23 days in Austria & Budapest Itinerary

23 days in Austria & Budapest Itinerary

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Vienna, Austria
— 4 nights
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Melk, Austria
— 1 day
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Hallstatt, Austria
— 2 nights
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Salzburg, Austria
— 3 nights
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Kitzbuhel, Austria
— 3 nights
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Innsbruck, Austria
— 3 nights
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Graz, Austria
— 2 nights
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Budapest, Hungary
— 5 nights
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Vienna, Austria

— 4 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 trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Schonbrunn Palace, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Stephen's Cathedral, meet the residents at Schönbrunn Zoo, and explore the world behind art at Albertina.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Vienna trip builder website.

London, UK to Vienna is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or do a combination of car and train. Traveling from London to Vienna, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in December, things will get a bit cooler in Vienna: highs are around 5°C and lows about 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can take a train to Melk.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods

Melk, Austria

— 1 day
Melk, a small town of about 5,000, hugs the south side of the Danube.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): admire the landmark architecture of Melk Abbey, appreciate the views at Wachau Valley, and then stop by Wein & Wachau.

Make your Melk itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Getting from Vienna to Melk by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. In December, daily temperatures in Melk can reach 5°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Hallstatt.

Things to do in Melk

Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping · Nature

Side Trip

Hallstatt, Austria

— 2 nights

Pearl of Austria

Historically known for the production of salt, Halstatt's fine architecture reflects the small village's salt mining legacy.
On the 10th (Fri), discover the riches below the earth's surface at Salzwelten Hallstatt, enjoy breathtaking views from Hallstatt Skywalk "Welterbeblick", and then make a trip to Central Square Marktplatz. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town, contemplate the waterfront views at Hallstatter See, and then cruise along Rent A Bike Obertraun-Hallstatt.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Hallstatt trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Melk to Hallstatt in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Salzburg.

Things to do in Hallstatt

Parks · Scenic Drive · Historic Sites · Outdoors

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.
Salzburg is known for historic sites, museums, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Fortress Hohensalzburg, examine the collection at Salzburg Museum, steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Abbey (Stift St. Peter), and browse the exhibits of Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus).

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Salzburg online journey planner.

Traveling by car from Hallstatt to Salzburg takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. December in Salzburg sees daily highs of 6°C and lows of -1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Kitzbuhel.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Kitzbuhel, Austria

— 3 nights
Kitzbühel is a small medieval town situated along the river Kitzbuhler Ache in Tyrol, Austria and the administrative centre of the Kitzbühel district. Get out of town with these interesting Kitzbuhel side-trips: Kitzsteinhorn (in Kaprun), Kufstein Fortress (in Kufstein) and Schmittenhohe (in Zell am See). There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Pfarramt Soll, explore the activities along Schwarzsee, take in the spiritual surroundings of Pfarrkirche "Zum Heiligen Andreas", and fly down the slopes at SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser - Brixental.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Kitzbuhel online itinerary planner.

You can drive from Salzburg to Kitzbuhel in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Salzburg in December, with highs in Kitzbuhel at 1°C and lows at -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Innsbruck.

Things to do in Kitzbuhel

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Innsbruck, Austria

— 3 nights
Nestled in a valley between snowcapped peaks, Innsbruck evokes visions of a winter wonderland.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Innsbruck: Stubaier Gletscher (in Neustift im Stubaital) and Ischgl-Samnaun ski area (in Ischgl). There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at The Golden Roof (Goldenes Dachl), browse the different shops at RathausGalerien, fly down the slopes at Bergisel Ski Jump, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Alpenzoo.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Innsbruck trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Kitzbuhel to Innsbruck in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. When traveling from Kitzbuhel in December, plan for somewhat warmer days in Innsbruck, with highs around 6°C, while nights are about the same with lows around -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Graz.

Things to do in Innsbruck

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Graz, Austria

— 2 nights
With six universities, Graz represents a young, laid-back, and lively city with nightlife that doesn't stop.
On the 21st (Tue), admire the striking features of Landhaushof, then don't miss a visit to Hauptplatz, then don't miss a visit to Kastner & Ohler, Paradeishof, and finally examine the collection at Arnold Schwarzenegger Museum. On the 22nd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Sporgasse, steep yourself in history at Altstadt von Graz, and then take in panoramic vistas at Uhrturm.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Graz trip planner.

You can fly from Innsbruck to Graz in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In December, daily temperatures in Graz can reach 5°C, while at night they dip to -4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can drive to Budapest.

Things to do in Graz

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Budapest, Hungary

— 5 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.
Budapest is known for historic sites, spas, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get a sense of history and politics at Hungarian Parliament Building, take in the views from Szechenyi Lanchid, admire the striking features of Dohány Street Synagogue, and pause for some photo ops at Shoes on the Danube Bank.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Budapest route planner.

You can drive from Graz to Budapest in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 5°C in December, and nighttime lows around -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Tours

Austria travel guide

4.5
Castles · Art Museums · Churches
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.