22 days in Switzerland, Austria & Slovenia Itinerary

22 days in Switzerland, Austria & Slovenia Itinerary

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Geneva, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Interlaken, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Lucerne, Switzerland
— 3 nights
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Innsbruck, Austria
— 2 nights
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Salzburg, Austria
— 3 nights
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Bled, Slovenia
— 3 nights
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Vienna, Austria
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Geneva, Switzerland

— 2 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.
On the 6th (Wed), take some stellar pictures from Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre, then enjoy the sand and surf at Bains des Paquis, then get a sense of history and politics at Palais des Nations, Genève, and finally see the interesting displays at Patek Philippe Museum. Keep things going the next day: take in the waterfront activity at Le Port d'Ouchy, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale de Lausanne, then explore the world behind art at Collection de l'Art Brut, and finally admire the local landmark of The Geneva Water Fountain.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Geneva trip itinerary builder app.

Colombo, Sri Lanka to Geneva is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Colombo to Geneva is minus 4.5 hours. In October, Geneva is colder than Colombo - with highs of 19°C and lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Interlaken.

Things to do in Geneva

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Beaches

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Harderkulm, then take in the dramatic scenery at Staubbach Waterfall, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Maennlichen. Keep things going the next day: admire the sheer force of Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls and then fly down the slopes at Grindelwald-First.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Interlaken road trip website.

Traveling by car from Geneva to Interlaken takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In October, daily temperatures in Interlaken can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can drive to Lucerne.

Things to do in Interlaken

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trips

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Lucerne, Switzerland

— 3 nights
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Rigi and Altstadt Luzern. Get in touch with nature at Mt Pilatus and Lake Lucerne. Change things up with these side-trips from Lucerne: Zurich (Lake Zurich & Old Town). Next up on the itinerary: see the sky in a new way at Verkehrshaus der Schweiz and admire the striking features of Lucerne Station.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Lucerne trip planner.

Drive from Interlaken to Lucerne in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Lucerne can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Innsbruck.

Things to do in Lucerne

Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods · Childrens Museums

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Innsbruck, Austria

— 2 nights
Nestled in a valley between snowcapped peaks, Innsbruck evokes visions of a winter wonderland.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): admire the striking features of Bergisel Ski Jump, admire the masterpieces at Schloss Ambras Innsbruck, then hit the slopes at Rosshutte, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dom zu St. Jakob. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some photo ops at Hofkirche, then admire the striking features of Imperial Palace, then steep yourself in history at Altstadt von Innsbruck, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Maria-Theresien-Strasse.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Innsbruck trip itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Lucerne to Innsbruck in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. October in Innsbruck sees daily highs of 18°C and lows of 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Salzburg.

Things to do in Innsbruck

Historic Sites · Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors

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Salzburg, Austria

— 3 nights

Rome of the North

Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Explore hidden gems such as Petersfriedhof and Untersberg. Schloss Hellbrunn and Basilika St. Michael will appeal to history buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Salzburg: Eisriesenwelt (in Werfen) and Liechtensteinklamm (in St Johann im Pongau). There's much more to do: get great views at Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle, don't miss a visit to Salzburger Altstadt, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter's Abbey (Stift St. Peter), and admire the natural beauty at Mirabell Palace.

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You can drive from Innsbruck to Salzburg in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in October, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Bled.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

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Bled, Slovenia

— 3 nights
The most popular resort in Slovenia, Bled is marked by its iconic church steeple and medieval castle on glacial Lake Bled.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Bled Island and Lake Bohinj. Step out of the city life by going to Triglav National Park and Vintgar Gorge. The adventure continues: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, get great views at Ojstrica, step into the grandiose world of Bled Castle, and stroll through Mala Osojnica.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Bled tour planning site.

Getting from Salzburg to Bled by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Bled can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Vienna.

Things to do in Bled

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

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Vienna, Austria

— 6 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Melk Abbey and Central Cemetery (Zentralfriedhof). Get some historical perspective at Schonbrunn Palace and Belvedere Palace. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Vienna: Wehrkirche Mariae Himmelfahrt (in Weissenkirchen) and Wachau Valley (in Joching). There's still lots to do: make a trip to St. Stephen's Cathedral, admire the landmark architecture of State Hall of the Austrian National Library, see the interesting displays at The Hofburg, and take in the awesome beauty at Kahlenberg.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Vienna holiday tool.

Traveling by car from Bled to Vienna takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Vienna

Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries · Tours

Side Trips

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Switzerland travel guide

4.7
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.

Austria travel guide

4.5
Castles · Art Museums · Specialty Museums
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.

Slovenia travel guide

4.2
Castles · Bodies of Water · Caves
Sunny Side of the Alps
From snowcapped Alpine peaks to sandy Adriatic beaches, a trip to Slovenia is like taking several vacations at once. Whatever the season, the country offers enticing natural attractions, all close at hand, including thick forests, scenic valleys, cave systems, waterfalls, lakes, and the Adriatic coast. For those seeking an active holiday, you'll fine an abundance of ski slopes, trails to hike, roads to bike, and rocks to climb. Pay a visit to some of Slovenia's spa resorts and take advantage of the fresh mountain air and thermal waters. Various castles, churches, and historical towns--many of which are fully preserved--tell stories of the country's past. In Slovenia's major cities, admire the architecture, explore the local arts, visit museums, and chat with the locals over a cup of coffee. Slovenian cuisine offers a blend of Alpine and Mediterranean tastes and is definitely worth trying, along with the country's wines.