9 days in Central Europe Itinerary

9 days in Central Europe 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
3
Nitra, Slovakia
— 1 night
Drive
4
Bratislava, Slovakia
— 1 night
Drive
5
Vienna, Austria
— 2 nights
Fly to London Gatwick, Train to Bournemouth

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Budapest, Hungary — 3 nights

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 Shoes on the Danube Bank. Visit Liberty Statue and University Church for their historical value. There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Hungarian Parliament Building, appreciate the history behind Heroes' Square, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Budapest trip planner.

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. Traveling from Bournemouth to Budapest, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Bournemouth in December, things will get little chillier in Budapest: highs are around 5°C and lows about -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Gyor.
Historic Sites · Spas · Nature · Parks
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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), appreciate the extensive heritage of 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.
Historic Sites · Shopping
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.
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Bratislava, Slovakia — 1 night

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.
Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
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Vienna, Austria — 2 nights

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 Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Ringstrasse and Hundertwasserhaus. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to St. Stephen's Cathedral, examine the collection at Hofburg, and admire the landmark architecture of Schonbrunn Palace.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Vienna trip maker tool.

Drive from Bratislava to Vienna in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Vienna are 5°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.
Historic Sites · Museums
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