15 days in Central Europe Itinerary

15 days in Central Europe Itinerary

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15 days in Central Europe Itinerary

Start: Chicago, United States
Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
Berlin, Germany
— 2 nights
2
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
3
Munich, Germany
— 2 nights
4
Salzburg, Austria
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
5
Vienna, Austria
— 2 nights
6
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
7
Krakow, Poland
— 1 night
Fly:  12​h 30​min
End: Chicago, United States

2
nights
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen and Sanssouci Park. There's lots more to do: appreciate the history behind Brandenburg Gate, take in the history at THE ROOM - Live Escape Game Berlin, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and ponder the world of politics at Reichstag Building.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Berlin online trip builder .

Chicago, USA to Berlin is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Central European Time is 7 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to drive to Prague.

Things to do in Berlin

Museums Historic Sites Tours

Side Trips

Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen, Sanssouci Park
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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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Tue): indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, then explore the historical opulence of Prague Castle, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Ss. Cyril and Methodius Cathedral. On the 6th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: snap pictures at Charles Bridge, don't miss a visit to Prague Astronomical Clock, then take a stroll through StaromEstske namEsti, then learn about all things military at National Memorial to the Heroes of the Heydrich Terror, and finally have fun at Top Gun Prague Shooting Events.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Prague travel route planner.

Drive from Berlin to Prague in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Prague are 64°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can travel to Munich.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Tours Fun & Games
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StaromEstske namEsti ©
StaromEstske namEsti
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
Charles Bridge
Charles Bridge

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nights
Munich, Germany

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 7th (Thu), engage your brain at Deutsches Museum and then learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Fri): walk around English Garden, explore the galleries of Nymphenburg Palace, and then don't miss a visit to Marienplatz.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Munich driving holiday planner.

You can fly from Prague to Munich in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 64°F, and evening lows to 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Salzburg.

Things to do in Munich

Tours Historic Sites Museums
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Beer Tastings & Tours
Deutsches Museum ©
Deutsches Museum
Nymphenburg Palace ©
Nymphenburg Palace

2
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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 9th (Sat): step into the grandiose world of Schloss Hellbrunn, get great views at Fortress Hohensalzburg, then admire the landmark architecture of Salzburg Cathedral, and finally admire the natural beauty at Mirabell Palace. On the 10th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, get engrossed in the history at Mozarts Geburtshaus, then explore the galleries of Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus), then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Untersberg, and finally examine the collection at Red Bull Hangar-7.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Salzburg online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Munich to Salzburg takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Salzburg are 65°F, while nighttime lows are 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites Museums Tours
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Schloss Hellbrunn ©
Schloss Hellbrunn
Salzburg Cathedral ©
Salzburg Cathedral
Fortress Hohensalzburg ©
Fortress Hohensalzburg

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): make a trip to Stephansplatz, then step into the grandiose world of Schonbrunn Palace, then contemplate the long history of Belvedere Palace, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St. Stephen's Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Ringstrasse, see the interesting displays at Imperial Palace (Hofburg), then admire the striking features of State Hall of the Austrian National Library, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Cafe Gloriette.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Vienna travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Salzburg to Vienna by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In May in Vienna, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 50°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Budapest.

Things to do in Vienna

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

2
nights
Budapest, Hungary

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 13th (Wed): awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, then admire the landmark architecture of Hungarian Parliament Building, and then steep yourself in history at Halaszbastya. On the 14th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to 3d Gallery Budapest, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and then see the interesting displays at Budapest Pinball Museum.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Budapest trip planning site .

You can take a train from Vienna to Budapest in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 71°F in May, and nighttime lows around 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to travel to Krakow.

Things to do in Budapest

Tours Museums Historic Sites
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Hungarian Parliament Building ©
Hungarian Parliament Building
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): have fun at Shooting in Krakow - Cracow Shooting Academy - Strzelnica Krakow and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Krakow road trip tool .

You can fly from Budapest to Krakow in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Budapest in May, expect nights in Krakow to be about the same, around 47°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Krakow

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Cracow Shooting Academy ©
Cracow Shooting Academy

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