29 days in Central Europe Itinerary

29 days in Central Europe Itinerary

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29 days in Central Europe Itinerary

Start: Vancouver, Canada
Fly:  17​h 15​min
1
Lugano, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Interlaken, Switzerland
— 4 nights
train + Fly:  6​h 45​min
3
Krakow, Poland
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Prague, Czech Republic
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Berlin, Germany
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
6
Budapest, Hungary
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
7
Vienna, Austria
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
8
Salzburg, Austria
— 1 night
Fly:  15​h
End: Vancouver, Canada

2
nights
Lugano, Switzerland

Lugano ©
Located in the popular holiday region of Ticino, Lugano is the largest Italian-speaking town in Switzerland.
On the 12th (Sat), enjoy the sand and surf at Lido San Domenico and then enjoy the sand and surf at Lido di Lugano. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Monte San Giorgio, explore the striking landscape at Parco Archeologico di Tremona-Castello, and then admire the sheer force of Parco delle Gole della Breggia.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Lugano online travel planner .

Vancouver, Canada to Lugano is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Central European Time is 9 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Interlaken.

Things to do in Lugano

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Monte San Giorgio, Parco delle Gole della Breggia, Parco Archeologico di Tremona-Castello
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Parco delle Gole della Breggia ©
Parco delle Gole della Breggia
Monte San Giorgio ©
Monte San Giorgio
Lido di Lugano ©
Lido di Lugano

4
nights
Interlaken, Switzerland

Interlaken ©
Nestled between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz in the heart of the Jungfrau region, Interlaken became popular for its proximity to the mountains and lakes of the Bernese Oberland region.
Step out of the city life by going to Lac de Claus and Parasailing & Paragliding. Explore Interlaken's surroundings by going to Lauterbrunnen Village (in Lauterbrunnen), Lenkerseeli/Spielplatz (in Lenk im Simmental) and Axalp (in Brienz). There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Aletsch Glacier, take in panoramic vistas at Schynige Platte, head outdoors with Bumblebee Hanggliding Interlaken, and identify plant and animal life at Alpenwildpark.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Interlaken trip maker tool .

You can drive from Lugano to Interlaken in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, Interlaken is a bit cooler than Lugano - with highs of 20°C and lows of 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to travel to Krakow.

Things to do in Interlaken

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Schynige Platte, Lac de Claus, Lenkerseeli/Spielplatz, Axalp, Aletsch Glacier
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Lac de Claus ©
Lac de Claus
Aletsch Glacier ©
Aletsch Glacier
Parasailing & Paragliding

4
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum and Wieliczka Salt Mine. Popular historic sites such as Wawel Cathedral and St. Mary's Basilica are in your itinerary. Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of Wawel Royal Castle, don't miss a visit to Main Market Square, wander the streets of Ulica Florianska, and contemplate the long history of The Barbican (Barbakan).

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Krakow driving holiday planner .

Getting from Interlaken to Krakow by combination of train and flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, subway, bus, and flight; or drive. In May, daily temperatures in Krakow can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time for travel to Prague.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau, Wieliczka Salt Mine
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Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau ©
Wawel Cathedral ©
Wawel Cathedral
Wawel Royal Castle ©
Wawel Royal Castle

4
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.
Visit Prague Astronomical Clock and Prague Castle for their historical value. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at St. Vitus Cathedral and Vyšehrad National Cultural Monument. There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Old Town Square, identify plant and animal life at Kralovska Obora-Stromovka, explore the different monuments and memorials at Old Jewish Cemetery, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Prague Zoo.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Prague attractions tool .

Traveling by flight from Krakow to Prague takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. In May, daytime highs in Prague are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can travel to Berlin.

Things to do in Prague

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife
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Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
Old Town Square ©
Old Town Square
St. Vitus Cathedral ©
St. Vitus Cathedral

4
nights
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Pergamon Museum and Pfaueninsel. Visit Strandbad Tegeler See and Strandbar Mitte for some beach relaxation. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Charlottenburg Palace (Schloss Charlottenburg), get a sense of history and politics at Reichstag Building, examine the collection at Topography of Terror, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Zoo Berlin.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Berlin using our trip planner.

You can fly from Prague to Berlin in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. On the 30th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Berlin

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites
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Brandenburg Gate ©
Brandenburg Gate
Charlottenburg Palace ©
Charlottenburg Palace
Pergamonmuseum ©
Pergamonmuseum

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.
Fisherman's Bastion and House of Terror Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Popular historic sites such as Matthias Church and Dohány Street Synagogue are in your itinerary. Spend the 1st (Fri) immersed in therapeutic waters at a local thermal spa. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), appreciate the history behind Hősök tere, ponder the world of politics at Parliament, and step into the grandiose world of Buda Castle.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Budapest tour builder tool .

Traveling by flight from Berlin to Budapest takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. May in Budapest sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Vienna.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Spas Wildlife
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Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church
Fisherman's Bastion ©
Fisherman's Bastion

4
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Schonbrunn Palace and Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien. Take a break from the city and head to Schönbrunn Zoo and Donauinsel. There's much more to do: admire the striking features of St. Stephen's Cathedral, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Karlskirche, wander the streets of Historic Center of Vienna, and examine the collection at Imperial Palace (Hofburg).

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Vienna travel route planner .

Traveling by train from Budapest to Vienna takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Vienna are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Salzburg.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Schonbrunn Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
Belvedere Palace ©
Belvedere Palace
St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral

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 8th (Fri): admire the striking features of Salzburg Cathedral (Dom), step into the grandiose world of Schloss Hellbrunn, and then admire the striking features of Salzburg Fortress (Festung Hohensalzburg).

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Salzburg online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by flight from Vienna to Salzburg takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. June in Salzburg sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites Museums
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Salzburg Cathedral (Dom) ©
Salzburg Cathedral (Dom)
Schloss Hellbrunn ©
Schloss Hellbrunn

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