30 days in Germany, Switzerland & Austria Itinerary

30 days in Germany, Switzerland & Austria Itinerary

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30 days in Germany, Switzerland & Austria Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  29 h
1
Vienna, Austria
— 5 nights
Fly:  2 h 30 min
2
Salzburg, Austria
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Munich, Germany
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
4
Nuremberg, Germany
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h
5
Rothenburg, Germany
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
6
Fussen, Germany
— Few hours
Drive:  2 h 45 min
7
Tubingen, Germany
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 30 min
8
Bad Zurzach, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
9
Grindelwald, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive:  30 min
10
Interlaken, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive:  45 min
11
Bern, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h
12
Lucerne, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Fly:  29 h
End: Sydney, Australia

5
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.
Vienna is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the historical opulence of Schonbrunn Palace, wander the streets of Historic Center of Vienna, see the interesting displays at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, and don't miss a visit to St. Stephen's Cathedral.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Vienna trip planner.

Sydney, Australia to Vienna is an approximately 24- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to Central European Time (CET) is minus 9 hours. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Sydney in February: high temperatures in Vienna hover around 5°C and lows are around -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel to Salzburg.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral
Belvedere Palace ©
Belvedere Palace

3
nights
Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg ©
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: step into the grandiose world of Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mirabell Palace, see the interesting displays at Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus), and contemplate the long history of Mozarts Geburtshaus.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Salzburg using our trip planner.

Fly from Vienna to Salzburg in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In February, daily temperatures in Salzburg can reach 5°C, while at night they dip to -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Munich.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites Museums Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle ©
Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle
Salzburg Cathedral ©
Salzburg Cathedral
Mirabell Palace ©
Mirabell Palace

4
nights
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.
Munich is known for museums, historic sites, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Marienplatz, contemplate the waterfront views at English Garden, get curious at Deutsches Museum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter's Church.

For maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Munich online journey maker.

You can drive from Salzburg to Munich in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. February in Munich sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of -3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Nuremberg.

Things to do in Munich

Museums Historic Sites Nature
Highlights from your plan
Marienplatz ©
Marienplatz
Nymphenburg Palace ©
Nymphenburg Palace
English Garden ©
English Garden

2
nights
Nuremberg, Germany

Nuremberg ©
Nuremberg's historic town center stands in the shadow of a towering imperial castle that dominates its northwestern corner.
On the 24th (Fri), admire the masterpieces at Germanisches Nationalmuseum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Lorenz Church, then explore the historical opulence of Kaiserburg Nurnberg, then contemplate the long history of Albrecht Durer's House, and finally don't miss a visit to Altstadt. On the next day, don't miss a visit to Ehekarussell, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Sebaldus Church, then examine the collection at Toy Museum, then see the interesting displays at Dokumentationszentrum Reichsparteitagsgelände, and finally contemplate the long history of Nuremberg Palace of Justice.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Nuremberg road trip planning tool.

Getting from Munich to Nuremberg by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 5°C in February, and nighttime lows around -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Rothenburg.

Things to do in Nuremberg

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Germanisches Nationalmuseum ©
Germanisches Nationalmuseum
Kaiserburg Nurnberg ©
Kaiserburg Nurnberg
St. Lorenz Church ©
St. Lorenz Church

3
nights
Rothenburg, Germany

Rothenburg ©
An old imperial city, Rothenburg is the main tourist stop on the scenic Romantic Road of Bavaria.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): explore the historical opulence of Fortress Marienberg, then take in the views from Alte Mainbruecke, then explore the historical opulence of Würzburg Residence, and finally steep yourself in history at Town Walls. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Spital Bastion, get engrossed in the history at Reichsstadtmuseum, wander the streets of Altstadt, see the interesting displays at Medieval Crime Museum (Mittelalterliches Kriminalmuseum), then ponder the world of politics at Stadt Rothenburg ob der Tauber, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Jacob's Church (St. Jakobskirche).

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Rothenburg trip itinerary planning site.

Drive from Nuremberg to Rothenburg in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In February, daily temperatures in Rothenburg can reach 5°C, while at night they dip to -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Fussen.

