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Germany, Czech Republic & Austria: Gems of Central Europe

Starting in Berlin and ending in Munich, this tour spans three countries. In just 15 days you will experience several of central Europe' s most magnificent cities. 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.

This trip will be customized according to your wishes.

Berlin

Berlin

12 km | 18 minutes
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Berlin

Germany's hip capital

Unlike other Euro­pean capitals, Berlin is a young city that only grew in importance with the rise of Prussia to a Euro­pean power­house in 1815.

Yet there is hardly a city that affected – and was affected by – 20th century history more than Berlin. After the peaceful reuni­fica­tion Berlin became a world city of culture, politics, media and science. In the 21st century the city has become a magnet for entrepreneurs, crea­tive people and immigrants. Berlin’s archi­tec­ture, festivals, nightlife and crea­tive alterna­tive scenes attract millions of visitors to the city.

Accommodation: A turn-of-the-century residence

2 Nights | 1x Double Occupancy | 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 couldn't be 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.

Bendlerblock

Memo­rial for the resistance against Hitler
During the National Socialist era, the building at Bendler­s­trasse 11-13 was the seat of the General Army Office. There was the centre of resistance against Hitler within the Wehrmacht (armed forces). The attack carried out by Colonel Graf von Stauffenberg in the Wolfss­chanze on 20 July 1944 was planned and orga­nized here.
The perma­nent exhi­bi­tion Memo­rial to the German Resistance in some of the former offices commem­o­rate the resistance fight­er­s and the memo­rial in the court­yard  reminds of the offi­cers executed there.

Bran­denburg Gate

Symbol of Berlin
Using the Bran­denburg Gate as an example it is possible to illus­trate the city's history: Built in 1791 the gate was designed with the Quadriga as Triumphal Arch through which the glorious Prus­sian soldiers were to march into the city. When Napoleon defeated Prussia a few years later, the Quadriga was deported to Paris and returned only in the wars of liber­a­tion. Ever since that time it was consid­ered a monu­ment with national symbolism. On 30 January 1933 after the seizure of power, the Nazis staged an eerie torch­light proces­sion through the gate. Twelve years later the heavily damaged bombed gate became the sector boundary between the eastern and western parts of a city that was lying in ruins. The walled gate also became the symbol of the walled city and the front of the iron curtain that divided Europe from the Baltic Sea all the way to the Mediterranean. Thus, the Cold War ended logically on 9 November 1989, with a cheerful spectacle and cele­bra­tion on the Wall at Bran­denburg Gate.

Jewish museum Berlin

Largest Jewish museum in Europe
The largest Jewish museum in Europe offers a perma­nent exhi­bi­tion with an overview of two millennia of German-Jewish history – depicting highs and lows of the rela­tion­ships between Jews and non-Jews in Germany. In addi­tion, there are several tempo­rary and changing exhi­bi­tions each year. Even the building in itself is worth a visit. The baroque Kollegien­haus was symbolically extended in 1999 after a design by Daniel Libe­skind with a zigzag-shaped building and a tita­nium facade.

From Berlin to Dresden

Rental car pick-up

Berlin

2 km | 5 minutes

Rental car pick-up

Broker: Sunny Cars GmbH
Company: Buchbinder
Vehicle: VW Golf or similar (CDMR)
Loca­tion: Berlin (City Office)

From Berlin to Dresden

193 km | 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.

Raddusch

Recon­structed sorbian refuge
The village in the Spree­wald biosphere reserve with a mere 500 people has a long history. This is evidenced by the 1000 year old Slavic refuge built by the local Sorbs to protect against the invading Saxons. Today it has been almost completely rebuilt true to the orig­inal. The shape and struc­ture of the ramparts were recon­structed by exca­va­tions. Other details have been taken from other Slav castles in the area, all of which have fallen victim to lignite mining. The inte­rior of the wall now houses a museum and the castle restau­rant. With the perma­nent exhi­bi­tion “Archae­ology in Lower Lusatia”, the museum offers a journey through time through 12,000 years of settle­ment history from the Stone Age to the Middle Ages with Slavic castle building.

Through the Spree­wald of Lübbenau

On a nature trail through the moors of Raddusch
Lübbenau is a popular town in the Spree­wald. If you want to escape the hustle and bustle, you can explore the wetlands around Raddusch a few kilome­tres south on a moor nature trail. Towards the end you can stop at the romantic Dubkow Mill. (round trip: 14.9 kilome­ters, 3:30 hours, up and down: 30 meters)
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Dresden

Resurrected from ruins

The polit­ical and cultural capital of Saxony has an eventful history. Although already mentioned in 1206, it was largely insig­nif­icant until the 15th century.

