12 days in Central Europe Itinerary

12 days in Central Europe Itinerary

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Start: New York City, United States
Bus + Fly:  11 h 15 min
1
Berlin, Germany
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
2
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 45 min
3
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Vienna, Austria
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h 30 min
5
Salzburg, Austria
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
6
Munich, Germany
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Bus + Train:  12 h 30 min
End: New York City, United States

1
night
Berlin, Germany

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): ponder the world of politics at Reichstag Building, pause for some photo ops at The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, and then don't miss a visit to Brandenburg Gate. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Pergamonmuseum, then get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and then make a trip to East Side Gallery.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Berlin road trip planner.

New York City, USA to Berlin is an approximately 11.5- hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of subway, train, and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from New York City to Berlin, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Prague.

Things to do in Berlin

Tours Museums Historic Sites
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Walking tours
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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): get to know the fascinating history of Staromestske namesti, then get great views at Prague Astronomical Clock, then snap pictures at Charles Bridge, and finally get the lay of the land with Walking tours. Here are some ideas for day two: step into the grandiose world of Prague Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Vitus Cathedral, and then visit Lesser Town.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Prague travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Berlin to Prague takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a shuttle. March in Prague sees daily highs of 49°F and lows of 34°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Budapest.

Things to do in Prague

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Fisherman's Bastion, admire the landmark architecture of Matthias Church, then take in the views from Szechenyi Lanchid, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), and finally ponder the world of politics at Hungarian Parliament Building. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at University Church, boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, then pause for some photo ops at Heroes' Square, and finally examine the collection at House of Terror Museum.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Budapest trip planner.

You can drive from Prague to Budapest in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of flight and bus. In March in Budapest, expect temperatures between 54°F during the day and 34°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Vienna.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Spas Museums
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Fisherman's Bastion ©
Fisherman's Bastion
Hungarian Parliament Building ©
Hungarian Parliament Building
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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): make a trip to St. Stephen's Cathedral, admire the landmark architecture of Schonbrunn Palace, then get to know the resident critters at Schönbrunn Zoo, and finally make a trip to Stephansplatz. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at The Hofburg, admire the masterpieces at Belvedere Palace, and then see the interesting displays at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Vienna holiday builder.

Getting from Budapest to Vienna by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or fly. In March, daytime highs in Vienna are 51°F, while nighttime lows are 34°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel to Salzburg.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums
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Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral
Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien ©
Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien

1
night
Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
On the 16th (Mon), contemplate the long history of Salzburger Altstadt, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Salzburg Cathedral, then get great views at Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle, then get engrossed in the history at Mozarts Geburtshaus, and finally admire the natural beauty at Mirabell Palace.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Salzburg tour planner.

Fly from Vienna to Salzburg in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In March, daytime highs in Salzburg are 51°F, while nighttime lows are 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Munich.

Things to do in Salzburg

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

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Nymphenburg Palace, contemplate the waterfront views at English Garden, and then don't miss a visit to Marienplatz. On the 18th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get curious at Deutsches Museum and then see the interesting displays at Munich Residenz.

To see reviews and more tourist information, read Munich trip builder site.

You can drive from Salzburg to Munich in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Munich can reach 49°F, while at night they dip to 31°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Munich

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums
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Deutsches Museum ©
Deutsches Museum
Marienplatz ©
Marienplatz
English Garden ©
English Garden

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