13 days in The Alps Itinerary

13 days in The Alps Itinerary

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Aosta, Italy
— 3 nights
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Zermatt, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Merano, Italy
— 2 nights
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Innsbruck, Austria
— 2 nights
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Salzburg, Austria
— 3 nights
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Aosta, Italy — 3 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.
Bring the kids along to Collegiata dei Santi Pietro e Orso and Santuario di Notre-Dame de Guerison. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Sentiero panoramico lungo l'Orrido di Pre-Saint-Didier and Basilica di San Giulio. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Aosta: Introd (Castello di Introd & Maison Bruil), Percorso di Barefooting (in Morgex) and Orta San Giulio (Piazza Motta, Chiesa parrocchiale di Santa Maria Assunta, &more). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to The Roman Aqueduct-Bridge of Pont d'Ael APERTO SINO AL 1 NOVEMBRE, see the interesting displays at Museo Archeologico Regionale, explore the historical opulence of Castello Sarriod de La Tour, and take in the dramatic scenery at Cascate del Rutor.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Aosta trip builder app.

Berlin, Germany to Aosta is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Zermatt.
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Zermatt, Switzerland — 2 nights

Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): enjoy breathtaking views from Trockener Steg, contemplate the waterfront views at Grunsee, contemplate the waterfront views at Stellisee, contemplate the waterfront views at Grindjisee, then hike along Marmot Trail, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Leisee. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Thu): stroll through 5 Lakes Walk, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Intercontinental Church Society, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then stop by Laderach, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Gornergrat.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Zermatt trip planning site.

Getting from Aosta to Zermatt by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can go by car to Merano.
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Merano, Italy — 2 nights

Merano or Meran is a town and comune in South Tyrol, northern Italy. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): make a trip to Corso Della Liberta, relax and rejuvenate at Terme Merano, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa di Santo Spirito, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sankt Kathrein, then see the interesting displays at Touriseum, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Gufyland. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa Evangelica, explore the world behind art at Palais Mamming Museum, then see the interesting displays at Museo Storico Grande Guerra, then steep yourself in history at Castle Thurnstein, and finally hike along Merano High Mountain Trail.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Merano journey planning site.

Traveling by car from Zermatt to Merano takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and tram; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in August, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Innsbruck.
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Innsbruck, Austria — 2 nights

Nestled in a valley between snowcapped peaks, Innsbruck evokes visions of a winter wonderland.
On the 14th (Sun), admire the striking features of Dom zu St. Jakob, admire the masterpieces at Tyrolean Folk Art Museum, get engrossed in the history at The Golden Roof (Goldenes Dachl), then engage your brain at AUDIOVERSUM - ScienceCenter, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Patscherkofel Cable Car Lower/Valley Station, and finally fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Jesuit Church, take in the spiritual surroundings of Spitalskirche, contemplate the waterfront views at River Inn, then examine the collection at Tirol Panorama, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica Wilten.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Innsbruck trip maker tool.

Drive from Merano to Innsbruck in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Merano in August, things will get slightly colder in Innsbruck: highs are around 29°C and lows about 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Salzburg.
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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 Fortress Hohensalzburg and Salzburger Altstadt. Popular historic sites such as Salzburg Cathedral and Mozarts Geburtshaus are in your itinerary. Change things up with these side-trips from Salzburg: Gollinger Wasserfall (in Golling an der Salzach) and Karkogel (in Abtenau). There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape at Lammerklamm, cool off at Alpenseebad Mondsee, admire the natural beauty at Mirabell Palace, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Kollegienkirche (Collegiate Church).

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Salzburg day trip planning site.

You can drive from Innsbruck to Salzburg in 2 hours. Another option is to take a train. In August, daytime highs in Salzburg are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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