No other place in Europe has as well preserved a history as Central Europe. Central Europe is a captivating region, a constellation of neighboring nations linked not only by easy travel across common borders, but a shared treasury of spectacular scenery. Central Europe tours offer a choice of one country, or several combined, making it easy to dip into all of the riches this region has to offer. You will be enchanted by a treasure trove of art and architecture, world-class shopping and cuisine that is both hardy and sophisticated.
Central Europe is made up of nine countries: Germany, Austria, Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovenia, Slovakia, Switzerland and Liechtenstein. These countries share similar cultures and languages ranging from Germanic to Austro-Hungarian. It is a common misconception that many of these countries belong to the Eastern European region like Slovenia, Hungary and Poland, when in reality they are much closer in culture to Germany. You should be culturally sensitive when visiting these countries and not lump them into Cold War Russian stereotypes. But before you can do anything, you must first learn about getting to Central Europe and how to travel around.
Luckily, Central Europe is one of the most accessible places on the planets. Frankfurt Airport in Germany is likely the easiest place to fly in and offers flights all over the rest of Central Europe. You will need a passport and a plan before arriving. Other forms of travel around Central Europe include train and car. Pendolinos are trains in Slovenia and Czech Republic that will take you all over Central Europe for a cheap price, though many travelers enjoy taking the smooth and fast highways of Central Europe, especially Germany. There is so much to see all over Central Europe that you will be traveling move than you might think.
Central Europe is home to the most well preserved historic sites in all of Europe. You’ll want to visit all of the countries capitols if you can possible fit it into your schedule. The most recommended cities to visit in Central Europe are: Berlin, Budapest, Geneva, Krakow, Ljubljana, Munich, Prague, Vienna and Warsaw. Each of these sites are home to historic wonders such as Medieval castles and old villages. Going to Central Europe in November and December will give you the cheapest prices of all, however, expect it to be cold. Oktoberfest is held in Munich in September, so if you are hoping to catch that be sure to go then.
It is not only the historic cities that lure people to Central Europe though. Thousands of miles of mountain ranges, coastline and forest all help to make Central Europe the best place on Earth to visit. You’ll want to visit the Alps if you are there, at least to see their majestic peaks. The German Black Forest is also a popular destination for visitors looking to envelope themselves in a magical forest. Other great natural wonders to visit in Central Europe include: Balaton Lake, Baltic Sea, North Sea, Harz Mountain, Aggtelek Caves and Giant Mountains.
Now you can see why Central Europe is truly a breathtaking region. Whether you are interested in seeing some of the world’s most well-preserved historic cities or the natural wonders that dot the countryside, you are sure to be amazed with what Central Europe has to offer. Be sure to plan ahead and know what you want to see before you go, otherwise you will simply be overwhelmed. However, remember not to think too hard as this is your one time to escape from everything and indulge in the joys of life. Central Europe is a place that will forever be in your memory and in your heart.
Looking for a once in a lifetime trip to the heart of Europe? Central Europe includes the countries Austria, The Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Liechtenstein, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia and Switzerland.
Enjoy alpine vistas in Switzerland, fairy-tale forests and medieval castles in Germany; preserved medieval towns and castles along the legendary Rhine and Danube waterways; imperial splendors in Vienna and Budapest; cafés, bistros, architecture, shopping and more. This region has so much to offer.
Browse a selection of Central Europe tours that focus on one country, or combine several in one visit. There is also a large selection of river cruises through Central Europe. Don't want to travel by bus or motorcoach, rail trips and vacation packages are also available.