can drive from Munich to Salzburg in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to travel to Split.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Erlebnisburg Hohenwerfen, Gollinger Wasserfall
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Schloss Hellbrunn ©
Schloss Hellbrunn
Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle ©
Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle
Erlebnisburg Hohenwerfen ©
Erlebnisburg Hohenwerfen

3
nights
Split, Croatia

Split ©
Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Get some historical perspective at Historic City of Trogir and Old Split. Get in touch with nature at Marjan Park and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Go for a jaunt from Split to Trogir to see The Chapel of Ivan Orsini about 32 minutes away. There's more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Saint Domnius and explore the world behind art at Galerija Mestrovic.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Split online trip builder .

You can fly from Salzburg to Split in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Salzburg in June, with highs in Split at 32°C and lows at 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to drive to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Split

Historic Sites Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Trogir
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Historic City of Trogir ©
Historic City of Trogir
Old Split ©
Old Split
Nature & Wildlife Tours

5
nights
Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik ©
Along the Dalmation Coast, the city of Dubrovnik has become famous for its pedestrian-only Old Town surrounded by fortress walls, and its historical heft has earned it World Heritage Site status.
Take a break from the city and head to Kayaking & Canoeing and Scuba & Snorkeling. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Cavtat Old Town and Cavtat Cemetery. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Fort Lovrijenac, examine the collection at War Photo Limited, race across the water with a speed boat tour, and head off the coast to Lokrum Island.

For maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Dubrovnik trip itinerary planning app .

You can drive from Split to Dubrovnik in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in July, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Outdoors Tours Historic Sites

Side Trip

Cavtat
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Fort Lovrijenac ©
Fort Lovrijenac
Kayaking & Canoeing
Cavtat Cemetery ©
Cavtat Cemetery

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Schonbrunn Palace and The Hofburg. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Melk Abbey and Karlskirche. And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Stephen's Cathedral, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Capuchin Church (Kapuzinerkirche), explore the world behind art at Albertina, and make a trip to Peterskirche.

To see ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Vienna itinerary planner.

Getting from Dubrovnik to Vienna by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Dubrovnik in July since evenings lows in Vienna dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Budapest.

Things to do in Vienna

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Melk Abbey
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St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral
Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
Melk Abbey ©
Melk Abbey

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.
Get some cultural insight at Halaszbastya and Dohány Street Synagogue. Step off the beaten path and head to Liberty Statue and Vajdahunyad Castle (Vajdahunyadvar). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), steep yourself in history at Hungarian National Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at University Church, and admire the landmark architecture of Matthias Church.

For traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Budapest road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Vienna to Budapest takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In July, daily temperatures in Budapest can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to Krakow.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya

5
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like St. Mary's Basilica and Muzeum Uniwersytetu Jagiellonskiego Collegium Maius. Get some historical perspective at Wawel Cathedral and Church of St. Peter and St. Paul. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Wawel Royal Castle, stroll the grounds of New Jewish Cemetery, wander the streets of Kazmierz The Former Jewish District, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bazylika i Klasztor Franciszkanow.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Krakow trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Budapest to Krakow takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Budapest in July, expect nights in Krakow to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Wieliczka Salt Mine
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Wawel Cathedral ©
Wawel Cathedral
Wieliczka Salt Mine ©
Wieliczka Salt Mine
Wawel Royal Castle ©
Wawel Royal Castle

4
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Staromestske namesti and Prague Castle. Visit St. Vitus Cathedral and Prague Astronomical Clock for their historical value. Step out of Prague with an excursion to St Barbara's Church in Kutna Hora--about 1h 05 min away. There's lots more to do: stop by Hradcany, steep yourself in history at Prasna brana, stroll the grounds of Stary zidovsky Hrbitov, and take a stroll through Lesser Town.

Before you visit Prague, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can fly from Krakow to Prague in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In July, daytime highs in Prague are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Berlin.

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

3
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.
Get some historical perspective at Charlottenburg Palace and Memorial of the Berlin Wall. Pergamonmuseum and East Side Gallery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Großer Tiergarten, contemplate the long history of Bebelplatz, see the interesting displays at Topography of Terror, and pause for some photo ops at Brandenburg Gate.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Berlin trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Prague to Berlin in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Berlin

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Charlottenburg Palace ©
Charlottenburg Palace
East Side Gallery ©
East Side Gallery
Pergamonmuseum ©
Pergamonmuseum

4
nights
St. Petersburg, Russia

St. Petersburg ©
Built on a desolate swamp as a showcase capital of Imperial Russia, this grand city has certainly lived up to the expectations of its founder, Tsar Peter the Great.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood and Saint Isaac's Cathedral. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Peter and Paul Fortress and Palace Square. The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Kazan Cathedral, contemplate the long history of New Peterhof Railway Station, don't miss a visit to Bronze Horseman, Monument To Peter I, and browse the exhibits of The Marly Palace.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our St. Petersburg road trip planning site .

Getting from Berlin to St. Petersburg by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Berlin to St. Petersburg. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in July, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to travel to Tallinn.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Saint Isaac's Cathedral ©
Saint Isaac's Cathedral
Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood ©
The State Hermitage Museum ©
The State Hermitage Museum

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nights
Tallinn, Estonia

Tallinn ©
A historic city with its eye firmly on the future, Tallinn blends medieval fortifications, gleaming skyscrapers, and charming boutiques with a spattering of Soviet relics.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Lennusadam Seaplane Harbour and Toompea Hill. Your inner history buff will appreciate Aleksander Nevski Katedraali and Toompea Castle. There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at St. Olaf’s Church, admire the masterpieces at Kumu Art Museum, take a stroll through Tallinn Old Town, and stroll around Kadriorg Park.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Tallinn trip planning tool .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from St. Petersburg to Tallinn takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. The time zone difference when traveling from St. Petersburg to Tallinn is minus 1 hour. August in Tallinn sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tallinn

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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St. Olaf’s Church ©
St. Olaf’s Church
Toompea Hill ©
Toompea Hill
Aleksander Nevski Katedraali ©
Aleksander Nevski Katedraali

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