19 days in Eastern Europe & Salzburg Itinerary

19 days in Eastern Europe & Salzburg Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Charlotte, United States
Fly:  16 h 15 min
1
Krakow, Poland
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  4 h 30 min
2
Budapest, Hungary
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h
3
Bratislava, Slovakia
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
4
Prague, Czech Republic
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
5
Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
6
Salzburg, Austria
— 3 nights
Train + Fly:  14 h 45 min
End: Charlotte, United States

3
nights
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.
HistoryLand and Muzeum Uniwersytetu Jagiellonskiego Collegium Maius will appeal to museum buffs. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square and St. Mary's Basilica. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Krakow: Zakopane (Giewont Mountain, Muzeum Oscypka Zakopane, &more). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wawel Cathedral, see the interesting displays at Muzeum Krakowa, oddzial Fabryka Emalia Oskara Schindlera, learn more about the world around you at Geological Museum of the Polish Academy of Sciences, and appreciate the history behind Church of St. Peter and St. Paul.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Krakow trip maker website.

Charlotte, USA to Krakow is an approximately 16.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. Traveling from Charlotte to Krakow, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Charlotte in August; daily highs in Krakow reach 77°F and lows reach 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Zakopane
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HistoryLand ©
HistoryLand
Wawel Royal Castle ©
Wawel Royal Castle
Wawel Cathedral ©
Wawel Cathedral

4
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.
Appreciate the collections at Budapest Pinball Museum and Miniversum Budapest. Fisherman's Bastion and Vajdahunyad Castle (Vajdahunyadvar) will appeal to history buffs. The adventure continues: indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, take an in-depth tour of Hospital in the Rock Nuclear Bunker Museum, contemplate the long history of Liberty Statue, and get outside with Budapest Out There.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Budapest trip itinerary builder.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Krakow to Budapest in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Budapest are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to drive to Bratislava.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Tours Museums
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Fisherman's Bastion ©
Fisherman's Bastion
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church
Liberty Statue ©
Liberty Statue

2
nights
Bratislava, Slovakia

Bratislava ©
Slovakia's capital, Bratislava, attracts visitors for its natural beauty and rich culture, offering a plethora of landscapes, outdoor activities, historical monuments, and a stately old town.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Blue Church of St. Elizabeth, have fun and explore at Detske Muzeum, admire the masterpieces at Nedbalka Gallery, then pause for some serene contemplation at Franciscan Church and Monastery, then get engrossed in the history at Bratislava City Museum (Mestske Muzeum), and finally don't miss a visit to St. Martin's Cathedral (Dom svateho Martina). Here are some ideas for day two: ponder the design of Fountain of peace, then explore the historical opulence of Devin Castle, then head outdoors with Magio Beach, and finally step into the grandiose world of Bratislava Castle.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Bratislava road trip tool.

You can drive from Budapest to Bratislava in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Bratislava can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to drive to Prague.

Things to do in Bratislava

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums
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Devin Castle ©
Devin Castle
Blue Church of St. Elizabeth ©
Blue Church of St. Elizabeth
St. Martin's Cathedral (Dom svateho Martina) ©

3
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.
Get some cultural insight at Staromestske namesti and Lobkowicz Palace. Bring the kids along to Gallery of Steel Figures and Thrill Park - Prague's Horror Theme Park. And it doesn't end there: take some stellar pictures from Prague Astronomical Clock, see the interesting displays at Speculum Alchemiae Museum, wander the streets of Lesser Town, and explore the historical opulence of Prague Castle.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Prague trip itinerary planning app.

Drive from Bratislava to Prague in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Bratislava in September: highs in Prague hover around 66°F, while lows dip to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Cesky Krumlov.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Staromestske namesti ©
Staromestske namesti
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
St. Vitus Cathedral ©
St. Vitus Cathedral

1
night
Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic

Cesky Krumlov ©
Known around the world for its medieval castle, Cesky Krumlov offers the chance to experience the charm of a small European city seemingly frozen in time several centuries ago.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): make a trip to Museum Fotoatelier Seidel, see the interesting displays at Moldavite Museum - Muzeum vltavinu, get to know the fascinating history of Historie mesta Ceský Krumlov, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of St. Vitus, and finally step into the grandiose world of Cesky Krumlov Castle.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Cesky Krumlov travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Prague to Cesky Krumlov takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September in Cesky Krumlov, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 50°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can go by car to Salzburg.

Things to do in Cesky Krumlov

Historic Sites Museums
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Historie mesta Ceský Krumlov ©
Historie mesta Ceský Krumlov
Cesky Krumlov Castle ©
Cesky Krumlov Castle
Museum Fotoatelier Seidel ©
Museum Fotoatelier Seidel

3
nights
Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Salzburg Cathedral and Salzburger Altstadt. Museum-lovers will appreciate Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus) and Atelier Thomas Selinger. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter's Abbey (Stift St. Peter), fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, steep yourself in history at Old City Hall (Altes Rathaus), and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Franziskanerkirche.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Salzburg itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Cesky Krumlov to Salzburg takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In September in Salzburg, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 50°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites Museums Adventure

Side Trip

Basilika St. Michael
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Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus) ©
Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus)
Salzburg Cathedral ©
Salzburg Cathedral
St. Peter's Abbey (Stift St. Peter) ©
St. Peter's Abbey (Stift St. Peter)

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