10 days in Austria & Croatia Itinerary

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Salzburg, Austria
— 2 nights
Zagreb, Croatia
— 3 nights
Vienna, Austria
— 4 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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): steep yourself in history at Salzburger Altstadt, admire the striking features of Salzburg Cathedral, then explore the historical opulence of Fortress Hohensalzburg, then contemplate the long history of Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus), and finally get great views at MoenchsbergAufzug. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Red Bull Hangar-7, take in the awesome beauty at Untersberg, steep yourself in history at Mozarts Geburtshaus, get a taste of the local shopping with Getreidegasse, then take in nature's colorful creations at Mirabell Palace, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Cemetery of St. Sebastian (Friedhof St. Sebastian).

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Salzburg online route planner.

Washington, USA to Salzburg is an approximately 15-hour flight. Traveling from Washington to Salzburg, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. March in Salzburg sees daily highs of 51°F and lows of 33°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Zagreb.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature
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Zagreb, Croatia — 3 nights

Little Vienna

Zagreb boasts a combination of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture, but it is beloved for its outdoor cafe culture.
Zagreb is known for sightseeing, museums, and fun & games. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, don't miss a visit to Tkalciceva Street, stop by Upper Town (Gornji Grad), and meet the residents at Maksimir.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Zagreb trip itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Salzburg to Zagreb by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train. When traveling from Salzburg in April, plan for somewhat warmer days in Zagreb, with highs around 66°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can go by car to Vienna.
Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Tours
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Vienna, Austria — 4 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: step into the grandiose world of Schonbrunn Palace, examine the collection at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Schönbrunn Zoo, and admire the landmark architecture of Belvedere Palace.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Vienna attractions site.

You can drive from Zagreb to Vienna in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Zagreb in April, expect nights in Vienna to be about the same, around 42°F, while days are little chillier, around 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.
Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums
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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.