17 days in Switzerland, Austria & Munich Itinerary

17 days in Switzerland, Austria & Munich Itinerary

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Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Geneva, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland
— 3 nights
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Zurich, Switzerland
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Munich, Germany
— 3 nights
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Salzburg, Austria
— 2 nights
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Vienna, Austria
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Zurich, Switzerland

— 2 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Landesmuseum, then take a stroll through Old Town, and then admire the natural beauty at Botanischer Garten. On the 5th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Niederdorf, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Seebad Enge.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Zurich online vacation maker.

San Francisco, USA to Zurich is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from San Francisco to Zurich due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Francisco in September, things will get slightly colder in Zurich: highs are around 67°F and lows about 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel to Geneva.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Geneva, Switzerland

— 2 nights

Capital of Peace

Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
On the 6th (Mon), take a stroll through Vieux-Carouge, then identify plant and animal life at l'Arboretum National du Vallon de l'Aubonne, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise de Saint-Sulpice, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Place de la Palud. On the next day, take in the exciting artwork at MB&F M.A.D.Gallery, examine the collection at Musee Ariana, see the interesting displays at Musee des Suisses Dans Le Monde, then explore the world behind art at Collections Baur, Musee des Arts d’Extreme-Orient, and finally see the interesting displays at Musee d'ethnographie de Geneve.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Geneva trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Zurich to Geneva in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 70°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to drive to Lauterbrunnen.

Things to do in Geneva

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland

— 3 nights
A small village in a valley, Lauterbrunnen showcases an abundance of awe-inspiring waterfalls.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Trümmelbachfälle and Staubbach Waterfall. Get outdoors at Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls and Lauterbrunnen Village. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at North face Trail, examine the collection at Talmuseum Lauterbrunnen, trek along Blumental Panorama Trail, and don't miss a visit to 007 Walk of Fame - Schilthorn.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Lauterbrunnen journey planner.

Traveling by car from Geneva to Lauterbrunnen takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Zurich.

Things to do in Lauterbrunnen

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Zurich, Switzerland

— 1 night

Big Small Town

On the 11th (Sat), admire the masterpieces at Museum Rietberg and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Limmatquai.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Zurich online route builder.

Drive from Lauterbrunnen to Zurich in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can drive to Munich.

Things to do in Zurich

Historic Sites · Museums

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.
Visit Cathedral of St Peter's and Maria Laeng Kapelle for their historical value. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Theresienwiese and Burgersaalkirche. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Munich: Regensburg (Golf Museum, Basilika St. Emmeram, &more). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Nymphenburg Palace, take in the spiritual surroundings of Heiliggeistkirche, explore the activities along English Garden, and examine the collection at Deutsches Museum Verkehrszentrum.

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Traveling by car from Zurich to Munich takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 66°F, and evening lows to 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can drive to Salzburg.

Things to do in Munich

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

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 15th (Wed), get great views at Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle, admire the landmark architecture of Salzburg Cathedral, then steep yourself in history at Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus), then explore the different monuments and memorials at Cemetery of St. Sebastian (Friedhof St. Sebastian), and finally admire the landmark architecture of Mirabell Palace. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wallfahrtskirche Maria Plain, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, then get engrossed in the history at Mozarts Geburtshaus, then deepen your understanding at Kollegienkirche (Collegiate Church), and finally steep yourself in history at Kapitelplatz & Kapitelschwemme.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Salzburg trip builder.

Traveling by car from Munich to Salzburg takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September in Salzburg, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 50°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can drive to Vienna.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites · Museums · Adventure · Tours

Side Trip

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.
On the 17th (Fri), make a trip to Ringstrasse, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael's Church, then see the interesting displays at The Hofburg, and finally admire the striking features of Belvedere Palace. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at Kaiserliche Schatzkammer Wien, explore the historical opulence of Schonbrunn Palace, then examine the collection at The Third Man Museum, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Kahlenberg.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Vienna travel planner.

Traveling by car from Salzburg to Vienna takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In September, daily temperatures in Vienna can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. On the 19th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Vienna

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

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.