57 days in Eastern Europe, Central Europe & Scandinavia Itinerary

57 days in Eastern Europe, Central Europe & Scandinavia Itinerary

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Prague, Czech Republic
— 4 nights
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Krakow, Poland
— 4 nights
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Budapest, Hungary
— 5 nights
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Vienna, Austria
— 6 nights
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Salzburg, Austria
— 5 nights
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Munich, Germany
— 5 nights
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Nuremberg, Germany
— 3 nights
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Rothenburg, Germany
— 3 nights
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Berlin, Germany
— 5 nights
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Copenhagen, Denmark
— 4 nights
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Stockholm, Sweden
— 3 nights
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Tallinn, Estonia
— 3 nights
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St. Petersburg, Russia
— 4 nights
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Prague, Czech Republic

— 4 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Staromestske namesti and Hradcany. Your inner history buff will appreciate Prague Astronomical Clock and Kostel sv. Mikuláše. There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Lesser Town, examine the collection at Speculum Alchemiae Museum, browse the exhibits of Lobkowicz Palace, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Prague vacation builder site.

London, UK to Prague is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from London to Prague due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from London in December; daily highs in Prague reach 5°C and lows reach 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Krakow.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 26:

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.
Visit Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau and Wawel Cathedral for their historical value. Explore hidden gems such as Lost Souls Alley and Rynek (Old Square) Underground. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Wieliczka Salt Mine, steep yourself in history at Muzeum Krakowa - Barbakan, get to know the fascinating history of Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square, and explore the historical opulence of Wawel Royal Castle.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Krakow trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Prague to Krakow takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 5°C in December, and nighttime lows around -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can fly to Budapest.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Spas

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 26 — 30:

Budapest, Hungary

— 5 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 Liberty Statue are in your itinerary. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Wine Tours & Tastings and Vajdahunyad Castle (Vajdahunyadvar). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Matthias Church, steep yourself in history at Dohány Street Synagogue, appreciate the history behind Heroes' Square, and make a trip to New York Palace.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Budapest travel route app.

Traveling by flight from Krakow to Budapest takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 5°C in December, and nighttime lows around -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can drive to Vienna.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Wineries
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 4:

Vienna, Austria

— 6 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.
Get some historical perspective at Schonbrunn Palace and St. Stephen's Cathedral. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Belvedere Palace and Ringstrasse. And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Albertina, examine the collection at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, pause for some serene contemplation at Peterskirche, and learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum (Naturhistorisches Museum).

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Vienna itinerary tool.

You can drive from Budapest to Vienna in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a train. January in Vienna sees daily highs of 3°C and lows of -3°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Salzburg.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 10:

Salzburg, Austria

— 5 nights

Rome of the North

Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Salzburg Cathedral and Schmittenhohe. Visit Altstadt von Innsbruck and Schloss Hellbrunn for their historical value. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Salzburg: Innsbruck (Town Tower (Stadtturm) & The Golden Roof (Goldenes Dachl)) and Kitzsteinhorn (in Kaprun). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Abbey (Stift St. Peter), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Untersberg, admire the landmark architecture of Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle, and take in nature's colorful creations at Mirabell Palace.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Salzburg trip itinerary maker website.

Getting from Vienna to Salzburg by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or fly. In January, daytime highs in Salzburg are 4°C, while nighttime lows are -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Munich.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 10 — 15:

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site and St. Peter's Church. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Schloss Hohenschwangau and Munich Residenz. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Munich: Zugspitze (in Garmisch-Partenkirchen), Altstadt von Fuessen (in Fussen) and Schloss Neuschwanstein (in Schwangau). There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Schloss Linderhof, contemplate the long history of Nymphenburg Palace, get a sense of history and politics at New Town Hall (Neus Rathaus), and admire the masterpieces at Alte Pinakothek.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Munich holiday planner.

Getting from Salzburg to Munich by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 3°C in January, and nighttime lows around -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Nuremberg.

Things to do in Munich

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 15 — 20:

Nuremberg, Germany

— 3 nights

Gingerbread Capital of the World

Nuremberg's historic town center stands in the shadow of a towering imperial castle that dominates its northwestern corner.
Get some historical perspective at Kaiserburg Nurnberg and Bamberg Cathedral. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Dokumentationszentrum Reichsparteitagsgelände and Reichsparteigelande (Nazi Party Rally Grounds). Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nuremberg: Bamberg (Bamberg Altstadt & Altes Rathaus). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Nuremberg Palace of Justice, admire the masterpieces at Germanisches Nationalmuseum, pause for some serene contemplation at Frauenkirche, and examine the collection at Toy Museum.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Nuremberg trip planner.

You can drive from Munich to Nuremberg in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In January in Nuremberg, expect temperatures between 3°C during the day and -2°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can drive to Rothenburg.

