20 days in Frankfurt, Austria & Switzerland Itinerary

20 days in Frankfurt, Austria & Switzerland Itinerary

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Frankfurt, Germany
— 1 day
Fly
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Salzburg, Austria
— 3 nights
Drive
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Vienna, Austria
— 4 nights
Fly to Zurich, Train to Zermatt
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Zermatt, Switzerland
— 4 nights
Drive
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Bettmeralp, Switzerland
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Interlaken, Switzerland
— 4 nights
Drive
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 3 nights
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Frankfurt, Germany — 1 day

A global center of finance and transportation, Frankfurt is perhaps best known for its futuristic cityscape.
On the 19th (Tue), admire the landmark architecture of Romer and then admire the masterpieces at Stadel Museum.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Frankfurt day trip planner.

San Antonio, USA to Frankfurt is an approximately 15-hour flight. Traveling from San Antonio to Frankfurt, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from San Antonio in July, with highs in Frankfurt at 80°F and lows at 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Salzburg.
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Salzburg, Austria — 3 nights

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 trip includes some of its best attractions: step into the grandiose world of Fortress Hohensalzburg, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Salzburg Cathedral, take an in-depth tour of Mozarts Geburtshaus, and take in the awesome beauty at Untersberg.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Salzburg day trip site.

Traveling by flight from Frankfurt to Salzburg takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 78°F, and evening lows to 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Vienna.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Theme Parks · Parks
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Vienna, Austria — 4 nights

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.
Vienna is known for historic sites, museums, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: step into the grandiose world of Schonbrunn Palace, get to know the resident critters at Schönbrunn Zoo, admire the landmark architecture of Maria Am Gestade, and get a sense of history and politics at Rathaus.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Vienna trip planner.

Traveling by car from Salzburg to Vienna takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in July, and nighttime lows around 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to travel to Zermatt.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums
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Zermatt, Switzerland — 4 nights

Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Zermatt is known for sightseeing, nature, and classes. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Matterhorn, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Intercontinental Church Society, head outdoors with Monta Rosa Hut, and make a trip to Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Zermatt road trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Vienna to Zermatt in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can drive to Bettmeralp.
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Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours
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Bettmeralp, Switzerland

Bettmeralp is a municipality in the district of Raron in the canton of Valais in Switzerland. Start off your visit on the 30th (Sat): take in the dramatic natural features at Aletsch Glacier.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Bettmeralp trip planner.

Traveling by car from Zermatt to Bettmeralp takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Sat) to allow time for the train ride to Interlaken.
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Nature · Parks
Side Trip
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Interlaken, Switzerland — 4 nights

Nestled between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz in the heart of the Jungfrau region, Interlaken became popular for its proximity to the mountains and lakes of the Bernese Oberland region.
Step out of Interlaken to go to Wengen and see Alpia Sport + Mode, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. There's lots more to do: glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, admire the natural beauty at Schynige Platte, walk around Hohematte Park, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Interlaken trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by train from Bettmeralp to Interlaken takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 75°F in July, and nighttime lows around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to drive to Zurich.
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Side Trips
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Zurich, Switzerland — 3 nights

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Zurich: Lucerne (Lion Monument & Chapel Bridge). There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich), take a stroll through Old Town, and stroll through Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Zurich attractions planning site.

Drive from Interlaken to Zurich in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. August in Zurich sees daily highs of 76°F and lows of 57°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Sat) to allow time for the flight back home.
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Austria travel guide

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Castles · Art Museums · Churches
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.
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Switzerland travel guide

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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.
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