39 days in Europe Itinerary

39 days in Europe Itinerary

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Munich, Germany
— 2 nights
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Nuremberg, Germany
— 1 night
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Rothenburg, Germany
— 1 night
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Heidelberg, Germany
— 1 night
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Innsbruck, Austria
— 1 night
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Salzburg, Austria
— 2 nights
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Bratislava, Slovakia
— 2 nights
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Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
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Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
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Dresden, Germany
— 2 nights
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Leipzig, Germany
— 2 nights
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Hannover, Germany
— 2 nights
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Hamburg, Germany
— 2 nights
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Cologne, Germany
— 2 nights
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Bruges, Belgium
— 2 nights
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Ghent, Belgium
— 2 nights
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Brussels, Belgium
— 2 nights
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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
— 1 night
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Trier, Germany
— 1 night
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Munich, Germany
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Munich, Germany — 2 nights

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 11th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Nymphenburg Palace, contemplate the long history of Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site, and then examine the collection at BMW Museum. On the 12th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, then contemplate the waterfront views at English Garden, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael's Church, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Asamkirche.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Munich travel route planner.

Brisbane, Australia to Munich is an approximately 24.5-hour flight. You'll gain 9 hours traveling from Brisbane to Munich due to the time zone difference. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Brisbane in December; daily highs in Munich reach 5°C and lows reach -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Nuremberg.
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Find places to stay Dec 10 — 12:

Nuremberg, Germany — 1 night

Nuremberg's historic town center stands in the shadow of a towering imperial castle that dominates its northwestern corner.
On the 13th (Tue), contemplate the long history of Reichsparteigelande (Nazi Party Rally Grounds), examine the collection at Dokumentationszentrum Reichsparteitagsgelände, examine the collection at Toy Museum, then contemplate the long history of Albrecht Durer's House, and finally explore the historical opulence of Kaiserburg Nurnberg. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Frauenkirche, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Lorenz Church, make a trip to Altstadt, then admire the landmark architecture of Germanisches Nationalmuseum, and finally contemplate the long history of St. Sebaldus Church.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Nuremberg travel route site.

Traveling by car from Munich to Nuremberg takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Nuremberg are 5°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can go by car to Rothenburg.
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Find places to stay Dec 12 — 14:

Rothenburg, Germany — 1 night

An old imperial city, Rothenburg is the main tourist stop on the scenic Romantic Road of Bavaria.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): look for gifts at Kathe Wohlfahrt's Christmas Shop, see the interesting displays at Medieval Crime Museum (Mittelalterliches Kriminalmuseum), then wander the streets of Altstadt, then contemplate the long history of Town Walls, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Stadt Rothenburg ob der Tauber.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Rothenburg day trip website.

You can drive from Nuremberg to Rothenburg in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, daily temperatures in Rothenburg can reach 5°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can drive to Heidelberg.
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Find places to stay Dec 14 — 16:

Heidelberg, Germany — 1 night

A vibrant university city, Heidelberg is nestled in the picturesque Neckar river valley.
On the 16th (Fri), contemplate the long history of Student Jail (Studentenkarzer), step into the grandiose world of Schloss Heidelberg, then steep yourself in history at Old Bridge (Karl Theodor Bridge), and finally visit Altstadt (Old Town). On the 17th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the striking features of Speyer Cathedral, examine the collection at Pharmacy Museum, and then don't miss a visit to Market Square (Marktplatz).

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Heidelberg online road trip planner.

Getting from Rothenburg to Heidelberg by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, daily temperatures in Heidelberg can reach 7°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can fly to Innsbruck.
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Innsbruck, Austria — 1 night

Nestled in a valley between snowcapped peaks, Innsbruck evokes visions of a winter wonderland.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Alpenzoo, steep yourself in history at Altstadt von Innsbruck, then take in panoramic vistas at Town Tower (Stadtturm), then take an in-depth tour of The Golden Roof (Goldenes Dachl), and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dom zu St. Jakob.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Innsbruck trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Heidelberg to Innsbruck takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Innsbruck when traveling from Heidelberg in December, with lows around -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Salzburg.
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Find places to stay Dec 17 — 18:

Salzburg, Austria — 2 nights

Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): explore the historical opulence of Schloss Hellbrunn, examine the collection at Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus), then steep yourself in history at Mozarts Geburtshaus, then get a taste of the local shopping with Getreidegasse, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Mirabell Palace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter's Abbey (Stift St. Peter), take an in-depth tour of Fortress Hohensalzburg, admire the landmark architecture of Salzburg Cathedral, then steep yourself in history at Salzburger Altstadt, and finally see the interesting displays at Red Bull Hangar-7.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Salzburg day trip planner.

