34 days in Central Europe, Madrid & Barcelona Itinerary

34 days in Central Europe, Madrid & Barcelona Itinerary

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34 days in Central Europe, Madrid & Barcelona Itinerary

Start: Tegucigalpa, Honduras
Fly:  22​h 30​min
1
Vienna, Austria
— 3 nights
2
Budapest, Hungary
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
4
Berlin, Germany
— Few hours
Fly:  6​h 15​min
5
Madrid, Spain
— 19 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
6
Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly:  19​h 45​min
End: Tegucigalpa, Honduras

3
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 museums, parks, historic sites, nightlife, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Schonbrunn Palace, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Schönbrunn Zoo, explore the world behind art at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, and take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Mary's on the Bank (Maria Am Gestade).

For ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Vienna trip planner .

Tegucigalpa, Honduras to Vienna is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Central European Time is 7 hours. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Tegucigalpa in December, with highs in Vienna at 5°C and lows at 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to take a 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
Belvedere Palace ©
Belvedere Palace

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: admire the landmark architecture of Parliament, contemplate the long history of Matthias Church, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), and take in the views from Szechenyi Chain Bridge.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Budapest tour builder site .

Getting from Vienna to Budapest by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Budapest can reach 5°C, while at night they dip to -1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can travel to Prague.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums Spas
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Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Hungarian Parliament Building ©
Hungarian Parliament Building
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): snap pictures at Charles Bridge, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Vitus Cathedral, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Prague Castle, and finally wander the streets of Old Town Square. Keep things going the next day: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, then take some stellar pictures from Prague Astronomical Clock, and then wander the streets of Mala strana.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Prague trip itinerary app .

Fly from Budapest to Prague in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. December in Prague sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can drive to Berlin.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Tours
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StaromEstske namEsti ©
StaromEstske namEsti
Charles Bridge
Charles Bridge
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle

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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: appreciate the history behind Brandenburg Gate, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Zoo Berlin, step into the grandiose world of Charlottenburg Palace, and steep yourself in history at East Side Gallery.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Berlin tour site .

Traveling by car from Prague to Berlin takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Berlin

Nightlife Tours Museums
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19
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Madrid, Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Get out of town with these interesting Madrid side-trips: Segovia (Iglesia de San Sebastian, Puerto De Cotos, & more), Monasterio Cisterciense de San Bernardo (in Alcala De Henares) and Toledo (Consorcio de Toledo Patrimonio desconocido, Museo de Santa Cruz, & more). On the 31st (Mon), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Puerto de Navacerrada - Estacion de Esqui. Dedicate the 1st (Tue) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Prado National Museum, don't miss a visit to Puerta del Sol, explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, and admire the striking features of Royal Palace of Madrid.

To see reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Madrid trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Berlin to Madrid takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In December in Madrid, expect temperatures between 14°C during the day and 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can take a train to Barcelona.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Parks Tours

Side Trips

Toledo, Segovia, Monasterio Cisterciense de San Bernardo
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Parque del Retiro ©
Parque del Retiro

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Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Wed): appreciate the history behind Casa Batllo, then stroll through Parc Guell, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and finally pick up some local products at La Boqueria. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Thu): make a trip to Las Ramblas, then take a stroll through El Barri Gòtic, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral, and finally get lost in a book at Arquivo Historico da Cidade de Barcelona.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Barcelona trip planner.

You can take a train from Madrid to Barcelona in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In January, Barcelona is somewhat warmer than Madrid - with highs of 17°C and lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo

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