16 days in Germany, Switzerland & Austria Itinerary

16 days in Germany, Switzerland & Austria Itinerary

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16 days in Germany, Switzerland & Austria Itinerary

Start: San Antonio, United States
+2
Bus + Fly + Train:  19 h
1
Rothenburg, Germany
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
2
Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
3
Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
4
Salzburg, Austria
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h 30 min
5
Vienna, Austria
— 3 nights
Fly:  17 h
End: San Antonio, United States

4
nights
Rothenburg, Germany

Rothenburg ©
An old imperial city, Rothenburg is the main tourist stop on the scenic Romantic Road of Bavaria.
Popular historic sites such as Vieille Ville and Gerlachschmiede are in your itinerary. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Town Walls and Spital Bastion. And it doesn't end there: get a sense of history and politics at Stadt Rothenburg ob der Tauber, contemplate the long history of Burgtorturm, take in the spiritual surroundings of Franziskanerkirche, and see the interesting displays at Medieval Crime Museum (Mittelalterliches Kriminalmuseum).

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Rothenburg online holiday planner .

San Antonio, USA to Rothenburg is an approximately 19-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from San Antonio to Rothenburg. While traveling from San Antonio, expect colder days and a bit cooler nights in Rothenburg, ranging from highs of 41°F to lows of 33°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can go by car to Zurich.

Things to do in Rothenburg

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

St. Georgs Brunnen
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Town Walls ©
Town Walls
Altstadt ©
Altstadt
Spital Bastion ©
Spital Bastion

2
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Old Town and Wasserkirche. Discover out-of-the-way places like Uetliberg Mountain and Fraumünster Church. Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Lake Zurich, don't miss a visit to Bahnhofstrasse, head outdoors with Zurich Succulent Plant Collection, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Limmatquai.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Zurich travel route planner.

You can drive from Rothenburg to Zurich in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect a daytime high around 41°F in December, and nighttime lows around 30°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

Things to do in Zurich

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Uetliberg Mountain ©
Uetliberg Mountain
Old Town ©
Old Town
Fraumünster Church ©
Fraumünster Church

2
nights
Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany

Garmisch-Partenkirchen ©
Nestled within the Bavarian Alps, Garmisch-Partenkirchen offers a classic mountain feel along with world-class winter sports.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): fly down the slopes at Partenkiirchner Bergbahen, identify plant and animal life at Partnachklamm, then snap pictures at Iron Bridge Partnachklamm, and finally make a trip to Franziskanerkloster St. Anton. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the awesome beauty at Zugspitze, hit the slopes at Zugspitzplatt, then pause for some serene contemplation at Pfarrkirche St. Martin, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Sebastian Chapel.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Garmisch-Partenkirchen trip website .

You can drive from Zurich to Garmisch-Partenkirchen in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Zurich in December, Garmisch-Partenkirchen is little chillier at night with lows of 25°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can go by car to Salzburg.

Things to do in Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
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Partnachklamm ©
Partnachklamm
Zugspitze ©
Zugspitze
Zugspitzplatt ©
Zugspitzplatt

2
nights
Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, admire the landmark architecture of Salzburg Cathedral, then take in the awesome beauty at Untersberg, and finally step into the grandiose world of Schloss Hellbrunn. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Fortress Hohensalzburg, make a trip to Pferdeschwemme (Horse Well), stop by Sporer Likör- & Punschmanufaktur, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kollegienkirche (Collegiate Church), then steep yourself in history at Franziskanerkirche, and finally take a stroll through Steingasse.

To see other places to visit and tourist information, you can read our Salzburg trip planner.

You can drive from Garmisch-Partenkirchen to Salzburg in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. December in Salzburg sees daily highs of 42°F and lows of 29°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours
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Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle ©
Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle
Schloss Hellbrunn ©
Schloss Hellbrunn
Salzburg Cathedral ©
Salzburg Cathedral

3
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Schonbrunn Palace and Historic Center of Vienna. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Ringstrasse and Cafe Gloriette. The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Belvedere Palace, don't miss a visit to Stephansplatz, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Stephen's Cathedral, and take in the awesome beauty at Kahlenberg.

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You can fly from Salzburg to Vienna in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 41°F in December, and nighttime lows around 31°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Vienna

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral
Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
Ringstrasse ©
Ringstrasse

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