18 days in Switzerland, Germany & Austria Itinerary

18 days in Switzerland, Germany & Austria Itinerary

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Geneva, Switzerland
— 3 nights
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Bern, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive
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Baden-Baden, Germany
— 1 night
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Frankfurt, Germany
— 3 nights
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Munich, Germany
— 2 nights
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Zell am See, Austria
— 2 nights
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Vienna, Austria
— 2 nights

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Geneva, Switzerland — 3 nights

Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
Get out of town with these interesting Geneva side-trips: Lausanne (Cathedrale de Lausanne, The Olympic Museum Lausanne (Musee Olympique), &more). There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Lake Geneva, don't miss a visit to Palais des Nations, Genève, admire the natural beauty at Jardin Anglais, and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Geneva driving holiday planner.

If you are flying in from Saudi Arabia, the closest major aiports are Geneva Cointrin International Airport, Bern Belp Airport and EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg Airport. In July in Geneva, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Bern.
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Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums
Side Trip

Bern, Switzerland — 2 nights

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 17th (Sun): admire the sheer force of Trümmelbachfälle, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and then admire the local landmark of Zahringerbrunnen. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Einstein House (Einsteinhaus), get a taste of the local shopping with UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, then admire the natural beauty at Rose Garden (Rosengarten), then look for all kinds of wild species at Barenpark, and finally don't miss a visit to Clock Tower - Zytglogge.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Bern itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Geneva to Bern takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Zurich.
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Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Neighborhoods
Side Trips

Zurich, Switzerland — 2 nights

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Tue): ponder the design of Europuddle, explore the activities along Lake Zurich, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the sheer force of Rhine Falls, make a trip to Bahnhofstrasse, then snap pictures at Chapel Bridge, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Hofkirche.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Zurich trip planning site.

Take a train from Bern to Zurich in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to drive to Baden-Baden.
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Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites
Side Trips

Baden-Baden, Germany — 1 night

Scenically located at the edge of the Black Forest, Baden-Baden offers scenery, culture, and relaxation in addition to a vibrant nightlife and dining scene, specializing in traditional German dishes.
On the 21st (Thu), don't miss a visit to MerkurBergbahn, then explore the world behind art at Museum Frieder Burda, then try to win big at Casino Baden-Baden Spielbank, and finally walk around Lichtentaler Allee.

For where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Baden-Baden tour planner.

You can drive from Zurich to Baden-Baden in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly; or take a train. In July in Baden-Baden, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can drive to Frankfurt.
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Parks · Museums · Casinos · Fun & Games

Frankfurt, Germany — 3 nights

A global center of finance and transportation, Frankfurt is perhaps best known for its futuristic cityscape.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Frankfurt: Wurzburg (Residenzplatz, Würzburg Residence, &more) and Koblenz (Deutsches Eck (German Corner) & Ehrenbreitstein Fortress). There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Stadel Museum, contemplate the long history of Goethe House, get great views at Main Tower, and admire the striking features of Cathedral of St. Bartholomew (Dom St. Bartholomaus).

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Frankfurt online day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Baden-Baden to Frankfurt takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Munich.
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Historic Sites · Museums
Side Trips

Munich, Germany — 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael's Church, then contemplate the long history of Nymphenburg Palace, and then see the interesting displays at BMW Welt. On the 26th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Marienplatz, engage your brain at Deutsches Museum, and then admire the natural beauty at English Garden.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Munich online sightseeing planner.

Getting from Frankfurt to Munich by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Frankfurt in July, plan for little chillier nights in Munich, with lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Zell am See.
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Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Parks

Zell am See, Austria — 2 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.
On the 27th (Wed), get great views at Edelweissspitze and then cruise along Grossglockner High Alpine Road. On the 28th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head outdoors with Sigmund-Thun-Klamm, then see the world from above with a helicopter tour, then stroll through Zell Am See, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zell.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Zell am See day trip planner.

Getting from Munich to Zell am See by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive. In July in Zell am See, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to fly to Vienna.
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Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Scenic Drive
Side Trips

Vienna, Austria — 2 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.
Vienna is known for historic sites, museums, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Schonbrunn Palace, explore the world behind art at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, don't miss a visit to St. Stephen's Cathedral, and steep yourself in history at Maria Am Gestade.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Vienna trip itinerary builder site.

You can fly from Zell am See to Vienna in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. July in Vienna sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 19°C at night.
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Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Theme Parks

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.
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Canton of Bern travel guide

4.4
Mountains · Lookouts · Parasailing & Paragliding
The Canton of Bern is home to a diverse landscape of plateaus, breathtaking mountains, waterfalls, and lakes. In the capital city you'll find the Old Town, built in a loop of the river Aare. Its sandstone houses, narrow streets, fountains, and medieval atmosphere have earned it World Heritage Status. Sightseeing stops on your itinerary include the 101 m (331 ft) high platform at the Rose Garden, the bear family at Bear Park, and the Houses of Parliament that often open their doors to tourists. Shop the 6 km (3.7 mi) long covered medieval promenade, the longest shopping arcade in Europe. The boutiques, bars, and cabaret stages, some housed in vaulted cellars, are among Bern's other tourist attractions. Outside of the capital city, hike valleys and foothills, or take on the staggeringly steep mountain cliffs by ski or snowboard.
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Germany travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Germany is the home of high culture, fine art, classical music, world-class sports, award-winning cuisine--and some of the world's best beers. It's also one of the major economic and political powers of the European continent. One of the founding members of the European Union, Germany is a federation of 16 states. Each boasts its own distinct culture, art, cuisine, regional traditions, and array of things to do. The country is known worldwide for its precision engineering and high-tech products. Equally, though, Germany is admired for its old-world charm and what is locally known as gemutlichkeit (coziness). This is one of the easiest countries in the world to explore, offering an abundance of sightseeing opportunities. German transportation runs with German efficiency. Therefore, getting around the various regions is almost always easy, quick, and pleasant. Visit the cities to explore museums, art galleries, modern restaurants, and trendy shops. Also be sure to venture deeper into the countryside. Here, you can discover ancient castles and bustling little villages. Often in these off-the-beaten-path areas, the main tourist attraction remains the simple hospitality of the friendly locals.
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Austria travel guide

4.6
Castles · Art Museums · Architectural Buildings
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.
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