Central Europe Tour: Germany, Prague & Austria

13 days – EUR 1,180.00 pp in dbl-room1
Berlin, Dresden, Praha, Wachau, Salzburg, Munich

In just 12 days you will experience several of central Europe' s most magnificent cities: Berlin, Dresden, Prague, Vienna, Salzburg and Munich. In Austria the tour stops at Dürnstein, an enchanting town on the Danube in the famous Wachau region, then continues on to the unforgettable Alpine landscapes of western Austria and Bavaria.


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1st day: Berlin

Central yet quiet: Art Nouveau hotel in Berlin
Central yet quiet: Art Nouveau hotel in Berlin
Where the cold war ended: Berlin, 9 November 1989
Where the cold war ended: Berlin, 9 November 1989
You arrive at the airport in Berlin.


Accommodation: A turn-of-the-century residence

2 Nights, Bed & Breakfast
The hotel is a tremendous value in the heart of Berlin. Its location on a quiet, tree-lined street just off the Kurfürstendamm couldnbe better. The five-story building, built around 1900 as a private residence, has a nostalgic, old-fashioned look with ornate designs on its cream-coloured facade, tall windows, romantic balconies edged with flowerboxes, and a large tree shading the entrance. You step inside to a hallway with a black-and-white marble floor, mirrored walls, and a vaulted ceiling. The rooms are spacious and nicely furnished in a traditional style with dark wooden furniture, pastel-coloured fabrics and lace curtains. Many of the rooms face onto the quiet courtyard.


Details: Berlin
Unlike other European capitals, Berlin is a young city that only grew in importance with the rise of Prussia to a European power in 1815. Yet there is hardly a city that affected - and was affected by - 20th century history more than Berlin. Brandenburg Gate, a neoclassical structure adorned by the Quadriga, was intended as a victory gate through which Prussian soldiers would return to Berlin after vanquishing their enemies. When Prussia was defeated by Napoleon only a few years after the gate's construction, the Quadriga was removed to Paris. After its return in 1914 it was considered a symbol of national destiny. The Nazis staged an eerie, torchlight procession through the gate after seizing power in 1933. Twelve years later the heavily damaged gate became one of the sector borders between East and West Berlin. The sealed gate was then a symbol of the Iron Curtain bisecting Europe from the Baltic Sea to the Mediterranean Sea. Fittingly, the Cold War ended with ecstatic celebrations on the wall around the Brandenburg Gate.
Map: 1st day: Berlin

3rd day: Dresden

Royal accommodations: A palace near Dresden
Royal accommodations: A palace near Dresden
Baroque city on the Elbe River: Dresden
Baroque city on the Elbe River: Dresden
Rental car pick-up
Type: VW Polo or similar
Pick-up location: Berlin Downtown

Through the Spreewald
Distance: 200 km Travel time: 2:30 h

For much of the trip south you will pass through the great forests of the Spreewald, an area designated a biosphere reserve by UNESCO in 1991. The language and customs of the Slavic tribes that originally inhabited the region have been largely preserved to the present day.

Accommodation: A palace hotel on the outskirts of Dresden

2 Nights, Bed & Breakfast
The family-run hotel is located on the grounds of Pillnitz Castle, the picturesque former residence of the Kings of Saxony. Guests can enjoy the tranquillity of this beautiful royal residence with its cultivated garden on the Elbe River and discover Dresden and its delightful surroundings from Pillnitz. The four-star hotel offers three suites and forty-two standard rooms. Trips to Dresden can be made by ferry (dock near the hotel), bicycle (bike rentals available), car or hotel shuttle.

