9 days in Central Europe Itinerary

9 days in Central Europe Itinerary

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9 days in Central Europe Itinerary

Start: Tampere, Finland
train + Fly:  6​h 30​min
1
Krakow, Poland
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
3
Vienna, Austria
— 2 nights
4
Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Fly + train:  6​h 30​min
End: Tampere, Finland

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Wed): browse the exhibits of Wieliczka Salt Mine.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Krakow day trip planning app .

Tampere, Finland to Krakow is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Tampere to Krakow due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Tampere in August, you will find days in Krakow are somewhat warmer (29°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites Museums

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Wieliczka Salt Mine
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Wieliczka Salt Mine ©
Wieliczka Salt Mine
Wawel Cathedral ©
Wawel Cathedral
Wawel Royal Castle ©
Wawel Royal Castle

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), take in the spiritual surroundings of Dohány Street Synagogue, then browse the fresh offerings at Central Market Hall, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Matthias Church, and finally steep yourself in history at Fisherman's Bastion. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Liberty Statue, then wander the streets of Vaci Street, then examine the collection at House of Terror Museum, and finally wander the streets of Andrassy Avenue.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Budapest trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by flight from Krakow to Budapest takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in August, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Vienna.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods
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Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church

2
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.
On the 25th (Sun), admire the landmark architecture of St. Stephen's Cathedral, then take in nature's colorful creations at Schonbrunn Palace, and then hunt for treasures at Vienna Naschmarkt. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Xocolat, then examine the collection at Imperial Palace (Hofburg), then admire the masterpieces at Belvedere Palace, and finally admire the masterpieces at Albertina.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Vienna vacation builder app .

Getting from Budapest to Vienna by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: 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 26th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Cesky Krumlov.

Things to do in Vienna

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

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night
Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic

Cesky Krumlov ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Latran houses, steep yourself in history at Cesky Krumlov Castle, explore the world behind art at Egon Schiele Art Centre, then see the interesting displays at Museum Fotoatelier Seidel, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Historie mesta Ceský Krumlov, and finally contemplate the long history of Former Fink Cafe.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Cesky Krumlov trip planner .

You can drive from Vienna to Cesky Krumlov in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in August, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can drive to Prague.

Things to do in Cesky Krumlov

Historic Sites Museums
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Cesky Krumlov Castle ©
Cesky Krumlov Castle
Historie mesta Ceský Krumlov ©
Historie mesta Ceský Krumlov
Former Fink Cafe ©
Former Fink Cafe

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Wed): get to know the fascinating history of Prague Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Vitus Cathedral, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Spanish Synagogue, and finally don't miss a visit to Old Town Square. Here are some ideas for day two: take a stroll through Castle District, then contemplate the long history of Lobkowicz Palace, then get great views at Prague Astronomical Clock, and finally don't miss a visit to Charles Bridge.

For reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Prague day trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Cesky Krumlov to Prague takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August in Prague, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
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Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
StaromEstske namEsti ©
StaromEstske namEsti
Katedrala Svateho Vita ©
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