24 days in Italy, Austria & Switzerland Itinerary

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Vienna, Austria
— 3 nights
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Hallstatt, Austria
— 1 night
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Salzburg, Austria
— 2 nights
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Innsbruck, Austria
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St. Moritz, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Pontresina, Switzerland
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Tirano, Italy
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Varenna, Italy
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Bellagio, Italy
— 1 night
Ferry
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Como, Italy
— 1 night
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Milan, Italy
— 2 nights
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Brig, Switzerland
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Zermatt, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Montreux, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Grindelwald, Switzerland
— 1 night
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Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland
— 1 day
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Interlaken, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Brienz, Switzerland
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Lucerne, Switzerland
— 1 night
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 night
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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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Leopold Museum and Karlskirche. Get some cultural insight at St. Stephen's Cathedral and Hofburg. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Belvedere Palace, admire the landmark architecture of KUNST HAUS WIEN. Museum Hundertwasser, take an in-depth tour of Kaiserliche Schatzkammer Wien, and make a trip to Ringstrasse.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Vienna trip itinerary builder.

Brisbane, Australia to Vienna is an approximately 27-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Brisbane to Vienna is minus 9 hours. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Brisbane in April, with highs in Vienna at 19°C and lows at 6°C. On the 11th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Hallstatt.
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Hallstatt, Austria — 1 night

Pearl of Austria

Historically known for the production of salt, Halstatt's fine architecture reflects the small village's salt mining legacy.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): examine the collection at Museum Hallstatt, pause for some serene contemplation at Hallstatt Lutheran Church, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parish of the Assumption, and finally let little ones run wild at Obertraun Bathing Area/Lakeside Recreation Area.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Hallstatt tour itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Vienna to Hallstatt in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. On the 12th (Wed), you're off to Salzburg.
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): take in nature's colorful creations at Mirabell Palace, take an in-depth tour of Mozarts Geburtshaus, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kollegienkirche (Collegiate Church). On the 13th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step into the grandiose world of Fortress Hohensalzburg, then admire the striking features of Salzburg Cathedral, then wander the streets of Steingasse, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wallfahrtskirche Maria Plain.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Salzburg itinerary planning app.

Traveling by car from Hallstatt to Salzburg takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. April in Salzburg sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 5°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 14th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Innsbruck.
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Innsbruck, Austria

Nestled in a valley between snowcapped peaks, Innsbruck evokes visions of a winter wonderland.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Swarovski Kristallwelten Store Innsbruck.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Innsbruck trip itinerary site.

You can drive from Salzburg to Innsbruck in 2 hours. Another option is to take a train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to St. Moritz.
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St. Moritz, Switzerland — 2 nights

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To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our St. Moritz trip itinerary website.

Getting from Innsbruck to St. Moritz by car takes about 3 hours. Traveling from Innsbruck in April, expect St. Moritz to be little chillier, temps between 12°C and 1°C. On the 16th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Pontresina.
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Pontresina, Switzerland

Pontresina is a municipality in the Maloja Region in the canton of Graubünden in Switzerland.History and nameThe city was first mentioned in medieval Latin documents as pontem sarasinam in 1137. To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Pontresina trip maker app.

Pontresina is just a short distance from St. Moritz. In April in Pontresina, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 1°C at night. You'll set off for Tirano on the 16th (Sun).
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Tirano, Italy

Tirano is a town in Valtellina, located in the province of Sondrio in northern Italy. For where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Tirano online road trip planner.

You can drive from Pontresina to Tirano in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 12°C in April, and nighttime lows around 1°C. You'll set off for Varenna on the 16th (Sun).
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Varenna, Italy

Varenna is a comune (municipality) on Lake Como in the Province of Lecco in the Italian region Lombardy, located about 60km north of Milan and about 20km northwest of Lecco.Varenna was founded by local fishermen in 769, and was later allied of the commune of Milan. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di San Giorgio, then pause for some serene contemplation at S. Giovanni Battista, and then step into the grandiose world of Castello di Vezio.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Varenna online travel planner.

You can drive from Tirano to Varenna in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Tirano in April; daily highs in Varenna reach 22°C and lows reach 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to ride a ferry to Bellagio.
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Bellagio, Italy — 1 night

Pearl of Lake Como

Known as the pearl of Lake Como for its luxury accommodations, high-end shops, and fine dining options, Bellagio serves as the lake's premiere resort town.
To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Bellagio day trip planning tool.

You can ride a ferry from Varenna to Bellagio in an hour. In April, daytime highs in Bellagio are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. You will leave for Como on the 17th (Mon).
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Como, Italy — 1 night

City of Silk

Known for its idyllic location on the shores of Lake Como and at the foot of the Alps, Como is one of northern Italy's most popular tourist destinations.
On the 17th (Mon), hike along Sentiero 6 - Valbasca, pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di Sant'Andrea Apostolo, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Como (Duomo).

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Como online holiday maker.

