16 days in Austria, Czech Republic & Budapest Itinerary

16 days in Austria, Czech Republic & Budapest Itinerary

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Start: London, United Kingdom
Train + Fly:  5 h
1
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
2
Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic
— 1 day
Drive:  10 h 15 min
3
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
4
Vienna, Austria
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h
5
Salzburg, Austria
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
6
Hallstatt, Austria
— 1 day
Drive:  4 h 45 min
7
Innsbruck, Austria
— 4 nights
Fly + Train:  5 h
End: London, United Kingdom

2
nights
Prague, Czech Republic

Prague ©
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 National Cultural Monument, Prague Castle and Staromestske namesti. On the 11th (Sun), get great views at Vyšehrad National Cultural Monument, explore the historical opulence of Prague Castle, then steep yourself in history at Lobkowicz Palace, then stop by Artel, and finally see the interesting displays at Powder Tower. On the 12th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: snap pictures at Charles Bridge, get great views at Prague Astronomical Clock, get to know the fascinating history of Staromestske namesti, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Vitus Cathedral, and finally join in the after-dark buzz at Cafe Slavia.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Prague online trip planner.

London, UK to Prague is an approximately 5- hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In December, Prague is little chillier than London - with highs of 5°C and lows of 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Cesky Krumlov.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Museums Nightlife
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Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
Staromestske namesti ©
Staromestske namesti
St. Vitus Cathedral ©
St. Vitus Cathedral

1
day
Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic

Cesky Krumlov ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Cesky Krumlov Castle, appreciate the extensive heritage of Historie mesta Ceský Krumlov, examine the collection at Moldavite Museum - Muzeum vltavinu, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of St. Vitus, then stroll around The Castle Garden, and finally admire the masterpieces at Egon Schiele Art Centrum.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Cesky Krumlov tour builder.

You can drive from Prague to Cesky Krumlov in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Cesky Krumlov can reach 4°C, while at night they dip to -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Budapest.

Things to do in Cesky Krumlov

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Egon Schiele Art Centrum ©
Egon Schiele Art Centrum
Historie mesta Ceský Krumlov ©
Historie mesta Ceský Krumlov
Cesky Krumlov Castle ©
Cesky Krumlov Castle

2
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Thermal Spas, Central Market Hall and Buda Castle. On the 14th (Wed), step into the grandiose world of Buda Castle, then examine the collection at House of Terror Museum, then pause for some photo ops at Heroes' Square, and finally boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along Danube River, then browse the fresh offerings at Central Market Hall, then get a sense of history and politics at Hungarian Parliament Building, and finally pause for some photo ops at Shoes on the Danube Bank.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Budapest trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Cesky Krumlov to Budapest takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus, train, and flight. In December, daily temperatures in Budapest can reach 5°C, while at night they dip to -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Vienna.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Spas Nature
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Fisherman's Bastion ©
Fisherman's Bastion
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church
House of Terror Museum ©
House of Terror Museum

2
nights
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.
You've now added Historic Center of Vienna to your itinerary. On the 16th (Fri), pause for some serene contemplation at St. Stephen's Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a stroll through Historic Center of Vienna, explore the world behind art at Belvedere Palace, then see the interesting displays at The Hofburg, and finally take an in-depth tour of Sisi Museum.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Vienna trip planner.

Drive from Budapest to Vienna in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In December, plan for daily highs up to 5°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Salzburg.

Things to do in Vienna

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Belvedere Palace ©
Belvedere Palace
Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral

3
nights
Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg ©
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): step into the grandiose world of Schloss Hellbrunn, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Untersberg, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter's Abbey (Stift St. Peter), then explore the different monuments and memorials at Petersfriedhof, then step into the grandiose world of Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle, and finally make a trip to Stiegl-Brauwelt.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Salzburg trip builder site.

Fly from Vienna to Salzburg in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Salzburg can reach 6°C, while at night they dip to -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Hallstatt.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites Museums Nightlife
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Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle ©
Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle
Schloss Hellbrunn ©
Schloss Hellbrunn
Salzburg Cathedral ©
Salzburg Cathedral

1
day
Hallstatt, Austria

Hallstatt ©
Historically known for the production of salt, Halstatt's fine architecture reflects the small village's salt mining legacy.
You've now added 5 Fingers to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 21st (Wed): take in the pleasant sights at Old Town, then get interesting insight from Lake Hallstatt Explorer, then take some stellar pictures from 5 Fingers, and finally examine the collection at Museum Hallstatt.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Hallstatt trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Salzburg to Hallstatt in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. 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

Side Trip

5 Fingers
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Old Town ©
Old Town
Museum Hallstatt ©
Museum Hallstatt
5 Fingers ©
5 Fingers

4
nights
Innsbruck, Austria

Innsbruck ©
Nestled in a valley between snowcapped peaks, Innsbruck evokes visions of a winter wonderland.
You've now added Obergurgl-Hochgurgl to your itinerary. Get a sense of the local culture at The Golden Roof (Goldenes Dachl) and Schloss Ambras Innsbruck. Get in touch with nature at Bergisel Ski Jump and St. Anton. Change things up with a short trip to Burgenwelten Ehrenberg in Reutte (about 1h 20 min away). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Altstadt von Innsbruck, get to know the fascinating history of Maria-Theresien-Strasse, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Alpenzoo, and see the interesting displays at AUDIOVERSUM - ScienceCenter.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Innsbruck route planner.

Getting from Hallstatt to Innsbruck by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Innsbruck can reach 6°C, while at night they dip to -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Innsbruck

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trips

St. Anton, Obergurgl-Hochgurgl, Burgenwelten Ehrenberg
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Obergurgl-Hochgurgl ©
Obergurgl-Hochgurgl
Schloss Ambras Innsbruck ©
Schloss Ambras Innsbruck
The Golden Roof (Goldenes Dachl) ©
The Golden Roof (Goldenes Dachl)

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