Everything you need to know about taking a road trip through Germany, Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary and Austria in the winter time.
In November 2016 we took a road trip around Germany and Eastern Europe for 15 days.
Below is our full itinerary, how to pack your car, where to stay, how easy it is to park your car, what to pack and all about tolls and vignettes and currency…
Day 1 Flight from Southampton to Munich
Journey time 30 mins from airport to hotel
Nights stayed 1
Parking Free parking at hotel. Feldkirken S-bhan station just 4 minute with free parking, €2 each way into city
Top sights Marienplatz, Old Rat Haus, Neus Rathaus, Frauenkirke, various Brauhaus
Day 2 +3 Munich to Nurnberg and to Prague
Journey time Munich to Nuremberg 187km, 2 hours . Nuremberg to Prague 300km 3 hours
Accommodation AirBnB studio apartment £54 pn, would highly recommend. 20 minutes on tram to centre
Nights stayed 2
Parking Free on street parking
Top Sights Nuremberg - Christmas market, Church, Castle, where Hitler held Propaganda rallies. Prague-
Charles Bridge, Prague castle (Pražsky hrad), Astronomical clock, Church of Our lady before Tyn, Wenceslas Square, The old town (Staré Mesto). Eat Goulash and Trdelník- chimney cake.
Day 4 + 5 + 6 Prague to Dresden then Berlin
Journey time Prague to Dresden 150km, 1 hour 50. Dresden to Berlin - 194km 2hr 10
Accommodation AirBnB £56pn. Located a train ride away from Alexanderplatz €7 day ticket on train
Nights Stayed 3
Parking On street. Be aware if entering the main city centre you need a parking permit
Top Sights Dresden- Frauenkirke, Dresden cathedral. Berlin - Bundestag, The Memorial To The Murdered Jews Of Europe. Topography of Terror, Brandenburg Gate. Checkpoint Charlie. Berliner Dom, Alexanderplatz. Berlin wall.
Day 7 + 8 Berlin to Krakow
Journey time 600km 6 hours to Krakow. Krakow to Auschwitz 70km, 1 hour 10
AccommodationAirBnB Stunning large modern apartment, a nice stroll or tram ride to main town, highly recommend. £45pn
Nights stayed 2
Parking secure underground parking included
Top Sights Auschwitz, Shindlers factory, Jewish ghetto. Main square- Rynek Główny
Day 9 + 10 + 11 Krakow to Hungary via Slovakia
Journey time Krakow to Budapest 395 km, 6 hours
Accommodation Spacious quirky building, highly recommend. AirBnB £28pn
Nights stayed 3
Parking free weekend on street parking, week days secure car park €7pd
Top Sights Slovakia- countryside, look out for castles. Budapest - Christmas markets, city sightseeing bus €22 for 48hrs inc. Danube river cruise. Parliament, Buda Castle, Chain Bridge, Heroes Square,Gellért Hill, Fishermans Bastion. Have a drink or food in New York café.
Day 12 Hungary to Vienna to Salzburg
Journey time Budapest to Vienna 243km, 2 and half hours. Vienna to Salzburg 296km, 2 and half hours
Accommodation expedia apartment, would recommend somewhere else
Nights stayed 1
Parking free on site
Top Sights Vienna- Opera house, St Stephans Dom, Christmas markets, Schoenbrunn Schloss. Salzburg -
Mozart house, Christmas market, Sound Of Music tour. Hangar 7- filled with Red Bull memorabilia.