26 days in Italy, Austria & Switzerland Itinerary

26 days in Italy, Austria & Switzerland Itinerary

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26 days in Italy, Austria & Switzerland Itinerary

Start: Manama, Bahrain
Fly:  9​h
1
Vienna, Austria
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Hallstatt, Austria
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Salzburg, Austria
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Verona, Italy
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
5
Milan, Italy
— 3 nights
train:  3​h
6
Bern, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
7
Interlaken, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
8
Grindelwald, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
9
Lucerne, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
10
Zurich, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h 30​min
End: Manama, Bahrain

3
nights
Vienna, Austria

Vienna ©
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.
Get some historical perspective at Belvedere Palace and Chapel of St. Virgil. Kids will appreciate attractions like Schonbrunn Palace and Schönbrunn Zoo. And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Stephen's Cathedral, browse the eclectic array of goods at Vienna Naschmarkt, take a stroll through Historic Center of Vienna, and explore the world behind art at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Vienna road trip app .

Manama, Bahrain to Vienna is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Manama to Vienna is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Manama in June, expect Vienna to be much colder, temps between 29°C and 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Hallstatt.

Things to do in Vienna

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral
Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
Belvedere Palace ©
Belvedere Palace

1
night
Hallstatt, Austria

Hallstatt ©
Historically known for the production of salt, Halstatt's fine architecture reflects the small village's salt mining legacy.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Badestrand Hallstatt, then see the interesting displays at Museum Hallstatt, and then go for a walk through Old Town.

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Getting from Vienna to Hallstatt by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Salzburg.

Things to do in Hallstatt

Historic Sites Beaches Parks
Highlights from your plan
Old Town ©
Old Town
Badestrand Hallstatt ©
Badestrand Hallstatt
Museum Hallstatt ©
Museum Hallstatt

4
nights
Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Attractions like Salzburg Museum and Mirabell Palace make great kid-friendly stops. Let the collections at Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus) and Red Bull Hangar-7 capture your imagination. Spend the 21st (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Schloss Hellbrunn, get engrossed in the history at Mozarts Geburtshaus, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Salzburg Cathedral (Dom), and make a trip to Salzburger Altstadt.

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Traveling by car from Hallstatt to Salzburg takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Verona.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Schloss Hellbrunn ©
Schloss Hellbrunn
Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus) ©
Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus)
Mozarts Geburtshaus ©
Mozarts Geburtshaus

3
nights
Verona, Italy

Verona ©
The famous setting for Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet, Verona is one of northern Italy's main tourist destinations, largely owing to its incredibly rich artistic heritage.
Casa di Giulietta and Museo Archeologico al Teatro Romano will appeal to museum buffs. Family-friendly places like Arena di Verona and Spiaggia Castelletto di Brenzone will thrill your kids. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Verona: Lago di Garda (in Garda) and Padua (Scrovegni Chapel & Basilica di Sant’Antonio). Next up on the itinerary: hunt for treasures at Piazza delle Erbe, explore the historical opulence of Museo di Castelvecchio, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore, and admire the sheer force of Parco Naturalistico delle Cascate-Family.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Verona day trip planning app .

You can drive from Salzburg to Verona in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and flight. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Salzburg in June: high temperatures in Verona hover around 34°C and lows are around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Milan.

Things to do in Verona

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Padua, Spiaggia Castelletto di Brenzone, Lago di Garda
Highlights from your plan
Piazza delle Erbe ©
Piazza delle Erbe
Arena di Verona ©
Arena di Verona
Museo di Castelvecchio ©
Museo di Castelvecchio

3
nights
Milan, Italy

Milan ©
In many ways the most modern of Italian cities, Milan is a busy, elegant metropolis with an impressive list of grand palaces, fine churches, and important museums.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Duomo di Milano and Monumental Cemetery. Museum-lovers will get to explore Castello Sforzesco and Pinacoteca di Brera. There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa di San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore, explore the world behind art at Pinacoteca Ambrosiana, and get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo.

To see where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Milan travel route builder .

Getting from Verona to Milan by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. In June, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Bern.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites Museums Nightlife
Highlights from your plan
Duomo di Milano ©
Duomo di Milano
Castello Sforzesco ©
Castello Sforzesco
Pinacoteca Ambrosiana ©
Pinacoteca Ambrosiana

2
nights
Bern, Switzerland

Bern ©
The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Zentrum Paul Klee (Paul Klee Center), examine the collection at HR Giger Museum, then step into the grandiose world of Castle of Gruyeres, then get curious at Einstein House (Einsteinhaus), and finally shop like a local with UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some photo ops at Zahringerdenkmal monument, take an in-depth tour of Bernisches Historisches Museum - Einstein Museum, then see the interesting displays at Museum fur Kommunikation, and finally stroll through Tierpark Dahlholzli.

For ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Bern road trip website .

Traveling by train from Milan to Bern takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Milan in June, with highs in Bern at 28°C and lows at 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can drive to Interlaken.

Things to do in Bern

Museums Zoos & Aquariums Parks

Side Trip

Gruyeres
Highlights from your plan
Zentrum Paul Klee (Paul Klee Center) ©
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern ©
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern

2
nights
Interlaken, Switzerland

Nestled between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz in the heart of the Jungfrau region, Interlaken became popular for its proximity to the mountains and lakes of the Bernese Oberland region.
On the 30th (Sun), fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, look for all kinds of wild species at Alpenwildpark, take in the awesome beauty at Harderkulm, then look for gifts at Buchhandlung Boedeli, and finally head outdoors with Bumblebee Hanggliding Interlaken. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Heimwehfluh, then get your game on at Seilpark Interlaken, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Trümmelbachfälle.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Interlaken road trip app .

Getting from Bern to Interlaken by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. June in Interlaken sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Interlaken

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Trümmelbachfälle
Highlights from your plan
Parasailing & Paragliding
Trümmelbachfälle ©
Trümmelbachfälle
Harderkulm ©
Harderkulm

2
nights
Grindelwald, Switzerland

Grindelwald ©
As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): trek along The Eiger Trail, look for gifts at Molitor, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maennlichen. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Kleine Scheidegg and then explore and take pictures at Jungfraujoch.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Grindelwald trip planner .

Grindelwald is just a short distance from Interlaken. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to travel to Lucerne.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Nature Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Grindelwald-Wengen-Murren-Lauterbrunnen, Molitor
Highlights from your plan
Maennlichen ©
Maennlichen
Jungfraujoch ©
Jungfraujoch
The Eiger Trail ©
The Eiger Trail

2
nights
Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): wander the streets of Altstadt Luzern, then steep yourself in history at Museggmauer, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Jesuitenkirche, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Biosphaere Entlebuch. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Hofkirche, then see the sky in a new way at Verkehrshaus der Schweiz, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Ufschotti Park.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Lucerne holiday site .

Getting from Grindelwald to Lucerne by combination of taxi and train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in July, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Zurich.

Things to do in Lucerne

Parks Museums Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Biosphaere Entlebuch ©
Biosphaere Entlebuch
Verkehrshaus der Schweiz ©
Verkehrshaus der Schweiz
Altstadt Luzern ©
Altstadt Luzern

3
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Museum Rietberg and Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich) will appeal to museum buffs. Get some historical perspective at Old Town (Altstadt) and Fraumünster Church. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen, get engrossed in the history at Schweizerisches Nationalmuseum, explore the activities along Lake Zurich, and don't miss a visit to Bahnhofstrasse.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Zurich trip website .

Traveling by car from Lucerne to Zurich takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. July in Zurich sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Museums Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Old Town ©
Old Town
Bahnhofstrasse ©
Bahnhofstrasse

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