14 days in Central Europe Itinerary

14 days in Central Europe Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Central Europe trip planner

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Munich, Germany
— 2 nights
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Salzburg, Austria
— 2 nights
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Vienna, Austria
— 3 nights
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Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
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Prague, Czech Republic
— 1 night
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Berlin, Germany
— 3 nights
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Munich, Germany

— 2 nights

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 27th (Tue): engage your brain at Deutsches Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter's Church, then make a trip to Marienplatz, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asamkirche. On your second day here, examine the collection at Munich Residenz, then admire the masterpieces at Alte Pinakothek, and then admire the striking features of Frauenkirche.

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Chicago, USA to Munich is an approximately 13-hour flight. Traveling from Chicago to Munich, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. In December in Munich, expect temperatures between 41°F during the day and 29°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Salzburg.

Things to do in Munich

Museums · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 28:

Salzburg, Austria

— 2 nights

Rome of the North

Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Thu): admire the striking features of Mirabell Palace, examine the collection at Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus), take an in-depth tour of Mozarts Geburtshaus, then get a taste of the local shopping with Getreidegasse, and finally explore the historical opulence of Schloss Hellbrunn. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Salzburger Altstadt, admire the striking features of Salzburg Cathedral, admire the landmark architecture of Fortress Hohensalzburg, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter's Abbey (Stift St. Peter), and finally see the interesting displays at Red Bull Hangar-7.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Salzburg itinerary planner.

You can drive from Munich to Salzburg in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Salzburg can reach 42°F, while at night they dip to 29°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Vienna.

Things to do in Salzburg

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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.
Vienna is known for historic sites, museums, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Schonbrunn Palace, contemplate the long history of Mozarthaus Vienna, explore the world behind art at Albertina, and get to know the resident critters at Schönbrunn Zoo.

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You can drive from Salzburg to Vienna in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly. In December, daytime highs in Vienna are 41°F, while nighttime lows are 31°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can go by car to Budapest.

Things to do in Vienna

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Zoos & Aquariums
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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.
On the 3rd (Tue), test the waters at a local thermal spa, then appreciate the history behind Heroes' Square, then pause for some photo ops at Shoes on the Danube Bank, and finally ponder the world of politics at Hungarian Parliament Building. On the 4th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: browse the fresh offerings at Central Market Hall, take in the spiritual surroundings of Dohány Street Synagogue, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), snap pictures at Szechenyi Lanchid, then admire the landmark architecture of Matthias Church, and finally don't miss a visit to Fisherman's Bastion.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Budapest trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Vienna to Budapest takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In January, daily temperatures in Budapest can reach 37°F, while at night they dip to 25°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to fly to Prague.

Things to do in Budapest

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Prague, Czech Republic

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): take a stroll through Lesser Town, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Vitus Cathedral, then get to know the fascinating history of Staromestske namesti, then don't miss a visit to Prague Astronomical Clock, and finally take in the views from Charles Bridge.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Prague tour itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Budapest to Prague takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 36°F in January, and nighttime lows around 27°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can drive to Berlin.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 5:

Berlin, Germany

— 3 nights

Athens of the Spree

The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Berlin is known for sightseeing, museums, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: appreciate the history behind Brandenburg Gate, explore the world behind art at Pergamonmuseum, steep yourself in history at East Side Gallery, and pause for some serene contemplation at Berliner Dom.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Berlin trip planner.

Traveling by car from Prague to Berlin takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Berlin

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