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.
Zurich is known for nature, historic sites, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town, get engrossed in the history at Landesmuseum, and stroll the grounds of Friedhof Fluntern.

For photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Zurich trip builder.

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. In December, Zurich is colder than Manila - with highs of 5°C and lows of -1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can go by car to Interlaken.

Things to do in Zurich

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 25:

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.
On the 26th (Sun), take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then identify plant and animal life at Barenpark, then contemplate the waterfront views at Aare River, and finally wander the streets of UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Mon): take in the awesome beauty at Maennlichen and then explore the activities along Oeschinen Lake.

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You can drive from Zurich to Interlaken in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Zurich in December, things will get slightly colder in Interlaken: highs are around 1°C and lows about -4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can go by car to Lucerne.

Things to do in Interlaken

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): take in the awesome beauty at Titlis and then contemplate the long history of Hohle Gasse. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Lucerne, hit the slopes at Mt Pilatus, and then take in the views from Chapel Bridge.

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Traveling by car from Interlaken to Lucerne takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Interlaken in December, you will find days in Lucerne are a bit warmer (5°C), and nights are about the same (-1°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to drive to Innsbruck.

Things to do in Lucerne

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature

Side Trips

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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 30th (Thu): hit the slopes at Rosshutte, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, then fly down the slopes at Stubaier Gletscher, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Town Tower (Stadtturm). Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Swarovski Kristallwelten, then hit the slopes at Bergisel Ski Jump, then get engrossed in the history at The Golden Roof (Goldenes Dachl), and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Dom zu St. Jakob.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Innsbruck trip itinerary app.

You can drive from Lucerne to Innsbruck in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In December in Innsbruck, expect temperatures between 6°C during the day and -3°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Salzburg.

Things to do in Innsbruck

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks · 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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): don't miss a visit to Mirabell Palace, then contemplate the long history of Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus), then pause for some serene contemplation at Salzburg Cathedral, and finally explore the historical opulence of Schloss Hellbrunn. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: meet the residents at Zoo Salzburg, take an in-depth tour of Mozarts Geburtshaus, steep yourself in history at Salzburger Altstadt, then admire the striking features of Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter's Abbey (Stift St. Peter).

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Traveling by car from Innsbruck to Salzburg takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In December in Salzburg, expect temperatures between 6°C during the day and -1°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Vienna.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

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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, walk around Prater, examine the collection at The Hofburg, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Historic Center of Vienna.

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Getting from Salzburg to Vienna by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or fly. In January, daily temperatures in Vienna can reach 3°C, while at night they dip to -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums · Historic Sites · 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.