52 days in Central Europe Itinerary

52 days in Central Europe Itinerary

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Krakow, Poland
— 5 nights
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Oswiecim, Poland
— 1 night
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Warsaw, Poland
— 5 nights
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Berlin, Germany
— 5 nights
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Hamburg, Germany
— 3 nights
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Cologne, Germany
— 1 night
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Trier, Germany
— 1 night
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Baden-Baden, Germany
— 1 night
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Munich, Germany
— 5 nights
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Innsbruck, Austria
— 4 nights
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Salzburg, Austria
— 4 nights
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Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
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Prague, Czech Republic
— 7 nights
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Vienna, Austria
— 7 nights
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Krakow, Poland

— 5 nights

Slavic Rome

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.
Spend the 14th (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Wawel Cathedral, take a stroll through Kazmierz The Former Jewish District, appreciate the extensive heritage of Wawel Royal Castle, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Krakow trip tool.

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to Krakow is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of ferry and car. Traveling from Jeddah to Krakow, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Jeddah in March: high temperatures in Krakow hover around 9°C and lows are around 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can drive to Oswiecim.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites · Tours · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trip

Oswiecim, Poland

— 1 night
Known to most by its German name Auschwitz, the modestly sized city of Oswiecim sits at the foot of the Jura Mountains, just 50 km (30 mi) west of Krakow.
On the 16th (Tue), contemplate the long history of Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Oswiecim travel planning app.

Getting from Krakow to Oswiecim by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In March, daily temperatures in Oswiecim can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to -1°C. On the 16th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Warsaw.

Things to do in Oswiecim

Museums · Historic Sites

Warsaw, Poland

— 5 nights

Phoenix City

Warsaw draws big crowds with its seemingly unstoppable energy, exemplified by the city's explosive nightlife and thriving music scene.
Warsaw is known for historic sites, museums, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town, see the interesting displays at Copernicus Science Centre, explore the galleries of Zamek Krolewski w Warszawie - Muzeum, and get engrossed in the history at POLIN Muzeum Historii Zydow Polskich.

For ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Warsaw trip planner.

You can drive from Oswiecim to Warsaw in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly. In March, plan for daily highs up to 8°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can travel to Berlin.

Things to do in Warsaw

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Childrens Museums

Berlin, Germany

— 5 nights

Athens of the Spree

The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Berlin is known for museums, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Reichstag Building, pause for some photo ops at The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, take a stroll through Potsdamer Platz, and contemplate the long history of East Side Gallery.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Berlin travel route planner.

Traveling by flight from Warsaw to Berlin takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Hamburg.

Things to do in Berlin

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Hamburg, Germany

— 3 nights

Gateway to the World

As the country's biggest port and one of the busiest in all of Europe, Hamburg has a well-deserved reputation as Germany's Gateway to the World.
Hamburg is known for museums, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Miniatur Wunderland, get a sense of history and politics at Townhall, admire the masterpieces at Kunsthalle Hamburg, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To find photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Hamburg online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Berlin to Hamburg takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Hamburg are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Cologne.

Things to do in Hamburg

Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites

Cologne, Germany

— 1 night

City of Churches

Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Tue): explore the world behind art at Wallraf-Richartz Museum, then admire the striking features of Cologne Cathedral, and then explore the world behind art at Museum Ludwig.

To find photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Cologne journey maker.

Getting from Hamburg to Cologne by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In March, plan for daily highs up to 12°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to drive to Trier.

Things to do in Cologne

Museums · Historic Sites

Trier, Germany

— 1 night

Oldest City in Germany

Trier may be the oldest city in Germany, founded long before the Roman times.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Wed): see the interesting displays at Rhineland Museum (Rheinisches Landesmuseum), take in the spiritual surroundings of Konstantinbasilika, ponder the world of politics at Kurfurstliches Palais, then don't miss a visit to Porta Nigra, then contemplate the long history of Stadtmuseum Simeonstift, and finally admire the landmark architecture of St. Peter's Cathedral (Dom).

For more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Trier trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Cologne to Trier by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Trier can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to drive to Baden-Baden.

Things to do in Trier

Historic Sites · Museums

Baden-Baden, Germany

— 1 night

Belle Époque Europe's Summer Capital

Scenically located at the edge of the Black Forest, Baden-Baden offers scenery, culture, and relaxation in addition to a vibrant nightlife and dining scene, specializing in traditional German dishes.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Thu): walk around Lichtentaler Allee, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Russe, then explore the world behind art at Museum Frieder Burda, then try your luck at Casino Baden-Baden Spielbank, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Stiftskirche Baden-Baden.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Baden-Baden trip planner.

Drive from Trier to Baden-Baden in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. While traveling from Trier, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Baden-Baden, ranging from highs of 15°C to lows of 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to drive to Munich.

Things to do in Baden-Baden

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Casinos

Munich, Germany

— 5 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.
Munich is known for museums, historic sites, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Marienplatz, admire the masterpieces at Alte Pinakothek, browse the eclectic array of goods at Viktualienmarkt, and enjoy breathtaking views from Frauenkirche.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Munich vacation planner.

You can drive from Baden-Baden to Munich in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly. Traveling from Baden-Baden in April, Munich is a bit cooler at night with lows of 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Innsbruck.

Things to do in Munich

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Tours

Innsbruck, Austria

— 4 nights
Nestled in a valley between snowcapped peaks, Innsbruck evokes visions of a winter wonderland.
Get out of town with these interesting Innsbruck side-trips: Obergurgl-Hochgurgl (in Obergurgl), Ischgl-Samnaun ski area (in Ischgl) and St. Anton (in St. Anton am Arlberg). There's much more to do: hit the slopes at Stubaier Gletscher, contemplate the long history of Schloss Ambras Innsbruck, enjoy breathtaking views from Town Tower (Stadtturm), and get outside with Bergisel Ski Jump.

