12 days in Central Europe Itinerary

12 days in Central Europe Itinerary

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12 days in Central Europe Itinerary

Start: New York City, United States
bus + Fly:  11​h 15​min
1
Berlin, Germany
— 1 night
2
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
3
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
4
Vienna, Austria
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
5
Salzburg, Austria
— 1 night
6
Munich, Germany
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  12​h 30​min
End: New York City, United States

1
night
Berlin, Germany

Berlin ©
The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): admire the striking features of Reichstag Building, pause for some photo ops at The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, and then appreciate the history behind Brandenburg Gate. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at Pergamonmuseum, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and then make a trip to East Side Gallery.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Berlin road trip planner .

New York City, USA to Berlin is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Berlin is 6 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to drive to Prague.

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Brandenburg Gate ©
Brandenburg Gate
Reichstag Building ©
Reichstag Building

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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): take a stroll through StaromEstske namEsti, get great views at Prague Astronomical Clock, then take in the views from Charles Bridge, and finally take in the local highlights with Walking tours. Keep things going the next day: explore the historical opulence of Prague Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Katedrala Svateho Vita, and then wander the streets of Lesser Town.

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

Traveling by car from Berlin to Prague takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Prague can reach 49°F, while at night they dip to 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Prague

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StaromEstske namEsti ©
StaromEstske namEsti
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
Charles Bridge
Charles Bridge

2
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 12th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Halaszbastya, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Matthias Church, take in the views from Szechenyi Chain Bridge, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), and finally admire the landmark architecture of Hungarian Parliament Building. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at University Church, test the waters at a local thermal spa, then pause for some photo ops at Hősök tere, and finally see the interesting displays at House of Terror Museum.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Budapest trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by flight from Prague to Budapest takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 54°F, and evening lows to 34°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Vienna.

Things to do in Budapest

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Hungarian Parliament Building ©
Hungarian Parliament Building
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church

2
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.
On the 14th (Sat), take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Stephen's Cathedral, then step into the grandiose world of Schonbrunn Palace, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Schönbrunn Zoo, and finally make a trip to Stephansplatz. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Imperial Palace (Hofburg), contemplate the long history of Belvedere Palace, and then see the interesting displays at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Vienna trip planner .

You can take a train from Budapest to Vienna in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 51°F, and evening lows to 34°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel to Salzburg.

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

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 16th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Salzburger Altstadt, admire the striking features of Salzburg Cathedral, then get great views at Fortress Hohensalzburg, then take an in-depth tour of Mozarts Geburtshaus, and finally don't miss a visit to Mirabell Palace.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Salzburg online day trip planner .

You can fly from Vienna to Salzburg in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. March in Salzburg sees daily highs of 51°F and lows of 33°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Munich.

Things to do in Salzburg

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

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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.
On the 17th (Tue), step into the grandiose world of Nymphenburg Palace, explore the activities along English Garden, and then make a trip to Marienplatz. On the next day, get curious at Deutsches Museum and then examine the collection at Munich Residenz.

For maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Munich road trip planning website .

Getting from Salzburg to Munich by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 49°F, and evening lows to 31°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Munich

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

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