12 days in Central Europe & Amsterdam Itinerary

12 days in Central Europe & Amsterdam Itinerary

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12 days in Central Europe & Amsterdam Itinerary

Start: Washington DC, United States
+2
subway + bus + Fly:  13​h
1
Budapest, Hungary
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
Prague, Czech Republic
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + bus + subway:  10​h 45​min
End: Washington DC, United States

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Buda Castle as well as Matthias Church. Discover out-of-the-way places like Margaret Island and Liberty Bridge (Szabadsag hid). Visit Fisherman's Bastion and St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika) for their historical value. And it doesn't end there: boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, choose your vessel at Portum Lines, steep yourself in history at Hősök tere, and get outside with City Park Városliget.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Budapest trip planner.

Washington DC, USA to Budapest is an approximately 15-hour combination of subway, bus, and flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or fly. Traveling from Washington DC to Budapest, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. In February in Budapest, expect temperatures between 44°F during the day and 30°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Outdoors Spas
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Fisherman's Bastion ©
Fisherman's Bastion
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church

4
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.
Appreciate the collections at Jewish Museum in Prague and The Powder Tower. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Prague Zoo and Spanish Synagogue. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Vitus Cathedral, appreciate the extensive heritage of Prague Castle, get great views at Prague Astronomical Clock, and head outdoors with Transport Artists.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Prague trip planning website .

You can fly from Budapest to Prague in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In February in Prague, expect temperatures between 40°F during the day and 29°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors
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Prague Zoo ©
Prague Zoo
Old Town Square ©
Old Town Square
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle

3
nights
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
On the 23rd (Sat), meet the residents at ARTIS and then explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum, then wander the streets of The Jordaan, and then take an in-depth tour of Anne Frank House.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Amsterdam online route builder .

Getting from Prague to Amsterdam by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In February, daily temperatures in Amsterdam can reach 44°F, while at night they dip to 33°F. On the 25th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Parks Outdoors
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Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

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