Bavaria & Austrian Tyrol

Neuschwanstein Castle
View towards Kaiserburg, Nuremberg
Rothenburg ob der Tauber Town Hall - © Andrew Cowing
Würzburg - © Würzburg Congress, Tourismus
Zillertalbahn - © Alan Heywood
Zillertalbahn - © Ray Smith
Zugspitze Rack Railway

Holiday Highlights

  • Escorted excursions to Würzburg and Rothenburg ob der Tauber 
  • Ride several listed narrow gauge railways
  • Visit the Bavarian Railway Museum
  • See King Ludwig’s famous Palaces and Castles
  • Reserved seats on all InterCity journeys
  • InterRail Pass for unlimited rail travel during holiday (European residents only)
  • Hotels ideally located close to stations for easy access to explore
  • 15 Days from £2,450pp
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Tour Dates:
Thursday 3 September to Thursday 17 September 2020

Follow the route of the “Romantic Road” by train from Würzburg in the north to Füssen in the south of Bavaria. We continue into Austria and visit the best known Castles and Palaces of King Ludwig. Our travels also include a rack railway and cable car to the summit of Germany's highest mountain, Zugspitz.


Day 1 – Cologne

A lunchtime Eurostar from London St. Pancras International to Brussels where we connect to high speed train to Cologne. We overnight at the hotel Ibis Köln am Dom which is situated in the station building under the shadow of the medieval cathedral.

Day 2 – Onwards to Nuremberg

From Cologne we follow the route of the Rhine south as far as Frankfurt before turning east and crossing the country to Nuremberg. Arriving mid-afternoon allows time to explore the city or visit the German National Railway Museum. We stay in Nuremberg for 4 nights.

Day 3 – Romantic Road

Day trip to Würzburg, the starting point of the “Romantische Strasse”. Würzburg sits astride the river Main, a tributary of the Rhine. It’s most notable sites are the Residenz and the fortress of Marienberg on the banks of the River Main.

Day 4 – Bavarian Railway Museum

Today we take a day trip to Nordlingen and visit the Bavarian Railway Museum where we plan to take a steam train ride on the museum’s 40km railway.

Day 5 – Rothernburg ob der Tauber

An excursion to Rothenburg ob der Tauber on the Romantic Road. Rothenburg is a well preserved example of a medieval town surrounded by a town wall. It has many classic preserved buildings, especially the Rathaus.

Day 6 – Füssen

This morning we move on to Füssen via Augsburg and Buchloe. Füssen marks the end of the Romantic Road where it meets the foothills of the Alps. We spend 2 nights here.

Day 7 – “Mad” King Ludwig's Castle

A full day exploring Füssen with two castles to visit, Hohenschwanhau, close to the town centre and Neuschwanstein Castle. Neuschwanstein was commissioned by “mad” King Ludwig on a peak overlooking the town of Füssen but he never actually saw it in its completed form.

Day 8 – Zell am See

After breakfast we make our way via Munich into Austria for a 4-night stay in Zell am See, a town that can trace its history back to the Roman Times.

Day 9 – Narrow Gauge to Krimml

This morning we ride the narrow gauge train to Krimml via Zell am See, the section from Zell am See being narrow gauge. On arrival in Krimml we have the option of taking the bus to the famous waterfalls before catching the narrow gauge steam train back to Zell am See and standard gauge back to Jenbach.

Day 10 – Brenner Pass

A round trip tour today starting from Zell am See to Innsbruck, where we take the train south into Italy via the Brenner Pass. On arrival in Fortezza we turn east and head back into Austria crossing the Border at San Candido. At Lienz we change trains again and head to Spittal Millstättersee then north up the main line to Schwarzach St Veit and finally back west to Zell am See.

Day 11 – Zillertalbahn

Today we travel to Jenbach to make a return journey on the 760mm narrow gauge steam railway the “Zillertalbahn”. There is time in Mayrhofen for lunch before a return trip to Jenbach. Then we take a ride on the Emperor Franz Josef’s 1,000mm narrow gauge steam rack railway to Lake Achensee and back. Jenbach is the only place in Austria where three different gauges meet!

Day 12 – Munich

After breakfast we leave Austria and head to Munich arriving at lunch time. This afternoon is free to explore the capital of Bavaria. We stay in Munich for 2 nights.

Day 13 – Zugspitze

Day excursion to Garmisch Partenkirchen by train where we take a trip by electric rack railway and cable car to the summit of the Zugspitz, Germany’s highest mountain. Return to Garmisch and then to Munich by rail.

Day 14 – Aachen

Today we head out of Bavaria and start our journey home, travelling via Frankfurt to Aachen for our final overnight stay.

Day 15 – Homeward Bound

We take a high speed train back to Brussels and onwards to London.

Tour Route

Tour route map

Selected Hotels

Ibis am Dom, Cologne

InterCityHotel, Nuremberg

Luitpold Park, Füssen

Zell am See, Seehof

Munich, Drei Löwen

Ibis Hotel Aachen am Marschiertor, Aachen

Please note - hotels can be subject to change

Price Includes

  • Standard class InterRail Pass for unlimited travel (European residents only)
  • Excursions as listed in itinerary
  • Accommodation in good, quality hotels on a bed and breakfast basis
  • Services of a tour leader from London and throughout the tour

Price per person

Escorted holiday: £2,450
Single room supplement: £420
Deposit for this holiday: £100

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