26 days in Central Europe Itinerary

26 days in Central Europe Itinerary

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Start: Budapest, Hungary
Bus + Fly:  5 h
1
Hamburg, Germany
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
2
Berlin, Germany
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
3
Munich, Germany
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
4
Prague, Czech Republic
— 3 nights
Fly + Train:  5 h 30 min
5
Bern, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 30 min
6
Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
7
Innsbruck, Austria
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h
8
Salzburg, Austria
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h 30 min
9
Vienna, Austria
— 4 nights
End: Vienna, Austria

2
nights
Hamburg, Germany

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 1st (Tue): take in the local highlights with Walking tours, admire the landmark architecture of Speicherstadt, and then see the interesting displays at Miniatur Wunderland. On the 2nd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll around Planten un Blomen, contemplate the waterfront views at Port of Hamburg, contemplate the long history of Alter Elbtunnel, then get a taste of the local shopping with Red Gallery, and finally ponder the world of politics at Townhall.

To find reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Hamburg tour itinerary builder.

Budapest, Hungary to Hamburg is an approximately 6- hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or drive. In November, daytime highs in Hamburg are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to take a train to Berlin.

Things to do in Hamburg

Museums Parks Historic Sites
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Walking tours
Miniatur Wunderland ©
Miniatur Wunderland
Speicherstadt ©
Speicherstadt

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, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: ponder the world of politics at Reichstag Building, contemplate the long history of Memorial of the Berlin Wall, pause for some photo ops at Brandenburg Gate, and don't miss a visit to East Side Gallery.

To find more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Berlin tour itinerary website.

You can take a train from Hamburg to Berlin in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel to Munich.

Things to do in Berlin

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Walking tours
Reichstag Building ©
Reichstag Building
Brandenburg Gate ©
Brandenburg Gate

3
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.
Munich is known for museums, historic sites, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Nymphenburg Palace, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter's Church, get curious at Deutsches Museum, and make a trip to Marienplatz.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Munich day trip site.

Traveling by flight from Berlin to Munich takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. December in Munich sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of -1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Munich

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums
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Deutsches Museum ©
Deutsches Museum
Nymphenburg Palace ©
Nymphenburg Palace
English Garden ©
English Garden

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, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the views from Charles Bridge, wander the streets of Lesser Town, admire the landmark architecture of Dancing House, and take some stellar pictures from Petřín.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Prague trip planner.

You can fly from Munich to Prague in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 5°C in December, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Bern.

Things to do in Prague

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

2
nights
Bern, Switzerland

The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bern: Interlaken (Harderkulm, Parasailing & Paragliding, &more). And it doesn't end there: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Jungfraujoch, look for all kinds of wild species at Barenpark, get curious at Einstein House (Einsteinhaus), and pause for some photo ops at Adrian von Bubenberg-Denkmal.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Bern trip itinerary builder.

Do a combination of flight and train from Prague to Bern in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Bern when traveling from Prague in December, with lows around -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can take a train to Zurich.

Things to do in Bern

Nature Tours Parks

Side Trips

Interlaken, Jungfraujoch
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Jungfraujoch ©
Jungfraujoch
Harderkulm ©
Harderkulm

2
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town, then explore the activities along Lake Zurich, and then see the interesting displays at Uhrenmuseum Beyer Zürich. On the next day, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich), wander the streets of Bahnhofstrasse, then take in the views from Chapel Bridge, and finally get a sense of history and politics at Town Hall.

For where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Zurich day trip planner.

You can take a train from Bern to Zurich in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 5°C in December, and nighttime lows around -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to drive to Innsbruck.

Things to do in Zurich

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Lucerne
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Old Town ©
Old Town
Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich) ©
Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich)
Bahnhofstrasse ©
Bahnhofstrasse

2
nights
Innsbruck, Austria

Innsbruck ©
Nestled in a valley between snowcapped peaks, Innsbruck evokes visions of a winter wonderland.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Thu): take in panoramic vistas at Town Tower (Stadtturm), take an in-depth tour of The Golden Roof (Goldenes Dachl), then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dom zu St. Jakob, then steep yourself in history at Altstadt von Innsbruck, and finally see the interesting displays at Swarovski Kristallwelten. Here are some ideas for day two: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Alpenzoo, hit the slopes at Bergisel Ski Jump, and then admire the masterpieces at Schloss Ambras Innsbruck.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Innsbruck route planner.

You can drive from Zurich to Innsbruck in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 6°C in December, and nighttime lows around -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Salzburg.

Things to do in Innsbruck

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Swarovski Kristallwelten
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The Golden Roof (Goldenes Dachl) ©
The Golden Roof (Goldenes Dachl)
Schloss Ambras Innsbruck ©
Schloss Ambras Innsbruck
Dom zu St. Jakob ©
Dom zu St. Jakob

3
nights
Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Salzburg is known for historic sites, museums, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle, don't miss a visit to Linzergasse, examine the collection at Red Bull Hangar-7, and steep yourself in history at Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus).

To find ratings and other tourist information, read our Salzburg road trip planning app.

You can take a train from Innsbruck to Salzburg in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In December in Salzburg, expect temperatures between 6°C during the day and -1°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle ©
Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle
Schloss Hellbrunn ©
Schloss Hellbrunn
Salzburg Cathedral ©
Salzburg Cathedral

4
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.
Vienna is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the historical opulence of Schonbrunn Palace, admire the masterpieces at Albertina, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Stephen's Cathedral, and get a sense of history and politics at Rathaus.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Vienna planning website.

You can fly from Salzburg to Vienna in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. December in Vienna sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of 0°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Vienna

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
The Hofburg ©
The Hofburg
Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien ©
Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien

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