21 days in Austria & Switzerland Itinerary

21 days in Austria & Switzerland Itinerary

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Vienna, Austria
— 1 night
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Salzburg, Austria
— 2 nights
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Innsbruck, Austria
— 2 nights
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Lucerne, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Grindelwald, Switzerland
— 3 nights
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Bern, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Zermatt, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Geneva, Switzerland
— 4 nights

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Vienna, Austria

Vienna ©

City of Dreams

The cultural, economic, and political center of the country, Vienna has developed from its early Celtic and Roman roots into a medieval and Baroque city, with an old town that was designated a World Heritage Site in 2001.
On the 18th (Fri), take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Stephen's Cathedral, then explore the historical opulence of Schonbrunn Palace, then meet the residents at Schönbrunn Zoo, and finally don't miss a visit to Stephansplatz. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at The Hofburg, then browse the exhibits of Belvedere Palace, and then explore the world behind art at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Vienna day trip planner.

San Francisco, USA to Vienna is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 9 hour difference. Traveling from San Francisco in June, you will find days in Vienna are somewhat warmer (77°F), and nights are about the same (56°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can travel to Salzburg.

Things to do in Vienna

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
Schönbrunn Zoo ©
Schönbrunn Zoo
Belvedere Palace ©
Belvedere Palace

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Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg ©

Rome of the North

Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
On the 20th (Sun), examine the collection at Red Bull Hangar-7, then step into the grandiose world of Schloss Hellbrunn, then take some stellar pictures from Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Mirabell Palace. Keep things going the next day: explore the fascinating underground world of Eisriesenwelt, steep yourself in history at Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus), admire the striking features of Salzburg Cathedral, then take an in-depth tour of Mozarts Geburtshaus, and finally shop like a local with Getreidegasse.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Salzburg tour site.

Getting from Vienna to Salzburg by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In June in Salzburg, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 55°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Innsbruck.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

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Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle ©
Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle
Mirabell Palace ©
Mirabell Palace
Eisriesenwelt ©
Eisriesenwelt

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Innsbruck, Austria

Innsbruck ©
Nestled in a valley between snowcapped peaks, Innsbruck evokes visions of a winter wonderland.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): hit the slopes at Rosshutte, then contemplate the waterfront views at Achensee, and then see the interesting displays at Swarovski Kristallwelten. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed): head outdoors with Bergisel Ski Jump, enjoy breathtaking views from Town Tower (Stadtturm), explore the galleries of The Golden Roof (Goldenes Dachl), then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Alpenzoo, and finally steep yourself in history at Altstadt von Innsbruck.

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Drive from Salzburg to Innsbruck in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. June in Innsbruck sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 54°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to drive to Lucerne.

Things to do in Innsbruck

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Alpenzoo ©
Alpenzoo
Rosshutte ©
Rosshutte
The Golden Roof (Goldenes Dachl) ©
The Golden Roof (Goldenes Dachl)

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Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Lake Zurich and Lake Lucerne. Get out of town with these interesting Lucerne side-trips: Zurich (Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich) & Old Town). The adventure continues: fly like a bird with Paragliding Luzern, don't miss a visit to The Nine Towers, snap pictures at Chapel Bridge, and pause for some photo ops at Lion Monument.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Lucerne journey planner.

You can drive from Innsbruck to Lucerne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. June in Lucerne sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 56°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Lucerne

Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods · Outdoors

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Old Town ©
Old Town
Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich) ©
Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich)

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Grindelwald, Switzerland

Grindelwald ©

Glacier Village

As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
Step out of Grindelwald to go to Wengen and see Wengen Mannlichen Aerial Cableway, which is approximately 1h 5 min away. And it doesn't end there: take in the awesome beauty at Jungfraujoch, admire the sheer force of Trümmelbachfälle, tour the pleasant surroundings at Maennlichen, and contemplate the waterfront views at Bachalpsee Lake.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Grindelwald visit planner.

You can drive from Lucerne to Grindelwald in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Bern.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Nature · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Jungfraujoch ©
Jungfraujoch
Trümmelbachfälle ©
Trümmelbachfälle
Wengen Mannlichen Aerial Cableway ©
Wengen Mannlichen Aerial Cableway

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Bern, Switzerland

Bern ©

City of Bears

The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
On the 30th (Wed), get great views at The Cathedral of Bern, take a stroll through UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, take in nature's colorful creations at Rose Garden (Rosengarten), then identify plant and animal life at Barenpark, and finally don't miss a visit to Clock Tower - Zytglogge.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Bern road trip tool.

Drive from Grindelwald to Bern in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 75°F in June, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can catch the train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Bern

Parks · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Rose Garden (Rosengarten) ©
Rose Garden (Rosengarten)
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern ©
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern
The Cathedral of Bern ©
The Cathedral of Bern

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Zermatt, Switzerland

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Family-friendly places like The Matterhorn and Castor Mountain will thrill your kids. There's still lots to do: take a memorable drive along Gornergrat, enjoy breathtaking views from Sunnegga, kick your exploration up a notch at Forest Fun Park Zermatt, and stroll through 5-Seenweg.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Zermatt road trip planning tool.

Traveling by train from Bern to Zermatt takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Geneva.

Things to do in Zermatt

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nature
Highlights from your plan
The Matterhorn ©
The Matterhorn
Forest Fun Park Zermatt ©
Forest Fun Park Zermatt
Gornergrat ©
Gornergrat

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Geneva, Switzerland

Geneva ©

Capital of Peace

Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
Bring the kids along to Lake Geneva and Cathedrale de St-Pierre. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Geneva: Chateau de Chillon (in Veytaux), Lausanne (The Olympic Museum Lausanne (Musee Olympique) & Escaliers du Marche) and Monument to Vladimir Nabokov (in Montreux). There's still lots to do: admire the local landmark of The Geneva Water Fountain, appreciate the history behind Reformation Wall (Mur de la Reformation), admire the natural beauty at Le Jardin Anglais, and ponder the world of politics at Palais des Nations, Genève.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Geneva online itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Zermatt to Geneva in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In July, daytime highs in Geneva are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. You will have some time to spend on the 7th (Wed) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Geneva

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Lake Geneva ©
Lake Geneva
Cathedrale de St-Pierre ©
Cathedrale de St-Pierre
The Geneva Water Fountain ©
The Geneva Water Fountain

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