 

Details: Dresden
The city known as the "Florence of the North" has had an eventful history. Today the political and culture capital of Saxony, Dresden was first mentioned in writing in 1206. The settlement remained relatively unimportant until the 15th century, when it became the capital of the key Protestant region within the Holy Roman Empire. After managing to survive the 30 Years' War relatively unscathed, Dresden burned to the ground in 1685. It was rebuilt in glorious fashion over the centuries that followed, which explains the abundance of Baroque architecture for which the city is famous. Most of these jewels remained intact throughout the 19th century and even escaped the widespread destruction that befell Germany during World War I. That changed with the controversial Bombing of Dresden in 1945, which left much of the city in ruins and made it a lasting symbol of the horrors of modern warfare. Today many of the historical landmarks have been rebuilt and the city has enjoyed a resurgence since German reunification. The reconstruction of the famous "Church of Our Lady" (Frauenkirche) was completed in 2005.
Map: 3rd day: Dresden

5th day: Praha

A green oasis above the rooftops of Prague
A green oasis above the rooftops of Prague
City of 100 Spires: Prague
City of 100 Spires: Prague
Into the Czech Republic
Distance: 150 km Travel time: 2:00 h

You will cross the border near the German city of Breitenau, about 35 km south of Dresden. Although the Czech Republic joined the EU in 2004, border controls remain in place, so all passengers should have their passports ready. After crossing the border you will enter Bohemia, a region historically settled by ethnic Germans that has been the object of much contention through the centuries.

Accommodation: A log house near downtown Prague

2 Nights, Bed & Breakfast
The oldest written report of this building dates from 1739. It was first referred to by its current name, the Sign of the Crayfish, in 1779. Although there were numerous timbered houses in Prague at the time, very few have survived to the present day, making this a truly unique historical landmark. The property was in a state of desolation when acquired by its present owner, Mr. Paul, in 1987. Since then the house at the Sign of the Crayfish has been brought back to life. Natural materials were used in the restoration, giving the property a pleasant, rustic feel. The mass of greenery and rippling water in the garden has a relaxing effect. Although the building serves as a hotel today, it is a very small one that harmonizes with its surroundings.


Details: Prague
Known as the "City of a Hundred Spires" and the "Golden City," the capital of the Czech Republic is considered one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. The entire old town was declared a World Heritage Site in 1992. An important trading centre since the 10th century, the city's rise to prominence began in the 14th century during the reign of Charles IV, who became King of Bohemia in 1346. The famous Charles Bridge and Charles University, the oldest university in central, northern and eastern Europe, bear his name. For most of its history up to World War II the city was populated by a mixture of Czech, German and Jewish citizens. Famous Germans who are associated with Prague include Albert Einstein, Franz Kafka (both also Jewish) and Rainer Marie Rilke.
Map: 5th day: Praha

7th day: Wachau

Idyllic location: A former monastery on the Danube
Idyllic location: A former monastery on the Danube
A place to relax: The monastery garden
A place to relax: The monastery garden
Stunning landscapes: Austria's Wachau region
Stunning landscapes: Austria's Wachau region
To Austria
Distance: 280 km Travel time: 4:30 h

You will first cut through the south-east section of Bohemia to Jihlava, an ancient mining town situated on the boundary between the regions of Bohemia and Moravia. From there you will head straight south to the Austria border, which you will cross near Slavonice. You should be prepared to show your passports at the border crossing.

Accommodation: A former monastery in Dürnstein

2 Nights, Bed & Breakfast
Richard the Lionheart, the legendary King of England, was abducted on his way home from a crusade in 1192 and held captive for a year in Dürnstein castle while his relatives desperately tried to raise the huge ransom demanded by Duke Leopold V of Austria.

Today he is proudly considered the foremost of Dürsteinprevious The inspiring views that he enjoyed involuntarily are now available to guests of the former monastery: the property overlooks one of the most beautiful stretches of river in Europe, in a region with a pleasant, sunny climate.

Details: Wachau
The region known as the Wachau occupies a 30 km strip of the Danube Valley between the cities of Krems and Melk. The area was named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2000 due to its natural beauty in harmony with its architectural landmarks, which include numerous castles, monasteries and ruins. Along this stretch the Danube flows through a narrow valley lined with terraced vineyards, historical towns and medieval villages. This is where many of Austria's most famous wines, including Grüner Veltliner, are produced.
Map: 7th day: Wachau

9th day: Salzburg

Peaceful oasis: A small luxury hotel in Salzburg
Peaceful oasis: A small luxury hotel in Salzburg
Between rolling hills and the Alps: Salzburg
Between rolling hills and the Alps: Salzburg
To the Alps
Distance: 240 km Travel time: 3:00 h

As you proceed eastwards from Lower Austria to Upper Austria you will move further and further into the shadow of the Alps. Just west of Linz you will pass Mauthausen, site of the largest concentration camp in Austria during WW II (now a museum). Before reaching Salzburg you will pass the town and lake of Mondsee, considered one of the most scenic locations in Upper Austria.

