14 days in Danube Countries Itinerary

14 days in Danube Countries Itinerary

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Munich, Germany
— 1 night
Drive
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Salzburg, Austria
— 3 nights
Drive
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Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic
— 1 night
Drive
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Prague, Czech Republic
— 3 nights
Drive
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Vienna, Austria
— 2 nights
Drive
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Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
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Munich, Germany

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Thu): admire the striking features of BMW Headquarters, steep yourself in history at Nymphenburg Palace, and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Andechs Monastery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri): admire the landmark architecture of Heiliggeistkirche, admire the landmark architecture of Old Town Hall, take in panoramic vistas at Frauenkirche, then walk around Theresienwiese, then see the interesting displays at Deutsches Museum Verkehrszentrum, and finally see the interesting displays at NS-Dokumentationszentrum Muenchen.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Munich trip tool.

Dusseldorf to Munich is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. Traveling from Dusseldorf in October, Munich is little chillier at night with lows of 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Salzburg.

Things to do in Munich

Historic Sites · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries · Parks

Side Trip

Salzburg, Austria

— 3 nights

Rome of the North

Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Schloss Hellbrunn and Salzburger Freilichtmuseum. Visit Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle and Wallfahrtskirche Maria Plain for their historical value. There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Salzburg Cathedral, contemplate the long history of Salzburger Altstadt, see the interesting displays at Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus), and stroll the grounds of Cemetery of St. Sebastian (Friedhof St. Sebastian).

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Salzburg trip itinerary builder app.

Getting from Munich to Salzburg by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Salzburg are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Cesky Krumlov.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic

— 1 night
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.
To see photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Cesky Krumlov trip itinerary maker app.

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 October, daily temperatures in Cesky Krumlov can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Prague.

Things to do in Cesky Krumlov

Historic Sites · Museums

Prague, Czech Republic

— 3 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Lesser Town and Lobkowicz Palace. Get a sense of the local culture at Staromestske namesti and National Memorial to the Heroes of the Heydrich Terror. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Vitus Cathedral, take some stellar pictures from Vyšehrad National Cultural Monument, examine the collection at Powder Tower, and snap pictures at Charles Bridge.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Prague trip builder website.

Getting from Cesky Krumlov to Prague by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In October, daytime highs in Prague are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Vienna, Austria

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): have fun and explore at Central Cemetery (Zentralfriedhof), then explore the world behind art at Belvedere Palace, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Votivkirche, and finally don't miss a visit to St. Stephen's Cathedral.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Vienna day trip planner.

You can fly from Prague to Vienna in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In October, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Budapest.

Things to do in Vienna

Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums

Budapest, Hungary

— 2 nights

Pearl of the Danube

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.
Get some historical perspective at Fisherman's Bastion and Matthias Church. Get some cultural insight at Liberty Statue and Wine Tours & Tastings. There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Buda Castle, steep yourself in history at Citadel, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), and get engrossed in the history at Hospital in the Rock Nuclear Bunker Museum.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Budapest online tour planner.

Drive from Vienna to Budapest in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In October, daytime highs in Budapest are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries · Tours

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.

Hungary travel guide

4.1
Historic Sites · Thermal Spas · Government Buildings
Breadbasket of Europe
Because tourism throughout the whole country is not as popular as in other European countries, much of the natural beauty of Hungary has not been developed or exploited. Visitors today are drawn to the unspoiled picturesque landscape, the capital metropolis surrounded by charming small towns and villages, and the plethora of thermal baths. The country's number of well-preserved archaeological ruins, castles, cathedrals, and medieval towns provide opportunities to those wanting a taste of European history. With the opportunity to explore both time-worn architecture and notable natural surroundings in every region, Hungary provides sightseeing opportunities with the amenities of traditional tourist destinations.