16 days in Austria, Northwest Italy & Switzerland Itinerary

16 days in Austria, Northwest Italy & Switzerland Itinerary

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16 days in Austria, Northwest Italy & Switzerland Itinerary

Start: Toronto, Canada
Fly:  11​h 30​min
1
Vienna, Austria
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
2
Salzburg, Austria
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
Train:  2​h 30​min
4
Milan, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
5
Zurich, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Fly:  10​h 30​min
End: Toronto, Canada

2
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.
You'll explore and learn at Belvedere Palace and Judenplatz Holocaust Memorial. Get some historical perspective at Schonbrunn Palace and Chapel of St. Virgil. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Imperial Palace (Hofburg), explore the world behind art at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Stephen's Cathedral, and take an in-depth tour of Sisi Museum.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Vienna online travel route planner .

Toronto, Canada to Vienna is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Time (CET) is 6 hours. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in May, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can travel to Salzburg.

Things to do in Vienna

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

3
nights
Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
You'll explore and learn at Fortress Hohensalzburg and Salzburg Museum. Get some cultural insight at Schloss Hellbrunn and Salzburg Cathedral. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus), steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Abbey (Stift St. Peter), admire the natural beauty at Mirabell Palace, and get engrossed in the history at Mozarts Geburtshaus.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Salzburg trip itinerary planning website .

Fly from Vienna to Salzburg in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In May, daytime highs in Salzburg are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to drive to Venice.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle ©
Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle
Schloss Hellbrunn ©
Schloss Hellbrunn
Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus) ©

3
nights
Venice, Italy

Venice ©
Virtually unchanged for the last six centuries, Venice is actually a group of islands made famous by a series of canals, bridges, monuments, piazzas, and narrow pedestrian lanes.
Get some historical perspective at Piazza San Marco and Peggy Guggenheim Collection. Get some cultural insight at Doge's Palace and Gallerie dell'Accademia. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Venice: Padua (Scrovegni Chapel & Basilica di Sant’Antonio). There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco, contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, steep yourself in history at St Mark's Campanile, and take in the views from Ponte di Rialto.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Venice road trip planning website .

You can drive from Salzburg to Venice in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and flight. In May, Venice is somewhat warmer than Salzburg - with highs of 26°C and lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Padua
Highlights from your plan
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco

3
nights
Milan, Italy

Milan ©
In many ways the most modern of Italian cities, Milan is a busy, elegant metropolis with an impressive list of grand palaces, fine churches, and important museums.
Appreciate the collections at Museo Egizio and Pinacoteca Ambrosiana. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Duomo di Milano and Monumental Cemetery. There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Castello Sforzesco, admire the striking features of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, and explore the world behind art at Pinacoteca di Brera.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Milan trip app .

Getting from Venice to Milan by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In May in Milan, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Museo Egizio
Highlights from your plan
Duomo di Milano ©
Duomo di Milano
Museo Egizio ©
Museo Egizio
Castello Sforzesco ©
Castello Sforzesco

3
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Get some historical perspective at Old Town and Fraumünster Church. Museum-lovers will appreciate Museum Rietberg and Landesmuseum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Zurich: Lucerne (Mt Pilatus & Bourbaki Panorama). There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Grossmunster, get a taste of the local shopping with ARTBOX.GALLERY, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Zurich trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by flight from Milan to Zurich takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Milan in May, expect Zurich to be a bit cooler, temps between 21°C and 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trip

Lucerne
Highlights from your plan
Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich) ©
Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich)
Fraumünster Church ©
Fraumünster Church
Museum Rietberg ©
Museum Rietberg

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