16 days in Switzerland & Austria Itinerary

16 days in Switzerland & Austria Itinerary

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16 days in Switzerland & Austria Itinerary

Start: Geneva, Switzerland
1
Geneva, Switzerland
— 1 night
train:  3​h
2
Interlaken, Switzerland
— 3 nights
train:  2​h
3
Lucerne, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Innsbruck, Austria
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
5
Salzburg, Austria
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
6
Vienna, Austria
— 3 nights
End: Vienna, Austria


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1
night
Geneva, Switzerland

Geneva ©
Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
Franz Carl Weber Geneva has been added to your itinerary. On the 26th (Thu), explore the activities along Lake Geneva, then take an in-depth tour of Association des Intérêts de Plainpalais, and then admire the local landmark of The Geneva Water Fountain. On the 27th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get curious at CERN, then make a trip to The Flower Clock, then stop by Franz Carl Weber Geneva, and finally get great views at Cathedrale de St-Pierre.

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If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major airports are Geneva Cointrin International Airport, Bern Belp Airport and Basel Mulhouse Freiburg. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in September, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Interlaken.

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Nature Parks Museums
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Lake Geneva ©
Lake Geneva
CERN
CERN
Cathedrale de St-Pierre ©
Cathedrale de St-Pierre

3
nights
Interlaken, Switzerland

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.
On the 28th (Sat), walk around Hohematte Park, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then get outside with Bumblebee Hanggliding Interlaken, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Seilpark Interlaken. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sun): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then explore and take pictures at Jungfraujoch.

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Getting from Geneva to Interlaken by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Geneva in September, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Interlaken: temperatures range from 21°C by day to 10°C at night. On the 30th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Lucerne.

Things to do in Interlaken

Tours Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Jungfraujoch
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Seilpark Interlaken ©
Seilpark Interlaken
Jungfraujoch ©
Jungfraujoch

3
nights
Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
On the 30th (Mon), explore the activities along Lake Lucerne. On the next day, appreciate the history behind Lion Monument, watch a film at Verkehrshaus der Schweiz, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Pilatus.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Lucerne trip planner.

Traveling by car from Interlaken to Lucerne takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In September in Lucerne, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to drive to Innsbruck.

Things to do in Lucerne

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trip

Zurich
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Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Verkehrshaus der Schweiz ©
Verkehrshaus der Schweiz
Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich

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Innsbruck, Austria

Innsbruck ©
Nestled in a valley between snowcapped peaks, Innsbruck evokes visions of a winter wonderland.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Alpine Coaster and Alpenzoo. And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at The Golden Roof (Goldenes Dachl), admire the masterpieces at Schloss Ambras Innsbruck (Ambras Castle), contemplate the long history of Altstadt von Innsbruck, and admire the striking features of Dom zu St. Jakob.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Innsbruck trip planner .

You can drive from Lucerne to Innsbruck in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. October in Innsbruck sees daily highs of 18°C and lows of 6°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Salzburg.

Things to do in Innsbruck

Museums Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trips

Alpine Coaster, Pfarrkirche Fulpmes, Swarovski Kristallwelten
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The Golden Roof (Goldenes Dachl) ©
Alpine Coaster ©
Alpine Coaster
Alpenzoo ©
Alpenzoo

3
nights
Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Family-friendly places like Mirabell Palace and Salzburg Museum will thrill your kids. There's lots more to do: get great views at Fortress Hohensalzburg, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter's Abbey (Stift St. Peter), pause for some serene contemplation at Salzburg Cathedral, and examine the collection at Red Bull Hangar-7.

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Take a train from Innsbruck to Salzburg in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In October, daily temperatures in Salzburg can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Schloss Hellbrunn ©
Schloss Hellbrunn
Mirabell Palace ©
Mirabell Palace
Salzburg Museum ©
Salzburg Museum

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nights
Vienna, Austria

Vienna ©
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.
Bring the kids along to Schonbrunn Palace and Schönbrunn Zoo. There's much more to do: get in on the family fun at Prater, wander the streets of Historic Center of Vienna, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Stephen's Cathedral, and admire the masterpieces at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien.

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

Fly from Salzburg to Vienna in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In October, daily temperatures in Vienna can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Vienna

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
Schönbrunn Zoo ©
Schönbrunn Zoo
Prater ©
Prater

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