21 days in Switzerland, Austria & Germany Itinerary

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Vienna, Austria
— 3 nights
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Zell am See, Austria
— 3 nights
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Interlaken, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Geneva, Switzerland
— 3 nights
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
— 2 nights
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Munich, Germany
— 2 nights
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Vienna, Austria
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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.
Visit Central Cemetery (Zentralfriedhof) and Church of the Jesuits for their historical value. Hofburg and Museum of Military History will appeal to museum buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Vienna side-trips: Benediktinerstift Göttweig (in Gottweig), Wachau Valley (in Joching) and Durnstein Abbey (in Durnstein). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, admire the striking features of KUNST HAUS WIEN. Museum Hundertwasser, contemplate the long history of Kaisergruft, and pause for some serene contemplation at Dominican Church.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Vienna online trip builder.

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Vienna is an approximately 8-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Arabian Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Riyadh in May, expect Vienna to be cooler, temps between 22°C and 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time to fly to Zell am See.
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Zell am See, Austria — 3 nights

Despite its small size, Zell am See is a well-visited tourist destination known mostly as a ski resort town, and it serves as an important transportation hub for the region.
Step out of the city life by going to Schmittenhohe and Klammsee. Step off the beaten path and head to Lake Zell and Nationalparkzentrum Mittersill. When in Zell am See, make a side trip to see Naturdenkmal Seisenbergklamm in Weissbach bei Lofer, approximately Weissbach bei Lofer away. There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Ritzensee, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Hippolyt, don't miss a visit to Light show on the Lake, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Wallfahrtskirche Maria Alm.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Zell am See day trip site.

Fly from Vienna to Zell am See in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. May in Zell am See sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can go by car to Interlaken.
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Interlaken, Switzerland — 2 nights

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 27th (Sat): take in the awesome beauty at Harderkulm, get outside with Freiluft- und Hallenbad Boedeli, identify plant and animal life at Alpenwildpark, then look for gifts at Swiss Chocolate Chalet, and finally fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour. On the next day, identify plant and animal life at Heimwehfluh, then Head underground at St. Beatus Hoehlen, then take in the dramatic scenery at Giessbachfälle, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Lauterbrunnen Village.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Interlaken tour itinerary maker.

You can drive from Zell am See to Interlaken in 6.5 hours. May in Interlaken sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 8°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Geneva.
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Geneva, Switzerland — 3 nights

Capital of Peace

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 29th (Mon): get great views at Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Geneva. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Musee Ariana, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Nyon, then step into the grandiose world of Prangins Castle, and finally stop by Tristan Carbonatto Chocolatier.

For maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Geneva trip planner.

Traveling by car from Interlaken to Geneva takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, daily temperatures in Geneva can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Zurich.
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Zurich, Switzerland — 2 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
On the 31st (Wed), take in panoramic vistas at Observation Decks.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Zurich trip planner.

You can fly from Geneva to Zurich in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Zurich can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can drive to Garmisch-Partenkirchen.
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Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany — 2 nights

Nestled within the Bavarian Alps, Garmisch-Partenkirchen offers a classic mountain feel along with world-class winter sports.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Sebastian Chapel, head outdoors with Laber, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Oberammergau Church, then have some family-friendly fun at Alpine Coaster Oberammergau, and finally explore the historical opulence of Schloss Linderhof. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hit the slopes at Garmisch-Classic, then get outside with Riessersee, then head outdoors with Alpspitz, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Wank Mountain.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Garmisch-Partenkirchen trip itinerary site.

Getting from Zurich to Garmisch-Partenkirchen by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. In June, daytime highs in Garmisch-Partenkirchen are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Munich.
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Munich, Germany — 2 nights

Village of a Million People

Often described as the city of laptops and lederhosen, Munich is an international center of business, engineering, research, and medicine that still maintains a rich cultural heritage and age-old traditions.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Nymphenburg Palace and Theatinerkirche St. Kajetan. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Viktualienmarkt and Old Town Hall. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael's Church, explore the world behind art at Glyptothek, pause for some serene contemplation at Heiliggeistkirche, and don't miss a visit to Marienplatz.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Munich road trip planning website.

You can drive from Garmisch-Partenkirchen to Munich in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In June, daily temperatures in Munich can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can fly to Vienna.
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Vienna, Austria — 2 nights

City of Dreams

On the 7th (Wed), step into the grandiose world of Schonbrunn Palace, explore the world behind art at Belvedere Palace, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Stephen's Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Thu): browse the eclectic array of goods at Vienna Naschmarkt, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kahlenberg, and then take a peaceful walk through Vienna Woods.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Vienna online trip planner.

You can fly from Munich to Vienna in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to fly back home.
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Austria travel guide

4.5
Castles · Art Museums · Architectural Buildings
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.
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Switzerland travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Mountains · Specialty Museums
Immerse yourself in a snow-capped mountain wonderland in Switzerland's serene Alpine setting. See the world-renowned Matterhorn, Switzerland's second-highest mountain at 4,478 m (14,962 ft) tall, or zoom down the mountains on toboggan, ski, or snowboard. In the warmer seasons hike around the rolling green hillsides covered with pine trees and picturesque aqua blue lakes. Luxurious cities dotted with cozy wooden chalets and colorful flowerbeds balance quaintness with first-class cultural offerings. Indulge in the country's opulence of milk chocolate, cheese fondue, and keg-carrying St. Bernard dogs.
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Germany travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Germany is the home of high culture, fine art, classical music, world-class sports, award-winning cuisine--and some of the world's best beers. It's also one of the major economic and political powers of the European continent. One of the founding members of the European Union, Germany is a federation of 16 states. Each boasts its own distinct culture, art, cuisine, regional traditions, and array of things to do. The country is known worldwide for its precision engineering and high-tech products. Equally, though, Germany is admired for its old-world charm and what is locally known as gemutlichkeit (coziness). This is one of the easiest countries in the world to explore, offering an abundance of sightseeing opportunities. German transportation runs with German efficiency. Therefore, getting around the various regions is almost always easy, quick, and pleasant. Visit the cities to explore museums, art galleries, modern restaurants, and trendy shops. Also be sure to venture deeper into the countryside. Here, you can discover ancient castles and bustling little villages. Often in these off-the-beaten-path areas, the main tourist attraction remains the simple hospitality of the friendly locals.
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