31 days in Austria, Germany & Switzerland Itinerary

31 days in Austria, Germany & Switzerland Itinerary

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31 days in Austria, Germany & Switzerland Itinerary

Start: Washington DC, United States
Fly:  13​h 30​min
1
Vienna, Austria
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h
2
Dresden, Germany
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Berlin, Germany
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
4
Hamburg, Germany
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
5
Nuremberg, Germany
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
7
Ischgl, Austria
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h
8
Zermatt, Switzerland
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 15​min
9
Lausanne, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
10
Interlaken, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
11
Lucerne, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
12
Stuttgart, Germany
— 3 nights
train + Fly:  13​h 15​min
End: Washington DC, United States

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Horseback Riding Tours, Vienna Woods and MAK - Austrian Museum of Applied Arts/Contemporary Art. Explore hidden gems such as Albertina and Leopold Museum. You'll explore and learn at Natural History Museum (Naturhistorisches Museum) and Central Cemetery (Zentralfriedhof). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at MuseumsQuartier Wien, admire the masterpieces at Kunst Haus Wien - Museum Hundertwasser, make a trip to Rathausplatz, and indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Vienna travel itinerary planner .

Washington DC, USA to Vienna is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of subway, bus, and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Washington DC to Vienna. In March, daily temperatures in Vienna can reach 51°F, while at night they dip to 34°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Dresden.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums Tours Nature

Side Trip

Seeschlacht
Highlights from your plan
Albertina ©
Albertina
Vienna Woods ©
Vienna Woods

2
nights
Dresden, Germany

Dresden
Dresden boasts a long history as a royal residence of many Saxon kings.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): make a trip to Bruhl's Terrace, then make a trip to Zwinger, and then explore the world behind art at Gemaldegalerie Alte Meister. Keep things going the next day: step into the grandiose world of Pillnitz Castle & Park, see the interesting displays at Miniaturpark Die Kleine Sachsische Schweiz, then get great views at Basteigebiet, and finally identify plant and animal life at Luchsgehege.

To find other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Dresden trip planning tool .

You can drive from Vienna to Dresden in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or fly. While traveling from Vienna, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Dresden, ranging from highs of 46°F to lows of 33°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can take a train to Berlin.

Things to do in Dresden

Museums Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Miniaturpark Die Kleine Sachsische Schweiz, Luchsgehege, Basteigebiet
Highlights from your plan
Gemaldegalerie Alte Meister
Gemaldegalerie Alte Meister
Luchsgehege ©
Luchsgehege

3
nights
Berlin, Germany

Berlin
The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
You'll explore and learn at Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen and Deutsches Technikmuseum. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Deutsches Historisches Museum and Großer Tiergarten. Venture out of the city with trips to Potsdam (Sanssouci Park, Potsdam's Gardens, & more). There's more to do: sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting and pause for some photo ops at Victory Column (Siegessaule).

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Berlin journey planning tool .

You can take a train from Dresden to Berlin in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Hamburg.

Things to do in Berlin

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Potsdam, Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen
Highlights from your plan
Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen
Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen
German Museum of Technology ©
German Museum of Technology
Deutsches Historisches Museum ©
Deutsches Historisches Museum

3
nights
Hamburg, Germany

Hamburg ©
As the country's biggest port and one of the busiest in all of Europe, Hamburg has a well-deserved reputation as Germany's Gateway to the World.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Hamburg Observatory, Mineralogisches Museum, Panoptikum, and other attractions you added. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to International Maritime Museum and Hauptkirche St. Michaelis. You'll explore and learn at Holstentor and Chocoversum by Hachez. Go for a jaunt from Hamburg to Lubeck to see Lubeck Altstadt (Lubeck Oldtown) about 1h 05 min away. Next up on the itinerary: test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, admire the landmark architecture of Townhall, walk around Planten un Blomen, and take in the waterfront at Harbor Piers.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Hamburg trip planner .

Getting from Berlin to Hamburg by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 47°F, and evening lows to 33°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel to Nuremberg.

Things to do in Hamburg

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Lubeck
Highlights from your plan
Chocoversum by Hachez ©
Chocoversum by Hachez
Holstentor ©
Holstentor
International Maritime Museum ©
International Maritime Museum

3
nights
Nuremberg, Germany

Nuremberg ©
Nuremberg's historic town center stands in the shadow of a towering imperial castle that dominates its northwestern corner.
Appreciate the collections at Dokumentationszentrum Reichsparteitagsgelände and Audi Museum. Explore hidden gems such as Vieille Ville and Town Walls. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nuremberg: Würzburg Residence (in Wurzburg), Rothenburg (Stadt Rothenburg ob der Tauber & Medieval Crime Museum (Mittelalterliches Kriminalmuseum)) and Bamberg (Bamberg Cathedral & Bamberg Altstadt). And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Old Town, contemplate the long history of Reichsparteigelande (Nazi Party Rally Grounds), step into the grandiose world of Kaiserburg Nurnberg, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of St Peter's.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Nuremberg travel route app .

