43 days in Austria, France & Zurich Itinerary

43 days in Austria, France & Zurich Itinerary

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Start: Perth, Australia
Fly:  22 h 45 min
1
Vienna, Austria
— 5 nights
Fly:  2 h 30 min
2
Salzburg, Austria
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Zell am See, Austria
— 5 nights
Train:  2 h
4
Innsbruck, Austria
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
5
Zurich, Switzerland
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
6
Colmar, France
— 5 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
7
Paris, France
— 12 nights
Fly:  22 h 15 min
End: Perth, Australia


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5
nights
Vienna, Austria

Vienna ©
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 nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Schonbrunn Palace, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Schönbrunn Zoo, see the interesting displays at The Hofburg, and steep yourself in history at Belvedere Palace.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Vienna tour builder.

Perth, Australia to Vienna is an approximately 23- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Perth to Vienna is minus 7 hours. When traveling from Perth in November, plan for cooler days in Vienna, with highs around 11°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to travel to Salzburg.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Find places to stay Nov 21 — 26:
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Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
Belvedere Palace ©
Belvedere Palace
St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral

5
nights
Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Change things up with these side-trips from Salzburg: 5 Fingers (in Obertraun) and Hallstatt (Central Square Marktplatz & Hallstatt Skywalk "Welterbeblick"). The adventure continues: get great views at Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle, explore the historical opulence of Schloss Hellbrunn, see the interesting displays at Salzburg Museum, and take in nature's colorful creations at Mirabell Palace.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Salzburg travel route planning app.

You can fly from Vienna to Salzburg in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In November, daytime highs in Salzburg are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to drive to Zell am See.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hallstatt, 5 Fingers, Basilika St. Michael
Find places to stay Nov 26 — Dec 2:
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Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle ©
Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle
Mirabell Palace ©
Mirabell Palace
Salzburg Cathedral ©
Salzburg Cathedral

5
nights
Zell am See, Austria

Zell am See ©
Despite its small size, Zell am See is a well-visited tourist destination known mostly as a ski resort town, and it serves as an important transportation hub for the region.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Zell am See: Streichelzoo Moosalm (in Lienz), Grossglockner High Alpine Road (in Heiligenblut) and Kitzsteinhorn (in Kaprun). And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Vitalpinum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Pfarrkirche zum hl. Apostel Jakobus d. Alteren, explore the activities along Lake Zell, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Elisabethkapelle.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Zell am See online road trip planner.

You can drive from Salzburg to Zell am See in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Salzburg in December, expect Zell am See to be slightly colder, temps between 1°C and -5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Innsbruck.

Things to do in Zell am See

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Assling, Kaprun, Streichelzoo Moosalm, Pfarrkirche zum hl. Apostel Jakobus d. Alteren, Grossglockner High Alpine Road
Find places to stay Dec 2 — 7:
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Schmittenhohe ©
Schmittenhohe
Kitzsteinhorn ©
Kitzsteinhorn
Vitalpinum ©
Vitalpinum

4
nights
Innsbruck, Austria

Innsbruck ©
Nestled in a valley between snowcapped peaks, Innsbruck evokes visions of a winter wonderland.
Change things up with a short trip to Stubaier Gletscher in Neustift im Stubaital (about 48 minutes away). There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Muttereralmpark, contemplate the long history of Altstadt von Innsbruck, see the interesting displays at Swarovski Kristallwelten, and admire the striking features of Bergisel Ski Jump.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Innsbruck travel planner.

You can take a train from Zell am See to Innsbruck in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Zell am See in December, you will find days in Innsbruck are a bit warmer (6°C), and nights are about the same (-3°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can drive to Zurich.

Things to do in Innsbruck

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Stubaier Gletscher, Swarovski Kristallwelten
Find places to stay Dec 7 — 11:
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Bergisel Ski Jump ©
Bergisel Ski Jump
Muttereralmpark ©
Muttereralmpark
The Golden Roof (Goldenes Dachl) ©
The Golden Roof (Goldenes Dachl)

4
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Zurich: Mt Pilatus (in Kriens), Interlaken (Parasailing & Paragliding, Swiss Chocolate Chalet, &more) and Lucerne (Chapel Bridge, La Collection'Air Art Park, &more). There's still lots to do: visit Old Town, pause for some photo ops at Hans Waldmann Statue, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Christkatholische Kirche Zurich Augustinerkirche.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Zurich trip maker site.

You can drive from Innsbruck to Zurich in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. December in Zurich sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of -1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to drive to Colmar.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Nature Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Lucerne, Interlaken
Find places to stay Dec 11 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Parasailing & Paragliding
Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Old Town ©
Old Town

5
nights
Colmar, France

Colmar ©
Situated along the Alsatian Wine Route, Colmar is renowned for its German and French culture, well-preserved old town, numerous architectural landmarks, and its museums.
Explore Colmar's surroundings by going to Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg (in Orschwiller), Cimetiere Roumain (in Soultzmatt) and Mulhouse (Cité du Train - Musée français du chemin de fer & Cite de l'Automobile). Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Little Venice, don't miss a visit to Maison Schongauer, examine the collection at Musee du Jouet, and learn about winemaking at Domaine Pierre Adam.

To see photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Colmar travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Zurich to Colmar by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Colmar are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Colmar

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Mulhouse, Vieille ville d'Eguisheim, La Porte de France, Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg, Cimetiere Roumain
Find places to stay Dec 15 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Musée d'Unterlinden ©
Musée d'Unterlinden
Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg ©
Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg
Little Venice ©
Little Venice

12
nights
Paris, France

Paris ©
A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
Get out of town with these interesting Paris side-trips: Rouen (Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen & Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen), Palace of Versailles (in Versailles) and Fondation Claude Monet (in Giverny). There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, steep yourself in history at Arc de Triomphe, stroll around Luxembourg Gardens, and get to know the fascinating history of Champs-Elysees.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Paris sightseeing planner.

You can take a train from Colmar to Paris in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. December in Paris sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Versailles, Rouen, Disneyland Paris, Fondation Claude Monet
Find places to stay Dec 20 — Jan 1:
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay
Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre ©
Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre

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