7 days in Central Europe Itinerary
7 days in Central Europe Itinerary
Start: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
— 1 night
— 1 night
Fly to Vienna, Train to Brno
Brno, Czech Republic
— 1 night
— 1 night
— 2 nights
End: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Sun, Aug 14 - Sat, Aug 20
Vienna, Austria — 1 night
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.Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): examine the collection at Hofburg and then make a trip to St. Stephen's Cathedral. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Stephansplatz, then contemplate the long history of Belvedere Palace, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Vienna Naschmarkt, and finally explore the world behind art at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien.
For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Vienna vacation planner.
Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Vienna is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Gulf Standard Time (GST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a -3 hour difference. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Dubai in August: high temperatures in Vienna hover around 31°C and lows are around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to drive to Salzburg.
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Salzburg, Austria — 1 night
Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.On the 16th (Tue), explore the historical opulence of Schloss Hellbrunn, step into the grandiose world of Fortress Hohensalzburg, then steep yourself in history at Mozarts Geburtshaus, then get a taste of the local shopping with Getreidegasse, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Mirabell Palace.
For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Salzburg route tool.
Getting from Vienna to Salzburg by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or fly. In August, daily temperatures in Salzburg can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can travel to Brno.
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Brno, Czech Republic — 1 night
A thousand years old, Brno offers a convenient urban base for exploring the southern section of Moravia, famed for its lush vineyards and natural caves.Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): admire the landmark architecture of Old Town Hall - Tourist Information Centre, take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Church of St. John, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Assumption of Virgin Mary, then identify plant and animal life at Obora Holedna, and finally enjoy some diversion at Koupaliste Kravi Hora.
To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Brno road trip app.
You can do a combination of flight and train from Salzburg to Brno in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in August, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Bratislava.
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Bratislava, Slovakia — 1 night
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.On the 18th (Thu), take an in-depth tour of Devin Castle, then contemplate the long history of St. Martin's Cathedral (Dom svateho Martina), then take in the exciting artwork at Danubiana Meulensteen Art Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Blue Church of St. Elizabeth.
To find photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Bratislava trip planner.
Traveling by car from Brno to Bratislava takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in August, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can drive to Budapest.
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Budapest, Hungary — 2 nights
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.Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Heroes' Square, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), view the masterpieces at Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria), then contemplate the long history of Fisherman's Bastion, then admire the striking features of Matthias Church, and finally take in the views from Szechenyi Lanchid.
For reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Budapest road trip tool.
Traveling by car from Bratislava to Budapest takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in August, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Austria travel guide
Situated in the Central European Alps, Austria combines an alluring bundle of elegant urban architecture, cultural centers, and dramatic landscapes. This German-speaking country of 8.5 million residents is known for its rich history, dating back to the Hapsburg Empire, as well as its art, music, and scenery. Along with the neighboring country of Switzerland, Austria serves as the winter sports capital of Europe and is home to some of the continent's most popular ski resorts. This landlocked nation draws visitors from across the globe to its mountains, historical villages, and culturally rich cities. Experience trekking in the Alps one day and drinking regional wine at a crowded pub after a day of sightseeing in the capital Vienna the next.
Slovakia travel guide
Heart of Europe
A land of magnificent castles, untouched nature, and rich cultural heritage, Slovakia is a jewel in the heart of Europe that's waiting to be discovered. Larger cities such as Bratislava and Kosice feature historic architecture and offer numerous sightseeing opportunities and exciting art scenes, while the traditional villages are the perfect place to get acquainted with local customs. Some of the country's most popular tourist destinations are its numerous spa resorts, famous for their therapeutic properties, and a selection of wooden churches, many of which are World Heritage Sites. Those looking for nature's attractions can enjoy everything from the thick forests and snowy peaks of the Tatra Mountains, to one of Europe's largest concentrations of subterranean caves. The country's cuisine reflects its multi-cultural history and is a definite must-try.