16 days in Switzerland & Austrian Alps Itinerary

16 days in Switzerland & Austrian Alps Itinerary

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Fly to Munich, Train to Salzburg
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Salzburg, Austria
— 3 nights
Drive
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Innsbruck, Austria
— 2 nights
Drive
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive
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Engelberg, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive
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Grindelwald, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Train
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Zermatt, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Train to Genève-Aéroport, Fly to Bengaluru

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Salzburg, Austria

— 3 nights

Rome of the North

Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Venture out of the city with trips to Hallstatt (Old Town & Hallstatt Skywalk "Welterbeblick") and Eisriesenwelt (in Werfen). The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Mirabell Palace, step into the grandiose world of Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle, don't miss a visit to Salzburger Altstadt, and take an in-depth tour of Mozarts Geburtshaus.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Salzburg trip planner.

Bengaluru, India to Salzburg is an approximately 15-hour combination of flight and train. You can also drive. The time zone changes from India Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a -4.5 hour difference. In May, Salzburg is cooler than Bengaluru - with highs of 21°C and lows of 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can go by car to Innsbruck.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Innsbruck, Austria

— 2 nights
Nestled in a valley between snowcapped peaks, Innsbruck evokes visions of a winter wonderland.
On the 6th (Thu), learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Alpenzoo, admire the landmark architecture of Bergisel Ski Jump, then examine the collection at Swarovski Kristallwelten, and finally steep yourself in history at Rathaus. On the next day, steep yourself in history at Altstadt von Innsbruck, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Dom zu St. Jakob, then explore the galleries of The Golden Roof (Goldenes Dachl), and finally take in panoramic vistas at Town Tower (Stadtturm).

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Innsbruck road trip tool.

Drive from Salzburg to Innsbruck in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In May in Innsbruck, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Zurich.

Things to do in Innsbruck

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Zurich, Switzerland

— 2 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): take a stroll through Old Town, take in the dramatic scenery at Rhine Falls, and then take a tour by water with Sciffmandli. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Uetliberg Mountain, wander the streets of Bahnhofstrasse, and then explore the activities along Lake Zurich.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Zurich road trip planning site.

Drive from Innsbruck to Zurich in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Zurich can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Engelberg.

Things to do in Zurich

Nature · Parks · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Engelberg, Switzerland

— 2 nights
Engelberg offers outdoor activities for a variety of skill levels and remains much less well-known than other Swiss resorts.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): take in the awesome beauty at Titlis and then don't miss a visit to Kloster Engelberg - Benediktinerabtei. On your second day here, witness the site of a historic battle at Teufelsbrucke, see the interesting displays at Glasi Hergiswil, and then take in the awesome beauty at Buergenstock.

To find reviews and more tourist information, go to the Engelberg route maker website.

Getting from Zurich to Engelberg by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, daytime highs in Engelberg are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Engelberg

Nature · Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors

Side Trips

Grindelwald, Switzerland

— 2 nights

Glacier Village

As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
On the 12th (Wed), take in the awesome beauty at Jungfraujoch and then take in the awesome beauty at Maennlichen.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Grindelwald online vacation planner.

You can drive from Engelberg to Grindelwald in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Zermatt.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Nature · Tours · Winter Sports · Parks

Side Trip

Zermatt, Switzerland

— 3 nights
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Venture out of the city with trips to Trapgame (in Charrat) and Fondation Pierre Gianadda (in Martigny). And it doesn't end there: take some stellar pictures from Gornergrat, explore the different monuments and memorials at Mountaineers' Cemetery, go for a walk through Hinterdorfstrasse, and take in panoramic vistas at Sunnegga.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Zermatt attractions planner.

Traveling by train from Grindelwald to Zermatt takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Zermatt

Nature · Parks · Museums · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Austrian Alps travel guide

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Ski Areas · Historic Sites · Lookouts
Much of the country's territory sits in the heart of the mountainous Austrian Alps, making the region a prime spot for trekking, skiing, or cozying up in a mountain resort. The mountain range makes Austria, along with Switzerland, the winter sports capital of Europe. Though the Alps are most famous for hosting a wealth of ski resorts for visitors of all skill levels, regional tourism is growing, capitalizing on the appeal of outdoor recreation during all seasons. Visitors flock to the Alps for hiking, golf, biking, and whitewater kayaking in addition to skiing.

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.

Swiss Alps travel guide

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Mountains · Bodies of Water · Lookouts
The stunning Swiss Alps cover 65 percent of the Switzerland's surface area with dramatic mountain scenery. Its spectacular peaks and valleys are the result of tectonic thrusts, among them the Jungfrau-Aletsch region, the first World Heritage Site in the Alps. Connected by a network of trains and cable cars, this majestic vacation spot is accessible for all. The Swiss Alps are home to some of the highest mountains in the Alps, including the Monte Rosa, which stands at 4,634 m (15,203 ft). Pristine white snow and perfect blue skies await you, and ski sports and hiking trails aplenty top the list of things to do.