12 days in Europe Itinerary

12 days in Europe Itinerary

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12 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Fort Lauderdale, United States
+2
train + tram + Fly:  13​h 15​min
1
Munich, Germany
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
3
Vienna, Austria
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
4
Salzburg, Austria
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h
5
Lucerne, Switzerland
— 1 night
+3
train + Fly + tram + train:  14​h 45​min
End: Fort Lauderdale, United States

2
nights
Munich, Germany

Munich ©
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 29th (Sun), get curious at Deutsches Museum, see the interesting displays at Munich Residenz, then view the masterpieces at Kunsthalle Munich, and finally stroll through Nymphenburg Palace.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Munich online road trip planner .

Fort Lauderdale, USA to Munich is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a 6 hour difference. In December, Munich is cooler than Fort Lauderdale - with highs of 41°F and lows of 29°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Munich

Museums Childrens Museums Historic Sites
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Deutsches Museum ©
Deutsches Museum
Munich Residenz ©
Munich Residenz
Nymphenburg Palace ©
Nymphenburg Palace

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.
On the 30th (Mon), head outdoors with Prague for Two, view the masterpieces at Lobkowicz Palace, then make a trip to Prague Astronomical Clock, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Katedrala Svateho Vita, and finally explore the historical opulence of Prague Castle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: have fun at Top Gun Prague Shooting Events, pause for some serene contemplation at Ss. Cyril and Methodius Cathedral, brush up on your military savvy at National Memorial to the Heroes of the Heydrich Terror, don't miss a visit to StaromEstske namEsti, then examine the collection at Speculum Alchemiae Museum, and finally view the masterpieces at Narodni galerie v Praze.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Prague trip maker .

Traveling by flight from Munich to Prague takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Prague are 41°F, while nighttime lows are 32°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Museums Fun & Games
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Prague Astronomical Clock ©
Prague Astronomical Clock
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
St. Vitus Cathedral ©
St. Vitus Cathedral

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): admire the striking features of Schonbrunn Palace, admire the masterpieces at Belvedere Palace, enjoy some diversion at Time Travel Vienna, then take in the awesome beauty at Kahlenberg, and finally see the interesting displays at Imperial Palace (Hofburg). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at St. Stephen's Cathedral, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, admire the striking features of Kirche am Steinhof, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Vienna Naschmarkt, then get engrossed in the history at Kaiserliche Schatzkammer Wien, and finally admire the masterpieces at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Vienna road trip planning app .

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 38°F, while at night they dip to 27°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time for travel to Salzburg.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games
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Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
Belvedere Palace ©
Belvedere Palace
St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral

3
nights
Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Salzburg Cathedral and Untersberg. Visit Fortress Hohensalzburg and Salzburger Altstadt for their historical value. And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Schloss Hellbrunn, look for gifts at Sporer Likör- & Punschmanufaktur, steep yourself in history at Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus), and take an in-depth tour of Mozarts Geburtshaus.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Salzburg day trip site .

Fly from Vienna to Salzburg in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In January in Salzburg, expect temperatures between 39°F during the day and 26°F at night. On the 6th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Lucerne.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Fortress Hohensalzburg ©
Fortress Hohensalzburg
Schloss Hellbrunn ©
Schloss Hellbrunn
Mozarts Geburtshaus ©
Mozarts Geburtshaus

1
night
Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): admire the masterpieces at The Rosengart Collection.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Lucerne trip planner .

You can drive from Salzburg to Lucerne in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. January in Lucerne sees daily highs of 39°F and lows of 28°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Lucerne

Museums
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