13 days in Europe Itinerary

13 days in Europe Itinerary

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13 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: New York City, United States
Fly:  9​h 30​min
1
Budapest, Hungary
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Bratislava, Slovakia
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
3
Vienna, Austria
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Berlin, Germany
— 4 nights
Fly + Bus:  11​h 15​min
End: New York City, United States

4
nights
Budapest, Hungary

Budapest ©
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.
Visiting Danube and Margaret Island (Margitsziget) will get you outdoors. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Fisherman's Bastion and Buda Castle. Explore Budapest's surroundings by going to Geszler Family Winery (in Mor), Bányászati Múzeum (in Salgotarjan) and Bozso Gyujtemeny (in Kecskemet). There's lots more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Castle Hill, examine the collection at Hospital in the Rock, steep yourself in history at Liberty Statue, and pause for some photo ops at Heroes' Square.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Budapest tour planner.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major airport is Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport. In December, daytime highs in Budapest are 37°F, while nighttime lows are 26°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Bratislava.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Bozso Gyujtemeny, Geszler Family Winery, Mining Museum
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Buda Castle ©
Buda Castle
Mining Museum ©
Mining Museum
Geszler Family Winery ©
Geszler Family Winery

2
nights
Bratislava, Slovakia

Bratislava ©
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 6th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Martin's Cathedral, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Bratislava Old Town, then steep yourself in history at Old Town Hall, and finally look for gifts at Koralkovy svet. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Wed): make a trip to Hlavne Namestie, get to know the fascinating history of Tyrsovo nabrezie, then get engrossed in the history at Mestské Múzeum V Bratislave, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Danubiana Meulensteen Art Museum.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Bratislava itinerary planner.

You can drive from Budapest to Bratislava in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 38°F, and evening lows to 29°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can go by car to Vienna.

Things to do in Bratislava

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Old Town Hall ©
Old Town Hall

1
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Vienna, Austria

Vienna ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Die Burgkapelle (Home of the Vienna Boys' Choir) and then explore the world behind art at Belvedere Palace.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Vienna itinerary builder.

Traveling by taxi from Bratislava to Vienna takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 38°F in December, and nighttime lows around 29°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Berlin.

Things to do in Vienna

Historic Sites Museums
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Belvedere Palace ©
Belvedere Palace

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Berlin, Germany

Berlin ©
The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Take a break from the city and head to Strandbad Tegeler See and Strandbar Mitte. You'll explore and learn at Pergamonmuseum and German Historical Museum. Go for a jaunt from Berlin to Werder upon Havel to see Schloss / Schlosspark Petzow about 50 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Topography of Terror, contemplate the long history of East Side Gallery, wander the streets of Friedrichshain, and make a trip to Potsdamer Platz.

For photos and more tourist information, read our Berlin itinerary planner.

Fly from Vienna to Berlin in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December in Berlin, expect temperatures between 39°F during the day and 31°F at night.

Things to do in Berlin

Historic Sites Museums Beaches

Side Trip

Schloss Petzow
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Memorial of the Berlin Wall ©
Memorial of the Berlin Wall
Deutsches Historisches Museum ©
Deutsches Historisches Museum
Mitte ©
Mitte

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