60 days in Central Europe Itinerary

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Krakow, Poland
— 5 nights
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Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
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Prague, Czech Republic
— 6 nights
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Dresden, Germany
— 4 nights
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Berlin, Germany
— 6 nights
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Hamburg, Germany
— 3 nights
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Rothenburg, Germany
— 3 nights
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Nuremberg, Germany
— 4 nights
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Munich, Germany
— 5 nights
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Salzburg, Austria
— 4 nights
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Innsbruck, Austria
— 3 nights
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Vienna, Austria
— 6 nights
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Bratislava, Slovakia
— 2 nights
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Budapest, Hungary
— 5 nights
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Krakow, Poland — 5 nights

Slavic Rome

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.
Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau and St. Mary's Basilica will appeal to history buffs. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Lost Souls Alley and Wawel Cathedral. There's lots more to do: get a new perspective on nature at Rynek (Old Square) Underground, appreciate the extensive heritage of Planty Park, see the interesting displays at Krakow Pinball Museum, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Krakow road trip planner.

Canberra, Australia to Krakow is an approximately 29-hour flight. You'll gain 9 hours traveling from Canberra to Krakow due to the time zone difference. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Canberra in December, with highs in Krakow at 5°C and lows at -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can drive to Cesky Krumlov.
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Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic — 2 nights

Known around the world for its medieval castle, Cesky Krumlov offers the chance to experience the charm of a small European city seemingly frozen in time several centuries ago.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Museum Fotoatelier Seidel, admire the masterpieces at Egon Schiele Art Centrum, get to know the fascinating history of Historie mesta Ceský Krumlov, examine the collection at Moldavite Museum - Muzeum vltavinu, then examine the collection at Regionalni Muzeum v Ceskem Krumlove, and finally contemplate the long history of Latran houses. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Minorite Monastery, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of St. Vitus, then learn the secrets of beer at Wiseman Free Tour, and finally contemplate the long history of Cesky Krumlov Castle.

To find out how to plan a trip to Cesky Krumlov, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Krakow to Cesky Krumlov takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, train, and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, daytime highs in Cesky Krumlov are 4°C, while nighttime lows are -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to drive to Prague.
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Prague, Czech Republic — 6 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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Staromestske namesti and St. Vitus Cathedral. Get some cultural insight at Prague Castle and Hradcany. Get out of town with these interesting Prague side-trips: Kutna Hora (St Barbara's Church & Sedlec Ossuary) and Kolinska Synagoga (in Kolin). There's much more to do: wander the streets of Lesser Town, steep yourself in history at Lobkowicz Palace, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Kostel sv. Mikuláše, and appreciate the history behind Franz Kafka Monument.

To see where to stay and tourist information, go to the Prague online travel route planner.

You can drive from Cesky Krumlov to Prague in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, daytime highs in Prague are 5°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to drive to Dresden.
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Dresden, Germany — 4 nights

Florence of the North

Dresden boasts a long history as a royal residence of many Saxon kings.
Museum-lovers will get to explore The Dresden Zwinger and Royal Palace (Residenzschloss). You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Frauenkirche Dresden and St. Nicholas Church (Nikolaikirche). Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Dresden: Leipzig (Hauptbahnhof Leipzig, St. Thomas Church, &more). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Gemaldegalerie Alte Meister, make a trip to Procession of Princes, see the interesting displays at Neues Grünes Gewölbe, and steep yourself in history at Stallhof.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Dresden trip app.

Getting from Prague to Dresden by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. December in Dresden sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Berlin.
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Berlin, Germany — 6 nights

Athens of the Spree

The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Visit Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen and East Side Gallery for their historical value. Museum-lovers will appreciate Neues Museum and Topography of Terror. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Gendarmenmarkt, wander the streets of Potsdamer Platz, take in nature's colorful creations at Großer Tiergarten, and step into the grandiose world of Charlottenburg Palace.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Berlin trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Dresden to Berlin in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Hamburg.
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Hamburg, Germany — 3 nights

Gateway to the World

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at St. Michael's Church and Lubeck Altstadt (Lubeck Oldtown). Popular historic sites such as Speicherstadt and Alter Elbtunnel are in your itinerary. Take a break from Hamburg with a short trip to Holstentor in Lubeck, about 1h 5 min away. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Rathausmarkt, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, explore the world behind art at Kunsthalle Hamburg, and contemplate the waterfront views at Port of Hamburg.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Hamburg trip itinerary maker.

Take a train from Berlin to Hamburg in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 3°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Rothenburg.
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Rothenburg, Germany — 3 nights

Medieval Heart of Germany

An old imperial city, Rothenburg is the main tourist stop on the scenic Romantic Road of Bavaria.
Visit Altstadt and St. Jakobskirche for their historical value. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Town Walls and Würzburg Residence. Explore Rothenburg's surroundings by going to Wurzburg (St. Kilian Cathedral & Museum fur Franken). There's still lots to do: get a sense of history and politics at Stadt Rothenburg ob der Tauber, contemplate the long history of Markusturm and Buttelhaus, take an in-depth tour of Reichsstadtmuseum, and see the interesting displays at Medieval Crime Museum (Mittelalterliches Kriminalmuseum).

