18 days in Central Europe Itinerary

18 days in Central Europe Itinerary

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18 days in Central Europe Itinerary

Start: Manila, Philippines
Fly:  18 h 30 min
1
Prague, Czech Republic
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
2
Munich, Germany
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Salzburg, Austria
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h 30 min
4
Vienna, Austria
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
5
Budapest, Hungary
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  4 h 30 min
6
Krakow, Poland
— 4 nights
Fly:  21 h 15 min
End: Manila, Philippines

3
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Staromestske namesti and Prague Astronomical Clock. Visit Prague Castle and Schwarzenberg Palace for their historical value. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Vitus Cathedral, take in the views from Charles Bridge, wander the streets of Lesser Town, and view the masterpieces at DOX Centre for Contemporary Art.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Prague day trip site .

Manila, Philippines to Prague is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Manila to Prague, you'll gain 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Manila in December: high temperatures in Prague hover around 5°C and lows are around 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can travel to Munich.

Things to do in Prague

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St. Vitus Cathedral ©
St. Vitus Cathedral
Staromestske namesti ©
Staromestske namesti
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle

1
night
Munich, Germany

Munich ©
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 21st (Mon): steep yourself in history at Nymphenburg Palace, then get a taste of the local shopping with Gallerie Thomas, then see the interesting displays at Munich Residenz, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter's Church.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Munich trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by flight from Prague to Munich takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. December in Munich sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of -1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to drive to Salzburg.

Things to do in Munich

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Nymphenburg Palace ©
Nymphenburg Palace
Munich Residenz ©
Munich Residenz
St. Peter's Church ©
St. Peter's Church

2
nights
Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): explore the historical opulence of Schloss Hellbrunn, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Salzburg Cathedral, then get great views at Fortress Hohensalzburg, and finally steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Abbey (Stift St. Peter). Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus), get a taste of the local shopping with Getreidegasse, take an in-depth tour of Mozarts Geburtshaus, see the interesting displays at Salzburg Museum, then take in the exciting artwork at Residenzgalerie Salzburg, and finally view the masterpieces at Atelier Thomas Selinger.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Salzburg trip itinerary planning tool .

You can drive from Munich to Salzburg in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 6°C in December, and nighttime lows around -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Salzburg

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Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle ©
Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle
Schloss Hellbrunn ©
Schloss Hellbrunn
Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus) ©
Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus)

3
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Belvedere Palace and Dorotheum. Head to Vienna Naschmarkt and Xocolatfor plenty of shopping. There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Schonbrunn Palace, make a trip to St. Stephen's Cathedral, take a stroll through Graben and Kohlmarkt, and explore the world behind art at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Vienna trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Salzburg to Vienna takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In December in Vienna, expect temperatures between 5°C during the day and 0°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Budapest.

Things to do in Vienna

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St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral
Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
Belvedere Palace ©
Belvedere Palace

3
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.
You'll explore and learn at House of Terror Museum and Koller Gallery. Kids will appreciate attractions like Halaszbastya and Vaci Street. And it doesn't end there: test the waters at a local thermal spa, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), appreciate the history behind Hősök tere, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Andrassy Avenue.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Budapest tour itinerary tool .

Traveling by train from Vienna to Budapest takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Budapest can reach 5°C, while at night they dip to -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to travel to Krakow.

Things to do in Budapest

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Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya

4
nights
Krakow, Poland

Krakow ©
One of Poland's oldest cities, Krakow sits at the foot of the Carpathian Mountains, its historical town center nestled on the left bank of the Vistula River.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau and Wawel Royal Castle. Head to Sukiennice (Cloth Hall) and Galeria Autorska Andrzeja Mleczkifor some retail therapy. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Wieliczka Salt Mine, examine the collection at Muzeum Krakowa, oddzial Fabryka Emalia Oskara Schindlera, take a stroll through Stare Miasto, and shop like a local with Galleries Coco Art.

To find out how to plan a trip to Krakow, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Budapest to Krakow takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Krakow are 5°C, while nighttime lows are -2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau, Wieliczka Salt Mine
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Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau ©
Wieliczka Salt Mine ©
Wieliczka Salt Mine
Wawel Royal Castle ©
Wawel Royal Castle

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