60 days in Austria, Germany & Switzerland Itinerary

60 days in Austria, Germany & Switzerland Itinerary

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Vienna, Austria
— 6 nights
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Innsbruck, Austria
— 5 nights
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Salzburg, Austria
— 6 nights
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Munich, Germany
— 5 nights
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 5 nights
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Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland
— 4 nights
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Zermatt, Switzerland
— 5 nights
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Trier, Germany
— 4 nights
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Cologne, Germany
— 1 night
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Wurzburg, Germany
— 4 nights
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Nuremberg, Germany
— 4 nights
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Dresden, Germany
— 4 nights
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Berlin, Germany
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Vienna, Austria

— 6 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.
Get some cultural insight at Schonbrunn Palace and The Hofburg. Visit St. Stephen's Cathedral and Historic Center of Vienna for their historical value. There's much more to do: admire the striking features of Belvedere Palace, examine the collection at MuseumsQuartier Wien, find something for the whole family at Prater, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Schönbrunn Zoo.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Vienna holiday planner.

Sydney, Australia to Vienna is an approximately 24.5-hour flight. Traveling from Sydney to Vienna, you'll gain 9 hours due to the time zone difference. In September, daily temperatures in Vienna can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to fly to Innsbruck.

Things to do in Vienna

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wineries
Find places to stay Sep 1 — 7:

Innsbruck, Austria

— 5 nights
Nestled in a valley between snowcapped peaks, Innsbruck evokes visions of a winter wonderland.
Get in touch with nature at Achensee and Krimml Falls (Krimmler Wasserfalle). Visit Dom zu St. Jakob and Kufstein Fortress for their historical value. Change things up with these side-trips from Innsbruck: Badestrand Achensee Nord (in Achenkirch), Hexenwasser (in Soll) and Neustift im Stubaital (Grawa Wasserfall, Stubaier Gletscher, &more). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Swarovski Kristallwelten, appreciate the extensive heritage of Maria-Theresien-Strasse, step into the grandiose world of Schloss Ambras Innsbruck, and take an in-depth tour of The Golden Roof (Goldenes Dachl).

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Innsbruck day trip app.

Fly from Vienna to Innsbruck in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in September, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can go by car to Salzburg.

Things to do in Innsbruck

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 7 — 12:

Salzburg, Austria

— 6 nights

Rome of the North

Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle and Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus). Take a break from the city and head to Eisriesenwelt and Hallstatt-Dachstein - Salzkammergut Cultural Landscape. Explore Salzburg's surroundings by going to Gollinger Wasserfall (in Golling an der Salzach) and Hallstatt (Echernwand, Beinhaus, Karner, Ossuary, &more). There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Schloss Hellbrunn, take in nature's colorful creations at Mirabell Palace, examine the collection at Salzburg Museum, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Salzburg Cathedral.

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You can drive from Innsbruck to Salzburg in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In September in Salzburg, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Munich.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 12 — 18:

Munich, Germany

— 5 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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Nymphenburg Palace and Schloss Linderhof. Get a sense of the local culture at Schloss Neuschwanstein and Frauenkirche. Explore Munich's surroundings by going to St. Koloman (in Schwangau), Schloss Hohenschwangau (in Hohenschwangau) and Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site (in Dachau). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Munich Residenz, don't miss a visit to Marienplatz, explore the activities along English Garden, and admire the striking features of Theatinerkirche St. Kajetan.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Munich road trip planning app.

You can drive from Salzburg to Munich in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Munich are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can fly to Zurich.

Things to do in Munich

Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 18 — 23:

Zurich, Switzerland

— 5 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Old Town and Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich). Get in touch with nature at Grindelwald-First and Santis der Berg. Venture out of the city with trips to Seealpsee (in Wasserauen), Interlaken (Parasailing & Paragliding & Harderkulm) and Kronberg (in Gonten). The adventure continues: hit the slopes at Mt Pilatus, admire the masterpieces at Museum Rietberg, examine the collection at The Rosengart Collection, and take a stroll through Niederdorf.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Zurich trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Munich to Zurich in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In September, daytime highs in Zurich are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Lauterbrunnen.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 23 — 28:

Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland

— 4 nights
A small village in a valley, Lauterbrunnen showcases an abundance of awe-inspiring waterfalls.
Escape the urban bustle at Jungfraujoch and Aletsch Glacier. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lauterbrunnen: Burgkirche Raron (in Raron) and Loetschberger-Suedrampe (in Steg-Hohtenn). And it doesn't end there: hike along Gimmelwald - Tanzbodeli, tour the pleasant surroundings at Blumental Panorama Trail, Head underground at St. Beatus Hoehlen, and admire the verdant scenery at Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Lauterbrunnen road trip planning website.

