23 days in Germany, Austria & Switzerland Itinerary

23 days in Germany, Austria & Switzerland Itinerary

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Start: Toronto, Canada
Fly:  10 h 45 min
1
Berlin, Germany
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
2
Vienna, Austria
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h 30 min
3
Salzburg, Austria
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Munich, Germany
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
5
Innsbruck, Austria
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
6
Interlaken, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
7
Zurich, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Fly:  10 h 30 min
End: Toronto, Canada

3
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.
Appreciate the collections at Pergamonmuseum and The Dresden Zwinger. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Charlottenburg Palace and Memorial of the Berlin Wall. When in Berlin, make a side trip to see Big courtyard of the Residence / Grosser Schlosshof Dresdner Residenz in Dresden, approximately Dresden away. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Topography of Terror, pause for some photo ops at Brandenburg Gate, steep yourself in history at East Side Gallery, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Herz-Jesu-Kirche Berlin-Tegel.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Berlin sightseeing website.

Toronto, Canada to Berlin is an approximately 11- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 6 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Berlin

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Dresden
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Pergamonmuseum ©
Pergamonmuseum
The Dresden Zwinger ©
The Dresden Zwinger
Topography of Terror ©
Topography of Terror

3
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Schonbrunn Palace and Belvedere Palace. Museum-lovers will get to explore The Hofburg and Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien. The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at St. Stephen's Cathedral, make a trip to Judenplatz Holocaust Memorial, get engrossed in the history at Sisi Museum, and examine the collection at MuseumsQuartier Wien.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Vienna driving holiday planner.

You can fly from Berlin to Vienna in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. May in Vienna sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can travel to Salzburg.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral
Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
Belvedere Palace ©
Belvedere Palace

3
nights
Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Let the collections at Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle and Red Bull Hangar-7 capture your imagination. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Schloss Hellbrunn and Mozarts Geburtshaus. There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of Salzburg Cathedral, steep yourself in history at Kapitelplatz & Kapitelschwemme, take in nature's colorful creations at Mirabell Palace, and take in the awesome beauty at Untersberg.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Salzburg trip planner.

You can fly from Vienna to Salzburg in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In May in Salzburg, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can go by car to Munich.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites Museums Adventure
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Schloss Hellbrunn ©
Schloss Hellbrunn
Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle ©
Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle
Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus) ©
Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus)

3
nights
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Nymphenburg Palace and Frauenkirche. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Alte Pinakothek and St. Peter's Church. There's much more to do: examine the collection at Munich Residenz, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael's Church, get curious at Deutsches Museum, and make a trip to Marienplatz.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Munich trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Salzburg to Munich in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in May, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Innsbruck.

Things to do in Munich

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums
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Munich Residenz ©
Munich Residenz
Nymphenburg Palace ©
Nymphenburg Palace
Alte Pinakothek ©
Alte Pinakothek

3
nights
Innsbruck, Austria

Innsbruck ©
Nestled in a valley between snowcapped peaks, Innsbruck evokes visions of a winter wonderland.
Visit Schloss Ambras Innsbruck and Burgruine Thaur for their historical value. Let the collections at Swarovski Kristallwelten and Stadtmuseum capture your imagination. Venture out of the city with trips to Stubai Tree House Trail (in Fulpmes), Tiefenbachklamm (in Brandenberg) and Stubaier Gletscher (in Neustift im Stubaital). The adventure continues: explore the galleries of The Golden Roof (Goldenes Dachl), hike along Wilde Wasser Weg, take in the spiritual surroundings of Dom zu St. Jakob, and admire the landmark architecture of Bergisel Ski Jump.

For photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Innsbruck vacation planner.

Getting from Munich to Innsbruck by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Innsbruck are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to drive to Interlaken.

Things to do in Innsbruck

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Neustift im Stubaital, Pfarrkirche Igls Vill, Stubai Tree House Trail, Tiefenbachklamm, Burgruine Thaur
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Bergisel Ski Jump ©
Bergisel Ski Jump
Swarovski Kristallwelten ©
Swarovski Kristallwelten
Schloss Ambras Innsbruck ©
Schloss Ambras Innsbruck

3
nights
Interlaken, Switzerland

Interlaken ©
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.
Get in touch with nature at Jungfraujoch and Aletsch Glacier. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Interlaken: Grindelwald (Maennlichen Royal Walk & Grindelwald-First). There's much more to do: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, admire the sheer force of Trümmelbachfälle, and hit the slopes at Maennlichen.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Interlaken journey planner.

You can drive from Innsbruck to Interlaken in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. In May, daily temperatures in Interlaken can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Zurich.

Things to do in Interlaken

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trips

Grindelwald, Grindelwald-Wengen-Murren-Lauterbrunnen, Trümmelbachfälle
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Jungfraujoch ©
Jungfraujoch
Aletsch Glacier ©
Aletsch Glacier
Parasailing & Paragliding

3
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Visit Fraumünster Church and Old Town for their historical value. Get some cultural insight at Grossmunster and Markuskirche. Change things up with these side-trips from Zurich: Lucerne (Lake Lucerne & Rigi) and Mt Pilatus (in Kriens). The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, see the interesting displays at Uhrenmuseum Beyer Zürich, explore the different monuments and memorials at Friedhof Fluntern, and head outdoors with Hallenbad City.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Zurich journey app.

You can drive from Interlaken to Zurich in 2 hours. Another option is to take a train. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in May, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Lucerne
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Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Fraumünster Church ©
Fraumünster Church
Old Town ©
Old Town

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