25 days in Germany, Austria & Lucerne Itinerary

25 days in Germany, Austria & Lucerne Itinerary

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25 days in Germany, Austria & Lucerne Itinerary

Start: Williamsburg, United States
Drive + Fly:  15 h 45 min
1
Vienna, Austria
— 5 nights
Fly:  2 h 15 min
2
Salzburg, Austria
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
3
Munich, Germany
— 4 nights
Drive:  4 h
4
Lucerne, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h
5
Heidelberg, Germany
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
6
Bonn, Germany
— Few hours
Fly:  4 h 30 min
7
Berlin, Germany
— 5 nights
Fly + Drive:  15 h
End: Williamsburg, United States

5
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Belvedere Palace and Staatsopernmuseum. Head to Naschmarkt and Altmann & Kühnefor plenty of shopping. There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Schoenbrunn Palace, see the interesting displays at Albertina, pause for some serene contemplation at Schottenkirche, and get to know the fascinating history of Historic Center of Vienna.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Vienna trip itinerary builder.

Williamsburg, USA to Vienna is an approximately 16-hour flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Williamsburg to Vienna due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Williamsburg in April, with highs in Vienna at 61°F and lows at 42°F. You will have some time to spend on the 30th (Sun) before leaving for Salzburg.

Things to do in Vienna

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Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
Belvedere Palace ©
Belvedere Palace
St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral

2
nights
Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Step out of the city life by going to Gollinger Wasserfall and Untersberg. Get some cultural insight at Fortress Hohensalzburg and Residenzgalerie. There's lots more to do: indulge your thirst for a good beer at Bräustübl zu Mülln, examine the collection at Red Bull Hangar-7, steep yourself in history at Mozart-Wohnhaus, and shop like a local with Getreidegasse.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Salzburg vacation builder.

You can fly from Vienna to Salzburg in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. April in Salzburg sees daily highs of 59°F and lows of 40°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can go by car to Munich.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites Museums Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Gollinger Wasserfall
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Mozarts Geburtshaus ©
Mozarts Geburtshaus
Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle ©
Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle
Schloss Hellbrunn ©
Schloss Hellbrunn

4
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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.
Do your shopping at Biergarten Viktualienmarkt and Schrannenhalle. Get some historical perspective at Nymphenburg Palace (Schloss Nymphenburg) and Haidhausen. There's still lots to do: explore the activities along English Garden, engage your brain at Deutsches Museum, examine the collection at Munich Residenz, and admire the masterpieces at Alte Pinakothek.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Munich itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Salzburg to Munich takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 65°F, and evening lows to 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Lucerne.

Things to do in Munich

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Deutsches Museum ©
Deutsches Museum
Nymphenburg Palace ©
Nymphenburg Palace
Munich Residenz ©
Munich Residenz

3
nights
Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Altstadt Luzern and Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum. Museum-lovers will get to explore Sammlung Rosengart and Swiss Museum of Transport. Step out of Lucerne with an excursion to Aare Gorge in Meiringen--about 54 minutes away. There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Lake Lucerne, explore the striking landscape at Glacier Garden (Gletschergarten), appreciate the history behind Dying Lion of Lucerne Monument, and pause for some serene contemplation at Jesuitenkirche.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Lucerne custom trip planner.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Munich to Lucerne takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of tram, bus, and train. In May, daytime highs in Lucerne are 64°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can take a combination of to Bonn.

Things to do in Lucerne

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Aare Gorge, Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum
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Glacier Garden (Gletschergarten) ©
Glacier Garden (Gletschergarten)
Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
The Rosengart Collection ©
The Rosengart Collection

4
nights
Heidelberg, Germany

Heidelberg ©
A vibrant university city, Heidelberg is nestled in the picturesque Neckar river valley.
Get in touch with nature at Mummelsee and Philosophers' Way (Philosophenweg). Museum-lovers will get to explore Sammlung Frieder Burda and Kriminalmuseum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Heidelberg: Spas & Wellness (in Baden-Baden), Würzburg Residence (in Wurzburg) and Rothenburg (Käthe Wohlfahrt - Weihnachtsdorf, Old Town, & more). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Altstadt (Old Town), steep yourself in history at Studentenkarzer, and explore the historical opulence of Heidelberg Castle (Schloss Heidelberg).

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Heidelberg trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Lucerne to Heidelberg by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Lucerne in May, you will find days in Heidelberg are a bit warmer (70°F), and nights are about the same (52°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Bonn.

Things to do in Heidelberg

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Rothenburg, Baden-Baden, Würzburg Residence
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Würzburg Residence ©
Würzburg Residence
Altstadt ©
Altstadt
Town Walls ©
Town Walls

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hours
Bonn, Germany

Bonn ©
The birthplace of Ludwig van Beethoven, Bonn is one of the country's oldest cities.
To see photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Bonn itinerary maker.

Getting from Heidelberg to Bonn by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Heidelberg in May, Bonn is little chillier at night with lows of 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to fly to Berlin.

Things to do in Bonn

Museums
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5
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.
Pergamonmuseum and East Side Gallery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Let the collections at Topography of Terror and Museum Island capture your imagination. Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Potsdamer Platz, stop by AMPELMANN Shop am Gendarmenmarkt, don't miss a visit to Friedrichstrasse, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Kurfurstendamm (Kurfurstendam).

For traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Berlin tour planner.

Traveling by flight from Bonn to Berlin takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In May, daytime highs in Berlin are 67°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Berlin

Outdoors Shopping Adventure
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Backstagetourism ©
Backstagetourism
Pergamonmuseum ©
Pergamonmuseum
Topography of Terror ©
Topography of Terror

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