55 days in Central Europe Itinerary

55 days in Central Europe Itinerary

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55 days in Central Europe Itinerary

London, United Kingdom
Fly:  4​h 15​min
Zurich, Switzerland
— 5 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
Nuremberg, Germany
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
Munich, Germany
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Salzburg, Austria
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Prague, Czech Republic
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
Berlin, Germany
— 6 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
Budapest, Hungary
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Vienna, Austria
— 7 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
Krakow, Poland
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
Gdansk, Poland
— 3 nights
Fly + bus + train:  5​h 15​min
London, United Kingdom

5
days
Zurich, Switzerland

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Old Town (Altstadt) and Aare Gorge will appeal to history buffs. Relax by the water at Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen and Seebad Katzensee. Explore Zurich's surroundings by going to Seebad Eich (in Eich) and Dying Lion of Lucerne Monument (in Lucerne). There's lots more to do: explore the different monuments and memorials at Friedhof Fluntern (Fluntern Cemetery), look for gifts at Confiserie Sprüngli AG, get a taste of the local shopping with Uhrenmuseum Beyer Zürich, and pause for some serene contemplation at Kirche Enge.

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London, UK to Zurich is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from London to Zurich due to the time zone difference. In May, daytime highs in Zurich are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Nuremberg.

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Dying Lion of Lucerne Monument, Aare Gorge, Seebad Eich
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Old Town (Altstadt)
Aare Gorge
Kunsthaus

3
days
Nuremberg, Germany

Nuremberg's historic town center stands in the shadow of a towering imperial castle that dominates its northwestern corner.
Old Town and Albrecht-Dürer-Haus will appeal to history buffs. Get a sense of the local culture at Imperial Castle of Nuremberg and Würzburg Residence. Change things up with these side-trips from Nuremberg: Rothenburg (Town Walls, Kriminalmuseum, & more) and Marienburg Fortress (in Wurzburg). The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Germanisches Nationalmuseum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Lorenz Church, and steep yourself in history at Palace of Justice.

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Traveling by flight from Zurich to Nuremberg takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in May, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Munich.

Things to do in Nuremberg

Sightseeing Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Rothenburg, Wurzburg
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Old Town
Imperial Castle of Nuremberg
Marienburg Fortress

6
days
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.
Visit Nymphenburg Palace (Schloss Nymphenburg) and Neuschwanstein Castle for their historical value. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Deutsches Museum and Neue Pinakothek. Go for a jaunt from Munich to Diessen to see Strandbad St. Alban about 54 minutes away. There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Alte Pinakothek, admire the striking features of St. Peter's Church, see the interesting displays at Munich Residenz, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Haidhausen.

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You can take a train from Nuremberg to Munich in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Munich are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Salzburg.

Things to do in Munich

Museums Sightseeing Historic Sites

Side Trips

Strandbad St. Alban, Neuschwanstein Castle
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Neuschwanstein Castle
Frauenkirche

5
days
Salzburg, Austria

Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Fortress Hohensalzburg and Mozarts Geburtshaus are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Hellbrunn Castle (Schloss Hellbrun) and Franziskanerkirche will appeal to history buffs. Explore Salzburg's surroundings by going to Hallstatt (Salzwelten Hallstatt & Hallstatt Viewing Platform). The adventure continues: browse the exhibits of Mozart-Wohnhaus, take in the spiritual surroundings of Salzburg Cathedral (Dom), sample the tasty concoctions at Bräustübl zu Mülln, and stop by Alte fürst-erzbischöfliche Hofapotheke.

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Traveling by car from Munich to Salzburg takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. May in Salzburg sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to drive to Cesky Krumlov.

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Sightseeing Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Hallstatt
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Fortress Hohensalzburg
Salzburg Cathedral (Dom)

2
days
Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic

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 26th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Latran houses, pause for some serene contemplation at Christi and Our Lady of Sorrows Church, steep yourself in history at Former cafe fink, explore the historical opulence of Cesky Krumlov Castle, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Historic Center of Cesky Krumlov, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St. Jost Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Sat): head outdoors with Outdoor Krumlov, then examine the collection at Museum Fotoatelier Seidel, and then admire the masterpieces at Egon Schiele Art Centrum.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Cesky Krumlov trip generator.

