Travel Planning
Central Europe
Travel Planning
Central Europe

Central Europe at a Glance

Breathtaking Alpine views, wide rivers filled with cargo ships and fertile fields make up the heart of central Europe. 

Imagine yourself skiing high in the Swiss Alps or hiking up a jagged mountain pinnacle only to see sheep grazing in the vertical field high above you. Descend into the valleys and listen for the tinkle of cowbells and smell the manure that helps fill the fields with golden wheat and robust sugar beets.

In the big cities look upon architectural treasures, enter palaces full of art, tour the public gardens, gaze at cathedral ceilings and sample the hearty fare the region's cooks serve up so well. In mountain villages, visit the village church, get an intimate meal at the local cafe and practice your fledgling skills in the local language. Don't overlook waterfalls, village festivals, local cheese varieties and curiously named sausages.

Race across the valleys and twist over mountain passes on Europe's efficient train system. Central Europe is yours to explore.

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Getting There
Major Airports
  • Major Airport Berlin Tegel International Airport
  • Major Airport John Paul II International Airport Kraków–Balice
  • Major Airport Geneva International Airport
  • Major Airport Prague Václav Havel Airport

Passport / Visa Requirements

Most countries in Central Europe are part of the Schegen Area. Travelers who hold a Schengen country visa can move about Central Europe freely. Visitors from the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and some South American countries do not need a tourist visa if they plan to stay for under three months. Visitors will need a valid passport from their country of origin regardless of the length of their stay. For more information on travel requirements, American citizens can refer to the U.S State Department's website.

Need to Know

Severe Weather Central Europe has warm summers and cold, snowy winters. Snowfall and cold temperatures depend on elevation and serious snowfall occurs in the Alps.

Safety Concerns The countries and regions of Central Europe have different safety concerns and different levels of crime. Keep an eye on yourself, your friends and your belongings as you travel.

Health Concerns Central European water is generally safe to drink. If you have any hesitation, however, it is ok to stick with bottled. In back country areas, be sure to run the mountain water through a purifier before drinking.

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