You can drive from Bellagio to Como in an hour. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 9°C. You'll have a few hours on the 18th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Milan.
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Milan, Italy — 2 nights

Fashion Capital of World

In many ways the most modern of Italian cities, Milan is a busy, elegant metropolis with an impressive list of grand palaces, fine churches, and important museums.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di Santa Maria presso San Satiro, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa di San Cristoforo sul Naviglio, then examine the collection at Museo Della Scienza E Della Tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Certosa di Milano. On the 19th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Milano, contemplate the long history of Chiesa di San Bernardino alle Ossa, then get engrossed in the history at Villa Necchi Campiglio, and finally see the interesting displays at Gallerie d’Italia.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Milan trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Como to Milan takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Milan are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. You will have some time to spend on the 20th (Thu) before leaving for Brig.
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Brig, Switzerland

Brig, officially Brig-Glis is a historic town and a municipality in the district of Brig in the canton of Valais in Switzerland.The current municipality was formed in 1972 through the merger of Brig, Brigerbad and Glis.Together with other Alpine towns Brig-Glis engages in the Alpine Town of the Year Association for the implementation of the Alpine Convention to achieve sustainable development in the Alpine Arc.Brig-Glis was awarded Alpine Town of the Year 2008.The official language of Brig is German, but the main spoken language is the local variant of the Alemannic Swiss German dialect.HistoryThe name Brig is derived from Briva, or "bridge." Its older houses are very Italian in appearance, while its most prominent buildings (Stockalper Palace, former Jesuits' college and Ursuline convent) all date from the 17th century, and are due to the generosity of a single member of the local Stockalper family, the baron Kaspar Stockalper.The prosperity of Brig is bound up with the Simplon Pass, so that it gradually supplanted the more ancient village of Naters opposite, becoming a separate parish (the church is at Glis, a few minutes from the town) in 1517. Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): test the waters at Thermalquellen Brigerbad and then steep yourself in history at Landmauer Gamsen.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Brig trip planner.

You can drive from Milan to Brig in 3 hours. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Milan in April, with highs in Brig at 17°C and lows at 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can drive to Zermatt.
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Zermatt, Switzerland — 2 nights

Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Fri): don't miss a visit to Kapelle Gornergrat "Bernhard von Aosta", enjoy breathtaking views from Trockener Steg, cast your line with Fly Fish Zermatt, then examine the collection at Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis, and finally stroll the grounds of Mountaineers' Cemetery.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Zermatt tour itinerary maker.

Drive from Brig to Zermatt in an hour. Alternatively, you can ride a tram; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can go by car to Montreux.
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Montreux, Switzerland — 2 nights

Mostly known for its world-renowned jazz festival, Montreux serves as a picturesque lakeside resort town on the Swiss Riviera.
On the 23rd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church Saint-Vincent, then admire the striking features of Chateau de Chillon, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye de Saint-Maurice d'Agaune, and finally step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Tourbillon.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Montreux trip planner.

Getting from Zermatt to Montreux by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can go by car to Grindelwald.
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Grindelwald, Switzerland — 1 night

Glacier Village

As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Grindelwald holiday maker site.

Traveling by car from Montreux to Grindelwald takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. On the 25th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Lauterbrunnen.
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Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland — 1 day

A small village in a valley, Lauterbrunnen showcases an abundance of awe-inspiring waterfalls.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): examine the collection at Talmuseum Lauterbrunnen, then admire the verdant scenery at Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls, and then relax and rejuvenate at Alpines Sportzentrum Murren.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Lauterbrunnen travel planner.

Lauterbrunnen is very close to Grindelwald. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can drive 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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rom.-Katholische Kirchgemeinde, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Schlosskirche, identify plant and animal life at Weissenau-Naturschutzgebiet, then tee off at Golf Club Interlaken-Unterseen, and finally see the interesting displays at Artilleriewerk Faulensee.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Interlaken trip itinerary maker.

Interlaken is just a stone's throw from Lauterbrunnen. In April, daytime highs in Interlaken are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can drive to Brienz.
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Brienz, Switzerland

With roots tracing back to the Bronze Age, traditional Brienz gives the impression of being lost in time.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): stop by Huggler Holzbildhauerei, then explore the stunning scenery at Aare Gorge, and then hike along Axalp.

For photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Brienz journey planner.

Brienz is just a short distance from Interlaken. In April, daily temperatures in Brienz can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Lucerne.
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Lucerne, Switzerland — 1 night

In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): don't miss a visit to The Nine Towers.

Before you visit Lucerne, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from Brienz to Lucerne in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. April in Lucerne sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to drive to Zurich.
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Zurich, Switzerland — 1 night

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): stop by Lindt Factory Outlet Kilchberg.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Zurich planning tool.

Traveling by car from Lucerne to Zurich takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. April in Zurich sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 5°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 29th (Sat) before leaving for home.
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Austria travel guide

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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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Italy travel guide

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Landmarks · Ruins · Beaches
Italy is a land of high fashion, fine art, exquisite architecture, luxury sports cars, outstanding cuisine--and an insatiable taste for "la dolce vita." It's also home to the greatest number of World Heritage Sites in the world, making it an ideal place for your next holiday. The country boasts a varied landscape of mountain ranges, alpine lakes, and coastal towns, so it's no wonder travelers often refer to it as the bel paese (beautiful country). With so many places to visit, visitors often have a difficult time planning their itinerary. The smaller villages each feature a distinct character and a blend of architecture, art, and cuisine. In the country, you'll find countless archeological sites dating back to Roman times and beyond. The country's cities and seaside resorts are cosmopolitan powerhouses with museums, galleries, restaurants, shops, open-air markets, and pedestrian-friendly historic areas.
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Lake Como travel guide

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Gardens · Architectural Buildings · Churches
A favorite vacation spot for more than a century, Lake Como was once an exclusive retreat for local aristocrats and wealthy people. It is not only one of Europe's most beautiful lakes, but also one of the deepest at more than 400 m (1,300 ft). Surrounded by elegant villas, the lake has become a popular holiday destination for tourists because of its range of attractions, from landscapes, wildlife, and spas, to activities like sailing, windsurfing, and kite-surfing. The area has been an inspiration for artists since Roman times. English poet Percy Bysshe Shelley wrote, "This lake exceeds anything I ever beheld in beauty…It is long and narrow and has the appearance of a mighty river winding among the mountains and the forests."
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