19 days in Austria, Germany & Switzerland Itinerary

19 days in Austria, Germany & Switzerland Itinerary

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Geneva, Switzerland
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Interlaken, Switzerland
— 3 nights
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Innsbruck, Austria
— 3 nights
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Zell am See, Austria
— 3 nights
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Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
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Munich, Germany
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Geneva, Switzerland — 3 nights

Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
Shop till you drop at Manor Geneve and Outlet Aubonne. Get in touch with nature at Lake Geneva and l'Arboretum du Vallon de l'Aubonne. When in Geneva, make a side trip to see Lindt Chocolate Shop Aubonne in Aubonne, approximately Aubonne away. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Bains des Paquis, walk around Parc Des Bastions, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Anglais, and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Geneva trip app.

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to Geneva is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of ferry and car. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Jeddah to Geneva due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Jeddah in August, expect Geneva to be colder, temps between 30°C and 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Interlaken.
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Interlaken, Switzerland — 3 nights

Nestled between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz in the heart of the Jungfrau region, Interlaken became popular for its proximity to the mountains and lakes of the Bernese Oberland region.
Take a break from the city and head to Mt Pilatus and Harderkulm. Step out of Interlaken to go to Engelberg and see Titlis, which is approximately 1h 30 min away. Next up on the itinerary: glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, get outside with BOHAG Helikopterrundflug, take in the dramatic scenery at Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls, and admire the verdant scenery at Lauterbrunnen Village.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Interlaken road trip planning site.

Getting from Geneva to Interlaken by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Geneva in August: highs in Interlaken hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Innsbruck.
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Innsbruck, Austria — 3 nights

Nestled in a valley between snowcapped peaks, Innsbruck evokes visions of a winter wonderland.
Get in touch with nature at Badestrand Achensee Nord and Stubaier Gletscher. Explore Innsbruck's surroundings by going to Achensee (in Maurach), Grawa Wasserfall (in Neustift im Stubaital) and Aqua Dome - Tirol Therme Laengenfeld (in Langenfeld). There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at The Golden Roof (Goldenes Dachl), examine the collection at Swarovski Kristallwelten, stroll through Rosshutte, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Alpenzoo.

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

Drive from Interlaken to Innsbruck in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. August in Innsbruck sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Zell am See.
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Zell am See, Austria — 3 nights

Despite its small size, Zell am See is a well-visited tourist destination known mostly as a ski resort town, and it serves as an important transportation hub for the region.
Get outdoors at Grossglockner High Alpine Road and Lake Zell. Explore Zell am See's surroundings by going to Kitzsteinhorn (in Kaprun), Krimml Falls (Krimmler Wasserfalle) (in Krimml) and Dorfertal (in Kals am Grossglockner). And it doesn't end there: explore the fascinating underground world of Eisriesenwelt, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Schmittenhohe, contemplate the waterfront views at Schwarzsee, and fly down the slopes at Zell Am See.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Zell am See trip maker tool.

Getting from Innsbruck to Zell am See by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Zell am See can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can drive to Garmisch-Partenkirchen.
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Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany — 3 nights

Nestled within the Bavarian Alps, Garmisch-Partenkirchen offers a classic mountain feel along with world-class winter sports.
Visiting Zugspitze and Leutaschklamm / Geisterklamm will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Garmisch-Partenkirchen: Fussen (Altstadt von Fuessen & Benediktinerkloster St. Mang) and Hohenschwangau (Schloss Hohenschwangau & Alpseebad). There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Partnachklamm, step into the grandiose world of Schloss Linderhof, stop by Bieraterie, and hike along Hollentalklamm.

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Drive from Zell am See to Garmisch-Partenkirchen in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in August, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can go by car to Munich.
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Munich, Germany — 3 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 22nd (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Frauenkirche, get outside with Strandbad St. Alban, then steep yourself in history at Nymphenburg Palace, and finally stroll around English Garden. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Munich Residenz, then learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting, then make a trip to Marienplatz, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Viktualienmarkt.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Munich journey tool.

Traveling by car from Garmisch-Partenkirchen to Munich takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. August in Munich sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can fly back home.
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Switzerland travel guide

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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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Austria travel guide

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Castles · Art Museums · Architectural Buildings
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.
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Germany travel guide

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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.
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