10 days in Central Europe Itinerary

10 days in Central Europe Itinerary

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10 days in Central Europe Itinerary

San Francisco, United States
Fly:  20​h 45​min
Budapest, Hungary
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Vienna, Austria
— 3 nights
bus + Fly + train:  3​h
Prague, Czech Republic
— 3 nights
train + Fly + bus:  3​h 15​min
Munich, Germany
— 1 night
Fly:  15​h 45​min
San Francisco, United States

2
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.
On the 4th (Sat), boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, steep yourself in history at Heroes' Square, then admire the striking features of Residence Parliament, and finally take in the views from Chain Bridge (Szechenyi lanchid). On the 5th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Liberty Statue, admire the landmark architecture of Matthias Church, and then steep yourself in history at Fisherman's Bastion.

For reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Budapest vacation builder.

San Francisco, USA to Budapest is an approximately 21-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from San Francisco to Budapest. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from San Francisco in March; daily highs in Budapest reach 51°F and lows reach 32°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Vienna.

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Fisherman's Bastion
Thermal Spas

2
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.
On the 6th (Mon), take in nature's colorful creations at Schoenbrunn Palace, then make a trip to Stephansplatz, and then admire the landmark architecture of St. Stephen's Cathedral. Here are some ideas for day two: meet the residents at Schönbrunn Zoo, examine the collection at MuseumsQuartier, and then admire the landmark architecture of Rathaus.

To find other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Vienna tour planner.

Traveling by car from Budapest to Vienna takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In March, daytime highs in Vienna are 50°F, while nighttime lows are 34°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to Prague.

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Schönbrunn Palace
Schönbrunn Zoo
Rathaus

3
days
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Mala strana and Food Tours. There's much more to do: snap pictures at Charles Bridge, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jewish Museum in Prague, take a stroll through Old Town (Stare Mesto), and contemplate the long history of Old Town Square.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Prague travel planner.

Getting from Vienna to Prague by combination of flight and bus takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In March in Prague, expect temperatures between 52°F during the day and 34°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Munich.

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Charles Bridge
Petrin Tower (Rozhledna)
Prague Castle

2
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.
On the 11th (Sat), engage your brain at Deutsches Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter's Church, then make a trip to Marienplatz, and finally admire the striking features of Neues Rathaus. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Asam's Church and then step into the grandiose world of Nymphenburg Palace (Schloss Nymphenburg).

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Munich itinerary planner.

You can fly from Prague to Munich in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In March, plan for daily highs up to 49°F, and evening lows to 30°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

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Marienplatz
Deutsches Museum
Neues Rathaus

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