Innsbruck with the Annasäule and the Karwendel Mountains

Grand Austria Tour: Vienna, Graz, Salzburg & Innsbruck

Experience all four corners of Austria: This comprehensive tour is a perfect introduction to the country's incredible variety of sites and landscapes. You will experience the lush plains of Lower Austria and the Danube Valley, the rolling hills of pre-Alpine Styria, and the towering Peaks of the Upper Austrian Alps, including the Großglockner, Austria's highest mountain. Additional stops in Italy, Switzerland or Germany could be easily added.

This trip will be customized according to your wishes.


Arrival in Wien

23 km | 27 minutes


Nostalgic cosmopolitan city with an imperial past

The city on the Danube, which is situ­ated at the crossroads of the trans­port routes from the Baltic to the Adri­atic and from southern Germany to the Great Hungarian Plain, is much more than the capital of Austria.

For many centuries Vienna was the center of a powerful empire covering much of south­east Europe, the seat of the powerful Habsburg Monarchy which ruled from the Middle Ages to the fall of the Austro-Hungarian Empire in 1918.The city's illus­trious past is reflected in its stately palaces and other majestic landmarks along the ring surrounding the old town, such as the Staatsoper (state opera) and the ducal Hofburg. Today Vienna, former capital of the former multi­na­tional state, is a modern, cosmopol­itan city with a touch of nostalgia for the glorious days of old. It is still the mecca of clas­sical music with the world's largest music conser­vatory, the most famous concert halls with count­less music events each year.

Accommodation: A quiet residence outside the Ring

2 Nights | 1x Double Occupancy | Bed & Breakfast

The small hotel with 26 bedrooms is imbued with home­like atmo­sphere rarely found in a commer­cial estab­lish­ment.

This is not due to chance: It was the inten­tion of owner Otto Wiesenthal from the start to provide guests with an extra measure of hospitality. Before opening his hotel in 1991, Herr Wiesenthal was in the computer busi­ness, where his unpleasant expe­r­i­ences with imper­sonal hotels inspired him to create an inn where guests are welcomed as friends. Located on a quiet side street outside the Inner Ring, the hotel is a 15-minute walk to the heart of Vienna. A staircase leads up one level to the recep­tion area. The recep­tion staff will gladly assist with sightseeing plans, dinner reser­va­tions and tickets for events. On the same floor there is a cozy lounge with an open fireplace, which is a popular meeting point for regular guests and local artists and musi­cians.

Guided Tour (OPTIONAL)

Guided tour Vienna(2 hours, german)

Dr. Marco Pongratz-Lippitt is a knowl­edge­able city guide who brings Vienna's history and present to life with light-footed and profound humour.

Large connec­tions become visible without getting lost in details. Together with him one walks for a few hours on side paths through the Danube metropolis and sees beside the important sights like the Hofburg, the Stephansdom and the city centre also some hidden, enchanting inner court­yards.


Resi­dence of the Habsburgs
For six centuries, from the 13th century to 1918, the Vienna Hofburg was the resi­dence of the Habsburgs. The Hofburg grew with the rise of the noble family from a small country nobility to Europe's leading dynasty. In the beginning there was a small castle. In the end, it had 2,500 rooms. In addi­tion there is the Winter Riding School, where the Lipizzaner horses train, the National Library with a magnif­i­cent domed hall, the Museum of Art History and the seat of the Federal Pres­i­dent. A large part of the Hofburg is open to the public.


Very high end: Splendid boul­evard
In 1857, Emperor Franz ordered the old fortifica­tions to be razed. In its place, a magnif­i­cent boul­evard was built around historic Vienna, which leads to the Danube at both ends. The almost 5 km long road is lined by public and private build­ings, which try to surpass each other in splendor, pomp and pathos. The build­ings imitate earlier style epochs, from Greek antiq­uity to Gothic cathedrals and the Renais­sance. The ring road was inau­gu­rated in 1865. Today it is regarded as a complete work of art, which is unique in the world.