You can drive from Zurich to Lauterbrunnen in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Zermatt.

Things to do in Lauterbrunnen

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 28 — Oct 2:

Zermatt, Switzerland

— 5 nights
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Escape the urban bustle at The Matterhorn and Stellisee. Popular historic sites such as Chateau de Chillon and Mountaineers' Cemetery are in your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Zermatt side-trips: Ermitage Notre-Dame de Longeborgne (in Bramois) and Abbaye de Saint-Maurice d'Agaune (in Saint-Maurice). There's much more to do: trek along Murmelweg Wanderung, get great views at Gornergrat, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kapelle Gornergrat "Bernhard von Aosta", and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Breithorn.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Zermatt driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Lauterbrunnen to Zermatt takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to drive to Trier.

Things to do in Zermatt

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 2 — 7:

Trier, Germany

— 4 nights

Oldest City in Germany

Trier may be the oldest city in Germany, founded long before the Roman times.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like St. Peter's Cathedral (Dom) and Parapet Walk and Hexenturm. Get some cultural insight at Fachwerkhauser and Rathaus. Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Domstadt (Cathedral City), take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Paulin-Kirche, explore the ancient world of Porta Nigra, and make a trip to Kaiserthermen.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Trier trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Zermatt to Trier in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in October, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Cologne.

Things to do in Trier

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 7 — 11:

Cologne, Germany

— 1 night

City of Churches

Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Wildpark, explore the world behind art at Wallraf-Richartz Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Domschatzkammer, then pause for some serene contemplation at Cologne Cathedral, and finally explore the world behind art at Museum Ludwig.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Cologne trip planner.

Getting from Trier to Cologne by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In October in Cologne, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to fly to Wurzburg.

Things to do in Cologne

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Oct 11 — 12:

Wurzburg, Germany

— 4 nights

Pearl of the Romantic Road

Founded in the 10th century, Wurzburg served as the home of powerful prince-bishops for many centuries.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Altstadt and Burgtor und Burg. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Würzburg Residence and Fortress Marienberg. Get out of town with these interesting Wurzburg side-trips: Rothenburg (Medieval Crime Museum (Mittelalterliches Kriminalmuseum), St. Jacob's Church (St. Jakobskirche), &more). There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Neumuenster, take an in-depth tour of Museum fur Franken, admire the landmark architecture of St. Kilian Cathedral, and contemplate the long history of Schloss Veitshöchheim.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Wurzburg travel site.

You can fly from Cologne to Wurzburg in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In October in Wurzburg, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Nuremberg.

Things to do in Wurzburg

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 12 — 16:

Nuremberg, Germany

— 4 nights

Gingerbread Capital of the World

Nuremberg's historic town center stands in the shadow of a towering imperial castle that dominates its northwestern corner.
Visit Richard Wagner Museum and Basilica of the Fourteen Holy Helpers for their historical value. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Kaiserburg Nurnberg and Germanisches Nationalmuseum. Venture out of the city with trips to Bayreuth (Schlosskirche & New Castle), Burgruine Kurnberg (in Stamsried) and Naturschutzgebiet Holle (in Rettenbach). There's lots more to do: make a trip to St. Lorenz Church, see the interesting displays at Toy Museum, contemplate the long history of Nuremberg Palace of Justice, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Frauenkirche.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Nuremberg planner.

You can drive from Wurzburg to Nuremberg in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Nuremberg are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Dresden.

Things to do in Nuremberg

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 16 — 20:

Dresden, Germany

— 4 nights

Florence of the North

Dresden boasts a long history as a royal residence of many Saxon kings.
Get outdoors at Parc National de la Suisse Saxonne and Obere Schleuse Kirnitschklamm. Your inner history buff will appreciate The Dresden Zwinger and Schloss & Park Pillnitz. Take a break from Dresden with a short trip to Elbe Sandstone Mountains in Bad Schandau, about 58 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Frauenkirche Dresden, get engrossed in the history at Transport Museum Dresden, admire the masterpieces at Gemaldegalerie Alte Meister, and don't miss a visit to Procession of Princes.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Dresden travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Nuremberg to Dresden by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Berlin.

Things to do in Dresden

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 20 — 24:

Berlin, Germany

— 5 nights

Athens of the Spree

The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
East Side Gallery and Charlottenburg Palace will appeal to history buffs. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Pergamonmuseum and Memorial of the Berlin Wall. There's much more to do: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, explore the world behind art at Neues Museum, pause for some photo ops at Brandenburg Gate, and get a sense of history and politics at Reichstag Building.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Berlin online travel route planner.

You can drive from Dresden to Berlin in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. On the 29th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Berlin

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Oct 24 — 29:

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.

Germany travel guide

4.5
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

4.7
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.