17 days in Switzerland & Austria Itinerary

17 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
— 1 night
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Innsbruck, Austria
— 2 nights
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Salzburg, Austria
— 3 nights
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Vienna, Austria
— 5 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: explore the activities along Lake Zurich, get outside with Zurich Succulent Plant Collection, admire the masterpieces at Museum Rietberg, and get to know the fascinating history of Old Town.

To find maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Zurich tour planner.

Manila, Philippines to Zurich is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Philippine Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is minus 7 hours. Traveling from Manila in December, things will get much colder in Zurich: highs are around 5°C and lows about -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can drive to Interlaken.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · 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.
Here are some ideas for day two: hit the slopes at Titlis and then stop by Huggler Holzbildhauerei.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Interlaken online trip planner.

You can drive from Zurich to Interlaken in 2 hours. Another option is to take a train. In December, Interlaken is slightly colder than Zurich - with highs of 1°C and lows of -4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to drive to Lucerne.

Things to do in Interlaken

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports

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Lucerne, Switzerland

— 1 night
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Lucerne, look for all kinds of wild species at Mt Pilatus, and then snap pictures at Chapel Bridge.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Lucerne online day trip planner.

You can drive from Interlaken to Lucerne in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. While traveling from Interlaken, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Lucerne, ranging from highs of 5°C to lows of -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Innsbruck.

Things to do in Lucerne

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Winter Sports
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Innsbruck, Austria

— 2 nights
Nestled in a valley between snowcapped peaks, Innsbruck evokes visions of a winter wonderland.
On the 30th (Thu), hit the slopes at Rosshutte, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, then stroll through Stubaier Gletscher, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Town Tower (Stadtturm). On 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 take in the architecture and atmosphere at Dom zu St. Jakob.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Innsbruck trip itinerary site.

Drive from Lucerne to Innsbruck in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 6°C, and evening lows to -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can go by car to Salzburg.

Things to do in Innsbruck

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks · Museums

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Salzburg, Austria

— 3 nights

Rome of the North

Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Salzburg: Obertauern Ski Resort (in Obertauern) and Hallstatter See (in Hallstatt). There's still lots to do: take some stellar pictures from Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle, contemplate the long history of Salzburger Altstadt, meet the residents at Zoo Salzburg, and make a trip to Mirabell Palace.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Salzburg trip maker website.

Getting from Innsbruck to Salzburg by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Salzburg can reach 6°C, while at night they dip to -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Vienna.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

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Vienna, Austria

— 5 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: don't miss a visit to St. Stephen's Cathedral, admire the masterpieces at Albertina, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Schönbrunn Zoo, and contemplate the long history of Belvedere Palace.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Vienna trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Salzburg to Vienna in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly. In January, daily temperatures in Vienna can reach 3°C, while at night they dip to -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Theme Parks
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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.