21 days in Austria, Germany & Switzerland Itinerary

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Vienna, Austria
— 4 nights
Salzburg, Austria
— 3 nights
Munich, Germany
— 3 nights
Fly to Zurich, Train to Zermatt
Zermatt, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Grindelwald, Switzerland
— 5 nights
Lucerne, Switzerland
— 2 nights


Vienna, Austria — 4 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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Schonbrunn Palace and Belvedere Palace. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Haus des Meeres - Aqua Terra Zoo and Kaiserliche Schatzkammer Wien. There's lots more to do: get to know the resident critters at Schönbrunn Zoo, take in the awesome beauty at Kahlenberg, don't miss a visit to St. Stephen's Cathedral, and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Vienna trip itinerary builder website.

Munich, Germany to Vienna is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Traveling from Munich in July, plan for a bit warmer nights in Vienna, with lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Salzburg.
Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums
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Salzburg, Austria — 3 nights

Rome of the North

Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Family-friendly places like Fortress Hohensalzburg and Schloss Hellbrunn will thrill your kids. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Waidring - Steinplatte and Almenwelt Lofer. Go for a jaunt from Salzburg to Lofer to see Skischule Sturm Almenwelt about 52 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Mirabell Palace, contemplate the waterfront views at Salzach River, cool off at Alpenseebad Mondsee, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Salzburg Cathedral.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Salzburg day trip website.

You can drive from Vienna to Salzburg in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly. July in Salzburg sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can go by car to Munich.
Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Winter Sports
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Munich, Germany — 3 nights

Village of a Million People

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.
Bring the kids along to English Garden and Eisbach Wave. Step off the beaten path and head to NS-Dokumentationszentrum Muenchen and Old Town Hall. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Marienplatz, admire the natural beauty at Hofgarten, see the interesting displays at Deutsches Museum Verkehrszentrum, and engage your brain at Deutsches Museum.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Munich tour planner.

Drive from Salzburg to Munich in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July in Munich, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Zermatt.
Museums · Childrens Museums · Parks · Nature
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Zermatt, Switzerland — 3 nights

Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Attractions like 5 Lakes Walk and Marmot Trail make great kid-friendly stops. Discover out-of-the-way places like Riffelsee and Grunsee. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Grindjisee, take in panoramic vistas at Gornergrat, pause for some serene contemplation at Intercontinental Church Society, and look for gifts at Laderach.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Zermatt day trip planning app.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Munich to Zermatt in 7 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Grindelwald.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails
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Grindelwald, Switzerland — 5 nights

Glacier Village

As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Jungfraujoch and Maennlichen Royal Walk. Get out of town with these interesting Grindelwald side-trips: Giessbachfälle (in Giessbach), Murren (Blumental Panorama Trail, Thrill Walk Felsensteg Birg, &more) and Axalp (in Brienz). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Grindelwald-First, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Eiger, stop by Alpiglen, and hike along Gimmelwald - Tanzbodeli.

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You can drive from Zermatt to Grindelwald in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Lucerne.
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Lucerne, Switzerland — 2 nights

In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
On the 28th (Fri), see the interesting displays at Museum Rosengart Collection, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and then identify plant and animal life at Mt Pilatus. On the 29th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the activities along Lake Lucerne and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Natur- und Tierpark Goldau.

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Traveling by car from Grindelwald to Lucerne takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In July, daytime highs in Lucerne are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to fly back home.
Parks · Outdoors · Adventure · Tours
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Austria travel guide

Castles · Art Museums · Architectural Buildings
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.

Germany travel guide

Specialty Museums · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Germany is the home of high culture, fine art, classical music, world-class sports, award-winning cuisine--and some of the world's best beers. It's also one of the major economic and political powers of the European continent. One of the founding members of the European Union, Germany is a federation of 16 states. Each boasts its own distinct culture, art, cuisine, regional traditions, and array of things to do. The country is known worldwide for its precision engineering and high-tech products. Equally, though, Germany is admired for its old-world charm and what is locally known as gemutlichkeit (coziness). This is one of the easiest countries in the world to explore, offering an abundance of sightseeing opportunities. German transportation runs with German efficiency. Therefore, getting around the various regions is almost always easy, quick, and pleasant. Visit the cities to explore museums, art galleries, modern restaurants, and trendy shops. Also be sure to venture deeper into the countryside. Here, you can discover ancient castles and bustling little villages. Often in these off-the-beaten-path areas, the main tourist attraction remains the simple hospitality of the friendly locals.

Switzerland travel guide

Bodies of Water · Mountains · Specialty Museums
Immerse yourself in a snow-capped mountain wonderland in Switzerland's serene Alpine setting. See the world-renowned Matterhorn, Switzerland's second-highest mountain at 4,478 m (14,962 ft) tall, or zoom down the mountains on toboggan, ski, or snowboard. In the warmer seasons hike around the rolling green hillsides covered with pine trees and picturesque aqua blue lakes. Luxurious cities dotted with cozy wooden chalets and colorful flowerbeds balance quaintness with first-class cultural offerings. Indulge in the country's opulence of milk chocolate, cheese fondue, and keg-carrying St. Bernard dogs.