Route & dates
17 days in Europe Itinerary
Start: Dusseldorf, Germany
Essen, Germany— Few hours
Fly: 5h 30min
Prague, Czech Republic— 4 nights
Budapest, Hungary— 4 nights
Heviz, Hungary— 3 nights
Drive: 2h 15min
Zagreb, Croatia— 3 nights
Drive: 1h 30min
Ljubljana, Slovenia— 2 nights
Shuttle + Fly: 5h 30min
End: Dusseldorf, Germany
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For centuries one of Germany's major coal and steel centers, Essen offers some of Germany's best shopping, religious sites, and historical atmosphere.On the 9th (Wed), catch a live event at Konig-Pilsener-Arena.
For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Essen holiday tool .
Dusseldorf to Essen is an approximately half hour train ride. You can also take a bus; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Prague.
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Prague, Czech Republic
City of a Hundred Spires
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.Take a break from the city and head to Pltka Boards and Shooters Island. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Lesser Town and Spanish Synagogue. There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Prague Castle, get to know the fascinating history of Staromestske namesti, steep yourself in history at Prague Astronomical Clock, and stop by Artel.
Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Prague using our trip planner.
Getting from Essen to Prague by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In August in Prague, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 16°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 13th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Budapest.
Things to do in Prague
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.Do your shopping at Andrassy Avenue and Book Cafe - Lotz Terem. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Priest's Island (Pap-sziget) and Liberty Bridge (Szabadsag hid). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), see the interesting displays at House of Terror Museum, take a stroll through Vaci Street, and contemplate the long history of Matthias Church.
Before you visit Budapest, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.
Getting from Prague to Budapest by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Prague in August: highs in Budapest hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Heviz.
Things to do in Budapest
Priest's Island (Pap-sziget)
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Located on Heviz Lake, the world's second-largest thermal lake, Heviz is a charming little spa town.Your inner history buff will appreciate Sumeg Castle and Mary Magdalene church in Egregy. Explore hidden gems such as Tagore Promenade and Festetics Palace. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Heviz: Csonakazo-to (in Szombathely), Castle Hill (Veszpremi Varhegy) (in Veszprem) and Lake Cave (in Tapolca). It doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at Herz-Jesu-Pfarrkirche.
To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Heviz trip builder.
Drive from Budapest to Heviz in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August in Heviz, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 17°C at night. On the 20th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Zagreb.
Things to do in Heviz
Festetics Palace, Csonakazo-to, Castle Hill (Veszpremi Varhegy), Herz-Jesu-Pfarrkirche, Sumeg Castle
Zagreb boasts a combination of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture, but it is beloved for its outdoor cafe culture.Do some cultural sightseeing at St. Mark's Church (Crkva sv. Marka) and Ilica. For shopping fun, head to Ban Josip Jelačić Square or Dolac Market. Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of Upper Town (Gornji Grad), see the interesting displays at Museum of Broken Relationships, join in the after-dark buzz at Vinoteka Bornstein, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Recreational Sports Center Jarun.
To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Zagreb trip planner.
Traveling by car from Heviz to Zagreb takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. August in Zagreb sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Ljubljana.
Things to do in Zagreb
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Sitting astride the Ljubljanica River, Ljubljana is marked with picturesque bridges and a marketplace, designed by the famous architect Jože Plečnik.On the 24th (Thu), browse the eclectic array of goods at Ljubljana Central Market, then visit Ljubljana Old Town, and then look for gifts at Atelje Skulj - Pottery Studio. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Bled.
To see maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Ljubljana vacation maker app .
You can drive from Zagreb to Ljubljana in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can travel back home.
Things to do in Ljubljana
Lake Bled, Atelje Skulj - Pottery Studio
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