12 days in Central Europe Itinerary

12 days in Central Europe Itinerary

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12 days in Central Europe Itinerary

Barcelona, Spain
Fly:  5​h 30​min
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
Berlin, Germany
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
Munich, Germany
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Salzburg, Austria
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 30​min
Vienna, Austria
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
Barcelona, Spain

2
days
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.
On the 29th (Thu), wander the streets of Old Town Square and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Spanish Synagogue. On the 30th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kostel Panny Marie Pred Tynem, then steep yourself in history at Prague Astronomical Clock, then get to know the fascinating history of Prague Castle, and finally take in the views from Charles Bridge.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Prague road trip site .

Barcelona, Spain to Prague is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Barcelona in March; daily highs in Prague reach 11°C and lows reach 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) to allow time to travel to Berlin.

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Charles Bridge
Charles Bridge
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
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Prague Astronomical Clock

2
days
Berlin, Germany

The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): see the interesting displays at Pergamon Museum, ponder the world of politics at Reichstag Building, then pause for some photo ops at The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, and finally appreciate the history behind Brandenburg Gate. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Memorial of the Berlin Wall and then take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Berlin trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Prague to Berlin takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can travel to Munich.

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Brandenburg Gate
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Reichstag Building

1
day
Munich, Germany

Munich ©
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 3rd (Tue): engage your brain at Deutsches Museum, then don't miss a visit to Marienplatz, then take in panoramic vistas at Frauenkirche, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael's Church.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Munich planner .

Traveling by flight from Berlin to Munich takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In April, daytime highs in Munich are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to drive to Salzburg.

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Deutsches Museum
Marienplatz ©
Marienplatz
Frauenkirche ©
Frauenkirche

1
day
Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): admire the natural beauty at Mirabell Palace, contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Abbey (Stift St. Peter), then take some stellar pictures from Salzburg Fortress (Festung Hohensalzburg), then take in the spiritual surroundings of Salzburg Cathedral (Dom), and finally don't miss a visit to Altstadt von Salzburg.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Salzburg trip planner .

Traveling by car from Munich to Salzburg takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Salzburg can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can travel to Vienna.

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Mirabell Palace
Salzburg Cathedral (Dom) ©
Salzburg Cathedral (Dom)

3
days
Vienna, Austria

Vienna ©
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.
Vienna is known for museums, parks, nightlife, historic sites, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Schonbrunn Palace, contemplate the long history of St. Mary's on the Bank (Maria Am Gestade), admire the landmark architecture of Rathaus, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Stephen's Cathedral.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Vienna vacation tool .

You can fly from Salzburg to Vienna in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in April, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Budapest.

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Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien ©
Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien
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Schonbrunn Palace
St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral

2
days
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.
On the 8th (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Dohány Street Synagogue, steep yourself in history at Hősök tere, then examine the collection at House of Terror Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Matthias Church, and finally make a trip to Fisherman's Bastion. On the 9th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the views from Szechenyi Chain Bridge, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), then pause for some serene contemplation at University Church, and finally ponder the world of politics at Parliament.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Budapest trip planner .

Traveling by train from Vienna to Budapest takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. April in Budapest sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

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Fisherman's Bastion
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Matthias Church

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