26 days in Austria & Switzerland Itinerary

26 days in Austria & Switzerland Itinerary

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Vienna, Austria
— 4 nights
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Salzburg, Austria
— 4 nights
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Innsbruck, Austria
— 3 nights
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Grindelwald, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Bern, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Zermatt, Switzerland
— 3 nights
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Appenzell, Switzerland
— 3 nights
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 4 nights
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Vienna, Austria

— 4 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: explore the historical opulence of Schonbrunn Palace, see the interesting displays at MuseumsQuartier Wien, don't miss a visit to St. Stephen's Cathedral, and try out the rides at Prater.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Vienna online trip planner.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Vienna is an approximately 7-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Tel Aviv to Vienna. Traveling from Tel Aviv in September, expect nights in Vienna to be much colder, around 13°C, while days are slightly colder, around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Salzburg.

Things to do in Vienna

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Sep 3 — 7:

Salzburg, Austria

— 4 nights

Rome of the North

Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Salzburg: Hallstatt (Hallstatter See & Central Square Marktplatz). There's lots more to do: take some stellar pictures from Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle, take an in-depth tour of Mozarts Geburtshaus, examine the collection at Salzburg Museum, and contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Abbey (Stift St. Peter).

For more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Salzburg itinerary planner.

You can drive from Vienna to Salzburg in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. September in Salzburg sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to drive to Innsbruck.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 7 — 11:

Innsbruck, Austria

— 3 nights
Nestled in a valley between snowcapped peaks, Innsbruck evokes visions of a winter wonderland.
Innsbruck is known for historic sites, museums, and zoos & aquariums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Swarovski Kristallwelten, appreciate the extensive heritage of Maria-Theresien-Strasse, step into the grandiose world of Schloss Ambras Innsbruck, and get to know the resident critters at Alpenzoo.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Innsbruck holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Salzburg to Innsbruck takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to drive to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Innsbruck

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 11 — 14:

Grindelwald, Switzerland

— 2 nights

Glacier Village

As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): take in the dramatic scenery at Trümmelbachfälle and then explore the activities along Lake Brienz. Keep things going the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maennlichen, take in the dramatic natural features at Aletsch Glacier, and then take in the awesome beauty at The Eiger.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Grindelwald tour builder website.

Traveling by car from Innsbruck to Grindelwald takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Bern.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 14 — 16:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Thunersee, then glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Rose Garden (Rosengarten). Here are some ideas for day two: take in panoramic vistas at Clock Tower - Zytglogge, explore the activities along Aare River, then identify plant and animal life at Barenpark, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Gurten.

To see photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Bern day trip website.

Getting from Grindelwald to Bern by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in September, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Bern

Parks · Nature · Adventure · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 16 — 18:

Zermatt, Switzerland

— 3 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 your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Matterhorn, take some stellar pictures from Gornergrat, stroll through 5-Seenweg, and enjoy breathtaking views from Sunnegga.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Zermatt road trip planning app.

Getting from Bern to Zermatt by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel to Appenzell.

Things to do in Zermatt

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails
Find places to stay Sep 18 — 21:

Appenzell, Switzerland

— 3 nights
Appenzell District is a district of the canton of Appenzell Innerrhoden in Switzerland. When in Appenzell, make a side trip to see Kirchturm Heiden in Heiden, approximately Heiden away. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Berggasthaus Aescher - Wildkirchli, examine the collection at Kunsthalle Ziegelhutte, get engrossed in the history at Appenzeller Brauchtumsmuseum Urnäsch, and get outside with Hoher Kasten.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Appenzell driving holiday planner.

Getting from Zermatt to Appenzell by car takes about 5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can go by car to Zurich.

Things to do in Appenzell

Museums · Nature · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 21 — 24:

Zurich, Switzerland

— 4 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Get out of town with these interesting Zurich side-trips: Lucerne (Chapel Bridge & Lake Lucerne) and Mt Pilatus (in Kriens). There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Lake Zurich, take a stroll through Old Town, don't miss a visit to Bahnhofstrasse, and get outside with Zurich Succulent Plant Collection.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Zurich journey builder app.

Drive from Appenzell to Zurich in 1.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 12°C. On the 28th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks · Museums · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 24 — 28:

Austria travel guide

4.5
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.

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.