Sigmund Freud Museum

Where psycho­anal­ysis was invented.
The museum is located at Berggasse 19, where Sigmund Freud lived and worked for 47 years. In his study he wrote the majority of his writ­ings, which are an integral part of the intel­lectual history of the 20th century. When the family moved in in 1891, the house was a new building. After the transfer of power to the Nazis in 1939, the seri­ously cancer-ill founder of psycho­anal­ysis had to emigrate to London. Orig­inal pieces from Freud's posses­sion can be seen in the museum as well as the waiting room of the practice and some pieces from Freud's exten­sive collec­tion of antique works of art, mainly small statues. Most of the earlier furni­ture with the famous couch, however, is in today's Freud Museum in London, where Anna Freud lived until her death in 1982.

Rental car pick-up

Rental car pick-up
Broker: Sunny Cars GmbH
Company: Buchbinder
Vehicle: Opel Astra or similar (CBMR)
Loca­tion: Vienna Airport (Desk at Airport)

From Wien to Graz

207 km | 2:30 h
If time allows you should take the scenic route called “Castle Road” (Schlösser­straße). Sites along the route include Festenburg Castle and Hartberg Castle.


Sophis­ticated health resort on the Semmering Pass
At the summit of the Semmering Pass at an alti­tude of 985 metres there is a sophis­ticated climatic health resort. In the 19th century Semmering became a popular holiday destina­tion for the “fine society” of Vienna. In the Südbahnhotel from 1882 or the Kurhaus from 1909 the nobility met, among them Emperor Karl I and his son Otto. But artists such as Oskar Kokoschka and Karl Kraus also shook hands here. From 1854 the Semmer­ingbahn was a magnet for visitors. The first mountain railway in Europe leads through 15 tunnels and crosses 16 adventurous viaducts.


Baroque jewel in Styria

The capital of Styria is situ­ated on the River Mur at the point where it leaves a narrow valley and flows into the fertile plains of Lower Styria.

Schlossberg Castle, a partially preserved fortress perched on a hill in the center of the city, was never captured by an invading army and is therefore listed in the Guin­ness Book of Records as history's strongest fortress. The main sites in the old town huddled at the bottom of the hill are the Gothic cathedral, the Jesuit Univer­sity, a castle complex called the “Burg”, and the Clock Tower – the city's most famous landmark. The entire Baroque inner city was named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1999. The most popular site in Graz is Schloss Eggenberg, a Baroque palace with an English park that is home to a flock of peacocks. Thanks to its geograph­ical loca­tion south of the Alps, the city named Europe's Culture Capital in 2003 enjoys a partially Mediterranean climate.

Accommodation: A guesthouse in the heart of Graz

2 Nights | 1x Double Occupancy | Bed & Breakfast

The inn with 27 lovingly furnished guest rooms is located on Lendplatz in the heart of Graz with a view of the Schlossberg.

There is also an apart­ment with living area, kitch­enette and large terrace. In the morning, a Breakfast buffet with mainly local prod­ucts from regional partners is served. In the restau­rant you can enjoy orig­inal Styrian home cooking as well as tradi­tional Austrian cuisine. Numerous cafés and the old town are within walking distance.

Open Air Museum Stübing

Alpine life 300 years ago
The Austrian Open Air Museum is located in Stübing in Styria. With its approx­i­mately one hundred objects it belongs to the largest museums of its kind in Europe. Old farm­houses, mills and charcoal kilns have been collected from all over Austria. Similar to the actual east-west spread of Austria, the 60 hectares museum also extends from east to west, enabling an emula­tion visit, – from the reed-covered build­ings in the Burgen­land to the alpine huts in the Bregenz Forest.

From Graz to Heil­i­genblut

293 km | 4:00 h

West of Klagenfurt you will pass a scenic Alpine lake called Wörthersee. The surface temper­a­ture of the lake reaches an amazing 28° C (82° F) in the summer.

If you're not bothered by the crowds of tourists in Velden, you may want to stop for a walk, swim or boatride. At Villach you will head northwest and begin the climb into the mountains.


High mountain region in Austria
The word Tauern orig­inally meant “high cross­ings” (passes) in the Austrian Central Alps. This meant the many mule trails over the 120 km long and up to 3798 m high main ridge. The Hohe Tauern are the geograph­ical center of the Eastern Alps. In the north they are bordered by the Salzach, in the south by the Drau. Here are the highest mountains in Austria, including the Grossvenediger and the Gross­glockner. The Hohe Tauern National Park is the largest in the Alps, covering over 1,800 square kilome­ters.


