19 days in Germany, Budapest & Austria Itinerary

19 days in Germany, Budapest & Austria Itinerary

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Munich, Germany
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Budapest, Hungary
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Vienna, Austria
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Munich, Germany

— 5 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Nuremberg Christmas Market, Alte Pinakothek, Kaiserburg Nurnberg, and other attractions you added. Do some cultural sightseeing at Munich Residenz and Legionslagermauer. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Deutsches Museum and Deutsches Museum Flugwerft Schleissheim. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Munich: Starnberger See (in Starnberg) and Basilika St. Emmeram (in Regensburg). There's still lots to do: stroll around Theresienwiese, admire the masterpieces at Glyptothek, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Heiliggeistkirche, and see the interesting displays at NS-Dokumentationszentrum Muenchen.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Munich planner.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Munich is an approximately 14-hour flight. Traveling from Johannesburg to Munich, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Johannesburg in December, with highs in Munich at 5°C and lows at -1°C. You'll set off for Budapest on the 21st (Tue).

Things to do in Munich

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

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Budapest, Hungary

— 5 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.
You've added Tokaj Wine Region, Vajdahunyad Castle (Vajdahunyadvar), Nagyvillam Ski Slope, and other attractions to your itinerary. Museum-lovers will appreciate House of Terror Museum and Lovasut Kulturalis es Rendezvenykozpont. Take a break from the city and head to Margaret Island and Priest's Island (Pap-sziget). You'll find plenty of places to visit near Budapest: Szentendre (Hubay House - Christmas Exhibition and Salon & Szanto Memorial House). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Fisherman's Bastion, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), test the waters at a local thermal spa, and let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Budapest online day trip planner.

You can fly from Munich to Budapest in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In December in Budapest, expect temperatures between 5°C during the day and -1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can drive to Vienna.

Things to do in Budapest

Parks · Tours · Historic Sites · Museums

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Vienna, Austria

— 5 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Michaelerplatz, Spittelberg Christmas Market, Kahlenberg, and other attractions you added. Let the collections at The Hofburg and Heeresgeschichtliches Museum capture your imagination. Popular historic sites such as St. Stephen's Cathedral and Cafe Gloriette are in your itinerary. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Rathausplatz, get to know the fascinating history of Historic Center of Vienna, admire the masterpieces at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, and steep yourself in history at Ringstrasse.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Vienna tour planner.

Getting from Budapest to Vienna by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 5°C in December, and nighttime lows around 0°C. You will have some time to spend on the 1st (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Vienna

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks
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Germany travel guide

4.5
Germany is the home of high culture, fine art, classical music, world-class sports, award-winning cuisine--and some of the world's best beers. It's also one of the major economic and political powers of the European continent. One of the founding members of the European Union, Germany is a federation of 16 states. Each boasts its own distinct culture, art, cuisine, regional traditions, and array of things to do. The country is known worldwide for its precision engineering and high-tech products. Equally, though, Germany is admired for its old-world charm and what is locally known as gemutlichkeit (coziness). This is one of the easiest countries in the world to explore, offering an abundance of sightseeing opportunities. German transportation runs with German efficiency. Therefore, getting around the various regions is almost always easy, quick, and pleasant. Visit the cities to explore museums, art galleries, modern restaurants, and trendy shops. Also be sure to venture deeper into the countryside. Here, you can discover ancient castles and bustling little villages. Often in these off-the-beaten-path areas, the main tourist attraction remains the simple hospitality of the friendly locals.

Austria travel guide

4.5
Situated in the Central European Alps, Austria combines an alluring bundle of elegant urban architecture, cultural centers, and dramatic landscapes. This German-speaking country of 8.5 million residents is known for its rich history, dating back to the Hapsburg Empire, as well as its art, music, and scenery. Along with the neighboring country of Switzerland, Austria serves as the winter sports capital of Europe and is home to some of the continent's most popular ski resorts. This landlocked nation draws visitors from across the globe to its mountains, historical villages, and culturally rich cities. Experience trekking in the Alps one day and drinking regional wine at a crowded pub after a day of sightseeing in the capital Vienna the next.