8 days in Austria Itinerary

8 days in Austria Itinerary

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8 days in Austria Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  13​h 15​min
1
Vienna
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
2
Salzburg
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
3
Innsbruck
— 2 nights
train + Fly:  12​h 45​min
End: Washington DC

2
nights
Vienna

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 cultural itinerary includes sights like Schonbrunn Palace and St. Stephen's Cathedral. Visit Melk Abbey and Chapel of St. Virgil for their historical value. And it doesn't end there: hunt for treasures at Vienna Naschmarkt, stop by Xocolat, examine the collection at Imperial Palace (Hofburg), and wander the streets of Historic Center of Vienna.

To see photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Vienna road trip planning site .

Washington DC, USA to Vienna is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Time is 6 hours. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Washington DC in December; daily highs in Vienna reach 41°F and lows reach 31°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Salzburg.

Things to do in Vienna

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Melk Abbey
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Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
Melk Abbey ©
Melk Abbey
St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral

2
nights
Salzburg

Salzburg ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): explore the historical opulence of Schloss Hellbrunn, get great views at Fortress Hohensalzburg, then stroll the grounds of Petersfriedhof, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Residenzgalerie Salzburg. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Salzburger Altstadt, steep yourself in history at Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus), then admire the striking features of Salzburg Cathedral, then take in the awesome beauty at Untersberg, and finally see the interesting displays at Red Bull Hangar-7.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Salzburg trip planner .

Getting from Vienna to Salzburg by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In December in Salzburg, expect temperatures between 42°F during the day and 29°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Innsbruck.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Fortress Hohensalzburg ©
Fortress Hohensalzburg
Schloss Hellbrunn ©
Schloss Hellbrunn
Petersfriedhof ©
Petersfriedhof

2
nights
Innsbruck

Innsbruck ©
Nestled in a valley between snowcapped peaks, Innsbruck evokes visions of a winter wonderland.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): look for gifts at BierWelt.Tirol, fly down the slopes at Bergisel Ski Jump, tour the pleasant surroundings at Rosshutte, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Dom zu St. Jakob, and finally contemplate the long history of Altstadt von Innsbruck. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hit the slopes at Stubaier Gletscher, then admire the striking features of The Golden Roof (Goldenes Dachl), and then pause for some photo ops at Hofkirche.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Innsbruck trip itinerary planner .

You can take a train from Salzburg to Innsbruck in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Innsbruck are 42°F, while nighttime lows are 26°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Innsbruck

Outdoors Winter Sports Parks

Side Trips

Rosshutte, Stubaier Gletscher
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Altstadt von Innsbruck ©
Altstadt von Innsbruck
Stubaier Gletscher ©
Stubaier Gletscher
Hofkirche ©
Hofkirche

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