26 days in Central Europe & Milan Itinerary

26 days in Central Europe & Milan Itinerary

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Start: Durham, United States
Fly:  16 h
1
Munich, Germany
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Salzburg, Austria
— 4 nights
Drive:  5 h 45 min
3
Milan, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  3 h 45 min
4
Ljubljana, Slovenia
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
5
Vienna, Austria
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h
6
Bratislava, Slovakia
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 15 min
7
Krakow, Poland
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
8
Warsaw, Poland
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
9
Prague, Czech Republic
— 4 nights
Fly:  16 h
End: Durham, United States

2
nights
Munich, Germany

Munich ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): browse the eclectic array of goods at Viktualienmarkt, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter's Church, thendon't miss a visit to Marienplatz, and finally wander the streets of Haidhausen. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Munich Residenz, thentake a stroll through Schwabing, and then steep yourself in history at Nymphenburg Palace.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Munich journey planner.

Durham, USA to Munich is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Durham to Munich is 6 hours. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Durham in September, with highs in Munich at 66°F and lows at 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Salzburg.

Things to do in Munich

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
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Haidhausen ©
Haidhausen
Nymphenburg Palace ©
Nymphenburg Palace
St. Peter's Church ©
St. Peter's Church

4
nights
Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle and Schloss Hellbrunn. Head to Residenzgalerie Salzburg and Sporer Likör- & Punschmanufakturfor plenty of shopping. The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Salzburg Cathedral, steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Abbey (Stift St. Peter), browse the exhibits of Mozarts Geburtshaus, and see the interesting displays at Salzburg Museum.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Salzburg tour builder app.

Traveling by car from Munich to Salzburg takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September in Salzburg, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 50°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Milan.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle ©
Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle
Schloss Hellbrunn ©
Schloss Hellbrunn
Salzburg Cathedral ©
Salzburg Cathedral

2
nights
Milan, Italy

Milan ©
In many ways the most modern of Italian cities, Milan is a busy, elegant metropolis with an impressive list of grand palaces, fine churches, and important museums.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore, thentake in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di Milano, thenmake a trip to Piazza del Duomo, and finally step into the grandiose world of Castello Sforzesco. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Pinacoteca Ambrosiana, thenstroll the grounds of Monumental Cemetery, and then admire the striking features of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Milan online attractions planner.

Getting from Salzburg to Milan by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Salzburg in September, with highs in Milan at 76°F and lows at 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Ljubljana.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Duomo di Milano ©
Duomo di Milano
Castello Sforzesco ©
Castello Sforzesco
Monumental Cemetery ©
Monumental Cemetery

2
nights
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 16th (Wed), explore the historical opulence of Ljubljana Castle, browse the eclectic array of goods at Ljubljana Central Market, thenstop by Ljubljana Old Town, and finally snap pictures at Triple Bridge. On the 17th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Plečnik's House, shop like a local with Galerija Fotografija, shop like a local with Galerija Hest, shop like a local with The Jakopic Gallery, thenstop by Pulz Second Hand, and finally view the masterpieces at Ravnikar Gallery Space.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Ljubljana travel app.

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Milan to Ljubljana takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Milan in September; daily highs in Ljubljana reach 68°F and lows reach 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Vienna.

Things to do in Ljubljana

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Ljubljana Central Market ©
Ljubljana Central Market
Ljubljana Old Town ©
Ljubljana Old Town
Ljubljana Castle ©
Ljubljana Castle

3
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.
Shop till you drop at Vienna Naschmarkt and Graben and Kohlmarkt. Get some cultural insight at Schonbrunn Palace and St. Stephen's Cathedral. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Belvedere Palace, take in the spiritual surroundings of Karlskirche, see the interesting displays at The Hofburg, and don't miss a visit to Peterskirche.

For reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Vienna online vacation planner.

Getting from Ljubljana to Vienna by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or take a shuttle. In September, daytime highs in Vienna are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can go by car to Bratislava.

Things to do in Vienna

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral
Belvedere Palace ©
Belvedere Palace

1
night
Bratislava, Slovakia

Bratislava ©
Slovakia's capital, Bratislava, attracts visitors for its natural beauty and rich culture, offering a plethora of landscapes, outdoor activities, historical monuments, and a stately old town.
On the 21st (Mon), step into the grandiose world of Bratislava Castle, don't miss a visit to St. Martin's Cathedral (Dom svateho Martina), thenstop by Bratislava Old Town, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Blue Church of St. Elizabeth.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Bratislava travel tool.

Traveling by car from Vienna to Bratislava takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, daytime highs in Bratislava are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Krakow.

Things to do in Bratislava

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Bratislava Castle ©
Bratislava Castle
Bratislava Old Town ©
Bratislava Old Town
St. Martin's Cathedral (Dom svateho Martina) ©

3
nights
Krakow, Poland

Krakow ©
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 your shopping at Sukiennice (Cloth Hall) and Ulica Florianska. Wieliczka Salt Mine and Wawel Royal Castle will appeal to history buffs. And it doesn't end there: appreciate the extensive heritage of Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square, steep yourself in history at Muzeum Krakowa - Barbakan, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Bazylika i Klasztor Franciszkanow, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Wawel Cathedral.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Krakow trip planner.

Getting from Bratislava to Krakow by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or take a train. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Bratislava in September: highs in Krakow hover around 66°F, while lows dip to 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Warsaw.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Wieliczka Salt Mine
Highlights from your plan
Kazmierz The Former Jewish District ©
Kazmierz The Former Jewish District
Wieliczka Salt Mine ©
Wieliczka Salt Mine
Wawel Cathedral ©
Wawel Cathedral

2
nights
Warsaw, Poland

Warsaw ©
Warsaw draws big crowds with its seemingly unstoppable energy, exemplified by the city's explosive nightlife and thriving music scene.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Fri): browse the fresh offerings at Fish Market, look for gifts at Smakovia, thenappreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town, thenexamine the collection at Copernicus Science Centre, and finally learn about all things military at Muzeum Powstania Warszawskiego. On the next day, wander the streets of Nowy Swiat, catch some excitement at Warsaw Piano Concerts. Waclaex., thenstep into the grandiose world of Zamek Krolewski w Warszawie - Muzeum, thenbrowse the exhibits of Lazienki Krolewskie w Warszawie, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Warsaw trip planner.

Getting from Krakow to Warsaw by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In September, daytime highs in Warsaw are 66°F, while nighttime lows are 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can travel to Prague.

Things to do in Warsaw

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Lazienki Krolewskie w Warszawie ©
Lazienki Krolewskie w Warszawie
Old Town ©
Old Town
Zamek Krolewski w Warszawie - Muzeum ©
Zamek Krolewski w Warszawie - Muzeum

4
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Staromestske namesti and St. Vitus Cathedral. Do your shopping at Moser Sales Gallery and Schwarzenberg Palace. Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Prague Castle, wander the streets of Lesser Town, take an in-depth tour of Jewish Museum in Prague, and explore the engaging exhibits at Gallery of Steel Figures.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Prague visit planner.

Getting from Warsaw to Prague by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 66°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
Staromestske namesti ©
Staromestske namesti
St. Vitus Cathedral ©
St. Vitus Cathedral

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