17 days in Central Europe Itinerary

17 days in Central Europe Itinerary

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17 days in Central Europe Itinerary

Sydney, Australia
Fly:  9​h 30​min
Munich, Germany
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
Innsbruck, Austria
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Hohenschwangau, Germany
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
Budapest, Hungary
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Vienna, Austria
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Fly:  25​h
Sydney, Australia

3
days
Munich, Germany

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 sightseeing, museums, gardens, nightlife, and childrens museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Marienplatz, admire the striking features of Frauenkirche, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter's Church, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Theresienwiese.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Munich travel guide.

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major airport is Munich International Airport. In November, daytime highs in Munich are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can take a train to Innsbruck.

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Museums Parks Historic Sites
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Marienplatz
Deutsches Museum

1
day
Innsbruck, Austria

Nestled in a valley between snowcapped peaks, Innsbruck evokes visions of a winter wonderland.
On the 5th (Sat), admire the striking features of Golden Roof, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica Wilten, then hit the slopes at Bergisel Ski Jump, and finally try your luck at Casino Seefeld.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Innsbruck travel guide.

Getting from Munich to Innsbruck by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 12°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to drive to Hohenschwangau.

Things to do in Innsbruck

Casinos Fun & Games Historic Sites

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Casino Seefeld
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Casino Seefeld
Golden Roof
Bergisel Ski Jump

1
day
Hohenschwangau, Germany

Hohenschwangau is a village in the municipality of Schwangau, Ostallgäu district, Bavaria, Germany.It is located between Schloss Neuschwanstein and Schloss Hohenschwangau and is visited by about 2 million people annually, where they start tours to the former royal palaces. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): step into the grandiose world of Schloss Hohenschwangau, snap pictures at Queen Mary's Bridge (Marienbrucke), and then step into the grandiose world of Neuschwanstein Castle.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Hohenschwangau travel guide.

You can drive from Innsbruck to Hohenschwangau in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Innsbruck, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Hohenschwangau, ranging from highs of 7°C to lows of 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can go by car to Zurich.

Things to do in Hohenschwangau

Historic Sites

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Queen Mary's Bridge (Marienbrucke)
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Neuschwanstein Castle
Schloss Hohenschwangau

2
days
Zurich, Switzerland

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, then take a stroll through Old Town (Altstadt), and then don't miss a visit to Grossmunster. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Tue): take in the dramatic scenery at Rheinfall.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Zurich travel guide.

Drive from Hohenschwangau to Zurich in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November in Zurich, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 3°C at night. On the 8th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Budapest.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Rhine Falls
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Lake Zurich
Old Town (Altstadt)
Rhine Falls

3
days
Budapest, Hungary

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Danube and Buda Castle. And it doesn't end there: ponder the world of politics at Residence Parliament, steep yourself in history at Fisherman's Bastion, don't miss a visit to Corvin Mozi, and take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika).

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Budapest travel guide.

You can fly from Zurich to Budapest in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In November in Budapest, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 1°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can go by car to Vienna.

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Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Fisherman's Bastion
Residence Parliament
Buda Castle

3
days
Vienna, Austria

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.
Vienna is known for museums, sightseeing, gardens, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Schoenbrunn Palace, meet the residents at Schönbrunn Zoo, admire the masterpieces at Belvedere Palace, and admire the striking features of St. Stephen's Cathedral.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Vienna travel guide.

Getting from Budapest to Vienna by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or fly. In November in Vienna, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can fly to Prague.

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Museums Parks Historic Sites
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Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien
Schönbrunn Palace
St. Stephen's Cathedral

1
day
Prague, Czech Republic

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 15th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Statue of Franz Kafka, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ss. Cyril and Methodius Cathedral, snap pictures at Charles Bridge, then contemplate the long history of Old Town Square, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Our Lady before Týn, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Rudolfinum. On the next day, make a trip to Prague Astronomical Clock, admire the landmark architecture of Old Town Bridge Tower, and then push the limits with an extreme tour.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Prague travel guide.

You can fly from Vienna to Prague in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Prague can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 3°C.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Nightlife
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Old Town Square
Charles Bridge
Prague Astronomical Clock

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