After it survived the 30-year war, it burned to the ground in 1685. The city of the Saxon Elector was then rebuilt in glorious fashion and given a uniform baroque townscape which earned her the name “Florence of the North”. In February 1945 the hitherto scarcely damaged city was razed to the ground in one night by a devastating bomb attack. For decades the ruins of the Frauenkirche were a memo­rial to the horrors of war. The glorious resto­ra­tion of the Frauenkirche in 2005 unleashed the ambi­tion of the city to reconnect with its former splendor and beauty before the 2nd World War. The old town between the Zwinger (palace) and Kreuzkirche (Church of the Holy Cross) has been restored to its former glory and many other sites in the city are being rebuilt.

Accommodation: A townhouse near the Frauenkirche

2 Nights | 1x Double Occupancy | Bed & Breakfast | 1x Parking Garage

Behind its impres­sive Baroque façade this small luxury hotel is an elegant retreat in the heart of the city. It offers a gourmet restau­rant, impeccable service and a stunning spa over­looking the rooftops of Dresden.

Remi­nis­cent of a 19th century palace, the décor is dist­inctly regal. The comfort­able Bied­ermeier-style bedrooms and suites are furnished with clas­sical furni­ture. The city centre is at your doorstep: the Resi­den­zschloss, the Saxon State Opera and the new market (Neumarkt) are all within easy walking distance. After a busy day of sightseeing, guests can treat them­selves to a gourmet dinner on the restau­rant terrace with breathtaking views of the famous Church of Our Lady.

Frauenkirche and Neumarkt

Of splendor and destruc­tion
The heart and tourist magnet of Dresden is the rebuilt Frauenkirche in the centre of the old town. The monu­mental Protestant church building is the old and new landmark of the city. Built between 1726 and 1743, destroyed on 13 and 14 February 1945, it has been rebuilt since the 1990s with the help of a large amount of dona­tions. In 2005 the new conse­cra­tion took place.
Also the place at the church, the Neumarkt, was recon­structed. After the Second World War, the most important inner-city square next to the Altmarkt with the symbolic ruins of the Frauenkirche remained almost untouched for half a century. Then a lively building activity set in, quarter by quarter the typical baroque gabled houses were rebuilt.

Proces­sion of princes

Gigantic eques­trian picture made of Meissen porce­lain
Behind the Resi­den­zschloss the proces­sion of princes connects the Neumarkt with the Schlossplatz. The rulers of the House of Wettin are depicted as a cavalcade on a 100 meter long mural made of Meissen porce­lain tiles. Between 1872 and 1876 the gigantic work of art was painted. However, the colors on the outer wall quickly faded and the pictures were trans­ferred to porce­lain tiles. This required 24,000 indi­vidual tiles.

Resi­den­tial palace

Centre of power of the Saxon electors
The Renais­sance building was first erected in the late 15th century as the new power centre of the Saxon electors and kings and was rebuilt after a fire in 1701 under August the Strong. After its destruc­tion in the Second World War, it was recon­structed in 1985 as a museum complex of the Dresden State Art Collec­tions. Since then the castle has housed the Histor­ical and the New Green Vaults, the Kupfer­s­tich-Kabi­nett, the Rüstkammer with the Turkish Chamber and the Münzk­abi­nett.

From Dresden to Praha

181 km | 3:00 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.

Rathen

Spa resort in the wild and romantic Elbe Sand­stone Mountains
The health resort is located below the rocky scenery of the Elbe Sand­stone Mountains in the center of the Saxon Switz­er­land. A cable ferry that runs only with the force of the current, connects the districts of the beau­tiful town on both sides of the Elbe. A footpath leads up to the Bastion, a wildly romantic gorge labyrinth with a ridge and a unique view that has inspired the painter Caspar David Friedrich.

Schrammstein views and Hohe Liebe

Pheno­m­enal views, wild romantic gorges, fairy­tale houses
The medium intensity hike leads from Bad Schandau to the Schrammsteine and on to Hohe Liebe. After climbing the stairs through the Schrammtor, you will find dream­like views, wildly romantic gorges, natural monu­ments and fairy­tale houses. There is an inn on the way in the Schrammsteinbaude. (round trip: 14.9 kilome­ters, 4:30 hours, up and down: 440 meters)
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Praha

Golden City on the Vltava

The city on the Vltava, also known as the city of 100 towers or the Golden City, is consid­ered one of the most beau­tiful capitals of Europe.

Since 1992 the entire histor­ical old town has been declared a World Heritage Site. The region has been densely popu­lated since prehistoric times. In the 6th century the Slavs settled there first. German and Jewish merchants made the city one of the main trading centers of Central Europe in the 10th century. The real heyday of Prague began in the 14th century with Charles IV. who became King of Bohemia in 1346. The Charles Bridge and Charles Univer­sity, which is the oldest univer­sity north of the Alps, bear his name. Until World War II the city was inhabited by Czechs, Germans and Jews. Espe­cially for the German culture the city has contributed substan­tially, as evidenced in names such as Albert Einstein, Franz Kafka or Rainer Maria Rilke.

