50 days in Central Europe Itinerary

50 days in Central Europe Itinerary

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50 days in Central Europe Itinerary

Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly:  27​h
1
Gdansk, Poland
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
Krakow, Poland
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + foot + train:  5​h 45​min
3
Lausanne, Switzerland
— 3 nights
train:  3​h 15​min
4
Zermatt, Switzerland
— 4 nights
train:  4​h
5
Lucerne, Switzerland
— 2 nights
train + Fly:  5​h 30​min
6
Ljubljana, Slovenia
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
7
Salzburg, Austria
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
9
Rothenburg, Germany
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
10
Dresden, Germany
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
11
Prague, Czech Republic
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
12
Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
13
Vienna, Austria
— 7 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Melbourne, Australia

3
nights
Gdansk, Poland

Gdansk ©
Although its history goes back a thousand years, Gdansk represents one of Poland's most modern urban centers, its thriving economy boosted by a lively tourism sector.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like European Solidarity Centre and Sopot Pier. Change things up with these side-trips from Gdansk: Malbork Castle Museum (in Malbork), St. Nicholas Cathedral (Katedra Sw. Mikolaja) (in Elblag) and Jurata Beach (in Jurata). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Dluga Street (ul. Dluga), visit a coastal fixture at Rozewie Lighthouse, take a stroll through Old Town, and get great views at Observation tower in Wdzydze Kiszewskie.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Gdansk road trip planning site .

Melbourne, Australia to Gdansk is an approximately 27-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) (AEST) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a -9 hour difference. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Melbourne in December: high temperatures in Gdansk hover around 3°C and lows are around -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Krakow.

Things to do in Gdansk

Historic Sites Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Jurata Beach, Rozewie II Lighthouse, Observation tower in Wdzydze Kiszewskie, Sopot Pier, Rozewie Lighthouse
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Malbork Castle Museum ©
Malbork Castle Museum
European Solidarity Centre ©
European Solidarity Centre
Dluga Street (ul. Dluga) ©
Dluga Street (ul. Dluga)

3
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Cloth Hall (Sukiennice) and Lost Souls Alley. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Cracow Historical Museum - Old Market Underground, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Mary's Basilica, appreciate the extensive heritage of Planty Park, and make a trip to Mogila Abbey.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Krakow visit planner.

Traveling by flight from Gdansk to Krakow takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Krakow can reach 5°C, while at night they dip to -2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can travel to Lausanne.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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St. Mary's Basilica ©
St. Mary's Basilica
Cloth Hall (Sukiennice) ©
Cloth Hall (Sukiennice)

3
nights
Lausanne, Switzerland

Lausanne ©
Lausanne contains several distinct neighborhoods, each offering a different side of the French-speaking Swiss town.
Explore hidden gems such as Chateau de Chillon and Olympic Museum Lausanne (Musee Olympique). Get out of town with these interesting Lausanne side-trips: Mont-Fort (in Verbier), The Mont-Fort (in Nendaz) and Castle of Gruyeres (in Gruyeres). Spend the 28th (Fri) exploring nature at Lavaux Vineyard Terraces. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale de Lausanne, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Notre Dame, make a trip to Sauvabelin Tower, and tee off at Franck Ollivier Golf Pro.

To see photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Lausanne trip planner .

Do a combination of flight and train from Krakow to Lausanne in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Lausanne

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Lavaux Vineyard Terraces, Mont-Fort, Castle of Gruyeres, The Mont-Fort, Franck Ollivier Golf Pro
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The Mont-Fort ©
The Mont-Fort
Chateau de Chillon ©
Chateau de Chillon

4
nights
Zermatt, Switzerland

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at The Matterhorn and Photopoint Kirchbrucke bridge. Next up on the itinerary: hit the slopes at Matterhorn Ski Paradise, have fun at Clay Shoot Zermatt, go for a walk through Hinterdorfstrasse, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Intercontinental Church Society.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Zermatt trip itinerary maker website .

You can take a train from Lausanne to Zermatt in 3.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can catch the train to Lucerne.

