19 days in Central Europe Itinerary

19 days in Central Europe Itinerary

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Vienna, Austria
— 1 night
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Prague, Czech Republic
— 1 night
Drive
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Bratislava, Slovakia
— 1 night
Drive
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Budapest, Hungary
— 1 night
Drive
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Salzburg, Austria
— 1 night
Drive
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Hallstatt, Austria
— 2 nights
Drive
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Innsbruck, Austria
— 2 nights
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Interlaken, Switzerland
— 1 night
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Vienna, Austria — 1 night

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 (Wed): explore the historical opulence of Schonbrunn Palace and then see the interesting displays at Judenplatz Holocaust Memorial. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at St. Stephen's Cathedral and then contemplate the long history of Mozarthaus Vienna.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Vienna trip planner.

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates to Vienna is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Abu Dhabi to Vienna is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Abu Dhabi in August, things will get colder in Vienna: highs are around 31°C and lows about 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Prague.
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Historic Sites · Museums

Prague, Czech Republic — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Fri): step into the grandiose world of Prague Castle, then snap pictures at Charles Bridge, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Staromestske namesti.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Prague trip planner.

You can fly from Vienna to Prague in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in August, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Bratislava.
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Historic Sites

Bratislava, Slovakia — 1 night

Slovakia's capital, Bratislava, attracts visitors for its natural beauty and rich culture, offering a plethora of landscapes, outdoor activities, historical monuments, and a stately old town.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sat): explore the galleries of Devin Castle, then step into the grandiose world of Bratislava Castle, and then stop by Bratislava Old Town.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Bratislava online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Prague to Bratislava takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a train. In August, daytime highs in Bratislava are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Budapest.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Budapest, Hungary — 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): snap pictures at Szechenyi Lanchid, get a sense of history and politics at Hungarian Parliament Building, then contemplate the long history of Fisherman's Bastion, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Matthias Church, and finally examine the collection at House of Terror Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the natural beauty of Palatinus Strandfürdő, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dohány Street Synagogue, then make a trip to Heroes' Square, and finally contemplate the long history of Shoes on the Danube Bank.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Budapest day trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Bratislava to Budapest takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to drive to Salzburg.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Theme Parks · Nature

Salzburg, Austria — 1 night

Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): step into the grandiose world of Schloss Hellbrunn, admire the sheer force of Gollinger Wasserfall, then Head underground at Eisriesenwelt, and finally examine the collection at Red Bull Hangar-7. Here are some ideas for day two: shop like a local with Getreidegasse, take an in-depth tour of Mozarts Geburtshaus, take in nature's colorful creations at Mirabell Palace, then admire the striking features of Salzburg Cathedral, then explore the historical opulence of Fortress Hohensalzburg, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter's Abbey (Stift St. Peter).

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Salzburg vacation planner.

You can drive from Budapest to Salzburg in 5.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a train. While traveling from Budapest, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Salzburg, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Hallstatt.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature
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Hallstatt, Austria — 2 nights

Historically known for the production of salt, Halstatt's fine architecture reflects the small village's salt mining legacy.
On the 18th (Thu), go for a walk through Old Town, then discover the riches below the earth's surface at Salzwelten Hallstatt, then take in panoramic vistas at Hallstatt Skywalk "Welterbeblick", and finally make a trip to Central Square Marktplatz. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to 5 Fingers and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Hallstatt-Dachstein - Salzkammergut Cultural Landscape.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Hallstatt day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Salzburg to Hallstatt takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can go by car to Innsbruck.
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Nature · Historic Sites · Parks
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Innsbruck, Austria — 2 nights

Nestled in a valley between snowcapped peaks, Innsbruck evokes visions of a winter wonderland.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Altstadt von Innsbruck, admire the striking features of Dom zu St. Jakob, then admire the landmark architecture of The Golden Roof (Goldenes Dachl), then stop by Feinheiten, and finally admire nature's wide array of creatures at Alpenzoo. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy breathtaking views from Town Tower (Stadtturm), then see the interesting displays at Swarovski Kristallwelten, and then explore the activities along Achensee.

To see more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Innsbruck day trip planning website.

Getting from Hallstatt to Innsbruck by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In August in Innsbruck, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can drive to Zurich.
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Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature
Side Trips

Zurich, Switzerland — 2 nights

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Family-friendly places like Lake Lucerne and Lake Zurich will thrill your kids. Explore Zurich's surroundings by going to Seebad Mit Strand Am Vierwaldstattersee (in Kuessnacht am Rigi), Rhine Falls (in Neuhausen am Rheinfall) and Lucerne (Chapel Bridge & Lion Monument). And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich), take a stroll through Old Town, make a trip to Zurich Succulent Plant Collection, and get a taste of the local shopping with Bahnhofstrasse.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Zurich online trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Innsbruck to Zurich by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Interlaken.
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Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites
Side Trips

Interlaken, Switzerland — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Thu): admire the sheer force of Trümmelbachfälle, look for gifts at Swiss Chocolate Chalet, and then glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour. On the next day, take some stellar pictures from Harderkulm.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Interlaken online tour builder.

You can drive from Zurich to Interlaken in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Nature · Parks · Shopping · Adventure
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Austria travel guide

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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.
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Switzerland travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Mountains · Specialty Museums
Immerse yourself in a snow-capped mountain wonderland in Switzerland's serene Alpine setting. See the world-renowned Matterhorn, Switzerland's second-highest mountain at 4,478 m (14,962 ft) tall, or zoom down the mountains on toboggan, ski, or snowboard. In the warmer seasons hike around the rolling green hillsides covered with pine trees and picturesque aqua blue lakes. Luxurious cities dotted with cozy wooden chalets and colorful flowerbeds balance quaintness with first-class cultural offerings. Indulge in the country's opulence of milk chocolate, cheese fondue, and keg-carrying St. Bernard dogs.
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