Accommodation: A historic residence on embassy row

2 Nights | 1x Double Occupancy | Bed & Breakfast | 1x Parking

This histor­ical resi­dence stands next to the US and German embassies on a hill below Prague Castle and is only a five-minute walk from Charles Bridge.

Having been recently restored, the bedrooms and suites offer the best of Prague's past combined with contem­po­rary comfort. Largely devoid of big city bustle and traffic, this peaceful part of town creates a welcoming atmo­sphere for both short and extended stays. A private garden and under­ground parking garage comple­ment the high standard of service. All 21 suites are stylishly furnished with parquet floors, kitch­enettes and marble bath­rooms.

Vladislav Hall

Knight tourna­ments and a momentous fall from a window.
At 62 metres long, 16 metres wide and 13 metres high, the Hall of Homage of the Bohemian Kings in Prague Castle is one of the largest rooms ever created during the Renais­sance. Orig­inally, banquets and tourna­ments were held here, with the knights riding in on horseback over the eques­trian stairs. In 1618 the hall was once the focus of world history, or more precisely: the large window. The governor of Emperor Ferd­inand II was thrown out of it. The Defenes­tra­tion of Prague marks the beginning of the Protestant revolt against the Habsburgs, which marks the beginning of the Thirty Years' War.

Basilica St. George

From the spir­itual power of the Roma­nesque
At Jiřské náměstí, the George Square, stands one of the most important Roma­nesque build­ings in the world: the second oldest church in Prague, founded around the year 920. Two white towers, reaching a height of 41 metres, dominate the basilica. The wider tower on the south side is called Adam, the narrower, northern tower Eve. It's crooked and tilts 40 centime­ters. Inside, the Roma­nesque choir is impres­sive. On the gallery of the basilica you can see remains of the painted ceiling “Heav­enly Jerusalem” from around 1200. The neigh­boring Bene­dic­tine monastery was founded in 973.

Nový Svět

Artists, Bohemians and Students in the "New World
The artists' quarter near the Loreto Sanctuary dates from the 16th century and was orig­inally the quarter for the castle servants. Over the centuries the “New World” crumbled more and more and became the poor quarter of Prague. In the 1920s, the district even had to be evac­u­ated once because of the danger of epidemics. But then Bohemians and students started to settle there. After the fall of commu­nism, most houses were sold and reno­vated. Simple cottages and magnif­i­cent town houses stand side by side and are by far not as crowded as the Golden Lane.

From Praha to Dürnstein

263 km | 4:00 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.

Hluboká

The Czech answer to Neuschwanstein
The romantic castle near Ceske Budejovice is prob­ably the most visited monu­ment in South Bohemia. Orig­inally a royal castle from the 13th century, the resi­dence of the Princes of Schwarzenberg was often rebuilt – the last time from 1845 to 1871, when it received its magnif­i­cent neo-gothic face. The lock chambers and richly deco­rated rooms can be visited, but also the armory or the adja­cent South Bohemian Aleš Mikoláš-gallery (Alšova Bohemian Gallery). A stroll through the large park in English style is also very nice.
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Wachau

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.

Krems

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

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

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.

Vienna (OPTIONAL)

Tour of Old City

Guided Tour with Gerda
“You only see what you know”

After a walking tour with certi­fied guide Gerda you will know Vienna in a way that could never be accomplished on your own. The Vienna native combines her love for the town with her knowl­edge as a state-certi­fied tourist guide (Austria Guide) ever since her return home from a long stay abroad (South Africa, Germany, Italy). 

She will take you on an informa­tive, entertaining 1 1/2-hour walk through the history-laden streets of the Old Town, the former centre of the Habsburg dynasty and the powerful capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Key stops include the Hofburg Impe­rial Palace, the Kohlmarkt (Vienna's elegant shopping avenue), the Spanish Riding School and, of course, St. Stephan's Cathedral in the heart of the city. The tour can be modi­fied to accommo­date your special inter­ests. 


Unless other­wise arranged, you will be picked up at your hotel at 10 a.m.

Hofburg

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.

Rings­traße

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.

From Wien to Salzburg

299 km | 3:30 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.

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.

Linz

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.
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Salzburg

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.

Bercht­esgaden

From the salt mine to the restricted Führer area
The village with almost 8,000 inhab­i­tants lies picturesquely in a basin surrounded by high mountains. The settle­ment emerged in the 11th century from a monastery foun­da­tion. The monastery had forestry sovereignty and the mining rights to salt and metal, which led to an early boom. The first holiday guests arrived in the middle of the 19th century. During National Socialism Bercht­esgaden was declared a “Führ­ersperrge­biet” (restricted area for the Führer). The market square is surrounded by medieval houses with frescoes. The nearby Wittelsbach Castle now houses a museum.

