11 days in Central Europe Itinerary

11 days in Central Europe Itinerary

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11 days in Central Europe Itinerary

Start: Kuwait City, Kuwait
Fly:  8​h 30​min
1
Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Interlaken, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h
3
Salzburg, Austria
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
6
Vienna, Austria
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Kuwait City, Kuwait

2
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): admire the landmark architecture of Fraumünster Church. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Seebad Katzensee and then kick back and relax at Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Zurich trip itinerary tool .

Kuwait City, Kuwait to Zurich is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. The time zone changes from Arabia Standard Time to Central European Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Kuwait City in August: high temperatures in Zurich hover around 28°C and lows are around 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Interlaken.

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Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen ©
Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen
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Bahnhofstrasse
Uhrenmuseum Beyer Zürich ©
Uhrenmuseum Beyer Zürich

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Interlaken, Switzerland

Interlaken ©
Nestled between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz in the heart of the Jungfrau region, Interlaken became popular for its proximity to the mountains and lakes of the Bernese Oberland region.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): stop by Swiss Mountain Market Unique Regional Souvenirs, stop by Swiss Chocolate Chalet, look for gifts at Kirchhofer - Casino Gallery, then stop by Mad Cow, then look for gifts at Albert Schild AG - Swisssouvenir, and finally get outside with Bumblebee Hanggliding Interlaken.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Interlaken day trip planning tool .

Drive from Zurich to Interlaken in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In August in Interlaken, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to drive to Salzburg.

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Mad Cow ©
Mad Cow
Albert Schild AG - Swisssouvenir ©
Albert Schild AG - Swisssouvenir

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day
Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): admire the natural beauty at Mirabell Palace, look for gifts at Sporer Likör- & Punschmanufaktur, get a taste of the local shopping with Getreidegasse, stop by Swarovski Shop, then admire the striking features of Salzburg Fortress (Festung Hohensalzburg), and finally look for gifts at Alte furst-erzbischofliche Hofapotheke.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Salzburg attractions app .

Getting from Interlaken to Salzburg by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. In August in Salzburg, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Prague.

Things to do in Salzburg

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Sporer Likör- & Punschmanufaktur ©
Sporer Likör- & Punschmanufaktur
Getreidegasse ©
Getreidegasse

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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.
On the 24th (Fri), snap pictures at Charles Bridge, stop by Artel, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Prague Castle, and finally pick up some local products at Farmers' Market Farmářské tržiště. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Vitus Cathedral, look for gifts at History Foto Atelier, don't miss a visit to Old Town Square, then look for gifts at Manufaktura, and finally take some stellar pictures from Prague Astronomical Clock.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Prague planner .

Traveling by car from Salzburg to Prague takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or fly. In August, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel to Budapest.

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Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
StaromEstske namEsti ©
StaromEstske namEsti
Prague Astronomical Clock ©
Prague Astronomical Clock

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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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): examine the collection at House of Terror Museum, take a stroll through Vaci Street, stop by Herend Porcelain - Hadik Shop, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Matthias Church, and finally contemplate the long history of Fisherman's Bastion. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), then ponder the world of politics at Parliament, then pick up some local products at Central Market Hall, and finally wander the streets of Andrassy Avenue.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Budapest online day trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Prague to Budapest takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Prague in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Budapest: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 18°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Vienna.

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Hungarian Parliament Building ©
Hungarian Parliament Building
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church

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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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): stop by Xocolat, then take in nature's colorful creations at Schonbrunn Palace, and then browse the eclectic array of goods at Vienna Naschmarkt. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the striking features of St. Stephen's Cathedral, browse the range of quality goods at Meinl am Graben, then look for gifts at Das Goldene Wiener Herz, and finally stop by Altmann & Kühne.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Vienna online journey maker .

Traveling by train from Budapest to Vienna takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Vienna are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Vienna

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Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
Vienna Naschmarkt ©
Vienna Naschmarkt
Altmann & Kühne ©
Altmann & Kühne

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