12 days in Germany, Budapest & Vienna Itinerary

12 days in Germany, Budapest & Vienna Itinerary

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Budapest, Hungary
— 3 nights
2
Vienna, Austria
— 2 nights
3
Berlin, Germany
— 3 nights
4
Bremen, Germany
— 1 night
5
Rothenburg, Germany
— 2 nights

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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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sun): see the interesting displays at House of Terror Museum, boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, then pause for some photo ops at Heroes' Square, and finally ponder the world of politics at Hungarian Parliament Building. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Mon): pause for some photo ops at Shoes on the Danube Bank, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), browse the fresh offerings at Central Market Hall, snap pictures at Szechenyi Lanchid, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Matthias Church, and finally steep yourself in history at Fisherman's Bastion.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Budapest online vacation builder.

New York City, USA to Budapest is an approximately 14-hour flight. Traveling from New York City to Budapest, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from New York City in December; daily highs in Budapest reach 40°F and lows reach 29°F. You will leave for Vienna on the 15th (Tue).

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites · Museums · Spas
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Fisherman's Bastion ©
Fisherman's Bastion
Hungarian Parliament Building ©
Hungarian Parliament Building
St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika) ©

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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.
Vienna is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step into the grandiose world of Schonbrunn Palace, don't miss a visit to Heldenplatz, admire the masterpieces at Belvedere Palace, and get a sense of history and politics at Rathaus.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Vienna trip planner.

Getting from Budapest to Vienna by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 41°F in December, and nighttime lows around 31°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can travel to Berlin.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks
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Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral
Belvedere Palace ©
Belvedere Palace

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Berlin, Germany

The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
On the 18th (Fri), don't miss a visit to Stolpersteine in Berlin, take a stroll through Potsdamer Platz, pause for some photo ops at Brandenburg Gate, then appreciate the history behind The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, and finally examine the collection at Topography of Terror. On your second day here, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, get a sense of history and politics at Reichstag Building, and then admire the masterpieces at Pergamonmuseum.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Berlin online trip builder.

You can fly from Vienna to Berlin in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. On the 20th (Sun), you'll travel to Bremen.

Things to do in Berlin

Museums · Tours · Neighborhoods
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Walking tours
Brandenburg Gate ©
Brandenburg Gate
Reichstag Building ©
Reichstag Building

1
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Bremen, Germany

Bremen ©
A rather long and narrow city spread along both sides of the Weser River, Bremen has more than a thousand years of history.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sun): examine the collection at Focke-Museum and then admire the landmark architecture of Weserkraftwerk Bremen. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at Museen Boettcherstrasse, appreciate the extensive heritage of Historische Altstadt, get a sense of history and politics at Bremer Rathaus, stop by Bremer Bonbon Manufaktur, then pause for some serene contemplation at Unser Lieben Frauen Kirchhof, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter's Cathedral (St. Petri Dom).

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Bremen trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by train from Berlin to Bremen takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In December, daily temperatures in Bremen can reach 45°F, while at night they dip to 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to drive to Rothenburg.

Things to do in Bremen

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping
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Focke-Museum ©
Focke-Museum
Bremer Geschichtenhaus ©
Bremer Geschichtenhaus
Historische Altstadt ©
Historische Altstadt

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Rothenburg, Germany

Rothenburg ©
An old imperial city, Rothenburg is the main tourist stop on the scenic Romantic Road of Bavaria.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): don't miss a visit to Market Square, step into the grandiose world of Würzburg Residence, then don't miss a visit to St. Kilian Cathedral, and finally admire the striking features of Falkenhaus. On the 23rd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the landmark architecture of Die Rossmuhle, take a stroll through Altstadt, see the interesting displays at Medieval Crime Museum (Mittelalterliches Kriminalmuseum), get engrossed in the history at Reichsstadtmuseum, then take in nature's colorful creations at Klostergarten, and finally get a sense of history and politics at Stadt Rothenburg ob der Tauber.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Rothenburg online trip planner.

Traveling by car from Bremen to Rothenburg takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. In December, daily temperatures in Rothenburg can reach 41°F, while at night they dip to 33°F. On the 23rd (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rothenburg

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Wurzburg
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Würzburg Residence ©
Würzburg Residence
St. Kilian Cathedral ©
St. Kilian Cathedral
Stadt Rothenburg ob der Tauber ©
Stadt Rothenburg ob der Tauber

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