10 days in Switzerland, Austria & Germany Itinerary

10 days in Switzerland, Austria & Germany Itinerary

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Lucerne, Switzerland
— 1 night
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Grindelwald, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Salzburg, Austria
— 2 nights
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Vienna, Austria
— 2 nights
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Berlin, Germany
— 2 nights
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Lucerne, Switzerland

In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Mt Pilatus, admire the striking features of Lucerne Station, snap pictures at Chapel Bridge, then pause for some photo ops at Lion Monument, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Lucerne.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Lucerne sightseeing planner.

Durham, USA to Lucerne is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 6 hour difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Durham in August, with highs in Lucerne at 76°F and lows at 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Lucerne

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Wildlife

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Grindelwald, Switzerland

Glacier Village

As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): fly down the slopes at Grindelwald-First, then take in the dramatic natural features at Aletsch Glacier, and then trek along The Eiger. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Trümmelbachfälle and then stroll through Maennlichen.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Grindelwald online travel route planner.

Getting from Lucerne to Grindelwald by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Salzburg.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trips

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Salzburg, Austria

Rome of the North

Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): go deep underground at Salt Mine Hallein, then explore the fascinating underground world of Eisriesenwelt, then get a taste of the local shopping with Getreidegasse, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Salzburg Cathedral. On the 16th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get great views at Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle, then step into the grandiose world of Schloss Hellbrunn, then take an in-depth tour of Mozarts Geburtshaus, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Mirabell Palace.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Salzburg road trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Grindelwald to Salzburg takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. August in Salzburg sees daily highs of 76°F and lows of 57°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Vienna.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

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Vienna, Austria

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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Stephansplatz, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Schönbrunn Zoo, then admire the striking features of Schonbrunn Palace, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Stephen's Cathedral. On the 18th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Peterskirche, then examine the collection at The Hofburg, then explore the world behind art at Albertina, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Belvedere Palace.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Vienna tour itinerary site.

Traveling by car from Salzburg to Vienna takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in August, and nighttime lows around 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel to Berlin.

Things to do in Vienna

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

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Berlin, Germany

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.
On the 19th (Thu), admire the masterpieces at Pergamonmuseum, get a sense of history and politics at Reichstag Building, then pause for some photo ops at The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, and finally don't miss a visit to Brandenburg Gate.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Berlin holiday website.

Traveling by flight from Vienna to Berlin takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. On the 20th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Berlin

Tours · Museums

Switzerland travel guide

4.6
Bodies of Water · Mountains · Landmarks
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.

Austria travel guide

4.5
Castles · Art Museums · Specialty Museums
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.