18 days in Switzerland, Austria & Belgium Itinerary

18 days in Switzerland, Austria & Belgium Itinerary

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Fly to Geneva Cointrin International Airport, Drive to Lausanne
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Lausanne, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive
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Innsbruck, Austria
— 2 nights
Drive
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Salzburg, Austria
— 2 nights
Drive
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Vienna, Austria
— 3 nights
Fly
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Brussels, Belgium
— 3 nights
Drive
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Bruges, Belgium
— 3 nights
Drive to Brussels Airport, Fly to Jesús Terán Paredo International Airport

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Lausanne, Switzerland

— 2 nights

Swiss San Francisco

Lausanne contains several distinct neighborhoods, each offering a different side of the French-speaking Swiss town.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Tue): admire the striking features of Cathedrale de Lausanne, admire the masterpieces at Collection de l'Art Brut, then steep yourself in history at Gruyeres Castle, and finally see the interesting displays at HR Giger Museum.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Lausanne travel route builder.

Aguascalientes, Mexico to Lausanne is an approximately 22-hour combination of flight and car. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Aguascalientes to Lausanne due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Innsbruck.

Things to do in Lausanne

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Innsbruck, Austria

— 2 nights
Nestled in a valley between snowcapped peaks, Innsbruck evokes visions of a winter wonderland.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): admire the masterpieces at Schloss Ambras Innsbruck, pause for some serene contemplation at Dom zu St. Jakob, then steep yourself in history at Altstadt von Innsbruck, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Maria-Theresien-Strasse. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of The Golden Roof (Goldenes Dachl), then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hofkirche, then admire the masterpieces at Tyrolean Folk Art Museum, and finally examine the collection at Swarovski Kristallwelten.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Innsbruck travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Lausanne to Innsbruck in 5.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly. August in Innsbruck sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Salzburg.

Things to do in Innsbruck

Museums · Historic Sites

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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): examine the collection at Red Bull Hangar-7, explore the historical opulence of Schloss Hellbrunn, admire the landmark architecture of Salzburg Cathedral, then contemplate the long history of Mozarts Geburtshaus, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Getreidegasse. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Mirabell Palace, explore the galleries of Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus), stroll the grounds of Petersfriedhof, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter's Abbey (Stift St. Peter), and finally get great views at Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle.

To find photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Salzburg trip itinerary planning app.

Getting from Innsbruck to Salzburg by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. August in Salzburg sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can drive to Vienna.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

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.
Appreciate the collections at Belvedere Palace and Albertina. Do some cultural sightseeing at Schonbrunn Palace and Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Karlskirche, steep yourself in history at Chapel of St. Virgil, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Stephen's Cathedral, and get engrossed in the history at Kaiserliche Schatzkammer Wien.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Vienna online trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Salzburg to Vienna in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in August, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to travel to Brussels.

Things to do in Vienna

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Brussels, Belgium

— 3 nights

Capital of Europe

The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Grand Place and Grote Markt. Atomium and Musical Instruments Museum (MIM) will appeal to museum buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Brussels: Antwerp (Keizerskapel (Sint Anna kapel) & MAS - Museum aan de Stroom). There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Royal Palace of Brussels, admire the masterpieces at Magritte Museum, see the interesting displays at Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique, and admire the landmark architecture of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule).

To find reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Brussels journey planner.

Traveling by flight from Vienna to Brussels takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Vienna in August: high temperatures in Brussels hover around 25°C and lows are around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Bruges.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Bruges, Belgium

— 3 nights

Venice of the North

The medieval town of Bruges centers around a canal, and the architecture of its historical district has made it a World Heritage Site.
Popular historic sites such as Historic Centre of Brugge and Church of Our Lady Bruges are in your itinerary. Museum-lovers will get to explore Torture Museum Oude Steen and Cathedrale Saint Sauveur de Bruges. There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Groeningemuseum, pause for some serene contemplation at Adornesdomein & Jeruzalemkerk, see the interesting displays at Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum, and sample the tasty concoctions at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan.

To find maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Bruges online trip builder.

Traveling by car from Brussels to Bruges takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. August in Bruges sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bruges

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Breweries & Distilleries

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.

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.

Belgium travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · Monuments
A small country packing a big punch in terms of tourist attractions, Belgium sits at the crossroads of Western Europe, its cities soaked in history and famed for their lively arts, fashion, and dining scenes. Although it advertises itself simply as "A Food Lover's Dream," this country of just 11 million people boasts a rich architectural heritage, world-famous breweries, pristine natural areas, and touching memorials marking major battlegrounds from both World War I and World War II. Put the country's elegant cities of Brussels and Bruges at the top of your itinerary, but don't forget that Belgium's less-explored countryside offers dense forests, rolling hills, and lush valleys.