Austria Railway Tours: Custom packages to Salzburg, Vienna & More
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Austria Railway Tour

See Austria's four greatest cities on a relaxing railway tour. The itinerary can be expanded as desired to include stops in Germany, Switzerland or Italy. The weatherproof tour can be taken any time of the year.

This trip will be customized according to your wishes.

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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 Graz by rail

200 km – 2 hours 40 minutes

The route will take you south through Lower Austria to Graz at the foot of the Alps.

Your train tickets will not be booked by Umfu­lana. Please book online on www.oebb.at. Alterna­tively you can book on www.raileu­rope.com, where prices will be displayed in most currencies, but tend to be more expen­sive than on the the local provider's website. Another option is to purchase your ticket on arrival at the station.

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Graz

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 hotel in the Graz old town

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

The Schlossberg Hotel is ideally located near the river, just a block from the pede­s­trian heart of Graz. The tasteful decor of this splendid small hotel is refreshing.

The mood is set by the exte­rior, which is composed of three simple shuttered build­ings, one painted French blue, one gray, and one yellow. Inside there is a small court­yard, a tiny bar, a comfort­able lounge, and two cosy Breakfast rooms. The owner, Dr. Marko, is a retired race-car driver. His wife used to own an antique store, and it is her taste for simple, country-style antiques that creates the ambiance. The bedrooms offer all modern conve­niences yet still maintain the country feel. From the terrace on the hill­side behind the hotel, reached by taking the elevator to the top floor, the view over the tiled rooftops across the river to the cathedral is spectac­ular. On one terrace level there is a small swimming pool.

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 Innsbruck by rail

490 km – 6 hours

Your train tickets will not be booked by Umfu­lana. Please book online on www.oebb.at.

Alterna­tively you can book on www.raileu­rope.com, where prices will be displayed in most currencies, but tend to be more expen­sive than on the the local provider's website. Another option is to purchase your ticket on arrival at the station.

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Innsbruck

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.

Garmisch-Partenkirchen

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

171 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.

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.

Watzman

The mountain is calling!
Once the cruel King Waze­mann ruled over the Bercht­esga­dener Land with his wife and child. Once he crushed a peasant family with his horse. The farmer's wife cursed for God to turn him and his family into stone. Imme­di­ately the earth opened up and spit fire: the king became a scary mountain, surrounded by secondary peaks, which are still called Watzmannfrau (wife) and Watzmannkinder (chil­dren) today. Writer Ludwig Ganghofer used the myth in his novel “Die Martinsklause”. Later, the 2,713-metre-high colossus fascinated alpin­ists and mountai­neers. The first ascent of the central peak took place in 1800, but it was not until 1868 that the three main peaks were crossed. A total of over 100 mountai­neers have already died in the walls of the evil king.
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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.

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.

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.

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 to by rail

From to by rail

The route first leads north­east through Upper Austria to Linz, then follows the Danube River east­wards to Vienna.

Your train tickets will not be booked by Umfu­lana. Please book online on www.oebb.at. Alterna­tively you can book on www.raileu­rope.com, where prices will be displayed in most currencies, but tend to be more expen­sive than on the the local provider's website. Another option is to purchase your ticket on arrival at the station.

9 days
from € 1,255.00
per person based on two people sharing a double room
Services
  • Accommodation in a double room
  • Meals (as listed above)
  • Climate Compensation

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Best Travel Time: throughout the year

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