17 days in Central Europe Itinerary

17 days in Central Europe Itinerary

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17 days in Central Europe Itinerary

Start: Dammam, Saudi Arabia
Fly:  11​h
1
Budapest, Hungary
— 3 nights
2
Vienna, Austria
— 4 nights
3
Prague, Czech Republic
— 3 nights
Fly:  30​min
4
Zurich, Switzerland
— 5 nights
Fly:  16​h 15​min
End: Dammam, Saudi Arabia

3
nights
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.
You've added Cultivini, Szimpla Kert, Szechenyi Chain Bridge, and other attractions to your itinerary. Get some cultural insight at Halaszbastya and Liberty Statue. Visit St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika) and Citadel for their historical value. And it doesn't end there: test the waters at a local thermal spa, appreciate the history behind Hősök tere, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Janoshegy.

For maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Budapest day trip app .

Dammam, Saudi Arabia to Budapest is an approximately 12-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Dammam to Budapest is minus 2 hours. In August, Budapest is colder than Dammam - with highs of 32°C and lows of 18°C. You'll have a few hours on the 5th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Vienna.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Nightlife Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Castle Hill (Veszpremi Varhegy)
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Liberty Statue ©
Liberty Statue
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya

4
nights
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Copa Beach, Wiener Riesenrad, Danube Tower, and other attractions you added. Get some cultural insight at Belvedere Palace and Melk Abbey. Historic Center of Vienna and Votivkirche will appeal to history buffs. Take a break from Vienna with a short trip to Burgruine Duernstein in Durnstein, about 58 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Imperial Palace (Hofburg), explore the world behind art at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, contemplate the long history of Chapel of St. Virgil, and admire the landmark architecture of Cafe Gloriette.

For photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Vienna tour planner .

Traveling by train from Budapest to Vienna takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. August in Vienna sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 18°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 9th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Prague.

Things to do in Vienna

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Melk Abbey, Burgruine Duernstein
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Imperial Palace (Hofburg) ©
Imperial Palace (Hofburg)
Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
Melk Abbey ©
Melk Abbey

3
nights
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.
You've now added Charles Bridge to your itinerary. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like StaromEstske namEsti and Katedrala Svateho Vita. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Prague Castle and Ss. Cyril and Methodius Cathedral. Get out of town with these interesting Prague side-trips: Kutna Hora (St Barbara's Church & Ossuary / The Cemetery Church). There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Prague Astronomical Clock, brush up on your military savvy at National Memorial to the Heroes of the Heydrich Terror, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and take a stroll through Lesser Town.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Prague trip maker site .

Fly from Vienna to Prague in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 16°C. You'll have a few hours on the 12th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Zurich.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Tours

Side Trip

Kutna Hora
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Prague Astronomical Clock ©
Prague Astronomical Clock
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
StaromEstske namEsti ©
StaromEstske namEsti

5
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Get a sense of the local culture at Old Town and Fraumünster Church. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Lake Zurich and St. Peterskirche. Explore Zurich's surroundings by going to Rapperswil (Wooden Bridge from Rapperswil to Hurden & Schloss Rapperswil). Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Grossmunster, get a taste of the local shopping with Bahnhofstrasse, and wander the streets of Niederdorf.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Zurich tour itinerary builder app .

Traveling by flight from Prague to Zurich takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In August, daytime highs in Zurich are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. On the 17th (Sat), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Zurich

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Nature

Side Trip

Rapperswil
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Old Town ©
Old Town
Fraumünster Church ©
Fraumünster Church
Grossmunster ©
Grossmunster

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