Central Europe has this certain beauty that makes you feel like you’re walking through the pages of history books. It’s more than just witnessing with your own two eyes the wonders and elegance of every European architecture and landscape. It’s education at its finest with a touch of excitement and adventure.
A proper Central Europe itinerary is always in order. There are lots of places to see and our 7-day travel guide is here to help. Check out the Central Europe itinerary below for a week filled of culture and sights, making this a European tourist experience to remember.
Day 1: Budapest, Hungary
Start your tour in Budapest, the capital of Hungary. Once upon a time, Budapest was divided into two cities: Buda and Pest. Buda is known for its medieval architecture while Pest is popular for being the busiest district filled with hotels and several businesses. The two cities merged in 1873 making the whole city this one big beautiful mix of Europe’s past and present.
Take in the scenic Danube River. Snap a photo of the Hungarian Parliament Building. Visit Castle Hill where you can spot Buda Castle, the place of Hungarian kings. Take in the Baroque architecture that range from houses to churches.
Don’t forget to bring your swimwear during your trip since Budapest is also called the City of Baths. Check out the Széchenyi Thermal Bath, the first thermal bath in the city. Lounging in this bath will make you feel like you’re swimming in a palace. The baths can get a little crowded so be sure to arrive earlier as planned.
Viyahe tip: Budapest may be in Europe but it doesn’t follow the usual Euro currency since they use Forints. Don’t worry, there are several ATMs in the vicinity. Check your local hotels for money changers as well.
Day 2: Bratislava, Slovakia
Drive to the capital of Slovakia (or you can commute via bus or train). This small city is less crowded than Budapest but filled with beautiful architecture all the same.
Visit St. Martin’s Cathedral with their magnificent interior. Enter the city museum or take a walk through Old Town. Take a sip of coffee in their quaint cafes. For accommodations, check in at a hotel with a nice view of the river to enjoy most of the scenery.
Bratislava is known for their excellent food. Book a table at Modra Hviezda for delicious steak and wine. There are also a variety of Slovak cuisine in the menu for your adventurous taste buds. The restaurant is located on the way to Bratislava Castle, so you can drop by here after a visit to the historical site.
Viyahe tip: Most attractions are close to the next so check out your map before heading to a desired place. Save money by walking there rather than commuting. Parking fees may also be expensive.
Day 3: Vienna, Austria
About an hour away from Bratislava is Vienna. Here, the city is filled with museums, opera houses and palaces. Clubs are also alive at night if you’re looking for a more festive atmosphere.
The Natural History Museum is a must-see where several art collections are on display. The facade is majestic and is a piece of history itself. Guided tours are readily available should you wish to take a visit.
Food in Vienna shouldn’t be missed. Try the Kasekrainer, a cultural icon. It’s a pork and beef sausage with emmenthal cheese in the middle. For a more fine dining experience, check out Steirereck. Here, the cheese selection is abundant and the wines paired are excellent.
Viyahe tip: Ride on the 1 Tram. It functions like a hop on hop off bus. The 1 Tram passes by most of the tourist spots. It’s the ideal way to get all your tourist activities done throughout the day.
Day 4: Mikulov, Czech Republic
Get closer to Prague by stopping through Mikulov. The whole town is scenic and surrounded by vineyards. Go on a wine tasting tour and sample their wines. This experience is not to be missed.
Visit the Baroque Castle and see the various museum exhibitions featured. View the artistry of the painting collections of the Dichtristein family who used to rule the town of Mikulov. Check out the giant wine barrel displayed as a representation of what the town is known for.
Viyahe tip: Stop by Lednice-Valtice Cultural Landscape on the way to Mikulov. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its elegance and sophistication. Explore the chateau and its gardens where you’ll be amazed by the landscape and the rare species of trees.
Day 5 and 6: Prague, Czech Republic
Cap off your tour with a two day stay in Prague. You can divide both days by exploring Praha 1 (Old Town) on your arrival and Praha 2 (New Town) on your second day.
In Praha 1, visit the Prague Castle which is considered as the largest castle complex in the world by Guinness Book of World Records. Walk across the iconic Charles Bridge. Climb the tower on each ends of the bridge to take in the beautiful view of Prague. Be sure to visit Prague Castle and Charles Bridge very early in the mornings for these spots become very crowded throughout the day.
In Praha 2, explore Vinohrady neighborhood as it consists of trendy bars and cafes. Here you can find affordable accommodations as well as beers for just 25 crowns. Afterwards, you can head on to Praha 3 for more artistic and cheap finds.
Museums are also a must-visit. For a less crowded museum, check out the Museum of Communism where you can learn the history of Prague through the revolution.
Viyahe tip: Try Prague’s goulash and dumplings as they are quite popular and delicious. Beers are also cheap here if you’re looking to indulge on drinks.
Day 7: Free day in Prague
The last day of your tour should always include filling out that last minute to do list. Don’t forget to visit the Astronomical Clock. Take a tour around the Prague Jewish Quarter. Buy a few souvenirs. Or if you plan to chill on your last day, just take a walk and snap photos of the city streets as they can be quite a beauty to keep in your albums.
Viyahe tip: Keep your passport in a safe place while you travel. Don’t forget to pack everything and check your rooms before you leave. Be at the airport at least 4 hours before your flight.