15 days in Austria Itinerary

15 days in Austria Itinerary

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Vienna — 3 nights

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to State Hall of the Austrian National Library and Rathausplatz. Change things up with these side-trips from Vienna: Wachau Valley (in Joching) and Melk Abbey (in Melk). Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Ringstrasse, explore the world behind art at KUNST HAUS WIEN. Museum Hundertwasser, take in the spiritual surroundings of Karlskirche, and brush up on your military savvy at Heeresgeschichtliches Museum.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Vienna road trip site.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Vienna is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Amsterdam in August: highs in Vienna hover around 31°C, while lows dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Klagenfurt.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature
Side Trips

Klagenfurt — 2 nights

Located on Woethersee, Klagenfurt serves as the capital of the federal state of Carinthia.
On the 17th (Wed), step into the grandiose world of Hochosterwitz Castle (Burg Hochosterwitz), then admire all the interesting features of Villacher Alpenstraße, and then admire the local landmark of Lindwurmbrunnen. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Thu): find something for the whole family at Minimundus, then explore the activities along Lake Worthersee, and then take in panoramic vistas at Aussichtsturm Pyramidenkogel.

To see photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Klagenfurt online road trip planner.

You can fly from Vienna to Klagenfurt in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In August, daytime highs in Klagenfurt are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Zell am See.
Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Theme Parks
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Zell am See — 3 nights

Despite its small size, Zell am See is a well-visited tourist destination known mostly as a ski resort town, and it serves as an important transportation hub for the region.
Step off the beaten path and head to Grossglockner High Alpine Road and Kitzsteinhorn. Step out of the city life by going to Krimml Falls (Krimmler Wasserfalle) and Liechtensteinklamm. Step out of Zell am See to go to Bad Gastein and see Bad Gasteiner Wasserfall, which is approximately 48 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Schmittenhohe, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zell, and get outside with Sigmund-Thun-Klamm.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Zell am See tour planner.

Traveling by car from Klagenfurt to Zell am See takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to drive to Salzburg.
Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports
Side Trips

Salzburg — 2 nights

Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
On the 22nd (Mon), explore the historical opulence of Schloss Hellbrunn, discover the riches below the earth's surface at Salzwelten Salzburg, then take in the awesome beauty at Untersberg, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nonnberg Convent. On the next day, explore the historical opulence of Erlebnisburg Hohenwerfen, then explore the fascinating underground world of Eisriesenwelt, then admire the sheer force of Gollinger Wasserfall, and finally see the interesting displays at Red Bull Hangar-7.

To see photos and other tourist information, you can read our Salzburg trip planner.

Traveling by car from Zell am See to Salzburg takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. August in Salzburg sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can drive to Innsbruck.
Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums
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Innsbruck — 4 nights

Nestled in a valley between snowcapped peaks, Innsbruck evokes visions of a winter wonderland.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Altstadt von Innsbruck and Maria-Theresien-Strasse. Get in touch with nature at Stubaier Gletscher and Leutascher Geisterklamm. Explore Innsbruck's surroundings by going to Hexenwasser (in Soll), Grawa Wasserfall (in Neustift im Stubaital) and Achensee (in Maurach). There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Rosshutte, admire the striking features of Dom zu St. Jakob, fly down the slopes at Ischgl-Samnaun ski area, and enjoy breathtaking views from Town Tower (Stadtturm).

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Innsbruck road trip planning tool.

Drive from Salzburg to Innsbruck in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight back home.
Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Historic Sites
Side Trips

Austria travel guide

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.