13 days in Austria, Budapest & Prague Itinerary

13 days in Austria, Budapest & Prague Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Europe visit planner

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Budapest, Hungary
— 3 nights
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Prague, Czech Republic
— 3 nights
Fly
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Vienna, Austria
— 3 nights
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Salzburg, Austria
— 3 nights
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Budapest, Hungary

— 3 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 plan includes some of its best attractions: ponder the world of politics at Hungarian Parliament Building, pause for some photo ops at Shoes on the Danube Bank, snap pictures at Szechenyi Lanchid, and admire the striking features of Matthias Church.

To find ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Budapest trip planner.

Austin, USA to Budapest is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is 7 hours. Traveling from Austin in December, expect nights in Budapest to be little chillier, around 29°F, while days are colder, around 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to drive to Prague.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites · Spas · Shopping · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 19 — 22:

Prague, Czech Republic

— 3 nights

City of a Hundred Spires

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.
Prague is known for historic sites, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Staromestske namesti, get great views at Prague Astronomical Clock, wander the streets of Lesser Town, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Prague day trip planning app.

You can drive from Budapest to Prague in 5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 41°F in December, and nighttime lows around 32°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Prague

Tours · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 25:

Vienna, Austria

— 3 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 plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Schonbrunn Palace, explore the world behind art at Belvedere Palace, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Stephen's Cathedral, and hunt for treasures at Vienna Naschmarkt.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Vienna trip planner.

You can fly from Prague to Vienna in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In December, daytime highs in Vienna are 41°F, while nighttime lows are 31°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Salzburg.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 28:

Salzburg, Austria

— 3 nights

Rome of the North

Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Change things up with a short trip to Hallstatter See in Hallstatt (about 1h 15 min away). The adventure continues: get great views at Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle, explore the historical opulence of Schloss Hellbrunn, examine the collection at Salzburg Museum, and admire the striking features of Salzburg Cathedral.

For maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Salzburg day trip planning site.

Drive from Vienna to Salzburg in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 42°F in December, and nighttime lows around 29°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 28 — 31:

Austria travel guide

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Castles · Art Museums · Specialty Museums
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.