Outdoor paradise
With its landscape of shimmering lakes and crystal-clear streams, imposing mountain massifs and flow­ering alpine meadows, Austria's south­ernmost province presents itself with enor­mous change­a­bility. In spring and autumn it is a paradise for hikers, in summer it is a bathing destina­tion and in winter it is a popular skiing area. Klagenfurt am Wörthersee is the state capital and, with a popu­la­tion of just over 100,000, the largest city in the state.

Bene­dic­tine Market in Klagenfurt

Weekly market with food from all over Carinthia
The most important weekly market in the area is an expe­r­i­ence for all the senses. The place is bustling when farmers from Carinthia, Friuli and Slovenia offer their prod­ucts on Thursday and Saturday from 6:30 am to 1:30 pm. An abun­dance of delicious food is on offer at this market in the center of Klagenfurt. There are count­less opportu­ni­ties for a chat over a cup of coffee or a bite to eat. General shopping in the two halls of the Bene­dic­tine market is possible every day from 6:30 am to 6:00 pm (Wednesday until 1.45 pm). Every Friday a market with prod­ucts from organic farms is held here, also in the time of 6:30 am to 1:30 pm.

Großglockner Upper Alpine Road

Panorama road on Glockner Massif

The Upper Alpine Road (Hochalpens­traße) that begins in Heil­i­genblut at the foot of the Groß­glockner is one of the most magnif­i­cent mountain stretches in the world.

The 22 km long highway leads through the Glockner Massif up to a height of over 2,500 m (8,200 ft.). Although the route around Austria's highest mountain was already used by the Romans, the road wasn't built until the 1930s. Today most traffic across the Austrian Alps uses other passes, leaving this route rela­tively quiet. Car parks are present at most view­points from which marked hiking paths lead off into the mountain terrain. In good weather a trip along a side road called “Glacier Road” (Gletsch­er­s­traße) is a must.

Accommodation: A former mountain farmhouse

2 Nights | 1x Double Occupancy | Bed & Breakfast

Today the 400-year-old farm­house above Heil­i­genblut is a small chalet hotel that can accommo­date up to 35 guests.

With its heavy wooden ceiling beams in the bedrooms and open fireplace in the rustic restau­rant, the prop­erty has lost none of its historic flair. The restau­rant special­izes in tradi­tional Austrian cuisine. A Turkish steam bath and a fitness room are also avai­l­able. Although the inn with views of the Großglockner is espe­cially popular among winter sports enthu­siasts, the calmer summer months are ideal for relaxing or hiking on the numerous marked paths in the Großglockner National Park. Those who prefer to travel by car can take a scenic drive to the Großglockner Glacier.


Cultural center of East Tyrol at the foot of the Lienz Dolomites
The town with 11,000 inhab­i­tants is the cultural center of East Tyrol. It lies at the foot of the Lienz Dolomites, where the Isel and Drau Rivers flow together and form a large estuary basin. A special feature of the old town is the Gothic St. Andrä church, which is consid­ered to be one of the most important build­ings in East Tyrol. West of the city lies the Bruck Castle. This Habsburg castle from the 13th century now houses a local history museum.


Cable car ride to the glacier
At the northern end of the pano­ramic road lies Kaprun in the Hohe Tauern National Park. Several cable cars lead over the glacier onto the Kitzsteinhorn, a free standing mountain with magnif­i­cent views in the Gross­glockner massif . The glacier railway Kaprun 2 has been closed since a fire broke out on 11 November 2000. However, since then several cable­ways have opened. There is a viewing deck on the station’s roof – at 3 029 meters above sea level.

From Heil­i­genblut to Völs am Schlern

192 km | 3:30 h

The route follows one of the most beau­tiful stretches in the Alps. After crossing the border to Italy just past Sillian you will enter the Dolomites.

A partic­u­larly scenic route is a side road Cortina d'Ampezzo, site of the 1956 Winter Olympics. It will take you to the Three Peaks of Lavaredo, the most famous forma­tion in the Dolomites, then to Monto Cristallo and through the Misu­rina Pass. You will then travel through the magnif­i­cent Passo Gardena (12% incline) leading to the rugged Gardena Valley.


