43 days in Austria, France & Zurich Itinerary

43 days in Austria, France & Zurich Itinerary

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Vienna, Austria
— 7 nights
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Salzburg, Austria
— 7 nights
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 4 nights
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Colmar, France
— 8 nights
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Paris, France
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Vienna, Austria — 7 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 striking features of Schonbrunn Palace, hunt for treasures at Vienna Naschmarkt, admire the masterpieces at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Schönbrunn Zoo.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Vienna attractions planning app.

Perth, Australia to Vienna is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is minus 7 hours. When traveling from Perth in November, plan for colder days and slightly colder nights in Vienna: temperatures range from 11°C by day to 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to drive to Salzburg.
Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums
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Salzburg, Austria — 7 nights

Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Salzburg: Swarovski Kristallwelten (in Wattens), Innsbruck (Congress innsbruck, Altstadt von Innsbruck, &more) and Pfarrkirche St, Nikolaus (in Bad Ischl). And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Fortress Hohensalzburg, take an in-depth tour of Mozarts Geburtshaus, steep yourself in history at Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus), and pause for some serene contemplation at Salzburg Cathedral.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Salzburg online travel route builder.

You can drive from Vienna to Salzburg in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. December in Salzburg sees daily highs of 6°C and lows of -1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can travel to Zurich.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature
Side Trips
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Zurich, Switzerland — 4 nights

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Change things up with these side-trips from Zurich: Lucerne (Lake Lucerne, Lion Monument, &more) and Mt Pilatus (in Kriens). There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, see the interesting displays at Zoological Museum, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Uetliberg Mountain, and get to know the fascinating history of Old Town.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Zurich trip planner.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Salzburg to Zurich in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Zurich are 5°C, while nighttime lows are -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can drive to Colmar.
Parks · Museums · Nature · Neighborhoods
Side Trip
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Colmar, France — 8 nights

Situated along the Alsatian Wine Route, Colmar is renowned for its German and French culture, well-preserved old town, numerous architectural landmarks, and its museums.
Explore Colmar's surroundings by going to Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg (in Orschwiller), Parc du Petit Prince (in Ungersheim) and Porte du Lalli (in Kientzheim). There's still lots to do: do a tasting at Vin d'Alsace HORCHER, don't miss a visit to Vieille Ville, stop by Feerie de Noel, and take a stroll through Little Venice.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Colmar online driving holiday planner.

Drive from Zurich to Colmar in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Colmar are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. You will have some time to spend on the 21st (Wed) before leaving for Paris.
Wineries · Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Museums
Side Trips
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Paris, France — 14 nights

A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Paris: Versailles (L'Art du Palais, The Hall of Mirrors, &more), Reims (Fontaine Sube, Palais du Tau, &more) and Disneyland Paris (in Marne-la-Vallee). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, take in nature's colorful creations at Luxembourg Gardens, shop like a local with Champs-Elysees, and admire the striking features of Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Paris route planner.

You can fly from Colmar to Paris in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight back home.
Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Tours
Side Trips
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Austria travel guide

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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.

France travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Historic Sites
France has been the world's most popular tourist destination for decades, and geographically, it is one of the most diverse countries in Europe. Its cities are holiday hot spots and contain some of the greatest treasures in Europe, its countryside is prosperous and well tended, and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions, like Paris, the French Riviera, the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the French Alps, as well as the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany, and Normandy. The country is renowned for its gastronomy, particularly wines and cheeses, as well as its history, culture, and fashion industry.

You'll find that the French people are very polite and may react coldly to you if you forget this. You might be surprised as you're greeted by other customers and the proprieter when you walk into a restaurant or a shop. Be sure to take your sightseeing off the beaten path in France. Besides the famous Eiffel Tower and the chic resorts of the Côte d'Azur (French Riviera) you'll find many places to visit in the form of museums filled with fine art, crafts, and archaeological relics, wonderful medieval villages and castles, diverse national parks, and local shopping direct from artisans themselves.

Whether you're touring the Christmas Markets or going skiing during winter, viewing the springtime influx of color in Provence, sunbathing on the Mediterranean coast in the summer, or watching the fall foliage against the backdrop of the châteaux in the Loire Valley, you're sure to find just the right place to be. Spring is a time when the tourist attractions are just starting to expand their hours, but it may still be cold in the mountainous regions and the north. Summer is the busiest time in France with the longest hours for many museums and attractions, but it's often when you will experience the most crowds. Winter in France is filled with winter carnivals, Christmas Markets, and of course, skiing. Fall is a time to celebrate the release of Beaujolais nouveau wine in November, as well as experience Nuit Blanche, a day in October when major attractions, museums, galleries, parks, and swimming pools remain open all night.