9 days in Germany & Austria Itinerary

9 days in Germany & Austria Itinerary

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9 days in Germany & Austria Itinerary

Start: San Francisco, United States
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
Munich, Germany
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Salzburg, Austria
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
3
Vienna, Austria
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Berlin, Germany
— 2 nights
Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: San Francisco, United States


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1
night
Munich, Germany

Munich ©
Often described as the city of laptops and lederhosen, Munich is an international center of business, engineering, research, and medicine that still maintains a rich cultural heritage and age-old traditions.
On the 18th (Wed), examine the collection at Munich Residenz and then make a trip to Marienplatz. Keep things going the next day: explore the activities along English Garden, then contemplate the long history of Nymphenburg Palace, and then take in panoramic vistas at Frauenkirche.

For where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Munich trip itinerary builder tool .

San Francisco, USA to Munich is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Central European Time is 9 hours. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from San Francisco in December; daily highs in Munich reach 41°F and lows reach 29°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to drive to Salzburg.

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Nymphenburg Palace ©
Nymphenburg Palace
Marienplatz ©
Marienplatz
English Garden ©
English Garden

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nights
Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): admire the natural beauty at Mirabell Palace, then pause for some serene contemplation at Salzburg Cathedral, then take some stellar pictures from Fortress Hohensalzburg, and finally explore the historical opulence of Schloss Hellbrunn. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the galleries of Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus), shop like a local with Getreidegasse, then steep yourself in history at Mozarts Geburtshaus, then examine the collection at Salzburg Museum, and finally examine the collection at Red Bull Hangar-7.

For reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Salzburg trip website .

Drive from Munich to Salzburg in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December in Salzburg, expect temperatures between 42°F during the day and 29°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to travel to Vienna.

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Fortress Hohensalzburg ©
Fortress Hohensalzburg
Salzburg Cathedral ©
Salzburg Cathedral
Mirabell Palace ©
Mirabell Palace

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Stephen's Cathedral, then admire the striking features of Schonbrunn Palace, then explore the world behind art at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, and finally don't miss a visit to Stephansplatz. On the next day, examine the collection at Staatsopernmuseum, then see the interesting displays at Imperial Palace (Hofburg), then admire the striking features of Rathaus, and finally admire the masterpieces at Belvedere Palace.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Vienna trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by flight from Salzburg to Vienna takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Vienna are 41°F, while nighttime lows are 31°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Berlin.

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Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral
Belvedere Palace ©
Belvedere Palace

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nights
Berlin, Germany

The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
On the 24th (Tue), admire the masterpieces at Pergamonmuseum, then make a trip to Reichstag Building, then pause for some photo ops at The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, and finally pause for some photo ops at Brandenburg Gate. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Wed): examine the collection at Topography of Terror and then get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To find maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Berlin holiday planner.

Getting from Vienna to Berlin by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

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Brandenburg Gate ©
Brandenburg Gate
Reichstag Building ©
Reichstag Building

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