10 days in Austria & Croatia Itinerary

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Salzburg, Austria
— 2 nights
Zagreb, Croatia
— 2 nights
Vienna, Austria
— 5 nights


Salzburg, Austria — 2 nights

Rome of the North

Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
On the 2nd (Sat), examine the collection at Red Bull Hangar-7, make a trip to Salzburger Altstadt, then admire the striking features of Salzburg Cathedral, then step into the grandiose world of Fortress Hohensalzburg, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter's Abbey (Stift St. Peter). On the 3rd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Salzburg Museum, shop like a local with Getreidegasse, explore the galleries of Mozarts Geburtshaus, steep yourself in history at Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus), then stroll the grounds of Cemetery of St. Sebastian (Friedhof St. Sebastian), and finally don't miss a visit to Mirabell Palace.

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

Washington DC, USA to Salzburg is an approximately 13-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 6 hour difference. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Washington DC in January: highs in Salzburg hover around 39°F, while lows dip to 26°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can drive to Zagreb.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping
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Zagreb, Croatia — 2 nights

Little Vienna

Zagreb boasts a combination of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture, but it is beloved for its outdoor cafe culture.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Mon): take a stroll through Upper Town (Gornji Grad), examine the collection at Museum of Broken Relationships, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Mark's Church, and finally stroll around Zrinjevac. On the 5th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, admire the striking features of Cathedral of the Assumption, then don't miss a visit to Tkalciceva Street, then get a taste of the local shopping with Dolac Market, and finally see the interesting displays at Zagreb 80's Museum.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Zagreb online trip planner.

You can drive from Salzburg to Zagreb in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a train. In January, daytime highs in Zagreb are 41°F, while nighttime lows are 26°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Vienna.
Historic Sites · Tours · Neighborhoods · Parks
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Vienna, Austria — 5 nights

City of Dreams

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.
Vienna is known for historic sites, museums, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at Belvedere Palace, get a sense of history and politics at Rathaus, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Schönbrunn Zoo, and get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum (Naturhistorisches Museum).

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Vienna online driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Zagreb to Vienna in 4 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. In January in Vienna, expect temperatures between 38°F during the day and 27°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.
Museums · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks
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Austria travel guide

Castles · Art Museums · Architectural Buildings
Situated in the Central European Alps, Austria combines an alluring bundle of elegant urban architecture, cultural centers, and dramatic landscapes. This German-speaking country of 8.5 million residents is known for its rich history, dating back to the Hapsburg Empire, as well as its art, music, and scenery. Along with the neighboring country of Switzerland, Austria serves as the winter sports capital of Europe and is home to some of the continent's most popular ski resorts. This landlocked nation draws visitors from across the globe to its mountains, historical villages, and culturally rich cities. Experience trekking in the Alps one day and drinking regional wine at a crowded pub after a day of sightseeing in the capital Vienna the next.

Croatia travel guide

Historic Walking Areas · Landmarks · National Parks
Once situated on the edge of empires between the Balkans and Central Europe, Croatia represents a land of great natural diversity and rich cultural heritage. Croatian cultural tourism relies on the charming juxtaposition of contrasts. Venetian palaces sit next to Napoleonic forts, Viennese mansions face Socialist Realist sculpture, and early Slavic churches built on the sites of ancient Roman settlements offer countless sightseeing opportunities. Croatia's museums present the main stages of the history of Europe. The country's sapphire seawater and long coastline speckled with islands draws visitors, as do numerous nature reserves, marinas, ancient fortified towns, and sandy and rocky beaches. In recent years, Croatia's shoreline has become a famed center for nautical tourism and naturism, and is a promising diving destination. Hikers explore outdoor landscapes of canyons, underground grottoes, dramatic waterfalls, stony peaks, and scenic lakes of the Dinaric Alps, which hug the coastline. Inland areas showcase mountain resorts, national parks, pine forests, vineyards, and spas.