11 days in Austria, Germany & Switzerland Itinerary

11 days in Austria, Germany & Switzerland Itinerary

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11 days in Austria, Germany & Switzerland Itinerary

Start: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Fly:  11 h 30 min
1
Berlin, Germany
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
2
Munich, Germany
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Salzburg, Austria
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h
4
Innsbruck, Austria
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 15 min
5
Zurich, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Fly:  9 h
End: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

2
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.
On the 1st (Sat), make a trip to Brandenburg Gate, then pause for some photo ops at The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, then admire the landmark architecture of Reichstag Building, and finally explore the world behind art at Pergamonmuseum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun): get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Zoo Berlin, then steep yourself in history at Bebelplatz, and then take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Berlin trip builder website .

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates to Berlin is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Abu Dhabi to Berlin due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can travel to Munich.

Things to do in Berlin

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Tours
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Reichstag Building ©
Reichstag Building
Brandenburg Gate ©
Brandenburg Gate
Walking tours

2
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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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): take in nature's colorful creations at Nymphenburg Palace, then engage your brain at Deutsches Museum, and then make a trip to Marienplatz. On the 4th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Munich Residenz, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael's Church, then take in panoramic vistas at Frauenkirche, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at English Garden.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Munich tour itinerary builder website .

Getting from Berlin to Munich by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In August in Munich, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 14°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can go by car to Salzburg.

Things to do in Munich

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Nymphenburg Palace ©
Nymphenburg Palace
English Garden ©
English Garden
Marienplatz ©
Marienplatz

2
nights
Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
On the 5th (Wed), step into the grandiose world of Schloss Hellbrunn, take some stellar pictures from Fortress Hohensalzburg, then admire the striking features of Salzburg Cathedral, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Mirabell Palace. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Salzburg Museum, contemplate the long history of Mozarts Geburtshaus, then examine the collection at Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus), then contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Abbey (Stift St. Peter), and finally see the interesting displays at Red Bull Hangar-7.

For where to stay and other tourist information, you can read our Salzburg trip builder website .

Traveling by car from Munich to Salzburg takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in August, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Innsbruck.

Things to do in Salzburg

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Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle ©
Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle
Mirabell Palace ©
Mirabell Palace
Schloss Hellbrunn ©
Schloss Hellbrunn

1
night
Innsbruck, Austria

Innsbruck ©
Nestled in a valley between snowcapped peaks, Innsbruck evokes visions of a winter wonderland.
On the 7th (Fri), enjoy breathtaking views from Town Tower (Stadtturm), take an in-depth tour of The Golden Roof (Goldenes Dachl), get engrossed in the history at Stadtmuseum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dom zu St. Jakob, then explore the world behind art at Schloss Ambras Innsbruck (Ambras Castle), and finally explore the activities along River Inn.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Innsbruck vacation planner.

You can take a train from Salzburg to Innsbruck in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Zurich.

Things to do in Innsbruck

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The Golden Roof (Goldenes Dachl) ©
The Golden Roof (Goldenes Dachl)
Dom zu St. Jakob ©
Dom zu St. Jakob

3
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): explore the activities along Lake Lucerne, then appreciate the history behind Lion Monument, and then take in the awesome beauty at Mt Pilatus. Here are some ideas for day two: take a stroll through Old Town, explore the activities along Lake Zurich, and then head outdoors with Zurich Succulent Plant Collection.

To find more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Zurich visit planner.

You can drive from Innsbruck to Zurich in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in August, and nighttime lows around 16°C. On the 10th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

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Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Lake Lucerne ©
Lake Lucerne

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