26 days in Central Europe Itinerary

26 days in Central Europe Itinerary

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26 days in Central Europe Itinerary

Start: Porto Alegre, Brazil
Fly:  19​h 30​min
1
Vienna, Austria
— 3 nights
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
Fly:  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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Melk Abbey and Stephansplatz. Belvedere Palace and Imperial Palace (Hofburg) are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Schonbrunn Palace, take in the spiritual surroundings of Augustinerkirche, hunt for treasures at Vienna Naschmarkt, and wander the streets of Historic Center of Vienna.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Vienna trip planning website .

Porto Alegre, Brazil to Vienna is an approximately 19.5-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 Porto Alegre to Vienna. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Porto Alegre in December; daily highs in Vienna reach 5°C and lows reach 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to take a train 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 Andrassy Avenue and Vaci Streetfor plenty of shopping. Get a sense of the local culture at Matthias Church and Liberty Statue. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Halaszbastya, appreciate the history behind Hősök tere, see the interesting displays at House of Terror Museum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Dohány Street Synagogue.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Budapest road trip planning website .

Traveling by train from Vienna to Budapest takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Budapest can reach 5°C, while at night they dip to -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Krakow.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Shopping Spas
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Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya

3
nights
Krakow, Poland

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Nature & Wildlife Tours and St. Mary's Basilica. Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau and Sukiennice (Cloth Hall) are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Wawel Cathedral, take a stroll through Ulica Florianska, steep yourself in history at Wieliczka Salt Mine, and don't miss a visit to Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Krakow online tour itinerary planner .

You can fly from Budapest to Krakow in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 5°C, and evening lows to -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Wieliczka Salt Mine, Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau ©
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Hradcany and Prague Astronomical Clock. Get some historical perspective at Katedrala Svateho Vita and St Barbara's Church. Step out of Prague with an excursion to Ossuary / The Cemetery Church in Kutna Hora--about 1h 25 min away. There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Prague Castle, wander the streets of StaromEstske namEsti, view the masterpieces at Lobkowicz Palace, and take in the views from Charles Bridge.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Prague travel route app .

Traveling by flight from Krakow to Prague takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 5°C in December, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to drive to Cesky Krumlov.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Kutna Hora
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Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
StaromEstske namEsti ©
StaromEstske namEsti
Katedrala Svateho Vita ©
Katedrala Svateho Vita

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.
On the 28th (Sat), step into the grandiose world of The State Chateau of Hluboká, take in the exciting artwork at House of the Dyed Cloth, then explore the engaging exhibits at Fairytale House - Puppet Museum, then contemplate the long history of Former Fink Cafe, and finally explore the historical opulence of Cesky Krumlov Castle. On the 29th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at St. Jost Church, get to know the fascinating history of Historie mesta Ceský Krumlov, admire the masterpieces at Egon Schiele Art Centrum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Christi and Our Lady of Sorrows Church, then get a taste of the local shopping with Miroslav Paral Art Gallery, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Chapel of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Cesky Krumlov trip itinerary planner .

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 your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Salzburg.

Things to do in Cesky Krumlov

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

The State Chateau of Hluboká
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Cesky Krumlov Castle ©
Cesky Krumlov Castle
Historie mesta Ceský Krumlov ©
Historie mesta Ceský Krumlov
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Schmittenhohe and Salzburg Cathedral. Head to Residenzgalerie Salzburg and Alte furst-erzbischofliche Hofapothekefor some retail therapy. Step out of Salzburg with an excursion to Sommerrodelbahn Walchsee in Walchsee--about 1h 25 min away. There's lots more to do: take some stellar pictures from Fortress Hohensalzburg, step into the grandiose world of Schloss Hellbrunn, contemplate the long history of Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus), and browse the exhibits of Mozarts Geburtshaus.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Salzburg road trip planning app .

You can drive from Cesky Krumlov to Salzburg in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In December in Salzburg, expect temperatures between 6°C during the day and -1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to drive to Lucerne.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trips

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

5
nights
Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Get a sense of the local culture at UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern and Uhrenmuseum Beyer Zürich. Discover out-of-the-way places like Mount Titlis and Altstadt Luzern. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lucerne: Galerie Rigassi by SOON (in Bern) and Zurich (Bahnhofstrasse, Old Town, & more). The adventure continues: take in the awesome beauty at Jungfraujoch, appreciate the history behind Lion Monument, view the masterpieces at Kunsthalle Luzern, and explore the activities along Lake Lucerne.

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Traveling by car from Salzburg to Lucerne takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. January in Lucerne sees daily highs of 4°C and lows of -2°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Lucerne

Nature Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Zurich, Bern, Jungfraujoch, Titlis
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UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern ©
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern
Titlis ©
Titlis
Jungfraujoch ©
Jungfraujoch

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