27 days in Switzerland & Austria Itinerary

27 days in Switzerland & Austria Itinerary

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Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Lucerne, Switzerland
— 3 nights
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Interlaken, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Grindelwald, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Zermatt, Switzerland
— 3 nights
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Drive to Verbania,Intra, Ferry to Laveno, Drive to Lugano
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Lugano, Switzerland
— 3 nights
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Innsbruck, Austria
— 2 nights
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Kaprun, Austria
— 2 nights
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Zell am See, Austria
— 2 nights
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Salzburg, Austria
— 3 nights
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Vienna, Austria
— 2 nights
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Zurich, Switzerland

— 2 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): get to know the fascinating history of Old Town, then explore the activities along Lake Zurich, and then get outside with Zurich Succulent Plant Collection. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at Landesmuseum, make a trip to Bahnhofstrasse, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Rhine Falls.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Zurich day trip planning site.

Muscat, Oman to Zurich is an approximately 11-hour flight. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Muscat to Zurich due to the time zone difference. In July, Zurich is cooler than Muscat - with highs of 30°C and lows of 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can go by car to Lucerne.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

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Find places to stay Jul 17 — 19:

Lucerne, Switzerland

— 3 nights
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Take a break from Lucerne with a short trip to Titlis in Engelberg, about 46 minutes away. There's much more to do: explore the activities along Lake Lucerne, stroll through Mt Pilatus, take in the views from Chapel Bridge, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Rigi.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Lucerne online sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Zurich to Lucerne in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In July in Lucerne, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can go by car to Interlaken.

Things to do in Lucerne

Parks · Winter Sports · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 19 — 22:

Interlaken, Switzerland

— 2 nights
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.
Keep things going the next day: admire the sheer force of Trümmelbachfälle, then look for gifts at Swiss Chocolate Chalet, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Interlaken visit planning website.

Drive from Lucerne to Interlaken in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July, daytime highs in Interlaken are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can go by car to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Interlaken

Nature · Parks · Shopping · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 22 — 24:

Grindelwald, Switzerland

— 2 nights

Glacier Village

As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
On the 25th (Mon), take a memorable tour with Jungfraujoch and then hike along The Eiger. On the 26th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Grindelwald-First, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maennlichen, and then explore the activities along Bachalpsee Lake.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Grindelwald tour itinerary maker website.

Grindelwald is very close to Interlaken. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can drive to Zermatt.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 24 — 26:

Zermatt, Switzerland

— 3 nights
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
When in Zermatt, make a side trip to see The Matterhorn in Matterhorn, approximately Matterhorn away. And it doesn't end there: enjoy breathtaking views from Gornergrat, explore and take pictures at Sunnegga, make a trip to Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Mountaineers' Cemetery.

For more things to do and more tourist information, go to the Zermatt day trip tool.

You can drive from Grindelwald to Zermatt in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to travel to Lugano.

Things to do in Zermatt

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 26 — 29:

Lugano, Switzerland

— 3 nights

Monte Carlo of Switzerland

Located in the popular holiday region of Ticino, Lugano is the largest Italian-speaking town in Switzerland.
Get out of town with these interesting Lugano side-trips: Locarno (Falconeria Locarno & Lido Locarno) and Valle Verzasca (in Lavertezzo). There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Lugano, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Monte San Salvatore, walk around Parco Ciani, and browse the different shops at Fox Town Factory Stores.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Lugano travel route planner.

Do a combination of car and ferry from Zermatt to Lugano in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and tram. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in July, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can drive to Innsbruck.

Things to do in Lugano

Parks · Nature · Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 29 — Aug 1:

Innsbruck, Austria

— 2 nights
Nestled in a valley between snowcapped peaks, Innsbruck evokes visions of a winter wonderland.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): see the interesting displays at Swarovski Kristallwelten, meet the residents at Alpenzoo, then admire the striking features of Dom zu St. Jakob, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Town Tower (Stadtturm). On the next day, contemplate the long history of Altstadt von Innsbruck, then get engrossed in the history at The Golden Roof (Goldenes Dachl), then buy something for everyone on your list at RathausGalerien, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Bergisel Ski Jump.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Innsbruck tour itinerary maker app.

