16 days in Switzerland & Austria Itinerary

16 days in Switzerland & Austria Itinerary

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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
Drive:  2 h
5
Salzburg, Austria
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
6
Vienna, Austria
— 3 nights
End: Vienna, Austria

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.
You've now added Franz Carl Weber Geneva to your itinerary. On the 26th (Thu), contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Geneva, take an in-depth tour of Association des Intérêts de Plainpalais, and then admire the local landmark of The Geneva Water Fountain. Here are some ideas for day two: get curious at CERN, thendon't miss a visit to The Flower Clock, thenlook for gifts at Franz Carl Weber Geneva, and finally admire the striking features of Cathedrale de St-Pierre.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Geneva online driving holiday planner.

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major aiports are Geneva Cointrin International Airport, Bern Belp Airport and Basel Mulhouse Freiburg. In September in Geneva, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Interlaken.

Things to do in Geneva

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), stroll around Hohematte Park, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and then get your game on at Seilpark Interlaken. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sun): get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour and then take in the awesome beauty at Jungfraujoch.

To find more things to do and tourist information, refer to the Interlaken vacation maker tool.

Drive from Geneva to Interlaken in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Geneva in September, expect nights in Interlaken to be about the same, around 10°C, while days are little chillier, around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Lucerne.

Things to do in Interlaken

Tours Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

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

3
nights
Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Lucerne. Keep things going the next day: pause for some photo ops at Lion Monument, look and learn at Verkehrshaus der Schweiz, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Pilatus.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Lucerne sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Interlaken to Lucerne takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. September in Lucerne sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Innsbruck.

Things to do in Lucerne

Nature Parks Childrens Museums

Side Trip

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

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nights
Innsbruck, Austria

Innsbruck ©
Nestled in a valley between snowcapped peaks, Innsbruck evokes visions of a winter wonderland.
Bring the kids along to The Golden Roof (Goldenes Dachl) and Bergisel Ski Jump. Change things up with a short trip to Alpine Coaster in Imst (about 54 minutes away). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Swarovski Kristallwelten, admire the landmark architecture of Dom zu St. Jakob, make a trip to Pfarrkirche Fulpmes, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Alpenzoo.

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You can drive from Lucerne to Innsbruck in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in October, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can drive to Salzburg.

Things to do in Innsbruck

Museums Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trips

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

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nights
Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Attractions like Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle and Salzburger Altstadt make great kid-friendly stops. Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Mirabell Palace, take in the awesome beauty at Untersberg, stroll the grounds of Petersfriedhof, and contemplate the long history of Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus).

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Salzburg travel route website.

You can drive from Innsbruck to Salzburg in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In October in Salzburg, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 7°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Schloss Hellbrunn ©
Schloss Hellbrunn
Mirabell Palace ©
Mirabell Palace
Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle ©
Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle

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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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Schonbrunn Palace and The Hofburg. And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Belvedere Palace, find something for the whole family at Prater, make a trip to St. Stephen's Cathedral, and get to know the resident critters at Schönbrunn Zoo.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Vienna trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Salzburg to Vienna takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In October, daytime highs in Vienna are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can 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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