Accommodation: A quiet hotel near the city centre

2 Nights, Bed & Breakfast
The small 4-star hotel sits in a quiet residential neighbourhood just outside the Salzburg Old Town. Each of the 14 bedrooms is different from every other, all are exquisitely furnished with such features as Bang & Olufsen stereo and TV systems. Hosts Petra and Klaus take great care to ensure that the highest level of personal service is maintained at all times. They also happen to be the owners of one of the best restaurants in Salzburg, a circumstance that is reflected in the delicious buffet breakfast. Free parking is available - a luxury in itself in Salzburg.


Details: Salzburg
The city located at the northern boundary of the Alps is one the most beautiful in central Europe. The backdrop of the Alps to the south contrasts with the rolling plains to the north. The closest Alpine peak - the 1,972 m Untersberg - is only a few kilometres from the city centre. The inner city, or old town, is dominated by baroque towers and churches. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is Salzburg's most famous son. The houses where he was born and lived are popular tourist attractions. His family is buried in a small church graveyard in the old town, and there are many monuments to "Wolferl" in the city.
Map: 9th day: Salzburg

11th day: Munich

Next to Nymphenburg Palace: 19th century Villa
Next to Nymphenburg Palace: 19th century Villa
Baroque city: Munich
Baroque city: Munich
Via Chiemsee
Distance: 150 km Travel time: 2:00 h

You will cross the border into Germany just a few km outside of Salzburg. The short distance to be covered allows time for a stop at scenic Lake Chimsee. One of Ludwig the Mad's (Ludwig II) most spectacular projects after Neuschwanstein is located on the island of Herrenchiemsee: An opulent palace designed as a replica of the Palace of Versailles.
Rental car drop off
Drop off location: Munich, City/Downtown (Nymphenburger Str.)


Accommodation: A B&B at Nymphenburg Palace

2 Nights, Bed & Breakfast
The attractive Neo-Renaissance villa was built in 1886 next to the Nymphenburg Palace and park, one of the most famous sites in Munich. The 17th century palace, now open to the public, has played an important role in numerous historic events. The small, family-run hotel next door prides itself on its 23 individually designed bedrooms and friendly service. Bicycles are loaned for free, for example, and tickets for the local public transportation system for the ride downtown can be purchased at the reception desk. In spite of the quiet location, Germanylargest beer garden is just minutes away. The hotel staff will gladly provide restaurant recommendations and assist with the planning of local activities. Indeed, the little inn was recently named a Service Hotelby the travel website Venere. Free parking is available.


Details: Munich
Like many cities, Munich started out as a small town enclosed by a wall and then expanded beyond it. The 'inner city' occupies such a small area that most sites are close together and easy to visit. The closeness gives a sense of the original wall - in fact, the gates still remain. The River Isar flows through the city, which is very green for its size. The enormous English Garden is a park with a lake and beer garden (of course) and is well worth a visit. Munich has true continental weather, meaning very warm in the summer and very cold in the winter. The splendid Prealpine lakes are less than an hour's drive away to the south. Munich is much more than the venue for the Oktoberfest - it is the high-tech capital of Germany, where many international companies have their European headquarters. There is too much to see in just a few days: the German National Museum is only the most famous of the countless museums and galleries. Beautiful baroque churches and beer gardens abound.##ENDE##
Map: 11th day: Munich

Rental car

Rental car company: AVIS (Germany)
Type: VW Polo or similar (Group A)

Equipment: Air-conditioning, radio/CD, electric windows, manual shift

Max excess/deductible: EUR 800.00
AVIS
Services The price is per person based on two persons sharing a double room and includes accommodations (meals included as stated above) and rental car (if stated above).

USD 1,529.001
(EUR 1,180.00)1




The tour can begin on any date desired.
Best Travel Time:
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