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.

Schafberg

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)

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)

From Salzburg

Rental car drop-off

From Salzburg to Munich

154 km | 2:30 h

You will cross the border into Germany just a few kilome­ters 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.

Ruhpolding

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.

Herreninsel

Incomplete, Bavarian Versailles
In 1873 the largest of the three islands in the Chiemsee Lake was acquired by King Ludwig II. to build his Herrenchiemsee Palace. However, the reduced copy of the Palace of Versailles remained unfin­ished. In fine weather the serrated mountains of the magnif­i­cent Chiemgau Alps are mirrored in the lake. A passenger ferry runs to the island regu­larly. There one can visit the castle or stroll through the park.

Wendelstein

Viewing mountain with Germany's highest church
The 1,838 metre high mountain belongs to the Mangfallgebirge, the eastern part of the Bavarian foothills of the Alps. It is the highest peak of the Wendelstein massif. Because of its exposed loca­tion it offers a very good view of the foothills of the Alps and at the same time can be seen from many loca­tions. The Wendelstein cable car and the Wendelstein rack and pinion railway open up the mountain, which consists of light grey Wetter­stein lime­stone. Around 100 metres below the summit stands the Wendelstein Church of 1889, Germany's highest church. There is also a mountain obser­vatory. The mountain top is also easily acces­sible on foot. From the valley station of the Wendelsteinbahn in Bayris­chzell-Oster­hofen it takes about three hours to reach the summit.

Rental car drop-off

Loca­tion: Munich (City Office)

Munich

5 km | 10 minutes
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Munich

Tech, art and folklore

Although it is still a rela­tively young city, Munich’s charisma extends far beyond the Bavarian borders. Around the 11th century a few monks settled on the Isar – hence the name (apud Munichen – with the monks).

Because of its strategic loca­tion at a bridge and also at the inter­sec­tion of two trade routes, the city soon became the resi­dence of the Wittelsbach family who reigned as dukes, electors and kings of Bavaria. The city expe­r­i­enced a boom in the Baroque era and finally also in the 20th century. Munich became the capital of Art Nouveau – but also of the National Socialist move­ment. In 1919 Hitler already tested the demonic effect of his speeches in the Hofbräukeller. Although Munich is a high-tech loca­tion today, the Bavarian folklore is lovingly cared for, espe­cially in the last week of September when the Okto­berfest beer festival takes place.

Accommodation: A Villa at Nymphenburg Palace

2 Nights | 1x Double Occupancy | 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, Germany`s largest 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 Hotel by the travel website Venere.

Nymphenburg Castle

Time Travel to the Bavarian Monarchy
A visit to the castle that Elector Ferd­inand Maria once gave his wife on the occa­sion of the birth of the heir to the throne is a journey through time to the Bavarian monarchy. Two shady avenues lead to the castle, between them lies the Nymphenburg Canal. In summer it belongs to the swans, in winter to the ice skaters. At the end the half a kilometer wide castle rises. The 230-hectare English castle park with its streams, canals and bridges looks like a fairy tale forest. Today the castle houses four museums.

Stachus

Meeting point and entrance gate to the shopping mile
The semicircular Karlsplatz, better known as Stachus, is the gateway to Munich's trendy pede­s­trian zone. Here you can find several S-, U- and tram lines, cars, buses, cyclists and pede­s­trians. Some only want to cross the old town, others start their city stroll here in the pede­s­trian zone. Or go shopping in the Stachus Passagen. The large fountain with its water jets invites you to cool off on hot summer's days.

Church of Our Lady

Cathedral and landmark of Munich
The Gothic cathedral and city parish church “Zu Unserer Lieben Frau” dating back to the 15th century is the landmark of the city. The nave is 109 meters long, 40 meters wide and 37 meters high and is said to accommo­date 20,000 people. The 100 meter high towers with the so called “Welschen Hauben” are based on the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem. From the south tower of the Frauenkirche one has a magnif­i­cent view over the city. The footprint in the entrance hall is called the Devil's Step. The devil himself is said to have stood here because he had bet with master builder Jörg von Halspach for his soul. The church regu­larly gives organ concerts, has several choirs and its own cathedral singing school.

Munich

Munich

42 km | 39 minutes
15 days
from € 2,299.00
per person based on two people sharing a double room
Services
  • Accommodation in a double room
  • Meals (as listed above)
  • Sunny Cars Permit for the Czech Republic (payable on site)
  • Sunny Cars Permit for Austria (payable on site)
  • Climate Compensation



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Best Travel Time: April–September

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