16 days in Austria Itinerary

16 days in Austria Itinerary

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16 days in Austria Itinerary

Start: Dubai
Fly:  9​h
1
Vienna
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
2
Salzburg
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Bad Ischl
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Innsbruck
— 4 nights
Fly:  9​h 15​min
End: Dubai

4
nights
Vienna

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.
Vienna is known for historic sites, museums, nightlife, parks, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Schonbrunn Palace, see the interesting displays at Haus der Musik Wien, explore the world behind art at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, and get to know the resident critters at Schönbrunn Zoo.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Vienna road trip planner .

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Vienna is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Gulf Standard Time to Central European Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Dubai in December, with highs in Vienna at 5°C and lows at 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel to Salzburg.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
Prater ©
Prater
Schönbrunn Zoo ©
Schönbrunn Zoo

4
nights
Salzburg

Salzburg ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Salzburg: Kitzsteinhorn (in Kaprun) and Obertauern Ski Resort (in Obertauern). Next up on the itinerary: browse the exhibits of Fortress Hohensalzburg, examine the collection at Red Bull Hangar-7, contemplate the long history of Salzburger Altstadt, and explore the historical opulence of Schloss Hellbrunn.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Salzburg trip planner .

You can fly from Vienna to Salzburg in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 6°C, and evening lows to -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Bad Ischl.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Obertauern Ski Resort, Kitzsteinhorn
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Fortress Hohensalzburg ©
Fortress Hohensalzburg
Mirabell Palace ©
Mirabell Palace
Kitzsteinhorn ©
Kitzsteinhorn

3
nights
Bad Ischl

Bad Ischl ©
Bad Ischl is a spa town in Austria. Change things up with a short trip to Hallstatt-Dachstein - Salzkammergut Cultural Landscape in Obertraun (about 34 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Hallstatter See, enjoy breathtaking views from Hallstatt Skywalk "Welterbeblick", make a trip to Central Square Marktplatz, and choose your vessel at Lake Hallstatt Explorer.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Bad Ischl day trip planning tool .

You can drive from Salzburg to Bad Ischl in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Innsbruck.

Things to do in Bad Ischl

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Hallstatt, Hallstatt-Dachstein - Salzkammergut Cultural Landscape
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Old Town ©
Old Town
Hallstatter See ©
Hallstatter See

4
nights
Innsbruck

Innsbruck ©
Nestled in a valley between snowcapped peaks, Innsbruck evokes visions of a winter wonderland.
Explore Innsbruck's surroundings by going to Ischgl-Samnaun ski area (in Ischgl), St. Anton (in St. Anton am Arlberg) and Stubaier Gletscher (in Neustift im Stubaital). The adventure continues: fly down the slopes at Muttereralmpark, admire the landmark architecture of Innsbruck Hbf, take in the spiritual surroundings of Dom zu St. Jakob, and stroll through Bergisel Ski Jump.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Innsbruck trip builder tool .

Drive from Bad Ischl to Innsbruck in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Innsbruck can reach 3°C, while at night they dip to -5°C. On the 9th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Innsbruck

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trips

St. Anton, Ischgl-Samnaun ski area, Stubaier Gletscher
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Bergisel Ski Jump ©
Bergisel Ski Jump
Stubaier Gletscher ©
Stubaier Gletscher
Ischgl-Samnaun ski area ©
Ischgl-Samnaun ski area

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