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:  6 h 30 min
8
Grindelwald, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive:  30 min
9
Interlaken, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive:  45 min
10
Bern, Switzerland
— 1 day
Train:  1 h
11
Lucerne, Switzerland
— 4 nights
Drive:  45 min
12
Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Fly:  28 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: step into the grandiose world of Schonbrunn Palace, contemplate the long history of Belvedere Palace, explore the world behind art at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Schönbrunn Zoo.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Vienna trip site.

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. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 9 hours traveling from Sydney to Vienna. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Sydney in February: high temperatures in Vienna hover around 5°C and lows are around -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time 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: get engrossed in the history at Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Untersberg, pause for some serene contemplation at Salzburg Cathedral, and examine the collection at Red Bull Hangar-7.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Salzburg trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Vienna to Salzburg by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 5°C in February, and nighttime lows around -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to drive to Munich.

Things to do in Salzburg

Museums Historic Sites Nightlife
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: make a trip to Marienplatz, steep yourself in history at Nymphenburg Palace, admire the striking features of Asamkirche, and enjoy breathtaking views from Frauenkirche.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Munich itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Salzburg to Munich in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Munich are 5°C, while nighttime lows are -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Nuremberg.

Things to do in Munich

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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), snap pictures at Fleischbrucke, explore the world behind art at Germanisches Nationalmuseum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Lorenz Church, then step into the grandiose world of Kaiserburg Nurnberg, then contemplate the long history of Albrecht Durer's House, and finally make a trip to Altstadt. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Ehekarussell, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Sebaldus Church, see the interesting displays at Toy Museum, then examine the collection at Dokumentationszentrum Reichsparteitagsgelände, and finally steep yourself in history at Nuremberg Palace of Justice.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Nuremberg trip itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Munich to Nuremberg in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 5°C in February, and nighttime lows around -1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can go by car 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): step into the grandiose world of Fortress Marienberg, snap pictures at Alte Mainbruecke, then explore the historical opulence of Würzburg Residence, and finally contemplate the long history of Spital Bastion. On the next day, steep yourself in history at Town Walls, take a stroll through Altstadt, admire the striking features of Stadt Rothenburg ob der Tauber, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Kathe Wohlfahrt's Christmas Shop, then examine the collection at Medieval Crime Museum (Mittelalterliches Kriminalmuseum), and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Jacob's Church (St. Jakobskirche).

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Rothenburg sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Nuremberg to Rothenburg in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 5°C in February, and nighttime lows around -1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can go by car to Fussen.

Things to do in Rothenburg

Historic Sites Parks Museums

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.
On the 28th (Tue), admire the landmark architecture of Schloss Neuschwanstein and then steep yourself in history at Altstadt von Fuessen.

To see photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Fussen trip planner.

Drive from Rothenburg to Fussen in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough 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.
On the 1st (Wed), ponder the world of politics at Tuebingen Rathaus.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Tubingen online trip maker.

You can drive from Fussen to Tubingen in 2.5 hours. Other options are to 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. You'll have a few hours on the 1st (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Grindelwald.
Highlights from your plan
Tuebingen Rathaus ©
Tuebingen Rathaus

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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): get great views at Bergrestaurant Aellfluh, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Faulhorn, and then take in the awesome beauty at The Wetterhorn.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Grindelwald tour planner.

Getting from Tubingen to Grindelwald by car takes about 4.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can go by car to Interlaken.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Parks Nature
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 3rd (Fri), 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 glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Interlaken trip itinerary planning tool.

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 4th (Sat) so you can drive to Bern.

Things to do in Interlaken

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

1
day
Bern, Switzerland

Bern ©
The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): wander the streets of UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, then head outdoors with Elfenau, and then have fun at Freibad Marzili.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Bern visit planner.

Drive from Interlaken to Bern in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In March in Bern, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Lucerne.

Things to do in Bern

Outdoors Neighborhoods Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Elfenau ©
Elfenau
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern ©
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern

4
nights
Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Lucerne is known for nature, childrens museums, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Pilatus, explore the activities along Lake Lucerne, admire the landmark architecture of KKL Luzern - Lucerne Culture and Convention Centre, and identify plant and animal life at Biosphaere Entlebuch.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Lucerne driving holiday planner.

You can take a train from Bern to Lucerne in an hour. Another option is to drive. In March in Lucerne, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 1°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Zurich.

Things to do in Lucerne

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

2
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Zurich is known for nature, museums, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, explore the world behind art at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich), stop by Old Town, and pause for some serene contemplation at Kirche Enge.

To find more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Zurich travel route planner.

Drive from Lucerne to Zurich in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in March, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Old Town ©
Old Town
Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich) ©
Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich)

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