14 days in Danube Countries Itinerary

14 days in Danube Countries Itinerary

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Vienna, Austria
— 3 nights
Bratislava, Slovakia
— 2 nights
Bus to Vienna, Fly to Salzburg
Salzburg, Austria
— 2 nights
Munich, Germany
— 2 nights
Erfurt, Germany
— 1 night
Nuremberg, Germany
— 3 nights


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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Schonbrunn Palace and Peterskirche. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to MuseumsQuartier Wien and Augustinerkirche. There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Stephen's Cathedral, see the interesting displays at The Hofburg, and get to know the fascinating history of Historic Center of Vienna.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Vienna trip app.

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Vienna is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Brasilia Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is 4 hours. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Sao Paulo in January; daily highs in Vienna reach 3°C and lows reach -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Bratislava.

Things to do in Vienna

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods
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Bratislava, Slovakia

— 2 nights

Beauty on the Danube

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.
On the 13th (Thu), step into the grandiose world of Bratislava Castle, steep yourself in history at Michalska Brana, take some stellar pictures from UFO Observation Deck, then appreciate the history behind Cumil, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Blue Church of St. Elizabeth. On the 14th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the historical opulence of Devin Castle, steep yourself in history at Primates' Palace (Primacialny palac), and then wander the streets of Bratislava Old Town.

For maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Bratislava trip maker tool.

Traveling by car from Vienna to Bratislava takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January in Bratislava, expect temperatures between 3°C during the day and -3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel to Salzburg.

Things to do in Bratislava

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods
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Salzburg, Austria

— 2 nights

Rome of the North

Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Red Bull Hangar-7, shop like a local with Getreidegasse, take an in-depth tour of Mozarts Geburtshaus, then admire the landmark architecture of Salzburg Cathedral, then get great views at Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter's Abbey (Stift St. Peter). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Sun): admire the landmark architecture of DomQuartier Salzburg, contemplate the long history of Salzburger Altstadt, then explore the galleries of Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus), and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Cemetery of St. Sebastian (Friedhof St. Sebastian).

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Salzburg online tour itinerary builder.

Getting from Bratislava to Salzburg by combination of bus and flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In January, daily temperatures in Salzburg can reach 4°C, while at night they dip to -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to drive to Munich.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping
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Munich, Germany

— 2 nights

Village of a Million People

Often described as the city of laptops and lederhosen, Munich is an international center of business, engineering, research, and medicine that still maintains a rich cultural heritage and age-old traditions.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): engage your brain at Deutsches Museum, see the interesting displays at Munich Residenz, and then admire the striking features of New Town Hall (Neus Rathaus). On your second day here, make a trip to Marienplatz, then admire the striking features of Asamkirche, then admire the masterpieces at Alte Pinakothek, and finally see the interesting displays at BMW Welt.

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You can drive from Salzburg to Munich in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Munich are 3°C, while nighttime lows are -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Erfurt.

Things to do in Munich

Museums · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites
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Erfurt, Germany

— 1 night

Rome of Thuringia

Its riverside location has put Erfurt at a major European trading crossroads for centuries.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Kramerbruecke and then pause for some serene contemplation at Erfurt Cathedral.

For photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Erfurt tour planner.

You can fly from Munich to Erfurt in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In January, daytime highs in Erfurt are 2°C, while nighttime lows are -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Nuremberg.

Things to do in Erfurt

Historic Sites
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Nuremberg, Germany

— 3 nights

Gingerbread Capital of the World

Nuremberg's historic town center stands in the shadow of a towering imperial castle that dominates its northwestern corner.
On the 20th (Thu), pause for some serene contemplation at St. Lorenz Church, explore the historical opulence of Kaiserburg Nurnberg, then see the interesting displays at Dokumentationszentrum Reichsparteitagsgelände, and finally steep yourself in history at Bamberg Altstadt. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Medieval Crime Museum (Mittelalterliches Kriminalmuseum), wander the streets of Altstadt, then contemplate the long history of Town Walls, and finally get a sense of history and politics at Stadt Rothenburg ob der Tauber.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Nuremberg trip planner.

Traveling by train from Erfurt to Nuremberg takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 3°C, and evening lows to -2°C. On the 22nd (Sat), you're off to home.

Things to do in Nuremberg

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 19 — 22:

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.

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.

Bavaria travel guide

Landmarks · Specialty Museums · Castles
Bavaria is the country's largest, and one of Europe's oldest continuously existing states. It was established as a duchy in 907. Situated in the southeastern corner of the country, Bavaria is probably what most non-Germans have in mind when they imagine a vacation in Germany. Ironically, much of this region is culturally more like the neighboring Austria and Switzerland. There's much more to Bavaria than just the stereotypical leather trousers (lederhosen), sausages, and beer festivals. This region is one of the country's most popular destinations for tourism and is full of places to visit. It's rich in medieval cities, dense forests, towering mountains, sparkling lakes, picturesque castles, and thriving villages. Bavarians are regarded as the proudest of all Germans. They're loyal to their regional roots and traditions. To soak up the particular local culture of the rural areas, explore the countryside's picture-perfect villages on foot or by bicycle.

Thuringia travel guide

Castles · Specialty Museums · Landmarks
Thuringia is a predominantly mountainous and forested region of Germany. Ancient towns and castles that stubbornly refuse to succumb to the ravages of time dot the countryside. Though it remains one of the lesser-known vacation spots among German provinces, Thuringia enjoys a good reputation among domestic visitors. The area attracts travelers with a wide selection of national parks, ski resorts, and an extensive network of hiking trails. Thuringia boasts a proud heritage of athletic achievement; its athletes have won more than half of Germany's Winter Olympic gold medals in the last 20 years. The land is more than just a holiday haven for sports enthusiasts. The region has served as both a home and a source of inspiration for artists such as Bach, Goethe, and Schiller.