Custom Tours of Austria: Packages to Vienna, Salzburg & More
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Around Austria in 8 Days

8 days | from EUR 1,299.00 pp in dbl-room*
Vienna – Salzkammergut – Salzburg – Wachau

This ideal tour for travelers on a tight time budget hits all the key attractions from Vienna to the Salzkammergut to Salzburg to Wachau in just eight days. Possible add-ons include Großglockner, Graz, Innsbruck, Munich, Garmisch and Neuschwanstein.

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Day 1–3: 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

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

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.

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Services: 2 Nights | Bed & Breakfast


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.

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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.

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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.

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Day 2: Wien

Guided Tour

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. more ...

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.

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Day 3–5: Salzkammergut

Salt mines and picturesque lakes
The region south and east of Salzburg was declared a World Heritage Site in 1997, both due to its inde­scrib­able beauty and its cultural-histor­ical importance as a source of salt. The valu­able mineral has been mined in the area for over 7,000 years. (Salzkammer & gut = salt­room & prop­erty). Many of today's most important eastern Alpine passes were used in the Middle Ages to trans­port salt from the city that still bears the word in its name (Salzburg = Salt Fortress). A tour of the Hallein Salt Mines, the oldest salt mines in the world, is one of the high­lights of a visit to the region. The Salzkammergut is dotted with incred­ibly beau­tiful mountain lakes, which are enjoyed by many a tourist.

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As you proceed eastwards from Lower Austria to Upper Austria you will move further and further into the shadow of the Alps. Halfway, you will pass Bruck an der Mur which is worth a stop du to the historic center on the north shore of River Mur and the 15th-century Gothic church.

Ester­házy Castle

Where Haydn performed his symphonies

The baroque princely resi­dence of the Ester­házy family is one of the most beau­tiful castles in Austria. Already in the 13th century a gothic castle stood here. The histor­ical ball­room of the castle is known as the Haydn Hall and is often used as a concert hall. In the 18th century Joseph Haydn served for thirty years as Kapellmeister for the Princely Court and in this capacity had to compose hundreds of pieces of music for imme­diate performance at the Prince's ceremo­nial occa­sions. The castle park is consid­ered one of the most inter­esting monu­ments in Austria in terms of garden archi­tec­ture.

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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.

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Accommodation: An exclusive lake-view hotel

The hotel consists of three painstakingly restored buildings in the World Heritage Site Hallstatt. more ...

The main building was built over 500 years ago, making it the oldest structure in town. The expert renovation has enabled the facility to offer a high standard of modern comfort without sacrificing its historical character. Tucked in between majestic mountains and the stunning lake, the hotel enjoys an unsurpassed romantic setting. The rooms offer a standard of comfort that has enabled the accommodation to join the exclusive group of hotels known as Luxury Hotels of the World(SLH). The Hallstatt dock is directly in front of the building. The famous Drachstein Caves are just around the lake at Obertraun.

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Services: 2 Nights | Bed & Breakfast


Postcard idyll with 4 000 years of history

Chinese archi­tects found the picturesque town on Lake Hallstatt so enchanting that they built a replica of it in the People's Republic. The settle­ment here owes its origin to salt. Mighty Salt chambers were discov­ered here more than 4,000 years ago. Even today the “white gold” is still mined in the oldest salt mine in the world above Hallstatt. Traces of a rich past can be discov­ered everywhere: The Celtic grave sites, the salt mine, the prehistoric museum, the houses nested in confined space one above the other, the churches, the ceme­tery with the ossuary and the “oldest pipe­line in the world”.

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Day 5–7: 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.

The quickest route leads across the Gschütt Pass that separates the provinces of Upper Austria and Salzburg. Hallein, site of the world's oldes salt mines, lies along the route. A scenic alternative route follows the shore of Hallstättersee north to the north end and continues past Wolfgangsee and Fuschlsee to Salzburg. A cog railway leads from St. Wolfgang to the top of the Schafberg (1,780 m or 5,840 ft).

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.

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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)

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Accommodation: A quiet hotel near the city centre

The 19th century villa, converted into a boutique hotel, is located in a residential area south of the Kapuzinerberg. more ...

Each of the 14 rooms is individually furnished and offers modern comfort. In the morning a rich breakfast buffet with local and seasonal specialities awaits and in good weather can also be served on a terrace in the garden with a natural pond. Those who want can take a stroll along the Salzach and reach the oldtown in approximately 15 minutes; with the bus (line 7), it takes about five minutes.

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Services: 2 Nights | Bed & Breakfast

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.

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Wild beauty at the foot of the Watzmann

The fjord-like lake at the foot of the Watzmann stretches between steeply rising mountain slopes. It is 200 metres deep and is consid­ered one of the cleanest lakes in Germany. On its eastern shore, a footpath leads to the Malerwinkel, which has attracted count­less painters for centuries. There you have a magnif­i­cent view on the lake, the peninsula St. Bartholomä and the Schönfeldspitze. From the boat dock on the shore, boats go to the south end of the lake. From there you can cont­inue on foot to Obersee. The chapel on St. Bartholomä is the landmark of the lake. It dates back to the 12th century.

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Hitler's private mountain

Adolf Hitler began using the vaca­tion retreat of Ober­salzberg in 1923. In 1933, it was made into a secu­rity zone where nearly every important Nazi figure had a resi­dence. Most of the build­ings have since been demol­ished. A museum near the former Berghof will inform you about the role Ober­salzberg played during the Nazi period. From here, you can follow the Kehlsteins­traße uphill to the Eagle's Nest, which was built and designed by Hitler. At the end of the road you will find a pede­s­trian tunnel leading to a gloomy hall deep in the mountain. Once there, take the elevators to the summit, where you can see the Eagle's Nest and enjoy the breathtaking view. This is a prime example of archi­tec­ture designed to intim­i­date.

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Across the Wildmoos to Lake Eibensee

Across the marshes to a mountain lake

The small Eibensee is one of the lesser known waters in the western Salzkammergut. The ascent leads along the Eibenseebach through the Wildmoos nature reserve. From nearby Marienköpfl you have wonderful views of Lake Fuschlsee and its surround­ings. The Eibensee is idyllically situ­ated between steep slopes that keep the wind away, so that the lake often lies as smooth as a mirror. On hot days you can swim in the lake. (round trip: 9.8 kilome­ters, 3 hours, up and down: 375 meters)

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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)

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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)

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Day 7–8: 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.

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.


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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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.

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Accommodation: A palace overlooking the Danube

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. more ...

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.

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Services: 1 Night | Bed & Breakfast


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.

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Day 8: Vienna

The route follows the Danube River to to Vienna.

Additional Services

In order to compensate part of the CO2 emissions caused by your travels, we raise a voluntary donation, which is being transfered in its entirety to the Klima-Kollekte GmbH in Berlin or Wildlands South Africa. 

With your donation CO2-saving projects are supported; one example being solar cookers for Lesotho. Further information can be found at and

If you wish to opt out of the Umfulana climate initiative, please note this on your booking form. 


The cost is per person based on two people sharing a double room and includes accommodation and meals per itinerary.from USD 1,429.00*

(from EUR 1,299.00)*

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