19 days in Central Europe Itinerary

19 days in Central Europe Itinerary

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Bratislava, Slovakia
— 3 nights
Budapest, Hungary
— 3 nights
Bled, Slovenia
— 4 nights
Brno, Czech Republic
— 3 nights
Vienna, Austria
— 5 nights


Bratislava, Slovakia — 3 nights

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.
Family-friendly places like Devin Castle and Bratislava Castle will thrill your kids. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Martin's Cathedral (Dom svateho Martina), pause for some serene contemplation at Kostol a kláštor sv. Alžbety, don't miss a visit to The Grassalkovich palace - Presidential palace, and admire the masterpieces at Nedbalka Gallery.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Bratislava road trip website.

Vienna, Austria to Bratislava is an approximately 1-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or take a train. In July in Bratislava, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to drive to Budapest.
Historic Sites · Museums · Fun & Games · Neighborhoods

Budapest, Hungary — 3 nights

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.
Family-friendly places like Hungarian Parliament Building and St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika) will thrill your kids. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Fisherman's Bastion, see the interesting displays at House of Terror Museum, appreciate the history behind Heroes' Square, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Matthias Church.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Budapest journey builder app.

Traveling by car from Bratislava to Budapest takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July in Budapest, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can drive to Bled.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Spas

Bled, Slovenia — 4 nights

The most popular resort in Slovenia, Bled is marked by its iconic church steeple and medieval castle on glacial Lake Bled.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Parasailing & Paragliding and Lake Bohinj. Change things up with these side-trips from Bled: Kranjska Gora (Lake Jasna & Vršič Pass), Zipline (in Bovec) and Church of St. Joseph (in Soča). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Vintgar Gorge, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Vogel, take some stellar pictures from Straža Bled, and admire the sheer force of Savica Waterfall.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Bled road trip planning tool.

You can drive from Budapest to Bled in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. In July in Bled, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can go by car to Brno.
Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Historic Sites
Side Trips

Brno, Czech Republic — 3 nights

A thousand years old, Brno offers a convenient urban base for exploring the southern section of Moravia, famed for its lush vineyards and natural caves.
Kids will enjoy ZOO and Castle Zlin - Lesna and Zamek Lednice. Explore Brno's surroundings by going to Aqualand Moravia (in Pasohlavky), Rimskokatolicka Farnost Stipa (in Zlin) and Kroměříž Archbishop's Palace (in Kromeriz). There's lots more to do: get great views at Old Town Hall - Tourist Information Centre, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of St. Peter and St. Paul, and don't miss a visit to Liberty Square.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Brno day trip app.

Traveling by car from Bled to Brno takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Brno can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Vienna.
Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Fun & Games · Theme Parks
Side Trips

Vienna, Austria — 5 nights

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.
Family-friendly places like Schonbrunn Palace and St. Stephen's Cathedral will thrill your kids. There's still lots to do: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Schönbrunn Zoo, admire the landmark architecture of Historic Center of Vienna, make a trip to Hundertwasserhaus, and hunt for treasures at Vienna Naschmarkt.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Vienna tour planning site.

You can drive from Brno to Vienna in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 19°C. On the 25th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.
Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Slovakia travel guide

Landmarks · Castles · Monuments
Heart of Europe
A land of magnificent castles, untouched nature, and rich cultural heritage, Slovakia is a jewel in the heart of Europe that's waiting to be discovered. Larger cities such as Bratislava and Kosice feature historic architecture and offer numerous sightseeing opportunities and exciting art scenes, while the traditional villages are the perfect place to get acquainted with local customs. Some of the country's most popular tourist destinations are its numerous spa resorts, famous for their therapeutic properties, and a selection of wooden churches, many of which are World Heritage Sites. Those looking for nature's attractions can enjoy everything from the thick forests and snowy peaks of the Tatra Mountains, to one of Europe's largest concentrations of subterranean caves. The country's cuisine reflects its multi-cultural history and is a definite must-try.

Hungary travel guide

Historic Sites · Thermal Spas · Sacred & Religious Sites
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. 

Slovenia travel guide

Castles · Bodies of Water · Caves
Sunny Side of the Alps
From snowcapped Alpine peaks to sandy Adriatic beaches, a trip to Slovenia is like taking several vacations at once. Whatever the season, the country offers enticing natural attractions, all close at hand, including thick forests, scenic valleys, cave systems, waterfalls, lakes, and the Adriatic coast. For those seeking an active holiday, you'll fine an abundance of ski slopes, trails to hike, roads to bike, and rocks to climb. Pay a visit to some of Slovenia's spa resorts and take advantage of the fresh mountain air and thermal waters. Various castles, churches, and historical towns--many of which are fully preserved--tell stories of the country's past. In Slovenia's major cities, admire the architecture, explore the local arts, visit museums, and chat with the locals over a cup of coffee. Slovenian cuisine offers a blend of Alpine and Mediterranean tastes and is definitely worth trying, along with the country's wines.

Austria travel guide

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.