Things to do in Nuremberg

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 20 — 23:

Rothenburg, Germany

— 3 nights

Medieval Heart of Germany

An old imperial city, Rothenburg is the main tourist stop on the scenic Romantic Road of Bavaria.
Popular historic sites such as Altstadt and Fortress Marienberg are in your itinerary. Discover out-of-the-way places like Town Walls and Würzburg Residence. Venture out of the city with trips to Wurzburg (St. Kilian Cathedral, Neumuenster, &more). There's much more to do: admire the striking features of St. Jacob's Church (St. Jakobskirche), get engrossed in the history at Reichsstadtmuseum, ponder the world of politics at Stadt Rothenburg ob der Tauber, and see the interesting displays at Medieval Crime Museum (Mittelalterliches Kriminalmuseum).

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Rothenburg road trip tool.

You can drive from Nuremberg to Rothenburg in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 3°C, and evening lows to -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Berlin.

Things to do in Rothenburg

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 23 — 26:

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Frauenkirche Dresden and Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Gendarmenmarkt and Neues Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Berlin: Dresden (Bruehlsche Terrasse & Royal Palace (Residenzschloss)). There's much more to do: take a stroll through Potsdamer Platz, steep yourself in history at East Side Gallery, explore the world behind art at Pergamonmuseum, and step into the grandiose world of Charlottenburg Palace.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Berlin online travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Rothenburg to Berlin takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to fly to Copenhagen.

Things to do in Berlin

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 26 — 31:

Copenhagen, Denmark

— 4 nights

City of Beautiful Towers

Founded in the 10th century as a Viking fishing village, Copenhagen has morphed into the cultural, political, and economic powerhouse of the country.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Our Saviour's Church and Christiansborg Slot. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to National Museum of Denmark and Amalienborg. And it doesn't end there: take a leisurely stroll along Nyhavn, pause for some photo ops at The Little Mermaid, take in panoramic vistas at Rundetarn, and step into the grandiose world of Rosenborg Castle.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Copenhagen tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Berlin to Copenhagen takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 3°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Stockholm.

Things to do in Copenhagen

Historic Sites · Parks · Theme Parks · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Jan 31 — Feb 4:

Stockholm, Sweden

— 3 nights

Beauty by the Water

One of Europe's most culturally diverse cities, Stockholm extends over 14 islands, united by a series of tunnels and bridges.
Explore hidden gems such as Royal Palace and Monteliusvagen. Vasa Museum and Fotografiska Stockholm are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Skansen, admire the masterpieces at Moderna Museet - Stockholm, visit Sodermalm, and steep yourself in history at Storkyrkan.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Stockholm trip planner.

You can do a combination of train, taxi, and flight from Copenhagen to Stockholm in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Copenhagen in February, with highs in Stockholm at 1°C and lows at -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Tallinn.

Things to do in Stockholm

Museums · Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Feb 4 — 7:

Tallinn, Estonia

— 3 nights
A historic city with its eye firmly on the future, Tallinn blends medieval fortifications, gleaming skyscrapers, and charming boutiques with a spattering of Soviet relics.
Visit Toompea Hill and Aleksander Nevski Katedraali for their historical value. Get some cultural insight at Lennusadam Seaplane Harbour and Town Hall Pharmacy. There's still lots to do: get a dose of the wild on Traveller Tours, don't miss a visit to St. Catherine's Passage, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Peapiiskopi Kirik, and take a stroll through Tallinn Old Town.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Tallinn day trip planning site.

You can fly from Stockholm to Tallinn in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of ferry and car. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Stockholm to Tallinn due to the time zone difference. February in Tallinn sees daily highs of 0°C and lows of -4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can drive to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Tallinn

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife
Find places to stay Feb 7 — 10:

St. Petersburg, Russia

— 4 nights

Venice of the North

Built on a desolate swamp as a showcase capital of Imperial Russia, this grand city has certainly lived up to the expectations of its founder, Tsar Peter the Great.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Kazan Cathedral and Saint Isaac's Cathedral. Get a sense of the local culture at Palace Square and Bronze Horseman, Monument To Peter I. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Faberge Museum, admire the masterpieces at The State Hermitage Museum, take a stroll through Nevsky Prospekt, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the St. Petersburg route planner.

Drive from Tallinn to St. Petersburg in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of flight and train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Tallinn to St. Petersburg due to the time zone difference. In February, daily temperatures in St. Petersburg can reach -1°C, while at night they dip to -6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Tromso.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Feb 10 — 14:

Tromso, Norway

— 2 nights

Paris of the North

The cultural and economic hub of northern Norway, Tromso boasts a historical city center containing one of the highest concentrations of wooden houses in Europe.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas and then admire the landmark architecture of The Arctic Cathedral. On the next day, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Tromso trip planner.

Fly from St. Petersburg to Tromso in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. The time zone difference moving from Moscow Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is minus 2 hours. In February, daytime highs in Tromso are 0°C, while nighttime lows are -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Wed) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Tromso

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 14 — 16: