18 days in Switzerland, Germany & Austria Itinerary

18 days in Switzerland, Germany & Austria Itinerary

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Zurich, Switzerland
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Grindelwald, Switzerland
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Zermatt, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Baden-Baden, Germany
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Rothenburg, Germany
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Munich, Germany
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Salzburg, Austria
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Hallstatt, Austria
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Berlin, Germany
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Vienna, Austria
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Zurich, Switzerland — 2 nights

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Head to Bahnhofstrasse and Lindt Factory Outlet Kilchbergfor plenty of shopping. We've included these beaches for you: Seebad Eich and Wyden Badi. Change things up with these side-trips from Zurich: Altstadt Luzern (in Lucerne), Seebad Mit Strand Am Vierwaldstattersee (in Kuessnacht am Rigi) and Seebad Seeliken (in Zug). There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Old Town, kick back and relax at Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen, tour the pleasant surroundings at Strandbad Mythenquai, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Zurich trip itinerary planner.

Cairo, Egypt to Zurich is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Cairo to Zurich is minus 1 hour. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Cairo in August; daily highs in Zurich reach 28°C and lows reach 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Grindelwald.
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Grindelwald, Switzerland — 1 night

As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
On the 9th (Tue), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Jungfraujoch and then stroll through The Eiger.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Grindelwald trip itinerary planning website.

Drive from Zurich to Grindelwald in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can drive to Zermatt.
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Zermatt, Switzerland — 2 nights

Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
On the 10th (Wed), explore the different monuments and memorials at Mountaineers' Cemetery, trek along 5 Lakes Walk, then glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, then stop by Laderach, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Gornergrat. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape at Gorner Gorge, take in the awesome beauty at The Matterhorn, and then take in the awesome beauty at Breithorn.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Zermatt trip planner.

Drive from Grindelwald to Zermatt in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can drive to Baden-Baden.
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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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Fri): admire the sheer force of Geroldsau Waterfall, walk around Lichtentaler Allee, then take in the awesome beauty at Merkur, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and finally try to win big at Casino Baden-Baden Spielbank.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Baden-Baden online holiday planner.

Drive from Zermatt to Baden-Baden in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. August in Baden-Baden sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Rothenburg.
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Rothenburg, Germany — 2 nights

An old imperial city, Rothenburg is the main tourist stop on the scenic Romantic Road of Bavaria.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): make a trip to Klingentor, browse the eclectic array of goods at Kathe Wohlfahrt's Christmas Shop, wander the streets of Altstadt, then steep yourself in history at Siebers Tower, then steep yourself in history at Town Walls, and finally steep yourself in history at Gerlachschmiede. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Sun): admire the striking features of St. Kilian Cathedral, step into the grandiose world of Würzburg Residence, then pause for some serene contemplation at Neumuenster, then explore the historical opulence of Fortress Marienberg, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kapuzinerkloster Nikolausberg.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Rothenburg sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Baden-Baden to Rothenburg in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In August in Rothenburg, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Munich.
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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.
On the 15th (Mon), kick back and relax at Strandbad St. Alban, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael's Church, then steep yourself in history at Nymphenburg Palace, and finally examine the collection at Munich Residenz. On the 16th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the activities along English Garden, take in panoramic vistas at Frauenkirche, don't miss a visit to Marienplatz, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter's Church, and finally hunt for treasures at Viktualienmarkt.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Munich trip planning site.

You can drive from Rothenburg to Munich in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, daytime highs in Munich are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can drive to Salzburg.
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Salzburg, Austria — 2 nights

Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus), shop like a local with Getreidegasse, steep yourself in history at Mozarts Geburtshaus, step into the grandiose world of Fortress Hohensalzburg, then admire the masterpieces at DomQuartier Salzburg, and finally contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Abbey (Stift St. Peter). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the natural beauty at Mirabell Palace, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Salzburg Cathedral, make a trip to Salzburger Altstadt, then explore the historical opulence of Schloss Hellbrunn, then make a trip to Stiegl Brauwelt, and finally take some stellar pictures from MoenchsbergAufzug.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Salzburg day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Munich to Salzburg takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August in Salzburg, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Hallstatt.
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Hallstatt, Austria — 1 night

Historically known for the production of salt, Halstatt's fine architecture reflects the small village's salt mining legacy.
On the 19th (Fri), explore the different monuments and memorials at Beinhaus, Karner, Ossuary, take in the pleasant sights at Old Town, stroll through Badestrand Hallstatt, then let little ones run wild at Obertraun Bathing Area/Lakeside Recreation Area, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Hallstatt-Dachstein - Salzkammergut Cultural Landscape.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Hallstatt itinerary planner.

You can drive from Salzburg to Hallstatt in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Berlin.
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Berlin, Germany — 2 nights

The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Memorial of the Berlin Wall, admire the masterpieces at Pergamonmuseum, admire the landmark architecture of Berliner Dom, then get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and finally don't miss a visit to East Side Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Sun): appreciate the history behind Brandenburg Gate, take a stroll through Potsdamer Platz, get a sense of history and politics at Reichstag Building, then appreciate the history behind The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, then contemplate the long history of Mauermuseum - Museum Haus am Checkpoint Charlie, and finally examine the collection at Topography of Terror.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Berlin trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Hallstatt to Berlin takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to fly to Vienna.
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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.
On the 22nd (Mon), examine the collection at Hofburg, then hunt for treasures at Vienna Naschmarkt, then explore the historical opulence of Schonbrunn Palace, and finally get to know the resident critters at Schönbrunn Zoo. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at St. Stephen's Cathedral, then wander the streets of Graben and Kohlmarkt, then admire the masterpieces at Belvedere Palace, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Karlskirche.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Vienna attractions planner.

You can fly from Berlin to Vienna in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In August, daytime highs in Vienna are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can catch the flight back home.
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Switzerland travel guide

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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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Germany travel guide

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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

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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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