Outdoor paradise in the Southern Alps
The legendary Dolomites are part of the Southern Alps and some of the most depicted mountains ever. Due to their special (dolomite) rock they are pale in color and bizarrely shaped. The highest mountain and only glacier is the Marmo­lada with 3,342 meters. The orig­inal Ladin popu­la­tion has been largely displaced by the Bavar­ians and Ital­ians. In the province of Bolzano (formerly South Tyrol) the centuries long influ­ence of Austria can be felt signif­icantly while Trento and Belluno were predom­inantly under Italian influ­ence. An abun­dance of trails and huts opens up the Dolomites to hikers. If possible, you should avoid the main holiday periods.

The Three Peaks of Lavaredo

Striking symbol of the Dolomites
This striking massif in the Sexten Dolomites has become the most famous landmark in the Dolomites. At 2,999 meters, the “Big Peak” was first climbed in 1869. Even today, the peaks are still very popular among climbers. The easiest objec­tive to reach is the Auronzo hut, the Rifugio Auronzo (2,320 m), directly south of the massif on the Forcella di Longeres, which can be reached by cable car from the vaca­tion town of Misu­rina.


Cultural landscape in the shadow of the Sesto Dolomites
While gentle meadows, forests and sun-drenched plateaus char­ac­terize the lower Puster Valley, the Hoch­pustertal is partic­u­larly known for the rugged peaks of the Sesto Dolomites. Above all, of course, the Three Peaks. The landmark of the Dolomites is equally popular with photog­ra­phers and hikers. For those who find the hikes too stren­uous, many cable cars are avai­l­able, leading to look­outs and summits. Even Gustav Mahler appre­ciated the beauty of the Dolomites. He spent the summer months from 1908 to 1910 in his composing cottage in Toblach, where every summer the Gustav Mahler Music Weeks take place in his honor.


Baroque town at the edge of the Dolomites

The capital of the province of Bolzano-Bozen has a dist­inctly Austrian flavor. It is situ­ated in a narrow valley which was once the crossroad of several ancient trading routes.

While the baroque city center clearly shows that the region belonged to Austria for centuries, modern Bolzano repre­sents an inter­esting mixture of German and Italian culture. The landscape is dominated by the fascinating Dolomites, which rise majes­tically to the east creating bizarre forma­tions. Huddled at the foot of the mountains is Caldaro al Lago. The warmest lake in the Alps is surrounded by vine­yards for the produc­tion of red wine.

Accommodation: A hotel at the foot of the Dolomites

2 Nights | 1x Double Occupancy | Bed & Breakfast

The family-run 4-star hotel in Völs am Schlern, at the foot of the Dolomites, is a place of contrasts and perfect symbiosis at the same time: behind the historic walls of the former resi­dence of Baron von Colonna from the 13th century, hides modern design.

The rooms and suites are indi­vid­u­ally furnished – tradi­tional or modern, but always stylish – and are partly located in the adjoining building, the Kraiter­haus. The staff is atten­tive and spoils the guests with South Tyrolean hospitality. Art lovers will appre­ciate the hotel's private art collec­tion with works by Picasso, Kokoschka or Dix. The well­ness area with sauna, fitness room and pool as well as a salt cave complete the pallette of services. The award-winning restau­rant serves regional dishes and a large selec­tion of South Tyrolean wines.

South Tyrolean Archae­o­log­ical Museum

The story of Ötzi, the mummy from the glacier
The Bolzano Munic­ipal Museum is currently the home of the exhibit “The Man from Hauslabjoch”- better known as “Ötzi.” The mummy was discov­ered protruding through the ice in a glacier in the Ötztal Alps in 1992. A public pros­e­cutor was initially brought in because of the mummy's head injuries. The case was closed, however, when a forensic examiner deter­mined that the body was 5,300 years old! Of partic­ular interest is the life-like Ötzi recon­struc­tion based on 3D images of the mummy.

From Bolzano to St. Magdalena

Stroll through the old town and the vine­yards
This short walk will take you through the old town and along the Talfer toward St. Peter. From there, you will pass through vine­yards on your way to St. Magdalena. This is where the high-quality St. Magdalener Clas­sico wine is produced, which you can try for your­self in the Eberle restau­rant in St. Magdalena.

