12 days in Austria & Switzerland Itinerary

12 days in Austria & Switzerland Itinerary

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12 days in Austria & Switzerland Itinerary

Start: San Francisco, United States
Fly:  16​h 15​min
1
Vienna, Austria
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
2
Salzburg, Austria
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Zurich, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h
End: San Francisco, United States

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.
Kids will enjoy Schonbrunn Palace and Schönbrunn Zoo. There's lots more to do: get in on the family fun at Prater, see the interesting displays at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, explore the engaging exhibits at ZOOM Kindermuseum, and admire the masterpieces at Belvedere Palace.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Vienna trip builder app .

San Francisco, USA to Vienna is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a 9 hour difference. Traveling from San Francisco in June, you will find days in Vienna are a bit warmer (77°F), and nights are about the same (56°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can travel to Salzburg.

Things to do in Vienna

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

3
nights
Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Family-friendly places like Mirabell Palace and KaiserBad Ellmau will thrill your kids. Go for a jaunt from Salzburg to Soll to see Hexenwasser about 1h 30 min away. And it doesn't end there: admire the striking features of Fortress Hohensalzburg, get a taste of the local shopping with Getreidegasse, explore the historical opulence of Schloss Hellbrunn, and make a trip to Salzburger Altstadt.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Salzburg road trip planning site .

Traveling by flight from Vienna to Salzburg takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In June, daily temperatures in Salzburg can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Zurich.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites Museums Theme Parks

Side Trips

KaiserBad Ellmau, Hexenwasser
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Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle ©
Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle
Mirabell Palace ©
Mirabell Palace
Salzburg Museum ©
Salzburg Museum

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Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Bring the kids along to Swimming Pools Unter Letten and Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Zurich: Lucerne (Lake Lucerne, Lion Monument, & more). There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fraumünster Church, wander the streets of Old Town, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Grossmunster.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Zurich online tour itinerary planner .

Drive from Salzburg to Zurich in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 78°F in July, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Lucerne
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Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Swimming Pools Unter Letten ©
Swimming Pools Unter Letten
Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen ©
Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen

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