23 days in Switzerland & Austria Itinerary

23 days in Switzerland & Austria Itinerary

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Start: Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Fly:  8 h 30 min
1
Geneva, Switzerland
— 1 night
Train:  3 h 45 min
2
Zermatt, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
3
Interlaken, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
4
Lucerne, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h
5
Zurich, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
6
Innsbruck, Austria
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
7
Kitzbuhel, Austria
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
8
Salzburg, Austria
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h
9
Gmunden, Austria
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
10
Vienna, Austria
— 4 nights
Fly:  8 h
End: Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

1
night
Geneva, Switzerland

Geneva ©
Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): make a trip to The Flower Clock, enjoy the sand and surf at Bains des Paquis, admire the local landmark of The Geneva Water Fountain, thenadmire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale de St-Pierre, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Mont Saleve.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Geneva online itinerary planner.

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to Geneva is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of ferry and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Jeddah to Geneva is minus 2 hours. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Jeddah in August; daily highs in Geneva reach 30°C and lows reach 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can take a train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Geneva

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Mont Saleve
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Mont Saleve ©
Mont Saleve
Cathedrale de St-Pierre ©
Cathedrale de St-Pierre
The Geneva Water Fountain ©
The Geneva Water Fountain

2
nights
Zermatt, Switzerland

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): enjoy breathtaking views from Sunnegga, don't miss a visit to Mountaineers' Cemetery, and then take in the awesome beauty at The Matterhorn. On the 4th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the activities along Riffelsee, explore the galleries of Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis, and then travel the rails with Gornergrat.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Zermatt trip itinerary website.

Traveling by train from Geneva to Zermatt takes 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can take a train to Interlaken.

Things to do in Zermatt

Nature Parks Scenic Drive
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The Matterhorn ©
The Matterhorn
Gornergrat ©
Gornergrat
Riffelsee ©
Riffelsee

2
nights
Interlaken, Switzerland

Nestled between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz in the heart of the Jungfrau region, Interlaken became popular for its proximity to the mountains and lakes of the Bernese Oberland region.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Heimwehfluh, explore the stunning scenery at Swissraft-Activity, and then admire the sheer force of Trümmelbachfälle. Here are some ideas for day two: play a few rounds at Golf Club Interlaken-Unterseen, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Harderkulm, stop by Buchhandlung Boedeli, get your game on at Heidi's Photo Chalet, thenglide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Schlosskirche.

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

You can take a train from Zermatt to Interlaken in 3 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Lucerne.

Things to do in Interlaken

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Trümmelbachfälle
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Trümmelbachfälle ©
Trümmelbachfälle
Harderkulm ©
Harderkulm

2
nights
Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
On the 7th (Fri), take in the views from Chapel Bridge, see the sky in a new way at Verkehrshaus der Schweiz, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Pilatus. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Seebad Eich, thenappreciate the history behind Lion Monument, thencontemplate the waterfront views at Lake Lucerne, and finally kick back and relax at Ufschotti Park.

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Drive from Interlaken to Lucerne in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In August in Lucerne, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Zurich.

Things to do in Lucerne

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Seebad Eich
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Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Lake Lucerne ©
Lake Lucerne
Seebad Eich ©
Seebad Eich

3
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Attractions like Lake Zurich and Swimming Pools Unter Letten make great kid-friendly stops. Step out of Zurich with an excursion to Rhine Falls in Neuhausen am Rheinfall--about 42 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen, get your game on at Fusion Arena Virtual Reality Center, get to know the resident critters at Zoo Zurich, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Uetliberg Mountain.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Zurich online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Lucerne to Zurich takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In August, daytime highs in Zurich are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Innsbruck.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Rhine Falls
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Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Rhine Falls ©
Rhine Falls
Uetliberg Mountain ©
Uetliberg Mountain

2
nights
Innsbruck, Austria

Innsbruck ©
Nestled in a valley between snowcapped peaks, Innsbruck evokes visions of a winter wonderland.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): buy something for everyone on your list at RathausGalerien, get to know the resident critters at Alpenzoo, steep yourself in history at Altstadt von Innsbruck, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dom zu St. Jakob, thenget engrossed in the history at The Golden Roof (Goldenes Dachl), and finally take in panoramic vistas at Town Tower (Stadtturm). Keep things going the next day: explore the activities along River Inn, thenfly down the slopes at Bergisel Ski Jump, thenadmire the masterpieces at Schloss Ambras Innsbruck, and finally fly down the slopes at Rosshutte.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Innsbruck itinerary planning tool.

Drive from Zurich to Innsbruck in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Innsbruck are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can go by car to Kitzbuhel.

Things to do in Innsbruck

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Rosshutte
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Alpenzoo ©
Alpenzoo
Rosshutte ©
Rosshutte
Bergisel Ski Jump ©
Bergisel Ski Jump

2
nights
Kitzbuhel, Austria

Kitzbuhel ©
Kitzbühel is a small medieval town situated along the river Kitzbuhler Ache in Tyrol, Austria and the administrative centre of the Kitzbühel district. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Die Bergbahn Kitzbuhel - KitzSki, make a trip to Alpenhaus am Kitzbueheler Horn, and then contemplate the long history of Pfarrkirche "Zum Heiligen Andreas". Here are some ideas for day two: get your game on at Ellmi's Zauberwelt, see the interesting displays at Hexenwasser, contemplate the waterfront views at Schwarzsee, thenmake a trip to Franziskaner Der Immakulata, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Element3 Ski School.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Kitzbuhel trip itinerary site.

Traveling by car from Innsbruck to Kitzbuhel takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Kitzbuhel can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can drive to Salzburg.

Things to do in Kitzbuhel

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Ellmi's Zauberwelt, Hexenwasser
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Die Bergbahn Kitzbuhel - KitzSki ©
Die Bergbahn Kitzbuhel - KitzSki
Ellmi's Zauberwelt ©
Ellmi's Zauberwelt
Hexenwasser
Hexenwasser

3
nights
Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Kids will enjoy Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle and Schloss Hellbrunn. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Salzburg: Eisriesenwelt (in Werfen) and Gollinger Wasserfall (in Golling an der Salzach). There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Mirabell Palace, take in the awesome beauty at Untersberg, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter's Abbey (Stift St. Peter), and make a splash at Freibad Leopoldskron.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Salzburg holiday builder.

Traveling by car from Kitzbuhel to Salzburg takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in August, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can drive to Gmunden.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Eisriesenwelt, Gollinger Wasserfall
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Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle ©
Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle
Mirabell Palace ©
Mirabell Palace
Eisriesenwelt ©
Eisriesenwelt

1
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Gmunden, Austria

Gmunden ©
Gmunden is a town in Upper Austria, Austria in the district of Gmunden. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Wed): stroll around Viktoria-Luise-Park, explore the activities along Traunsee, thensee the sky in a new way at Sternwarte Gmunden, thencontemplate the waterfront views at Laudachsee, and finally get outside with Katzenstein.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Gmunden road trip site.

Getting from Salzburg to Gmunden by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Vienna.

Things to do in Gmunden

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Traunsee ©
Traunsee
Laudachsee ©
Laudachsee
Katzenstein ©
Katzenstein

4
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.
Bring the kids along to Schonbrunn Palace and St. Stephen's Cathedral. And it doesn't end there: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Schönbrunn Zoo, examine the collection at The Hofburg, admire the landmark architecture of Rathaus, and walk around Prater.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Vienna trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Gmunden to Vienna by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or fly. In August, daytime highs in Vienna are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Vienna

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

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