You can fly from Hamburg to Nuremberg in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In March, daily temperatures in Nuremberg can reach 49°F, while at night they dip to 31°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can drive to Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

Things to do in Nuremberg

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Rothenburg, Bamberg, Regensburg, Audi Museum, Würzburg Residence
Highlights from your plan
Altstadt ©
Altstadt
Audi Museum ©
Audi Museum

3
nights
Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany

Garmisch-Partenkirchen ©
Nestled within the Bavarian Alps, Garmisch-Partenkirchen offers a classic mountain feel along with world-class winter sports.
You've now added Schwarzwalder Freilichtmuseum Vogtsbauernhof to your itinerary. Explore hidden gems such as Partnachklamm and Zugspitze. Get outdoors at Eibsee and Breitachklamm. Venture out of the city with trips to Schloss Hohenschwangau (in Hohenschwangau), Altstadt von Fuessen (in Fussen) and Antike Romervilla (in Schwangau). And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Starnberger See, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Wies Church, sample the tasty concoctions at Andechs Monastery, and explore the historical opulence of Schloss Linderhof.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Garmisch-Partenkirchen trip builder app .

Traveling by car from Nuremberg to Garmisch-Partenkirchen takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. March in Garmisch-Partenkirchen sees daily highs of 54°F and lows of 33°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel to Ischgl.

Things to do in Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Schloss Hohenschwangau, Altstadt von Fuessen, Schloss Linderhof, Breitachklamm, Antike Romervilla
Highlights from your plan
Zugspitze ©
Zugspitze
Breitachklamm ©
Breitachklamm

1
night
Ischgl, Austria

Ischgl ©
Ischgl is a town in the Paznaun Valley in the Austrian state of Tyrol. Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): stroll through Ischgl-Samnaun ski area.

You can plan Ischgl trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

You can drive from Garmisch-Partenkirchen to Ischgl in 2 hours. In March, plan for daily highs up to 53°F, and evening lows to 36°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel to Zermatt.

Things to do in Ischgl

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Ischgl-Samnaun ski area ©
Ischgl-Samnaun ski area

2
nights
Zermatt, Switzerland

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
On the 21st (Sat), stroll through Matterhorn Ski Paradise and then stroll through Saas Fee Ski Resort. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Ice Pavilion, then enjoy breathtaking views from Sunnegga, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Matterhorn, and finally examine the collection at Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Zermatt trip maker app .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Ischgl to Zermatt. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can catch the train to Lausanne.

Things to do in Zermatt

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trip

Saas-Fee
Highlights from your plan
Matterhorn Ski Paradise ©
Matterhorn Ski Paradise
Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis ©
Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis
Saas Fee Ski Resort ©
Saas Fee Ski Resort

3
nights
Lausanne, Switzerland

Lausanne ©
Lausanne contains several distinct neighborhoods, each offering a different side of the French-speaking Swiss town.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Chaplin's World and The Olympic Museum Lausanne (Musee Olympique). Appreciate the collections at HR Giger Museum and Espace Arlaud. Venture out of the city with trips to Montreux (Lakeside Promenade Fleuri, Rochers-de-Naye, & more), Chateau de Chillon (in Veytaux) and Geneva (CERN, Cathedrale de St-Pierre, & more). Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Castle of Gruyeres, shop like a local with Espace Quai1, and contemplate the long history of Cathedrale de Lausanne.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Lausanne driving holiday tool .

You can take a train from Zermatt to Lausanne in 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Interlaken.

Things to do in Lausanne

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Geneva, Montreux, Gruyeres, Espace Quai1, Chateau de Chillon
Highlights from your plan
Chaplin's World ©
Chaplin's World
Museum HR Giger ©
Museum HR Giger
Rochers-de-Naye ©
Rochers-de-Naye

1
night
Interlaken, Switzerland

Interlaken ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): stroll through Grindelwald-First, then take in the dramatic scenery at Trümmelbachfälle, then take in the awesome beauty at Harderkulm, and finally glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Interlaken using our trip planner.

You can drive from Lausanne to Interlaken in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In March, daily temperatures in Interlaken can reach 51°F, while at night they dip to 33°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Lucerne.

Things to do in Interlaken

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Grindelwald-First, Trümmelbachfälle
Highlights from your plan
Grindelwald-First ©
Grindelwald-First
Parasailing & Paragliding
Trümmelbachfälle ©
Trümmelbachfälle

2
nights
Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): pause for some photo ops at Lion Monument, take in the awesome beauty at Mt Pilatus, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Titlis. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Sat): explore the activities along Lake Lucerne, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, then wander the streets of Altstadt Luzern, and finally take in the views from Chapel Bridge.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Lucerne travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Interlaken to Lucerne takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In March, plan for daily highs up to 53°F, and evening lows to 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to drive to Stuttgart.

Things to do in Lucerne

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Titlis, Lake Zurich
Highlights from your plan
Titlis ©
Titlis
Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Lake Lucerne ©
Lake Lucerne

3
nights
Stuttgart, Germany

Stuttgart ©
Stuttgart spreads across a variety of valleys, parks, and hills--many of them covered by vineyards.
Gasometer Pforzheim has been added to your itinerary. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Mercedes-Benz Museum and Auto & Technik Museum (Automobile and Technology Museum). Museum-lovers will get to explore Technik Museum Speyer and The Walther Collection. Change things up with these side-trips from Stuttgart: Ulmer Münster (in Ulm) and Heidelberg (Philosophers' Way (Philosophenweg), Carl Theodor Old Bridge (Alte Brucke), & more). It doesn't end there: examine the collection at Porsche Museum.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Stuttgart online holiday maker .

Drive from Lucerne to Stuttgart in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. In March, daytime highs in Stuttgart are 51°F, while nighttime lows are 33°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Stuttgart

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Heidelberg, Ulm, Gasometer Pforzheim, Technik Museum Speyer, Auto & Technik Museum (Automobile and Technology Museum)
Highlights from your plan
Mercedes-Benz Museum ©
Mercedes-Benz Museum
Technik Museum Speyer ©
Technik Museum Speyer

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