15 days in Austria & Basel Itinerary

15 days in Austria & Basel Itinerary

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15 days in Austria & Basel Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  24​h
1
Vienna, Austria
— 5 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
2
Salzburg, Austria
— 3 nights
train:  2​h
3
Innsbruck, Austria
— 2 nights
4
Basel, Switzerland
— 2 nights
train + Fly:  25​h
End: Sydney, Australia

5
nights
Vienna, Austria

Vienna ©
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.
Pack the 18th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Prater. There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Schonbrunn Palace, get a sense of history and politics at Rathaus, explore the world behind art at Albertina, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Schönbrunn Zoo.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Vienna route app .

Sydney, Australia to Vienna is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) to Central European Time is minus 9 hours. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Sydney in December, with highs in Vienna at 5°C and lows at 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to travel to Salzburg.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
Belvedere Palace ©
Belvedere Palace
St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral

3
nights
Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
When in Salzburg, make a side trip to see Sommerrodelbahn Walchsee in Walchsee, approximately 1h 25 min away. And it doesn't end there: get great views at Fortress Hohensalzburg, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter's Abbey (Stift St. Peter), examine the collection at Red Bull Hangar-7, and admire the landmark architecture of Salzburg Cathedral.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Salzburg trip planner .

You can fly from Vienna to Salzburg in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 6°C in December, and nighttime lows around -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Innsbruck.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Sommerrodelbahn Walchsee
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Fortress Hohensalzburg ©
Fortress Hohensalzburg
Mirabell Palace ©
Mirabell Palace
Salzburg Cathedral ©
Salzburg Cathedral

2
nights
Innsbruck, Austria

Innsbruck ©
Nestled in a valley between snowcapped peaks, Innsbruck evokes visions of a winter wonderland.
On the 25th (Wed), fly down the slopes at Muttereralmpark, hit the slopes at Bergisel Ski Jump, take an in-depth tour of Stadtmuseum, then take an in-depth tour of The Golden Roof (Goldenes Dachl), and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dom zu St. Jakob. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: fly down the slopes at Hintertuxer Glecier.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Innsbruck trip itinerary planner.

Take a train from Salzburg to Innsbruck in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Innsbruck are 6°C, while nighttime lows are -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to drive to Basel.

Things to do in Innsbruck

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trip

Hintertuxer Glecier
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Bergisel Ski Jump ©
Bergisel Ski Jump
The Golden Roof (Goldenes Dachl) ©
The Golden Roof (Goldenes Dachl)
Dom zu St. Jakob ©
Dom zu St. Jakob

2
nights
Basel, Switzerland

Situated where the Swiss, German, and French borders meet, Basel is considered the hub of Dreilandereck, this "three countries corner." Its location makes Basel a center of culture and history, brimming with important theaters and museums.
On the 27th (Fri), trek along Planetenweg, then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and then look for gifts at Johann Wanner.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Basel trip maker .

You can drive from Innsbruck to Basel in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in December, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Basel

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Planetenweg
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Room Escape Games
Basel Minster ©
Basel Minster

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