18 days in Central Europe Itinerary

18 days in Central Europe Itinerary

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18 days in Central Europe Itinerary

Start: Edmonton, Canada
Fly:  16​h
1
Munich, Germany
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Salzburg, Austria
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
3
Vienna, Austria
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Budapest, Hungary
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
5
Krakow, Poland
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
6
Prague, Czech Republic
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
7
Berlin, Germany
— 3 nights
Fly:  15​h
End: Edmonton, Canada

1
night
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 21st (Tue): take in nature's colorful creations at English Garden and then don't miss a visit to Marienplatz. On the 22nd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: engage your brain at Deutsches Museum, steep yourself in history at Nymphenburg Palace, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter's Church.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Munich day trip website .

Edmonton, Canada to Munich is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Central European Time is 8 hours. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in July, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to drive to Salzburg.

Things to do in Munich

Historic Sites Childrens Museums Museums
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Nymphenburg Palace ©
Nymphenburg Palace
English Garden ©
English Garden
Marienplatz ©
Marienplatz

2
nights
Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): examine the collection at Salzburg Museum, take some stellar pictures from Fortress Hohensalzburg, then admire the landmark architecture of Salzburg Cathedral, and finally admire the natural beauty at Mirabell Palace. On your second day here, contemplate the long history of Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus), contemplate the long history of Mozarts Geburtshaus, then shop like a local with Getreidegasse, then step into the grandiose world of Schloss Hellbrunn, and finally see the interesting displays at Red Bull Hangar-7.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Salzburg trip itinerary planning website .

You can drive from Munich to Salzburg in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in July, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle ©
Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle
Mirabell Palace ©
Mirabell Palace
Schloss Hellbrunn ©
Schloss Hellbrunn

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at St. Stephen's Cathedral, then explore the historical opulence of Schonbrunn Palace, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Schönbrunn Zoo, and finally don't miss a visit to Stephansplatz. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, explore the world behind art at Belvedere Palace, and then see the interesting displays at The Hofburg.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Vienna online trip maker .

Fly from Salzburg to Vienna in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In July, daytime highs in Vienna are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Budapest.

Things to do in Vienna

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

3
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.
Budapest is known for historic sites, spas, nightlife, museums, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: ponder the world of politics at Hungarian Parliament Building, explore the world behind art at Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria), appreciate the history behind Hősök tere, and steep yourself in history at Halaszbastya.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Budapest trip planner .

Traveling by train from Vienna to Budapest takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Budapest can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to travel to Krakow.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Parks Theme Parks
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Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Hungarian Parliament Building ©
Hungarian Parliament Building
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church

2
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.
On the 30th (Thu), contemplate the long history of Wawel Cathedral and then get engrossed in the history at Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau. On the 31st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: have some family-friendly fun at Bubble Football by Bumper Ball Experiences, admire the striking features of St. Mary's Basilica, then get to know the fascinating history of Wawel Royal Castle, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, 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, you will find days in Krakow are slightly colder (30°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can travel to Prague.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites Museums Fun & Games

Side Trip

Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau
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Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau ©
Wawel Cathedral ©
Wawel Cathedral

3
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.
Prague is known for historic sites, nightlife, museums, fun & games, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Staromestske namesti, explore the historical opulence of Prague Castle, enjoy breathtaking views from Petrinska rozhledna, and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Prague trip planner .

You can fly from Krakow to Prague in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. In July, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can drive to Berlin.

Things to do in Prague

Tours Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Staromestske namesti ©
Staromestske namesti
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
Charles Bridge
Charles Bridge

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.
Berlin is known for museums, historic sites, nightlife, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: ponder the world of politics at Reichstag Building, get to know the resident critters at Zoo Berlin, steep yourself in history at Mauermuseum - Museum Haus am Checkpoint Charlie, and appreciate the history behind The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe.

Start your trip to Berlin by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Drive from Prague to Berlin in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Berlin

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Walking tours
Brandenburg Gate ©
Brandenburg Gate

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