20 days in Austria, Budapest & Prague Itinerary

20 days in Austria, Budapest & Prague Itinerary

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Budapest, Hungary
— 4 nights
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Prague, Czech Republic
— 5 nights
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Vienna, Austria
— 5 nights
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Salzburg, Austria
— 5 nights
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Budapest, Hungary

— 4 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.
Miniversum Budapest and Holocaust Memorial Center will appeal to museum buffs. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Wine Tours & Tastings and Liberty Statue. Next up on the itinerary: learn about winemaking at Faust Wine Cellar, take an in-depth tour of Hospital in the Rock Nuclear Bunker Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Deak teri evangelikus templom, and take in the views from Liberty Bridge (Szabadsag hid).

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Budapest day trip planning tool.

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. While traveling from Austin, expect much colder days and a bit cooler nights in Budapest, ranging from highs of 40°F to lows of 29°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can go by car to Prague.

Things to do in Budapest

Wineries · Tours · Historic Sites · Museums
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Prague, Czech Republic

— 5 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Hradcany and Speculum Alchemiae Museum. Step off the beaten path and head to Lesser Town and Sedlec Ossuary. Explore Prague's surroundings by going to Kutna Hora (The Cathedral of Assumption, St Barbara's Church, &more) and Památník Terezín - Malá pevnost (in Terezin). The adventure continues: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, admire the landmark architecture of Kostel sv. Mikuláše, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Spanish Synagogue, and pause for some serene contemplation at Infant Jesus of Prague.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Prague trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Budapest to Prague takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or fly. In December, daily temperatures in Prague can reach 41°F, while at night they dip to 32°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Spas

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Vienna, Austria

— 5 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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Albertina and Kaiserliche Schatzkammer Wien. Step off the beaten path and head to Natural History Museum (Naturhistorisches Museum) and Peterskirche. The adventure continues: appreciate the extensive heritage of Ringstrasse, admire the masterpieces at Kunst Haus Wien - Museum Hundertwasser, see the interesting displays at MuseumsQuartier Wien, and explore the galleries of Central Cemetery (Zentralfriedhof).

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Vienna driving holiday planner.

Fly from Prague to Vienna in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In December, plan for daily highs up to 41°F, and evening lows to 31°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can drive to Salzburg.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Childrens Museums

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Salzburg, Austria

— 5 nights

Rome of the North

Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Altstadt von Innsbruck and Maria-Theresien-Strasse. Museum-lovers will get to explore KZ-Gedenkstatte Mauthausen and Red Bull Hangar-7. Explore Salzburg's surroundings by going to Museu Delle Macchine Da Screvere (in Wattens) and Innsbruck (Georgskapelle & Hofkirche). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter's Abbey (Stift St. Peter), stroll the grounds of Petersfriedhof, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Blasius Church, and take an unorthodox tour of Catacombe Del Cimitero Di San Pietro.

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You can drive from Vienna to Salzburg in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In December, plan for daily highs up to 42°F, and evening lows to 29°F. On the 31st (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

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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.