17 days in Switzerland, Austria & Belgium Itinerary

17 days in Switzerland, Austria & Belgium Itinerary

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1
Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
2
Vienna, Austria
— 4 nights
3
Salzburg, Austria
— 2 nights
4
Brussels, Belgium
— 3 nights
5
Bruges, Belgium
— 3 nights

2
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Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
You'll explore and learn at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich) and Uhrenmuseum Beyer Zürich. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Rhine Falls and Uetliberg Mountain. When in Zurich, make a side trip to see Titlis in Engelberg, approximately Engelberg away.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Zurich tour itinerary maker.

Aguascalientes, Mexico to Zurich is an approximately 19-hour flight. Traveling from Aguascalientes to Zurich, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Aguascalientes in August: highs in Zurich hover around °C, while lows dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Nature Winter Sports

Side Trips

Rhine Falls, Titlis
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Uetliberg Mountain ©
Uetliberg Mountain
Titlis ©
Titlis
Rhine Falls ©
Rhine Falls

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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.
Visit Schonbrunn Palace and Karlskirche for their historical value. Belvedere Palace and The Hofburg will appeal to museum buffs. Explore Vienna's surroundings by going to Wachau Valley (in Joching) and Melk Abbey (in Melk). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, take a stroll through Historic Center of Vienna, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Peterskirche, and examine the collection at HANDS UP.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Vienna trip builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Zurich to Vienna takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Vienna can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to travel to Salzburg.

Things to do in Vienna

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Wachau Valley, Melk Abbey
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Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
Melk Abbey ©
Melk Abbey
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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter's Abbey (Stift St. Peter), stroll the grounds of Catacombe Del Cimitero Di San Pietro, explore the different monuments and memorials at Petersfriedhof, thenget great views at Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle, and finally explore the historical opulence of Schloss Hellbrunn. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus), explore the galleries of Mozarts Geburtshaus, thensee the interesting displays at Red Bull Hangar-7, thencontemplate the long history of Salzburger Altstadt, and finally admire the striking features of Salzburg Cathedral.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Salzburg trip itinerary maker app.

You can fly from Vienna to Salzburg in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around °C in August, and nighttime lows around °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to travel to Brussels.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites Museums
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Petersfriedhof ©
Petersfriedhof
Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle ©
Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle
Schloss Hellbrunn ©
Schloss Hellbrunn

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Brussels, Belgium

Brussels ©
The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
Get some historical perspective at Grand Place and Grote Markt. Atomium and Parc du Cinquantenaire are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Brussels: Antwerp (MAS - Museum aan de Stroom & Cathedral of Our Lady). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM), browse the different shops at Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert, take an in-depth tour of Museum of the City of Brussels (Musee de la Ville de Bruxelles), and don't miss a visit to Belgian Comic Strip Center.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Brussels tour itinerary app.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Salzburg to Brussels in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. When traveling from Salzburg in August, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Brussels: temperatures range from °C by day to °C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can go by car to Bruges.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Antwerp
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Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Grote Markt ©
Grote Markt
MAS - Museum aan de Stroom ©
MAS - Museum aan de Stroom

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Bruges, Belgium

Bruges ©
The medieval town of Bruges centers around a canal, and the architecture of its historical district has made it a World Heritage Site.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to St Michael's Bridge and Groeningemuseum. Do some cultural sightseeing at Historic Centre of Brugge and Gravensteen. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bruges: Ghent (Western Cemetery & Ghent City Center). The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, enjoy breathtaking views from Belfry of Bruges, see the interesting displays at Friet Museum, and admire the striking features of Florentijnse Loge.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Bruges sightseeing planning website.

Traveling by car from Brussels to Bruges takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Bruges can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites Museums Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Ghent, Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul
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St Michael's Bridge ©
St Michael's Bridge
Historic Centre of Brugge ©
Historic Centre of Brugge
Gravensteen ©
Gravensteen

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