15 days in Austria, Germany & Switzerland Itinerary

15 days in Austria, Germany & Switzerland Itinerary

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Vienna, Austria
— 3 nights
Berlin, Germany
— 3 nights
Munich, Germany
— 2 nights
Salzburg, Austria
— 2 nights
Grindelwald, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 night


Vienna, Austria — 3 nights

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 sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Schonbrunn Palace, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Stephen's Cathedral, browse the eclectic array of goods at Vienna Naschmarkt, and see the interesting displays at Hofburg.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Vienna attractions planning site.

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates to Vienna is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Gulf Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. Traveling from Abu Dhabi in July, expect Vienna to be much colder, temps between 32°C and 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Berlin.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums
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Berlin, Germany — 3 nights

The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Berlin is known for sightseeing, museums, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, don't miss a visit to Reichstag Building, pause for some photo ops at The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, and see the interesting displays at Topography of Terror.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Berlin journey tool.

Traveling by flight from Vienna to Berlin takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Munich.
Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums
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Munich, Germany — 2 nights

Often described as the city of laptops and lederhosen, Munich is an international center of business, engineering, research, and medicine that still maintains a rich cultural heritage and age-old traditions.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at English Garden, then see the interesting displays at Munich Residenz, and then don't miss a visit to Marienplatz. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter's Church, then contemplate the long history of Nymphenburg Palace, and then explore the world behind art at Alte Pinakothek.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Munich holiday planning website.

Traveling by flight from Berlin to Munich takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in July, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Salzburg.
Museums · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks
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Salzburg, Austria — 2 nights

Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Salzburg Cathedral, step into the grandiose world of Fortress Hohensalzburg, then step into the grandiose world of Schloss Hellbrunn, and finally examine the collection at Red Bull Hangar-7. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Mozartplatz, get a taste of the local shopping with Getreidegasse, explore the galleries of Mozarts Geburtshaus, then see the interesting displays at Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus), and finally admire the natural beauty at Mirabell Palace.

For reviews and other tourist information, refer to the Salzburg trip itinerary builder site.

Drive from Munich to Salzburg in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July in Salzburg, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can drive to Grindelwald.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping
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Grindelwald, Switzerland — 3 nights

As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
Step out of Grindelwald to go to Brienz and see Lake Brienz, which is approximately 38 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Aletsch Glacier, take in the dramatic scenery at Trümmelbachfälle, take in the awesome beauty at Jungfraujoch, and contemplate the waterfront views at Bachalpsee Lake.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Grindelwald road trip planner.

You can drive from Salzburg to Grindelwald in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Zurich.
Nature · Parks · Tours · Outdoors
Side Trips
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Zurich, Switzerland — 1 night

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Tue): take a stroll through Bahnhofstrasse.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Zurich online road trip planner.

You can drive from Grindelwald to Zurich in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly back home.
Shopping · Neighborhoods
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Highlights from your trip

Austria travel guide

Castles · Art Museums · Churches
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.

Germany travel guide

Specialty Museums · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Germany is the home of high culture, fine art, classical music, world-class sports, award-winning cuisine--and some of the world's best beers. It's also one of the major economic and political powers of the European continent. One of the founding members of the European Union, Germany is a federation of 16 states. Each boasts its own distinct culture, art, cuisine, regional traditions, and array of things to do. The country is known worldwide for its precision engineering and high-tech products. Equally, though, Germany is admired for its old-world charm and what is locally known as gemutlichkeit (coziness). This is one of the easiest countries in the world to explore, offering an abundance of sightseeing opportunities. German transportation runs with German efficiency. Therefore, getting around the various regions is almost always easy, quick, and pleasant. Visit the cities to explore museums, art galleries, modern restaurants, and trendy shops. Also be sure to venture deeper into the countryside. Here, you can discover ancient castles and bustling little villages. Often in these off-the-beaten-path areas, the main tourist attraction remains the simple hospitality of the friendly locals.

Switzerland travel guide

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.