16 days in Switzerland & Austria Itinerary

16 days in Switzerland & Austria Itinerary

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Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Interlaken, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Lucerne, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Innsbruck, Austria
— 2 nights
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Salzburg, Austria
— 2 nights
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Vienna, Austria
— 4 nights
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Zurich, Switzerland

— 2 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Get out of town with these interesting Zurich side-trips: Kronberg (in Gonten) and Santis der Berg (in Urnaesch). There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Lake Zurich, take a stroll through Bahnhofstrasse, stop by Old Town, and head outdoors with Zurich Succulent Plant Collection.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Zurich trip itinerary site.

Manila, Philippines to Zurich is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from Manila to Zurich due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Manila in December, things will get cooler in Zurich: highs are around 5°C and lows about -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Interlaken.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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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 28th (Tue): explore the activities along Aare River, then contemplate the waterfront views at Oeschinen Lake, and then stop by The Mad Cow. Here are some ideas for day two: glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, then take in the awesome beauty at Maennlichen, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Grindelwald-First.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Interlaken route planner.

You can drive from Zurich to Interlaken in 2 hours. Another option is to take a train. Traveling from Zurich in December, expect Interlaken to be little chillier, temps between 1°C and -4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Lucerne.

Things to do in Interlaken

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trips

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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 30th (Thu), hit the slopes at Titlis, then admire the landmark architecture of KKL Luzern - Lucerne Culture and Convention Centre, and then take in the views from Chapel Bridge. Keep things going the next day: pause for some photo ops at Lion Monument, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Lucerne, and then hit the slopes at Mt Pilatus.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Lucerne tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Interlaken to Lucerne in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Interlaken in December: highs in Lucerne hover around 5°C, while lows dip to -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Innsbruck.

Things to do in Lucerne

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Nature

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Innsbruck, Austria

— 2 nights
Nestled in a valley between snowcapped peaks, Innsbruck evokes visions of a winter wonderland.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sat): fly down the slopes at Rosshutte, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, then hit the slopes at Stubaier Gletscher, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Town Tower (Stadtturm). Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Swarovski Kristallwelten, hit the slopes at Bergisel Ski Jump, then take an in-depth tour of The Golden Roof (Goldenes Dachl), and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Dom zu St. Jakob.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Innsbruck trip site.

You can drive from Lucerne to Innsbruck in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 6°C, and evening lows to -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can drive to Salzburg.

Things to do in Innsbruck

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Museums

Side Trips

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Salzburg, Austria

— 2 nights

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 3rd (Mon): admire the natural beauty at Mirabell Palace, then steep yourself in history at Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus), then step into the grandiose world of Schloss Hellbrunn, and finally admire nature's wide array of creatures at Zoo Salzburg. On your second day here, take an in-depth tour of Mozarts Geburtshaus, don't miss a visit to Salzburger Altstadt, admire the striking features of Salzburg Cathedral, then take some stellar pictures from Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter's Abbey (Stift St. Peter).

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Salzburg trip builder website.

You can drive from Innsbruck to Salzburg in 2 hours. Another option is to take a train. In January, daily temperatures in Salzburg can reach 4°C, while at night they dip to -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can drive to Vienna.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

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Vienna, Austria

— 4 nights

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.
Vienna is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: pause for some serene contemplation at St. Stephen's Cathedral, explore the world behind art at Belvedere Palace, laugh and play at Prater, and admire the striking features of Rathaus.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Vienna route planning site.

Traveling by car from Salzburg to Vienna takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 3°C in January, and nighttime lows around -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Vienna

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums
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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.

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.