Fairy-tale castles, Alpine forests, storybook villages, Edelweiss, apple strudel, schnitzel…these are “a few of our favourite things”.
This tour begins in Germany’s fascinating capital - Berlin and ends in Austria’s iconic city - Salzburg. Along the way, we’ll experience spectacular scenery of jagged Alps, pristine valleys, rolling green pastures and mighty rivers, dotted with castles and idyllic medieval villages. On the modern side, we will ride some of the world’s most high-tech trains, and visit world-class cities and museums.
A highlight of this tour will be our participation in Munich’s Oktoberfest - the world’s largest funfair which features yodelling, men in lederhosen playing oompah music, and of course some of the world’s finest beer.
Our overnights will include the following cities:
Berlin – 4 nights. Perhaps the world’s most culturally “cool” city, reminiscent of New York in the 1980’s. Berlin is a haven for fashion, art and music, as well as world-class museums and galleries. While in Berlin we will visit the maritime heritage city of Hamburg by high-speed train, as well as Potsdam - the former residence of Prussian kings.
Leipzig (Saxony) - 2 nights. With links to Bach, Schubert, Mendelssohn, Martin Luther and Goethe, Leipzig is one of Germany’s great cultural centres. From here we will take a train excursion to Dresden - the capital of Saxony since the 15th century. Dresden features baroque splendour and an Old Town that has the city dubbed the “Florence on the Elbe".
Bad Worishofen – 3 nights. This spa town is known for its “Kneipp” water therapy, and is our base for visiting Munich and Oktoberfest! From here we will also visit the fairytale castle of “Mad” King Ludwig II, “Neuschwanstein” - the model for Disney’s Cinderella castle.
Salzburg – 3 nights. The birthplace of Mozart and the setting for “The Sound of Music”. This fairytale city has some of Europe’s best preserved medieval architecture in its old town, and in the surrounding Salzkammergut region we’ll see castles reflected in water, snow-capped Alpine mountains, flower-strewn valleys and cool blue lakes.
***Those joining any of our tours to Europe must be able to walk fairly long distances and climb stairs easily.