Things to do in Rothenburg

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Wurzburg
Highlights from your plan
Altstadt ©
Altstadt
Würzburg Residence ©
Würzburg Residence
Fortress Marienberg ©
Fortress Marienberg

few
hours
Fussen, Germany

Fussen ©
Framed by the Alps and set upon a riverbank, the city of Fussen in addition to its historic architecture is the epicenter of Germany’s traditional violin-making industry.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): explore the historical opulence of Schloss Neuschwanstein and then steep yourself in history at Altstadt von Fuessen.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Fussen road trip website.

Getting from Rothenburg to Fussen by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In February in Fussen, expect temperatures between 5°C during the day and -3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Tubingen.

Things to do in Fussen

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Schloss Neuschwanstein
Highlights from your plan
Altstadt von Fuessen ©
Altstadt von Fuessen
Schloss Neuschwanstein ©
Schloss Neuschwanstein

1
night
Tubingen, Germany

Tubingen ©
Displaying nearly 1,000 years of history in its historic old core, Tubingen today is a major national center of research, medicine, and the arts.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): explore the historical opulence of Hohentubingen Castle (Schloss) and then ponder the world of politics at Tuebingen Rathaus.

To see photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Tubingen visit planner.

Getting from Fussen to Tubingen by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In February, daytime highs in Tubingen are 5°C, while nighttime lows are -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Bad Zurzach.

Things to do in Tubingen

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Hohentubingen Castle (Schloss) ©
Hohentubingen Castle (Schloss)
Tuebingen Rathaus ©
Tuebingen Rathaus

1
night
Bad Zurzach, Switzerland

Bad Zurzach
To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Bad Zurzach trip itinerary builder tool.

Getting from Tubingen to Bad Zurzach by car takes about 2 hours. March in Bad Zurzach sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 0°C at night. You will leave for Grindelwald on the 2nd (Thu).

Things to do in Bad Zurzach

Museums Fun & Games Historic Sites

1
night
Grindelwald, Switzerland

Grindelwald ©
As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): get great views at Bergrestaurant Aellfluh, take in the awesome beauty at Faulhorn, and then take in the awesome beauty at The Wetterhorn.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Grindelwald trip itinerary tool.

Drive from Bad Zurzach to Grindelwald in 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Interlaken.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
The Wetterhorn ©
The Wetterhorn
Bergrestaurant Aellfluh ©
Bergrestaurant Aellfluh
Faulhorn ©
Faulhorn

2
nights
Interlaken, Switzerland

Nestled between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz in the heart of the Jungfrau region, Interlaken became popular for its proximity to the mountains and lakes of the Bernese Oberland region.
On the 4th (Sat), learn something new at Funky Chocolate Club Switzerland, look for gifts at Mad Cow, then look for gifts at Swiss Mountain Market Unique Regional Souvenirs, and finally get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Interlaken holiday app.

Interlaken is just a short distance from Grindelwald. In March, daytime highs in Interlaken are 12°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can drive to Bern.

Things to do in Interlaken

Shopping Tours Classes
Highlights from your plan
Parasailing & Paragliding
Mad Cow ©
Mad Cow

3
nights
Bern, Switzerland

Bern ©
The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Venture out of the city with trips to Lenk im Simmental (Skigebiet Metsch & Lenk-Simmental Tourismus AG). And it doesn't end there: get outside with Elfenau, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Holy Ghost, walk around Kleine Schanze, and have fun at ROPETECH Ropes Course.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Bern trip planning website.

You can drive from Interlaken to Bern in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Bern are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Lucerne.

Things to do in Bern

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trip

Lenk im Simmental
Highlights from your plan
Gurten ©
Gurten
Elfenau ©
Elfenau
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern ©
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern

2
nights
Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): admire the striking features of KKL Luzern - Lucerne Culture and Convention Centre, take in the awesome beauty at Rigi, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Lucerne. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Biosphaere Entlebuch, snap pictures at Chapel Bridge, then pause for some photo ops at Lion Monument, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Pilatus.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Lucerne trip planner.

Take a train from Bern to Lucerne in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. March in Lucerne sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Lucerne

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Lake Lucerne ©
Lake Lucerne
Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Rigi ©
Rigi

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