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Whether you want to visit Central Europe in a series of weekend breaks or are planning to explore several countries in one trip, here are some of top countries definitely worth paying a visit to, and some of the best things to do once you’re there.

Central Europe is filled with amazing things to see and do, with a variety of diverse and interesting countries to visit, each with their own attractions, cultures, landmarks, and histories. Since its often easy to get from one country to the next in Central Europe thanks to great flight connections, train networks and even buses that take you across the borders, it’s a great destination choice for anybody who wants a long, extended adventure too. Whether you want to visit Central Europe in a series of weekend breaks or are planning to explore several countries in one trip, here are some of top countries definitely worth paying a visit to, and some of the best things to do once you’re there.

1. Hungary:
A range of gorgeous thermal spas, stunning architecture, interesting folk art and one of the most exciting and vibrant capital cities in Europe makes Hungary a must-visit for anybody looking to explore Central Europe. The striking structures in this country make it ideal for anybody interested in architecture, from Roman ruins, medieval townhouses and neoclassical public buildings to baroque churches and art nouveau schools. The Mosque Church in Pécs and the Reök Palace in Szeged are some firm favourites worth going out of your way to see. And when it comes to things to do, there’s an estimated three hundred thermal springs to relax in from authentic Turkish bathhouses to clinical sanitoriums, and foodies will rejoice at the chance to taste some of the most sophisticated cooking on the continent. 

2. Austria:
You can get tickets for train from Budapest to Vienna, and this brings us to our next destination – Austria. Enjoy the stunning mountain scenery from your train seat along the way and once you arrive, there’s a wide range of amazing, unforgettable experiences to be had. Today, Austria is shining as a bright beacon for classical music, art and architecture. If music is the food for your soul then you must visit Salzburg, the birthplace of Mozart and home to several picturesque buildings. When you’re not enjoying the world-famous pastries, there are plenty of attractions to put on your itinerary, including the Vienna Hofburg, the Spanish Riding School, Schonbrunn Palace, and the famous ski resort town of Kitzbühel, with 170km of skiable slopes and pistes. 

3. Germany:
Just a seven-hour drive across the border from Austria or even shorter if you’re flying, Germany is a great next destination spot to visit on your Central European adventure. From the vibrant capital city of Berlin filled with stunning modern artwork, interesting history, awesome annual festivals like Oktoberfest, and some stunning architecture including the symbolic Brandenburg Gate. The entire country is filled with history from the World Wars and the DDR, with the Berlin Wall and DDR museums a must-visit if you’re in Berlin. Into the countryside, there are stunning locations to soak up, like Rothenburg ob der Tauber – the best-preserved medieval town in the country, which is located along the picturesque Romantic Road. And if you’re visiting in December the many quintessential Christmas markets are not to be missed. 

4. Switzerland:
Finally, Switzerland is the perfect destination to finish your adventure with. Nature lovers will adore this beautiful country with opportunities to hike through the beautiful Swiss National Park, visit the famous Lake Geneva, or marvel in the grandeur of the Aletsch Glacier. Ski in the shadow of the Matterhorn, take a train to Jungfraujoch – the highest train station in Europe – and dive deep into the universe’s origins at CERN, located on the outskirts of Geneva. Throughout the year you’ll find a range of festivals celebrating music, food, gin, and much more which are perfect for exploring this country’s vibrant and unique culture. This Switzerland trip planner is perfect for putting together a journey you’ll never forget. 

Which of these Central European countries are you planning to visit next?

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