18 days in Switzerland & Austria Itinerary

18 days in Switzerland & Austria Itinerary

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

Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Family-friendly places like Gornergrat and The Matterhorn will thrill your kids. There's still lots to do: take in the awesome beauty at Breithorn, contemplate the waterfront views at Riffelsee, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Intercontinental Church Society, and take in panoramic vistas at Sunnegga.

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Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Zermatt is an approximately 13-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or drive. Traveling from Riyadh to Zermatt, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Grindelwald.
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Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Grindelwald, Switzerland — 3 nights

As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
Go for a jaunt from Grindelwald to Brienz to see Lake Brienz about 38 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take in the awesome beauty at Jungfraujoch, tour the pleasant surroundings at The Eiger, identify plant and animal life at Maennlichen, and take in the dramatic scenery at Trümmelbachfälle.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Grindelwald day trip app.

Traveling by car from Zermatt to Grindelwald takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to drive to Lucerne.
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Lucerne, Switzerland — 1 night

In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
On the 9th (Tue), appreciate the history behind Lion Monument, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Lucerne, then look for all kinds of wild species at Mt Pilatus, and finally snap pictures at Chapel Bridge.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Lucerne tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Grindelwald to Lucerne takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in August, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can drive to Innsbruck.
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Innsbruck, Austria — 2 nights

Nestled in a valley between snowcapped peaks, Innsbruck evokes visions of a winter wonderland.
On the 10th (Wed), contemplate the waterfront views at Achensee and then examine the collection at Swarovski Kristallwelten. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the history behind Hofkirche, admire the striking features of The Golden Roof (Goldenes Dachl), then enjoy breathtaking views from Town Tower (Stadtturm), then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dom zu St. Jakob, and finally meet the residents at Alpenzoo.

For photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Innsbruck trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Lucerne to Innsbruck takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Innsbruck can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can go by car to Salzburg.
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Salzburg, Austria — 3 nights

Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Attractions like Fortress Hohensalzburg and Salzburg Cathedral make great kid-friendly stops. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Salzburg: Lake Wolfgang (in St Gilgen), Gollinger Wasserfall (in Golling an der Salzach) and Eisriesenwelt (in Werfen). There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Mirabell Palace, don't miss a visit to Mozartplatz, see the interesting displays at Red Bull Hangar-7, and browse the exhibits of Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus).

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Salzburg trip itinerary app.

Drive from Innsbruck to Salzburg in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. August in Salzburg sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Vienna.
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Vienna, Austria — 5 nights

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.
Kids will enjoy Schonbrunn Palace and Belvedere Palace. And it doesn't end there: get to know the resident critters at Schönbrunn Zoo, laugh and play at Prater, browse the eclectic array of goods at Vienna Naschmarkt, and admire the masterpieces at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Vienna holiday planning site.

You can drive from Salzburg to Vienna in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly. In August, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Switzerland travel guide

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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

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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.
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