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switzerland vs germany and austria

hey all..
i am planning a trip in the third week of may from mumbai..
i am unable to decide whether to just visit switzerland or cover germany and austria together..
its gonna be a 12-14 days trip and i dont wanna rush..
should i do just switzerland...or should i visit germany and austria..
looking forward for ur inputs..
thanks...

Posted by
7327 posts

Since you mentioned it first do Switzerland
and try to include innsbrook and salzburg Austria

Posted by
22018 posts

There is no right or wrong answer to this question. In that amount of time you can see a little bit of each country, or you can see more on of two of them, or yet more of one. Of course, when you go to a different place, you must spend time on a bus or a train--time you cannot spend walking around up close to the places you want to see. But the Alpine scenery is gorgeous, so that bus or train time is not a loss.

Switzerland is much more expensive than Germany or Austria for just about everything, which for some people is a factor. Otherwise, I don't think there would be so many people who plan to just spend 3 to 6 days in Switzerland.

Posted by
703 posts

as mentioned Switzerland can be punishingly expensive. we also found that it was popular with people from india ( not sure why, maybe advertising) ? on our visit to mt titlis we were surrounded by Indian tourists and even the signage and food was for Indian tourists. go figure? ( mt titlis on a nice day was great, BTW)
by comparison austria and southern germany ( eg: the area near salzburg etc) can be much cheaper and still very scenic.
they are all great places, just don't let advertising etc influence you too much, ie: do things that you would like to do.

hope this helps.

Posted by
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thank you all for your replies...
i have to let u know that i have done some reading on switzerland..so i know that most of the travel can be done by train...
also thanks to the advertising i have some idea about the country..however, i have no idea about germany..

my idea for this holiday was to explore austria in 5-6 days and then relax in switzerland for 8-10 days...stay in small towns and just enjoy the view..take the scenic trains..
however, switzerland alone is very expensive and therefore i am unable to cover both switzerland and austria..
thats the reason i wanted to know if i can combine germany with austria..how is germany as a tourist destination..?? is it relaxing or the exploring type country..it seems like there's lots to explore and u cannot cover it alone by train as is the case for switzerland..
pls help me decide...