16 days in Switzerland, Germany & Austria Itinerary

16 days in Switzerland, Germany & Austria Itinerary

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Start: Zurich, Switzerland
1
Zurich, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
2
Stuttgart, Germany
— 1 day
Drive:  3 h 30 min
3
Bern, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h
4
Lucerne, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
5
Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland
— 1 night
Train:  15 min
6
Interlaken, Switzerland
— 1 day
Drive:  6 h
7
Salzburg, Austria
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
8
Vienna, Austria
— 3 nights
End: Vienna, Austria

3
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Bahnhofstrasse and Lindt Chocolate Shop Kilchberg. Discover out-of-the-way places like Munot and Schloss Rapperswil. Step out of Zurich with an excursion to Wooden Bridge from Rapperswil to Hurden in Rapperswil--about 32 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Niederdorf, head outdoors with Zurich Succulent Plant Collection, explore the world behind art at Gewerbemuseum Winterthur, and take an in-depth tour of Haus zum Rech.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Zurich trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major aiports are Zürich Airport, Basel Mulhouse Freiburg and Bern Belp Airport. In April, daily temperatures in Zurich can reach 58°F, while at night they dip to 41°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Stuttgart.

Things to do in Zurich

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Winterthur, Rapperswil, Munot, Lindt Chocolate Shop Kilchberg
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Munot ©
Munot
Niederdorf
Niederdorf
Bahnhofstrasse ©
Bahnhofstrasse

1
day
Stuttgart, Germany

Stuttgart ©
Stuttgart spreads across a variety of valleys, parks, and hills--many of them covered by vineyards.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): explore the historical opulence of Seeschloss Monrepos, then contemplate the long history of Palace Square, then wander the streets of Konigstrasse, and finally stop by Feinkost Bohm.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Stuttgart trip builder site.

Drive from Zurich to Stuttgart in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. May in Stuttgart sees daily highs of 64°F and lows of 47°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to drive to Bern.

Things to do in Stuttgart

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Seeschloss Monrepos
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Palace Square ©
Palace Square
Konigstrasse ©
Konigstrasse
Feinkost Bohm ©
Feinkost Bohm

2
nights
Bern, Switzerland

Bern ©
The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): wander the streets of Matte, steep yourself in history at Gerechtigkeitsbrunnen, engage your brain at Einstein House (Einsteinhaus), ponder the design of Zahringerbrunnen, then wander the streets of UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, and finally ponder the design of Mosesbrunnen.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Bern trip itinerary app.

You can drive from Stuttgart to Bern in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. May in Bern sees daily highs of 66°F and lows of 44°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Lucerne.

Things to do in Bern

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Shopping
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UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern ©
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern
Einstein House (Einsteinhaus) ©
Einstein House (Einsteinhaus)
Matte ©
Matte

2
nights
Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): get to know the fascinating history of Uferpromenade Weggis, then contemplate the long history of Museggmauer, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hofkirche, and finally take a stroll through Altstadt Luzern. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Glasi Hergiswil, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Jesuitenkirche, and then explore the world behind art at The Rosengart Collection.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Lucerne tour itinerary builder.

Traveling by train from Bern to Lucerne takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. May in Lucerne sees daily highs of 65°F and lows of 48°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Lauterbrunnen.

Things to do in Lucerne

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Uferpromenade Weggis, Glasi Hergiswil
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Altstadt Luzern ©
Altstadt Luzern
Jesuitenkirche ©
Jesuitenkirche
Hofkirche ©
Hofkirche

1
night
Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland

Lauterbrunnen ©
A small village in a valley, Lauterbrunnen showcases an abundance of awe-inspiring waterfalls.
On the 5th (Wed), make a trip to 007 Walk of Fame - Schilthorn, trek along Gimmelwald - Tanzbodeli, then trek along North face Trail, and finally make a trip to Lauterbrunnen Church.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Lauterbrunnen trip maker website.

Drive from Lucerne to Lauterbrunnen in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Interlaken.

Things to do in Lauterbrunnen

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

007 Walk of Fame - Schilthorn, North face Trail, Gimmelwald - Tanzbodeli
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North face Trail ©
North face Trail
Lauterbrunnen Church ©
Lauterbrunnen Church
007 Walk of Fame - Schilthorn ©
007 Walk of Fame - Schilthorn

1
day
Interlaken, Switzerland

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 6th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Schlosskirche, pause for some serene contemplation at Rom.-Katholische Kirchgemeinde, get your game on at Heidi's Photo Chalet, then stop by Mad Cow, then glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Galerie Wydi.

To see photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Interlaken trip planner.

Interlaken is just a stone's throw from Lauterbrunnen. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in May, and nighttime lows around 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Salzburg.

Things to do in Interlaken

Adventure Outdoors Shopping
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Schlosskirche ©
Schlosskirche
Rom.-Katholische Kirchgemeinde ©
Rom.-Katholische Kirchgemeinde

3
nights
Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Get a sense of the local culture at Salzburg Cathedral and Salzburger Altstadt. Do your shopping at Residenzgalerie Salzburg and Atelier Thomas Selinger. There's much more to do: get great views at Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle, explore the different monuments and memorials at Cemetery of St. Sebastian (Friedhof St. Sebastian), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kollegienkirche (Collegiate Church), and shop like a local with Getreidegasse.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Salzburg online route maker.

Traveling by car from Interlaken to Salzburg takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 65°F, and evening lows to 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Basilika St. Michael
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Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle ©
Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle
Basilika St. Michael ©
Basilika St. Michael
Salzburg Cathedral ©
Salzburg Cathedral

3
nights
Vienna, Austria

Vienna ©
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Belvedere Palace and Ringstrasse. Do some cultural sightseeing at Central Cemetery (Zentralfriedhof) and Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien. Get out of town with these interesting Vienna side-trips: Burgruine Duernstein (in Durnstein) and Wachau Valley (in Joching). And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Kaiserliche Schatzkammer Wien, don't miss a visit to Graben and Kohlmarkt, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Stephen's Cathedral, and examine the collection at The Hofburg.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Vienna vacation tool.

You can fly from Salzburg to Vienna in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Burgruine Duernstein, Wachau Valley
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Belvedere Palace ©
Belvedere Palace
St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral
Ringstrasse ©
Ringstrasse

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