51 days in Central Europe Itinerary

51 days in Central Europe Itinerary

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Budapest, Hungary
— 5 nights
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Vienna, Austria
— 5 nights
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Ljubljana, Slovenia
— 2 nights
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Munich, Germany
— 5 nights
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Salzburg, Austria
— 3 nights
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Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
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Prague, Czech Republic
— 5 nights
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Dresden, Germany
— 2 nights
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Berlin, Germany
— 5 nights
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Hamburg, Germany
— 2 nights
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Gdansk, Poland
— 2 nights
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Warsaw, Poland
— 3 nights
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Krakow, Poland
— 6 nights
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Budapest, Hungary — 5 nights

Pearl of the Danube

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, sightseeing, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get a sense of history and politics at Hungarian Parliament Building, steep yourself in history at Fisherman's Bastion, examine the collection at House of Terror Museum, and make a trip to Heroes' Square.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Budapest driving holiday planner.

Sydney, Australia to Budapest is an approximately 25.5-hour flight. Traveling from Sydney to Budapest, you'll gain 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Sydney in October; daily highs in Budapest reach 19°C and lows reach 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Vienna.
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Vienna, Austria — 5 nights

City of Dreams

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 sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the historical opulence of Schonbrunn Palace, examine the collection at MuseumsQuartier Wien, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Stephen's Cathedral, and admire the landmark architecture of Haus der Musik Wien.

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You can drive from Budapest to Vienna in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in November, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can drive to Ljubljana.
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Ljubljana, Slovenia — 2 nights

Sitting astride the Ljubljanica River, Ljubljana is marked with picturesque bridges and a marketplace, designed by the famous architect Jože Plečnik.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): indulge your senses at Wine Tasting Bled, then step into the grandiose world of Bled Castle, then admire the landmark architecture of Bled Island, and finally snap pictures at Dragon Bridge. On your second day here, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, then contemplate the waterfront views at Ljubljanica River, and finally take in the views from Triple Bridge.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Ljubljana online tour planner.

You can drive from Vienna to Ljubljana in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or take a shuttle. In November, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to fly to Zurich.
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Zurich, Switzerland — 2 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): admire the masterpieces at Museum Rietberg, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, and then see the interesting displays at Uhrenmuseum Beyer Zürich. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Landesmuseum, then take a stroll through Bahnhofstrasse, and then wander the streets of Old Town.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Zurich travel route builder site.

Fly from Ljubljana to Zurich in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in November, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can fly to Munich.
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Munich, Germany — 5 nights

Village of a Million People

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.
Munich is known for sightseeing, museums, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Nymphenburg Palace, engage your brain at Deutsches Museum, take in panoramic vistas at Frauenkirche, and examine the collection at BMW Welt.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Munich day trip site.

Getting from Zurich to Munich by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In November in Munich, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Salzburg.
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Find places to stay Nov 11 — 16:

Salzburg, Austria — 3 nights

Rome of the North

Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Salzburg is known for historic sites, sightseeing, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: browse the exhibits of Fortress Hohensalzburg, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Untersberg, take in nature's colorful creations at Mirabell Palace, and contemplate the long history of Salzburger Altstadt.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Salzburg travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Munich to Salzburg takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November in Salzburg, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and 1°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can go by car to Cesky Krumlov.
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Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic — 2 nights

Known around the world for its medieval castle, Cesky Krumlov offers the chance to experience the charm of a small European city seemingly frozen in time several centuries ago.
On the 20th (Sun), see the interesting displays at Regionalni Muzeum v Ceskem Krumlove, examine the collection at Moldavite Museum - Muzeum vltavinu, appreciate the extensive heritage of Historie mesta Ceský Krumlov, then admire the masterpieces at Egon Schiele Art Centrum, then examine the collection at Museum Fotoatelier Seidel, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Ballroom of the Rosenbergs. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll around The Castle Garden, pause for some photo ops at Plague Column, then learn the secrets of beer at Wiseman Free Tour, and finally steep yourself in history at Cesky Krumlov Castle.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Cesky Krumlov travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Salzburg to Cesky Krumlov in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can drive to Prague.
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Prague, Czech Republic — 5 nights

City of a Hundred Spires

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.
Prague is known for sightseeing, historic sites, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: snap pictures at Charles Bridge, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, contemplate the long history of Prague Astronomical Clock, and step into the grandiose world of Prague Castle.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Prague vacation app.

Traveling by car from Cesky Krumlov to Prague takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In November, daytime highs in Prague are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can drive to Dresden.
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Find places to stay Nov 21 — 26:

Dresden, Germany — 2 nights

Florence of the North

Dresden boasts a long history as a royal residence of many Saxon kings.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): make a trip to Neumarkt, steep yourself in history at The Dresden Zwinger, and then admire the masterpieces at Gemaldegalerie Alte Meister. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Frauenkirche Dresden, then steep yourself in history at Royal Palace (Residenzschloss), then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Kunsthofpassage.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Dresden attractions planner.

Getting from Prague to Dresden by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In November, daytime highs in Dresden are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to drive to Berlin.
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Find places to stay Nov 26 — 28:

Berlin, Germany — 5 nights

Athens of the Spree

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 sightseeing, museums, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: pause for some photo ops at Brandenburg Gate, contemplate the long history of East Side Gallery, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and examine the collection at Topography of Terror.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Berlin day trip website.

Traveling by car from Dresden to Berlin takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can take a train to Hamburg.
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Hamburg, Germany — 2 nights

Gateway to the World

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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sun): get the lay of the land with Walking tours, explore the world behind art at Kunsthalle Hamburg, and then ponder the world of politics at Townhall. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Alter Elbtunnel, then get to know the fascinating history of Speicherstadt, and then examine the collection at Miniatur Wunderland.

For more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Hamburg visit planning site.

You can take a train from Berlin to Hamburg in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in December, and nighttime lows around 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Gdansk.
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Gdansk, Poland — 2 nights

World Capital of Amber

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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Europejskie Centrum SolidarnoSci, contemplate the long history of Westerplatte, and then take in the local highlights with Walking tours. On the 7th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Mary's Church, then visit Old Town, and finally learn about all things military at Museum of the Second World War (Muzeum II Wojny Swiatowej).

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Gdansk route planning tool.

You can fly from Hamburg to Gdansk in 5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Hamburg in December; daily highs in Gdansk reach 3°C and lows reach -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to fly to Warsaw.
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Find places to stay Dec 5 — 7:

Warsaw, Poland — 3 nights

Phoenix City

Warsaw draws big crowds with its seemingly unstoppable energy, exemplified by the city's explosive nightlife and thriving music scene.
Warsaw is known for historic sites, museums, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town, steep yourself in history at Krakowskie Przedmiescie, step into the grandiose world of Zamek Krolewski w Warszawie - Muzeum, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Warsaw trip planner.

Getting from Gdansk to Warsaw by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Warsaw are 5°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Krakow.
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Krakow, Poland — 6 nights

Slavic Rome

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.
When in Krakow, make a side trip to see Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau in Oswiecim, approximately Oswiecim away. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square, see the interesting displays at Womai, contemplate the long history of Sukiennice (Cloth Hall), and wander the streets of Kazmierz The Former Jewish District.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Krakow day trip tool.

You can fly from Warsaw to Krakow in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. December in Krakow sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of -2°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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