By cable car to Kohlern

Relaxa­tion, sun and a magnif­i­cent view of the Dolomites
At an eleva­tion of 1,100 meters, this mountain village is an oasis of tranquility perched high above the city of Bolzano. It includes two hamlets, Bauernkohlern and Herrenkohlern, which each have their own small church. They can be reached from Bolzano via a cable car consid­ered to be the oldest in the world. There is an obser­va­tion tower close to the upper station from which you can see as far as the Dolomites – even all the way to Ortler. You also have the option of walking to Titschen (1,616 m), which is the highest point in the munic­ipal district of Bolzano. Here you will find a lookout post and the “Weihbrun­nenstoan,” a trough in the rock that is always filled with water without being fed by a stream. (1:30 hrs, 3.8 km, eleva­tion gain: 479 m)

To the castles of Eppan

Romantic ruins with a sprawling view
This loop trail starts at Korb castle and leads to the striking castle ruins of Hocheppan and Boymont. Along the way, there are a number of over­looks offering a view of the vast Bozen Valley. (1:45 hrs, 5 km, eleva­tion change: 210 m)

From Völs am Schlern to Innsbruck

129 km | 2:30 h

The quickest route leads through the Brenner Pass, the most important north-south connec­tion in the Alps. Those wishing to avoid the heavy traffic on the Brenner Motorway can take a scenic detour through the Özttal Alps via Meran and the Passo del Rombo.

Vast mountain meadows, deep gorges, waterfalls and glaciers lie along the route.



The only big city in the Alps

The capital of Tyrol is located in the Inn Valley at the junc­tion of the north-south route connecting Germany to Italy with the east-west route between Switz­er­land and Vienna.

The only major city in the Alps has a medieval city center with narrow alleys and numerous exam­ples of Gothic archi­tec­ture, the most famous of which is the house with the Golden Roof (Gold­enes Dachl). The city, which has twice hosted the Winter Olympics (1964, 1976), is famous for its scenic setting amid soaring Alpine peaks such as the Karwendel mountain range in the north and the Lanser heads as well as the Patscherkofel – a popular skiing terrain – in the south-east, where a cable car leads to the summit also during the summer months.

Accommodation: A historical downtown hotel

2 Nights | 1x Double Occupancy | Bed & Breakfast

The old double eagle coat of arms of the Astro-Hungarian Empire still hangs above the entrance to the histor­ical guest­house.

In the 15th century the stalls of Emperor Maxi­m­ilian I (known as the Knightstood on the site. The stalls were replaced by a patri­cian villa in the 17th century that has now served as an inn for nearly 500 years. Since its recent resto­ra­tion the hotel has been awarded a 4-star rating. No two rooms in the building are alike, and most are deco­rated in accordance with a specific theme, such as the Sissi Room named after the Austrian Princess or the Castle Room. The area of the building that contains the hotel restau­rant was once part of a neighbouring monastery. The restau­rant, one of the best in Innsbruck, also has a proud, 500-year tradi­tion. A well­ness and massage centre is also avai­l­able to guests.


Quaint farm­houses in the shadow of the Zugspitze
The town dates back to the Roman route station “Partanum” on the Via Claudia. In 1361 it gained in importance when it became the offi­cial resting station on the trade route from Augsburg to Italy. Quaint farm­houses are found espe­cially in Garmisch. Southwest lies the Zugspitze – the highest mountain in Germany at 2,964 meters – and its top can be reached by cable car! The famous Bene­dic­tine Abbey from 1330 is located 15 kilome­ters north in Ettal.

Tyrolean Folk Art Museum

Collec­tion on the cultural history of Tyrol
As early as 1888, the Tyrolean Trade Asso­cia­tion had decided to open a “Trade Museum”. The tradi­tional Tyrolean crafts­man­ship was threat­ened by indus­trial­i­sa­tion at that time. The collec­tion initially concen­trated on hand­i­crafts. Over the years, the collec­tion was expanded to include other themes, before the Tyrol state took over the museum from the Tyrolean Trade Asso­cia­tion in 1926. Since its reopening in 1929, the museum has been inspiring count­less locals and visitors.

