11 days in Austria & Switzerland Itinerary

11 days in Austria & Switzerland Itinerary

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Salzburg, Austria
— 3 nights
Hallstatt, Austria
— 1 night
Vienna, Austria
— 3 nights
Lucerne, Switzerland
— 3 nights


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 and Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus) for their historical value. Do your shopping at Getreidegasse and Residenzgalerie Salzburg. Step out of Salzburg to go to St. Wolfgang and see Pfarre St. Wolfgang, which is approximately 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Schloss Hellbrunn, make a trip to MoenchsbergAufzug, pause for some serene contemplation at Salzburg Cathedral, and stroll the grounds of Cemetery of St. Sebastian (Friedhof St. Sebastian).

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Salzburg attractions site.

New York City, USA to Salzburg is an approximately 13-hour flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from New York City to Salzburg due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in June, things will get little chillier in Salzburg: highs are around 73°F and lows about 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can drive to Hallstatt.
Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks
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Hallstatt, Austria — 1 night

Pearl of Austria

Historically known for the production of salt, Halstatt's fine architecture reflects the small village's salt mining legacy.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): explore the different monuments and memorials at Beinhaus, Karner, Ossuary, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hallstatt Lutheran Church, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parish of the Assumption, then enjoy the sand and surf at Badestrand Hallstatt, and finally let little ones run wild at Obertraun Bathing Area/Lakeside Recreation Area.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Hallstatt route planner.

Drive from Salzburg to Hallstatt in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Vienna.
Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites
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Vienna, Austria — 3 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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Schonbrunn Palace and Schonbrunner Gardens. The adventure continues: browse the eclectic array of goods at Vienna Naschmarkt, explore the world behind art at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, don't miss a visit to Stephansplatz, and steep yourself in history at Karlskirche.

To see photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Vienna trip maker tool.

You can drive from Hallstatt to Vienna in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In July, daytime highs in Vienna are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Lucerne.
Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries · Tours
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Lucerne, Switzerland — 3 nights

In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Head to Bahnhofstrasse and Altstadt Luzernfor plenty of shopping. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Seebad Eich and Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen. Get out of town with these interesting Lucerne side-trips: Seebad Seeliken (in Zug), Lindt Factory Outlet Kilchberg (in Kilchberg) and Old Town (in Zurich). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Seebad Mit Strand Am Vierwaldstattersee, make a trip to The Nine Towers, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Wyden Badi.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Lucerne trip itinerary website.

You can fly from Vienna to Lucerne in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Vienna in July: highs in Lucerne hover around 77°F, while lows dip to 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can catch the flight back home.
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Austria travel guide

Castles · Art Museums · Specialty Museums
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.

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.