21 days in Europe Itinerary

21 days in Europe Itinerary

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Start: Detroit, United States
Fly:  12 h
1
Munich, Germany
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Salzburg, Austria
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  3 h
3
Bratislava, Slovakia
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
4
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
5
Vienna, Austria
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h
6
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
7
Nuremberg, Germany
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
8
Munich, Germany
— 3 nights
Fly:  12 h
End: Detroit, United States

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.
Munich is known for museums, historic sites, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Marienplatz, contemplate the long history of Nymphenburg Palace, admire the striking features of St. Peter's Church, and see the interesting displays at BMW Welt.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Munich trip planner.

Detroit, USA to Munich is an approximately 12- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Detroit to Munich, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Detroit in September: high temperatures in Munich hover around 66°F and lows are around 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Salzburg.

Things to do in Munich

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums
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Deutsches Museum ©
Deutsches Museum
Marienplatz ©
Marienplatz
English Garden ©
English Garden

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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 29th (Tue): step into the grandiose world of Schloss Hellbrunn, see the interesting displays at Salzburg Museum, then explore the galleries of Mozarts Geburtshaus, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Mirabell Palace. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus), admire the landmark architecture of Salzburg Cathedral, then browse the exhibits of Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter's Abbey (Stift St. Peter), and finally see the interesting displays at Red Bull Hangar-7.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Salzburg road trip planning app.

You can drive from Munich to Salzburg in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Salzburg can reach 67°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Bratislava.

Things to do in Salzburg

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

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nights
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.
On the 1st (Thu), make a trip to Fountain of peace, then take an in-depth tour of Devin Castle, then have some family-friendly fun at Mackafe (cat cafe), and finally step into the grandiose world of Bratislava Castle. On the next day, take a stroll through Bratislava Old Town, admire the striking features of St. Martin's Cathedral (Dom svateho Martina), then pause for some serene contemplation at Franciscan Church and Monastery, then don't miss a visit to Frantiskanske namestie, and finally steep yourself in history at Michalska Brana.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Bratislava trip itinerary builder website.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Salzburg to Bratislava in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 71°F in September, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can drive to Budapest.

Things to do in Bratislava

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Devin Castle ©
Devin Castle
Bratislava Castle ©
Bratislava Castle
Michalska Brana ©
Michalska Brana

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.
On the 3rd (Sat), don't miss a visit to Fisherman's Bastion, contemplate the long history of Matthias Church, then take in the views from Szechenyi Lanchid, then get a sense of history and politics at Hungarian Parliament Building, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika). Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Liberty Statue, boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, then pause for some photo ops at Heroes' Square, and finally see the interesting displays at House of Terror Museum.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Budapest trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Bratislava to Budapest takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 61°F, and evening lows to 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can go by car to Vienna.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums Spas
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Hungarian Parliament Building ©
Hungarian Parliament Building
Fisherman's Bastion ©
Fisherman's Bastion
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church

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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 5th (Mon): get to know the resident critters at Schönbrunn Zoo, step into the grandiose world of Schonbrunn Palace, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chapel of St. Virgil, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Stephen's Cathedral. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at Belvedere Palace, then admire the masterpieces at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, then examine the collection at The Hofburg, and finally make a trip to Stephansplatz.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Vienna trip builder website.

Getting from Budapest to Vienna by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 58°F in October, and nighttime lows around 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Vienna

Historic Sites Museums Zoos & Aquariums
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Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral
Belvedere Palace ©
Belvedere Palace

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): take in the local highlights with Walking tours, get to know the fascinating history of Staromestske namesti, then take some stellar pictures from Prague Astronomical Clock, and finally snap pictures at Charles Bridge. On the next day, explore the historical opulence of Prague Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Vitus Cathedral, and then take a stroll through Lesser Town.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Prague trip maker tool.

Fly from Vienna to Prague in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 56°F in October, and nighttime lows around 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to drive to Nuremberg.

Things to do in Prague

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

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nights
Nuremberg, Germany

Nuremberg ©
Nuremberg's historic town center stands in the shadow of a towering imperial castle that dominates its northwestern corner.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nuremberg: Rothenburg (Roderbrunnen, Medieval Crime Museum (Mittelalterliches Kriminalmuseum), &more). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Germanisches Nationalmuseum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Lorenz Church, make a trip to Altstadt, and get to know the fascinating history of City Walls of Nuremberg.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Nuremberg trip planner.

Drive from Prague to Nuremberg in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and train. October in Nuremberg sees daily highs of 57°F and lows of 42°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can go by car to Munich.

Things to do in Nuremberg

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Rothenburg
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Kaiserburg Nurnberg ©
Kaiserburg Nurnberg
Town Walls ©
Town Walls
Altstadt ©
Altstadt

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Munich, Germany

Munich ©
Step out of Munich with an excursion to Schloss Hohenschwangau in Hohenschwangau--about 1h 30 min away. See even more of Munich: browse the eclectic array of goods at Viktualienmarkt, admire the landmark architecture of New Town Hall (Neus Rathaus), take in the spiritual surroundings of Theatinerkirche St. Kajetan, and contemplate the long history of Asamkirche.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Munich itinerary planning website.

Drive from Nuremberg to Munich in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Munich

Museums Tours Shopping

Side Trip

Schloss Hohenschwangau
Find places to stay Oct 12 — 15:
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BMW Museum ©
BMW Museum
Viktualienmarkt ©
Viktualienmarkt
Restaurant und Biergarten am Chinesischen Turm ©

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