9 days in Austria & Switzerland Itinerary

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Vienna, Austria
— 2 nights
Hallstatt, Austria
— 1 night
Salzburg, Austria
— 1 night
Lucerne, Switzerland
— 4 nights


Vienna, Austria — 2 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.
Head to Vienna Naschmarkt and Graben and Kohlmarktfor plenty of shopping. Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Belvedere Palace, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Schönbrunn Zoo, see the interesting displays at Hofburg, and don't miss a visit to St. Stephen's Cathedral.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Vienna route website.

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Vienna is an approximately 8-hour flight. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Riyadh to Vienna due to the time zone difference. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Riyadh in May: high temperatures in Vienna hover around 22°C and lows are around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Hallstatt.
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Hallstatt, Austria — 1 night

Pearl of Austria

Historically known for the production of salt, Halstatt's fine architecture reflects the small village's salt mining legacy.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hallstatt Lutheran Church, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parish of the Assumption, then examine the collection at Museum Hallstatt, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Badestrand Hallstatt, and finally stroll the grounds of Beinhaus, Karner, Ossuary.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Hallstatt trip builder website.

You can drive from Vienna to Hallstatt in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Salzburg.
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Salzburg, Austria — 1 night

Rome of the North

Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Fri): explore the historical opulence of Schloss Hellbrunn, step into the grandiose world of Fortress Hohensalzburg, then browse the exhibits of Mozarts Geburtshaus, then get a taste of the local shopping with Getreidegasse, and finally admire the natural beauty at Mirabell Palace.

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Drive from Hallstatt to Salzburg in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Salzburg can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Lucerne.
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Lucerne, Switzerland — 4 nights

In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Escape the urban bustle at Mt Pilatus and Seebad Eich. For shopping fun, head to Bahnhofstrasse or UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern. Explore Lucerne's surroundings by going to Old Town (in Zurich), Lindt Factory Outlet Kilchberg (in Kilchberg) and Parasailing & Paragliding (in Interlaken). The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Lucerne, make a trip to The Nine Towers, snap pictures at Chapel Bridge, and wander the streets of Altstadt Luzern.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Lucerne trip planner.

You can drive from Salzburg to Lucerne in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. In May, daytime highs in Lucerne are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. You'll have a few hours on the 16th (Tue) 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.