19 days in Central Europe Itinerary

19 days in Central Europe Itinerary

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19 days in Central Europe Itinerary

Start: Detroit, United States
Fly:  14​h 45​min
1
Dresden, Germany
— 1 day
2
Prague, Czech Republic
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Krakow, Poland
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
Budapest, Hungary
— 3 nights
5
Vienna, Austria
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
6
Salzburg, Austria
— 2 nights
7
Munich, Germany
— 3 nights
Fly:  12​h 15​min
End: Detroit, United States

1
day
Dresden, Germany

Dresden ©
Dresden boasts a long history as a royal residence of many Saxon kings.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): examine the collection at Neues Grünes Gewölbe, explore the historical opulence of Big courtyard of the Residence / Grosser Schlosshof Dresdner Residenz, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Frauenkirche.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Dresden tour itinerary planning website .

Detroit, USA to Dresden is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Detroit to Dresden due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Detroit in July; daily highs in Dresden reach 77°F and lows reach 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Prague.

Things to do in Dresden

Historic Sites Museums
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Frauenkirche ©
Frauenkirche
Neues Grünes Gewölbe ©
Neues Grünes Gewölbe

3
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.
Explore hidden gems such as St Barbara's Church and Ossuary / The Cemetery Church. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Hradcany and Prague Castle. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Prague Astronomical Clock, make a trip to StaromEstske namEsti, wander the streets of Lesser Town, and pause for some serene contemplation at Kostel sv. Mikuláše.

For photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Prague online sightseeing planner .

Getting from Dresden to Prague by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 78°F in July, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to travel to Krakow.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Tours

Side Trip

Kutna Hora
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Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
Katedrala Svateho Vita ©
Katedrala Svateho Vita
St Barbara's Church
St Barbara's Church

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 some cultural sightseeing at Wawel Cathedral and Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square. Your inner history buff will appreciate Wieliczka Salt Mine and Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau. There's lots more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Wawel Royal Castle, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary's Basilica, stroll the grounds of New Jewish Cemetery, and wander the streets of Stare Miasto.

Discover how to plan a Krakow trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Fly from Prague to Krakow in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In July, daily temperatures in Krakow can reach 78°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Wieliczka Salt Mine, Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau
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Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau ©
Wieliczka Salt Mine ©
Wieliczka Salt Mine
Wawel Cathedral ©
Wawel Cathedral

3
nights
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.
Liberty Statue and Halaszbastya are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Discover out-of-the-way places like Vajdahunyad Castle (Vajdahunyadvar) and Hospital in the Rock. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Matthias Church, snap pictures at Szechenyi Chain Bridge, get a sense of history and politics at Hungarian Parliament Building, and appreciate the history behind Shoes on the Danube.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Budapest travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Krakow to Budapest takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July in Budapest, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 60°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Vienna.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums
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Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya

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.
Get some historical perspective at Peterskirche Wien and Schonbrunn Palace. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Albertina and Natural History Museum (Naturhistorisches Museum). There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at St. Stephen's Cathedral, contemplate the long history of Chapel of St. Virgil, see the interesting displays at Imperial Palace (Hofburg), and admire the masterpieces at Belvedere Palace.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Vienna itinerary planner .

You can take a train from Budapest to Vienna in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Vienna are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 61°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to travel to Salzburg.

Things to do in Vienna

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral
Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
Belvedere Palace ©
Belvedere Palace

2
nights
Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
On the 18th (Thu), step into the grandiose world of Glockenspiel, examine the collection at Salzburg Museum, then take some stellar pictures from Fortress Hohensalzburg, then admire the striking features of Salzburg Cathedral, and finally contemplate the long history of Salzburger Altstadt. On the 19th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter's Abbey (Stift St. Peter), explore the historical opulence of Schloss Hellbrunn, then contemplate the long history of Mozarts Geburtshaus, then contemplate the long history of Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus), and finally make a trip to Mirabell Palace.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Salzburg trip itinerary builder site .

Getting from Vienna to Salzburg by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. July in Salzburg sees daily highs of 78°F and lows of 58°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can go by car to Munich.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Fortress Hohensalzburg ©
Fortress Hohensalzburg
Schloss Hellbrunn ©
Schloss Hellbrunn
St. Peter's Abbey (Stift St. Peter) ©

3
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.
Visit Linderhof Palace and Schloss Hohenschwangau for their historical value. Get a sense of the local culture at Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site and Neuschwanstein Castle. There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Schloss Nymphenburg, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter's Church, and examine the collection at Munich Residenz.

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You can drive from Salzburg to Munich in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Munich can reach 77°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Munich

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hohenschwangau, Schloss Linderhof, Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site
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Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site ©
Schloss Linderhof ©
Schloss Linderhof
Schloss Hohenschwangau ©
Schloss Hohenschwangau

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