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Fly into: Vienna Fly out of: Zurich
Total Duration: 13 days

The hills are alive in this itinerary! Experience the charms of Vienna and Zurich along with the classic mountainside towns of Innsbruck, Interlaken, and Luzern. The route is easy to follow by rail.

    This Trip's Top Experiences:

  • Art and Culture
  • Natural Beauty
  • History
  • Great Train Ride
Days 1-3

1 Vienna

Palaces and Pastries

  • From the Ringstrasse to the Opera, Vienna has much to offer art and music lovers
  • Explore the cobblestone streets of Innere Stadt and St. Stephen's Cathedral
  • At one of the city's opulent coffeehouses, try a pasty or fuel up with an espresso
  • Art and Culture
  • Food and Wine
  • Architecture
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Days 4-5
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2 Salzburg

Mozart's Birthplace and an Opera Lover's Paradise

  • See the 17th-century Dom cathedral and explore Mozart's home in the Altstadt
  • Catch an opera in the Old City at the Mirabell Palace, known as the Taj Mahal of Salzburg
  • After a stroll on the Getreidegasse, grab a drink at the Goldener Hirsch Hotel
  • Art and Culture
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Days 6-7
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Austrian National Tourist Office/ Diejun

3 Innsbruck

A Tyrolean Delight

  • Go for the Gold at Innsbruck's famed Golden Roof
  • A trip on the Nordpark Funicular reveals astounding views
  • Visit the Hofburg, Maximilian I's 15th-century palace
  • History
  • Architecture
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Days 8-9
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4 Zurich

Switzerland's High-Energy Metropolis

  • See the Great Church, updated in Gothic style in the late 1700s
  • Cézanne, Manet, and Dégas make the walls glow at the Siftung Sammlung E.G. Bührle Museum
  • Shop the Bahnhofstrasse's fine boutiques
  • Shopping
  • Architecture
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Days 10-11
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5 Luzern

Lovely on the Lake

  • Luzern's waterfront is straddled by the picturesque Chapel Bridge, Europe's oldest
  • Enjoy the dramatic explosion of gilt, marble, and Baroque frescoes that is the Jesuit Church
  • Towering over the city is Mt. Pilatus. Take the cable car up and hike back down—the blisters will be worth it
  • Natural Beauty
  • Architecture
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Days 12-13
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6 Interlaken

Among the Alps

  • Walk the Hoheweg, Interlaken's main promenade, for stellar mountain vistas
  • Take the 45-minute train ride to the Lauterbrunnen Valley, Switzerland's most beautiful
  • An hour-long bus ride takes you to Mürren, a Noah's Ark village perched 5,400 feet up the side of Mt. Schilthorn
  • Natural Beauty
  • Shopping
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