16 days in Austria, Czech Republic & Budapest Itinerary

16 days in Austria, Czech Republic & Budapest Itinerary

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16 days in Austria, Czech Republic & Budapest Itinerary

London, United Kingdom
bus + Fly + train:  5​h
Prague, Czech Republic
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic
— Few hours
Drive:  10​h 15​min
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Vienna, Austria
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
Salzburg, Austria
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Hallstatt, Austria
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
Innsbruck, Austria
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h
London, United Kingdom

2
days
Prague, Czech Republic

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Vyšehrad, Prague Castle and Old Town (Stare Mesto). Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): pause for some photo ops at Vyšehrad, get to know the fascinating history of Prague Castle, contemplate the long history of Lobkowicz Palace, then look for gifts at ARTĚL Design Store, and finally steep yourself in history at The Powder Tower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Mon): take in the views from Charles Bridge, don't miss a visit to Prague Astronomical Clock, then wander the streets of Old Town (Stare Mesto), then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Vitus Cathedral, and finally steep yourself in history at Kavárna Slavia.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Prague trip itinerary builder.

London, UK to Prague is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and car train; or do a combination of train and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from London to Prague. Traveling from London in December, expect Prague to be a bit cooler, temps between 5°C and 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can drive to Cesky Krumlov.

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Prague Castle
Prague Astronomical Clock

1
day
Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic

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.
On the 13th (Tue), explore the historical opulence of Cesky Krumlov Castle, get to know the fascinating history of Historic Center of Cesky Krumlov, see the interesting displays at Moldavite museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of St. Vitus, then stroll through The Castle Garden, and finally admire the masterpieces at Egon Schiele Art Centrum.

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Traveling by car from Prague to Cesky Krumlov takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Cesky Krumlov are 5°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can drive to Budapest.

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Egon Schiele Art Centrum
Historic Center of Cesky Krumlov
Cesky Krumlov Castle

2
days
Budapest, Hungary

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Thermal Spas, Central Market Hall and Buda Castle. Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): explore the historical opulence of Buda Castle, see the interesting displays at House of Terror, then contemplate the long history of Heroes' Square, and finally boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa. Keep things going the next day: explore the activities along Danube, then browse the fresh offerings at Central Market Hall, then admire the striking features of Residence Parliament, and finally contemplate the long history of Shoes on the Danube Promenade Memorial.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Budapest trip generator.

Drive from Cesky Krumlov to Budapest in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and night train. Traveling from Cesky Krumlov in December, Budapest is a bit cooler at night with lows of -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Vienna.

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Buda Castle
Fisherman's Bastion
House of Terror

2
days
Vienna, Austria

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.
Historic Center of Vienna has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Stephen's Cathedral. Here are some ideas for day two: get to know the fascinating history of Historic Center of Vienna, then admire the masterpieces at Belvedere Palace, then examine the collection at Imperial Palace (Hofburg), and finally see the interesting displays at Sisi Museum.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Vienna vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Budapest to Vienna takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In December in Vienna, expect temperatures between 3°C during the day and -1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to fly to Salzburg.

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Historic Center of Vienna
Schönbrunn Palace
Imperial Palace (Hofburg)

2
days
Salzburg, Austria

Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Mon): explore the historical opulence of Hellbrunn Castle (Schloss Hellbrun), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Untersberg, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter's Abbey (Stift St. Peter), explore the different monuments and memorials at Petersfriedhof, then explore the galleries of Fortress Hohensalzburg, and finally make a trip to Stiegl-Brauwelt.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Salzburg holiday planner.

Getting from Vienna to Salzburg by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Salzburg can reach 3°C, while at night they dip to -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Hallstatt.

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Fortress Hohensalzburg
Salzburg Cathedral (Dom)
Schloss Hellbrunn

1
day
Hallstatt, Austria

Historically known for the production of salt, Halstatt's fine architecture reflects the small village's salt mining legacy.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes 5 Fingers. Start off your visit on the 21st (Wed): go for a walk through Old Town, then tour the water at your own pace with Lake Hallstatt Explorer, then take some stellar pictures from 5 Fingers, and finally see the interesting displays at Museum Hallstatt.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Hallstatt custom trip planner.

You can drive from Salzburg to Hallstatt in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Hallstatt are 3°C, while nighttime lows are -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Innsbruck.

Things to do in Hallstatt

Historic Sites Museums Tours

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5 Fingers
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Old Town
Lake Hallstatt Explorer
5 Fingers

3
days
Innsbruck, Austria

Nestled in a valley between snowcapped peaks, Innsbruck evokes visions of a winter wonderland.
You've now added Obergurgl-Hochgurgl to your itinerary. Escape the urban bustle at St. Anton and Bergisel Ski Jump. Get some cultural insight at Ambras Castle and Maria-Theresien-Strasse. Get out of town with these interesting Innsbruck side-trips: Spas & Wellness (in Langenfeld) and Burgenwelten Ehrenberg (in Reutte). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Golden Roof, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Alpenzoo, and see the interesting displays at AUDIOVERSUM - Adventure Hearing.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Innsbruck holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Hallstatt to Innsbruck takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and night train. Expect a daytime high around 5°C in December, and nighttime lows around -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Innsbruck

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Burgenwelten Ehrenberg, Spas & Wellness, St. Anton, Obergurgl-Hochgurgl
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Obergurgl-Hochgurgl
Ambras Castle
Bergisel Ski Jump

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