13 days in Switzerland & Austria Itinerary

13 days in Switzerland & Austria Itinerary

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Lucerne, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Grindelwald, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Drive
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Innsbruck, Austria
— 1 night
Drive
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Salzburg, Austria
— 2 nights
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Vienna, Austria
— 4 nights
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Lucerne, Switzerland — 2 nights

In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Venture out of the city with trips to Zurich (Lake Zurich & Bahnhofstrasse). There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Lucerne, take in the views from Chapel Bridge, make a trip to The Nine Towers, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Hofkirche.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Lucerne holiday app.

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Lucerne is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Riyadh to Lucerne. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Riyadh in August; daily highs in Lucerne reach 28°C and lows reach 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can go by car to Grindelwald.
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Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors
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Grindelwald, Switzerland — 3 nights

Glacier Village

As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
Change things up with a short trip to Lake Brienz in Brienz (about 38 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: admire all the interesting features of Jungfraujoch, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Eiger, contemplate the waterfront views at Bachalpsee Lake, and explore the striking landscape at Aletsch Glacier.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Grindelwald online travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Lucerne to Grindelwald takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can go by car to Innsbruck.
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Innsbruck, Austria — 1 night

Nestled in a valley between snowcapped peaks, Innsbruck evokes visions of a winter wonderland.
On the 3rd (Sat), take in panoramic vistas at Town Tower (Stadtturm), admire the striking features of The Golden Roof (Goldenes Dachl), take in the spiritual surroundings of Dom zu St. Jakob, then see the interesting displays at Swarovski Kristallwelten, and finally don't miss a visit to Pfarrkirche Fulpmes.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Innsbruck online visit planner.

You can drive from Grindelwald to Innsbruck in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. In September, daytime highs in Innsbruck are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to drive to Salzburg.
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Museums · Historic Sites
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Salzburg, Austria — 2 nights

Rome of the North

Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
On the 4th (Sun), step into the grandiose world of Schloss Hellbrunn, step into the grandiose world of Fortress Hohensalzburg, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Salzburg Cathedral, and finally steep yourself in history at Salzburger Altstadt. Here are some ideas for day two: Head underground at Eisriesenwelt, contemplate the long history of Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus), then get engrossed in the history at Mozarts Geburtshaus, then get a taste of the local shopping with Getreidegasse, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Mirabell Palace.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Salzburg route app.

You can drive from Innsbruck to Salzburg in 2 hours. Another option is to take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Salzburg can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can go by car to Vienna.
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Vienna, Austria — 4 nights

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.
Vienna is known for historic sites, museums, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Schonbrunn Palace, see the interesting displays at Hofburg, get in on the family fun at Prater, and explore the world behind art at Belvedere Palace.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Vienna trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Salzburg to Vienna takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In September, daily temperatures in Vienna can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Fri) to allow time for the flight back home.
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Switzerland travel guide

4.7
Bodies of Water · Mountains · Specialty Museums
Immerse yourself in a snow-capped mountain wonderland in Switzerland's serene Alpine setting. See the world-renowned Matterhorn, Switzerland's second-highest mountain at 4,478 m (14,962 ft) tall, or zoom down the mountains on toboggan, ski, or snowboard. In the warmer seasons hike around the rolling green hillsides covered with pine trees and picturesque aqua blue lakes. Luxurious cities dotted with cozy wooden chalets and colorful flowerbeds balance quaintness with first-class cultural offerings. Indulge in the country's opulence of milk chocolate, cheese fondue, and keg-carrying St. Bernard dogs.
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Austria travel guide

4.5
Castles · Art Museums · Architectural Buildings
Situated in the Central European Alps, Austria combines an alluring bundle of elegant urban architecture, cultural centers, and dramatic landscapes. This German-speaking country of 8.5 million residents is known for its rich history, dating back to the Hapsburg Empire, as well as its art, music, and scenery. Along with the neighboring country of Switzerland, Austria serves as the winter sports capital of Europe and is home to some of the continent's most popular ski resorts. This landlocked nation draws visitors from across the globe to its mountains, historical villages, and culturally rich cities. Experience trekking in the Alps one day and drinking regional wine at a crowded pub after a day of sightseeing in the capital Vienna the next.
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