Munich Salzburg Vienna Prague

We are leaving for Europe this weekend for 19 days and plan to spend time in all of the cities listed. We have a timeshare in the Salzburg area and plan on staying there either 4 or 5 days depending on what we want to do the rest of the trip. We fly in and out of Munich and I planned on driving to our time share near Salzburg (3.5 hours map quest) after we arrive at 8 pm. (driving back to Lake Chiemsee as a day trip.) Questions, should we spend the night in Munich and do the day trip the next day to our time share so we dont miss the drive? Also, are there any adjustments you would make to the following itenary and are there must see places along the route. We originaly planned to go to Budapest until I chose Prague over Budapest based on internet information. Rest of the itinerary... Salzburg (1 hour away) 5 nights Vienna 4 nights Prague 4 nights Germany area 3 nights (including Regensburg) Return to Munich 3 nights We are driving and I'm not worried about paying to park in the big cities. It's still cheaper and more convenient than dropping off cars and picking them back up. Thanks for any advice any of you may have. Thanks!

Posted by Susan
Chicago, Il, usa
8 posts

Thanks. I love Castles, ancient history (not world wars), and I love churches and old squares and markets. I also love museums. for example in Paris I Loved the D'Orsay, didnt care as much for the individual museum for Picasso. Although I would love to see Monet's studio and gardens sometimes. Hope this helps. Susan

Posted by Ilja
Seattle
1462 posts

I would stay overnight in Munich after flight from the US. Fatigue and jet lag are not good combination for driving. Having a car it will be easy to stop on the way in some interesting locations like Melk, Krems in Austria, Lednice - Valtice, Cesky Krumlov in C.R., etc. If you let us know what you interests are we could give you more targeted information.

Posted by Ilja
Seattle
1462 posts

O.K. You would probably like to stop in Lednice-Valtice UNESCO Heritage Area. Beautiful castle (chateau) in Lednice, also tropical greenhouse, minaret, ponds. Chateau in Valtice with medieval wine cellar: http://www.salonvin.cz
Big castle in Cesky Krumlov. On the way to Prague you can stop in Castle Konopiste. Nearby Prague there are also castles Karlstejn and Krivoklat. Easy to do with a car (20 to 30 miles from Prague). Prague Old Town and Lesser Quarters are very medieval. Visit Hradcany Castle and Vysehrad. I got feeling you will like Prague. Out of the cities you want to see Prague feels the most ancient. There are of course many more interesting locations in the C.R., Bavaria and Austria. I know them, too but most familiar I am with the C.R.

Posted by Susan
Chicago, Il, usa
8 posts

Ilja, thanks for the great information! I'm going to have a hard time deciding what to do. So much to see, so little time........ :-)

Posted by Chani
Tel Aviv
3498 posts

Vienna - do not miss the Schoenbrunn Palace (and skip the Hofburg - send me a PM if you want to know why). The Kunsthistorisches Museum (History of Art) may not be your cup of tea - it wasn't mine. The picture collection is 15th-18th centuries. There's also a good collection of ancient (Egyptian, Roman, Greek) artifacts, but all the description were only in German, which I found frustrating. Prague Plan to see the Jewish quarter on a weekday (Mon-Thurs). I found Terezin to be fascinating - easy day trip. As a museum-lover, consider changing your itinerary to include some time in Berlin, which has some of the best museums in the world. If you go to Berlin from Prague, Dresden and Leipzig are on the way.