26 days in Switzerland & Austria Itinerary

26 days in Switzerland & Austria Itinerary

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Zurich, Switzerland
— 3 nights
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Bern, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Zermatt, Switzerland
— 4 nights
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Grindelwald, Switzerland
— 3 nights
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Innsbruck, Austria
— 3 nights
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Salzburg, Austria
— 4 nights
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Vienna, Austria
— 6 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.
Explore Zurich's surroundings by going to Mt Pilatus (in Kriens) and Lucerne (Chapel Bridge, Lake Lucerne, &more). The adventure continues: explore the activities along Lake Zurich, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich), wander the streets of Old Town, and head outdoors with Zurich Succulent Plant Collection.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Zurich attractions planner.

Jerusalem, Israel to Zurich is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Israel Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In August, Zurich is little chillier than Jerusalem - with highs of 28°C and lows of 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Bern.

Things to do in Zurich

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Bern, Switzerland

— 2 nights

City of Bears

The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
On the 7th (Sat), wander the streets of UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, take in nature's colorful creations at Rose Garden (Rosengarten), then contemplate the waterfront views at Aare River, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Clock Tower - Zytglogge. On the 8th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the activities along Thunersee, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and then Head underground at St. Beatus Hoehlen.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Bern tour builder website.

Getting from Zurich to Bern by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Bern can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Bern

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 6 — 8:

Zermatt, Switzerland

— 4 nights
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Zermatt is known for nature, winter sports, and classes. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take some stellar pictures from Gornergrat, take in the awesome beauty at Castor Mountain, stroll the grounds of Mountaineers' Cemetery, and glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Zermatt travel planner.

Traveling by train from Bern to Zermatt takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can drive to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Zermatt

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors
Find places to stay Aug 8 — 12:

Grindelwald, Switzerland

— 3 nights

Glacier Village

As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
Go for a jaunt from Grindelwald to Brienz to see Lake Brienz about 38 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Aletsch Glacier, take in the dramatic scenery at Trümmelbachfälle, fly down the slopes at Grindelwald-First, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maennlichen.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Grindelwald trip planner.

You can drive from Zermatt to Grindelwald in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can drive to Innsbruck.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trips

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Innsbruck, Austria

— 3 nights
Nestled in a valley between snowcapped peaks, Innsbruck evokes visions of a winter wonderland.
Change things up with a short trip to Achensee in Maurach (about 44 minutes away). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Swarovski Kristallwelten, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Dom zu St. Jakob, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hofkirche, and fly down the slopes at Bergisel Ski Jump.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Innsbruck holiday builder site.

Traveling by car from Grindelwald to Innsbruck takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. In August, daily temperatures in Innsbruck can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can drive to Salzburg.

Things to do in Innsbruck

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

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Salzburg, Austria

— 4 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: Eisriesenwelt (in Werfen) and Lake Wolfgang (in St Gilgen). And it doesn't end there: get great views at Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mirabell Palace, shop like a local with Getreidegasse, and don't miss a visit to Stiegl-Brauwelt.

To see where to stay and more tourist information, you can read our Salzburg trip builder app.

Traveling by car from Innsbruck to Salzburg takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Salzburg can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to drive to Vienna.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

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Vienna, Austria

— 6 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: admire the landmark architecture of Schonbrunn Palace, admire the masterpieces at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, get to know the fascinating history of Historic Center of Vienna, and examine the collection at MuseumsQuartier Wien.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Vienna day trip planning app.

You can drive from Salzburg to Vienna in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly. In August in Vienna, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 18°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Aug 22 — 28:

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.