Golden Roof

Former resi­dence of the Tyrolean sovereigns
The late Gothic bay window is located in the old town of Innsbruck and bears its name because of the 2,657 fire-gilded copper shin­gles on the roof. The magnif­i­cent house was built in 1420 as the resi­dence of the Tyrolean sovereigns. However, the magnif­i­cent dungeon was only added 80 years later on behalf of the then German King Maxi­m­ilian I.. In 1536 the leader of the Tyrolean Anabaptist move­ment, Jakob Hutter, was burned alive on the square in front of the Golden Roof. Many of his followers then emigrated to America and founded several commu­ni­ties in Penn­sylvania, where they are still called Hutterer today and live a tradi­tional, pre-indus­trial lifestyle. Today the Golden Roof houses a museum.

Around the Patscherkofel

Sun terrace with glacier view
The circular hike around the Patscherkofel offers magnif­i­cent views of the Viggartal, the Viggar­spitze and the Glungezer. The first section leads from the mountain station of the Kofelbahn along the Zirbenweg past the Boschebenhütte to the Hochmahdalm. Here you can stop for refresh­ments on the sun terrace with a fantastic view of the Stubai Glacier. (return: 5.5 kilome­ters, 2 hours, up and down: 250 meters)

From Innsbruck to Salzburg

170 km | 3:00 h
You will follow the course of the River Inn to Kufstein, then cont­inue east on the German Alpine Road (“deutsche Alpenstraße”) with its magnif­i­cent views of the Bavarian and Austrian Alps.

Upper Bavaria

“The true Bavaria” between the Alps and the Danube
Upper Bavaria is consid­ered to be the real Bavaria, the borders of which have changed several times over the centuries and have not taken tribal or language borders into account. In partic­ular, there is no specific Upper Bavarian dialect. The term “Oberbayern” first appeared in 1255 and today Upper Bavaria is only one of several admin­is­tra­tive districts in Bavaria, bordering the Upper Palatinate to the east, Franconia to the north and Swabia to the west. Because of its natural beauty and cultural attrac­tions, the region between the Danube and the Alps attracts many visitors from Germany and abroad.

Zillertal Railway

Travel like over 100 years ago
The Zillertal valley has been crossed by a railroad line between Jenbach and Mayrhofen for over 100 years. Construc­tion began in 1900 and the line and all its sections have been in oper­a­tion since July 31, 1902. At the beginning, the oper­ating company owned two steam locomo­tives, ten passenger cars and 22 freight cars. Nowa­days, the line is used mainly for local tourist traffic. In addi­tion to several modern trains, various oper­able steam locomo­tives also traverse the picturesque valley and, as nostalgic slow trains, convey the travel feeling of a bygone era.


From the life of the wood­cutters in Chiemgau
The small town in the valley of the Weißen Traun has been the most popular holiday resort in the Chiemgau Alps for over a hundred years. This is mainly due to the parish church of St. George, which, with the Ruhlpoldinger Madonna from 1230, is consid­ered the most beau­tiful village church in Upper Bavaria. The local museum exhibits alpine folk art, the wood­cutter museum docu­ments the everyday life of the wood­cutters in Chiemgau. An alpine nature trail has been set up at the Rauschberg.


Mozart's romantic birthplace

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 strongly with the rolling plains to the north.

The closest Alpine peak – the 1,972 m Unter­sberg – is only a few kilome­ters from the city center. 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 also lived in are popular tourist attrac­tions and there are many monu­ments remem­bering the “Wolferl” in the city. His family is buried in a small church grave­yard in the old town.

Accommodation: A historical villa in Salzburg

2 Nights | 1x Double Occupancy | Bed & Breakfast

The historic villa was built in 1863 by an Italian master builder and from 1923 to 1938 was the resi­dence of the world-famous von Trapp family, whose life under­lies the musical “The Sound of Music”.

The prop­erty is situ­ated in the middle of a picturesque park near the histor­ical centre of Salzburg. Since 2008 the hotel has been restored to its former glory and is open to the public for the first time as a hotel. Numerous photos recall the former inhab­i­tants of the villa, creating a family charm. The former bedrooms are now stylish and indi­vid­u­ally furnished guest rooms. In the dining room you start the day with a rich Breakfast, which you can finish later with a glass of wine on the large terrace or in the cosy salon.

