8 days in Italy, Switzerland & Austria Itinerary

8 days in Italy, Switzerland & Austria Itinerary

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8 days in Italy, Switzerland & Austria Itinerary

Start: Zurich, Switzerland
Drive:  1​h
1
Lucerne, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Wengen, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Varenna, Italy
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
4
Sirmione, Italy
— 1 night
5
Bolzano, Italy
— 2 nights
6
Innsbruck, Austria
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h
7
Alpbach, Austria
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
End: Munich, Germany

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Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Pilatus.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Lucerne online road trip planner .

Zurich to Lucerne is an approximately 1-hour car ride. You can also take a train. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in September, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Wengen.

Things to do in Lucerne

Nature Parks
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Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus

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Wengen, Switzerland

Wengen ©
Wengen is a mountain village in the Bernese Oberland of central Switzerland. On the 28th (Sat), shop like a local with Molitor and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Kleine Scheidegg.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Wengen online visit planner .

Drive from Lucerne to Wengen in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In September, daily temperatures in Wengen can reach 65°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel to Como.

Things to do in Wengen

Historic Sites Shopping Outdoors

Side Trip

Kleine Scheidegg
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Kleine Scheidegg ©
Kleine Scheidegg

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Varenna, Italy

Varenna ©
Varenna is a comune (municipality) on Lake Como in the Province of Lecco in the Italian region Lombardy, located about 60km north of Milan and about 20km northwest of Lecco.Varenna was founded by local fishermen in 769, and was later allied of the commune of Milan. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): explore the world behind art at Villa Carlotta and then admire the masterpieces at i Giardini di Villa Melzi.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Varenna online vacation builder .

Explore your travel options from Wengen to Varenna with the Route module. In September, Varenna is somewhat warmer than Wengen - with highs of 76°F and lows of 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Sirmione.

Things to do in Varenna

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Villa Carlotta, Castello di Vezio, i Giardini di Villa Melzi
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Villa Carlotta ©
Villa Carlotta
Villa Monastero ©
Villa Monastero
i Giardini di Villa Melzi ©
i Giardini di Villa Melzi

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Sirmione, Italy

Sirmione ©
Sirmione is a comune in the province of Brescia, in Lombardy (northern Italy). On the 30th (Mon), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di San Pietro in Mavino and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesetta di S. Anna.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Sirmione trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by car from Varenna to Sirmione takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 77°F in September, and nighttime lows around 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Bolzano.

Things to do in Sirmione

Historic Sites
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Castello Scaligero ©
Castello Scaligero
Chiesa di San Pietro in Mavino ©
Chiesa di San Pietro in Mavino

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Bolzano, Italy

Bolzano ©
South Tyrol's capital, Bolzano, has been named the Italian city with the highest quality of life.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): appreciate the history behind Monumento a Walther Von der Vogelweide and then take an in-depth tour of South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology. On your second day here, steep yourself in history at Duomo Maria Assunta, explore the world behind art at Tesoro Del Duomo, then stroll around Puez-Geisler Nature Park, then take an in-depth tour of BZ '18-'45: Un monumento, una citta, due dittature, and finally make a trip to Piazza Walther.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Bolzano trip planning site .

You can drive from Sirmione to Bolzano in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In October in Bolzano, expect temperatures between 66°F during the day and 47°F at night. On the 3rd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Innsbruck.

Things to do in Bolzano

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Merano Centro Storico
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Puez-Geisler Nature Park ©
Puez-Geisler Nature Park
South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology ©
Merano Centro Storico ©
Merano Centro Storico

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Innsbruck, Austria

Innsbruck ©
Nestled in a valley between snowcapped peaks, Innsbruck evokes visions of a winter wonderland.
On the 3rd (Thu), get engrossed in the history at The Golden Roof (Goldenes Dachl) and then take in panoramic vistas at Town Tower (Stadtturm).

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Innsbruck online vacation planner .

Getting from Bolzano to Innsbruck by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Bolzano in October, with highs in Innsbruck at 60°F and lows at 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Alpbach.

Things to do in Innsbruck

Museums
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The Golden Roof (Goldenes Dachl) ©
Town Tower (Stadtturm) ©
Town Tower (Stadtturm)

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Alpbach, Austria

Alpbach
Alpbach is a town in western Austria in the state of Tyrol.HistoryThe earliest written record of the name Alpbach comes from 1150, although human settlement is known to have begun there before and around the year 1000, and a bronze axe found at Steinberger Joch in 1860 suggests that the route was already in use in the Hallstatt period.Christianity was first brought to the region in the 7th and 8th centuries by Irish and Scottish monks, and the patron saint of the parish church is in fact St. On the 4th (Fri), pause for some serene contemplation at Pfarramt St. Oswald Alpbach.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Alpbach tour planning tool .

Drive from Innsbruck to Alpbach in an hour. In October, daytime highs in Alpbach are 60°F, while nighttime lows are 42°F. You'll have a few hours on the 4th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Alpbach

Historic Sites
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