20 days in Switzerland, Lake Maggiore (Italy & Switzerland) & Austrian Alps Itinerary

20 days in Switzerland, Lake Maggiore (Italy & Switzerland) & Austrian Alps Itinerary

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Geneva, Switzerland
— 1 night
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Zermatt, Switzerland
— 3 nights
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Stresa, Italy
— 3 nights
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Lucerne, Switzerland
— 4 nights
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Innsbruck, Austria
— 2 nights
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Zell am See, Austria
— 2 nights
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Salzburg, Austria
— 4 nights
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Geneva, Switzerland

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Thu): pause for some photo ops at Reformation Wall (Mur de la Reformation) and then take some stellar pictures from Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre. On the next day, make a trip to The Flower Clock, then admire the local landmark of The Geneva Water Fountain, and then explore the activities along Lake Geneva.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Geneva online vacation builder.

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to Geneva is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of ferry and car. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Jeddah to Geneva due to the time zone difference. In July, Geneva is much colder than Jeddah - with highs of 32°C and lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to drive to Zermatt.

Things to do in Geneva

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Zermatt, Switzerland

— 3 nights
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Attractions like The Matterhorn and Hinterdorfstrasse make great kid-friendly stops. Next up on the itinerary: get great views at Gornergrat, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kapelle Gornergrat "Bernhard von Aosta", contemplate the waterfront views at Stellisee, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Riffelsee.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Zermatt sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Geneva to Zermatt takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Stresa.

Things to do in Zermatt

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Stresa, Italy

— 3 nights
Stresa is a town and comune of about 5,000 residents on the shores of Lake Maggiore in the province of Verbano-Cusio-Ossola in the Piedmont region of northern Italy, about 90km northwest of Milan. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Alpyland Mottarone and Isola Madre. When in Stresa, make a side trip to see Lago Maggiore in Verbania, approximately Verbania away. There's much more to do: take in the exciting artwork at Palazzo Borromeo, browse for treasures at Epoque Antichita e Restauro, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens Of Villa Taranto, and head off the coast to Sapori d'Italia, Lago Maggiore.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Stresa trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by car from Zermatt to Stresa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in July, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Lucerne.

Things to do in Stresa

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Lucerne, Switzerland

— 4 nights
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Lake Zurich and Parasailing & Paragliding. Explore Lucerne's surroundings by going to Old Town (in Zurich), Trümmelbachfälle (in Lauterbrunnen) and Schlosskirche (in Interlaken). There's lots more to do: stroll through Mt Pilatus, pause for some photo ops at Lion Monument, take in the views from Chapel Bridge, and explore the activities along Lake Lucerne.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Lucerne online tour planner.

Getting from Stresa to Lucerne by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or fly. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Stresa in July: highs in Lucerne hover around 29°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can drive to Innsbruck.

Things to do in Lucerne

Nature · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Innsbruck, Austria

— 2 nights
Nestled in a valley between snowcapped peaks, Innsbruck evokes visions of a winter wonderland.
On the 13th (Tue), examine the collection at Swarovski Kristallwelten, explore the activities along Achensee, and then hit the slopes at Rosshutte. On your second day here, hit the slopes at Bergisel Ski Jump, meet the residents at Alpenzoo, then take an in-depth tour of The Golden Roof (Goldenes Dachl), then enjoy breathtaking views from Town Tower (Stadtturm), and finally contemplate the long history of Altstadt von Innsbruck.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Innsbruck tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Lucerne to Innsbruck in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Innsbruck can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Zell am See.

Things to do in Innsbruck

Parks · Museums · Winter Sports · Outdoors

Side Trips

Zell am See, Austria

— 2 nights
Despite its small size, Zell am See is a well-visited tourist destination known mostly as a ski resort town, and it serves as an important transportation hub for the region.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): explore the activities along Lake Zell, then stop by SOPURE - Salt & Soaps, and then get outside with Grossglockner High Alpine Road. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head outdoors with Klammsee, get outside with Sigmund-Thun-Klamm, and then take in the awesome beauty at Kitzsteinhorn.

To find where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Zell am See trip planner.

Getting from Innsbruck to Zell am See by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Zell am See can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Salzburg.

Things to do in Zell am See

Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Salzburg, Austria

— 4 nights

Rome of the North

Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Kids will enjoy Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle and Mirabell Palace. Go for a jaunt from Salzburg to Golling an der Salzach to see Gollinger Wasserfall about 34 minutes away. There's much more to do: admire the striking features of Salzburg Cathedral, see the interesting displays at Red Bull Hangar-7, explore the historical opulence of Schloss Hellbrunn, and contemplate the long history of Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus).

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Salzburg day trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Zell am See to Salzburg takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In July in Salzburg, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

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.

Austrian Alps travel guide

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Ski Areas · Historic Sites · Lookouts
Much of the country's territory sits in the heart of the mountainous Austrian Alps, making the region a prime spot for trekking, skiing, or cozying up in a mountain resort. The mountain range makes Austria, along with Switzerland, the winter sports capital of Europe. Though the Alps are most famous for hosting a wealth of ski resorts for visitors of all skill levels, regional tourism is growing, capitalizing on the appeal of outdoor recreation during all seasons. Visitors flock to the Alps for hiking, golf, biking, and whitewater kayaking in addition to skiing.