16 days in Austria Itinerary

16 days in Austria Itinerary

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16 days in Austria Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  16​h
1
Vienna
— 4 nights
Train:  1​h 15​min
2
Linz
— 1 night
Train:  1​h 15​min
3
Salzburg
— 3 nights
Train:  2​h
4
Innsbruck
— 2 nights
Train:  5​h
5
Hallstatt
— 2 nights
Train:  3​h 45​min
6
Graz
— 2 nights
Fly:  19​h 15​min
End: Johannesburg

4
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Melk Abbey and Rathausplatz. Change things up with a short trip to Wachau Valley in Joching (about 1h 15 min away). There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Schonbrunn Palace, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Stephen's Cathedral, admire the landmark architecture of State Hall of the Austrian National Library, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Kahlenberg.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Vienna online trip maker .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Vienna is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Johannesburg to Vienna, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Johannesburg in June, with highs in Vienna at 29°C and lows at 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Tue) to allow time for the train ride to Linz.

Things to do in Vienna

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Melk Abbey, Wachau Valley
Highlights from your plan
Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
Melk Abbey ©
Melk Abbey
St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral

1
night
Linz

Linz
Located on the Danube with a rolling green backdrop, Linz is a city equally rich in nature and culture.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): examine the collection at Zahnmuseum Linz and then make a trip to Postlingbergkirche Wallfahrtsbasilika Sieben Schmerzen Maria.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Linz route planner.

Getting from Vienna to Linz by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Salzburg.

Things to do in Linz

Museums
Highlights from your plan
Ars Electronica Center
Ars Electronica Center
Pöstlingbergbahn ©
Pöstlingbergbahn
Hauptplatz ©
Hauptplatz

3
nights
Salzburg

Salzburg ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Thu): step into the grandiose world of Schloss Hellbrunn, admire the landmark architecture of Salzburg Cathedral, and then admire the natural beauty at Mirabell Palace. On your second day here, examine the collection at Red Bull Hangar-7, take in the awesome beauty at Untersberg, then explore the galleries of Mozarts Geburtshaus, and finally take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Salzburg online trip builder .

Take a train from Linz to Salzburg in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June in Salzburg, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Innsbruck.

Things to do in Salzburg

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

2
nights
Innsbruck

Innsbruck ©
Nestled in a valley between snowcapped peaks, Innsbruck evokes visions of a winter wonderland.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Sun): examine the collection at Hexenwasser, look for all kinds of wild species at Leutascher Geisterklamm, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Kaltwassersee.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Innsbruck trip planner.

Traveling by train from Salzburg to Innsbruck takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In June, daytime highs in Innsbruck are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Hallstatt.

Things to do in Innsbruck

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Hexenwasser, Leutascher Geisterklamm, Kaltwassersee, Grawa Wasserfall, Pfarrkirche Fulpmes
Highlights from your plan
Grawa Wasserfall ©
Grawa Wasserfall
Room Escape Games
Kaltwassersee ©
Kaltwassersee

2
nights
Hallstatt

Hallstatt ©
Historically known for the production of salt, Halstatt's fine architecture reflects the small village's salt mining legacy.
On the 23rd (Tue), pause for some serene contemplation at Hallstatt Lutheran Church, then go deep underground at Salzwelten, and then make a trip to Hallstatt Skywalk "Welterbeblick".

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Hallstatt road trip app .

Traveling by car from Innsbruck to Hallstatt takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can drive to Graz.

Things to do in Hallstatt

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Hallstatt Lutheran Church ©
Hallstatt Lutheran Church
Salzwelten ©
Salzwelten
Hallstatt Skywalk ©
Hallstatt Skywalk "Welterbeblick"

2
nights
Graz

Graz ©
With six universities, Graz represents a young, laid-back, and lively city with nightlife that doesn't stop.
On the 24th (Wed), contemplate the waterfront views at Stubenbergsee and then ponder the design of Erzherzog Johann Brunnen. Keep things going the next day: walk around Schlossberg, contemplate the waterfront views at Hilmteich, and then don't miss a visit to Hauptplatz.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Graz trip builder tool .

You can drive from Hallstatt to Graz in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and bus; or take a train. In June, daily temperatures in Graz can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. On the 26th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Graz

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Stubenbergsee
Highlights from your plan
Stubenbergsee ©
Stubenbergsee
Schlossberg
Schlossberg
Hauptplatz ©
Hauptplatz

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