23 days in Germany, Austria & Switzerland Itinerary

23 days in Germany, Austria & Switzerland Itinerary

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23 days in Germany, Austria & Switzerland Itinerary

Start: Toronto, Canada
Fly:  10​h 45​min
1
Berlin, Germany
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Vienna, Austria
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
3
Salzburg, Austria
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Munich, Germany
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
5
Innsbruck, Austria
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
6
Interlaken, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Zurich, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Fly:  10​h 30​min
End: Toronto, Canada

3
nights
Berlin, Germany

Berlin ©
The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Let the collections at Pergamonmuseum and The Dresden Zwinger capture your imagination. Your inner history buff will appreciate East Side Gallery and Big courtyard of the Residence / Grosser Schlosshof Dresdner Residenz. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Topography of Terror, pause for some serene contemplation at Sankt Bonifatius, contemplate the long history of Mauermuseum - Museum Haus am Checkpoint Charlie, and appreciate the history behind Brandenburg Gate.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Berlin road trip website .

Toronto, Canada to Berlin is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Toronto to Berlin is 6 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Berlin

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Dresden
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Pergamonmuseum ©
Pergamonmuseum
The Dresden Zwinger ©
The Dresden Zwinger
Topography of Terror ©
Topography of Terror

3
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.
Let the collections at Belvedere Palace and Judenplatz Holocaust Memorial capture your imagination. Get some cultural insight at Schonbrunn Palace and Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Imperial Palace (Hofburg), take in the spiritual surroundings of Chapel of St. Virgil, explore the world behind art at Albertina, and get engrossed in the history at Sisi Museum.

To see reviews and other tourist information, use the Vienna trip itinerary planning app .

Fly from Berlin to Vienna in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In May, daytime highs in Vienna are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to travel to Salzburg.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral
Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
Belvedere Palace ©
Belvedere Palace

3
nights
Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Fortress Hohensalzburg and Red Bull Hangar-7. Popular historic sites such as Schloss Hellbrunn and Salzburg Cathedral are in your itinerary. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Franziskanerkirche, browse the exhibits of Mozarts Geburtshaus, and examine the collection at Salzburg Museum.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Salzburg holiday maker tool .

Traveling by flight from Vienna to Salzburg takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in May, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to drive to Munich.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites Museums Adventure
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Fortress Hohensalzburg ©
Fortress Hohensalzburg
Schloss Hellbrunn ©
Schloss Hellbrunn
Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus) ©

3
nights
Munich, Germany

Munich ©
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.
Let the collections at Munich Residenz and Neue Pinakothek capture your imagination. Get some cultural insight at Nymphenburg Palace and Alte Pinakothek. There's much more to do: explore the activities along English Garden, make a trip to Marienplatz, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael's Church, and steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Church.

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

Traveling by car from Salzburg to Munich takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Innsbruck.

Things to do in Munich

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums
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Munich Residenz ©
Munich Residenz
Nymphenburg Palace ©
Nymphenburg Palace
Alte Pinakothek ©
Alte Pinakothek

3
nights
Innsbruck, Austria

Innsbruck ©
Nestled in a valley between snowcapped peaks, Innsbruck evokes visions of a winter wonderland.
Appreciate the collections at Schloss Ambras Innsbruck (Ambras Castle) and The Golden Roof (Goldenes Dachl). Take a break from the city and head to Bergisel Ski Jump and Stubai Tree House Trail. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Innsbruck: Stubaier Gletscher (in Neustift im Stubaital) and Tiefenbachklamm (in Brandenberg). The adventure continues: stroll around Swarovski Crystal Worlds, get engrossed in the history at Stadtmuseum, hike along Wilde Wasser Weg, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pfarrkirche Igls Vill.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Innsbruck day trip planning tool .

You can take a train from Munich to Innsbruck in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Innsbruck are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Interlaken.

Things to do in Innsbruck

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Neustift im Stubaital, Burgruine Thaur, Tiefenbachklamm, Swarovski Kristallwelten, Pfarrkirche Igls Vill
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Bergisel Ski Jump ©
Bergisel Ski Jump
Swarovski Kristallwelten ©
Swarovski Kristallwelten

3
nights
Interlaken, Switzerland

Interlaken ©
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Jungfraujoch and Aletsch Glacier. Venture out of the city with trips to Grindelwald (Maennlichen Royal Walk, Grindelwald-First, & more). There's lots more to do: fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, take in the dramatic scenery at Trümmelbachfälle, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maennlichen, and get outside with Bumblebee Hanggliding Interlaken.

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

You can drive from Innsbruck to Interlaken in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. In May, daytime highs in Interlaken are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can drive to Zurich.

Things to do in Interlaken

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Grindelwald, Lauterbrunnen, Grindelwald-Wengen-Murren-Lauterbrunnen
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Jungfraujoch ©
Jungfraujoch
Aletsch Glacier ©
Aletsch Glacier
Parasailing & Paragliding

3
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Visiting Mt Pilatus and Lake Zurich will get you outdoors. Get some cultural insight at Old Town and Grossmunster. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Zurich: Lucerne (Markuskirche, Lake Lucerne, & more). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Fraumünster Church, explore the different monuments and memorials at Friedhof Fluntern (Fluntern Cemetery), get outside with Hallenbad City, and see the interesting displays at Uhrenmuseum Beyer Zürich.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Zurich trip planning app .

You can drive from Interlaken to Zurich in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Lucerne
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Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Fraumünster Church ©
Fraumünster Church
Old Town ©
Old Town

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