21 days in Austria, Germany & Switzerland Itinerary

21 days in Austria, Germany & Switzerland Itinerary

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Vienna, Austria
— 4 nights
Drive
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Salzburg, Austria
— 3 nights
Drive
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Munich, Germany
— 3 nights
Fly to Zurich, Train to Zermatt
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Zermatt, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Drive
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Grindelwald, Switzerland
— 5 nights
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Lucerne, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Vienna, Austria — 4 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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Schonbrunn Palace and St. Stephen's Cathedral. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Haus des Meeres - Aqua Terra Zoo and State Hall of the Austrian National Library. Next up on the itinerary: get to know the resident critters at Schönbrunn Zoo, engage your brain at Technisches Museum Wien, take an in-depth tour of Imperial Carriage Museum Vienna, and contemplate the long history of Belvedere Palace.

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Munich, Germany to Vienna is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Vienna when traveling from Munich in July, with lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can drive to Salzburg.
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Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums

Salzburg, Austria — 3 nights

Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Fortress Hohensalzburg and Mirabell Palace. Discover out-of-the-way places like Schloss Hellbrunn and Waidring - Steinplatte. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Salzburg: Lofer (Almenwelt Lofer & Skischule Sturm Almenwelt Lofer). There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Salzburg Cathedral, get outside with Fuschlsee Rundweg, contemplate the waterfront views at Salzach River, and glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Salzburg trip planner.

Getting from Vienna to Salzburg by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or fly. In August, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to drive to Munich.
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Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Winter Sports
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Munich, Germany — 3 nights

Often described as the city of laptops and lederhosen, Munich is an international center of business, engineering, research, and medicine that still maintains a rich cultural heritage and age-old traditions.
Kids will enjoy English Garden and NS-Dokumentationszentrum Muenchen. Step off the beaten path and head to Eisbach Wave and Hofgarten. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Marienplatz, examine the collection at Munich Residenz, get curious at Deutsches Museum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Heiliggeistkirche.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Munich trip planner.

Traveling by car from Salzburg to Munich takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Munich can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Zermatt.
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Museums · Childrens Museums · Parks · Nature

Zermatt, Switzerland — 3 nights

Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Attractions like 5 Lakes Walk and Riffelsee make great kid-friendly stops. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Marmot Trail and Leisee. There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Grunsee, stop by Laderach, take in panoramic vistas at Gornergrat, and fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Zermatt online trip maker.

Getting from Munich to Zermatt by combination of flight and train takes about 7 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Grindelwald.
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Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Grindelwald, Switzerland — 5 nights

As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Jungfraujoch and Maennlichen Romantic Trail. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Grindelwald: Brienz (Axalp & Giessbachfälle), Murren (Blumental Panorama Trail, Thrill Walk Felsensteg Birg, &more) and Gimmelwald - Tanzbodeli (in Gimmelwald). There's lots more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Eiger, stroll through North face Trail, trek along Maennlichen Royal Walk, and take a stroll through Alpiglen.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Grindelwald road trip planning tool.

You can drive from Zermatt to Grindelwald in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can go by car to Lucerne.
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Lucerne, Switzerland — 2 nights

In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
On the 19th (Fri), examine the collection at The Rosengart Collection, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and then identify plant and animal life at Mt Pilatus. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the activities along Lake Lucerne, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Natur- und Tierpark Goldau, and then identify plant and animal life at Sattel Hochstuckli.

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Drive from Grindelwald to Lucerne in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. August in Lucerne sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to fly back home.
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Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Winter Sports
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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.
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Germany travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Germany is the home of high culture, fine art, classical music, world-class sports, award-winning cuisine--and some of the world's best beers. It's also one of the major economic and political powers of the European continent. One of the founding members of the European Union, Germany is a federation of 16 states. Each boasts its own distinct culture, art, cuisine, regional traditions, and array of things to do. The country is known worldwide for its precision engineering and high-tech products. Equally, though, Germany is admired for its old-world charm and what is locally known as gemutlichkeit (coziness). This is one of the easiest countries in the world to explore, offering an abundance of sightseeing opportunities. German transportation runs with German efficiency. Therefore, getting around the various regions is almost always easy, quick, and pleasant. Visit the cities to explore museums, art galleries, modern restaurants, and trendy shops. Also be sure to venture deeper into the countryside. Here, you can discover ancient castles and bustling little villages. Often in these off-the-beaten-path areas, the main tourist attraction remains the simple hospitality of the friendly locals.
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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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