15 days in Austria Itinerary

15 days in Austria Itinerary

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15 days in Austria Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
+2
Fly + bus + train:  16​h 30​min
1
Salzburg
— 3 nights
train:  2​h
2
Innsbruck
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Lienz
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Vienna
— 5 nights
Fly:  16​h
End: Johannesburg

3
nights
Salzburg

Salzburg ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Do your shopping at Residenzgalerie Salzburg and Schloss Arenberg. You'll explore and learn at Fortress Hohensalzburg and Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus). There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Schloss Hellbrunn, admire the striking features of Mirabell Palace, see the interesting displays at Red Bull Hangar-7, and look for gifts at Alte furst-erzbischofliche Hofapotheke.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Salzburg trip builder tool .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Salzburg is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly. The time zone changes from South Africa Standard Time to Central European Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Johannesburg in September, expect nights in Salzburg to be about the same, around 11°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Innsbruck.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Schloss Hellbrunn ©
Schloss Hellbrunn
Fortress Hohensalzburg ©
Fortress Hohensalzburg
Mozarts Geburtshaus ©
Mozarts Geburtshaus

3
nights
Innsbruck

Innsbruck ©
Nestled in a valley between snowcapped peaks, Innsbruck evokes visions of a winter wonderland.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Swarovski Crystal Worlds and Dom zu St. Jakob. Visit Schloss Ambras Innsbruck (Ambras Castle) and Burgruine Thaur for their historical value. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Innsbruck: Museum of Tyrolean Farmsteads (in Kramsach), Maria Waldrast (in Matrei am Brenner) and Hexenwasser (in Soll). There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at The Golden Roof (Goldenes Dachl), get to know the fascinating history of Rattenberg - Medieval pedestrian zone, shop like a local with Haus Steht Kopf, and take a stroll around Congress Centrum.

For other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Innsbruck holiday planner .

Traveling by train from Salzburg to Innsbruck takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to drive to Lienz.

Things to do in Innsbruck

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Hexenwasser, Haus Steht Kopf, Congress Centrum, Insider Sportshop, Museum of Tyrolean Farmsteads
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Swarovski Crystal Worlds ©
Swarovski Crystal Worlds
The Golden Roof (Goldenes Dachl) ©
The Golden Roof (Goldenes Dachl)

2
nights
Lienz

Lienz ©
Lienz is a medieval town in the Austrian state of Tyrol. On the 30th (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Felsenkapelle, see the interesting displays at Stadt Museum Aguntum, then stop by Loacker Point of Sale Heinfels, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Pfarrkirche zum hl. Apostel Jakobus d. Alteren. On your second day here, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Pfarrkirche St. Alban, get engrossed in the history at Schloss Bruck - Museum der Stadt Lienz, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesetta di San Nicolo a Matrei, then pause for some serene contemplation at Walfahrtskirche Maria Schnee, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kapelle Maria Heimsuchung in Zotten, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Grossglockner.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Lienz day trip app .

You can drive from Innsbruck to Lienz in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to drive to Vienna.

Things to do in Lienz

Historic Sites Nature Museums

Side Trips

Matrei in Osttirol, Stadt Museum Aguntum, Walfahrtskirche Maria Schnee, Pfarrkirche zum hl. Apostel Jakobus d. Alteren, Kapelle Maria Heimsuchung in Zotten
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Stadt Museum Aguntum ©
Stadt Museum Aguntum
Walfahrtskirche Maria Schnee ©
Walfahrtskirche Maria Schnee

5
nights
Vienna

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.
Schonbrunn Palace and Historic Center of Vienna will appeal to history buffs. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like St. Stephen's Cathedral and MuseumsQuartier Wien. There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, examine the collection at Imperial Palace (Hofburg), appreciate the extensive heritage of Schonbrunner Gardens, and wander the streets of Graben and Kohlmarkt.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Vienna holiday planner.

Drive from Lienz to Vienna in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. In October, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Vienna

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

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