9 days in Central Europe Itinerary

9 days in Central Europe Itinerary

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9 days in Central Europe Itinerary

Start: Helsinki, Finland
Fly:  5​h 30​min
1
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Salzburg, Austria
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 30​min
3
Vienna, Austria
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
4
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
5
Krakow, Poland
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Helsinki, Finland

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Prague Castle and St. Vitus Cathedral. Get outdoors at Devil's Channel and Kralovska Obora-Stromovka. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Old Town Square, snap pictures at Charles Bridge, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kostel Panny Marie Pred Tynem, and head outdoors with Prague for Two.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Prague road trip planning app .

Helsinki, Finland to Prague is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Helsinki to Prague. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Helsinki in October; daily highs in Prague reach 15°C and lows reach 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can go by car to Salzburg.

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Old Town Square ©
Old Town Square
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
St. Vitus Cathedral ©
St. Vitus Cathedral

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 22nd (Mon): get engrossed in the history at Mozarts Geburtshaus, then step into the grandiose world of Schloss Hellbrunn, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Salzburg Cathedral (Dom), and finally get great views at Salzburg Fortress (Festung Hohensalzburg).

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Salzburg travel route planning website .

Getting from Prague to Salzburg by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in October, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Vienna.

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Schloss Hellbrunn ©
Schloss Hellbrunn
Salzburg Cathedral (Dom) ©
Salzburg Cathedral (Dom)

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): admire the striking features of St. Stephen's Cathedral, admire the striking features of St. Mary's on the Bank (Maria Am Gestade), then tour the pleasant surroundings at Schönbrunn Zoo, and finally explore the world behind art at Belvedere Palace. On the 24th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, see the interesting displays at Albertina, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Augustinerkirche, and finally see the interesting displays at Imperial Palace (Hofburg).

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Vienna trip planning tool .

Fly from Salzburg to Vienna in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In October, daily temperatures in Vienna can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Budapest.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums
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Belvedere Palace ©
Belvedere Palace
Imperial Palace (Hofburg) ©
Imperial Palace (Hofburg)
Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien ©
Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), identify plant and animal life at Sas Hill Nature Reserve, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Matthias Church, and finally don't miss a visit to Fisherman's Bastion. On the next day, steep yourself in history at Hősök tere, see the interesting displays at House of Terror Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dohány Street Synagogue, and finally get a sense of history and politics at Parliament.

To find other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Budapest tour itinerary maker tool .

Getting from Vienna to Budapest by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In October in Budapest, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel to Krakow.

Things to do in Budapest

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Fisherman's Bastion ©
Fisherman's Bastion
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church

1
night
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 27th (Sat): Head underground at Wieliczka Salt Mine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wawel Cathedral, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Mary's Basilica.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Krakow trip planner .

Fly from Budapest to Krakow in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Budapest, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Krakow, ranging from highs of 15°C to lows of 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Krakow

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trip

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

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