17 days in Italian Alps, Swiss Alps & Austrian Alps Itinerary

17 days in Italian Alps, Swiss Alps & Austrian Alps Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Europe trip itinerary builder

Make it your trip
Fly to Milan Malpensa, Train to Aosta
1
Aosta, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Zermatt, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive
3
Bellinzona, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive
4
St. Moritz, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Innsbruck, Austria
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Salzburg, Austria
— 3 nights
Drive
7
Brunico, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive
8
Bolzano, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly

S M T W T F S
26
27
28
29
30
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23

Aosta, Italy

— 2 nights

Rome of the Alps

In the Aosta Valley bordering Switzerland and France, the medieval city of Aosta is famous for its prime skiing conditions and rich cultural history.
Visiting Parco Nazionale Gran Paradiso and Sentiero panoramico lungo l'Orrido di Pre-Saint-Didier will get you outdoors. Get some cultural insight at Aosta Old Town and Criptoportico Forense. Get out of town with these interesting Aosta side-trips: River Rafting & Tubing (in La Salle) and Castello di Issogne (in Issogne). Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Porta Praetoria.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Aosta holiday planner.

Lisbon, Portugal to Aosta is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Lisbon to Aosta. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to drive to Zermatt.

Things to do in Aosta

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Adventure · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 1 — 3:

Zermatt, Switzerland

— 1 night
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Mon): examine the collection at Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis, stroll the grounds of Mountaineers' Cemetery, then explore and take pictures at Hinterdorfstrasse, then take in the dramatic natural features at Gorner Gorge, and finally tour along fresh powder with Sunnegga.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Zermatt trip planner.

Drive from Aosta to Zermatt in 3 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Bellinzona.

Things to do in Zermatt

Tours · Outdoors · Museums · Nature
Find places to stay Jul 3 — 4:

Bellinzona, Switzerland

— 2 nights
Bellinzona is the capital of the canton Ticino in Switzerland. Start off your visit on the 5th (Tue): take in nature's colorful creations at Brissago Islands, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sacromonte e Santuario Madonna del Sasso, then admire the verdant scenery at Valle Verzasca, and finally hike along Tibetan bridge "Carasc". On your second day here, explore the historical opulence of Castelli di Bellinzona, explore the galleries of Castello di Montebello, then explore the historical opulence of Castelgrande, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Monte Tamaro, and finally soak in style at Splash & Spa Tamaro.

To see photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Bellinzona online itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Zermatt to Bellinzona takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of car and bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can drive to St. Moritz.

Things to do in Bellinzona

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 4 — 6:

St. Moritz, Switzerland

— 2 nights
St.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): get great views at Muottas Muragl, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake St. Moritz, then explore the activities along Lake of Staz (Lej da Staz), and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Bernina Pass. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the views at Engadine, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Piz Corvatsch, then take in the dramatic natural features at Morteratsch Glacier, and finally admire all the interesting features of Piz Nair.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the St. Moritz trip planner.

Traveling by car from Bellinzona to St. Moritz takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In July, St. Moritz is slightly colder than Bellinzona - with highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Innsbruck.

Things to do in St. Moritz

Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 6 — 8:

Innsbruck, Austria

— 2 nights
Nestled in a valley between snowcapped peaks, Innsbruck evokes visions of a winter wonderland.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): admire the sheer force of Grawa Wasserfall, then glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, then hit the slopes at Patscherkofel Cable Car Lower/Valley Station, and finally explore the activities along Achensee. On your second day here, identify plant and animal life at Leutascher Geisterklamm, take in panoramic vistas at Town Tower (Stadtturm), then appreciate the extensive heritage of Maria-Theresien-Strasse, then appreciate the history behind Hofkirche, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Dom zu St. Jakob.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Innsbruck trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from St. Moritz to Innsbruck takes 3 hours. Traveling from St. Moritz in July, expect nights in Innsbruck to be about the same, around 16°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can go by car to Salzburg.

Things to do in Innsbruck

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 8 — 10:

Salzburg, Austria

— 3 nights

Rome of the North

Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Old City Hall (Altes Rathaus) and Haus der Natur. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Schmittenhohe and Lake Zell. Get out of town with these interesting Salzburg side-trips: Gollinger Wasserfall (in Golling an der Salzach), Naturdenkmal Seisenbergklamm (in Weissbach bei Lofer) and Erlebnisburg Hohenwerfen (in Werfen). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Liechtensteinklamm, look for all kinds of wild species at Wagrain Grafenberg, steep yourself in history at Kapitelplatz & Kapitelschwemme, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Cemetery of St. Sebastian (Friedhof St. Sebastian).

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Salzburg route planner.

Getting from Innsbruck to Salzburg by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. In July in Salzburg, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can drive to Brunico.

Things to do in Salzburg

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 10 — 13:

Brunico, Italy

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Malga Fane, then admire the sheer force of Le Cascate di Stanghe, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kloster Neustift. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Sudtiroler Volkskundemuseum / Museo degli usi e costumi, appreciate the extensive heritage of La Citta vecchia di Brunico, then take in the awesome beauty at Prati di Croda Rossa, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa dello Spirito Santo.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Brunico trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Salzburg to Brunico by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In July, daytime highs in Brunico are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Bolzano.

Things to do in Brunico

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 13 — 15:

Bolzano, Italy

— 2 nights

Gateway to Dolomites

South Tyrol's capital, Bolzano, has been named the Italian city with the highest quality of life.
On the 16th (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at Sonnenplateau Ritten - Altopiano del Renon, explore the historical opulence of Runkelstein Castle, and then hit the slopes at Plose. On the next day, admire the landmark architecture of Duomo Maria Assunta, explore the historical opulence of Touriseum, and then explore the historical opulence of Castle Tyrol South Tyrolean Museum of Culture and Provincial History.

To see more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Bolzano trip maker app.

Drive from Brunico to Bolzano in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July, Bolzano is somewhat warmer than Brunico - with highs of 36°C and lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Bolzano

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 15 — 17:

Swiss Alps travel guide

4.4
Mountains · Bodies of Water · Observation Decks
The stunning Swiss Alps cover 65 percent of the Switzerland's surface area with dramatic mountain scenery. Its spectacular peaks and valleys are the result of tectonic thrusts, among them the Jungfrau-Aletsch region, the first World Heritage Site in the Alps. Connected by a network of trains and cable cars, this majestic vacation spot is accessible for all. The Swiss Alps are home to some of the highest mountains in the Alps, including the Monte Rosa, which stands at 4,634 m (15,203 ft). Pristine white snow and perfect blue skies await you, and ski sports and hiking trails aplenty top the list of things to do.

Austrian Alps travel guide

4.3
Ski Areas · Lookouts · Historic Sites
Much of the country's territory sits in the heart of the mountainous Austrian Alps, making the region a prime spot for trekking, skiing, or cozying up in a mountain resort. The mountain range makes Austria, along with Switzerland, the winter sports capital of Europe. Though the Alps are most famous for hosting a wealth of ski resorts for visitors of all skill levels, regional tourism is growing, capitalizing on the appeal of outdoor recreation during all seasons. Visitors flock to the Alps for hiking, golf, biking, and whitewater kayaking in addition to skiing.