17 days in Switzerland, Austria & Munich Itinerary

17 days in Switzerland, Austria & Munich Itinerary

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Fly
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Vienna, Austria
— 3 nights
Drive
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Salzburg, Austria
— 2 nights
Drive
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Munich, Germany
— 3 nights
Drive
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Train
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Murren, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Train
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Zermatt, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Train to Genève-Aéroport, Fly to New York JFK

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Vienna, Austria

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Schonbrunn Palace and Ringstrasse. Step off the beaten path and head to Melk Abbey and Kaiserliche Schatzkammer Wien. Get out of town with these interesting Vienna side-trips: Wachau Valley (in Joching) and Stadtpfarrkirche Maria Himmelfahrt (in Melk). There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Stephen's Cathedral, examine the collection at Collection of Old Musical Instruments, admire the masterpieces at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, and take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael's Church.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Vienna trip itinerary planning tool.

New York City, USA to Vienna is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Vienna is 6 hours. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from New York City in September; daily highs in Vienna reach 69°F and lows reach 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Salzburg.

Things to do in Vienna

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Nature

Side Trips

2
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Salzburg, Austria

Rome of the North

Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): stroll the grounds of Petersfriedhof, contemplate the long history of Kapitelplatz & Kapitelschwemme, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter's Abbey (Stift St. Peter), explore the different monuments and memorials at Catacombe Del Cimitero Di San Pietro, then pause for some serene contemplation at Salzburg Cathedral, and finally steep yourself in history at Salzburger Altstadt. Here are some ideas for day two: gain insight at Kollegienkirche (Collegiate Church), steep yourself in history at Franziskanerkirche, get a taste of the local shopping with Getreidegasse, contemplate the long history of Mozarts Geburtshaus, then see the interesting displays at Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus), and finally stroll the grounds of Cemetery of St. Sebastian (Friedhof St. Sebastian).

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Salzburg trip planner.

Getting from Vienna to Salzburg by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in September, and nighttime lows around 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Munich.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

3
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Munich, Germany

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Cathedral of St Peter's and Lenbachhaus. Your inner history buff will appreciate St. Peter's Church and Basilika St. Emmeram. Explore Munich's surroundings by going to Regensburg (Golf Museum, Basilica of the Nativity of Our Lady Regensburg, &more). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at NS-Dokumentationszentrum Muenchen, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Burgersaalkirche, don't miss a visit to Marienplatz, and take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael's Church.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Munich sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Salzburg to Munich in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 66°F, and evening lows to 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to drive to Zurich.

Things to do in Munich

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

2
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Zurich, Switzerland

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Zoological Museum, take a stroll through Bahnhofstrasse, then wander the streets of Niederdorf, then examine the collection at Uhrenmuseum Beyer Zürich, and finally take an in-depth tour of Haus zum Rech. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at FIFA World Football Museum, contemplate the waterfront views at Seebad Enge, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Zurich route planner.

Drive from Munich to Zurich in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In September in Zurich, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 51°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Murren.

Things to do in Zurich

Museums · Nature · Parks · Neighborhoods

2
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Murren, Switzerland

With a population of just 450 people, Murren brings to life an authentic Swiss mountain village.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sun): stroll through Via Ferrata, take in the awesome beauty at Allmendhubel, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then hike along Blumental Panorama Trail, and finally don't miss a visit to 007 Walk of Fame - Schilthorn. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Burgkirche Raron, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Felsenkirche Eglise St.Michael, and then get outside with Loetschberger-Suedrampe.

For maps and tourist information, go to the Murren trip planner.

Getting from Zurich to Murren by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Murren

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Historic Sites

Side Trips

2
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Zermatt, Switzerland

Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Tue): have fun at Clay Shoot Zermatt, take in the pleasant sights at Hinterdorfstrasse, then make a trip to Mountaineers' Cemetery, then examine the collection at Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis, and finally glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take some stellar pictures from Photopoint Kirchbrucke bridge, then stop by Lindt Chocolate Shop Zermatt, and then take a memorable drive along Gornergrat.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Zermatt trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Murren to Zermatt by train takes about 3.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Zermatt

Outdoors · Tours · Scenic Drive · Transportation

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.

Switzerland travel guide

4.6
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.