15 days in Austria & Switzerland Itinerary

15 days in Austria & Switzerland Itinerary

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15 days in Austria & Switzerland Itinerary

Start: Montreal, Canada
Fly:  11​h 15​min
1
Geneva, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Montreux, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Interlaken, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Lucerne, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
5
Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
train:  5​h
6
Innsbruck, Austria
— 1 night
train:  2​h
7
Salzburg, Austria
— 1 night
train:  2​h 45​min
8
Vienna, Austria
— 3 nights
Fly:  13​h 45​min
End: Montreal, Canada


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2
nights
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Patek Philippe Museum and Vieux-Carouge. You'll explore and learn at International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum and CERN. Go for a jaunt from Geneva to Nyon to see Chocolaterie Alexandre about 44 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take some stellar pictures from Cathedrale de St-Pierre, ponder the design of The Geneva Water Fountain, view the masterpieces at MB&F M.A.D.Gallery, and make a trip to The Flower Clock.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Geneva road trip planning tool .

Montreal, Canada to Geneva is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, tram, and train; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Time is 6 hours. In September, daytime highs in Geneva are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Montreux.

Things to do in Geneva

Museums Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Vieux-Carouge, Chocolaterie Alexandre
Highlights from your plan
Patek Philippe Museum ©
Patek Philippe Museum
Cathedrale de St-Pierre ©
Cathedrale de St-Pierre

2
nights
Montreux, Switzerland

Montreux ©
Mostly known for its world-renowned jazz festival, Montreux serves as a picturesque lakeside resort town on the Swiss Riviera.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Swiss Chocolate Train. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): get interesting insight from Swiss Chocolate Train, take in the awesome beauty at Rochers-de-Naye, explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Chillon, then examine the collection at Queen Studio Experience, then admire the striking features of Marche couvert de Montreux, and finally appreciate the history behind Freddie Mercury Statue. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at HR Giger Museum, explore the historical opulence of Castle of Gruyeres, then have fun and explore at Chaplin's World, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Lakeside Promenade Fleuri.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Montreux trip planner .

Getting from Geneva to Montreux by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Bern.

Things to do in Montreux

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Gruyeres, Chaplin's World, Chateau de Chillon
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Queen Studio Experience ©
Queen Studio Experience
Chateau de Chillon ©
Chateau de Chillon
Chaplin's World ©
Chaplin's World

1
night
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 11th (Wed), fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, take in the awesome beauty at Harderkulm, shop like a local with Galerie Wydi, then head outdoors with Bumblebee Hanggliding Interlaken, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rom.-Katholische Kirchgemeinde, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Schlosskirche.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Interlaken online day trip planner .

Drive from Montreux to Interlaken in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. September in Interlaken sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to drive to Lucerne.

Things to do in Interlaken

Outdoors Adventure Tours
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Galerie Wydi ©
Galerie Wydi
Schlosskirche ©
Schlosskirche

1
night
Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): take in the awesome beauty at Mt Pilatus, then explore the world behind art at The Rosengart Collection, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Jesuitenkirche, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Altstadt Luzern.

To find reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Lucerne vacation planning site .

You can drive from Interlaken to Lucerne in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. September in Lucerne sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can drive to Zurich.

Things to do in Lucerne

Parks Nature Museums
Highlights from your plan
Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Altstadt Luzern ©
Altstadt Luzern
Jesuitenkirche ©
Jesuitenkirche

2
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
On the 13th (Fri), wander the streets of Old Town, then pause for some serene contemplation at Grossmunster, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Fraumünster Church, and finally take a stroll through Bahnhofstrasse.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Zurich day trip website .

Drive from Lucerne to Zurich in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. September in Zurich sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Innsbruck.

Things to do in Zurich

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Old Town ©
Old Town
Bahnhofstrasse ©
Bahnhofstrasse
Fraumünster Church ©
Fraumünster Church

1
night
Innsbruck, Austria

Innsbruck ©
Nestled in a valley between snowcapped peaks, Innsbruck evokes visions of a winter wonderland.
On the 15th (Sun), contemplate the long history of Altstadt von Innsbruck, take an in-depth tour of The Golden Roof (Goldenes Dachl), then look for gifts at Speckeria, then contemplate the long history of Schloss Ambras Innsbruck (Ambras Castle), and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Haus Steht Kopf.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Innsbruck route planner .

Getting from Zurich to Innsbruck by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in September, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Salzburg.

Things to do in Innsbruck

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Haus Steht Kopf
Highlights from your plan
The Golden Roof (Goldenes Dachl) ©
The Golden Roof (Goldenes Dachl)
Altstadt von Innsbruck ©
Altstadt von Innsbruck

1
night
Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter's Abbey (Stift St. Peter), then steep yourself in history at Residenzgalerie Salzburg, then steep yourself in history at Salzburger Altstadt, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Salzburg Cathedral.

To see maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Salzburg travel route app .

You can take a train from Innsbruck to Salzburg in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. In September, daily temperatures in Salzburg can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Residenzgalerie Salzburg ©
Residenzgalerie Salzburg
Salzburg Cathedral ©
Salzburg Cathedral
Salzburger Altstadt ©
Salzburger Altstadt

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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at St. Stephen's Cathedral, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chapel of St. Virgil, then admire the landmark architecture of Schonbrunn Palace, and finally admire the striking features of Belvedere Palace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Wed): take a stroll through Historic Center of Vienna, examine the collection at Imperial Palace (Hofburg), and then see the interesting displays at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Vienna online trip itinerary maker .

You can fly from Salzburg to Vienna in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In September, daytime highs in Vienna are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Vienna

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral
Belvedere Palace ©
Belvedere Palace
Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace

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