17 days in Germany, Austria & Switzerland Itinerary

17 days in Germany, Austria & Switzerland Itinerary

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Hamburg, Germany
— 1 night
2
Berlin, Germany
— 3 nights
3
Dresden, Germany
— 2 nights
4
Vienna, Austria
— 3 nights
5
Salzburg, Austria
— 3 nights
6
Zurich, Switzerland
— 3 nights

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Hamburg, Germany

Hamburg ©
As the country's biggest port and one of the busiest in all of Europe, Hamburg has a well-deserved reputation as Germany's Gateway to the World.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): see the interesting displays at Miniatur Wunderland. Here are some ideas for day two: ponder the world of politics at Townhall, steep yourself in history at Alter Elbtunnel, thenexplore the activities along Port of Hamburg, thenadmire the landmark architecture of Speicherstadt, and finally admire the striking features of St. Michael's Church.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Hamburg tour itinerary planner.

Philadelphia, USA to Hamburg is an approximately 13-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 6 hour difference. In April, Hamburg is slightly colder than Philadelphia - with highs of °F and lows of °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can take a train to Berlin.

Things to do in Hamburg

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Miniatur Wunderland ©
Miniatur Wunderland
St. Michael's Church ©
St. Michael's Church
Alter Elbtunnel ©
Alter Elbtunnel

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Berlin, Germany

The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Charlottenburg Palace and Memorial of the Berlin Wall. Get a sense of the local culture at Pergamonmuseum and Mauermuseum - Museum Haus am Checkpoint Charlie. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Topography of Terror, appreciate the history behind The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, don't miss a visit to Brandenburg Gate, and steep yourself in history at East Side Gallery.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Berlin day trip planner.

Getting from Hamburg to Berlin by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Dresden.

Things to do in Berlin

Historic Sites Museums Tours
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Pergamonmuseum ©
Pergamonmuseum
Topography of Terror ©
Topography of Terror

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Dresden, Germany

Dresden ©
Dresden boasts a long history as a royal residence of many Saxon kings.
On the 7th (Tue), browse the exhibits of The Dresden Zwinger, thenexplore the world behind art at Gemaldegalerie Alte Meister, thenexamine the collection at Neues Grünes Gewölbe, and finally explore the historical opulence of Big courtyard of the Residence / Grosser Schlosshof Dresdner Residenz. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the world behind art at Albertinum, thenpause for some serene contemplation at Frauenkirche Dresden, thentake an in-depth tour of Gemaldegalerie Neue Meister, and finally look for gifts at Tradition & Form.

For reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Dresden road trip tool.

You can drive from Berlin to Dresden in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Dresden are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can drive to Vienna.

Things to do in Dresden

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The Dresden Zwinger ©
The Dresden Zwinger
Frauenkirche Dresden ©
Frauenkirche Dresden
Gemaldegalerie Alte Meister
Gemaldegalerie Alte Meister

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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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Schonbrunn Palace and Belvedere Palace. Step off the beaten path and head to Albertina and Stephansplatz. There's much more to do: examine the collection at The Hofburg, admire the masterpieces at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chapel of St. Virgil, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Stephen's Cathedral.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Vienna trip maker.

Getting from Dresden to Vienna by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or fly. In April, plan for daily highs up to °F, and evening lows to °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to Salzburg.

Things to do in Vienna

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The Hofburg ©
The Hofburg
Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
Belvedere Palace ©
Belvedere Palace

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Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Get a sense of the local culture at Schloss Hellbrunn and St. Peter's Abbey (Stift St. Peter). Visit Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle and Franziskanerkirche for their historical value. The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Salzburg Cathedral, explore the world behind art at Museum der Moderne Monchsberg, stroll through Mirabell Palace, and see the interesting displays at Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus).

For reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Salzburg trip itinerary builder website.

You can fly from Vienna to Salzburg in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In April in Salzburg, expect temperatures between °F during the day and °F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Salzburg

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Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle ©
Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle
Schloss Hellbrunn ©
Schloss Hellbrunn
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Red Bull Hangar-7

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Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Step off the beaten path and head to Mt Pilatus and Altstadt Luzern. Get some historical perspective at Old Town and Friedhof Fluntern. Get out of town with these interesting Zurich side-trips: Lucerne (Chapel Bridge & Kunsthalle Luzern). The adventure continues: buy something for everyone on your list at Hauptbahnhof, stop by Victorinox Flagship Store Zurich, view the masterpieces at Foundation E. G. Buhrle Collection, and examine the collection at Uhrenmuseum Beyer Zürich.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Zurich journey app.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Salzburg to Zurich in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Zurich are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Shopping Neighborhoods Museums

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Foundation E. G. Buhrle Collection ©
Foundation E. G. Buhrle Collection
Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Old Town ©
Old Town

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