Getting from Innsbruck to Salzburg by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. Expect a daytime high around 6°C in December, and nighttime lows around -1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can travel to Bratislava.
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Bratislava, Slovakia — 2 nights

Slovakia's capital, Bratislava, attracts visitors for its natural beauty and rich culture, offering a plethora of landscapes, outdoor activities, historical monuments, and a stately old town.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): take an in-depth tour of Devin Castle, step into the grandiose world of Bratislava Castle, and then take a stroll through Bratislava Old Town.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Bratislava trip itinerary maker app.

Getting from Salzburg to Bratislava by combination of flight and bus takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 5°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Budapest.
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Find places to stay Dec 20 — 22:

Budapest, Hungary — 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): step into the grandiose world of Vajdahunyad Castle (Vajdahunyadvar), steep yourself in history at Shoes on the Danube Bank, ponder the world of politics at Hungarian Parliament Building, don't miss a visit to Fisherman's Bastion, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Matthias Church, and finally snap pictures at Szechenyi Lanchid. On your second day here, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, then steep yourself in history at Heroes' Square, and finally see the interesting displays at House of Terror Museum.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Budapest road trip website.

Getting from Bratislava to Budapest by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Budapest can reach 5°C, while at night they dip to -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Prague.
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Find places to stay Dec 22 — 24:

Prague, Czech Republic — 2 nights

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 24th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Our Lady before Tyn, take some stellar pictures from Prague Astronomical Clock, then take in the views from Charles Bridge, then don't miss a visit to Staromestske namesti, and finally test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms. Keep things going the next day: explore the historical opulence of Prague Castle, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Vitus Cathedral, and then wander the streets of Lesser Town.

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You can fly from Budapest to Prague in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. December in Prague sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of 0°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can go by car to Dresden.
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Dresden, Germany — 2 nights

Dresden boasts a long history as a royal residence of many Saxon kings.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Neues Grünes Gewölbe, don't miss a visit to Bruehlsche Terrasse, then pause for some serene contemplation at Frauenkirche Dresden, and finally get engrossed in the history at Royal Palace (Residenzschloss). On the next day, make a trip to Procession of Princes, explore the world behind art at Gemaldegalerie Alte Meister, and then admire the masterpieces at The Dresden Zwinger.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Dresden trip planner.

Drive from Prague to Dresden in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in December, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Leipzig.
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Find places to stay Dec 26 — 28:

Leipzig, Germany — 2 nights

Leipzig is not only world-famous for its long tradition of trade fairs, but also for its vibrant music and cultural scenes.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Wed): appreciate the history behind Volkerschlachtdenkmal, then admire the striking features of Hauptbahnhof Leipzig, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Zoo Leipzig, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Thomas Church. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Bach Museum, steep yourself in history at Schillerhaus, then admire the masterpieces at Museum der Bildenden Kunste, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Nicholas Church (Nikolaikirche), and finally don't miss a visit to Market Square (Markt).

For reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Leipzig trip itinerary planning website.

Drive from Dresden to Leipzig in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Hannover.
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Find places to stay Dec 28 — 30:

Hannover, Germany — 2 nights

Hannover, northern Germany's major urban center, may be best known for hosting annual commercial trade fairs.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Fri): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Erlebnis Zoo Hannover, then get a sense of history and politics at The New Town Hall, and then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Sat): contemplate the waterfront views at Maschsee, then take in nature's colorful creations at Herrenhauser Garten, and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at SEA LIFE Hannover.

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Drive from Leipzig to Hannover in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 8°C, and evening lows to 2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to go by car to Hamburg.
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Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 1:

Hamburg, Germany — 2 nights

As the country's biggest port and one of the busiest in all of Europe, Hamburg has a well-deserved reputation as Germany's Gateway to the World.
On the 1st (Sun), contemplate the long history of Alter Elbtunnel, then contemplate the waterfront views at Port of Hamburg, then get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and finally ponder the world of politics at Townhall. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Miniatur Wunderland, then get to know the fascinating history of Speicherstadt, and then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Hamburg trip planner.

Traveling by car from Hannover to Hamburg takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January in Hamburg, expect temperatures between 3°C during the day and 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Cologne.
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Find places to stay Jan 1 — 3:

Cologne, Germany — 2 nights

Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
On the 3rd (Tue), test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then explore the world behind art at Museum Ludwig, then pause for some serene contemplation at Cologne Cathedral, and finally snap pictures at Hohenzollern Bridge. Keep things going the next day: enjoy breathtaking views from Rheinturm, get to know the fascinating history of Rheinuferpromenade, and then wander the streets of Konigsallee.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Cologne trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by flight from Hamburg to Cologne takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 6°C in January, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Bruges.
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Bruges, Belgium — 2 nights

The medieval town of Bruges centers around a canal, and the architecture of its historical district has made it a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): don't miss a visit to The Markt, examine the collection at Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Adornesdomein & Jeruzalemkerk, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Princely Beguinage Ten Wijngaarde, then sample the tasty concoctions at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, and finally steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of Brugge. On the next day, don't miss a visit to Belfry of Bruges, then explore the world behind art at Groeningemuseum, then explore the activities along Minnewater Lake, and finally examine the collection at Historium Brugge.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Bruges road trip planning website.

