26 days in Central Europe Itinerary

26 days in Central Europe Itinerary

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Start: Porto Alegre, Brazil
Bus + Fly:  19 h 30 min
1
Vienna, Austria
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
2
Budapest, Hungary
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
3
Krakow, Poland
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
4
Prague, Czech Republic
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
5
Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
6
Salzburg, Austria
— 3 nights
Drive:  5 h
7
Lucerne, Switzerland
— 5 nights
+2
Train + Fly + Bus:  18 h 30 min
End: Porto Alegre, Brazil

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.
For shopping fun, head to Graben and Kohlmarkt or Mariahilfer Strasse. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Albertina and Melk Abbey. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Belvedere Palace, browse the eclectic array of goods at Vienna Naschmarkt, make a trip to St. Stephen's Cathedral, and look for gifts at Xocolat.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Vienna trip planning app.

Porto Alegre, Brazil to Vienna is an approximately 20- hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 4 hours traveling from Porto Alegre to Vienna. In December, Vienna is much colder than Porto Alegre - with highs of 5°C and lows of 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can go by car to Budapest.

Things to do in Vienna

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Melk Abbey
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St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral
Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
Melk Abbey ©
Melk Abbey

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.
Head to Vaci Street and Andrassy Avenuefor some retail therapy. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Fisherman's Bastion and St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Matthias Church, examine the collection at House of Terror Museum, browse the fresh offerings at Central Market Hall, and test the waters at a local thermal spa.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Budapest trip itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Vienna to Budapest in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly. December in Budapest sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of -1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Krakow.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Shopping Spas
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St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika) ©
Fisherman's Bastion ©
Fisherman's Bastion
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.
Shop till you drop at Sukiennice (Cloth Hall) and Ulica Florianska. Get some cultural insight at Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau and St. Mary's Basilica. Next up on the itinerary: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, get to know the fascinating history of Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square, contemplate the long history of Wawel Cathedral, and see the interesting displays at Wieliczka Salt Mine.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Krakow online trip builder.

You can fly from Budapest to Krakow in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Krakow can reach 5°C, while at night they dip to -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel to Prague.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau, Wieliczka Salt Mine
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Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau ©
Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Wieliczka Salt Mine ©
Wieliczka Salt Mine

4
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Hradcany and Kostel sv. Mikuláše. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Staromestske namesti and St. Vitus Cathedral. When in Prague, make a side trip to see St Barbara's Church in Kutna Hora, approximately Kutna Hora away. And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Lesser Town, view the masterpieces at Gallery of Steel Figures, explore the historical opulence of Prague Castle, and admire the striking features of Schwarzenberg Palace.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Prague sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Krakow to Prague takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. December in Prague sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to drive to Cesky Krumlov.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

St Barbara's Church
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Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
Staromestske namesti ©
Staromestske namesti
St. Vitus Cathedral ©
St. Vitus Cathedral

2
nights
Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic

Cesky Krumlov ©
Known around the world for its medieval castle, Cesky Krumlov offers the chance to experience the charm of a small European city seemingly frozen in time several centuries ago.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): explore the historical opulence of The State Chateau of Hluboká, view the masterpieces at House of the Dyed Cloth, then take in the exciting artwork at Fairytale House - Puppet Museum, then contemplate the long history of Former Fink Cafe, and finally contemplate the long history of Cesky Krumlov Castle. On the 29th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Jost Church, get to know the fascinating history of Historie mesta Ceský Krumlov, explore the world behind art at Egon Schiele Art Centrum, pause for some serene contemplation at Christi and Our Lady of Sorrows Church, then take in the exciting artwork at Miroslav Paral Art Gallery, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapel of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Cesky Krumlov driving holiday planning site.

Drive from Prague to Cesky Krumlov in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 4°C, and evening lows to -1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can go by car to Salzburg.

Things to do in Cesky Krumlov

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

The State Chateau of Hluboká
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Historie mesta Ceský Krumlov ©
Historie mesta Ceský Krumlov
Cesky Krumlov Castle ©
Cesky Krumlov Castle
The State Chateau of Hluboká ©
The State Chateau of Hluboká

3
nights
Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Head to Alte furst-erzbischofliche Hofapotheke and Residenzgalerie Salzburgfor plenty of shopping. Get a sense of the local culture at Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle and Schloss Hellbrunn. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Salzburg: Sommerrodelbahn Walchsee (in Walchsee) and Schmittenhohe (in Zell am See). The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Salzburg Cathedral, contemplate the long history of Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus), and take an in-depth tour of Mozarts Geburtshaus.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Salzburg trip site.

You can drive from Cesky Krumlov to Salzburg in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. December in Salzburg sees daily highs of 6°C and lows of -1°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can go by car to Lucerne.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Sommerrodelbahn Walchsee, Schmittenhohe
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Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle ©
Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle
Schmittenhohe ©
Schmittenhohe
Schloss Hellbrunn ©
Schloss Hellbrunn

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nights
Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Mt Pilatus and Titlis. Take a break from the city and head to Lake Lucerne and Jungfraujoch. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lucerne: Bern (Galerie Rigassi by SOON & UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern) and Zurich (Bahnhofstrasse, Old Town, &more). Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Altstadt Luzern, take in the exciting artwork at Kunsthalle Luzern, and pause for some photo ops at Lion Monument.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Lucerne trip builder app.

Getting from Salzburg to Lucerne by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 4°C, and evening lows to -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lucerne

Nature Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Zurich, Bern, Titlis, Jungfraujoch
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Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Titlis ©
Titlis
Jungfraujoch ©
Jungfraujoch

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