43 days in Austria, France & Zurich Itinerary

43 days in Austria, France & Zurich Itinerary

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Vienna, Austria
— 5 nights
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Salzburg, Austria
— 5 nights
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Zell am See, Austria
— 5 nights
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Innsbruck, Austria
— 4 nights
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 4 nights
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Colmar, France
— 5 nights
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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.
Vienna is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Schonbrunn Palace, admire the masterpieces at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, see the interesting displays at The Hofburg, and make a trip to St. Stephen's Cathedral.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Vienna tour builder.

Perth, Australia to Vienna is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Perth to Vienna is minus 7 hours. When traveling from Perth in November, plan for cooler days in Vienna, with highs around 11°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Salzburg.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Theme Parks

Salzburg, Austria

— 5 nights

Rome of the North

Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Change things up with these side-trips from Salzburg: Hallstatt (Central Square Marktplatz & Hallstatt Skywalk "Welterbeblick") and 5 Fingers (in Obertraun). The adventure continues: take some stellar pictures from Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle, contemplate the long history of Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus), get engrossed in the history at Mozarts Geburtshaus, and explore the historical opulence of Schloss Hellbrunn.

For maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Salzburg day trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Vienna to Salzburg takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in November, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Zell am See.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Zell am See, Austria

— 5 nights
Despite its small size, Zell am See is a well-visited tourist destination known mostly as a ski resort town, and it serves as an important transportation hub for the region.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Zell am See: Streichelzoo Moosalm (in Lienz), Grossglockner High Alpine Road (in Heiligenblut) and Kitzsteinhorn (in Kaprun). There's lots more to do: stop by Teekorb & Tridor, explore the activities along Lake Zell, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and pause for some serene contemplation at Elisabethkapelle.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Zell am See trip itinerary maker website.

Getting from Salzburg to Zell am See by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Salzburg in December, with highs in Zell am See at 1°C and lows at -5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Innsbruck.

Things to do in Zell am See

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Innsbruck, Austria

— 4 nights
Nestled in a valley between snowcapped peaks, Innsbruck evokes visions of a winter wonderland.
Change things up with a short trip to Stubaier Gletscher in Neustift im Stubaital (about 48 minutes away). The adventure continues: admire the striking features of The Golden Roof (Goldenes Dachl), take in panoramic vistas at Town Tower (Stadtturm), browse the exhibits of Schloss Ambras Innsbruck, and pause for some serene contemplation at Dom zu St. Jakob.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Innsbruck tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Zell am See to Innsbruck by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train. Traveling from Zell am See in December, you will find days in Innsbruck are a bit warmer (6°C), and nights are about the same (-3°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Zurich.

Things to do in Innsbruck

Parks · Historic Sites · Winter Sports · Outdoors

Side Trips

Zurich, Switzerland

— 4 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Zurich: Lucerne (Chapel Bridge, La Collection'Air Art Park, &more) and Interlaken (Parasailing & Paragliding, Swiss Chocolate Chalet, &more). There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town, wander the streets of Bahnhofstrasse, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Christkatholische Kirche Zurich Augustinerkirche.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Zurich trip maker site.

You can drive from Innsbruck to Zurich in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. December in Zurich sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of -1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to drive to Colmar.

Things to do in Zurich

Neighborhoods · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Colmar, France

— 5 nights

Little Venice

Situated along the Alsatian Wine Route, Colmar is renowned for its German and French culture, well-preserved old town, numerous architectural landmarks, and its museums.
Explore Colmar's surroundings by going to Cimetiere Roumain (in Soultzmatt), Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg (in Orschwiller) and Mulhouse (Cité du Train - Musée français du chemin de fer & Cite de l'Automobile). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Old Town, admire the masterpieces at Musée d'Unterlinden, admire the landmark architecture of Maison Pfister, and contemplate the long history of Koifhus (Old Custom House).

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Colmar day trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Zurich to Colmar takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in December, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Paris.

Things to do in Colmar

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Wineries

Side Trips

Paris, France

— 12 nights

City of Light

A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
Get out of town with these interesting Paris side-trips: Rouen (Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen & Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen), Versailles (Palace of Versailles, The Water Parterres, &more) and Fondation Claude Monet (in Giverny). There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, browse the exhibits of Louvre Museum, and get to know the fascinating history of Montmartre.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Paris trip itinerary planning tool.

Fly from Colmar to Paris in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Sat) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

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.

France travel guide

4.3
Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Historic Sites
France has been the world's most popular tourist destination for decades, and geographically, it is one of the most diverse countries in Europe. Its cities are holiday hot spots and contain some of the greatest treasures in Europe, its countryside is prosperous and well tended, and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions, like Paris, the French Riviera, the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the French Alps, as well as the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany, and Normandy. The country is renowned for its gastronomy, particularly wines and cheeses, as well as its history, culture, and fashion industry.

You'll find that the French people are very polite and may react coldly to you if you forget this. You might be surprised as you're greeted by other customers and the proprieter when you walk into a restaurant or a shop. Be sure to take your sightseeing off the beaten path in France. Besides the famous Eiffel Tower and the chic resorts of the Côte d'Azur (French Riviera) you'll find many places to visit in the form of museums filled with fine art, crafts, and archaeological relics, wonderful medieval villages and castles, diverse national parks, and local shopping direct from artisans themselves.

Whether you're touring the Christmas Markets or going skiing during winter, viewing the springtime influx of color in Provence, sunbathing on the Mediterranean coast in the summer, or watching the fall foliage against the backdrop of the châteaux in the Loire Valley, you're sure to find just the right place to be. Spring is a time when the tourist attractions are just starting to expand their hours, but it may still be cold in the mountainous regions and the north. Summer is the busiest time in France with the longest hours for many museums and attractions, but it's often when you will experience the most crowds. Winter in France is filled with winter carnivals, Christmas Markets, and of course, skiing. Fall is a time to celebrate the release of Beaujolais nouveau wine in November, as well as experience Nuit Blanche, a day in October when major attractions, museums, galleries, parks, and swimming pools remain open all night.