Bercht­esgaden National Park

National Park around Lake Königssee and Mount Watzmann
The park is located in the mountai­nous area south of the town of Bercht­esgaden. The eastern, southern, and western bound­aries of the park coincide with the state border between Germany and Austria. The area of the park is econom­ically unde­vel­oped, and there are no settle­ments. In the center of the park is a large lake, the Königssee. West of the lake is the massif of Watzmann (2,713 metres (8,901 ft)), the third highest mountain in Germany.

Salt Mine Bercht­esgaden

Under­ground train ride into the history of mining
Salt has been mined here using the “wet mining” technique since 1517, making it the oldest salt mine in Germany. The mine, which is open to the public, currently employs 100 people, fifty of whom work under­ground. After donning miners' clothes, you will enjoy a multi­media show called the “Salt­TimeJourney,” and then ride a narrow gauge train down into the mine. To reach the under­ground salt lake further down, you can either take the stairs or use the miners' slide. A cable ferry will pull you across the lake and back to the train. The tour lasts about an hour.

Schönau at Königssee

Enclosed by the Bercht­esgaden Alps
Lake Königssee, enclosed by the Bercht­esgaden Alps, lies like a fjord in the extreme south­east of Germany. Its emerald green waters reach up to 190 meters deep and the vaca­tion region of Schönau am Königssee stretches along its northern shore. The pano­rama as well as the fresh mountain air entice to various activ­i­ties under the open sky. A popular destina­tion for boat trips and ambi­tious hiking tours is the pilgrimage church of St. Bartholomä, which is located on the Hirschau peninsula.

Ramsauer Schatt­seitweg

Through the magic forest to Hintersee
The varied hike leads along the Schatt­seitweg from the Gasthof Oberwirt in Ramsau to Hintersee. After a few minutes you reach the glacier springs, which are fed by the melt­water of the Blaueis glacier at Hochkalter, 1,500 metres above sea level. After you have crossed the Marxen­klamm gorge, through which a torren­tial white water rushes, you go on a nature trail through the magical forest. Over bridges and footbridges you reach the Hintersee and go back halfway up. (round trip: 15.7 kilome­ters, 5:15 hours, up and down: 734 meters)

Bercht­esgaden alpine adven­ture trail

Educa­tional and obser­va­tion trail over alpine paths
The hike leads through the history of alpine farming. Three alpine pastures are on the way, where informa­tion boards provide informa­tion about the alpine pasture system. You also have wonderful views of the Bercht­esgaden and Chiemgau Alps. The tour leads along paved alpine and forest paths. The alpine steep tracks require a certain amount of surefoot­ed­ness. (Round trip 11.1 kilome­ters, 4 hours, up and down: 670 meters)

Via the Grünstein to St. Bartholomä

Hike and boat trip
The great hike begins at the large parking lot at Königssee. The first high­light is the Grünstein (1304 m) with a beau­tiful view over the Bercht­esgaden basin. From there it is possible to cross over to the Kphrointhütte. After a snack you can descend to the church of St. Bartholomä and return by boat to the starting point. The world-famous pilgrimage church, the first parts of which date back to the 12th century, is picturesquely situ­ated on a peninsula. Adja­cent to it is the former hunting lodge, which now serves as an inn. (Hin: 5:30 hours, 11 kilome­ters, up and down: 680 meters, only for expe­r­i­enced and sure-footed hikers, contains secured passages)

From Salzburg to Dürnstein

245 km | 3:00 h
After passing by the beau­tiful pre-Alpine lakes Attersee and Mondsee, you will reach the Danube River near Linz. The most scenic route leads along the north bank of the Danube past the Bene­dic­tine Monastery at Melk, where the church scenes in “The Name of the Rose” were filmed.

St. Wolfgang

Pilgrims Church above Lake Wolfgang
At the end of an eventful polit­ical life in 976, when Saint Wolfgang built a monastery with his own hands and worked several miracles, he had no idea that his hermitage would become one of the most famous tourist resorts in Austria. St. Wolfgang owes this above all to the pilgrimage church, which is dedicated to him and enthroned in perfect grace over the Wolfgangsee. Inside, the late Gothic church impresses with a richly deco­rated altar, which Michael Pacher completed in 1481. He shows Our Lady kneeling in front of her child and framed by two monks, Saint Bene­dict and of course Saint Wolfgang.


