12 days in Eastern Europe, Hamburg & Berlin Itinerary

12 days in Eastern Europe, Hamburg & Berlin Itinerary

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12 days in Eastern Europe, Hamburg & Berlin Itinerary

Cairo, Egypt
Fly:  6​h 15​min
Budapest, Hungary
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
Prague, Czech Republic
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
Krakow, Poland
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
Hamburg, Germany
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
Berlin, Germany
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h
Cairo, Egypt

3
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Fisherman's Bastion and Dohány Street Synagogue. Museum-lovers will appreciate House of Terror Museum and Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Matthias Church, pause for some serene contemplation at University Church, contemplate the long history of Hősök tere, and get to know the fascinating history of Janoshegy.

To find photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Budapest day trip website .

Cairo, Egypt to Budapest is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time (EET) to Central European Time (CET) is minus 1 hour. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Cairo in June; daily highs in Budapest reach 30°C and lows reach 15°C. On the 14th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Prague.

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Fisherman's Bastion ©
Fisherman's Bastion
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church
Dohány Street Synagogue ©
Dohány Street Synagogue

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 15th (Fri), take a stroll through Old Town Square, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Vitus Cathedral, and then get to know the fascinating history of Prague Castle. On the 16th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take some stellar pictures from Vyšehrad National Cultural Monument, take a stroll through Mala strana, then take in the views from Charles Bridge, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Spanish Synagogue, and finally get great views at Prague Astronomical Clock.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Prague day trip planning app .

You can fly from Budapest to Prague in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Budapest in June, plan for a bit cooler days in Prague, with highs around 26°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Krakow.

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Old Town Square ©
Old Town Square
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
St. Vitus Cathedral ©
St. Vitus Cathedral

2
days
Krakow, Poland

Krakow ©
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 17th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wawel Cathedral and then get to know the fascinating history of Main Market Square. Keep things going the next day: explore the fascinating underground world of Wieliczka Salt Mine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Franciscan Church (Kosciol Franciszkanow), then explore the different monuments and memorials at New Jewish Cemetery, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Corpus Christi Church (Kosciol Bozego Ciala), and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mary's Basilica.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Krakow trip planner .

You can fly from Prague to Krakow in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. June in Krakow sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 13°C at night. On the 19th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Hamburg.

Things to do in Krakow

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Wieliczka Salt Mine
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Wieliczka Salt Mine ©
Wieliczka Salt Mine
Wawel Cathedral ©
Wawel Cathedral
Wawel Royal Castle ©
Wawel Royal Castle

1
day
Hamburg, Germany

Hamburg ©
As the country's biggest port and one of the busiest in all of Europe, Hamburg has a well-deserved reputation as Germany's Gateway to the World.
On the 20th (Wed), get to know the fascinating history of Speicherstadt and then examine the collection at Miniatur Wunderland.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Hamburg route planner .

Fly from Krakow to Hamburg in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In June, daytime highs in Hamburg are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Berlin.

Things to do in Hamburg

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Miniatur Wunderland ©
Miniatur Wunderland
Speicherstadt ©
Speicherstadt

2
days
Berlin, Germany

Berlin ©
The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): appreciate the history behind Brandenburg Gate, then steep yourself in history at Charlottenburg Palace, and then see the interesting displays at Pergamon Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Mauermuseum - Museum Haus am Checkpoint Charlie, then examine the collection at Topography of Terror, then get a sense of history and politics at Reichstag Building, and finally steep yourself in history at Memorial of the Berlin Wall.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Berlin itinerary builder site .

Take a train from Hamburg to Berlin in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Berlin

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Charlottenburg Palace ©
Charlottenburg Palace
Pergamon Museum ©
Pergamon Museum
Topography of Terror ©
Topography of Terror

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