26 days in Germany, Austria & Eastern Europe Itinerary

26 days in Germany, Austria & Eastern Europe Itinerary

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26 days in Germany, Austria & Eastern Europe Itinerary

Munich, Germany
Munich, Germany
— 5 nights
bus:  2​h
Salzburg, Austria
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  3​h 15​min
Bratislava, Slovakia
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
Vienna, Austria
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
Prague, Czech Republic
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
Berlin, Germany
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
Frankfurt, Germany
— 5 nights
Frankfurt, Germany

5
days
Munich, Germany

Munich ©
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.
Get in touch with nature at English Garden and Strandbad St. Alban. Museum-lovers will appreciate Nymphenburg Palace (Schloss Nymphenburg) and Munich Residenz. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Munich: Strandbad Seeon (in Seeon) and Neuschwanstein Castle (in Hohenschwangau). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Alte Pinakothek, take in the spiritual surroundings of Asam Church, don't miss a visit to Marienplatz, and examine the collection at BMW Welt.

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May in Munich sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can go by car to Salzburg.

Things to do in Munich

#Museums, #Parks, #Outdoors

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Roberto Beach, Strandbad Seeon, Strandbad St. Alban, Neuschwanstein Castle
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Nymphenburg Palace ©
Nymphenburg Palace
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Alte Pinakothek
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Neuschwanstein Castle

3
days
Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Get some historical perspective at Salzburg Fortress (Festung Hohensalzburg) and Salzburg Cathedral (Dom). Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus) and Mozarts Geburtshaus will appeal to museum buffs. Explore Salzburg's surroundings by going to Kitzsteinhorn (in Zell am See) and Badestrand Hallstatt (in Hallstatt). The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Schloss Hellbrunn, see the interesting displays at Red Bull Hangar-7, take in the awesome beauty at Untersberg, and take in nature's colorful creations at Mirabell Palace.

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Drive from Munich to Salzburg in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May in Salzburg, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Budapest.

Things to do in Salzburg

#Historic Sites, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Kitzsteinhorn, Badestrand Hallstatt
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Salzburg Cathedral (Dom) ©
Salzburg Cathedral (Dom)
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Schloss Hellbrunn

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), stroll through Priest's Island (Pap-sziget), then contemplate the long history of Matthias Church, and finally contemplate the long history of Fisherman's Bastion. Keep things going the next day: explore the activities along Danube River, then see the interesting displays at House of Terror Museum, and then head outdoors with City Park Városliget.

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Getting from Salzburg to Budapest by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. In May in Budapest, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can drive to Bratislava.

Things to do in Budapest

#Outdoors, #Nature, #Parks

Side Trip

Priest's Island (Pap-sziget)
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Fisherman's Bastion ©
Fisherman's Bastion
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church

2
days
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.
On the 19th (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at Magio Beach, then contemplate the waterfront views at Tyrsovo nabrezie, and then wander the streets of Bratislava Old Town. Keep things going the next day: step into the grandiose world of Bratislava Castle (Hrad), admire the striking features of St. Martin's Cathedral (Dom svateho Martina), step into the grandiose world of Devin Castle (hrad), then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Bratislavská zoologická záhrada, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St Elizabeth's / Blue Church.

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Drive from Budapest to Bratislava in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to drive to Vienna.

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#Historic Sites, #Parks, #Outdoors
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Tyrsovo nabrezie ©
Tyrsovo nabrezie
Devin Castle (hrad) ©
Devin Castle (hrad)
St Elizabeth's / Blue Church ©
St Elizabeth's / Blue Church

2
days
Vienna, Austria

Vienna ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): explore the world behind art at Albertina, then meet the residents at Schönbrunn Zoo, then admire the masterpieces at Belvedere Palace, and finally admire the striking features of St. Stephen's Cathedral. On the 22nd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, examine the collection at Imperial Palace (Hofburg), then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Mary's on the Bank (Maria Am Gestade), and finally take a stroll through Historic Center of Vienna.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Vienna trip planner .

You can drive from Bratislava to Vienna in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Vienna

#Museums, #Historic Sites, #Outdoors
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Schönbrunn Zoo ©
Schönbrunn Zoo
Belvedere Palace ©
Belvedere Palace
Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien ©
Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien

4
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.
Appreciate the collections at Jewish Museum in Prague and Strahov Monastery. Do some cultural sightseeing at St. Vitus Cathedral and Old Town Square. Go for a jaunt from Prague to Kutna Hora to see Cathedral of St. Barbara about 1h 25 min away. Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Prague Castle, stroll the grounds of Old Jewish Cemetery, get great views at Vyšehrad National Cultural Monument, and wander the streets of Mala strana.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Prague day trip planner.

You can fly from Vienna to Prague in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Prague can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can travel to Berlin.

Things to do in Prague

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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

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.
On the 27th (Sun), meet the residents at Zoo Berlin, stroll through Strandbad Tegeler See, and then examine the collection at Pergamon Museum. On the 28th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Topography of Terror, steep yourself in history at Mauermuseum - Museum Haus am Checkpoint Charlie, don't miss a visit to East Side Gallery, then enjoy the sand and surf at Strandbar Mitte, and finally steep yourself in history at Memorial of the Berlin Wall.

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Getting from Prague to Berlin by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Frankfurt.

Things to do in Berlin

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches
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Strandbad Tegeler See ©
Strandbad Tegeler See
Pergamon Museum ©
Pergamon Museum
Topography of Terror ©
Topography of Terror

6
days
Frankfurt, Germany

Frankfurt ©
A global center of finance and transportation, Frankfurt is perhaps best known for its futuristic cityscape.
Visit Messel Pit Fossil Site and Würzburg Residence for their historical value. Get outdoors at Mosel Valley and Michaelsberg. Explore Frankfurt's surroundings by going to Mainz Cathedral (Dom) (in Mainz), Marienburg Fortress (in Wurzburg) and Heidelberg (Philosophers' Way (Philosophenweg), Student Jail (Studentenkarzer), & more). There's lots more to do: admire the verdant scenery at Rhine Valley, contemplate the long history of Goethe House, step into the grandiose world of Burg Eltz, and admire the landmark architecture of Romer.

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Traveling by flight from Berlin to Frankfurt takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. May in Frankfurt sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Frankfurt

#Historic Sites, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Heidelberg, Wurzburg, Mosel Valley, Burg Eltz, Rhine Valley
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Würzburg Residence ©
Würzburg Residence
Marienburg Fortress ©
Marienburg Fortress

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