11 days in Austria, Switzerland & Paris Itinerary

11 days in Austria, Switzerland & Paris Itinerary

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11 days in Austria, Switzerland & Paris Itinerary

Start: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Fly + Train:  11 h 30 min
1
Salzburg, Austria
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h
2
Innsbruck, Austria
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
3
Lucerne, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
4
Interlaken, Switzerland
— 1 night
+2
Train + Bus + Fly:  5 h 30 min
5
Paris, France
— 4 nights
Fly:  10 h 15 min
End: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

2
nights
Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): step into the grandiose world of Schloss Hellbrunn, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Salzburg Cathedral, then take some stellar pictures from Fortress Hohensalzburg, and finally don't miss a visit to Salzburger Altstadt. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the natural beauty at Mirabell Palace, contemplate the long history of Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus), get a taste of the local shopping with Getreidegasse, take an in-depth tour of Mozarts Geburtshaus, then examine the collection at Salzburg Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter's Abbey (Stift St. Peter).

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Salzburg trip planning website .

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates to Salzburg is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Gulf Standard Time to Central European Time is minus 3 hours. In July, Salzburg is cooler than Abu Dhabi - with highs of 30°C and lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can take a train to Innsbruck.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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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 3rd (Mon), explore the world behind art at Schloss Ambras Innsbruck (Ambras Castle), hit the slopes at Bergisel Ski Jump, get engrossed in the history at Stadtmuseum, then admire the landmark architecture of The Golden Roof (Goldenes Dachl), and finally admire the landmark architecture of Dom zu St. Jakob.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Innsbruck trip itinerary planner.

Take a train from Salzburg to Innsbruck in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In August in Innsbruck, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Lucerne.

Things to do in Innsbruck

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors
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The Golden Roof (Goldenes Dachl) ©
The Golden Roof (Goldenes Dachl)
Bergisel Ski Jump ©
Bergisel Ski Jump

2
nights
Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Pilatus, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Grossmunster. On the 5th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a stroll through Old Town, admire the striking features of Fraumünster Church, and then explore the activities along Lake Lucerne.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Lucerne trip planner .

Traveling by car from Innsbruck to Lucerne takes 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Interlaken.

Things to do in Lucerne

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

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

1
night
Interlaken, Switzerland

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.
On the 6th (Thu), fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, get your game on at Seilpark Interlaken, and then get outside with Bumblebee Hanggliding Interlaken.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Interlaken trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Lucerne to Interlaken takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In August, daytime highs in Interlaken are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Interlaken

Fun & Games Outdoors Adventure
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Seilpark Interlaken ©
Seilpark Interlaken

4
nights
Paris, France

Paris ©
A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
Step out of Paris with an excursion to Palace of Versailles in Versailles--about 48 minutes away. The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Louvre Museum, explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, admire the natural beauty at Luxembourg Gardens, and contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower.

For other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Paris online travel route planner .

Getting from Interlaken to Paris by combination of train, bus, and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 16°C. You'll have a few hours on the 10th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Versailles
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

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