17 days in Europe Itinerary

17 days in Europe Itinerary

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17 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Fly:  14​h 45​min
1
Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Munich, Germany
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Salzburg, Austria
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
4
Vienna, Austria
— 3 nights
5
Budapest, Hungary
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
6
Prague, Czech Republic
— 4 nights
Fly:  18​h
End: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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night
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
On the 12th (Thu), contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fraumünster Church. On your second day here, explore the world behind art at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich), then pause for some serene contemplation at Grossmunster, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Bibliothek Rechtswissenschaftliches Institut.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Zurich trip planner.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Zurich is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 4 hours traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Zurich. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Rio de Janeiro in December, with highs in Zurich at 5°C and lows at -1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can go by car to Munich.

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Old Town ©
Old Town
Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich) ©
Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich)

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Munich, Germany

Munich ©
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.
On the 14th (Sat), take in nature's colorful creations at Nymphenburg Palace, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael's Church, then don't miss a visit to Marienplatz, and finally examine the collection at Munich Residenz. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Sun): engage your brain at Deutsches Museum, explore the activities along English Garden, and then take in panoramic vistas at Frauenkirche.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Munich trip maker site .

Getting from Zurich to Munich by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of flight and train. In December, daytime highs in Munich are 5°C, while nighttime lows are -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to drive to Salzburg.

Things to do in Munich

Museums Parks Historic Sites
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Nymphenburg Palace ©
Nymphenburg Palace
Marienplatz ©
Marienplatz
English Garden ©
English Garden

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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 16th (Mon): admire the natural beauty at Mirabell Palace, then admire the landmark architecture of Salzburg Cathedral, then admire the landmark architecture of Fortress Hohensalzburg, and finally step into the grandiose world of Schloss Hellbrunn. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus), get a taste of the local shopping with Getreidegasse, get engrossed in the history at Mozarts Geburtshaus, then examine the collection at Salzburg Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Red Bull Hangar-7.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Salzburg road trip tool .

You can drive from Munich to Salzburg in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Salzburg are 6°C, while nighttime lows are -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Salzburg

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Fortress Hohensalzburg ©
Fortress Hohensalzburg
Salzburg Cathedral ©
Salzburg Cathedral
Mirabell Palace ©
Mirabell Palace

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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.
Vienna is known for historic sites, museums, nightlife, zoos & aquariums, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step into the grandiose world of Schonbrunn Palace, don't miss a visit to Stephansplatz, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Stephen's Cathedral, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Schönbrunn Zoo.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Vienna trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Salzburg to Vienna in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Vienna are 5°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Budapest.

Things to do in Vienna

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Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral
Belvedere Palace ©
Belvedere Palace

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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.
Budapest is known for historic sites, spas, nightlife, museums, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Hungarian Parliament Building, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Matthias Church, contemplate the long history of Liberty Statue, and don't miss a visit to Halaszbastya.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Budapest trip planner .

Traveling by train from Vienna to Budapest takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December in Budapest, expect temperatures between 5°C during the day and -1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel to Prague.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Spas Museums
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Hungarian Parliament Building ©
Hungarian Parliament Building
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church

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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.
Prague is known for historic sites, nightlife, museums, fun & games, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: wander the streets of StaromEstske namEsti, learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and snap pictures at Charles Bridge.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Prague travel route app .

Getting from Budapest to Prague by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 5°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Prague

Tours Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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StaromEstske namEsti ©
StaromEstske namEsti
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
Charles Bridge
Charles Bridge

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