Best Of Austria In 1 Week
Best Of Austria In 1 Week

Best 1 Week Itinerary for Austria:

Itineraries for Vienna really depend on how many palaces and museums you want to see, but a short trip should at least cover the best sights.  We’ve put together a few options to help you decide and better divide your time.  The suggestions we’ve come up with are from our own first-hand experiences.

One thing to note on our suggested itinerary for one week in Austria is that you will have flexibility with your flights and will not be limited to round trip to and from Vienna.  Salzburg has its own airport for inter-Europe destinations but Innsbruck and Munich also have their own busy international Airport.

At just 2 hours by train from Salzburg, it can be easier (an often cheaper) to fly into Vienna but then fly home out of Munich after finishing your visit in the city of Mozart.  Other major airports including Prague and Budapest are only a 3-4 hour train ride from Vienna and worth a stop (see info below), so make sure you turning over all the rocks to find a great flight deal.

Related: Itineraries For Salzburg

Related: Itineraries For Vienna

One Week In Austria:

With just a 1 day itinerary in Vienna, you are going to have a fairly long, but easy paced day to see all the main sights.  To save some stress start at Schönbrunn Palace as soon as possible to make sure you fit it in and avoid the crowds.  After your tour take the subway over to the Opera to start our Old Town Self-Guided Walking Tour of all the core sights.  If you are looking to fit in the amazing Museum Quartier keep in mind it is closed on Mondays, is open til 6pm most days but stays open until 9pm on Thursdays.  Even if it is too late to tour the inside of the first few Ring Tram stops you can at least check out the great exteriors to end your evening.  We have fit the Palace, Old Town Walk, and the full Tram Tour all into one long day.

•Day 1: Vienna (Stay In Vienna): Vienna Tram Tour & Free Vienna Walking Tour  (Stay in Vienna)
•Day 2: Day Trip From Vienna (Stay In Vienna): Schönbrunn Palace, Belvedere Palace & Other Additional Attractions (Stay in Vienna)
•Day 3: Vienna (Stay In Vienna): Leaving Vienna in the morning will make it easy to visit Melk & Mauthausen Concentration Camp on your way to Hallstatt.  Once in Hallstatt, we suggest touring the Salt Mines if you get to town before they close and fitting a couple stops from the Hallstatt Free Walking Tour if you’re not too tired.  (Stay in Hallstatt)
•Day 4: Salzburg (Stay In Salzburg): On Day 2 in Hallstatt enjoy the sunrise over the Halstatt Sea and take in a morning stroll before touring the Ice Caves & 5 Fingers.  After returning down the mountain, make sure to check out any stops remaining on the Hallstatt Free Walking Tour.  (Stay in Salzburg)
•Day 5: Hallstatt (Stay In Salzburg): Take our Free Salzburg Walking Tour while mixing in Sound of Music Film Locations 1-8 (Stay in Salzburg)
•Day 6: Salzburg (Stay In Salzburg): Get up early to visit both the Hohenwerfen Fortress and the world’s largest ice caves in Werfen south of Salzburg.  This side trip will take 5-6 hours round trip and on the way back make sure to check out the Sound of Music Movie Locations 9-12 which are just south of town.  (Stay in Salzburg)
•Day 7: Berchtesgaden -or- Werfen (Stay In Salzburg): Although it’s actually just inside Germany, the border town of Berchtesgaden is a must while in Salzburg for a couple days. It’s only a 45 min ride by either train or bus south of Salzburg and will give you a great old world/small town feel with unbeatable alpine views. (Stay in Salzburg)

With 10 Days In Austria:

An alternative way to maximize your 10 days in Austria is to push leaving Vienna for Salzburg back by one day to fit in a Danube River cruise before finishing your last two days in Innsbruck.

•Days 1-3: Vienna Area (Stay In Vienna): See above
•Alternative Day 4:
Danube River Cruise (Stay In Vienna): Take a day trip as a cruise down the Danube to the Wachau Valley and Melk Abbey before returning to Vienna in the evening.
•Days 5-8: Salzburg Area (Stay In Salzburg): See our Salzburg itinerary above
•Day 9: Innsbruck (Stay In Innsbruck): L
•Day 10: Innsbruck (Stay In Innsbruck): L

Branching Out With 10 Days In Austria:

One of the greatest things about visiting the centrally located Austria is how easy it is to combo your stay with stops in some of Europes other great nearby cities.  Cities like Prague, Munich, and Budapest are all within a couple hours of either Vienna or Salzburg and make for a great 3-day addition to our suggested itinerary for one week in Austria.

You could even get creative with it by flying into Prague, working through Vienna and Salzburg, then fly home out of Munich for an amazing 2 weeks with little to no wasted time backtracking.  Below are the three best add-ons for our suggested itinerary for one week in Austria in surrounding countries without needing a flight or night train.

•Days 1-3: Prague (Stay In Prague): Prague is the best Medieval city to visit in Europe and only a 4-hour train ride from Vienna making it easy to add to the front of the trip.  You’ll be able to easily fill your time walking the historic Old Town, to Prague Castle towering above the Little Quarter, a couple Medieval dinners, and time around tVltavaava River and Charles Bridge.  Itineraries For Prague.
•Days 8-10: Munich (Stay In Munich): Munich is a very easy extra city to add to your trip as it’s only 90 minutes from either Salzburg.  Munich is a great city to visit with a lot to do over 2-3 days.  You’ll be able to explore the beautiful city center, join in at the fun at Germany’s best beer halls, and relax in a beer garden.  We would also highly suggest using the middle day to take a side trip to Europe’s best fairytale castle Neuschwanstein Castle (book 3-7 days ahead) in Fussen.  Itineraries For Munich.
•Days 1-3: Budapest (Stay In Budapest): Just a 3-hour train ride from Vienna and is a great place to visit if you’re willing to push your float day earlier into your trip.  Itineraries For Budapest.