12 days in Austria, Switzerland & France Itinerary

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Vienna, Austria
— 1 night
Salzburg, Austria
— 1 night
Innsbruck, Austria
— 1 night
Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Interlaken, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Train to Basel, Bahnhof SBB, Bus to Mulhouse, Fly to Paris
Paris, France
— 3 nights


Vienna, Austria — 1 night

City of Dreams

On the 13th (Mon), pause for some serene contemplation at St. Stephen's Cathedral, browse the eclectic array of goods at Vienna Naschmarkt, and then wander the streets of Graben and Kohlmarkt.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Vienna holiday maker app.

New York City, USA to Vienna is an approximately 13-hour flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from New York City to Vienna due to the time zone difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from New York City in November: high temperatures in Vienna hover around 49°F and lows are around 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can drive to Salzburg.
Shopping · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
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Salzburg, Austria — 1 night

Rome of the North

For where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Salzburg travel planner.

Getting from Vienna to Salzburg by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or fly. In November, daytime highs in Salzburg are 48°F, while nighttime lows are 35°F. On the 14th (Tue), you'll travel to Innsbruck.
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Innsbruck, Austria — 1 night

Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): admire the masterpieces at Schloss Ambras Innsbruck, then take an in-depth tour of The Golden Roof (Goldenes Dachl), then stop by Feinheiten, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Dom zu St. Jakob.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Innsbruck trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Salzburg to Innsbruck in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. November in Innsbruck sees daily highs of 49°F and lows of 33°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can drive to Zurich.
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Zurich, Switzerland — 2 nights

Big Small Town

Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): take in the dramatic scenery at Rhine Falls and then wander the streets of Old Town. On your second day here, admire the masterpieces at Kunsthaus Zurich, then don't miss a visit to Bahnhofstrasse, and then see the interesting displays at Uhrenmuseum Beyer Zürich.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Zurich online visit planner.

Traveling by car from Innsbruck to Zurich takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. November in Zurich sees daily highs of 48°F and lows of 37°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Interlaken.
Neighborhoods · Museums · Historic Sites · Nature
Side Trip
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Interlaken, Switzerland — 2 nights

Take a break from the city and head to Parasailing & Paragliding and Weissenau-Naturschutzgebiet. You'll explore and learn at Zentrum Paul Klee (Paul Klee Center) and Bernisches Historisches Museum - Einstein Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Interlaken: Bern (Central Railroad Station, Swiss Brand Museum, &more). There's more to do: get great views at Harderkulm and stop by Buchhandlung Boedeli.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Interlaken route maker website.

Getting from Zurich to Interlaken by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In November, plan for daily highs up to 45°F, and evening lows to 33°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to Paris.
Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks
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Paris, France — 3 nights

City of Light

Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, visit Montmartre, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with La Boulangerie. Keep things going the next day: visit Île de la Cité, pause for some serene contemplation at Fontaine Saint-Sulpice, then make a trip to Eiffel Tower, and finally take a stroll through Le Marais.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Paris road trip tool.

You can do a combination of train, bus, and flight from Interlaken to Paris in 5.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In November, Paris is somewhat warmer than Interlaken - with highs of 51°F and lows of 42°F. You'll have a few hours on the 22nd (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling home.
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Austria travel guide

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.

Switzerland travel guide

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.

France travel guide

France has been the world's most popular tourist destination for decades, and geographically, it is one of the most diverse countries in Europe. Its cities are holiday hot spots and contain some of the greatest treasures in Europe, its countryside is prosperous and well tended, and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions, like Paris, the French Riviera, the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the French Alps, as well as the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany, and Normandy. The country is renowned for its gastronomy, particularly wines and cheeses, as well as its history, culture, and fashion industry.

You'll find that the French people are very polite and may react coldly to you if you forget this. You might be surprised as you're greeted by other customers and the proprieter when you walk into a restaurant or a shop. Be sure to take your sightseeing off the beaten path in France. Besides the famous Eiffel Tower and the chic resorts of the Côte d'Azur (French Riviera) you'll find many places to visit in the form of museums filled with fine art, crafts, and archaeological relics, wonderful medieval villages and castles, diverse national parks, and local shopping direct from artisans themselves.

Whether you're touring the Christmas Markets or going skiing during winter, viewing the springtime influx of color in Provence, sunbathing on the Mediterranean coast in the summer, or watching the fall foliage against the backdrop of the châteaux in the Loire Valley, you're sure to find just the right place to be. Spring is a time when the tourist attractions are just starting to expand their hours, but it may still be cold in the mountainous regions and the north. Summer is the busiest time in France with the longest hours for many museums and attractions, but it's often when you will experience the most crowds. Winter in France is filled with winter carnivals, Christmas Markets, and of course, skiing. Fall is a time to celebrate the release of Beaujolais nouveau wine in November, as well as experience Nuit Blanche, a day in October when major attractions, museums, galleries, parks, and swimming pools remain open all night.