9 days in Eastern Europe, Salzburg & Vienna Itinerary

9 days in Eastern Europe, Salzburg & Vienna Itinerary

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9 days in Eastern Europe, Salzburg & Vienna Itinerary

Start: Frankfurt, Germany
Fly:  4​h
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Salzburg, Austria
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 30​min
Vienna, Austria
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Frankfurt, Germany

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Jewish Museum in Prague, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Spanish Synagogue, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Vitus Cathedral, and finally explore the historical opulence of Prague Castle.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Prague itinerary builder website .

Frankfurt, Germany to Prague is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. In September, daytime highs in Prague are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can drive to Cesky Krumlov.

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St. Vitus Cathedral ©
St. Vitus Cathedral
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
Jewish Museum in Prague ©
Jewish Museum in Prague

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 19th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Cesky Krumlov Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of St. Vitus, then admire the masterpieces at Egon Schiele Art Centre, then get to know the fascinating history of Historie mesta Ceský Krumlov, and finally get outside with Outdoor Krumlov.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Cesky Krumlov trip planner .

Getting from Prague to Cesky Krumlov by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In September, daytime highs in Cesky Krumlov are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can go by car to Salzburg.

Things to do in Cesky Krumlov

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Cesky Krumlov Castle ©
Cesky Krumlov Castle
Historie mesta Ceský Krumlov ©
Historie mesta Ceský Krumlov
Egon Schiele Art Centre ©
Egon Schiele Art Centre

1
night
Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): get great views at Salzburg Fortress (Festung Hohensalzburg), contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Abbey (Stift St. Peter), then explore the historical opulence of Schloss Hellbrunn, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Salzburg Cathedral (Dom). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Strandbad Perwang am Grabensee, take in the awesome beauty at Untersberg, and then get engrossed in the history at Mozarts Geburtshaus.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Salzburg trip planner.

You can drive from Cesky Krumlov to Salzburg in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. September in Salzburg sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Salzburg

#Historic Sites, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Strandbad Perwang am Grabensee
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Salzburg Cathedral (Dom) ©
Salzburg Cathedral (Dom)
Schloss Hellbrunn ©
Schloss Hellbrunn

2
nights
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 22nd (Sat): admire the striking features of St. Stephen's Cathedral, admire the masterpieces at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, then explore the world behind art at Belvedere Palace, and finally see the interesting displays at Imperial Palace (Hofburg).

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Vienna trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by flight from Salzburg to Vienna takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In September, daytime highs in Vienna are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can catch the train to Budapest.

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Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien ©
Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien
Belvedere Palace ©
Belvedere Palace
Imperial Palace (Hofburg) ©
Imperial Palace (Hofburg)

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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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Fisherman's Bastion and House of Terror Museum. Visit Matthias Church and Dohány Street Synagogue for their historical value. When in Budapest, make a side trip to see Priest's Island (Pap-sziget) in Szentendre, approximately 38 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), explore the world behind art at Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria), take in the natural beauty of Palatinus Strandfürdő, and ponder the world of politics at Parliament.

For reviews and tourist information, read our Budapest vacation planner.

Getting from Vienna to Budapest by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In September in Budapest, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Budapest

#Parks, #Nature, #Historic Sites

Side Trip

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

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