6 Days – Munich – Innsbruck – Chiemsee – Salzburg – Linz – Vienna
Arrival Munich + City Tour
Arrival in Munich and check-in. After hotel check-in, your guide is awaiting you for a sightseeing tour in the capital of the Free State of Bavaria and third biggest city in Germany. You will see the Marienplatz with the column of St. Mary in the very heart of the city; the new town hall with its famous carillon and its elaborate facade, seat of the mayor and the city council; the old-established and very popular Viktualienmarkt; the medieval city gate Isartor; the Cathedral Church of Our Lady (Frauenkirche), the landmark of Munich; the grand and expensive commercial street Maximilianstraße; the Residence, former centre of power of the Bavarian dukes, electors and kings; the 3 Pinakothek-museums with outstanding collections; as well as the baroque Nymphenburg Palace, one of the largest Royal Palaces in Europe. For the evening we recommend a visit in the probably most famous tavern of the world, the Hofbräuhaus where you can enjoy a genuine Bavarian menu and typical folklore.
Munich – Neuschwanstein – Innsbruck (approx. 240km)
After a rich breakfast, you will continue to the medieval city of Füssen. After a short walk through the city you will visit the famous Palace of Neuschwanstein. The “fairytale castle” of Kind Ludwig II was built from 1868 onwards and nowadays belongs to the most popular castles and palaces in Europe with over 1 million visitors per year. As the king was afraid of people, he built the castle as a retreat from the public. Architecture and décor have been influenced by romantic historism and eclecticism of the 19th century. Straight after the death of Kind Ludwig II, the castle was opened to the public. Following your visit of the “fairytale castle”, you cross the Austrian border and proceed to Innsbruck.
Innsbruck – Herrenchiemsee – Salzburg
Your today`s program starts with a sightseeing tour in Innsbruck. You will see the memorial Anna Säule, a monument which was endowed by Tyrolean country towns to remember the retreat of Bavarian troops on Anna commemoration day in the year 1703; the famous Golden Roof, the splendid landmark of Innsbruck; the Imperial Palace with its lavish state apartments, formerly the residence of Tyrolean sovereigns, as well as the adjoining gardens from 15th century; the Leopold fountain showing archduke Leopold V; the Rudolf fountain at Bozener Platz, which was built in 1863 to celebrate the 500-year jubilee of the unification of Tyrol and Austria, and the cathedral of St. Jakob, built 1717-1724 in an elaborate baroque style, which is the bishop`s see of the Roman Catholic diocese of Innsbruck. Leaving Innsbruck, you will continue your tour to visit another of the famous palaces of King Ludwig II, the new palace Herrenchiemsee. Here, on the Herreninsel in the Chiemsee, the largest Bavarian lake, King Ludwig II has realized his long planned project of a “New Versailles”. It was laid out as a monument for absolutism and should pay homage to his much-admired King Louis XIV of France with its state staircase, the Council Chamber and the Great Hall of Mirrors. Even in the plans for the palace park, priority was given to copying the monarchic splendor of the gardens of Versailles. The associated King Ludwig II museum provides an insight into the life of the monarch and exhibits paintings, photos, as well as original state robes. In the afternoon, you will drive to your hotel in Salzburg.
Salzburg – Linz – Vienna (approx. 300km)
In the morning, your guide will take you to visit Salzburg, the town of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. See the largest, fully-preserved fortress in central Europe, Festung Hohensalzburg, which was built in 1077 by archbishop Gebhard; the birthplace of Mozart, where the composer lived for 26 years; as well as his Residence, where he composed many of his famous works between 1773 and 1780; Salzburg Cathedral, probably the most famous building of the city; as well as Hellbrunn palace with its trick fountains. This architectural masterpiece just south of the city is surrounded by a spacious park and the Salzburg zoo. After your tour you proceed to Linz, the third biggest city in Austria. Your local guide will take you to see the Old Cathedral, a single-nave Baroque church in the town hall district; the main square one of Austria`s most attractive closed squares; the 20m high Baroque Trinity Column; the Linz Castle at the banks of the Danube; the Roman-Catholic new cathedral, also called “Immaculate Conception Cathedral”; as well as the old city hall, seat of the town`s mayor. In the afternoon, you will continue to Vienna.
Stay in Vienna
Today, you will discover the sights of this impressive city together with your tour guide. In the morning, you will see Schönbrunn Palace, Empress Sisi`s former summer residence and one of the most important Austrian cultural monuments, which has been added to the UNESCO`s cultural heritage in 1996 due to its historic importance, its unique grounds and its splendid furnishings. In the following, you will also see the Hofburg, the former imperial residence; the nostalgic amusement park Prater with the Giant Ferris Wheel, the landmark of Vienna; the Belvedere Palace, which was built by Prince Eugen of Savoy and is the motive on the Austrian 20-cent-coins; the Danube tower, offering a splendid view from its rotating restaurant; St. Stephen`s Cathedral, Austria`s most eminent Gothic building; St. Charles Church, a magnificent baroque building and much more. The evening is at your own disposal.
After a rich breakfast, you will return home with long lasting memories of Southern Europe.
Upon request we gladly offer adequate transfer services (coach / minibus / limousine / driver-guide / train / rented car).
Kindly note that our programs are merely suggested itineraries. Please do not hesitate to send us your request for a tailor-made quotation according to your special interests.
Please also note that due to the opening times of included sights the program might have to be modified.
In cases of special events or important fairs and conferences, an accommodation in a centrally located hotel might not be possible. The excursion program however is generally not affected by these events.