15 days in Austria & Switzerland Itinerary

15 days in Austria & Switzerland Itinerary

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Vienna, Austria
— 5 nights
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Salzburg, Austria
— 3 nights
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Bern, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 4 nights
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Vienna, Austria

— 5 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.
Vienna is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step into the grandiose world of Schonbrunn Palace, walk around Prater, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Stephen's Cathedral, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Schönbrunn Zoo.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Vienna day trip planning website.

Boston, USA to Vienna is an approximately 12-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 6 hour difference. In April in Vienna, expect temperatures between 61°F during the day and 42°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Salzburg.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Theme Parks

Salzburg, Austria

— 3 nights

Rome of the North

Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Salzburg is known for historic sites, museums, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get great views at Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle, steep yourself in history at Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus), explore the historical opulence of Schloss Hellbrunn, and take in nature's colorful creations at Mirabell Palace.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Salzburg itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Vienna to Salzburg in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In May, daily temperatures in Salzburg can reach 65°F, while at night they dip to 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can drive to Bern.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Bern, Switzerland

— 2 nights

City of Bears

The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): engage your brain at Einstein House (Einsteinhaus), fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and then appreciate the views at Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Tue): take a stroll through UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Tierpark Dahlholzli, then contemplate the waterfront views at Aare River, and finally don't miss a visit to Clock Tower - Zytglogge.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Bern trip builder app.

Drive from Salzburg to Bern in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. May in Bern sees daily highs of 66°F and lows of 44°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can take a train to Zurich.

Things to do in Bern

Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods · Adventure

Side Trips

Zurich, Switzerland

— 4 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Zurich: Lucerne (Rigi, Lake Lucerne, &more). The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanischer Garten, take an in-depth tour of Landesmuseum, and take a stroll through Old Town.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Zurich trip itinerary site.

Take a train from Bern to Zurich in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May in Zurich, expect temperatures between 65°F during the day and 47°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks · Museums · Nature · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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.

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.