9 days in Austria, Budapest & Munich Itinerary

9 days in Austria, Budapest & Munich Itinerary

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Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
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Vienna, Austria
— 2 nights
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Salzburg, Austria
— 2 nights
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Munich, Germany
— 1 night
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Budapest, Hungary

— 2 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.
Budapest is known for historic sites, spas, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get a sense of history and politics at Hungarian Parliament Building, see the interesting displays at House of Terror Museum, boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, and pause for some photo ops at Shoes on the Danube Bank.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Budapest trip itinerary website.

San Francisco, USA to Budapest is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. Traveling from San Francisco to Budapest, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from San Francisco in December, with highs in Budapest at 40°F and lows at 29°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Vienna.

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Vienna, Austria

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at St. Stephen's Cathedral. On the 26th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at Albertina, explore the historical opulence of Schonbrunn Palace, and then explore the world behind art at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Vienna vacation planner.

You can drive from Budapest to Vienna in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a train. In December in Vienna, expect temperatures between 41°F during the day and 31°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can go by car to Salzburg.

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Salzburg, Austria

— 2 nights

Rome of the North

Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): step into the grandiose world of Schloss Hellbrunn, then get great views at Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle, then pause for some serene contemplation at Salzburg Cathedral, and finally don't miss a visit to Mirabell Palace.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Salzburg trip tool.

You can drive from Vienna to Salzburg in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In December, daily temperatures in Salzburg can reach 42°F, while at night they dip to 29°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Munich.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
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Munich, Germany

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at English Garden, then explore the world behind art at Alte Pinakothek, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter's Church, and finally don't miss a visit to Marienplatz. Keep things going the next day: engage your brain at Deutsches Museum and then examine the collection at Munich Residenz.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Munich itinerary planner.

Getting from Salzburg to Munich by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. December in Munich sees daily highs of 41°F and lows of 29°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly back home.

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Museums · Childrens Museums · Parks · Nature
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Austria travel guide

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Situated in the Central European Alps, Austria combines an alluring bundle of elegant urban architecture, cultural centers, and dramatic landscapes. This German-speaking country of 8.5 million residents is known for its rich history, dating back to the Hapsburg Empire, as well as its art, music, and scenery. Along with the neighboring country of Switzerland, Austria serves as the winter sports capital of Europe and is home to some of the continent's most popular ski resorts. This landlocked nation draws visitors from across the globe to its mountains, historical villages, and culturally rich cities. Experience trekking in the Alps one day and drinking regional wine at a crowded pub after a day of sightseeing in the capital Vienna the next.