9 days in Danube Countries Itinerary

9 days in Danube Countries Itinerary

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Train to London Heathrow, Fly to Budapest
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Budapest, Hungary
— 3 nights
Drive
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Gyor, Hungary
— 1 night
Drive
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Nitra, Slovakia
— 1 night
Drive
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Bratislava, Slovakia
— 1 night
Drive
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Vienna, Austria
— 2 nights
Fly to London Gatwick, Train to Bournemouth

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Budapest, Hungary

— 3 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Fisherman's Bastion and Liberty Statue. Visit Heroes' Square and University Church for their historical value. There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Hungarian Parliament Building, examine the collection at House of Terror Museum, make a trip to Shoes on the Danube Bank, and test the waters at a local thermal spa.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Budapest trip itinerary planning tool.

Bournemouth, UK to Budapest is an approximately 8-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Central European Standard Time is 1 hour. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Bournemouth in December: high temperatures in Budapest hover around 5°C and lows are around -1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can go by car to Gyor.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites · Spas · Parks · Nature
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Gyor, Hungary

— 1 night
Győr is the most important city of northwest Hungary, the capital of Győr-Moson-Sopron County and Western Transdanubia region, and—halfway between Budapest and Vienna—situated on one of the important roads of Central Europe. On the 14th (Thu), don't miss a visit to Gyor Old Town Area, pause for some serene contemplation at Pannonhalma Archabbey, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Gyor Plaza.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Gyor vacation maker.

Getting from Budapest to Gyor by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 5°C in December, and nighttime lows around -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to travel to Nitra.

Things to do in Gyor

Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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Nitra, Slovakia

— 1 night
Nitra is a city in western Slovakia, situated at the foot of Zobor Mountain in the valley of the river Nitra. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): make a trip to Nitra Calvary, then step into the grandiose world of Nitra Castle, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Michael the Archangel.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Nitra trip site.

You can drive from Gyor to Nitra in 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Bratislava.

Things to do in Nitra

Historic Sites
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Bratislava, Slovakia

— 1 night

Beauty on the Danube

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 16th (Sat): explore the historical opulence of Bratislava Castle, take in panoramic vistas at UFO Observation Deck, take in the spiritual surroundings of Blue Church of St. Elizabeth, then pause for some photo ops at Cumil, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Bratislava Old Town.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Bratislava itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Nitra to Bratislava takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Bratislava are 5°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Vienna.

Things to do in Bratislava

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
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Vienna, Austria

— 2 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 appreciate Belvedere Palace and The Hofburg. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Ringstrasse and Hundertwasserhaus. There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Schonbrunn Palace, explore the world behind art at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, get to know the fascinating history of Historic Center of Vienna, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Stephen's Cathedral.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Vienna trip builder site.

Traveling by car from Bratislava to Vienna takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 5°C in December, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Vienna

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods
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