24 days in Central Europe Itinerary

24 days in Central Europe Itinerary

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24 days in Central Europe Itinerary

Start: Edmonton, Canada
Fly:  15​h 15​min
1
Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Munich, Germany
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Salzburg, Austria
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Prague, Czech Republic
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
5
Vienna, Austria
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
6
Budapest, Hungary
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
7
Krakow, Poland
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
8
Berlin, Germany
— 4 nights
Fly:  15​h
End: Edmonton, Canada

1
night
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Grossmunster and then get to know the fascinating history of Old Town. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at Museum Rietberg, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Fraumünster Church.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Zurich trip maker website .

Edmonton, Canada to Zurich is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Edmonton to Zurich is 8 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Edmonton in March: high temperatures in Zurich hover around 13°C and lows are around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can drive to Munich.

Things to do in Zurich

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Nature
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Old Town ©
Old Town
Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Museum Rietberg ©
Museum Rietberg

3
nights
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.
Munich is known for museums, nature, historic sites, nightlife, and childrens museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Marienplatz, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter's Church, admire the landmark architecture of Frauenkirche, and explore the world behind art at Neue Pinakothek.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Munich trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by car from Zurich to Munich takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of flight and train. In March, daily temperatures in Munich can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can drive to Salzburg.

Things to do in Munich

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums
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Deutsches Museum ©
Deutsches Museum
Marienplatz ©
Marienplatz
Nymphenburg Palace ©
Nymphenburg Palace

2
nights
Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Red Bull Hangar-7, step into the grandiose world of Schloss Hellbrunn, then pause for some serene contemplation at Salzburg Cathedral, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Mirabell Palace. On your second day here, steep yourself in history at Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus), take an in-depth tour of Mozarts Geburtshaus, see the interesting displays at Salzburg Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Fortress Hohensalzburg, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter's Abbey (Stift St. Peter).

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Salzburg itinerary planner .

You can drive from Munich to Salzburg in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 12°C in March, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can drive to Prague.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Fortress Hohensalzburg ©
Fortress Hohensalzburg
Mirabell Palace ©
Mirabell Palace
Salzburg Cathedral ©
Salzburg Cathedral

3
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.
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, take some stellar pictures from Petřín, appreciate the history behind Vyšehrad National Cultural Monument, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Prague day trip tool .

You can drive from Salzburg to Prague in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in March, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Tours Neighborhoods
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Staromestske namesti ©
Staromestske namesti
Charles Bridge
Charles Bridge
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle

3
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.
Vienna is known for historic sites, museums, nightlife, parks, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the historical opulence of Schonbrunn Palace, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Schönbrunn Zoo, get in on the family fun at Prater, and see the interesting displays at Staatsopernmuseum.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Vienna online trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Prague to Vienna by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In March in Vienna, expect temperatures between 12°C during the day and 1°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Budapest.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums Parks Historic Sites
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Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral
Belvedere Palace ©
Belvedere Palace

3
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.
Budapest is known for historic sites, spas, nightlife, museums, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get a sense of history and politics at Hungarian Parliament Building, admire the masterpieces at Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria), see the interesting displays at House of Terror Museum, and take in the views from Szechenyi Chain Bridge.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Budapest trip planner .

You can take a train from Vienna to Budapest in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Budapest can reach 14°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel to Krakow.

Things to do in Budapest

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

3
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.
When in Krakow, make a side trip to see Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau in Oswiecim, approximately 1h 10 min away. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wawel Cathedral, contemplate the long history of Muzeum Krakowa, oddzial Fabryka Emalia Oskara Schindlera, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Wawel Royal Castle.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Krakow itinerary planning tool .

Fly from Budapest to Krakow in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Budapest, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Krakow, ranging from highs of 9°C to lows of 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel to Berlin.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau
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Wawel Cathedral ©
Wawel Cathedral
Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau ©
Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square ©

4
nights
Berlin, Germany

The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Berlin is known for museums, historic sites, nightlife, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: pause for some photo ops at Brandenburg Gate, admire the masterpieces at Pergamonmuseum, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and see the interesting displays at Topography of Terror.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Berlin trip planning site .

You can fly from Krakow to Berlin in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Berlin

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Walking tours
Brandenburg Gate ©
Brandenburg Gate
Reichstag Building ©
Reichstag Building

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