12 days in Austria Itinerary

12 days in Austria Itinerary

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Vienna — 2 nights

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at St. Stephen's Cathedral and Hofburg. Visit Belvedere Palace and St. Michael's Church for their historical value. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Third Man Museum, admire the masterpieces at Leopold Museum, take an in-depth tour of Kaiserliche Schatzkammer Wien, and learn about all things military at Heeresgeschichtliches Museum.

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

If you are flying in from United Kingdom, the closest major aiport is Vienna International Airport. In July in Vienna, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can take a train to Melk.
Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping
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Melk — 2 nights

Melk, a small town of about 5,000, hugs the south side of the Danube.
On the 4th (Mon), steep yourself in history at Melk Abbey, look for gifts at Wein & Wachau, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Stadtpfarrkirche Maria Himmelfahrt. On your second day here, step into the grandiose world of Burgruine Duernstein, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pfarre Krems St. Veit, and then take in the exciting artwork at Dominikanerkirche.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Melk online driving holiday planner.

You can take a train from Vienna to Melk in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Vienna in July, expect a bit warmer with lows of 24°C in Melk. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can drive to Hallstatt.
Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums
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Hallstatt — 2 nights

Historically known for the production of salt, Halstatt's fine architecture reflects the small village's salt mining legacy.
On the 6th (Wed), kick back and relax at Badestrand Hallstatt, take in the dramatic natural features at Dachstein Giant Ice Caves, and then kick back and relax at Obertraun Bathing Area/Lakeside Recreation Area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Old Town, then see the interesting displays at Museum Hallstatt, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parish of the Assumption, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hallstatt Lutheran Church.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Hallstatt trip maker app.

You can drive from Melk to Hallstatt in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can go by car to Salzburg.
Parks · Historic Sites · Beaches · Outdoors
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Salzburg — 2 nights

Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
On the 8th (Fri), wander the streets of Steingasse, then admire the landmark architecture of Salzburg Cathedral, then explore the historical opulence of Fortress Hohensalzburg, and finally fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll the grounds of Cemetery of St. Sebastian (Friedhof St. Sebastian), contemplate the long history of Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus), then get engrossed in the history at Mozarts Geburtshaus, then gain insight at Kollegienkirche (Collegiate Church), and finally examine the collection at Red Bull Hangar-7.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Salzburg trip itinerary app.

You can drive from Hallstatt to Salzburg in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. July in Salzburg sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Innsbruck.
Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Adventure
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Innsbruck — 3 nights

Nestled in a valley between snowcapped peaks, Innsbruck evokes visions of a winter wonderland.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Tirol Panorama and Seekirchl. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Dom zu St. Jakob and Jesuit Church. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Innsbruck: Friedensglocke (in Mosern) and Wildsee (in Seefeld in Tirol). There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Tyrolean Folk Art Museum, browse the exhibits of The Golden Roof (Goldenes Dachl), and take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica Wilten.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Innsbruck journey maker website.

Traveling by car from Salzburg to Innsbruck takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Innsbruck can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 16°C.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature
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Austria travel guide

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.