14 days in Central Europe Itinerary

14 days in Central Europe Itinerary

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14 days in Central Europe Itinerary

Start: New York City, United States
bus + Fly:  11​h 15​min
1
Berlin, Germany
— 2 nights
2
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
3
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
4
Vienna, Austria
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
5
Salzburg, Austria
— 2 nights
6
Munich, Germany
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  12​h 15​min
End: New York City, United States

2
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.
Berlin is known for museums, historic sites, nightlife, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get a sense of history and politics at Reichstag Building, contemplate the long history of Memorial of the Berlin Wall, see the interesting displays at Topographie des Terrors, and explore the world behind art at Pergamonmuseum.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Berlin holiday maker website .

New York City, USA to Berlin is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Time (CET) is 6 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can go by car to Prague.

Things to do in Berlin

Museums Zoos & Aquariums Parks
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Brandenburg Gate ©
Brandenburg Gate
Reichstag Building ©
Reichstag Building

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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.
On the 5th (Thu), take in the local highlights with Walking tours, take a stroll through StaromEstske namEsti, then take some stellar pictures from Prague Astronomical Clock, and finally take in the views from Charles Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Fri): explore the historical opulence of Prague Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Katedrala Svateho Vita, and then take a stroll through Lesser Town.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Prague travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Berlin to Prague takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. August in Prague sees daily highs of 76°F and lows of 57°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel to Budapest.

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StaromEstske namEsti ©
StaromEstske namEsti
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
Charles Bridge
Charles Bridge

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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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Halaszbastya, contemplate the long history of Matthias Church, then snap pictures at Szechenyi Chain Bridge, then admire the landmark architecture of Hungarian Parliament Building, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Sun): appreciate the history behind Hősök tere, examine the collection at House of Terror Museum, then steep yourself in history at Liberty Statue, and finally admire the masterpieces at Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria).

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Budapest travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Prague to Budapest takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Prague in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Budapest, with highs around 82°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Vienna.

Things to do in Budapest

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Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Hungarian Parliament Building ©
Hungarian Parliament Building
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church

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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 9th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at St. Stephen's Cathedral, then explore the historical opulence of Schonbrunn Palace, then admire the masterpieces at Belvedere Palace, and finally don't miss a visit to Stephansplatz. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, examine the collection at Imperial Palace (Hofburg), and then get to know the resident critters at Schönbrunn Zoo.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Vienna trip tool .

Getting from Budapest to Vienna by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Vienna are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Salzburg.

Things to do in Vienna

Historic Sites Museums Zoos & Aquariums
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Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral
Belvedere Palace ©
Belvedere Palace

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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 11th (Wed): examine the collection at Red Bull Hangar-7, explore the historical opulence of Schloss Hellbrunn, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Salzburg Cathedral, and finally admire the natural beauty at Mirabell Palace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus), get engrossed in the history at Mozarts Geburtshaus, see the interesting displays at Salzburg Museum, then explore the galleries of Fortress Hohensalzburg, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter's Abbey (Stift St. Peter).

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Salzburg trip planner .

You can fly from Vienna to Salzburg in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In August, daily temperatures in Salzburg can reach 76°F, while at night they dip to 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to drive to Munich.

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Fortress Hohensalzburg ©
Fortress Hohensalzburg
Mirabell Palace ©
Mirabell Palace
Schloss Hellbrunn ©
Schloss Hellbrunn

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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.
On the 13th (Fri), take in nature's colorful creations at Nymphenburg Palace, contemplate the waterfront views at English Garden, and then make a trip to Marienplatz. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Sat): get curious at Deutsches Museum, examine the collection at Munich Residenz, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael's Church.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Munich trip planner.

You can drive from Salzburg to Munich in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August in Munich, expect temperatures between 76°F during the day and 54°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Munich

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Nymphenburg Palace ©
Nymphenburg Palace
English Garden ©
English Garden
Marienplatz ©
Marienplatz

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