18 days in Switzerland, Germany & Austria Itinerary

18 days in Switzerland, Germany & Austria Itinerary

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Zermatt, Switzerland
— 1 night
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Grindelwald, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 3 nights
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Rothenburg, Germany
— 1 night
Drive
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Munich, Germany
— 2 nights
Drive
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Salzburg, Austria
— 3 nights
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Berlin, Germany
— 2 nights
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Vienna, Austria
— 3 nights
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Zermatt, Switzerland — 1 night

Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): explore the different monuments and memorials at Mountaineers' Cemetery.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Zermatt trip planner.

Cairo, Egypt to Zermatt is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or drive. Traveling from Cairo to Zermatt, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can go by car to Grindelwald.
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Grindelwald, Switzerland — 2 nights

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 8th (Mon): take in the awesome beauty at Jungfraujoch and then take in the awesome beauty at The Eiger. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Tue): take in the awesome beauty at Maennlichen, then explore the striking landscape at Aletsch Glacier, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Maennlichen Romantic Trail.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Grindelwald trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Zermatt to Grindelwald by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Zurich.
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Zurich, Switzerland — 3 nights

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
You'll get in some beach time at Seebad Eich and Wyden Badi. Get in touch with nature at Seebad Mit Strand Am Vierwaldstattersee and Seebad Seeliken. Change things up with a short trip to Altstadt Luzern in Lucerne (about 1 hour away). There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Old Town, kick back and relax at Strandbad Mythenquai, tour the pleasant surroundings at Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen, and get a taste of the local shopping with Bahnhofstrasse.

To find out how to plan a trip to Zurich, use our trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Grindelwald to Zurich in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in August, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Rothenburg.
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Rothenburg, Germany — 1 night

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): examine the collection at Historiengewölbe mit Staatsverlies - Museum zur Stadtgeschichte in Rothenburg o.d.T., hunt for treasures at Kathe Wohlfahrt's Christmas Shop, take a stroll through Altstadt, then contemplate the long history of Siebers Tower, then make a trip to Klingentor, and finally ponder the world of politics at Stadt Rothenburg ob der Tauber.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Rothenburg trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by flight from Zurich to Rothenburg takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in August, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can 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 14th (Sun), steep yourself in history at Nymphenburg Palace, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asamkirche, then make a trip to Marienplatz, and finally admire the striking features of St. Peter's Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Mon): explore the activities along English Garden, then enjoy breathtaking views from Frauenkirche, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael's Church, and finally hunt for treasures at Viktualienmarkt.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Munich trip planner.

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. August in Munich sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 14°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Salzburg.
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Salzburg, Austria — 3 nights

Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Fortress Hohensalzburg and Salzburg Cathedral will appeal to history buffs. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Badestrand Hallstatt and Obertraun Bathing Area/Lakeside Recreation Area. The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Schloss Hellbrunn, head outdoors with Fuschlsee Rundweg, shop like a local with Getreidegasse, and see the interesting displays at Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus).

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Salzburg online road 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow 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 19th (Fri): get a sense of history and politics at Reichstag Building, then don't miss a visit to Mauermuseum - Museum Haus am Checkpoint Charlie, then steep yourself in history at East Side Gallery, and finally take in the local highlights with Walking tours. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Memorial of the Berlin Wall, admire the masterpieces at Pergamonmuseum, then pause for some photo ops at The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, and finally appreciate the history behind Brandenburg Gate.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Berlin trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by flight from Salzburg to Berlin takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Vienna.
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Vienna, Austria — 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.
Schonbrunn Palace and St. Stephen's Cathedral will appeal to history buffs. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Karlskirche, explore the world behind art at Belvedere Palace, examine the collection at Hofburg, and hunt for treasures at Vienna Naschmarkt.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Vienna online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Berlin to Vienna takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Vienna can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 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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