15 days in Austrian Alps, Italian Alps & Switzerland Itinerary

15 days in Austrian Alps, Italian Alps & Switzerland Itinerary

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15 days in Austrian Alps, Italian Alps & Switzerland Itinerary

Start: Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Fly + Train:  5 h
1
Innsbruck, Austria
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h
2
Salzburg, Austria
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
3
Merano, Italy
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 30 min
4
Zurich, Switzerland
— 4 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
5
Zermatt, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Train:  3 h 45 min
6
Geneva, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h
End: Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

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 20th (Sat): enjoy breathtaking views from Town Tower (Stadtturm). Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Swarovski Kristallwelten, meet the residents at Alpenzoo, then explore the galleries of The Golden Roof (Goldenes Dachl), and finally admire the landmark architecture of Dom zu St. Jakob.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Innsbruck vacation planner.

Newcastle upon Tyne, UK to Innsbruck is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Central European Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Newcastle upon Tyne in June, with highs in Innsbruck at 28°C and lows at 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Salzburg.

Things to do in Innsbruck

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Swarovski Kristallwelten, Achensee, Stadtpfarrkirche
Highlights from your plan
The Golden Roof (Goldenes Dachl) ©
The Golden Roof (Goldenes Dachl)
Swarovski Kristallwelten ©
Swarovski Kristallwelten
Schloss Ambras Innsbruck (Ambras Castle) ©

3
nights
Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Step out of Salzburg with an excursion to Eisriesenwelt in Werfen--about 54 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Mirabell Palace, steep yourself in history at Salzburger Altstadt, step into the grandiose world of Schloss Hellbrunn, and explore the galleries of Fortress Hohensalzburg.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Salzburg online trip maker .

You can take a train from Innsbruck to Salzburg in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. In June, daily temperatures in Salzburg can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to drive to Merano.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Eisriesenwelt
Highlights from your plan
Mirabell Palace ©
Mirabell Palace
Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle ©
Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle
Schloss Hellbrunn ©
Schloss Hellbrunn

1
night
Merano, Italy

Merano ©
Merano or Meran is a town and comune in South Tyrol, northern Italy. Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): get to know the fascinating history of Merano Centro Storico and then take in nature's colorful creations at I Giardini di Castel Trauttmansdorff.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Merano trip itinerary planning tool .

You can drive from Salzburg to Merano in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Salzburg in June, expect nights in Merano to be about the same, around 18°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 34°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can go by car to Zurich.

Things to do in Merano

Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
I Giardini di Castel Trauttmansdorff ©
I Giardini di Castel Trauttmansdorff
Merano Centro Storico ©
Merano Centro Storico

4
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Zurich: Lucerne (Lake Lucerne, Lion Monument, & more), Bumblebee Hanggliding Interlaken (in Matten bei Interlaken) and Interlaken (Parasailing & Paragliding & Hohematte Park). There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Grossmunster, pause for some photo ops at Hans Waldmann Statue, and wander the streets of Bahnhofstrasse.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Zurich trip maker tool .

Traveling by car from Merano to Zurich takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Merano in June: high temperatures in Zurich hover around 27°C and lows are around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Zermatt.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Nature Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Lucerne, Interlaken, Rhine Falls
Highlights from your plan
Parasailing & Paragliding
Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich

2
nights
Zermatt, Switzerland

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): go for a walk through Hinterdorfstrasse, take in the awesome beauty at The Matterhorn, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Riffelsee. On your second day here, take in panoramic vistas at Sunnegga, then examine the collection at Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis, and then take a memorable drive along Gornergrat.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Zermatt online vacation planner .

Traveling by car from Zurich to Zermatt takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Geneva.

Things to do in Zermatt

Parks Nature Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
The Matterhorn ©
The Matterhorn
Gornergrat ©
Gornergrat
Sunnegga ©
Sunnegga

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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms and then explore the activities along Lake Geneva. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Sat): get great views at Cathedrale de St-Pierre, appreciate the history behind Reformation Wall (Mur de la Reformation), then admire the local landmark of The Geneva Water Fountain, then engage your brain at CERN, and finally examine the collection at Patek Philippe Museum.

To see where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Geneva travel route website .

Getting from Zermatt to Geneva by train takes about 4 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Geneva

Parks Nature Museums
Highlights from your plan
Lake Geneva ©
Lake Geneva
The Geneva Water Fountain ©
The Geneva Water Fountain
Cathedrale de St-Pierre ©
Cathedrale de St-Pierre

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