18 days in Austria, Zurich & Interlaken Itinerary

18 days in Austria, Zurich & Interlaken Itinerary

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Zurich, Switzerland
— 3 nights
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Interlaken, Switzerland
— 3 nights
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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

— 3 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Do your shopping at Bahnhofstrasse and Altstadt Luzern. Do some cultural sightseeing at Hohle Gasse and Augusto Giacometti Entrance Hall. Venture out of the city with trips to Lucerne (Chapel Bridge, Lion Monument, &more). Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Lake Zurich.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Zurich itinerary planning 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 much colder in Zurich: highs are around 5°C and lows about -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to drive to Interlaken.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

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Interlaken, Switzerland

— 3 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.
Head to UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern and Ambra Mineralsfor some retail therapy. Visiting Titlis and Mt Pilatus will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

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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, expect Interlaken to be slightly colder, temps between 1°C and -4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Innsbruck.

Things to do in Interlaken

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks · 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.
On the 30th (Thu), stroll through Rosshutte, then fly down the slopes at Stubaier Gletscher, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Town Tower (Stadtturm). On your second day here, take an in-depth tour of The Golden Roof (Goldenes Dachl), then admire the landmark architecture of Dom zu St. Jakob, then browse the different shops at RathausGalerien, and finally fly down the slopes at Bergisel Ski Jump.

For more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Innsbruck tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Interlaken to Innsbruck in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. While traveling from Interlaken, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Innsbruck, ranging from highs of 6°C to lows of -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can drive to Salzburg.

Things to do in Innsbruck

Winter Sports · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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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.
Visit Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle and Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus) for their historical value. Do some cultural sightseeing at Salzburg Cathedral and St. Peter's Abbey (Stift St. Peter). Step out of Salzburg with an excursion to Obertauern Ski Resort in Obertauern--about 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Schloss Hellbrunn, get engrossed in the history at Mozarts Geburtshaus, don't miss a visit to Mirabell Palace, and look for gifts at Sporer Likör- & Punschmanufaktur.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Salzburg road trip site.

Traveling by car from Innsbruck to Salzburg takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Salzburg can reach 6°C, while at night they dip to -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Vienna.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Winter Sports

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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.
Head to Vienna Naschmarkt and Graben and Kohlmarktfor some retail therapy. Schonbrunn Palace and St. Stephen's Cathedral are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at The Hofburg, get to know the fascinating history of Historic Center of Vienna, walk around Prater, and admire the masterpieces at Albertina.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Vienna route app.

Traveling by car from Salzburg to Vienna takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In January, daytime highs in Vienna are 3°C, while nighttime lows are -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 · Neighborhoods · Shopping
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Austria travel guide

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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.