13 days in The Alps Itinerary

13 days in The Alps Itinerary

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13 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
Reutte, Austria
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
5
Kitzbuhel, Austria
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
6
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 in the awesome beauty at The Matterhorn, make a trip to Photopoint Kirchbrucke bridge, enjoy some diversion at Clay Shoot Zermatt, and cruise along Gornergrat.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Zermatt tour itinerary 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. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from New York City to Zermatt due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough 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.
On the 7th (Thu), examine the collection at MUSE - Science Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Duomo, then make a trip to Fontana del Nettuno, and finally admire the masterpieces at Castello del Buonconsiglio Monumenti e Collezioni Provinciali.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Trento online sightseeing planner .

Traveling by car from Zermatt to Trento takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 45°F in January, and nighttime lows around 26°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Innsbruck.

Things to do in Trento

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums
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MUSE - Science Museum ©
MUSE - Science Museum
Fontana del Nettuno ©
Fontana del Nettuno

2
nights
Innsbruck, Austria

Innsbruck ©
Nestled in a valley between snowcapped peaks, Innsbruck evokes visions of a winter wonderland.
On the 8th (Fri), take an in-depth tour of Stadtmuseum, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Muttereralmpark, then admire the masterpieces at Schloss Ambras Innsbruck (Ambras Castle), and finally examine the collection at Swarovski Kristallwelten Store Innsbruck. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Altstadt von Innsbruck, take in panoramic vistas at Town Tower (Stadtturm), then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Dom zu St. Jakob, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Alpenzoo, and finally fly down the slopes at Bergisel Ski Jump.

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Innsbruck holiday planning app .

You can 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 your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Reutte.

Things to do in Innsbruck

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors
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Alpenzoo ©
Alpenzoo
Altstadt von Innsbruck ©
Altstadt von Innsbruck
Bergisel Ski Jump ©
Bergisel Ski Jump

1
night
Reutte, Austria

Reutte ©
Reutte is a market town in the Austrian state of Tyrol. On the 10th (Sun), hit the slopes at Skischaukel Bergwang, glide through natural beauty at Reuttener Seilbahnen, then fly down the slopes at Rodelbahn Krinnenalpe, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Lourdeskapelle.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Reutte day trip site .

Getting from Innsbruck to Reutte by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 36°F, and evening lows to 25°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can drive to Kitzbuhel.

Things to do in Reutte

Outdoors Winter Sports Parks

Side Trips

Rodelbahn Krinnenalpe, Lourdeskapelle, Skischaukel Bergwang
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Skischaukel Bergwang ©
Skischaukel Bergwang
Lourdeskapelle ©
Lourdeskapelle

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): hit the slopes at Element3 Ski School and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Buchensteinwand Ski Area. Here are some ideas for day two: fly down the slopes at Ellmau Ski Resort and Village, tour the pleasant surroundings at SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser - Brixental, then hit the slopes at Pro-Skischule, and finally hit the slopes at Westendorf.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Kitzbuhel travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Reutte to Kitzbuhel in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 33°F in January, and nighttime lows around 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

Pro-Skischule, SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser - Brixental, Ellmau Ski Resort and Village, Buchensteinwand Ski Area, Westendorf
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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: browse the exhibits of Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle, explore the historical opulence of Schloss Hellbrunn, get engrossed in the history at Mozarts Geburtshaus, and take in the awesome beauty at Untersberg.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Salzburg online travel planner .

You can drive from Kitzbuhel to Salzburg in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. While traveling from Kitzbuhel, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Salzburg, ranging from highs of 39°F to lows of 26°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to 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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