10 days in Central Europe Itinerary

10 days in Central Europe Itinerary

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10 days in Central Europe Itinerary

Start: San Francisco, United States
Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
Ljubljana, Slovenia
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Vienna, Austria
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
Fly:  17​h 15​min
End: San Francisco, United States

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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 13th (Fri): step into the grandiose world of Prague Castle and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Staromestske namesti. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the exciting artwork at DOX Centre for Contemporary Art, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Vitus Cathedral, and then take some stellar pictures from Prague Astronomical Clock.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Prague trip planner.

San Francisco, USA to Prague is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight, train, and bus. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from San Francisco to Prague due to the time zone difference. In April, Prague is slightly colder than San Francisco - with highs of 58°F and lows of 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel to Ljubljana.

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Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
Staromestske namesti ©
Staromestske namesti
St. Vitus Cathedral ©
St. Vitus Cathedral

few
hours
Ljubljana, Slovenia

Ljubljana
Sitting astride the Ljubljanica River, Ljubljana is marked with picturesque bridges and a marketplace, designed by the famous architect Jože Plečnik.
On the 15th (Sun), stop by Old Town Souvenirs.

To find maps, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and more tourist information, read Ljubljana tour planner.

Getting from Prague to Ljubljana by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or drive. In April in Ljubljana, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 40°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Vienna.

Things to do in Ljubljana

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4
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.
Get some cultural insight at Schonbrunn Palace and St. Stephen's Cathedral. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Vienna Naschmarkt and Xocolat. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at The Hofburg, admire the masterpieces at Belvedere Palace, take a stroll through Historic Center of Vienna, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Schönbrunn Zoo.

For maps, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Vienna trip itinerary builder website .

Drive from Ljubljana to Vienna in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. In April, daily temperatures in Vienna can reach 61°F, while at night they dip to 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to drive to Budapest.

Things to do in Vienna

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Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
Belvedere Palace ©
Belvedere Palace
St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral

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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.
On the 19th (Thu), appreciate the history behind Hősök tere, then steep yourself in history at Matthias Church, then stop by Herend Porcelain - Hadik Shop, and finally contemplate the long history of Halaszbastya. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), then wander the streets of Vaci Street, and finally take a stroll through Andrassy Avenue.

To find where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Budapest trip planner.

You can drive from Vienna to Budapest in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in April, and nighttime lows around 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Budapest

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Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya

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