11 days in Poland, Austria & Germany Itinerary

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Krakow, Poland
— 3 nights
Vienna, Austria
— 2 nights
Salzburg, Austria
— 2 nights
Munich, Germany
— 1 night
Frankfurt, Germany
— 2 nights


Krakow, Poland — 3 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.
Visit Wieliczka Salt Mine and Wawel Royal Castle for their historical value. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square and Sukiennice (Cloth Hall). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wawel Cathedral, wander the streets of Kazmierz The Former Jewish District, examine the collection at Lost Souls Alley, and steep yourself in history at Muzeum Krakowa, oddzial Fabryka Emalia Oskara Schindlera.

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Pantnagar, India to Krakow is an approximately 22-hour flight. Traveling from Pantnagar to Krakow, you'll gain 4.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Pantnagar in March; daily highs in Krakow reach 9°C and lows reach 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Vienna.
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Vienna, Austria — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): get a taste of the local shopping with Graben and Kohlmarkt, step into the grandiose world of Schonbrunn Palace, and then explore the world behind art at Belvedere Palace. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, hunt for treasures at Vienna Naschmarkt, then see the interesting displays at Hofburg, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St. Stephen's Cathedral.

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You can fly from Krakow to Vienna in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In March, daytime highs in Vienna are 12°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to drive to Salzburg.
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Salzburg, Austria — 2 nights

Rome of the North

Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
On the 9th (Thu), admire the natural beauty at Mirabell Palace, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter's Abbey (Stift St. Peter), then step into the grandiose world of Fortress Hohensalzburg, then admire the landmark architecture of Salzburg Cathedral, and finally make a trip to Salzburger Altstadt. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus), browse the exhibits of Mozarts Geburtshaus, then get a taste of the local shopping with Getreidegasse, then explore the historical opulence of Schloss Hellbrunn, and finally examine the collection at Red Bull Hangar-7.

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Traveling by car from Vienna to Salzburg takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 12°C in March, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to drive to Munich.
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Munich, Germany — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter's Church, contemplate the long history of Nymphenburg Palace, and then stroll around English Garden.

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Traveling by car from Salzburg to Munich takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in March, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Frankfurt.
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Frankfurt, Germany — 2 nights


A global center of finance and transportation, Frankfurt is perhaps best known for its futuristic cityscape.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Aboretum Main-Taunus, then look for all kinds of wild species at Weilbacher Kiesgruben, then admire the masterpieces at Stadel Museum, and finally shop like a local with ARTime Gallery.

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You can fly from Munich to Frankfurt in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In March, daily temperatures in Frankfurt can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel back home.
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Poland travel guide

A massive country in eastern Europe, Poland offers much to those who venture beyond the continent's more traditional touristic destinations. Dating back to the first millennium, the republic has over a thousand years of heritage to explore, including an abundance of World War II history. Bordered by Germany to the west and Ukraine and Belarus to the east, Poland was the rope in a game of tug of war between German Nazis and the Soviet Allied forces. Major cities like Krakow, Warsaw, Gdansk, Wroclaw, Lodz, Poznan, and Lublin are offer an array of cultural attractions. The infamous concentration camp Auschwitz, near Krakow, is a difficult experience but a must for anyone visiting the area. Be sure to sample hearty comfort foods rich in meat, cabbage, and spices--the Polish secret to making it through harsh winters.

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.

Germany travel guide

Germany is the home of high culture, fine art, classical music, world-class sports, award-winning cuisine--and some of the world's best beers. It's also one of the major economic and political powers of the European continent. One of the founding members of the European Union, Germany is a federation of 16 states. Each boasts its own distinct culture, art, cuisine, regional traditions, and array of things to do. The country is known worldwide for its precision engineering and high-tech products. Equally, though, Germany is admired for its old-world charm and what is locally known as gemutlichkeit (coziness). This is one of the easiest countries in the world to explore, offering an abundance of sightseeing opportunities. German transportation runs with German efficiency. Therefore, getting around the various regions is almost always easy, quick, and pleasant. Visit the cities to explore museums, art galleries, modern restaurants, and trendy shops. Also be sure to venture deeper into the countryside. Here, you can discover ancient castles and bustling little villages. Often in these off-the-beaten-path areas, the main tourist attraction remains the simple hospitality of the friendly locals.