Baroque build­ings and Renais­sance court­yards in the heart of this city on the Danube
The capital of Upper Austria strad­dles the Danube. The heart of the 2,000-year-old city is the central square (Hauptplatz) lined with stately Baroque build­ings and Renais­sance court­yards. In recent years Linz has managed to change its image as a grimy indus­trial center thanks to new envi­ron­mental regu­la­tions governing steel produc­tion and the increased promo­tion of cultural activ­i­ties. Indeed, Linz was named the Cultural Capital of Europe in 2009.

Concen­tra­tion Camp Mauthausen

Largest Concen­tra­tion Camp in Austria
The largest concen­tra­tion camp in Austria is located south of Linz in the town of Mauthausen. It began oper­ating just ten days after the German occupa­tion of Austria. It was a category III camp where people died performing slave labor. Starting in 1942, there was a camp brothel in which women who were consid­ered “asocial” were forced into pros­titu­tion. In February 1945, 500 Soviet offi­cers attempted to flee from death-block 20. Nearly all of them were killed during the following three-week manhunt. Only eleven survived, because the local popu­la­tion hid them. Before being liber­ated by the US Army in 1945, over 120,000 people perished in the quarries and in the surrounding area. There is a monu­ment located at the site of the former concen­tra­tion camp.


Mountain with a view above the Salzkammergut
The 1,783 meter high rock is only for those who are free from vertigo. It towers above the foothills of the Alps and offers a fantastic view across the Salzkammergut. However, the ascent to the summit can even be done by sheep. It belongs to the most beau­tiful hikes near and far. For those who find just under 1,200 metres of alti­tude too much, you can take the rack-railway, which was opened in 1893. The valley station is in St. Wolfgang, where the hiking trail begins. At the top you can stop at a hotel. (one way: 7.3 kilome­ters, 4 hours, up: 1170 meters)


Vineyards, castles and historic villages in Central European river landscape

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 sandwiched between the Bohemian Massif and the Dunkelsteiner Forest, lined with terraced vine­yards and dotted with histor­ical towns and medieval villages. High night-day temper­a­ture fluctu­a­tions contribute to the special aroma of the wines and this is where Austria's most famous wines, including Grüner Velt­liner, are produced.

Accommodation: A palace overlooking the Danube

2 Nights | 1x Double Occupancy | Bed & Breakfast

The palace in Dürnstein was built by a princess in 1632. She chose the loca­tion well: a high cliff over­looking the beau­tiful Danube as it winds through vine­yards on the way to Vienna. Today the palace is a luxury Relais-et-Chateaux hotel consid­ered one of the best prop­er­ties in Austria.

Meals are served on the popular garden terrace above the river. The indi­vid­u­ally deco­rated rooms are comple­mented by elegant lounges with period furni­ture. Among many other activ­i­ties, guests can take a dip in the indoor or outdoor swimming pools, enjoy a sauna or steam bath, walk up to the medieval castle ruins above the picturesque town of Dürnstein, stroll along the river or among the vine­yards, or take day trips to nearby Vienna.


Oldest city in Lower Austria
Krems, the oldest city in Lower Austria, is surrounded by vine­yards and is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Cultural Landscape of Wachau. The town is famous for its medieval gate called the “Steiner Tor.” A Capuchin monastery called “Kloster Und” is located in front of the gates. Today, the monastery houses wine cellars, confer­ence rooms and museums devoted to art and carica­ture. The old town of Stein, where hardly anything has changed for centuries, is only a short walk from here.

From Dürnstein to Wien

Rental car drop-off

From Dürnstein to Vienna

101 km | 1:30 h
The route follows the Danube River to to Vienna.

Rental car drop-off

Rental car drop-off
Loca­tion: Vienna Airport (Desk at Airport)

15 days
from € 3,099.00
per person based on two people sharing a double room
  • Accommodation in a double room
  • Meals (as listed above)
  • Sunny Cars Permit for Italy (payable on site)

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