You can drive from Lugano to Innsbruck in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Lugano in August, expect slightly colder with lows of 15°C in Innsbruck. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Kaprun.

Things to do in Innsbruck

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Winter Sports

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 1 — 3:

Kaprun, Austria

— 2 nights
Kaprun is a municipality in the Zell am See District in the state of Salzburg, Austria. On the 4th (Thu), get outside with Sigmund-Thun-Klamm, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kitzsteinhorn, and then see the interesting displays at Oldtimer Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: gear up at Maiskogel, then admire the sheer force of Krimml Falls (Krimmler Wasserfalle), and then soothe aching muscles at Tauern Spa.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Kaprun trip itinerary site.

Getting from Innsbruck to Kaprun by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus. In August, daily temperatures in Kaprun can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Zell am See.

Things to do in Kaprun

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 3 — 5:

Zell am See, Austria

— 2 nights
Despite its small size, Zell am See is a well-visited tourist destination known mostly as a ski resort town, and it serves as an important transportation hub for the region.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): take in the awesome beauty at Schmittenhohe, then stroll through Zell Am See, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zell. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Liechtensteinklamm, take in the dramatic scenery at Bad Gasteiner Wasserfall, and then test the waters at Alpentherme Gastein.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Zell am See trip planner.

Zell am See is very close to Kaprun. In August, daily temperatures in Zell am See can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Salzburg.

Things to do in Zell am See

Parks · Nature · Winter Sports · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 5 — 7:

Salzburg, Austria

— 3 nights

Rome of the North

Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Explore Salzburg's surroundings by going to Eisriesenwelt (in Werfen) and Gollinger Wasserfall (in Golling an der Salzach). There's lots more to do: get great views at Fortress Hohensalzburg, make a trip to Salzburger Altstadt, step into the grandiose world of Schloss Hellbrunn, and browse the exhibits of Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus).

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Salzburg online travel route planner.

You can drive from Zell am See to Salzburg in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. August in Salzburg sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Vienna.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 7 — 10:

Vienna, Austria

— 2 nights

City of Dreams

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.
On the 11th (Thu), admire the landmark architecture of Schonbrunn Palace, admire the masterpieces at Belvedere Palace, and then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Stephen's Cathedral.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Vienna trip planner.

You can drive from Salzburg to Vienna in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In August, daily temperatures in Vienna can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Vienna

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Aug 10 — 12:

Switzerland travel guide

4.7
Bodies of Water · Mountains · Specialty Museums
Immerse yourself in a snow-capped mountain wonderland in Switzerland's serene Alpine setting. See the world-renowned Matterhorn, Switzerland's second-highest mountain at 4,478 m (14,962 ft) tall, or zoom down the mountains on toboggan, ski, or snowboard. In the warmer seasons hike around the rolling green hillsides covered with pine trees and picturesque aqua blue lakes. Luxurious cities dotted with cozy wooden chalets and colorful flowerbeds balance quaintness with first-class cultural offerings. Indulge in the country's opulence of milk chocolate, cheese fondue, and keg-carrying St. Bernard dogs.

Austria travel guide

4.5
Castles · Art Museums · Churches
Situated in the Central European Alps, Austria combines an alluring bundle of elegant urban architecture, cultural centers, and dramatic landscapes. This German-speaking country of 8.5 million residents is known for its rich history, dating back to the Hapsburg Empire, as well as its art, music, and scenery. Along with the neighboring country of Switzerland, Austria serves as the winter sports capital of Europe and is home to some of the continent's most popular ski resorts. This landlocked nation draws visitors from across the globe to its mountains, historical villages, and culturally rich cities. Experience trekking in the Alps one day and drinking regional wine at a crowded pub after a day of sightseeing in the capital Vienna the next.