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Rothenburg vacation tool.

Traveling by flight from Hamburg to Rothenburg takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 3°C, and evening lows to -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Nuremberg.
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Nuremberg, Germany — 4 nights

Gingerbread Capital of the World

Nuremberg's historic town center stands in the shadow of a towering imperial castle that dominates its northwestern corner.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Kaiserburg Nurnberg and Dokumentationszentrum Reichsparteitagsgelände. You'll explore and learn at Memorium Nuremberg Trials and Toy Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Nuremberg: Regensburg (Old Town, Cathedral of St Peter's, &more) and Bamberg (Bamberg Cathedral, Bamberg Altstadt, &more). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Reichsparteigelande (Nazi Party Rally Grounds), don't miss a visit to St. Lorenz Church, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Sebaldus Church, and take an in-depth tour of Germanisches Nationalmuseum.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Nuremberg trip planner.

Getting from Rothenburg to Nuremberg by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In January, daytime highs in Nuremberg are 3°C, while nighttime lows are -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Munich.
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Munich, Germany — 5 nights

Village of a Million People

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site and Altstadt von Fuessen. Schloss Hohenschwangau and Nymphenburg Palace will appeal to history buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Schloss Linderhof (in Ettal) and Schloss Neuschwanstein (in Schwangau). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Munich Residenz, contemplate the waterfront views at English Garden, ponder the world of politics at New Town Hall (Neus Rathaus), and don't miss a visit to Marienplatz.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Munich trip planner.

You can drive from Nuremberg to Munich in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 3°C in January, and nighttime lows around -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Salzburg.
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Salzburg, Austria — 4 nights

Rome of the North

Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Appreciate the collections at Fortress Hohensalzburg and Haus der Natur. Visit St. Peter's Abbey (Stift St. Peter) and Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus) for their historical value. Take a break from Salzburg with a short trip to Salzwelten Salzburg in Hallein, about 30 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the different monuments and memorials at Petersfriedhof, explore the historical opulence of Schloss Hellbrunn, steep yourself in history at Mozarts Geburtshaus, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Nonnberg Convent.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Salzburg road trip planning website.

You can drive from Munich to Salzburg in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. January in Salzburg sees daily highs of 4°C and lows of -3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Innsbruck.
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Innsbruck, Austria — 3 nights

Nestled in a valley between snowcapped peaks, Innsbruck evokes visions of a winter wonderland.
Visit Altstadt von Innsbruck and Schloss Ambras Innsbruck for their historical value. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Maria-Theresien-Strasse and Dom zu St. Jakob. Step out of Innsbruck to go to Neustift im Stubaital and see Stubaier Gletscher, which is approximately 48 minutes away. There's still lots to do: appreciate the history behind Hofkirche, take in panoramic vistas at Town Tower (Stadtturm), get to know the resident critters at Alpenzoo, and admire the striking features of Imperial Palace.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Innsbruck trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Salzburg to Innsbruck takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. January in Innsbruck sees daily highs of 3°C and lows of -5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to fly to Vienna.
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Vienna, Austria — 6 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Albertina and Natural History Museum (Naturhistorisches Museum). Schonbrunn Palace and Peterskirche will appeal to history buffs. There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at St. Stephen's Cathedral, explore the world behind art at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, examine the collection at Hofburg, and admire the striking features of Belvedere Palace.

To find maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Vienna vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from Innsbruck to Vienna takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 3°C, and evening lows to -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can drive to Bratislava.
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Bratislava, Slovakia — 2 nights

Beauty on the Danube

Slovakia's capital, Bratislava, attracts visitors for its natural beauty and rich culture, offering a plethora of landscapes, outdoor activities, historical monuments, and a stately old town.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Thu): get engrossed in the history at Devin Castle, then contemplate the long history of Primates' Palace (Primacialny palac), then steep yourself in history at Old Town Hall, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Blue Church of St. Elizabeth. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri): step into the grandiose world of Bratislava Castle, wander the streets of Bratislava Old Town, then steep yourself in history at St. Martin's Cathedral (Dom svateho Martina), then pause for some photo ops at Cumil, and finally steep yourself in history at Michalska Brana.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Bratislava day trip planning website.

You can drive from Vienna to Bratislava in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 3°C, and evening lows to -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Budapest.
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Budapest, Hungary — 5 nights

Pearl of the Danube

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.
Get some cultural insight at Fisherman's Bastion and St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika). You'll explore and learn at Hospital in the Rock Nuclear Bunker Museum and House of Terror Museum. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Matthias Church, don't miss a visit to New York Palace, pause for some photo ops at Heroes' Square, and contemplate the long history of Liberty Statue.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Budapest online day trip planner.

You can drive from Bratislava to Budapest in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In February, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to -1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can travel back home.
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