12 days in Central Europe Itinerary

12 days in Central Europe Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Central Europe attractions planner
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Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
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Vienna, Austria
— 3 nights
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Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
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Krakow, Poland
— 2 nights
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Gdansk, Poland
— 2 nights
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Budapest, Hungary — 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): snap pictures at Szechenyi Lanchid, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), then steep yourself in history at Széchenyi Thermal Bath, then contemplate the long history of Heroes' Square, and finally see the interesting displays at House of Terror Museum. Keep things going the next day: get a sense of history and politics at Hungarian Parliament Building, steep yourself in history at Shoes on the Danube Bank, take an in-depth tour of Hospital in the Rock Nuclear Bunker Museum, then steep yourself in history at Matthias Church, and finally steep yourself in history at Fisherman's Bastion.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Budapest attractions tool.

Dammam, Saudi Arabia to Budapest is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Arabian Standard Time (AST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Dammam in October; daily highs in Budapest reach 19°C and lows reach 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Vienna.
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Vienna, Austria — 3 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Wine Tours & Tastings and Albertina. Do some cultural sightseeing at Schonbrunn Palace and Belvedere Palace. There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Peterskirche, get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum (Naturhistorisches Museum), examine the collection at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, and make a trip to Stephansplatz.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Vienna trip itinerary builder app.

Drive from Budapest to Vienna in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Vienna can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Prague.
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Prague, Czech Republic — 2 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.
On the 25th (Tue), step into the grandiose world of Prague Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Vitus Cathedral, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Our Lady before Tyn, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Staromestske namesti. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Cyril and St Methodius Cathedral, snap pictures at Charles Bridge, then admire the landmark architecture of Prague Astronomical Clock, then stop by Lesser Town, and finally steep yourself in history at Lobkowicz Palace.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Prague sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Vienna to Prague in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. In October, daily temperatures in Prague can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to fly to Krakow.
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Krakow, Poland — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): wander the streets of Kazmierz The Former Jewish District, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wawel Cathedral, and then get to know the fascinating history of Wawel Royal Castle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Fri): appreciate the extensive heritage of Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square, get a taste of the local shopping with Sukiennice (Cloth Hall), get a new perspective on nature at Rynek (Old Square) Underground, then admire the striking features of St. Mary's Basilica, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and finally examine the collection at Lost Souls Alley.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Krakow travel route planner.

Traveling by flight from Prague to Krakow takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In October, daily temperatures in Krakow can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can fly to Gdansk.
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Gdansk, Poland — 2 nights

World Capital of Amber

Although its history goes back a thousand years, Gdansk represents one of Poland's most modern urban centers, its thriving economy boosted by a lively tourism sector.
On the 29th (Sat), get engrossed in the history at Europejskie Centrum SolidarnoSci, then stop by Old Town, then brush up on your military savvy at Museum of the Second World War (Muzeum II Wojny Swiatowej), and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Gdansk planner.

You can fly from Krakow to Gdansk in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in October, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can travel back home.
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