15 days in Europe Itinerary

15 days in Europe Itinerary

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15 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Budapest, Hungary
1
Budapest, Hungary
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
2
Vienna, Austria
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
3
Salzburg, Austria
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  3 h
4
Bratislava, Slovakia
— 1 night
+3
Bus + Fly + Bus + Train:  4 h 30 min
5
Munich, Germany
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
6
Berlin, Germany
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
7
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
End: Prague, Czech Republic

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.
Budapest is known for historic sites, spas, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: ponder the world of politics at Hungarian Parliament Building, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), snap pictures at Szechenyi Chain Bridge, and appreciate the history behind Hősök tere.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Budapest planner.

If you are flying in from India, the closest major aiport is Budapest Liszt Ferenc International Airport. In December, plan for daily highs up to 5°C, and evening lows to -1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can go by car to Vienna.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums Spas
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Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Hungarian Parliament Building ©
Hungarian Parliament Building
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church

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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at St. Stephen's Cathedral, contemplate the long history of Chapel of St. Virgil, then get to know the resident critters at Schönbrunn Zoo, and finally admire the striking features of Schonbrunn Palace. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, explore the world behind art at Belvedere Palace, then see the interesting displays at The Hofburg, and finally make a trip to Stephansplatz.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Vienna trip itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Budapest to Vienna in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In December, daytime highs in Vienna are 5°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Salzburg.

Things to do in Vienna

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

2
nights
Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Fri): take some stellar pictures from Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle, admire the landmark architecture of Salzburg Cathedral, take an in-depth tour of Mozarts Geburtshaus, then shop like a local with Getreidegasse, and finally admire the natural beauty at Mirabell Palace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus), make a trip to Caldera Sculpture, then see the interesting displays at Red Bull Hangar-7, and finally step into the grandiose world of Schloss Hellbrunn.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Salzburg trip planner.

Getting from Vienna to Salzburg by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 6°C in December, and nighttime lows around -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel to Bratislava.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle ©
Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle
Salzburg Cathedral ©
Salzburg Cathedral
Mirabell Palace ©
Mirabell Palace

1
night
Bratislava, Slovakia

Bratislava ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): explore the historical opulence of Bratislava Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Martin's Cathedral (Dom svateho Martina), take in panoramic vistas at UFO Observation Deck, contemplate the long history of Michalska Brana, then appreciate the history behind Cumil, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Blue Church of St. Elizabeth.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Bratislava day trip planning website.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Salzburg to Bratislava in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Bratislava are 5°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to travel to Munich.

Things to do in Bratislava

Historic Sites
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Bratislava Castle ©
Bratislava Castle
Michalska Brana ©
Michalska Brana

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): engage your brain at Deutsches Museum and then steep yourself in history at Nymphenburg Palace. On your second day here, contemplate the waterfront views at English Garden, admire the landmark architecture of St. Peter's Church, and then don't miss a visit to Marienplatz.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Munich journey planning app.

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and train from Bratislava to Munich takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 5°C, and evening lows to -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can travel to Berlin.

Things to do in Munich

Historic Sites Childrens Museums Museums
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Nymphenburg Palace ©
Nymphenburg Palace
Marienplatz ©
Marienplatz
Deutsches Museum ©
Deutsches Museum

2
nights
Berlin, Germany

The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
On the 30th (Wed), explore the world behind art at Pergamonmuseum, ponder the world of politics at Reichstag Building, then appreciate the history behind The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, and finally don't miss a visit to Brandenburg Gate. On the 31st (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, examine the collection at Topography of Terror, and then steep yourself in history at East Side Gallery.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Berlin trip itinerary maker website.

Fly from Munich to Berlin in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can go by car to Prague.

Things to do in Berlin

Museums Tours Historic Sites
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Walking tours
Reichstag Building ©
Reichstag Building
Brandenburg Gate ©
Brandenburg Gate

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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Fri): take in the local highlights with Walking tours, then get to know the fascinating history of Staromestske namesti, then take some stellar pictures from Prague Astronomical Clock, and finally take in the views from Charles Bridge. On the 2nd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the historical opulence of Prague Castle, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Vitus Cathedral, and then wander the streets of Lesser Town.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Prague trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Berlin to Prague in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. December in Prague sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Tours Neighborhoods
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Staromestske namesti ©
Staromestske namesti
Charles Bridge
Charles Bridge
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle

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