35 days in Austrian Alps, Italian Alps & Swiss Alps Itinerary

35 days in Austrian Alps, Italian Alps & Swiss Alps Itinerary

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Klagenfurt, Austria
— 3 nights
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Saalbach-Hinterglemm, Austria
— 5 nights
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Salzburg, Austria
— 6 nights
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Innsbruck, Austria
— 5 nights
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Brunico, Italy
— 3 nights
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Merano, Italy
— 2 nights
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Aosta, Italy
— 5 nights
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Zermatt, Switzerland
— 5 nights
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Klagenfurt, Austria

— 3 nights

City of Culture in the South

Located on Woethersee, Klagenfurt serves as the capital of the federal state of Carinthia.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Minimundus and Abenteuer Affenberg tt.. Get in touch with nature at Lake Worthersee and Villacher Alpenstraße. Venture out of the city with trips to Aussichtsturm Pyramidenkogel (in Keutschach am See), Faaker See Lake (in Faak am See) and Ossiacher See (in Ossiach). And it doesn't end there: walk around Europapark, head outdoors with Millstatter See, and cruise along Nockalmstraße.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Klagenfurt trip planner.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Klagenfurt is an approximately 9-hour flight. The time zone changes from Israel Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. When traveling from Tel Aviv in August, plan for a bit cooler days in Klagenfurt, with highs around 30°C, while nights are colder with lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Saalbach-Hinterglemm.

Things to do in Klagenfurt

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Saalbach-Hinterglemm, Austria

— 5 nights
Kids will enjoy Sigmund-Thun-Klamm and Schwarzsee. Get outdoors at Lake Zell and Bad Gasteiner Wasserfall. Change things up with these side-trips from Saalbach-Hinterglemm: Waidring - Steinplatte (in Waidring), Großglockner National Park (in Heiligenblut) and Naturdenkmal Seisenbergklamm (in Weissbach bei Lofer).

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Saalbach-Hinterglemm trip planner.

You can drive from Klagenfurt to Saalbach-Hinterglemm in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Salzburg.

Things to do in Saalbach-Hinterglemm

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Salzburg, Austria

— 6 nights

Rome of the North

Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Step out of the city life by going to Liechtensteinklamm and Karkogel. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle and Haus der Natur. Get out of town with these interesting Salzburg side-trips: Werfen (Eisriesenwelt & Erlebnisburg Hohenwerfen), Wagrain Grafenberg (in Wagrain) and Gollinger Wasserfall (in Golling an der Salzach). Next up on the itinerary: fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Zoo Salzburg, step into the grandiose world of Schloss Hellbrunn, and make a trip to Stiegl-Brauwelt.

To find traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Salzburg vacation builder website.

Traveling by car from Saalbach-Hinterglemm to Salzburg takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and train. In August in Salzburg, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 16°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Innsbruck.

Things to do in Salzburg

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Innsbruck, Austria

— 5 nights
Nestled in a valley between snowcapped peaks, Innsbruck evokes visions of a winter wonderland.
Get outdoors at Achensee and Grawa Wasserfall. Bring the kids along to Hofkirche and Rosengartenschlucht. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Innsbruck: Alpine Coaster (in Imst), Rattenberg - Medieval pedestrian zone (in Rattenberg) and Hexenwasser (in Soll). There's lots more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Maria-Theresien-Strasse, admire the striking features of Dom zu St. Jakob, enjoy breathtaking views from Town Tower (Stadtturm), and browse the exhibits of The Golden Roof (Goldenes Dachl).

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Innsbruck itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Salzburg to Innsbruck in 2 hours. Another option is to take a train. In August in Innsbruck, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to take a bus to Brunico.

Things to do in Innsbruck

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Brunico, Italy

— 3 nights
Discover out-of-the-way places like Centro Storico and Pista Ciclabile Val Pusteria Pusterbike. Escape the urban bustle at Le Cascate di Stanghe and Monte Baranci. When in Brunico, make a side trip to see Kloster Neustift in Varna, approximately Varna away.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Brunico online attractions planner.

Traveling by bus from Innsbruck to Brunico takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Innsbruck in September: highs in Brunico hover around 20°C, while lows dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Merano.

Things to do in Brunico

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Trails

Side Trips

Merano, Italy

— 2 nights
Merano or Meran is a town and comune in South Tyrol, northern Italy. Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): take in breathtaking views at Canyon Rio Sass, head outdoors with Lago Smeraldo, and then trek along Meran Waalrunde. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Wed): stroll through Gufyland, fly down the slopes at Meran 2000, and then admire the sheer force of Partschinser Wasserfall.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Merano online journey builder.

Traveling by car from Brunico to Merano takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Brunico in September; daily highs in Merano reach 29°C and lows reach 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Aosta.

Things to do in Merano

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Aosta, Italy

— 5 nights

Rome of the Alps

In the Aosta Valley bordering Switzerland and France, the medieval city of Aosta is famous for its prime skiing conditions and rich cultural history.
Escape the urban bustle at Parco Nazionale Gran Paradiso and Val Veny. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Porta Pretoria and Lago d'Arpy. Change things up with these side-trips from Aosta: Cogne (Rifugio Vittorio Sella & Sentieri della Valnontey), Courmayeur (Saussurea Alpine Botanical Garden & Santuario di Notre-Dame de Guerison) and Maison Bruil (in Introd). There's still lots to do: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, explore the ancient world of Criptoportico Forense, get outside with Sentiero panoramico lungo l'Orrido di Pre-Saint-Didier, and admire the sheer force of Cascate del Rutor.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Aosta journey planning site.

Getting from Merano to Aosta by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Zermatt.

Things to do in Aosta

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Zermatt, Switzerland

— 5 nights
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Sunnegga and Riffelsee. Get in touch with nature at Gorner Gorge and Castor Mountain. Venture out of the city with trips to Swiss Vapeur Parc (in Le Bouveret) and Fondation Pierre Gianadda (in Martigny). There's much more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Breithorn, take some stellar pictures from Gornergrat, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Intercontinental Church Society, and glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To find reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Zermatt trip planner.

You can drive from Aosta to Zermatt in 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Zermatt

Nature · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Austrian Alps travel guide

4.3
Ski Areas · Lookouts · Historic Sites
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.

Swiss Alps travel guide

4.4
Mountains · Bodies of Water · Lookouts
The stunning Swiss Alps cover 65 percent of the Switzerland's surface area with dramatic mountain scenery. Its spectacular peaks and valleys are the result of tectonic thrusts, among them the Jungfrau-Aletsch region, the first World Heritage Site in the Alps. Connected by a network of trains and cable cars, this majestic vacation spot is accessible for all. The Swiss Alps are home to some of the highest mountains in the Alps, including the Monte Rosa, which stands at 4,634 m (15,203 ft). Pristine white snow and perfect blue skies await you, and ski sports and hiking trails aplenty top the list of things to do.