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 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: Vienna Tram Tour & Free Vienna Walking Tour  (Stay in Vienna)
•Day 3: Melk & Hallstatt: 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: Hallstatt: 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: Salzburg: Take our Free Salzburg Walking Tour while mixing in Sound of Music Film Locations 1-8 (Stay in Salzburg)
•Day 6: Salzburg: Get up early to visit both the Hohenwerfen Fortress and the world’s largest ice caves inWerfen 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: Berchtesgadern: Although it’s actually just inside Germany, the border town of Berchtesgadern 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)

Additional Options:

Here are some additional options to in case you either travel at a faster pace to or want to swap out a day
Option 1: Innsbruck can be visited very easily, and has a few great sites like the Crystal Factory, but is mainly a winter destination for skiers and snow boarders.  Overall Innsbruck isn’t the most memorable city to dedicate 13% of your week to so here are some other options:
Option 2: Extra Day In Vienna if you are a huge museum buff you may want to use your float day to better fully explore the depths of Vienna’s great museums.  There are also a couple great castles located within an hour of Vienna.
Option 3: Munich is a very easy extra city to add to your trip as it’s only 90 minutes from either Salzburg or Berchtesgadern.  Munich is a great city to visit with a lot to do, however, it can be better experienced if you have 2-3 days so you can see Munich’s surrounding sites and Castles.
Option 4: Budapest can be reached on 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.  A lot of people like to take spend Day 3 in Budapest pushing the suggested Days 3-6 all back one day.  It involves getting up pretty early on Day 3 to get to Budapest and even earlier on your adjusted Day 4 to still squeeze in Melk, Mauthausen, & Hallstatt, but you can always take an extra nap on the train.