Things to do in Zermatt

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
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The Matterhorn ©
The Matterhorn
Matterhorn Ski Paradise ©
Matterhorn Ski Paradise
Matterhorn Diamonds Ski School ©
Matterhorn Diamonds Ski School

2
nights
Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): take in the awesome beauty at Mt Pilatus, then pause for some photo ops at Lion Monument, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Lucerne, and finally take in the views from Chapel Bridge. Keep things going the next day: fly down the slopes at Mount Titlis.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Lucerne route planner .

Traveling by train from Zermatt to Lucerne takes 4 hours. In January in Lucerne, expect temperatures between 4°C during the day and -2°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel to Ljubljana.

Things to do in Lucerne

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Mount Titlis
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Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Mount Titlis ©
Mount Titlis
Lion Monument ©
Lion Monument

3
nights
Ljubljana, Slovenia

The capital of Slovenia, Ljubljana melds German, Mediterranean, and Slovenian culture and history.
Explore hidden gems such as Predjama Castle and Room Escape Games. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ljubljana: Sivec House Gallery (in Radovljica), Postojna Caves (in Postojna) and Bled (Vintgar Gorge (Soteska Vintgar) & Ojstrica). The adventure continues: take in the views from Tromostovje, make a trip to Preseren Square, wander the streets of Ljubljana Old Town, and partake in some friendly competition at Unlock Ljubljana.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Ljubljana day trip site .

Getting from Lucerne to Ljubljana by combination of train and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle. In January, plan for daily highs up to 5°C, and evening lows to -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can drive to Salzburg.

Things to do in Ljubljana

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Bled, Postojna, Sivec House Gallery, Smučarska Šola ASK Kranjska Gora
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Room Escape Games
Predjama Castle ©
Predjama Castle
Tromostovje ©
Tromostovje

4
nights
Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Salzburg Cathedral (Dom) and Untersberg. Get out of town with these interesting Salzburg side-trips: Kaprun (St.Margareta Church & Kitzsteinhorn) and Buchensteinwand Ski Area (in St. Ulrich am Pillersee). The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Schloss Hellbrunn, don't miss a visit to CS Galerie, stop by Alte furst-erzbischofliche Hofapotheke, and see the interesting displays at Red Bull Hangar-7.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Salzburg road trip planner .

You can drive from Ljubljana to Salzburg in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. In January in Salzburg, expect temperatures between 4°C during the day and -3°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

Things to do in Salzburg

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Kaprun, Buchensteinwand Ski Area
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Kitzsteinhorn ©
Kitzsteinhorn
Salzburg Cathedral (Dom) ©
Salzburg Cathedral (Dom)
Schloss Hellbrunn ©
Schloss Hellbrunn

4
nights
Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany

Garmisch-Partenkirchen ©
Nestled within the Bavarian Alps, Garmisch-Partenkirchen offers a classic mountain feel along with world-class winter sports.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Zugspitze and Schloss Hohenschwangau. Take a break from Garmisch-Partenkirchen with a short trip to Burgruine Hohenfreyberg in Eisenberg, about 52 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Partnachklamm, don't miss a visit to Franziskanerkloster St. Anton, cruise the town with Alpenmove e. K., and pause for some serene contemplation at Pfarrkirche St. Martin.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Garmisch-Partenkirchen tour itinerary planning app .

You can drive from Salzburg to Garmisch-Partenkirchen in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Garmisch-Partenkirchen are 4°C, while nighttime lows are -4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can go by car to Rothenburg.

Things to do in Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Schloss Hohenschwangau, Burgruine Hohenfreyberg, Linderhof Palace, Geburtshaus von Ludwig Thoma, St. Peter und Paul
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Zugspitze ©
Zugspitze
Schloss Hohenschwangau ©
Schloss Hohenschwangau
Partnachklamm ©
Partnachklamm

2
nights
Rothenburg, Germany

Rothenburg ©
An old imperial city, Rothenburg is the main tourist stop on the scenic Romantic Road of Bavaria.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): snap pictures at Alte Mainbruecke, step into the grandiose world of Würzburg Residence, admire the landmark architecture of Stadt Rothenburg ob der Tauber, then steep yourself in history at Spital Bastion, and finally wander the streets of Old Town. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the natural beauty at Burggarten, contemplate the long history of Burgtor und Burg, look for gifts at Ekuko's Wine & Gift Shop, then steep yourself in history at Town Walls, and finally steep yourself in history at Rodertor.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Rothenburg online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Garmisch-Partenkirchen to Rothenburg takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. January in Rothenburg sees daily highs of 3°C and lows of -1°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Dresden.

