21 days in Switzerland, Austria & Slovenia Itinerary

21 days in Switzerland, Austria & Slovenia Itinerary

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Geneva, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Interlaken, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Lucerne, Switzerland
— 3 nights
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Innsbruck, Austria
— 1 night
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Salzburg, Austria
— 3 nights
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Bled, Slovenia
— 3 nights
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Ljubljana, Slovenia
— 2 nights
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Vienna, Austria
— 3 nights
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Geneva, Switzerland — 2 nights

Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
On the 14th (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Wed): take a stroll through Vieux-Carouge, then explore the ancient world of Archeological Site at St. Pierre's Cathedral, then take advantage of the amenities at Bains des Paquis, and finally ponder the design of The Geneva Water Fountain.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Geneva trip site.

Bristol, UK to Geneva is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or do a combination of car and train. Traveling from Bristol to Geneva, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. June in Geneva sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can go by car to Interlaken.
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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 17th (Fri): take in nature's colorful creations at Schynige Platte, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Maennlichen Romantic Trail, and then appreciate the views at Lauterbrunnen Village. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then Head underground at St. Beatus Hoehlen, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Schwimmbad Merligen.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Interlaken road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Geneva to Interlaken takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Lucerne.
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Lucerne, Switzerland — 3 nights

In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Seebad Eich and Strandbad Sursee. Explore hidden gems such as Glacier Garden Lucerne (Gletschergarten) and Hofkirche. There's still lots to do: hit the slopes at Mt Pilatus, pause for some serene contemplation at Jesuitenkirche, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and take in the views from Chapel Bridge.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Lucerne tour itinerary planning site.

Traveling by train from Interlaken to Lucerne takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. June in Lucerne sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) 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 22nd (Wed), take in panoramic vistas at Town Tower (Stadtturm), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Hafelekarspitze, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Alpes, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Baggersee Rossau. On the next day, hit the slopes at Patscherkofel Cable Car Lower/Valley Station, stroll through Serlesbahnen, then fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dom zu St. Jakob.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Innsbruck journey planning tool.

Getting from Lucerne to Innsbruck by train takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train; or take a bus. June in Innsbruck sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to drive 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.
Get some historical perspective at Fortress Hohensalzburg and Cemetery of St. Sebastian (Friedhof St. Sebastian). Step off the beaten path and head to Schloss Hellbrunn and Lammerklamm. There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Salzburg Cathedral, contemplate the long history of Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus), take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter's Abbey (Stift St. Peter), and don't miss a visit to Mirabell Palace.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Salzburg day trip site.

Traveling by car from Innsbruck to Salzburg takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. June in Salzburg sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Bled.
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Bled, Slovenia — 3 nights

The most popular resort in Slovenia, Bled is marked by its iconic church steeple and medieval castle on glacial Lake Bled.
Take a break from the city and head to Lake Bohinj and Vintgar Gorge. Step off the beaten path and head to Vogel and Diving Bled. Change things up with these side-trips from Bled: Kranjska Gora (Zelenci Nature Reserve & Vršič Pass), Mostnica Gorge (in Stara Fužina) and Rateče (Planica Nordic Centre & Zipline & Planica Valley). There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Bled Castle, explore the fascinating underground world of Pokljuka Gorge, and take in the dramatic scenery at Slap Grmečica.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Bled trip maker app.

You can drive from Salzburg to Bled in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Ljubljana.
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Ljubljana, Slovenia — 2 nights

Sitting astride the Ljubljanica River, Ljubljana is marked with picturesque bridges and a marketplace, designed by the famous architect Jože Plečnik.
On the 30th (Thu), get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Fri): ponder the world of politics at Town Hall, get to know the fascinating history of Cankarjevo Nabrežje, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of St. Nicholas, then find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Franciscan Church of the Annunciation.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Ljubljana trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by car from Bled to Ljubljana takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In June, daily temperatures in Ljubljana can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Vienna.
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Vienna, Austria — 3 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.
On the 2nd (Sat), explore the historical opulence of Schonbrunn Palace and then savor the flavors at Food & Drink. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kahlenberg, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Augustinerkirche, then explore the world behind art at Belvedere Palace, and finally don't miss a visit to St. Stephen's Cathedral.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Vienna trip app.

Getting from Ljubljana to Vienna by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in July, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can catch the flight 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

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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Slovenia travel guide

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Castles · Bodies of Water · Caves
Sunny Side of the Alps
From snowcapped Alpine peaks to sandy Adriatic beaches, a trip to Slovenia is like taking several vacations at once. Whatever the season, the country offers enticing natural attractions, all close at hand, including thick forests, scenic valleys, cave systems, waterfalls, lakes, and the Adriatic coast. For those seeking an active holiday, you'll fine an abundance of ski slopes, trails to hike, roads to bike, and rocks to climb. Pay a visit to some of Slovenia's spa resorts and take advantage of the fresh mountain air and thermal waters. Various castles, churches, and historical towns--many of which are fully preserved--tell stories of the country's past. In Slovenia's major cities, admire the architecture, explore the local arts, visit museums, and chat with the locals over a cup of coffee. Slovenian cuisine offers a blend of Alpine and Mediterranean tastes and is definitely worth trying, along with the country's wines.
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