9 days in Austria, Lyon & Cologne Itinerary

9 days in Austria, Lyon & Cologne Itinerary

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Lyon, France
— 1 night
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Cologne, Germany
— 2 nights
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Vienna, Austria
— 3 nights
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Salzburg, Austria
— 2 nights
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Lyon, France

— 1 night

Culinary Capital of France

Lyon is a historical city with a vibrant cultural scene as the birthplace of cinema, the silk capital of the globe, and the second biggest Renaissance city following Venice.
On the 4th (Sat), browse the different shops at Les Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse and then make a trip to Mur des Canuts. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Cathedrale Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Lyon, make a trip to La Renaissance Du Vieux Lyon, then explore the ancient world of Théâtre gallo-romain, and finally find something for the whole family at AviaSim Lyon.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Lyon road trip site.

Beirut, Lebanon to Lyon is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Beirut to Lyon, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Beirut in December; daily highs in Lyon reach 9°C and lows reach 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Cologne.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites · Shopping · Theme Parks
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Cologne, Germany

— 2 nights

City of Churches

Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
On the 6th (Mon), appreciate the extensive heritage of Rheinuferpromenade, then take in panoramic vistas at Rheinturm, and then make a trip to KolnTriangle. On the next day, make a trip to Heumarkt, then don't miss a visit to Shrine of the Three Kings, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cologne Cathedral, and finally explore the world behind art at Museum Ludwig.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Cologne trip builder.

Fly from Lyon to Cologne in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in December, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to fly to Vienna.

Things to do in Cologne

Historic Sites · Museums

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Vienna, Austria

— 3 nights

City of Dreams

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Rathausplatz and State Hall of the Austrian National Library. There's still lots to do: get to know the fascinating history of Ringstrasse, admire the landmark architecture of Schonbrunn Palace, see the interesting displays at Hofburg, and appreciate the history behind Maria Theresia Denkmal.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Vienna trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Cologne to Vienna takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Cologne in December, expect Vienna to be a bit cooler, temps between 5°C and 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Salzburg.

Things to do in Vienna

Historic Sites · Museums
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Salzburg, Austria

— 2 nights

Rome of the North

Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): admire the masterpieces at DomQuartier Salzburg, stroll the grounds of Petersfriedhof, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter's Abbey (Stift St. Peter), then take some stellar pictures from Fortress Hohensalzburg, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nonnberg Convent.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Salzburg trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Vienna to Salzburg takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In December in Salzburg, expect temperatures between 6°C during the day and -1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites · Museums
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Austria travel guide

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Castles · Art Museums · Churches
Situated in the Central European Alps, Austria combines an alluring bundle of elegant urban architecture, cultural centers, and dramatic landscapes. This German-speaking country of 8.5 million residents is known for its rich history, dating back to the Hapsburg Empire, as well as its art, music, and scenery. Along with the neighboring country of Switzerland, Austria serves as the winter sports capital of Europe and is home to some of the continent's most popular ski resorts. This landlocked nation draws visitors from across the globe to its mountains, historical villages, and culturally rich cities. Experience trekking in the Alps one day and drinking regional wine at a crowded pub after a day of sightseeing in the capital Vienna the next.