12 days in Austria, Switzerland & Paris Itinerary

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Vienna, Austria
— 3 nights
Salzburg, Austria
— 2 nights
Appenzell, Switzerland
— 1 night
Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 night
Paris, France
— 4 nights


Vienna, Austria — 3 nights

City of Dreams

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, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the historical opulence of Schonbrunn Palace, admire the masterpieces at Belvedere Palace, don't miss a visit to Stephansplatz, and examine the collection at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien.

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Durham, USA to Vienna is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Durham to Vienna. In April, Vienna is slightly colder than Durham - with highs of 61°F and lows of 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Salzburg.
Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums
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Salzburg, Austria — 2 nights

Rome of the North

Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): shop like a local with Getreidegasse, take an in-depth tour of Mozarts Geburtshaus, then explore the historical opulence of Schloss Hellbrunn, then steep yourself in history at Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus), and finally admire the striking features of Mirabell Palace. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Salzburg Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Salzburg Cathedral, then step into the grandiose world of Fortress Hohensalzburg, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter's Abbey (Stift St. Peter), and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Franziskanerkirche.

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Getting from Vienna to Salzburg by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or fly. April in Salzburg sees daily highs of 58°F and lows of 40°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can drive to Appenzell.
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Appenzell, Switzerland — 1 night

Appenzell District is a district of the canton of Appenzell Innerrhoden in Switzerland. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): indulge your thirst for a good beer at Brauerei Locher AG, take in the spiritual surroundings of St Mauritius Church, then explore the world behind art at Kunstmuseum Appenzell, then look for gifts at Flauderei, and finally get engrossed in the history at Museum Appenzell.

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Traveling by car from Salzburg to Appenzell takes 4.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 57°F in April, and nighttime lows around 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can drive to Zurich.
Museums · Breweries & Distilleries · Shopping · Historic Sites
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Zurich, Switzerland — 1 night

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Landesmuseum, then wander the streets of Bahnhofstrasse, and then explore the activities along Lake Zurich.

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Traveling by car from Appenzell to Zurich takes 1.5 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 58°F, and evening lows to 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Paris.
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Paris, France — 4 nights

City of Light

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Palace of Versailles in Versailles (about 48 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, walk around Luxembourg Gardens, admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, and get to know the fascinating history of Montmartre.

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Getting from Zurich to Paris by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or drive. In April in Paris, expect temperatures between 60°F during the day and 42°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight back 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.