16 days in Germany, Switzerland & Austria Itinerary

16 days in Germany, Switzerland & Austria Itinerary

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Frankfurt, Germany
— 1 day
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Berlin, Germany
— 3 nights
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Munich, Germany
— 3 nights
Drive
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Fly to Munich, Train to Salzburg
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Salzburg, Austria
— 2 nights
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Vienna, Austria
— 3 nights
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Frankfurt, Germany

— 1 day

Mainhattan

A global center of finance and transportation, Frankfurt is perhaps best known for its futuristic cityscape.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Liebfrauen, Frankfurt, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dreikonigskirche, admire the masterpieces at Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Old Nicholas Church (Alte Nikolaikirche), then examine the collection at Museum fur Kommunikation, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Redeemer.

To see photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Frankfurt vacation site.

Mumbai, India to Frankfurt is an approximately 11-hour flight. Traveling from Mumbai to Frankfurt, you'll gain 4.5 hours due to the time zone difference. In May, Frankfurt is much colder than Mumbai - with highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to travel to Berlin.

Things to do in Frankfurt

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Berlin, Germany

— 3 nights

Athens of the Spree

The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
On the 9th (Sat), explore the world behind art at Pergamonmuseum, test your problem-solving skills at THE ROOM - Live Escape Game Berlin, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Die Hackeschen Hoefe. Keep things going the next day: engage your brain at German Museum of Technology, then stop by Mitte, and then get engrossed in the history at Palace of Tears.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Berlin itinerary planner.

Getting from Frankfurt to Berlin by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to travel to Munich.

Things to do in Berlin

Museums · Childrens Museums · Shopping · Fun & Games

Munich, Germany

— 3 nights

Village of a Million People

Often described as the city of laptops and lederhosen, Munich is an international center of business, engineering, research, and medicine that still maintains a rich cultural heritage and age-old traditions.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Cathedral of St Peter's and St. Peter's Church. Your inner history buff will appreciate St. Maria de Victoria Kirche and Burgersaalkirche. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Munich Residenz, admire the striking features of BMW Headquarters, make a trip to Marienplatz, and admire the masterpieces at Pinakothek der Moderne.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Munich road trip planner.

Fly from Berlin to Munich in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to drive to Zurich.

Things to do in Munich

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Zurich, Switzerland

— 3 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Old Town and Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich). Do some cultural sightseeing at Fraumünster Church and Grossmunster. Step out of Zurich to go to Rapperswil and see Wooden Bridge from Rapperswil to Hurden, which is approximately 32 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Lake Zurich, examine the collection at FIFA World Football Museum, make a trip to Niederdorf, and wander the streets of Bahnhofstrasse.

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Traveling by car from Munich to Zurich takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In May, daytime highs in Zurich are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Salzburg.

Things to do in Zurich

Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Salzburg, Austria

— 2 nights

Rome of the North

Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
On the 18th (Mon), take in the exciting artwork at Residenzgalerie Salzburg, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter's Abbey (Stift St. Peter), shop like a local with Getreidegasse, take an in-depth tour of Mozarts Geburtshaus, then steep yourself in history at Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus), and finally stroll the grounds of Cemetery of St. Sebastian (Friedhof St. Sebastian). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Tue): examine the collection at Panorama Museum, admire the striking features of Salzburg Cathedral, steep yourself in history at Salzburger Altstadt, hunt for treasures at Salzburger Christkindlmarkt, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Franziskanerkirche, and finally gain insight at Kollegienkirche (Collegiate Church).

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Salzburg trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Zurich to Salzburg takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May in Salzburg, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Vienna.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks

Vienna, Austria

— 3 nights

City of Dreams

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.
Appreciate the collections at The Hofburg and Central Cemetery (Zentralfriedhof). Your cultural itinerary includes sights like St. Stephen's Cathedral and Melk Abbey. Explore Vienna's surroundings by going to Stadtpfarrkirche Maria Himmelfahrt (in Melk), Wachau Valley (in Joching) and Burgruine Duernstein (in Durnstein). There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Kaiserliche Schatzkammer Wien, admire the masterpieces at Belvedere Palace, hunt for treasures at Vienna Naschmarkt, and admire the striking features of Church of the Jesuits.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Vienna driving holiday app.

You can drive from Salzburg to Vienna in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly. May in Vienna sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Vienna

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Germany travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Germany is the home of high culture, fine art, classical music, world-class sports, award-winning cuisine--and some of the world's best beers. It's also one of the major economic and political powers of the European continent. One of the founding members of the European Union, Germany is a federation of 16 states. Each boasts its own distinct culture, art, cuisine, regional traditions, and array of things to do. The country is known worldwide for its precision engineering and high-tech products. Equally, though, Germany is admired for its old-world charm and what is locally known as gemutlichkeit (coziness). This is one of the easiest countries in the world to explore, offering an abundance of sightseeing opportunities. German transportation runs with German efficiency. Therefore, getting around the various regions is almost always easy, quick, and pleasant. Visit the cities to explore museums, art galleries, modern restaurants, and trendy shops. Also be sure to venture deeper into the countryside. Here, you can discover ancient castles and bustling little villages. Often in these off-the-beaten-path areas, the main tourist attraction remains the simple hospitality of the friendly locals.

Switzerland travel guide

4.7
Bodies of Water · Mountains · Specialty Museums
Immerse yourself in a snow-capped mountain wonderland in Switzerland's serene Alpine setting. See the world-renowned Matterhorn, Switzerland's second-highest mountain at 4,478 m (14,962 ft) tall, or zoom down the mountains on toboggan, ski, or snowboard. In the warmer seasons hike around the rolling green hillsides covered with pine trees and picturesque aqua blue lakes. Luxurious cities dotted with cozy wooden chalets and colorful flowerbeds balance quaintness with first-class cultural offerings. Indulge in the country's opulence of milk chocolate, cheese fondue, and keg-carrying St. Bernard dogs.

Austria travel guide

4.5
Castles · Art Museums · Specialty Museums
Situated in the Central European Alps, Austria combines an alluring bundle of elegant urban architecture, cultural centers, and dramatic landscapes. This German-speaking country of 8.5 million residents is known for its rich history, dating back to the Hapsburg Empire, as well as its art, music, and scenery. Along with the neighboring country of Switzerland, Austria serves as the winter sports capital of Europe and is home to some of the continent's most popular ski resorts. This landlocked nation draws visitors from across the globe to its mountains, historical villages, and culturally rich cities. Experience trekking in the Alps one day and drinking regional wine at a crowded pub after a day of sightseeing in the capital Vienna the next.