19 days in Switzerland, Italy & Vienna Itinerary

19 days in Switzerland, Italy & Vienna Itinerary

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Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive
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Lucerne, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bern, Switzerland
— 1 day
Drive
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Thun, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive
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Milan, Italy
— 3 nights
Train
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Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly
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Vienna, Austria
— 5 nights
Fly
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 night

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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.
You've added Limmatquai, Opernhaus Zurich, Grossmunster, and other attractions to your itinerary. On the 20th (Tue), get engrossed in the history at Landesmuseum, stroll around Lindenhofplatz, admire the striking features of Church of St. Peter, examine the collection at Volkerkundemuseum der Universitat Zurich, then admire the masterpieces at Museum Rietberg, and finally wander the streets of Bahnhofstrasse. Keep things going the next day: wander the streets of Niederdorf, get to know the fascinating history of Old Town, pause for some serene contemplation at Grossmunster, see the interesting displays at Uhrenmuseum Beyer Zürich, then see the grandeur of opera at Opernhaus Zurich, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Limmatquai.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Zurich journey planner.

If you are flying in from New Zealand, the closest major aiports are Zürich Airport, EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg Airport and Bern Belp Airport. In December, daytime highs in Zurich are 5°C, while nighttime lows are -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Lucerne.
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Neighborhoods · Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping
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Lucerne, Switzerland — 2 nights

In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Musegg Wall, Glacier Garden Lucerne (Gletschergarten), Nationalquai, and other attractions. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): take in the views from Chapel Bridge, admire the masterpieces at Museum Rosengart Collection, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Jesuitenkirche, then pause for some serene contemplation at Franziskanerkirche, then take in the views from Pont Spreuer, and finally contemplate the long history of Musegg Wall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Hofkirche and then take a leisurely stroll along Nationalquai.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Lucerne trip builder app.

Traveling by car from Zurich to Lucerne takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Lucerne are 5°C, while nighttime lows are -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can drive to Bern.
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Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature
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Bern, Switzerland — 1 day

City of Bears

The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Federal Building (Bundeshaus) as well as Prison Tower (Kafigturm). On the 24th (Sat), wander the streets of UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, don't miss a visit to Zahringerbrunnen, enjoy breathtaking views from Prison Tower (Kafigturm), then hunt for treasures at Federal Building (Bundeshaus), and finally pause for some photo ops at Schutzenbrunnen.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Bern road trip website.

Traveling by car from Lucerne to Bern takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Bern are 5°C, while nighttime lows are -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can drive to Thun.
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Thun, Switzerland — 2 nights

Thun is a town and a municipality in the administrative district of Thun in the canton of Bern in Switzerland with about 43,783 inhabitants, as of 31 December 2013.It is located where the Aare flows out of Lake Thun, 30km south of Bern.Besides tourism, machine and precision instrument engineering, the largest garrison in the country, the food industry, armaments and publishing are of economic importance to Thun.The official language of Thun is German, but the main spoken language is the local variant of the Alemannic Swiss German dialect.HistoryThe area of what is now Thun was inhabited since the Neolithic age (mid-3rd millennium BC). Your day by day itinerary now includes Obere Hauptgasse, Schadau Park and Schloss Thun. On the 25th (Sun), explore the historical opulence of Schloss Thun, steep yourself in history at Untere Schleusenbrucke, then don't miss a visit to Obere Hauptgasse, and finally admire the natural beauty at Schadau Park.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Thun online trip itinerary planner.

Thun is just a short distance from Bern. In December, daytime highs in Thun are 5°C, while nighttime lows are -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Milan.
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Milan, Italy — 3 nights

Fashion Capital of World

In many ways the most modern of Italian cities, Milan is a busy, elegant metropolis with an impressive list of grand palaces, fine churches, and important museums.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Pinacoteca di Brera, Palazzo della Societa Reale Mutua di Assicurazioni and Piazza di Santa Maria delle Grazie, 2. Do some cultural sightseeing at Duomo di Milano and Chiesa di Santa Maria presso San Satiro. Visit Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio and Palazzo Marino for their historical value. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Gallerie d’Italia, explore the world behind art at Museo Pieta Rondanini, browse for treasures at Bolaffi Collezionismo dal 1890, and take an in-depth tour of Villa Necchi Campiglio.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Milan trip itinerary planning site.

Drive from Thun to Milan in 4.5 hours. Traveling from Thun in December, plan for a bit warmer nights in Milan, with lows around 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can go by car to Venice.
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Venice, Italy — 3 nights

City of Romance

Virtually unchanged for the last six centuries, Venice is actually a group of islands made famous by a series of canals, bridges, monuments, piazzas, and narrow pedestrian lanes.
Peggy Guggenheim Collection has been added to your itinerary. Appreciate the collections at Doge's Palace and Natural History Museum. Explore hidden gems such as Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari and Dorsoduro. There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Scuola Grande di San Rocco, get to know the fascinating history of Centro Storico di Venezia, stop by Cannaregio, and contemplate the long history of Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo (San Zanipolo).

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Venice trip tool.

Getting from Milan to Venice by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to fly to Vienna.
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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.
Visit Schonbrunn Palace and St. Stephen's Cathedral for their historical value. Head to Graben and Kohlmarkt and Vienna Naschmarktfor some retail therapy. There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Ringstrasse, see the interesting displays at Hofburg, admire the masterpieces at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, and get engrossed in the history at Kaiserliche Schatzkammer Wien.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Vienna online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Venice to Vienna takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Venice in January, expect Vienna to be a bit cooler, temps between 3°C and -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Zurich.
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Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums
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Zurich, Switzerland — 1 night

Big Small Town

You've now added Grossmunster to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Grossmunster.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Zurich road trip website.

Fly from Vienna to Zurich in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train.
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Highlights from your trip

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.
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Italy travel guide

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Landmarks · Ruins · Beaches
Italy is a land of high fashion, fine art, exquisite architecture, luxury sports cars, outstanding cuisine--and an insatiable taste for "la dolce vita." It's also home to the greatest number of World Heritage Sites in the world, making it an ideal place for your next holiday. The country boasts a varied landscape of mountain ranges, alpine lakes, and coastal towns, so it's no wonder travelers often refer to it as the bel paese (beautiful country). With so many places to visit, visitors often have a difficult time planning their itinerary. The smaller villages each feature a distinct character and a blend of architecture, art, and cuisine. In the country, you'll find countless archeological sites dating back to Roman times and beyond. The country's cities and seaside resorts are cosmopolitan powerhouses with museums, galleries, restaurants, shops, open-air markets, and pedestrian-friendly historic areas.
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