14 days in Hungary, Austria & Switzerland Itinerary

14 days in Hungary, Austria & Switzerland Itinerary

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Budapest, Hungary
— 4 nights
Salzburg, Austria
— 2 nights
Train to Munich, Fly to Zurich
Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Bern, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Drive to Zürich Airport, Fly to Amman


Budapest, Hungary — 4 nights

You might consider the city of Budapest, divided by the Danube River into two distinctive cities--Buda and Pest--to be essentially one large World Heritage Site.
Budapest is known for historic sites, sightseeing, and spas. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: ponder the world of politics at Hungarian Parliament Building, contemplate the long history of Fisherman's Bastion, pause for some photo ops at Heroes' Square, and admire the striking features of Matthias Church.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Budapest vacation tool.

Amman, Jordan to Budapest is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Amman in August; daily highs in Budapest reach 32°C and lows reach 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can drive to Salzburg.
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Salzburg, Austria — 2 nights

Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter's Abbey (Stift St. Peter), explore the fascinating underground world of Eisriesenwelt, then shop like a local with Getreidegasse, then steep yourself in history at Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus), and finally admire the natural beauty at Mirabell Palace. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the landmark architecture of Fortress Hohensalzburg, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Salzburg Cathedral, then step into the grandiose world of Schloss Hellbrunn, and finally examine the collection at Red Bull Hangar-7.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Salzburg holiday planning site.

Traveling by car from Budapest to Salzburg takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. September in Salzburg sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 3rd (Sat) before leaving for Zurich.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature
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Zurich, Switzerland — 2 nights

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
To find where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Zurich travel planner.

Getting from Salzburg to Zurich by combination of train and flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. September in Zurich sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Bern.
Parks · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Nature
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Bern, Switzerland — 3 nights

The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Get out of town with these interesting Bern side-trips: Trümmelbachfälle (in Lauterbrunnen), Lake Brienz (in Brienz) and Interlaken (Parasailing & Paragliding & Harderkulm). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Aare River, admire the local landmark of Pfeiferbrunnen, hunt for treasures at Federal Building (Bundeshaus), and appreciate the history behind Zahringerbrunnen.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Bern travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Zurich to Bern by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Bern are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly back home.
Parks · Nature · Shopping · Historic Sites
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Hungary travel guide

Historic Sites · Thermal Spas · Government Buildings
Breadbasket of Europe
Because tourism throughout the whole country is not as popular as in other European countries, much of the natural beauty of Hungary has not been developed or exploited. Visitors today are drawn to the unspoiled picturesque landscape, the capital metropolis surrounded by charming small towns and villages, and the plethora of thermal baths. The country's number of well-preserved archaeological ruins, castles, cathedrals, and medieval towns provide opportunities to those wanting a taste of European history. With the opportunity to explore both time-worn architecture and notable natural surroundings in every region, Hungary provides sightseeing opportunities with the amenities of traditional tourist destinations. 

Austria travel guide

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

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.