40 days in Central Europe Itinerary

40 days in Central Europe Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Central Europe trip planner

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Hamburg, Germany
— 3 nights
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Berlin, Germany
— 5 nights
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Dresden, Germany
— 2 nights
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Prague, Czech Republic
— 5 nights
Drive
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Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic
— 1 night
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Munich, Germany
— 5 nights
Drive
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Salzburg, Austria
— 3 nights
Drive
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Vienna, Austria
— 5 nights
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Budapest, Hungary
— 3 nights
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Krakow, Poland
— 4 nights
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Warsaw, Poland
— 3 nights
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Hamburg, Germany

— 3 nights

Gateway to the World

As the country's biggest port and one of the busiest in all of Europe, Hamburg has a well-deserved reputation as Germany's Gateway to the World.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Miniatur Wunderland and St. Michael's Church. Let the collections at CHOCOVERSUM by HACHEZ and Kunsthalle Hamburg capture your imagination. There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Speicherstadt, get a sense of history and politics at Townhall, take in nature's colorful creations at Planten un Blomen, and get to know the fascinating history of Alter Elbtunnel.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Hamburg journey maker app.

Toronto, Canada to Hamburg is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Toronto to Hamburg. In April, daily temperatures in Hamburg can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Berlin.

Things to do in Hamburg

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Tours
Find places to stay Apr 11 — 14:

Berlin, Germany

— 5 nights

Athens of the Spree

The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Get a sense of the local culture at Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen and Deutsches Historisches Museum. You'll explore and learn at Pergamonmuseum and Neues Museum. The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Charlottenburg Palace, don't miss a visit to Gendarmenmarkt, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, and appreciate the history behind Victory Column (Siegessaule).

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Berlin trip planner.

Traveling by train from Hamburg to Berlin takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Dresden.

Things to do in Berlin

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 14 — 19:

Dresden, Germany

— 2 nights

Florence of the North

Dresden boasts a long history as a royal residence of many Saxon kings.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): explore the world behind art at The Dresden Zwinger, make a trip to Frauenkirche Dresden, and then admire the masterpieces at Gemaldegalerie Alte Meister. On your second day here, get engrossed in the history at Royal Palace (Residenzschloss), then make a trip to Bruehlsche Terrasse, then examine the collection at Neues Grünes Gewölbe, and finally make a trip to Procession of Princes.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Dresden travel route builder tool.

Traveling by car from Berlin to Dresden takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to drive to Prague.

Things to do in Dresden

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Prague, Czech Republic

— 5 nights

City of a Hundred Spires

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Powder Tower and Bohemian Museum of Silver. Staromestske namesti and Lesser Town are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Prague: Kutna Hora (Sedlec Ossuary & St Barbara's Church). There's still lots to do: stop by Hradcany, snap pictures at Charles Bridge, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Kostel sv. Mikuláše, and pause for some photo ops at Vyšehrad National Cultural Monument.

To find more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Prague online tour planner.

Getting from Dresden to Prague by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In April, daytime highs in Prague are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Cesky Krumlov.

Things to do in Prague

Side Trip

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Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic

— 1 night
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.
On the 27th (Wed), explore the historical opulence of Cesky Krumlov Castle, appreciate the extensive heritage of Historie mesta Ceský Krumlov, then admire the masterpieces at Egon Schiele Art Centrum, and finally steep yourself in history at Latran houses.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Cesky Krumlov driving holiday tool.

You can drive from Prague to Cesky Krumlov in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can go by car to Munich.

Things to do in Cesky Krumlov

Find places to stay Apr 26 — 27:

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.
Get some cultural insight at Nymphenburg Palace and Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Schloss Hohenschwangau and Herrenchiemsee New Palace. Venture out of the city with trips to Altstadt von Fuessen (in Fussen), Schloss Neuschwanstein (in Schwangau) and Schloss Linderhof (in Ettal). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at BMW Welt, admire the striking features of Asamkirche, explore the activities along English Garden, and get a sense of history and politics at New Town Hall (Neus Rathaus).

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Munich tour planning site.

You can drive from Cesky Krumlov to Munich in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in April, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can drive to Salzburg.

Things to do in Munich

Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 27 — May 2:

Salzburg, Austria

— 3 nights

Rome of the North

Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Appreciate the collections at Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle and Mozarts Geburtshaus. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Salzburg Cathedral and St. Peter's Abbey (Stift St. Peter). And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Schloss Hellbrunn, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Franziskanerkirche, get a taste of the local shopping with Getreidegasse, and take in the awesome beauty at Untersberg.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Salzburg vacation builder website.

Drive from Munich to Salzburg in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. May in Salzburg sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can drive to Vienna.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay May 2 — 5:

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.
Visit Schonbrunn Palace and St. Stephen's Cathedral for their historical value. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Melk Abbey and Peterskirche. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at MuseumsQuartier Wien, admire the masterpieces at KUNST HAUS WIEN. Museum Hundertwasser, appreciate the extensive heritage of Ringstrasse, and steep yourself in history at Belvedere Palace.

For photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Vienna trip itinerary site.

Drive from Salzburg to Vienna in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. May in Vienna sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can go by car to Budapest.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 5 — 10:

Budapest, Hungary

— 3 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.
Popular historic sites such as Fisherman's Bastion and Matthias Church are in your itinerary. Liberty Statue and St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika) are good opportunities to explore the local culture. And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Hospital in the Rock Nuclear Bunker Museum, ponder the world of politics at Hungarian Parliament Building, appreciate the history behind Heroes' Square, and examine the collection at House of Terror Museum.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Budapest trip planner.

Traveling by car from Vienna to Budapest takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In May in Budapest, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Krakow.

Things to do in Budapest

Find places to stay May 10 — 13:

Krakow, Poland

— 4 nights

Slavic Rome

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Wawel Cathedral and Church of St. Peter and St. Paul. Get a sense of the local culture at Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau and St. Mary's Basilica. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Wieliczka Salt Mine, get to know the fascinating history of Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square, take in the spiritual surroundings of Bazylika i Klasztor Franciszkanow, and see the interesting displays at Muzeum Krakowa - Barbakan.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Krakow trip maker tool.

You can fly from Budapest to Krakow in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Budapest, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Krakow, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to fly to Warsaw.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Spas

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 13 — 17:

Warsaw, Poland

— 3 nights

Phoenix City

Warsaw draws big crowds with its seemingly unstoppable energy, exemplified by the city's explosive nightlife and thriving music scene.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Lazienki Krolewskie w Warszawie and Zamek Krolewski w Warszawie - Muzeum. Get some historical perspective at Palace on the Island and Old Town. There's lots more to do: brush up on your military savvy at Museum of King Jan III's Palace at Wilanow, pause for some photo ops at Pomnik Bohaterów Getta, don't miss a visit to Castle Square (Plac Zamkowy), and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

For where to stay and tourist information, go to the Warsaw trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Krakow to Warsaw by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Warsaw

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Parks
Find places to stay May 17 — 20: