18 days in Switzerland & Austria Itinerary

18 days in Switzerland & Austria Itinerary

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18 days in Switzerland & Austria Itinerary

Start: Bangkok, Thailand
Fly:  9 h 30 min
1
Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 day
Drive:  1 h
2
Lucerne, Switzerland
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Thun, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Montreux, Switzerland
— Few hours
car:  3 h
5
Zermatt, Switzerland
— 2 nights
car:  4 h
6
Chur, Switzerland
— Few hours
Drive:  2 h 30 min
7
Innsbruck, Austria
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
8
Hallstatt, Austria
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
9
Salzburg, Austria
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h
10
Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Fly:  15 h
End: Bangkok, Thailand

1
day
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Zurich route maker app .

Bangkok, Thailand to Zurich is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, shuttle, and train. Traveling from Bangkok to Zurich, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Bangkok in July: highs in Zurich hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Lucerne.

Things to do in Zurich

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Old Town ©
Old Town
Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Bahnhofstrasse ©
Bahnhofstrasse

4
nights
Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Mount Titlis as well as Spreuer Bridge. Explore Lucerne's surroundings by going to Bern (Central Railroad Station, UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, & more) and Lake Brienz (in Brienz). And it doesn't end there: take in the awesome beauty at Mt Pilatus, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ufschotti Park, pause for some photo ops at Lion Monument, and snap pictures at Chapel Bridge.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Lucerne trip planner .

Drive from Zurich to Lucerne in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In July in Lucerne, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Thun.

Things to do in Lucerne

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Bern, Lake Brienz, Titlis
Highlights from your plan
Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Lake Lucerne ©
Lake Lucerne
Chapel Bridge ©
Chapel Bridge

3
nights
Thun, Switzerland

Thun ©
Thun is a town and a municipality in the administrative district of Thun in the canton of Bern in Switzerland with about 43,783 inhabitants, as of 31 December 2013.It is located where the Aare flows out of Lake Thun, 30km south of Bern.Besides tourism, machine and precision instrument engineering, the largest garrison in the country, the food industry, armaments and publishing are of economic importance to Thun.The official language of Thun is German, but the main spoken language is the local variant of the Alemannic Swiss German dialect.HistoryThe area of what is now Thun was inhabited since the Neolithic age (mid-3rd millennium BC). Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Jungfraujoch. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Wed): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Jungfraujoch, then step into the grandiose world of Schloss THUN, and then explore the activities along Thunersee.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Thun route planner .

Getting from Lucerne to Thun by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in July, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can drive to Montreux.

Things to do in Thun

Nature Tours Parks

Side Trip

Jungfraujoch
Highlights from your plan
Thunersee ©
Thunersee
Jungfraujoch ©
Jungfraujoch
Schloss Thun ©
Schloss Thun

few
hours
Montreux, Switzerland

Montreux ©
Mostly known for its world-renowned jazz festival, Montreux serves as a picturesque lakeside resort town on the Swiss Riviera.
On the 2nd (Fri), pause for some photo ops at Freddie Mercury Memorial.

To find photos and other tourist information, read Montreux road trip planner .

You can drive from Thun to Montreux in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can take a train to Zermatt.
Highlights from your plan
Freddie Mercury Statue ©
Freddie Mercury Statue

2
nights
Zermatt, Switzerland

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
You've now added Matterhorn Glacier Paradise to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): take some stellar pictures from Photopoint Kirchbrucke bridge.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Zermatt day trip planning app .

You can take a train from Montreux to Zermatt in 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can take a train to Chur.

Things to do in Zermatt

Transportation Outdoors Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Matterhorn Glacier Paradise ©
Matterhorn Glacier Paradise
Gornergrat ©
Gornergrat

few
hours
Chur, Switzerland

Chur ©
Chur or Coire is the capital and largest town of the Swiss canton of Grisons and lies in the Grisonian Rhine Valley, where the Rhine turns towards the north, in the northern part of the canton. Start off your visit on the 4th (Sun): take a stroll through Old Town Chur and then explore the activities along Caumasee.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Chur trip itinerary maker site .

You can take a train from Zermatt to Chur in 6 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to travel to Innsbruck.

Things to do in Chur

Parks Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Caumasee
Highlights from your plan
Caumasee ©
Caumasee
Old Town Chur ©
Old Town Chur

2
nights
Innsbruck, Austria

Innsbruck ©
Nestled in a valley between snowcapped peaks, Innsbruck evokes visions of a winter wonderland.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Wolfsklamm Gorge, Town Tower (Stadtturm) and Imperial Palace.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Innsbruck online holiday planner .

You can drive from Chur to Innsbruck in 3 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to drive to Hallstatt.

Things to do in Innsbruck

Trails Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Wolfsklamm Gorge, Swarovski Kristallwelten
Highlights from your plan
Wolfsklamm Gorge ©
Wolfsklamm Gorge
The Golden Roof (Goldenes Dachl) ©
The Golden Roof (Goldenes Dachl)
Swarovski Kristallwelten ©
Swarovski Kristallwelten

1
night
Hallstatt, Austria

Hallstatt ©
Historically known for the production of salt, Halstatt's fine architecture reflects the small village's salt mining legacy.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Traunsee as well as Hallstatter See. On the 6th (Tue), explore the activities along Hallstatter See, don't miss a visit to Central Square Marktplatz, enjoy breathtaking views from Hallstatt Skywalk "Welterbeblick", then pause for some serene contemplation at Hallstatt Lutheran Church, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Old Town. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Wed): explore the activities along Traunsee.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Hallstatt trip itinerary planning app .

You can drive from Innsbruck to Hallstatt in 3 hours. Another option is to take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Salzburg.

Things to do in Hallstatt

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Traunsee
Highlights from your plan
Hallstatter See ©
Hallstatter See
Old Town ©
Old Town
Hallstatt Skywalk ©
Hallstatt Skywalk "Welterbeblick"

2
nights
Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Here are some ideas for day two: take in the awesome beauty at Untersberg, admire the natural beauty at Mirabell Palace, don't miss a visit to Salzburger Altstadt, get great views at Salzburg Fortress (Festung Hohensalzburg), then contemplate the long history of Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus), and finally take an in-depth tour of Mozarts Geburtshaus.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Salzburg road trip app .

Drive from Hallstatt to Salzburg in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Zurich.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Mirabell Palace ©
Mirabell Palace
Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle ©
Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle
Schloss Hellbrunn ©
Schloss Hellbrunn

2
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Altstadt-Spaziergange durch Basel.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Zurich travel route planner .

Traveling by car from Salzburg to Zurich takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or fly. You'll set off for home on the 11th (Sun).

Things to do in Zurich

Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Basel's Old Town
Highlights from your plan
Basel's Old Town ©
Basel's Old Town

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