14 days in Switzerland, Germany & Austria Itinerary

14 days in Switzerland, Germany & Austria Itinerary

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14 days in Switzerland, Germany & Austria Itinerary

Start: Chicago, United States
Fly:  11​h 45​min
1
Zurich, Switzerland
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Munich, Germany
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Vienna, Austria
— 4 nights
Fly:  12​h 30​min
End: Chicago, United States

5
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): explore the activities along Lake Zurich, take a stroll through Old Town, then take in the views from Chapel Bridge, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Lucerne, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Grossmunster. Keep things going the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Rigi, appreciate the history behind Lion Monument, and then explore the stunning scenery at Aare Gorge.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Zurich tour app .

Chicago, USA to Zurich is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Chicago to Zurich. In September, Zurich is little chillier than Chicago - with highs of 67°F and lows of 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can drive to Meiringen.

Things to do in Zurich

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lucerne, Aare Gorge
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Aare Gorge ©
Aare Gorge
Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Lake Lucerne ©
Lake Lucerne

4
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Schloss Neuschwanstein, BMW Museum and Marienplatz. Get out of town with these interesting Munich side-trips: Schloss Hohenschwangau (in Hohenschwangau), Andechs Monastery (in Andechs) and Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site (in Dachau). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Nymphenburg Palace, see the interesting displays at Munich Residenz, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael's Church, and admire the masterpieces at Alte Pinakothek.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Munich trip itinerary maker site .

You can drive from Zurich to Munich in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect a daytime high around 66°F in September, and nighttime lows around 47°F. You will have some time to spend on the 14th (Mon) before leaving for Vienna.

Things to do in Munich

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Andechs Monastery, Schloss Neuschwanstein, Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site, Schloss Hohenschwangau
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Marienplatz ©
Marienplatz
Nymphenburg Palace ©
Nymphenburg Palace
Schloss Neuschwanstein ©
Schloss Neuschwanstein

4
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.
Vienna is known for historic sites, museums, nightlife, parks, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Schonbrunn Palace, see the interesting displays at MuseumsQuartier Wien, browse the eclectic array of goods at Vienna Naschmarkt, and admire the masterpieces at Belvedere Palace.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Vienna visit planner.

Drive from Munich to Vienna in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and flight. In September, daytime highs in Vienna are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Vienna

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

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