Getting from Cologne to Bruges by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. In January in Bruges, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Ghent.
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Find places to stay Jan 5 — 7:

Ghent, Belgium — 2 nights

Ghent melds the fairy tale-like beauty of Bruges with its stunning Flemish architecture, while at the same time supporting a vibrant cafe and bar scene.
On the 7th (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Bavo's Cathedral, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sint-Jacobskerk, then explore the historical opulence of Gravensteen, and finally contemplate the long history of Graslei and Korenlei. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the extensive heritage of St Michael's Bridge, then don't miss a visit to Ghent City Center, then get to know the fascinating history of Guide in Ghent, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Belfry and Cloth Hall (Belfort en Lakenhalle).

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Ghent online journey planner.

Drive from Bruges to Ghent in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Brussels.
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Find places to stay Jan 7 — 9:

Brussels, Belgium — 2 nights

The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): get the lay of the land with Walking tours, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), then browse the different shops at Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert, and finally appreciate the history behind Manneken Pis. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Museum of the City of Brussels (Musee de la Ville de Bruxelles), don't miss a visit to Grand Place, see the interesting displays at Museum of Cocoa and Chocolate (Musee du Cacao et du Chocolat), then take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin du Petit Sablon, then make a trip to Eglise Notre Dame Du Sablon, and finally explore the historical opulence of Royal Palace of Brussels.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Brussels online trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Ghent to Brussels by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train. In January, daytime highs in Brussels are 5°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Luxembourg City.
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Find places to stay Jan 9 — 11:

Luxembourg City, Luxembourg — 1 night

While Luxembourg City boasts the shiny headquarters of several European institutions and EU offices, it is also home to a beautiful old town that's designated as a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): explore the striking landscape at Casemates du Bock, make a trip to Barrio Grund, get to know the fascinating history of Le Chemin de la Corniche, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre-Dame, and finally explore the historical opulence of Grand Ducal Palace.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Luxembourg City trip builder tool.

Traveling by car from Brussels to Luxembourg City takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January in Luxembourg City, expect temperatures between 3°C during the day and -1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Trier.
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Find places to stay Jan 11 — 12:

Trier, Germany — 1 night

Trier may be the oldest city in Germany, founded long before the Roman times.
On the 12th (Thu), delve into the distant past at Kaiserthermen, see the interesting displays at Rhineland Museum (Rheinisches Landesmuseum), take in the spiritual surroundings of Liebfrauenkirche, Trier, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter's Cathedral (Dom), and finally admire the striking features of Kurfurstliches Palais.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Trier sightseeing planning app.

Getting from Luxembourg City to Trier by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a train. In January, daily temperatures in Trier can reach 3°C, while at night they dip to -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to drive to Munich.
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Munich, Germany — 2 nights

Explore Munich further: don't miss a visit to Marienplatz, examine the collection at BMW Welt, engage your brain at Deutsches Museum, and admire the landmark architecture of New Town Hall (Neus Rathaus).

To find traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Munich vacation maker tool.

You can drive from Trier to Munich in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to fly back home.
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Germany travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Germany is the home of high culture, fine art, classical music, world-class sports, award-winning cuisine--and some of the world's best beers. It's also one of the major economic and political powers of the European continent. One of the founding members of the European Union, Germany is a federation of 16 states. Each boasts its own distinct culture, art, cuisine, regional traditions, and array of things to do. The country is known worldwide for its precision engineering and high-tech products. Equally, though, Germany is admired for its old-world charm and what is locally known as gemutlichkeit (coziness). This is one of the easiest countries in the world to explore, offering an abundance of sightseeing opportunities. German transportation runs with German efficiency. Therefore, getting around the various regions is almost always easy, quick, and pleasant. Visit the cities to explore museums, art galleries, modern restaurants, and trendy shops. Also be sure to venture deeper into the countryside. Here, you can discover ancient castles and bustling little villages. Often in these off-the-beaten-path areas, the main tourist attraction remains the simple hospitality of the friendly locals.
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Austria travel guide

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Castles · Art Museums · Churches
Situated in the Central European Alps, Austria combines an alluring bundle of elegant urban architecture, cultural centers, and dramatic landscapes. This German-speaking country of 8.5 million residents is known for its rich history, dating back to the Hapsburg Empire, as well as its art, music, and scenery. Along with the neighboring country of Switzerland, Austria serves as the winter sports capital of Europe and is home to some of the continent's most popular ski resorts. This landlocked nation draws visitors from across the globe to its mountains, historical villages, and culturally rich cities. Experience trekking in the Alps one day and drinking regional wine at a crowded pub after a day of sightseeing in the capital Vienna the next.
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