17 days in Europe Itinerary

17 days in Europe Itinerary

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17 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Dusseldorf, Germany
train:  30​min
1
Essen, Germany
— Few hours
Fly:  5​h 30​min
2
Prague, Czech Republic
— 4 nights
3
Budapest, Hungary
— 4 nights
4
Heviz, Hungary
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Zagreb, Croatia
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Ljubljana, Slovenia
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Dusseldorf, Germany

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Essen, Germany

Essen ©
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 Koenig-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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Koenig-Pilsener-ARENA ©
Koenig-Pilsener-ARENA

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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Lesser Town and Shooters Island. Your inner history buff will appreciate Prague Castle and Katedrala Svateho Vita. There's much more to do: wander the streets of StaromEstske namEsti, stop by TONAK Flagship Store, take in the spiritual surroundings of Spanish Synagogue, and take some stellar pictures from Prague Astronomical Clock.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Prague holiday maker .

You can fly from Essen to Prague in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In August, daytime highs in Prague are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. You'll have a few hours on the 13th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Budapest.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Nature
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Lesser Town
Lesser Town
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
StaromEstske namEsti ©
StaromEstske namEsti

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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.
Do your shopping at Andrassy Avenue and Vaci Street. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Book Cafe - Lotz Terem and Liberty Bridge (Szabadsag hid). Go for a jaunt from Budapest to Szentendre to see Priest's Island (Pap-sziget) about 36 minutes away. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Halaszbastya, take in the spiritual surroundings of Dohány Street Synagogue, test the waters at a local thermal spa, and contemplate the waterfront views at Danube River.

Plan trip to Budapest with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by flight from Prague to Budapest takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can drive to Heviz.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Priest's Island (Pap-sziget)
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Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church

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nights
Heviz, Hungary

Heviz ©
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 Festetics Palace. Explore hidden gems such as Thermal Spas and Csonakazo-to. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Heviz: Castle Hill (Veszpremi Varhegy) (in Veszprem), Lake Cave (in Tapolca) and Tagore Promenade (in Balatonfured). The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Herz-Jesu-Pfarrkirche and admire the landmark architecture of Church from the Arpadian Age.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Heviz trip planner .

Drive from Budapest to Heviz in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to drive to Zagreb.

Things to do in Heviz

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Festetics Palace, Sumeg Castle, Herz-Jesu-Pfarrkirche, Castle Hill (Veszpremi Varhegy), Csonakazo-to
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Castle Hill (Veszpremi Varhegy) ©
Castle Hill (Veszpremi Varhegy)
Thermal Spas
Tagore Promenade ©
Tagore Promenade

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Zagreb, Croatia

Zagreb ©
Zagreb boasts a combination of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture, but it is beloved for its outdoor cafe culture.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Upper Town (Gornji Grad) and Mirogoj Cemetery. For shopping fun, head to Ilica or Ban Josip Jelačić Square. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Mark's Church (Crkva sv. Marka), look for gifts at Crop - Authentic Croatian Gifts, browse the fresh offerings at Dolac Market, and examine the collection at Museum of Broken Relationships.

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You can drive from Heviz to Zagreb in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Ljubljana.

Things to do in Zagreb

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
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Upper Town (Gornji Grad) ©
Upper Town (Gornji Grad)
St. Mark's Church (Crkva sv. Marka) ©
Mirogoj Cemetery ©
Mirogoj Cemetery

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Ljubljana, Slovenia

Ljubljana ©
The capital of Slovenia, Ljubljana melds German, Mediterranean, and Slovenian culture and history.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): hunt for treasures at Central Market, take a stroll through Ljubljana Old Town, and then look for gifts at Atelje Skulj - Pottery Studio. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Fri): explore the activities along Lake Bled.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Ljubljana trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by car from Zagreb to Ljubljana takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a train. In August, daytime highs in Ljubljana are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Ljubljana

Nature Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Atelje Skulj - Pottery Studio, Lake Bled
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Lake Bled ©
Lake Bled
Ljubljana Old Town ©
Ljubljana Old Town
Atelje Skulj - Pottery Studio ©
Atelje Skulj - Pottery Studio

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