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Traveling by car from Munich to Innsbruck takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Innsbruck are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Salzburg.

Things to do in Innsbruck

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Salzburg, Austria

— 4 nights

Rome of the North

Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Salzburg: Gollinger Wasserfall (in Golling an der Salzach), Obertauern Ski Resort (in Obertauern) and Skiparadies Zauchensee-Flachauwinkl-Kleinarl (in Altenmarkt im Pongau). There's lots more to do: get great views at Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle, see the interesting displays at Red Bull Hangar-7, take in the awesome beauty at Untersberg, and explore the galleries of Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus).

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Salzburg trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Innsbruck to Salzburg in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can go by car to Cesky Krumlov.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic

— 2 nights
Known around the world for its medieval castle, Cesky Krumlov offers the chance to experience the charm of a small European city seemingly frozen in time several centuries ago.
On the 15th (Thu), make a trip to Museum Fotoatelier Seidel, get to know the fascinating history of Historie mesta Ceský Krumlov, see the interesting displays at Moldavite Museum - Muzeum vltavinu, then examine the collection at Regionalni Muzeum v Ceskem Krumlove, and finally steep yourself in history at Krumlov Mill. On your second day here, contemplate the long history of Minorite Monastery, then contemplate the long history of Latran houses, then admire the landmark architecture of Ballroom of the Rosenbergs, and finally explore the historical opulence of Cesky Krumlov Castle.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Cesky Krumlov road trip tool.

Traveling by car from Salzburg to Cesky Krumlov takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can go by car to Prague.

Things to do in Cesky Krumlov

Historic Sites · Museums

Prague, Czech Republic

— 7 nights

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.
Prague is known for historic sites, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Staromestske namesti, snap pictures at Charles Bridge, admire the landmark architecture of Prague Astronomical Clock, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Vitus Cathedral.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Prague trip itinerary maker site.

You can drive from Cesky Krumlov to Prague in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. April in Prague sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Prague

Tours · Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Vienna, Austria

— 7 nights

City of Dreams

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.
Vienna is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step into the grandiose world of Schonbrunn Palace, examine the collection at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum (Naturhistorisches Museum), and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Stephen's Cathedral.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Vienna trip builder app.

Traveling by flight from Prague to Vienna takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In April in Vienna, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Theme Parks

Poland travel guide

4.6
Historic Walking Areas · Historic Sites · Landmarks
A massive country in eastern Europe, Poland offers much to those who venture beyond the continent's more traditional touristic destinations. Dating back to the first millennium, the republic has over a thousand years of heritage to explore, including an abundance of World War II history. Bordered by Germany to the west and Ukraine and Belarus to the east, Poland was the rope in a game of tug of war between German Nazis and the Soviet Allied forces. Major cities like Krakow, Warsaw, Gdansk, Wroclaw, Lodz, Poznan, and Lublin are offer an array of cultural attractions. The infamous concentration camp Auschwitz, near Krakow, is a difficult experience but a must for anyone visiting the area. Be sure to sample hearty comfort foods rich in meat, cabbage, and spices--the Polish secret to making it through harsh winters.

Germany travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Germany is the home of high culture, fine art, classical music, world-class sports, award-winning cuisine--and some of the world's best beers. It's also one of the major economic and political powers of the European continent. One of the founding members of the European Union, Germany is a federation of 16 states. Each boasts its own distinct culture, art, cuisine, regional traditions, and array of things to do. The country is known worldwide for its precision engineering and high-tech products. Equally, though, Germany is admired for its old-world charm and what is locally known as gemutlichkeit (coziness). This is one of the easiest countries in the world to explore, offering an abundance of sightseeing opportunities. German transportation runs with German efficiency. Therefore, getting around the various regions is almost always easy, quick, and pleasant. Visit the cities to explore museums, art galleries, modern restaurants, and trendy shops. Also be sure to venture deeper into the countryside. Here, you can discover ancient castles and bustling little villages. Often in these off-the-beaten-path areas, the main tourist attraction remains the simple hospitality of the friendly locals.

Austria travel guide

4.5
Castles · Art Museums · Specialty Museums
Situated in the Central European Alps, Austria combines an alluring bundle of elegant urban architecture, cultural centers, and dramatic landscapes. This German-speaking country of 8.5 million residents is known for its rich history, dating back to the Hapsburg Empire, as well as its art, music, and scenery. Along with the neighboring country of Switzerland, Austria serves as the winter sports capital of Europe and is home to some of the continent's most popular ski resorts. This landlocked nation draws visitors from across the globe to its mountains, historical villages, and culturally rich cities. Experience trekking in the Alps one day and drinking regional wine at a crowded pub after a day of sightseeing in the capital Vienna the next.

Czech Republic travel guide

4.3
Bridges · Historic Walking Areas · Castles
From historical towns and cities, to a countryside speckled with castles and chateaus, the Czech Republic is a holiday destination that can satisfy everybody's taste. Even though it's modern and fully-developed, the country carefully preserves its traditions and heritage. The city of Prague, with its breathtaking architecture, vibrant art and culture scene, and bustling nightlife, is not only one of the country's main attractions, but also a top European tourist hub. The scenic countryside features numerous national parks and nature reserves perfect for hiking, cycling, golfing, and enjoying the natural beauty. In the wintertime ski buffs have their pick from a selection of resorts. If you're looking to unwind and rejuvenate in picturesque settings, visit the famous spa and wellness resorts that have been renowned in Europe for centuries.