12 days in The Alps Itinerary

12 days in The Alps Itinerary

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12 days in The Alps Itinerary

Start: New York City, United States
+2
Fly + Foot + Train:  16 h 15 min
1
Zermatt, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h 30 min
2
Trento, Italy
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
3
Innsbruck, Austria
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Kitzbuhel, Austria
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
5
Salzburg, Austria
— 3 nights
Fly:  12 h 45 min
End: New York City, United States

2
nights
Zermatt, Switzerland

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Zermatt is known for scenic drive, nature, and winter sports. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Matterhorn, enjoy some diversion at Clay Shoot Zermatt, hit the slopes at Matterhorn Ski Paradise, and don't miss a visit to Kapelle Winkelmatten "Zur Heiligen Familie".

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Zermatt trip planner.

New York City, USA to Zermatt is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a 6 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Trento.

Things to do in Zermatt

Outdoors Parks Nature
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The Matterhorn ©
The Matterhorn
Gornergrat ©
Gornergrat
Zermatt-Matterhorn Ski Paradise ©
Zermatt-Matterhorn Ski Paradise

1
night
Trento, Italy

Trento ©
Tyrol's capital and one of the nation's wealthiest cities, Trento serves as the commercial and cultural center of the region.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Duomo, then explore the engaging exhibits at MUSE - Science Museum, and then admire the masterpieces at Castello del Buonconsiglio Monumenti e Collezioni Provinciali.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Trento online road trip planner .

Drive from Zermatt to Trento in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In January in Trento, expect temperatures between 45°F during the day and 26°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can drive to Innsbruck.

Things to do in Trento

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums
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2
nights
Innsbruck, Austria

Innsbruck ©
Nestled in a valley between snowcapped peaks, Innsbruck evokes visions of a winter wonderland.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Muttereralmpark, explore the historical opulence of Schloss Ambras Innsbruck (Ambras Castle), and then fly down the slopes at Bergisel Ski Jump. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Altstadt von Innsbruck, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dom zu St. Jakob, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Alpenzoo, and finally examine the collection at Swarovski Kristallwelten.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Innsbruck tour planner.

Drive from Trento to Innsbruck in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Trento in January, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Innsbruck: temperatures range from 38°F by day to 24°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can go by car to Kitzbuhel.

Things to do in Innsbruck

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Swarovski Kristallwelten
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Swarovski Kristallwelten ©
Swarovski Kristallwelten
Alpenzoo ©
Alpenzoo
Altstadt von Innsbruck ©
Altstadt von Innsbruck

2
nights
Kitzbuhel, Austria

Kitzbuhel ©
Kitzbühel is a small medieval town situated along the river Kitzbuhler Ache in Tyrol, Austria and the administrative centre of the Kitzbühel district. Start off your visit on the 11th (Mon): fly down the slopes at Element3 Ski School and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Buchensteinwand Ski Area. On the next day, stroll through Ellmau Ski Resort and Village, then hit the slopes at SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser - Brixental, then hit the slopes at Pro-Skischule, and finally stroll through Westendorf.

To see ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Kitzbuhel trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Innsbruck to Kitzbuhel takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Innsbruck in January: highs in Kitzbuhel hover around 33°F, while lows dip to 23°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Salzburg.

Things to do in Kitzbuhel

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser - Brixental, Buchensteinwand Ski Area, Pro-Skischule, Westendorf, Ellmau Ski Resort and Village
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SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser - Brixental ©
SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser - Brixental
Ellmau Ski Resort and Village ©
Ellmau Ski Resort and Village
Westendorf ©
Westendorf

3
nights
Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Salzburg is known for historic sites, museums, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get great views at Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Untersberg, step into the grandiose world of Schloss Hellbrunn, and make a trip to Salzburger Altstadt.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Salzburg trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by car from Kitzbuhel to Salzburg takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. When traveling from Kitzbuhel in January, plan for a bit warmer days in Salzburg, with highs around 39°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 26°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle ©
Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle
Salzburg Cathedral ©
Salzburg Cathedral
Mirabell Palace ©
Mirabell Palace

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