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Austrian and swiss alps

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Austrian and swiss alps

We are planning a trip to the Alps in August 2019. Two adults, two kids, age 9 and 3.5. Goal is sightseeing. How many days for 2 to 3 stops in each country? One option is to fly into Zurich from Chicago, spend a day or two, get over jet lag. Then go to the Interlaken area and spend a couple of days. From there onwards go to Innsbruck and then Salzburg. Some one had rrecommended Lake Altaussee for sighseeing which on the map doesn't seem too far from Salzburg. They had also recommended a town called Obertilliach for sighseeing which on the map is in the southern part of Austria.

After that return to Switzerland

Do you think this is a realistic itinerary? Is it practical to go to Vienna for 2-3 days? it seems to be east of the Alps.

Another option is to land in Munich and start the travel towards Austria and then to Switzerland and back to Germany.

What would be the best way to commute within the country and between countries.

Again, this is just a rough plan. Any feedback appreciated

I am thinking two days in each place. Do you think Vienna is a prac

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1. Re: Austrian and swiss alps

It takes about 5hr 40m from Interlaken to Innsbruck, 1hr 45m Innsbruck to Salzburg, and 2hr 20m Salzburg to Vienna. So Vienna might be possible, but in total you'll be spending quite a bit of time on trains.

You can check train schedules on oebb.at (switch to English at the top). For Switzerland: sbb.ch.

If you want to visit both Austria and Switzerland, I'd suggest flying open jaw. Munich is convenient to Innsbruck and Zurich is good for Interlaken.

I'd recommend more than 2 nights for most of your stops (2 nights really only gives you one day to explore). You could easily fill 5 days or more in the Interlaken area alone. Or since you have identified multiple places you'd like to visit in Western Austria, you might consider saving Switzerland for another time.

You are correct, that Vienna is not in the Alps. Vienna has some excellent museums, palaces, and other sites -- worth spending more than 2 or 3 days if you go. August in Vienna could be hot (also true of other cities not at high altitude).

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