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12 nights Austria Itinerary needed

Hi,
I am planning to visit Austria with my family 2 Adult and a child during the later part of May month.
I have heard of Innsbruck, Salzburg and Vienna as must to cover and am open for any changes. I tried to go through lot of posts in the forum, but got confused.
Can you help me with a perfect detailed itinerary for this with point of arrival and departure. Our interest is natures beauty and moderate tour of Palaces.
Also, is it possible to add a day trip to Budapest.
Is there option for good budget apartment/ cottage stays or Hotels will be best option.
Thanks for the nice forum with such detailed informations.
Manish

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Manish,

Rick Steves has an itinerary planning article published here. Buying his Austria guide also useful.

With 12 nights, I would allocate 3 or 4 to Vienna, and the same to Salzburg. We only spent 2 nights in Salzburg and wished we had stayed longer.

I think Budapest is a long shot for a day trip, but maybe you could allocate 3 nights to it for a decent visit.

3 nights Budapest

4 nights Vienna

3 nights Salzburg

2 nights Hallstatt perhaps?