8 days in Swiss Alps, Germany & Austrian Alps Itinerary

8 days in Swiss Alps, Germany & Austrian Alps Itinerary

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8 days in Swiss Alps, Germany & Austrian Alps Itinerary

Start: Atlanta, United States
+2
Fly + bus + train:  16​h
1
Zermatt, Switzerland
— 1 day
+2
train + bus + Fly:  7​h 30​min
2
Munich, Germany
— 1 night
3
Salzburg, Austria
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Berlin, Germany
— 2 nights
Fly:  14​h
End: Atlanta, United States

1
day
Zermatt, Switzerland

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
On the 22nd (Sun), take in the awesome beauty at Hohbalmen, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Matterhorn, then snap pictures at Hangebrucke, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kapelle Winkelmatten "Zur Heiligen Familie".

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Zermatt online trip builder .

Atlanta, USA to Zermatt is an approximately 16-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and train. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a 6 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Munich.

Things to do in Zermatt

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The Matterhorn ©
The Matterhorn
Hohbalmen ©
Hohbalmen
Hangebrucke ©
Hangebrucke

1
night
Munich, Germany

Munich ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): admire the natural beauty at Schloss Nymphenburg, get curious at Deutsches Museum, and then make a trip to Marienplatz. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Munich Residenz, then explore the activities along English Garden, then admire the striking features of Frauenkirche, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asam Church.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Munich trip planner .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Zermatt to Munich takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. In December, daytime highs in Munich are 41°F, while nighttime lows are 29°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to drive to Salzburg.

Things to do in Munich

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums
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Deutsches Museum ©
Deutsches Museum
Marienplatz ©
Marienplatz
Nymphenburg Palace ©
Nymphenburg Palace

2
nights
Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
On the 25th (Wed), admire the natural beauty at Mirabell Palace, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Salzburg Cathedral, then get great views at Fortress Hohensalzburg, and finally explore the historical opulence of Schloss Hellbrunn. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the galleries of Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus), shop like a local with Getreidegasse, take an in-depth tour of Mozarts Geburtshaus, then see the interesting displays at Salzburg Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Red Bull Hangar-7.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Salzburg trip itinerary maker website .

Drive from Munich to Salzburg in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December in Salzburg, expect temperatures between 42°F during the day and 29°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Berlin.

Things to do in Salzburg

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Fortress Hohensalzburg ©
Fortress Hohensalzburg
Salzburg Cathedral ©
Salzburg Cathedral
Mirabell Palace ©
Mirabell Palace

2
nights
Berlin, Germany

Berlin ©
The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
On the 27th (Fri), don't miss a visit to Brandenburg Gate, deepen your understanding at The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, then ponder the world of politics at Reichstag Building, and finally explore the world behind art at Pergamonmuseum. Here are some ideas for day two: get the lay of the land with Walking tours and then don't miss a visit to Mauermuseum - Museum Haus am Checkpoint Charlie.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Berlin travel route planner .

You can fly from Salzburg to Berlin in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Berlin

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Brandenburg Gate ©
Brandenburg Gate
Reichstag Building ©
Reichstag Building

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