5 days in Central Europe Itinerary

5 days in Central Europe Itinerary

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5 days in Central Europe Itinerary

Start: Manchester, United Kingdom
Fly:  5​h 15​min
1
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
2
Vienna, Austria
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Budapest, Hungary
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Manchester, United Kingdom

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Prasna brana. Keep things going the next day: take a stroll through Lesser Town, then explore the historical opulence of Prague Castle, and then get to know the fascinating history of Staromestske namesti.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Prague trip planner .

Manchester, UK to Prague is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Manchester to Prague, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Manchester in January; daily highs in Prague reach 2°C and lows reach -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Prague

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Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
Staromestske namesti ©
Staromestske namesti
Prague Astronomical Clock ©
Prague Astronomical Clock

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): admire the landmark architecture of Schonbrunn Palace, admire the masterpieces at Belvedere Palace, and then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Stephen's Cathedral.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Vienna holiday planning site .

Traveling by flight from Prague to Vienna takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Vienna can reach 3°C, while at night they dip to -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Budapest.

Things to do in Vienna

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Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
Belvedere Palace ©
Belvedere Palace
St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral

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night
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.
On the 13th (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), appreciate the history behind Hősök tere, then test the waters at a local thermal spa, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Matthias Church, and finally steep yourself in history at Halaszbastya.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Budapest trip site .

Getting from Vienna to Budapest by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Budapest are 3°C, while nighttime lows are -4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Budapest

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Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church

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