12 days in Ireland, Budapest & Munich Itinerary

12 days in Ireland, Budapest & Munich Itinerary

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Budapest, Hungary
— 3 nights
Train
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Munich, Germany
— 2 nights
Fly
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Dublin, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cork, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Doolin, Ireland
— 1 night
Drive to Dublin Airport, Fly to Washington Dulles International Airport

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Budapest, Hungary

— 3 nights

Pearl of the Danube

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Faust Wine Cellar and Margaret Island. Do some cultural sightseeing at Fisherman's Bastion and Citadel. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Liberty Statue, admire the striking features of Matthias Church, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), and appreciate the history behind Heroes' Square.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Budapest trip planner.

Washington, USA to Budapest is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is 6 hours. Traveling from Washington in November, expect nights in Budapest to be about the same, around 36°F, while days are slightly colder, around 50°F. You'll set off for Munich on the 3rd (Sat).

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites · Wineries · Nature · Parks
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Munich, Germany

— 2 nights

Village of a Million People

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 4th (Sun), contemplate the waterfront views at Starnberger See, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Andechs Monastery, then see the interesting displays at Munich Residenz, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Heiliggeistkirche. On the 5th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael's Church, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Burgersaalkirche, and then make a trip to Marienplatz.

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You can fly from Budapest to Munich in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 41°F, and evening lows to 29°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Dublin.

Things to do in Munich

Historic Sites · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries · Nature

Side Trips

Dublin, Ireland

— 2 nights

Fair City

A history spanning over a thousand years, vibrant nightlife, and a mix of Georgian and modern architecture make Dublin a popular European tourist destination.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Tue): ponder the world of politics at Dublin Castle, then enjoy the sand and surf at Sandycove Beach, then take in the awesome beauty at Bray Head, and finally contemplate the long history of Kilmainham Gaol Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Wed): get engrossed in the history at 14 Henrietta Street and then don't miss a visit to Temple Bar.

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You can fly from Munich to Dublin in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Munich in December, with highs in Dublin at 48°F and lows at 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to drive to Cork.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trip

Cork, Ireland

— 2 nights

Rebel City

One of the country's major artistic and cultural centers, famed for its many annual festivals, Cork straddles the Lee River and boasts over 30 bridges.
On the 8th (Thu), look for all kinds of wild species at Will and Away, steep yourself in history at Camden Fort Meagher, and then boost your wellbeing at Escape Spa.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Cork trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Dublin to Cork in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 48°F, and evening lows to 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Doolin.

Things to do in Cork

Spas · Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Doolin, Ireland

— 1 night
A world-famous center of traditional Irish music, Doolin occupies a dramatic location on Ireland's windblown Atlantic coast.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): take in the pleasant sights at Beauty Of The Burren Walks, then explore the fascinating underground world of Doolin Cave, and then steep yourself in history at Gleninsheen Wedge Tomb.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Doolin trip planner.

Traveling by car from Cork to Doolin takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Doolin can reach 50°F, while at night they dip to 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Doolin

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Ireland travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Nightlife · Castles
Emerald Isle
Gentle green hills, Guinness, leprechauns, and friendly folks characterize this small isle of a country. From the busy big city of Dublin to cozy countryside, the emerald isle harbors a varied natural landscape and is steeped in tradition. Visitors can immerse themselves in the native Irish language by visiting a Gaeltacht, or Irish-speaking region of the country, where traditional culture thrives. The Irish are known for being open and welcoming: from the moment you land to the moment you leave, you'll be greeted with "cead mile failte"--a hundred thousand welcomes.