24 days in Austria & Lake Maggiore (Italy & Switzerland) Itinerary

24 days in Austria & Lake Maggiore (Italy & Switzerland) Itinerary

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Stresa, Italy
— 4 nights
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Locarno, Switzerland
— 3 nights
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Hallstatt, Austria
— 2 nights
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Graz, Austria
— 2 nights
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Baden, Austria
— 3 nights
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Durnstein, Austria
— 2 nights
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Linz, Austria
— 5 nights
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Stresa, Italy

— 4 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. Your inner history buff will appreciate Palazzo Borromeo and Rocca Borromeo. Get outdoors at Isola Bella and Isole Borromee. Venture out of the city with trips to Lago Maggiore (in Verbania), Cascate Della Froda (in Castelveccana) and Piazza Fontana (in Laveno-Mombello). And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens Of Villa Taranto, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa di Madonna di Campagna, step off the mainland to explore Island of the Fishermen (Isola dei Pescatori), and pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa Vecchia dedicata a Santa Maria.

For photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Stresa trip itinerary planning website.

Houston, USA to Stresa is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Houston to Stresa due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Houston in April, with highs in Stresa at 66°F and lows at 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can drive to Locarno.

Things to do in Stresa

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Locarno, Switzerland

— 3 nights
Locarno's Mediterranean climate, palm trees, and 2,300 hours of sunlight per year make this city the warmest in Switzerland.
Popular historic sites such as Chiesa di San Michele and Castello Bernese are in your itinerary. Take a break from the city and head to Cimetta and Cardada. Next up on the itinerary: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Falconeria Locarno, get outside with Indepth Outthere Adventures, make a trip to Piazza G. Motta, and pause for some serene contemplation at Sacromonte e Santuario Madonna del Sasso.

For photos and other tourist information, read our Locarno trip maker tool.

Getting from Stresa to Locarno by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In May in Locarno, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 52°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel to Hallstatt.

Things to do in Locarno

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Hallstatt, Austria

— 2 nights

Pearl of Austria

Historically known for the production of salt, Halstatt's fine architecture reflects the small village's salt mining legacy.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Old Town and Museum Hallstatt. Get outdoors at Hallstatter See and Krumbock Bootsverleih. There's much more to do: enjoy breathtaking views from Hallstatt Skywalk "Welterbeblick", take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parish of the Assumption, choose your vessel at Lake Hallstatt Explorer, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Hallstatt-Dachstein - Salzkammergut Cultural Landscape.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Hallstatt online itinerary planner.

You can drive from Locarno to Hallstatt in 7 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can go by car to Graz.

Things to do in Hallstatt

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Graz, Austria

— 2 nights
With six universities, Graz represents a young, laid-back, and lively city with nightlife that doesn't stop.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): get to know the resident critters at Tierwelt Herberstein, then examine the collection at Arnold Schwarzenegger Museum, then explore the world behind art at Kunsthaus Graz, and finally contemplate the long history of Altstadt von Graz. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Gemaltes Haus, walk around Schloss Eggenberg, then experience rural life at Spanische Hofreitschule Bundesgestut Piber, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Rettenbachklamm.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Graz road trip planner.

You can drive from Hallstatt to Graz in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. May in Graz sees daily highs of 68°F and lows of 48°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can go by car to Baden.

Things to do in Graz

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Baden, Austria

— 3 nights
Baden, unofficially distinguished from other Badens as Baden bei Wien, is a spa town in Austria. Your inner history buff will appreciate Stift Heiligenkreuz and Bergkirche. Get outdoors at Rosarium and Nationalpark Neusiedler See – Seewinkel. Take a break from Baden with a short trip to Forchtenstein Castle in Forchtenstein, about 48 minutes away. There's much more to do: walk around Kurpark, explore the striking landscape at Seegrotte Hinterbruhl, stop by SCS Shopping Center Sued, and explore the historical opulence of Burg Liechtenstein.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Baden road trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Graz to Baden takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Traveling from Graz in May, Baden is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can drive to Durnstein.

Things to do in Baden

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Durnstein, Austria

— 2 nights
Dürnstein is a small town on the Danube river in the Krems-Land district, in the Austrian state of Lower Austria. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Stift Durnstein, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Benediktinerstift Göttweig, then appreciate the views at Wachau Valley, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Melk Abbey. On the next day, step into the grandiose world of Burgruine Duernstein, step into the grandiose world of Artstetten Castle, explore the historical opulence of Schallaburg, then delve into the distant past at Burgruine Aggstein, and finally stop by Wein & Keramik – Schneeweiss.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Durnstein vacation maker.

Traveling by car from Baden to Durnstein takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of tram and train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Linz.

Things to do in Durnstein

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Shopping

Side Trips

Linz, Austria

— 5 nights
Located on the Danube with a rolling green backdrop, Linz is a city equally rich in nature and culture.
Mariendom and Augustiner Chorherrenstift Sankt Florian are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visiting Grottenbahn and Almsee will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Linz: Bohmerwald Nordisches Zentrum Schoneben (in Ulrichsberg) and Kalkalpen National Park (in Reichraming). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Pöstlingbergbahn, steep yourself in history at KZ-Gedenkstatte Mauthausen, and see the interesting displays at Ars Electronica Center.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Linz itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Durnstein to Linz in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Linz

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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.

Lower Austria travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Castles · Specialty Museums
The country's largest province, Lower Austria, offers tourists a taste of Austrian history, culture, and scenery. This region is actually situated in the northernmost part of the country, but was named for its location downriver along the Danube. Take part in outdoor recreation or relax at a top-quality vineyard. Like much of Austria, this region hosts forests and mountains and is dotted with castles and lakes. Additional attractions include museums of traditional handicrafts, a historical abbey, and the nation's newest capital town.