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
— 3 nights
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Lyon, France
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Vienna, Austria

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): see the interesting displays at The Hofburg, get to know the resident critters at Schönbrunn Zoo, and then admire the masterpieces at Belvedere Palace. Keep things going the next day: hunt for treasures at Vienna Naschmarkt, then examine the collection at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, and then look for gifts at Zuckerlwerkstatt Vienna.

To find photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Vienna road trip planning app.

Lagos, Nigeria to Vienna is an approximately 16-hour flight. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Lagos in December, with highs in Vienna at 41°F and lows at 31°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to drive to Salzburg.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Zoos & Aquariums
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Salzburg, Austria

— 1 night

Rome of the North

Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): take in nature's colorful creations at Mirabell Palace, then steep yourself in history at Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus), then contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Abbey (Stift St. Peter), and finally take some stellar pictures from Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Salzburg vacation maker tool.

Traveling by car from Vienna to Salzburg takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. December in Salzburg sees daily highs of 42°F and lows of 29°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to drive to Innsbruck.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
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Innsbruck, Austria

— 1 night
Nestled in a valley between snowcapped peaks, Innsbruck evokes visions of a winter wonderland.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): look for gifts at Speckeria and then explore the historical opulence of Schloss Ambras Innsbruck.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Innsbruck trip site.

You can drive from Salzburg to Innsbruck in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In December, daytime highs in Innsbruck are 42°F, while nighttime lows are 26°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Lucerne.

Things to do in Innsbruck

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Lucerne, Switzerland

— 1 night
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Jesuitenkirche, contemplate the long history of Museggmauer, then pick up some new knowledge with Max Chocolatier, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Glacier Garden (Gletschergarten).

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Lucerne trip itinerary app.

Getting from Innsbruck to Lucerne by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Lucerne can reach 40°F, while at night they dip to 29°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can go by car to Interlaken.

Things to do in Lucerne

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature
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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 31st (Fri): glide through the air with Hang Gliding Interlaken, then stop by The Mad Cow, then take in the awesome beauty at Harderkulm, and finally look for gifts at Swiss Chocolate Chalet. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Sat): take in the dramatic scenery at Trümmelbachfälle and then admire the sheer force of Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Interlaken trip website.

Drive from Lucerne to Interlaken in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Lucerne in December, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Interlaken: temperatures range from 34°F by day to 25°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Zurich.

Things to do in Interlaken

Parks · Nature · Tours · Adventure

Side Trip

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Zurich, Switzerland

— 1 night

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): get to know the fascinating history of Old Town.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Zurich road trip planner.

Getting from Interlaken to Zurich by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. Expect a daytime high around 40°F in January, and nighttime lows around 30°F. On the 2nd (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Paris.

Things to do in Zurich

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
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Paris, France

— 3 nights

City of Light

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.
For shopping fun, head to Shakespeare and Company Bookstore or Fromagerie Laurent Dubois. You'll explore and learn at Louvre Museum and Musee d'Orsay. When in Paris, make a side trip to see Palace of Versailles in Versailles, approximately Versailles away. It doesn't end there: get to know the fascinating history of Île de la Cité and explore the different monuments and memorials at The Paris Catacombs.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Paris online trip maker.

Getting from Zurich to Paris by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or drive. January in Paris sees daily highs of 45°F and lows of 35°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can fly to Lyon.

Things to do in Paris

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Lyon, France

— 1 night

Culinary Capital of France

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.
On the 6th (Thu), get to know the fascinating history of Colline de Fourviere, wander the streets of The Presqu'ile, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieux Lyon, and finally look for gifts at Violette & Berlingot.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Lyon trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Paris to Lyon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. January in Lyon sees daily highs of 46°F and lows of 35°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping
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Austria travel guide

4.5
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
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.