Things to do in Rothenburg

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Wurzburg
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Old Town ©
Old Town
Town Walls ©
Town Walls
Würzburg Residence ©
Würzburg Residence

4
nights
Dresden, Germany

Dresden ©
Dresden boasts a long history as a royal residence of many Saxon kings.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Zwinger and Neues Grünes Gewölbe. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Dresden: Windmuhle Straupitz (in Straupitz), Spreewaldfahrt, Familie Goertz (in Lubben) and Kulturinsel Einsiedel (in Zentendorf). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Procession of Princes, admire the masterpieces at Gemaldegalerie Alte Meister, snap pictures at Bastei Bridge, and pause for some serene contemplation at Frauenkirche.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Dresden online tour planner .

Drive from Rothenburg to Dresden in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. In January, daytime highs in Dresden are 3°C, while nighttime lows are -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Prague.

Things to do in Dresden

Theme Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Bastei Bridge, Rakotzbrucke, Kulturinsel Einsiedel, Spreewaldfahrt, Familie Goertz, Windmuhle Straupitz
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Kulturinsel Einsiedel ©
Kulturinsel Einsiedel
Zwinger ©
Zwinger
Procession of Princes ©
Procession of Princes

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nights
Prague, Czech Republic

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Food Tours and Vyšehrad National Cultural Monument. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Prague: Karlstejn Castle (in Karlstejn) and Památník Terezín - Malá pevnost (in Terezin). There's still lots to do: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, take in panoramic vistas at Petrinska rozhledna, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Spanish Synagogue, and browse the exhibits of Lobkowicz Palace.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Prague trip itinerary planning app .

Drive from Dresden to Prague in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January, daily temperatures in Prague can reach 2°C, while at night they dip to -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Cesky Krumlov.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Tours Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Karlstejn Castle, Památník Terezín - Malá pevnost
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Food Tours
Spas & Wellness
Spanish Synagogue ©
Spanish Synagogue

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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.
On the 27th (Sun), explore the historical opulence of Cesky Krumlov Castle, contemplate the long history of Former Fink Cafe, contemplate the long history of Latran houses, then admire the striking features of Palace Vcela, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and finally steep yourself in history at Black Tower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Klet', then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Christi and Our Lady of Sorrows Church, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Historie mesta Ceský Krumlov.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Cesky Krumlov trip itinerary planning tool .

Getting from Prague to Cesky Krumlov by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. January in Cesky Krumlov sees daily highs of 2°C and lows of -3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can drive to Vienna.

Things to do in Cesky Krumlov

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ceske Budejovice, Black Tower
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Historie mesta Ceský Krumlov ©
Historie mesta Ceský Krumlov
Cesky Krumlov Castle ©
Cesky Krumlov Castle
Former Fink Cafe ©
Former Fink Cafe

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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Natural History Museum (Naturhistorisches Museum) and Melk Abbey. Explore Vienna's surroundings by going to Devin Castle (hrad) (in Bratislava), Hinterhaus Castle (in Spitz) and Domane Wachau (in Durnstein). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at MuseumsQuartier Wien, take in the spiritual surroundings of Karlskirche, admire the striking features of St. Peter's Church, and take an in-depth tour of Kaiserliche Schatzkammer.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Vienna trip maker app .

You can drive from Cesky Krumlov to Vienna in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In January in Vienna, expect temperatures between 3°C during the day and -3°C at night. On the 4th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Hinterhaus Castle, Domane Wachau, Devin Castle (hrad), Melk Abbey
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Albertina ©
Albertina
Melk Abbey ©
Melk Abbey

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