19 days in Central Europe Itinerary

19 days in Central Europe Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Central Europe route planner
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Vienna, Austria
— 3 nights
Fly
2
Prague, Czech Republic
— 3 nights
Drive
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Dresden, Germany
— 3 nights
Fly
4
Nuremberg, Germany
— 1 night
Drive
5
Rothenburg, Germany
— 1 night
Drive
6
Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
— 2 nights
Drive
7
Lucerne, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Drive
8
Zermatt, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Vienna, Austria — 3 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Rathausplatz and Natural History Museum (Naturhistorisches Museum). Get a sense of the local culture at Ringstrasse and Kaiserliche Schatzkammer Wien. Next up on the itinerary: get a sense of history and politics at Rathaus, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Peterskirche, and learn about all things military at Museum of Military History.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Vienna trip planner.

Mumbai, India to Vienna is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 4.5 hours traveling from Mumbai to Vienna. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Mumbai in December; daily highs in Vienna reach 5°C and lows reach 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Prague.
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Prague, Czech Republic — 3 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Gallery of Steel Figures and St Barbara's Church. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Sedlec Ossuary and Kostel sv. Mikuláše. Explore Prague's surroundings by going to Kutna Hora (Corpus Christi Chapel & The Cathedral of Assumption). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Franz Kafka Monument, see the interesting displays at Lobkowicz Palace, shop like a local with Narodni Galerie Praha, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Spanish Synagogue.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Prague trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Vienna to Prague takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In December, plan for daily highs up to 5°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to drive to Dresden.
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Dresden, Germany — 3 nights

Florence of the North

Dresden boasts a long history as a royal residence of many Saxon kings.
Get some cultural insight at Royal Palace (Residenzschloss) and Gemaldegalerie Alte Meister. You'll discover tucked-away gems like The Dresden Zwinger and St. Thomas Church. Change things up with these side-trips from Dresden: Leipzig (Platz an der Thomasgasse, Hauptbahnhof Leipzig, &more). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Neues Grünes Gewölbe, don't miss a visit to Procession of Princes, admire the landmark architecture of Bruehlsche Terrasse, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Frauenkirche Dresden.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Dresden holiday planner.

Getting from Prague to Dresden by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Dresden are 7°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Nuremberg.
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Nuremberg, Germany — 1 night

Gingerbread Capital of the World

Nuremberg's historic town center stands in the shadow of a towering imperial castle that dominates its northwestern corner.
On the 15th (Thu), contemplate the long history of Reichsparteigelande (Nazi Party Rally Grounds), examine the collection at Dokumentationszentrum Reichsparteitagsgelände, then step into the grandiose world of Kaiserburg Nurnberg, and finally don't miss a visit to Altstadt.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Nuremberg trip builder website.

Traveling by flight from Dresden to Nuremberg takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Nuremberg are 5°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Rothenburg.
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Rothenburg, Germany — 1 night

Medieval Heart of Germany

An old imperial city, Rothenburg is the main tourist stop on the scenic Romantic Road of Bavaria.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): examine the collection at Alzheimer Haus, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Jakobskirche, look for gifts at Kathe Wohlfahrts Weihnachtsdorf, see the interesting displays at Medieval Crime Museum (Mittelalterliches Kriminalmuseum), then visit Altstadt, and finally contemplate the long history of Town Walls.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Rothenburg trip maker tool.

Getting from Nuremberg to Rothenburg by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 5°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can drive to Garmisch-Partenkirchen.
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Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany — 2 nights

Nestled within the Bavarian Alps, Garmisch-Partenkirchen offers a classic mountain feel along with world-class winter sports.
On the 17th (Sat), pause for some serene contemplation at Krippkirche St. Nikolaus, take in the awesome beauty at Zugspitze, and then look for gifts at Bike Rental Train Station Fussen. On the 18th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Partnachklamm, step into the grandiose world of Schloss Linderhof, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pilgrimage Church of Wies.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Garmisch-Partenkirchen trip planning tool.

Getting from Rothenburg to Garmisch-Partenkirchen by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Rothenburg in December since evenings lows in Garmisch-Partenkirchen dip to -4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Lucerne.
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Lucerne, Switzerland — 3 nights

In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
For shopping fun, head to Hauptbahnhof or Altstadt Luzern. Take a break from the city and head to Titlis and Mt Pilatus. Change things up with these side-trips from Lucerne: Zurich (Old Town & Uetliberg Mountain). And it doesn't end there: appreciate the history behind Lion Monument, admire the striking features of Lucerne Station, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Lucerne, and snap pictures at Chapel Bridge.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Lucerne vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Garmisch-Partenkirchen to Lucerne in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 5°C, and evening lows to -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Zermatt.
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Zermatt, Switzerland — 2 nights

Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): see the winter wonderland with Sunnegga, tour the pleasant surroundings at Gornergrat, and then look for gifts at Jack Wolfskin Store.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Zermatt travel route app.

Traveling by car from Lucerne to Zermatt takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.
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