8 days in Central Europe Itinerary

8 days in Central Europe Itinerary

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8 days in Central Europe Itinerary

Start: Malmo, Sweden
+2
train + foot + Fly:  4​h 30​min
1
Salzburg, Austria
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
Krakow, Poland
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + foot + train:  4​h 45​min
End: Malmo, Sweden

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 27th (Sat): make a trip to Salzburger Altstadt, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Salzburg Cathedral (Dom), and then take in nature's colorful creations at Mirabell Palace. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus), then explore the historical opulence of Schloss Hellbrunn, then get engrossed in the history at Mozarts Geburtshaus, and finally step into the grandiose world of Salzburg Fortress (Festung Hohensalzburg).

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Salzburg trip planner.

Malmo, Sweden to Salzburg is an approximately 4.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in October, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can go by car to Prague.

Things to do in Salzburg

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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Mon): explore the historical opulence of Prague Castle, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Vitus Cathedral, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Spanish Synagogue, and finally take a stroll through Old Town Square. Keep things going the next day: meet the residents at Prague Zoo, then take a stroll through Castle District, then make a trip to Prague Astronomical Clock, and finally take in the views from Charles Bridge.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Prague day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Salzburg to Prague takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Prague can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums
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Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
Old Town Square ©
Old Town Square
St. Vitus Cathedral ©
St. Vitus Cathedral

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Wed): admire the landmark architecture of Matthias Church, then contemplate the long history of Fisherman's Bastion, then get to know the fascinating history of Castle Hill, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Janoshegy. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Dohány Street Synagogue, then steep yourself in history at Hősök tere, then see the interesting displays at House of Terror Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika).

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Budapest tour itinerary planner.

Fly from Prague to Budapest in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in October, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to travel to Krakow.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums
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Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church
Fisherman's Bastion ©
Fisherman's Bastion

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): get to know the fascinating history of Historic Old Town, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Mary's Basilica, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Wieliczka Salt Mine. On the 3rd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Wawel Cathedral, then steep yourself in history at Wawel Royal Castle, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Franciscan Church (Kosciol Franciszkanow), and finally get to know the fascinating history of Main Market Square.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Krakow online trip itinerary builder .

Fly from Budapest to Krakow in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November in Krakow, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 1°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Nature

Side Trip

Wieliczka Salt Mine
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St. Mary's Basilica ©
St. Mary's Basilica
Wawel Cathedral ©
Wawel Cathedral
Wawel Royal Castle ©
Wawel Royal Castle

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