17 days in Austria, Germany & Switzerland Itinerary

17 days in Austria, Germany & Switzerland Itinerary

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Vienna, Austria
— 3 nights
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Salzburg, Austria
— 2 nights
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Berlin, Germany
— 2 nights
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Hamburg, Germany
— 2 nights
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Lucerne, Switzerland
— 4 nights
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Nuremberg, Germany
— 2 nights
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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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Wachau Valley and Burgruine Duernstein. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Vienna Woods and Pestsäule. Get out of town with these interesting Vienna side-trips: Burg Liechtenstein (in Maria Enzersdorf), Winzer Krems (in Krems an der Donau) and Stift Heiligenkreuz (in Heiligenkreuz). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael's Church, contemplate the long history of Haydnhaus, stop by Manner Shop, and examine the collection at MAK - Austrian Museum of Applied Arts/Contemporary Art.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Vienna online trip itinerary maker.

Mumbai, India to Vienna is an approximately 14-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 4.5 hours traveling from Mumbai to Vienna. Traveling from Mumbai in May, expect Vienna to be much colder, temps between 22°C and 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Salzburg.

Things to do in Vienna

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

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 3rd (Wed), get outside with Lamprechtshohle, steep yourself in history at Gstattentor, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Blasius Church, then stop by Sporer Likör- & Punschmanufaktur, then pause for some serene contemplation at Dreifaltigkeitskirche (Holy Trinity Church), and finally hunt for treasures at Salzburger Christkindlmarkt. On the next day, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Maximillian, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Frauenkirche, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Andrew's Church, then pause for some serene contemplation at Evangelische Christuskirche, and finally get interesting insight from Tours.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Salzburg trip site.

You can drive from Vienna to Salzburg in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In June, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Berlin.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Shopping · Tours

Side Trip

Berlin, Germany

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): browse the different shops at Mall of Berlin, wander the streets of Kreuzberg, then contemplate the long history of Neues Palais, and finally test your problem-solving skills at THE ROOM - Live Escape Game Berlin. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Sat): head outdoors with Biosphere Potsdam, get in on the family fun at LEGOLAND Discovery Centre, and then see the interesting displays at Anne Frank Zentrum.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Berlin tour itinerary maker app.

You can fly from Salzburg to Berlin in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Hamburg.

Things to do in Berlin

Theme Parks · Outdoors · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Hamburg, Germany

— 2 nights

Gateway to the World

As the country's biggest port and one of the busiest in all of Europe, Hamburg has a well-deserved reputation as Germany's Gateway to the World.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Hauptkirche St. Jacobi, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hauptkirche St. Katharinen, examine the collection at Museumshafen Oevelgonne, then examine the collection at Polizeimuseum Hamburg, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St. Petri Kirche. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Dialog in Silence, then look for gifts at Alsterhaus Hamburg, then pause for some serene contemplation at Sankt Jakobi Church, and finally get to know the fascinating history of An der Obertrave.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Hamburg trip planner.

Traveling by train from Berlin to Hamburg takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. June in Hamburg sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can travel to Lucerne.

Things to do in Hamburg

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Lucerne, Switzerland

— 4 nights
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Jesuitenkirche and Museggmauer are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get in touch with nature at Glacier Garden (Gletschergarten) and Mt Pilatus. Explore Lucerne's surroundings by going to Aare Gorge (in Meiringen) and Wooden Bridge from Rapperswil to Hurden (in Rapperswil). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Hofkirche, make a trip to The Nine Towers, appreciate the history behind Lion Monument, and get your bearings at KKL Luzern - Lucerne Culture and Convention Centre.

For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Lucerne trip planner.

Fly from Hamburg to Lucerne in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Nuremberg.

Things to do in Lucerne

Museums · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Nuremberg, Germany

— 2 nights

Gingerbread Capital of the World

Nuremberg's historic town center stands in the shadow of a towering imperial castle that dominates its northwestern corner.
Basilica of the Nativity of Our Lady Regensburg and Basilika St. Emmeram will appeal to history buffs. Attractions like Heilig-Geist-Spital and Elisabethkirche make great kid-friendly stops. When in Nuremberg, make a side trip to see Befreiungshalle Kelheim in Kelheim, approximately Kelheim away. There's much more to do: appreciate the history behind Narrenschiffbrunnen, see the interesting displays at Museum fur Kommunikation, stroll the grounds of Johannisfriedhof Nurnberg, and make a trip to Ehekarussell.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Nuremberg trip planner.

You can fly from Lucerne to Nuremberg in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in June, and nighttime lows around 13°C. On the 14th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Nuremberg

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

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.

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 · Landmarks
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.