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How to: Spend 3 weeks in Central Europe

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Spring is just around the corner and we all know what that means: spring break! Plan your most unique spring break yet by going on a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Central Europe. With so many beautiful cities and towns to choose from, deciding what to see first in Europe can be a bit overwhelming. To help you out, we’ve put together the ultimate itinerary for the perfect three-week getaway to Central Europe. So pack your bags and charge your phone: 3 weeks, 5 countries, 19 destinations- central Europe awaits!

 

Week 1

1. Italy

  • Milan

Your journey begins at the Italian fashion powerhouse: Milan. Stylish cafés, hearty Italian food, elegant boutiques…there are endless things for you to do there. Why not go on a cycling tour of the city to take it all in? The perfect start to a memorable trip!

Distance to next destination: 1h 40min

  • Lake Como

Only a short ride away from Milan, Lake Como is the ultimate spring destination. The beautiful lake is set against the luscious green backdrop of Italy’s beautiful villages and forests.  Go on a boat ride across the lake and make sure to stop by the colourful town of Belaggio to explore its cobbled streets and picturesque restaurants overlooking the lake.

Distance to next destination: 50min

2. Switzerland

  • Lugano

Your journey across Lake Como will lead you to the breathtaking Swiss town of Lugano. Stroll through this serene town to take in the breathtaking views, check out the delicious chocolate shops, and soak up the sun with a coffee at the beautiful town square. To make the most out of your time there you can opt for an authentic tour of the town with a local by your side.

Distance to next destination: 2h

  • Lucerne

A spectacular mountainous backdrop, glistening river views, and the picturesque cobbled streets of the old town… the city of Lucerne will impress you with its charms. Be sure to stop by the impressive historic sculpture that is the Lion of Lucerne. To take it all in you could also opt for a 60-minute discovery walk of the city with a knowledgeable local.

Distance to next destination: 50min

  • Zurich

Switzerland’s banking and finance centre has more to offer than you can imagine. This vibrant city is brimming with culture, fashion and delicious food. Take a stroll down the cobbled streets of the old town or check out Bahnhofstrasse- the city’s famous shopping street. For an authentic Swiss experience join a local for an authentic Swiss raclette.

Distance to next destination: 1h

  • Rhine Falls

Make your last stop in Switzerland a memorable one with a visit to Rhine Falls- Europe’s largest waterfall. Get up and close to the waters by boat and makes sure to visit the castles of Wörth and Laufen to discover the area’s royal secrets.

Time to next destination: 2h 40 min

 

Week 2

2. Germany

  • Neuschwanstein Castle

The ultimate fairytale castle is the perfect starting point for exploring Germany! Discover the beauty of the most visited castle in Europe, located on the top of a hill, and take in the impressive landscape of Bavaria from this unique viewpoint.

Distance to next destination: 2h

  • Munich

Home of the notorious Octoberfest, Munich has a lot more to offer than great beer. Check out the city’s distinctive Bavarian architectural style during the day and relax at a cosy beer garden in the evening. If you are looking for something out of the ordinary to do during your time there, why not go on a unique street art tour with a quirky local?

Distance to next destination: 2h 15 min

  • Stuttgart

This down to earth city will surprise you with its charming looks and relaxed vibe. The city, which is all about collective experiences, boasts beautiful parks and vineyards where the locals meet to enjoy a fun day out. Discover all of the city’s most important sites by going on a landmark tour or simply go for a stroll across the city to take in the impressive architecture and beautiful city squares.

Distance to next destination: 1h 25min

  • Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Before leaving Germany, a visit to the country’s fairy-tale-like town is a must. Visit Rothenburg ob de Tauber for a truly magical experience that will leave you feeling like you’ve travelled back to medieval times.

Distance to next destination: 3h

3. Czech Republic

  • Karlovy Vary

Your discovery of the Czech Republic starts with Karlovy Vary- a beautiful town that lies at the heart of a forest. Known for its cultural and artistic heritage, the city is well worth visiting for its unique architecture and luxury spa venues.

Distance to next destination:2h

  • Prague

A discovery of the Czech Republic would not be complete without a visit to the country’s capital: the historic city of Prague. Explore the city’s art galleries, historic museums, and Gothic architectural sites, and be sure to stop for a meal at the city’s historic town square. You can also explore the city’s green spaces with a local environmentalist by your side!

Distance to next destination: 2h 15min

  • Cesky Krumlov

This historic town in the South Bohemia region is one of the country’s lesser-known gems. As one of the most picturesque towns in Europe, Cesky Krumlov will charm you with its Baroque architecture and castle views. The town is beautiful any time of year as it offers impressive picnic spots in the summer and scenic snow horse-drawn carriage rides in the winter!

Distance to next destination: 3h

 

Week 3

4. Austria

  • Hallstatt

When visiting Austria, a stop by Hallstatt, Austria’s oldest and most photographed region, is a must. Situated by lake Hallstatt, the town looks like something out of a postcard. You can take in the town’s beauty from above by visiting the skywalk that gives you panoramic 360° views of the lake and the surrounding scenery. Be sure to have your camera at the ready!

Distance to next destination: 2h 25min

  • Graz

As the capital city of Austria’s southernmost province, the city of Graz has plenty to offer. Discover what makes Austria’s second largest city worth visiting by taking in the Renaissance architecture and vibrant art scene. Experience the city’s perfect mix of classic and contemporary vibes, by going on a history walk with a knowledgeable local.

Distance to next destination: 2h 20min

  • Vienna

A trip across Central Europe would not be complete without a visit to one of Europe’s most beautiful capitals- Vienna. Discover the city’s splendour by exploring majestic palaces, impressive museums and opera houses. And, if you are looking to discover the city from a local’s perspective, you can always opt for a unique tour of Vienna’s best-kept secrets with a local history enthusiast.

Distance to next destination: 3h

5. Hungary

  • Tihany

Located on the Northern shore of Lake Balaton, this small village is one of Hungary’s lesser-known gems. The charming peninsula will delight you with its natural beauty. Make sure to check out the historic abbey while you are there and don’t miss out on the chance to dine at one of the villages splendid restaurants overlooking the lake.

Distance to next destination: 1h 40 min

  • Budapest 

The last European capital on this list, Budapest, is well worth discovering! Come for the baroque and classical architecture, and stay for the vibrant, and surprisingly affordable, city culture. If you are looking for something refreshing to do during your time there, you can opt for a morning jog along the Danube river with a local fitness enthusiast.

Distance to next destination: 36min

  • Szentendre

Just a short ride away from Budapest, Szentendre is known for its colourful buildings and picturesque cobbled streets. Use this time to unwind after three weeks of travelling by strolling along the river, tasting delicious food and shopping for souvenirs at the town’s many boutiques and art shops.

 

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