Getting from Salzburg to Cesky Krumlov by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Prague.

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Historic Center of Cesky Krumlov
Cesky Krumlov Castle
Former Fink Cafe

6
days
Prague, Czech Republic

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 Prague Astronomical Clock and Old Town (Stare Mesto). Your inner history buff will appreciate Old Town Square and Prague Castle. And it doesn't end there: snap pictures at Charles Bridge, take an in-depth tour of Jewish Museum in Prague, tour the pleasant surroundings at Vrtbovská zahrada, and pause for some photo ops at Vyšehrad.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Prague sightseeing planner.

You can take a train from Cesky Krumlov to Prague in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in May, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Berlin.

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Prague Castle
Prague Astronomical Clock
Old Town Square

5
days
Berlin, Germany

The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Charlottenburg Palace and East Side Gallery. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Pergamonmuseum and Potsdamer Platz. Spend the 5th (Mon) exploring the collection at Museum Island. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Strandbad Tegeler See, appreciate the history behind Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, admire the landmark architecture of Reichstag Building, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Zoo Berlin.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Berlin vacation builder.

You can drive from Prague to Berlin in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a train. In June in Berlin, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Budapest.

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Sightseeing Parks Historic Sites
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Brandenburg Gate
Charlottenburg Palace
Pergamonmuseum

6
days
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Fisherman's Bastion and Liberty Statue. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Heroes' Square and Vajdahunyad Castle (Vajdahunyadvar). And it doesn't end there: get a sense of history and politics at Residence Parliament, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), examine the collection at House of Terror, and snap pictures at Chain Bridge (Szechenyi lanchid).

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Budapest travel planner.

Getting from Berlin to Budapest by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. While traveling from Berlin, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Budapest, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Vienna.

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Fisherman's Bastion
Matthias Church

6
days
Vienna, Austria

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.
Popular historic sites such as St. Stephen's Cathedral and Belvedere Palace are in your itinerary. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Schoenbrunn Palace and Historic Center of Vienna. The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Kunsthistorisches Museum, examine the collection at Haus der Musik, tour the pleasant surroundings at Schönbrunn Zoo, and explore the galleries of Central Cemetery.

To find more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Vienna holiday planner.

You can drive from Budapest to Vienna in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In June in Vienna, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Wed) to allow time for travel to Krakow.

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Schönbrunn Palace
St. Stephen's Cathedral
Belvedere Palace

6
days
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Memorial and Museum Auschwitz-Birkenau and Wawel Royal Castle. Get some historical perspective at Main Market Square and Jewish District (Kazimierz). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Wawel Cathedral, steep yourself in history at The Barbican (Barbakan), appreciate the extensive heritage of Historic Old Town, and explore the fascinating underground world of Wieliczka Salt Mine.

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Getting from Vienna to Krakow by combination of flight and bus takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. June in Krakow sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Gdansk.

Things to do in Krakow

Sightseeing Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Wieliczka Salt Mine, Memorial and Museum Auschwitz-Birkenau
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Wawel Cathedral
Wawel Royal Castle

3
days
Gdansk, Poland

Although its history goes back a thousand years, Gdansk represents one of Poland's most modern urban centers, its thriving economy boosted by a lively tourism sector.
Relax by the water at Jelitkowo Beach and Sopot Beach. Get some historical perspective at Oliwa Cathedral and St. Nicholas Church (Kosciol Sw Mikolaja). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Stogi Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Mary's Church, take a stroll through Old Town, and examine the collection at Sala BHP.

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Getting from Krakow to Gdansk by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Krakow in June, expect nights in Gdansk to be about the same, around 11°C, while days are slightly colder, around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Gdansk

Beaches Parks Sightseeing

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Sopot Beach
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Old Town
St. Mary's Church
Oliwa Cathedral

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