39 days in Austria Itinerary

39 days in Austria Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Austria holiday planner

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Fly to Munich, Train to Innsbruck
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Innsbruck
— 6 nights
Drive
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Ischgl
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kaprun
— 2 nights
Drive
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Salzburg
— 6 nights
Drive
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Hallstatt
— 2 nights
Drive
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Graz
— 5 nights
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Melk
— 5 nights
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Vienna
— 10 nights
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Innsbruck

— 6 nights
Nestled in a valley between snowcapped peaks, Innsbruck evokes visions of a winter wonderland.
Get some cultural insight at Altstadt von Innsbruck and Kufstein Fortress. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Dom zu St. Jakob and Hofkirche. Change things up with these side-trips from Innsbruck: Stubaier Gletscher (in Neustift im Stubaital), Obergurgl-Hochgurgl (in Obergurgl) and Leutascher Geisterklamm (in Leutasch). The adventure continues: get to know the fascinating history of Maria-Theresien-Strasse, stroll through SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser - Brixental, fly down the slopes at Bergisel Ski Jump, and admire the striking features of Imperial Palace.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Innsbruck trip planner.

Valletta, Malta to Innsbruck is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Valletta in December, with highs in Innsbruck at 6°C and lows at -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can drive to Ischgl.

Things to do in Innsbruck

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Ischgl

— 2 nights
Ischgl is a town in the Paznaun Valley in the Austrian state of Tyrol. On the 2nd (Sun), admire the masterpieces at Alpinarium Galtur and then look for all kinds of wild species at Naturpark Kaunergrat. On the 3rd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hit the slopes at Ischgl-Samnaun ski area, then tour the pleasant surroundings at St. Anton, and then stroll through Zuers.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Ischgl trip planner.

You can drive from Innsbruck to Ischgl in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Innsbruck in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Ischgl, with lows of -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can drive to Kaprun.

Things to do in Ischgl

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Kaprun

— 2 nights
Kaprun is a municipality in the Zell am See District in the state of Salzburg, Austria. On the 4th (Tue), get great views at Gipfelwelt 3000, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kitzsteinhorn, and then soothe aching muscles at Tauern Spa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hit the slopes at Die Bergbahn Kitzbuhel - KitzSki and then stroll through Schmittenhohe.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Kaprun trip planner.

You can drive from Ischgl to Kaprun in 3.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and train. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Ischgl in January; daily highs in Kaprun reach 0°C and lows reach -5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can go by car to Salzburg.

Things to do in Kaprun

Winter Sports · Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Salzburg

— 6 nights

Rome of the North

Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Visit Schloss Hellbrunn and Petersfriedhof for their historical value. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to St. Peter's Abbey (Stift St. Peter) and Obertauern Ski Resort. Venture out of the city with trips to Gollinger Wasserfall (in Golling an der Salzach), KZ-Gedenkstatte Mauthausen (in Mauthausen) and Erlebnisburg Hohenwerfen (in Werfen). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Strandbad Perwang am Grabensee, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mariendom, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilika St. Michael, and explore the world behind art at DomQuartier Salzburg.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Salzburg tour builder.

You can drive from Kaprun to Salzburg in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Kaprun in January, expect nights in Salzburg to be about the same, around -3°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Hallstatt.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Hallstatt

— 2 nights

Pearl of Austria

Historically known for the production of salt, Halstatt's fine architecture reflects the small village's salt mining legacy.
On the 12th (Wed), relax and rejuvenate at Narzissen Vital Resort, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hallstatt Lutheran Church, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Beinhaus, Karner, Ossuary, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Old Town. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Central Square Marktplatz, then discover the riches below the earth's surface at Salzwelten Hallstatt, and then make a trip to Hallstatt Skywalk "Welterbeblick".

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Hallstatt road trip planning site.

Getting from Salzburg to Hallstatt by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can drive to Graz.

Things to do in Hallstatt

Historic Sites · Spas · Fun & Games

Side Trip

Graz

— 5 nights
With six universities, Graz represents a young, laid-back, and lively city with nightlife that doesn't stop.
Explore hidden gems such as Altstadt von Graz and Kastner & Ohler, Paradeishof. Visiting Bad Weihermuhle Freizeitanlage and Lake Worthersee will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Graz side-trips: Minimundus (in Klagenfurt), Hochosterwitz Castle (Burg Hochosterwitz) (in Launsdorf) and Aussichtsturm Pyramidenkogel (in Keutschach am See). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Hauptplatz, take in panoramic vistas at Uhrturm, stroll around Schlossberg, and explore the historical opulence of Schloss Eggenberg.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Graz tour planning app.

Traveling by car from Hallstatt to Graz takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. January in Graz sees daily highs of 3°C and lows of -5°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Melk.

Things to do in Graz

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Melk

— 5 nights
Melk, a small town of about 5,000, hugs the south side of the Danube.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Melk Abbey and Ski Resort Oedberg. Get in touch with nature at Wachau Valley and Seebad Lunz Am See. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Melk: Sole Felsen Bad (in Gmuend), Weingut Jaeger (in Weissenkirchen) and Natur-und Erlebnispark Buchenberg (in Waidhofen an der Ybbs). There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Burgruine Duernstein, learn about winemaking at Weingut F.X. Pichler, and pause for some serene contemplation at Burgerspitalkirche St. Philipp & Jakob.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Melk attractions planning site.

You can fly from Graz to Melk in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Graz in January, Melk is a bit warmer at night with lows of 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Vienna.

Things to do in Melk

Historic Sites · Parks · Wineries · Outdoors

Side Trips

Vienna

— 10 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.
Karlskirche and Kaisergruft will appeal to history buffs. Ringstrasse and Leopold Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. The adventure continues: make a trip to Rathausplatz, admire the striking features of Church of the Jesuits, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Votivkirche, and contemplate the long history of Cafe Gloriette.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Vienna driving holiday planner.

Getting from Melk to Vienna by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Melk in January since evenings lows in Vienna dip to -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Vienna

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums

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.