18 days in Austria, Paris & Germany Itinerary

18 days in Austria, Paris & Germany Itinerary

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18 days in Austria, Paris & Germany Itinerary

Start: New York City, United States
bus + Fly:  10​h
1
Paris, France
— 1 night
train:  3​h
2
Baden-Baden, Germany
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
3
Freiberg, Germany
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  5​h 15​min
4
Fussen, Germany
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Munich, Germany
— 2 nights
6
Salzburg, Austria
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
7
Oberstdorf, Germany
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 45​min
8
Innsbruck, Austria
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
9
Vienna, Austria
— 2 nights
Fly:  13​h
End: New York City, United States


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1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, then admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, and then contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower. Here are some ideas for day two: wander the streets of Île de la Cité, stroll around Luxembourg Gardens, then admire the striking features of Sainte-Chapelle, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Paris trip planning website .

New York City, USA to Paris is an approximately 12-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Time (CET) is 6 hours. Traveling from New York City in May, things will get slightly colder in Paris: highs are around 64°F and lows about 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to take a train to Baden-Baden.

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Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris ©
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris
Arc de Triomphe ©
Arc de Triomphe

2
nights
Baden-Baden, Germany

Baden-Baden ©
Scenically located at the edge of the Black Forest, Baden-Baden offers scenery, culture, and relaxation in addition to a vibrant nightlife and dining scene, specializing in traditional German dishes.
On the 3rd (Sun), see the interesting displays at Museum Frieder Burda, get a sense of history and politics at European Parliament Strasbourg, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mont Sainte Odile. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll around Lichtentaler Allee and then take an in-depth tour of Alsatian Museum.

To find reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Baden-Baden trip maker site .

You can take a train from Paris to Baden-Baden in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Freiberg.

Things to do in Baden-Baden

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Strasbourg, Mont Sainte Odile
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Alsatian Museum ©
Alsatian Museum
Lichtentaler Allee ©
Lichtentaler Allee
Mont Sainte Odile ©
Mont Sainte Odile

1
night
Freiberg, Germany

Freiberg
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Tue): admire the striking features of Bruehlsche Terrasse, then make a trip to Procession of Princes, and then admire the masterpieces at Gemaldegalerie Alte Meister.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Freiberg online holiday planner .

You can drive from Baden-Baden to Freiberg in 6 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and car. Expect a daytime high around 64°F in May, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can travel to Fussen.

Things to do in Freiberg

Museums

Side Trip

Dresden
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Gemaldegalerie Alte Meister
Gemaldegalerie Alte Meister
Procession of Princes ©
Procession of Princes
Bruehlsche Terrasse ©
Bruehlsche Terrasse

2
nights
Fussen, Germany

Fussen ©
Framed by the Alps and set upon a riverbank, the city of Fussen in addition to its historic architecture is the epicenter of Germany’s traditional violin-making industry.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Medieval Crime Museum (Mittelalterliches Kriminalmuseum), wander the streets of Fuggerei, then get a sense of history and politics at Augsburg Town Hall, and finally explore the historical opulence of Schloss Hohenschwangau. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Altstadt von Fuessen, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pilgrimage Church of Wies, and then explore the historical opulence of Schloss Neuschwanstein.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Fussen online trip itinerary builder .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Freiberg to Fussen. May in Fussen sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 45°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Munich.

Things to do in Fussen

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Augsburg, Schloss Hohenschwangau, Medieval Crime Museum (Mittelalterliches Kriminalmuseum), Pilgrimage Church of Wies, Schloss Neuschwanstein
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Altstadt von Fuessen ©
Altstadt von Fuessen
Schloss Hohenschwangau ©
Schloss Hohenschwangau
Pilgrimage Church of Wies ©
Pilgrimage Church of Wies

2
nights
Munich, Germany

Munich ©
Often described as the city of laptops and lederhosen, Munich is an international center of business, engineering, research, and medicine that still maintains a rich cultural heritage and age-old traditions.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): get curious at Deutsches Museum and then see the interesting displays at Munich Residenz. On the 9th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in panoramic vistas at Frauenkirche, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asamkirche, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter's Church, then don't miss a visit to Marienplatz, and finally ponder the world of politics at New Town Hall (Neus Rathaus).

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Munich itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Fussen to Munich takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 64°F in May, and nighttime lows around 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can drive to Salzburg.

Things to do in Munich

Museums Childrens Museums Historic Sites
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Deutsches Museum ©
Deutsches Museum
New Town Hall (Neus Rathaus) ©
New Town Hall (Neus Rathaus)
Munich Residenz ©
Munich Residenz

2
nights
Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Red Bull Hangar-7, get a taste of the local shopping with Getreidegasse, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Untersberg, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter's Abbey (Stift St. Peter), then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Franziskanerkirche, and finally take some stellar pictures from Fortress Hohensalzburg. On the 11th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the striking features of Salzburg Cathedral, then take in the exciting artwork at Residenzgalerie Salzburg, then contemplate the long history of Mozarts Geburtshaus, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Mirabell Palace.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Salzburg route builder website .

You can drive from Munich to Salzburg in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In May in Salzburg, expect temperatures between 65°F during the day and 47°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Oberstdorf.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Salzburg Cathedral ©
Salzburg Cathedral
Fortress Hohensalzburg ©
Fortress Hohensalzburg
Mirabell Palace ©
Mirabell Palace

1
day
Oberstdorf, Germany

Oberstdorf ©
Nestled within the heart of the Bavarian Alps, Oberstdorf offers classic mountain charm combined with some of the best winter resorts and sports in Europe.
On the 12th (Tue), fly down the slopes at St. Anton.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Oberstdorf online itinerary planner .

Drive from Salzburg to Oberstdorf in 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Innsbruck.

Things to do in Oberstdorf

Outdoors Winter Sports Parks

Side Trip

St. Anton
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St. Anton ©
St. Anton

2
nights
Innsbruck, Austria

Innsbruck ©
Nestled in a valley between snowcapped peaks, Innsbruck evokes visions of a winter wonderland.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): get around town with Hungerburg Funicular and then contemplate the long history of Altstadt von Innsbruck. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Alpenzoo, take an in-depth tour of The Golden Roof (Goldenes Dachl), then enjoy breathtaking views from Town Tower (Stadtturm), then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dom zu St. Jakob, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hofkirche.

For ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Innsbruck trip itinerary planner .

Drive from Oberstdorf to Innsbruck in 2.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Innsbruck can reach 67°F, while at night they dip to 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Innsbruck

Historic Sites Transportation Zoos & Aquariums
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Altstadt von Innsbruck ©
Altstadt von Innsbruck
Hofkirche ©
Hofkirche
Dom zu St. Jakob ©
Dom zu St. Jakob

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Imperial Palace (Hofburg), hunt for treasures at Vienna Naschmarkt, and then make a trip to St. Stephen's Cathedral. Keep things going the next day: brush up on your military savvy at Heeresgeschichtliches Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Kaisergruft, then make a trip to Rathausplatz, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kirche am Steinhof, and finally see the interesting displays at The Third Man Museum.

Before you visit Vienna, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by flight from Innsbruck to Vienna takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in May, and nighttime lows around 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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The Third Man Museum ©
The Third Man Museum
St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral
Rathausplatz ©
Rathausplatz

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