16 days in Danube Countries Itinerary

16 days in Danube Countries Itinerary

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Budapest, Hungary
— 3 nights
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Bratislava, Slovakia
— 1 day
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Vienna, Austria
— 4 nights
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Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic
— 4 nights
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Prague, Czech Republic
— 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Margaret Island and Palatinus Strandfürdő. Get some cultural insight at Fisherman's Bastion and Shoes on the Danube Bank. There's lots more to do: get a sense of history and politics at Hungarian Parliament Building, tour the water at your own pace with Portum Lines, appreciate the history behind Heroes' Square, and pause for some serene contemplation at University Church.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Budapest trip itinerary planner.

Singapore, Singapore to Budapest is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Singapore Standard Time (SGT) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a -7 hour difference. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Singapore in December: high temperatures in Budapest hover around 5°C and lows are around -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can drive to Bratislava.

Things to do in Budapest

Nature · Parks · Theme Parks · Historic Sites
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Bratislava, Slovakia

— 1 day

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 19th (Mon), stop by Bratislava Old Town, don't miss a visit to Kapitulska Street, and then have fun at Bratislava Shooting Club.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Bratislava online attractions planner.

Drive from Budapest to Bratislava in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 5°C in December, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to drive to Vienna.

Things to do in Bratislava

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Fun & Games
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Vienna, Austria

— 4 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Albertina and Allander Tropfsteinhohle. Get outdoors at Hohe Wand Wiese and Weinweg Langenlois. Step out of Vienna to go to Joching and see Wachau Valley, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Schonbrunn Palace, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Stephen's Cathedral, explore the galleries of Belvedere Palace, and get a sense of history and politics at Rathaus.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Vienna trip builder.

Traveling by car from Bratislava to Vienna takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Vienna are 5°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Cesky Krumlov.

Things to do in Vienna

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

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Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic

— 4 nights
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Historie mesta Ceský Krumlov and Museum of Architecture and Craft. Get in touch with nature at Ski Areal Lipno nad Vltavou and Svet Lake. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cesky Krumlov: Carp Lake (in Trebon), Church/Temple of the Sacrifice of the Virgin Mary (in Ceske Budejovice) and The State Chateau of Hluboká (in Hluboka nad Vltavou). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Cesky Krumlov Castle, pause for some serene contemplation at Christi and Our Lady of Sorrows Church, and explore the world behind art at Egon Schiele Art Centrum.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Cesky Krumlov trip itinerary maker site.

Drive from Vienna to Cesky Krumlov in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. December in Cesky Krumlov sees daily highs of 4°C and lows of -1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Prague.

Things to do in Cesky Krumlov

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

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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.
Get in touch with nature at Diana Lookout Tower and Hot Spring Colonnade. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Lobkowicz Palace and Church of Our Lady before Tyn. Venture out of the city with trips to Karlovy Vary (Svatosske skaly & Vyhlidka Karla IV). The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Prague Castle, appreciate the extensive heritage of Staromestske namesti, make a trip to Novy Svet, and take some stellar pictures from Prague Astronomical Clock.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Prague trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Cesky Krumlov to Prague takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In December in Prague, expect temperatures between 5°C during the day and 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

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