15 days in Central Europe Itinerary

15 days in Central Europe Itinerary

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15 days in Central Europe Itinerary

Edmonton, Canada
Fly:  15​h 15​min
Zurich, Switzerland
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Interlaken, Switzerland
— 2 nights
train + Fly:  6​h 45​min
Krakow, Poland
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
Salzburg, Austria
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
Vienna, Austria
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
Budapest, Hungary
— 3 nights
Fly:  16​h
Edmonton, Canada

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Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): wander the streets of Bahnhofstrasse, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, then look for gifts at Uhrenmuseum Beyer Zürich, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Grossmunster.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Zurich trip planner .

Edmonton, Canada to Zurich is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Edmonton to Zurich due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Zurich when traveling from Edmonton in September, with lows around 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can go by car to Interlaken.

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Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Grossmunster ©
Grossmunster
Uhrenmuseum Beyer Zürich ©
Uhrenmuseum Beyer Zürich

2
days
Interlaken, Switzerland

Interlaken ©
Nestled between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz in the heart of the Jungfrau region, Interlaken became popular for its proximity to the mountains and lakes of the Bernese Oberland region.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): get outside with Bumblebee Hanggliding Interlaken, look for gifts at Molitor, then look for gifts at Central Sport, and finally hike along The Eiger Trail. On the 7th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic scenery at Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls, look for gifts at Mad Cow, and then fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Interlaken online trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Zurich to Interlaken in 2 hours. Another option is to take a train. In September, daytime highs in Interlaken are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can travel to Krakow.

Things to do in Interlaken

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature

Side Trips

Wengen, Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls, The Eiger Trail
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The Eiger Trail ©
The Eiger Trail
Parasailing & Paragliding
Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls ©
Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls

2
days
Krakow, Poland

Krakow ©
One of Poland's oldest cities, Krakow sits at the foot of the Carpathian Mountains, its historical town center nestled on the left bank of the Vistula River.
On the 8th (Sat), get to know the fascinating history of Wawel Royal Castle, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wawel Cathedral, then buy something for everyone on your list at Cloth Hall (Sukiennice), and finally contemplate the long history of Ulica Florianska. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Sun): get to know the fascinating history of Main Market Square, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Franciscan Church (Kosciol Franciszkanow), then Head underground at Wieliczka Salt Mine, then look for gifts at Kacper Ryx Historical Shop, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Mary's Basilica.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Krakow trip itinerary planning website .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Interlaken to Krakow in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or drive. September in Krakow sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Krakow

#Historic Sites, #Parks, #Nature

Side Trip

Wieliczka Salt Mine
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Cloth Hall (Sukiennice) ©
Cloth Hall (Sukiennice)
Wawel Cathedral ©
Wawel Cathedral
Wawel Royal Castle ©
Wawel Royal Castle

2
days
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.
On the 10th (Mon), look for gifts at TONAK Flagship Store, wander the streets of Old Town Square, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Vitus Cathedral, and finally step into the grandiose world of Prague Castle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Artel, snap pictures at Charles Bridge, then get engrossed in the history at Jewish Museum in Prague, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Spanish Synagogue, and finally take some stellar pictures from Prague Astronomical Clock.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Prague holiday planner.

Fly from Krakow to Prague in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. In September in Prague, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Salzburg.

Things to do in Prague

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St. Vitus Cathedral ©
St. Vitus Cathedral
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
Old Town Square ©
Old Town Square

2
days
Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): take an in-depth tour of Salzburg Fortress (Festung Hohensalzburg), then look for gifts at Alte furst-erzbischofliche Hofapotheke, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Salzburg Cathedral (Dom), and finally explore the historical opulence of Schloss Hellbrunn. On your second day here, examine the collection at Red Bull Hangar-7, get a taste of the local shopping with Getreidegasse, look for gifts at Sporer Likör- & Punschmanufaktur, then get engrossed in the history at Mozarts Geburtshaus, and finally steep yourself in history at Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus).

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Salzburg driving holiday app .

Drive from Prague to Salzburg in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or fly. In September, daily temperatures in Salzburg can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Salzburg

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Shopping
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Salzburg Cathedral (Dom) ©
Salzburg Cathedral (Dom)
Schloss Hellbrunn ©
Schloss Hellbrunn

2
days
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.
On the 14th (Fri), see the interesting displays at Imperial Palace (Hofburg), hunt for treasures at Vienna Naschmarkt, and then explore the world behind art at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Sat): stroll through Schonbrunn Palace and then admire the masterpieces at Belvedere Palace.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Vienna online tour itinerary planner .

Getting from Salzburg to Vienna by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. September in Vienna sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can take a train to Budapest.

Things to do in Vienna

#Museums, #Parks, #Historic Sites
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Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien ©
Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien
Belvedere Palace ©
Belvedere Palace
Imperial Palace (Hofburg) ©
Imperial Palace (Hofburg)

3
days
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.
Fisherman's Bastion and Dohány Street Synagogue are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Andrassy Avenue and Central Market Hall. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Matthias Church, explore the historical opulence of Buda Castle, examine the collection at House of Terror Museum, and appreciate the history behind Hősök tere.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Budapest tour planner .

Getting from Vienna to Budapest by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Budapest are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

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Fisherman's Bastion ©
Fisherman's Bastion
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church
Dohány Street Synagogue ©
Dohány Street Synagogue

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