22 days in Switzerland & Austria Itinerary

22 days in Switzerland & Austria Itinerary

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Geneva, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Zermatt, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Lucerne, Switzerland
— 3 nights
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Innsbruck, Austria
— 3 nights
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Salzburg, Austria
— 4 nights
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Vienna, Austria
— 5 nights
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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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Chaplin's World and Jardin Botanique - Villa le Chene. Discover out-of-the-way places like Swiss Vapeur Parc and Freddie Mercury Statue. Get out of town with these interesting Geneva side-trips: Lausanne (Cathedrale de Lausanne & The Olympic Museum Lausanne (Musee Olympique)). Next up on the itinerary: take advantage of the amenities at Bains des Paquis, see the interesting displays at Patek Philippe Museum, get a sense of history and politics at Palais des Nations, Genève, and get curious at CERN.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Geneva travel route planner.

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to Geneva is an approximately 8.5-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. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Jeddah in August: high temperatures in Geneva hover around 30°C and lows are around 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Zermatt.

Things to do in Geneva

Museums · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

Zermatt, Switzerland

— 2 nights
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
On the 25th (Wed), get great views at Gornergrat, stop by Laderach, then enjoy breathtaking views from Sunnegga, then see the interesting displays at Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis, and finally don't miss a visit to Mountaineers' Cemetery. On the 26th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: fly down the slopes at Zermatt-Matterhorn Ski Paradise, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Breithorn, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Matterhorn.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Zermatt travel planning tool.

You can drive from Geneva to Zermatt in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can go by car to Lauterbrunnen.

Things to do in Zermatt

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Winter Sports

Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland

— 2 nights
A small village in a valley, Lauterbrunnen showcases an abundance of awe-inspiring waterfalls.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Jungfraujoch and then take in the dramatic natural features at Aletsch Glacier. Keep things going the next day: admire the sheer force of Trümmelbachfälle, admire the sheer force of Staubbach Waterfall, then appreciate the views at Lauterbrunnen Village, and finally appreciate the views at Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls.

For maps and tourist information, read Lauterbrunnen visit app.

Drive from Zermatt to Lauterbrunnen in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Lucerne.

Things to do in Lauterbrunnen

Nature · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

Lucerne, Switzerland

— 3 nights
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Kids will enjoy Altstadt Luzern and The Rosengart Collection. Step off the beaten path and head to Verkehrshaus der Schweiz and Uetliberg Mountain. Get out of town with these interesting Lucerne side-trips: Interlaken (Harderkulm & Parasailing & Paragliding), Zurich (Bahnhofstrasse, Hauptbahnhof, &more) and Aare Gorge (in Meiringen). There's more to do: explore the activities along Lake Lucerne and take in the views from Chapel Bridge.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Lucerne road trip tool.

You can drive from Lauterbrunnen to Lucerne in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Innsbruck.

Things to do in Lucerne

Museums · Nature · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Innsbruck, Austria

— 3 nights
Nestled in a valley between snowcapped peaks, Innsbruck evokes visions of a winter wonderland.
Bring the kids along to Grawa Wasserfall and Maria-Theresien-Strasse. Explore hidden gems such as Krimml Falls (Krimmler Wasserfalle) and Altstadt von Innsbruck. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Innsbruck: Stubaier Gletscher (in Neustift im Stubaital), Achensee (in Maurach) and Hexenwasser (in Soll). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hofkirche, admire the landmark architecture of Imperial Palace, fly down the slopes at Bergisel Ski Jump, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Dom zu St. Jakob.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Innsbruck road trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Lucerne to Innsbruck takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. August in Innsbruck sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to drive to Salzburg.

Things to do in Innsbruck

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Outdoors

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Eisriesenwelt and Sigmund-Thun-Klamm. Family-friendly places like Salzwelten Salzburg and Schloss Hellbrunn will thrill your kids. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Salzburg: Lake Zell (in Zell am See), Kitzsteinhorn (in Kaprun) and Erlebnisburg Hohenwerfen (in Werfen). There's much more to do: take some stellar pictures from Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle, take in the awesome beauty at Untersberg, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Zoo Salzburg, and examine the collection at Red Bull Hangar-7.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Salzburg day trip app.

You can drive from Innsbruck to Salzburg in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. September in Salzburg sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can drive to Vienna.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Vienna, Austria

— 5 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Ringstrasse and Kaiserliche Schatzkammer Wien. Attractions like Schonbrunn Palace and St. Stephen's Cathedral make great kid-friendly stops. The adventure continues: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Schönbrunn Zoo, don't miss a visit to Rathausplatz, appreciate the history behind Volksgarten, and see the interesting displays at The Hofburg.

To find photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Vienna tour planning website.

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 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Theme 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 · Churches
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.