13 days in Austria, Switzerland & Lake Como Itinerary

13 days in Austria, Switzerland & Lake Como Itinerary

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13 days in Austria, Switzerland & Lake Como Itinerary

Start: Dusseldorf, Germany
train + Fly:  3​h 45​min
1
Salzburg, Austria
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Zell am See, Austria
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Lienz, Austria
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Zell im Zillertal, Austria
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
5
Pertisau, Austria
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
6
Innsbruck, Austria
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
7
Zernez, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
Schwyz, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
9
Como, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Dusseldorf, Germany

2
nights
Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Salzburg is known for historic sites, museums, parks, nightlife, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the historical opulence of Schloss Hellbrunn, see the interesting displays at Red Bull Hangar-7, take an in-depth tour of Fortress Hohensalzburg, and contemplate the long history of Mozarts Geburtshaus.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Salzburg trip maker .

Dusseldorf, Germany to Salzburg is an approximately 4-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or drive. In August in Salzburg, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can drive to Zell am See.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Schloss Hellbrunn ©
Schloss Hellbrunn
Mirabell Palace ©
Mirabell Palace
Fortress Hohensalzburg ©
Fortress Hohensalzburg

1
night
Zell am See, Austria

Zell am See ©
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.
On the 7th (Wed), take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, hit the slopes at Zell Am See, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zell.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Zell am See online trip builder .

You can drive from Salzburg to Zell am See in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, daytime highs in Zell am See are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Lienz.

Things to do in Zell am See

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Lake Zell ©
Lake Zell
Zell Am See ©
Zell Am See
Helicopter Tours

1
night
Lienz, Austria

Lienz ©
Lienz is a medieval town in the Austrian state of Tyrol. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): make a trip to Osttirodler - Alpine Coaster, then explore the striking landscape of Nationalpark Hohe Tauern, and then get to know the resident critters at Streichelzoo Moosalm.

To find out how to plan a trip to Lienz, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Zell am See to Lienz in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. August in Lienz sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Zell im Zillertal.

Things to do in Lienz

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Osttirodler - Alpine Coaster ©
Osttirodler - Alpine Coaster

1
night
Zell im Zillertal, Austria

Zell im Zillertal ©
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): get to know the fascinating history of Rattenberg - Medieval pedestrian zone, then find something for the whole family at Kletterzentrum Zillertal, then let little ones run wild at Spruce Tree Castle, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Maria Rast am Hainzenberg.

For more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Zell im Zillertal trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by car from Lienz to Zell im Zillertal takes 2.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Zell im Zillertal can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to travel to Pertisau.

Things to do in Zell im Zillertal

Theme Parks Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trips

Kletterzentrum Zillertal, Maria Rast am Hainzenberg, Rattenberg - Medieval pedestrian zone
Highlights from your plan
Rattenberg - Medieval pedestrian zone ©
Maria Rast am Hainzenberg ©
Maria Rast am Hainzenberg

1
night
Pertisau, Austria

Pertisau ©
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): step into the grandiose world of Tratzberg Castle, hike along Gaisalm, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Achensee.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Pertisau trip itinerary planning app .

Drive from Zell im Zillertal to Pertisau in an hour. In August, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Innsbruck.

Things to do in Pertisau

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Tratzberg Castle, Achensee
Highlights from your plan
Gaisalm ©
Gaisalm
Achensee ©
Achensee
Tratzberg Castle ©
Tratzberg Castle

2
nights
Innsbruck, Austria

Innsbruck ©
Nestled in a valley between snowcapped peaks, Innsbruck evokes visions of a winter wonderland.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): enjoy breathtaking views from Town Tower (Stadtturm), admire the striking features of The Golden Roof (Goldenes Dachl), then contemplate the waterfront views at River Inn, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Dom zu St. Jakob, and finally admire the masterpieces at Swarovski Crystal Worlds. On the next day, explore the world behind art at Schloss Ambras Innsbruck (Ambras Castle), then hit the slopes at Bergisel Ski Jump, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Alpenzoo, and finally contemplate the long history of Altstadt von Innsbruck.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Innsbruck trip itinerary maker tool .

Drive from Pertisau to Innsbruck in an hour. August in Innsbruck sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can travel to Zernez.

Things to do in Innsbruck

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Swarovski Crystal Worlds
Highlights from your plan
The Golden Roof (Goldenes Dachl) ©
The Golden Roof (Goldenes Dachl)
Swarovski Crystal Worlds ©
Swarovski Crystal Worlds
Altstadt von Innsbruck ©
Altstadt von Innsbruck

1
night
Zernez, Switzerland

Zernez ©
Zernez is a village and a municipality in the Engiadina Bassa/Val Müstair Region in the Swiss canton of Graubünden. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): see the interesting displays at National Park Centre, then don't miss a visit to Munt-la-Schera-Tunnel, and then see the interesting displays at Cafe Badilatti.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Zernez day trip app .

Getting from Innsbruck to Zernez by car takes about 2.5 hours. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Innsbruck in August: high temperatures in Zernez hover around 22°C and lows are around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Schwyz.

Things to do in Zernez

Museums

Side Trip

Cafe Badilatti
Highlights from your plan
National Park Centre ©
National Park Centre
Cafe Badilatti ©
Cafe Badilatti
Munt-la-Schera-Tunnel ©
Munt-la-Schera-Tunnel

1
night
Schwyz, Switzerland

Schwyz ©
The town of Schwyz is the capital of the canton of Schwyz in Switzerland.The Federal Charter of 1291 or Bundesbrief, the charter that eventually led to the foundation of Switzerland, can be seen at the Bundesbriefmuseum.The official language of Schwyz is (the Swiss variety of Standard) German, but the main spoken language is the local variant of the Alemannic Swiss German dialect. Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): get to know the resident critters at Natur- und Tierpark Goldau, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa Parrochiale di San Martino, then examine the collection at Forum of Swiss History Schwyz, and finally get a sense of history and politics at Rathaus.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Schwyz trip planner .

Traveling by car from Zernez to Schwyz takes 2.5 hours. In August, Schwyz is a bit warmer than Zernez - with highs of 28°C and lows of 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can travel to Como.

Things to do in Schwyz

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Natur- und Tierpark Goldau
Highlights from your plan
Natur- und Tierpark Goldau ©
Natur- und Tierpark Goldau
Rathaus ©
Rathaus

2
nights
Como, Italy

Como ©
Known for its idyllic location on the shores of Lake Como and at the foot of the Alps, Como is one of northern Italy's most popular tourist destinations.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): admire the striking features of Villa Monastero, stroll through Villa Carlotta, then admire the landmark architecture of Villa del Balbianello, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Villa d'Este. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Fri): step into the grandiose world of Castello di Vezio, stroll through i Giardini di Villa Melzi, then walk around La Punta Spartivento, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Como (Duomo).

To see more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Como trip planner.

You can drive from Schwyz to Como in 2.5 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Schwyz in August, with highs in Como at 33°C and lows at 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Como

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bellagio, Tremezzina, Villa Monastero, Villa d'Este, Castello di Vezio
Highlights from your plan
Villa Carlotta ©
Villa Carlotta
Villa del Balbianello ©
Villa del Balbianello
i Giardini di Villa Melzi ©
i Giardini di Villa Melzi

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