14 days in Austria, Switzerland & France Itinerary

14 days in Austria, Switzerland & France Itinerary

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Vienna, Austria
— 1 night
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Salzburg, Austria
— 1 night
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Innsbruck, Austria
— 1 night
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Lucerne, Switzerland
— 1 night
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Interlaken, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 night
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Paris, France
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Lyon, France
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Vienna, Austria — 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): see the interesting displays at Hofburg, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Schönbrunn Zoo, and then steep yourself in history at Belvedere Palace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun): browse the eclectic array of goods at Vienna Naschmarkt, admire the masterpieces at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, and then look for gifts at Zuckerlwerkstatt Vienna.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Vienna online sightseeing planner.

Lagos, Nigeria to Vienna is an approximately 16-hour flight. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Vienna when traveling from Lagos in July, with lows around 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can drive to Salzburg.
Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Zoos & Aquariums

Salzburg, Austria — 1 night

Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Mon): admire the natural beauty at Mirabell Palace, then explore the galleries of Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus), then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter's Abbey (Stift St. Peter), and finally take some stellar pictures from Fortress Hohensalzburg.

For ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Salzburg trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Vienna to Salzburg in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In July, plan for daily highs up to 78°F, and evening lows to 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can drive to Innsbruck.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Innsbruck, Austria — 1 night

Nestled in a valley between snowcapped peaks, Innsbruck evokes visions of a winter wonderland.
On the 5th (Tue), stop by Speckeria and then step into the grandiose world of Schloss Ambras Innsbruck.

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Traveling by car from Salzburg to Innsbruck takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 78°F in July, and nighttime lows around 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Lucerne.
Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Lucerne, Switzerland — 1 night

In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
On the 6th (Wed), pause for some serene contemplation at Jesuitenkirche, contemplate the long history of Museggmauer, then learn something new at Max Chocolatier, and finally explore the striking landscape at Glacier Garden Lucerne (Gletschergarten).

To find ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Lucerne trip itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Innsbruck to Lucerne in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. In July in Lucerne, expect temperatures between 77°F during the day and 59°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Interlaken.
Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Interlaken, Switzerland — 2 nights

Nestled between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz in the heart of the Jungfrau region, Interlaken became popular for its proximity to the mountains and lakes of the Bernese Oberland region.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): glide through the air with Hang Gliding Interlaken, look for gifts at The Mad Cow, then take in the awesome beauty at Harderkulm, and finally stop by Swiss Chocolate Chalet. On the 8th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic scenery at Trümmelbachfälle and then admire the verdant scenery at Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Interlaken trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Lucerne to Interlaken in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 75°F in July, and nighttime lows around 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can drive to Zurich.
Nature · Parks · Adventure · Tours
Side Trip

Zurich, Switzerland — 1 night

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): get to know the fascinating history of Old Town.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Zurich online itinerary maker.

Getting from Interlaken to Zurich by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 78°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Sat) to allow time for the flight to Paris.
Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
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Paris, France — 3 nights

A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
Get a sense of the local culture at Louvre Museum and Île de la Cité. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Shakespeare and Company Bookstore and Fromagerie Laurent Dubois. Step out of Paris to go to Versailles and see Palace of Versailles, which is approximately 48 minutes away. There's more to do: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay and explore the different monuments and memorials at The Paris Catacombs.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Paris trip builder site.

You can fly from Zurich to Paris in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or drive. In July, daytime highs in Paris are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Lyon.
Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Nature
Side Trip

Lyon, France — 1 night

Lyon is a historical city with a vibrant cultural scene as the birthplace of cinema, the silk capital of the globe, and the second biggest Renaissance city following Venice.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): get to know the fascinating history of Colline de Fourviere, wander the streets of The Presqu'ile, then get to know the fascinating history of Vieux Lyon, and finally stop by Violette & Berlingot.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Lyon road trip planning website.

Fly from Paris to Lyon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. July in Lyon sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 63°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.
Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Austria travel guide

4.6
Castles · Art Museums · Churches
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.

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.

France travel guide

4.3
Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Historic Sites
France has been the world's most popular tourist destination for decades, and geographically, it is one of the most diverse countries in Europe. Its cities are holiday hot spots and contain some of the greatest treasures in Europe, its countryside is prosperous and well tended, and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions, like Paris, the French Riviera, the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the French Alps, as well as the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany, and Normandy. The country is renowned for its gastronomy, particularly wines and cheeses, as well as its history, culture, and fashion industry.

You'll find that the French people are very polite and may react coldly to you if you forget this. You might be surprised as you're greeted by other customers and the proprieter when you walk into a restaurant or a shop. Be sure to take your sightseeing off the beaten path in France. Besides the famous Eiffel Tower and the chic resorts of the Côte d'Azur (French Riviera) you'll find many places to visit in the form of museums filled with fine art, crafts, and archaeological relics, wonderful medieval villages and castles, diverse national parks, and local shopping direct from artisans themselves.

Whether you're touring the Christmas Markets or going skiing during winter, viewing the springtime influx of color in Provence, sunbathing on the Mediterranean coast in the summer, or watching the fall foliage against the backdrop of the châteaux in the Loire Valley, you're sure to find just the right place to be. Spring is a time when the tourist attractions are just starting to expand their hours, but it may still be cold in the mountainous regions and the north. Summer is the busiest time in France with the longest hours for many museums and attractions, but it's often when you will experience the most crowds. Winter in France is filled with winter carnivals, Christmas Markets, and of course, skiing. Fall is a time to celebrate the release of Beaujolais nouveau wine in November, as well as experience Nuit Blanche, a day in October when major attractions, museums, galleries, parks, and swimming pools remain open all night.