Bavaria & Austrian Tyrol

Neuschwanstein Castle on a mountaintop near Füssen, Germany.
Blick zur Kaiserburg
Rothenburg Town Hall
Würzburg
Wurzburg - © Wurzburg Congress, Tourismus
Zillertalbahn - © Alan Heywood
Zillertalbahn - © Ray Smith
Zugspitze Rack Railway

Holiday Highlights

  • Reserved seats on all InterCity journeys
  • InterRail Pass for unlimited rail travel during holiday (European residents only)
  • Free travel from your home station to London pre/post tour (on date of outbound/return travel)
  • Hotels ideally located close to stations for easy access to explore
  • Escorted excursions to Würzburg, Rothenburg ob der Tauber
  • Excursions on listed narrow gauge railways
  • Excursion to the Bavarian Railway Museum
  • 15 days from £2,500pp
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Tour Dates:
Thursday 8 September to Thursday 22 September 2022

Follow the route of the “Romantic Road” by train from Würzburg in the north to Füssen in the south of Bavaria. 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.

ITINERARY

Day 1 – Cologne

Lunchtime Eurostar from London St. Pancras International to Brussels Midi where we connect to high speed train to Cologne. We overnight at the hotel Ibis Cologne am Dom which is ideally 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 cross the country to Nuremberg. Arriving mid-afternoon allows time to explore the city or visit the German National Railway Museum (which grants free access with your InterRail pass). We stay in Nuremberg for 4 nights.

Day 3 – Romantic Road

A 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.

Day 4 – Bavarian Railway Museum

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

Day 5 – Rothenburg ob der Tauber

An excursion to Rothenburg ob der Tauber on the Romantic Road. Rothenburg is a well preserved example of a medieval town located on a plateau above the Tauber river. The town is surrounded by a town wall. It has many classic preserved buildings, especially the Rathaus and Ratstrinkstube where, on the hour, the clock chimes and figurines re-enact the legendary story of the brave mayor who drank nearly a gallon of wine in order to save his city.

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. The town of Zell am See can trace its history back to the Roman times and in the winter is used as a base for skiing down the nearby Schmittenhöhe mountain.

Day 9 – Narrow Gauge to Krimml

This morning we ride the narrow gauge train to Krimml from Zell am See. On arrival in Krimml we have the option of taking the bus to the famous waterfalls before catching the narrow gauge train back to Zell am See.

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. We return to Zell am See for a free afternoon. In Jenbach there is the Achenseebahn, a metre gauge steam rack railway to Lake Achensee. This railway went into insolvency in 2020. There are plans to reinstate it and if successful we will make a return trip before the return journey back to Zell am See.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. The afternoon is free to explore the capital of Bavaria. We stay in Munich for 2 nights.

Day 13 – Zugspitz

Day trip to Garmisch Partenkirchen by train to take the 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 leave 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 Cologne am Dom, Cologne

InterCityHotel. Nuremburg

Luitpold Park, Füssen

Seehof, Zell am See

Drei Löwen, Munich

Ibis Aachen 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
  • Free travel from your home station to London pre/post tour (on date of outbound/return travel)
  • Services of a tour leader from London and throughout the tour

Price per person

Escorted holiday: £2,500
Single room supplement: £595
Deposit for this holiday: £100

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