This well-designed 9-Day Germany and Austria Rail Circle tour from/to Frankfurt Airport takes you to some of the most charming cities in Central Europe: Salzburg and Vienna in Austria, Munich, Nuremberg, Heidelberg and Regensburg in Germany.If you have a little more than a week our most popular rail tour is a great way to explore many Highlights of Southern Germany (Bavaria and Heidelberg) and Austria.
The rail tour includes unrestricted 2nd-class Rail tickets (see the tableau this is already included in the price of your tour) and there is an option to upgraded to 1st-class Rail for the long distance train rides . This is just an extra of US $ 179.00 per Person and includes seat reservations! Here you also find everything else that is included: transfers, rail tickets, tours and admissions.
Price per Person
|two sharing a double room||one in a single room||three sharing a triple room|
|US $ 1,399||US $ 2,159||US $ 1,249|
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Day 1 Nuremberg
Your tour with us starts right from Frankfurt International Airport. Adjected to Terminal 1 you find the “AiRail terminal” from where the high-speed “ICE”-trains depart from. At the “AiRail terminal” you will also find the 1st-class lounge which you are entitled to use if you decide to upgrade your rail tickets to 1st-class. The “ICE” takes less than 2.5 hours from Frankfurt Airport right into the city center of Nuremberg. The trains run frequently and you have a variety of direct trains you can take. Your rail ticket will be unrestricted to take into consideration that intercontinental flights may be early or late.
Your hotel in Nuremberg is located in walking distance from Nuremberg Central Station (which is located just outside the Old City Wall surrounding Nuremberg Old Town and the Imperial Castle). Nuremberg’s history reaches back to the year 1050, its name “nourenberc” translates into “rocky hill”. Nuremberg’s famous landmark, the “Kaiserburg” (Imperial Castle), towers above the Old town, which is protected by the five kilometers long city wall, many towers and gates can still be visited. The medieval Castle is one of the most important imperial palaces dating from the middle ages from the 11th century (admission included). In the Third Reich Adolf Hitlers´Nazi Party had chosen Nuremberg for their Nazi Rallies and if you are interested in that part of history you may want to visit the Documenation Center Nazi Rally Grounds which are located just south of the Old Town.
When exploring the beauty of Nuremberg’s medieval Old Town you may want to start right at the Koenigstor (“Kingsgate”) which is the gate right across from Nuremberg Central Station. From where the timber framed buildings, the Gothic Church of St.Lawrence and the Church of St.Sebaldus can be easily reached by foot. Right next to the Koenigstor is the Handwerkerhof (craft center), here you will feel like you are back in the medieval times, there are craft workshops like they used to have a long time ago as well as a gingerbread bakery. Make sure to enjoy a Nuremberg Bratwurst along with a beer or a glass of “Frankenwein” (franconian wine).
Day 2 Regensburg
In a little less than an hour the High-speed train (ICE) will take you from Nuremberg to Regensburg on Day 2 of your Germany and Austria Vacation Package. Your hotel is located in walking distance from Regensburg Central Station. You will be welcomed with legendary Bavarian hospitality into the best-preserved medieval city in Germany, where two thousand years of history remain alive today. Regensburg has a long history of imperial significance. The buildings, towers and churches offer an unspoiled peek into the past. You need not be a student of history to get a strong sense of what life was like in the days of old in Regensburg. Visit the dungeons, inquisition chamber and the exhibition of books and prints illustrating the history of the Imperial Diet. Castles, churches, monasteries and St. Peter’s Cathedral bear testimony to the grandeur of the prosperous medieval era, which is also brought to life in the many museums with their valuable and fascinating collections. The Stone Bridge and the Old Town Hall, set in the heart of the medieval city, are among the most important historic buildings in Germany.
Day 3 Vienna
After breakfast you High-speed train (ICE) will take you from Regensburg to Vienna, Austria´s Capital city. Travel time is about three hours. The price of your tour package already includes the 48 hour Vienna Card. With this card you enjoy more than 200 discounts in Vienna, at museums and sights, theaters and concerts, in shops, cafes, restaurants and also the “Heurige” wine taverns. But most importantly with this card you also enjoy unlimited free public transportation within Vienna. Even though your hotel is located in the City Center it is great to have the option to take the subway, a street-car or a public bus. On your first day in Vienna you may want to visit the Imperial Palace, for example, the “Hofburg Vienna”, the center of the former Habsburg Empire. The Palace was Sisi´s Imperial home and household, and the Imperial Apartments, the Sisi Museum and the Silver Collection can be visited here. At the Vienna Hofburg you also find the Spanish Riding Schoolwhere you may want to watch a performance or join a practice session and also the Old Town Hall which is close by. In immediate walking distance of the Hofburg you will find the State Opera House, definitely one of the world’s most famous Opera Houses where the Vienna Opera Ball takes place every year. St. Stephen’s Cathedral is the seat of the Archbishop of Vienna and it is a “must see” as well as smaller churches like the “Universitatskirche” (Jesuits Church) and the “Peterskirche” (St. Peter’s Church).
Day 4 Vienna
Enjoy a full day of sightseeing in Vienna with your 48 hour Vienna Card. Maybe you want to visit the “Ringstrasse”, a circular road around the inner city districts of Vienna. In the 19th century the road was replacing the Old City Wall which had been built in the 13th century. Many of the buildings you find along this road, the Austrian Parliament Building or the University of Vienna the for example, were built around the 1850´s. You may want to visit Schonbrunn Palace and its beautiful Garden. Your Vienna Card covers the fare to get there; the subway station “Schonbrunn” (subway line U4) is very close to the entrance of Schonbrunn Palace, once the summer residence of the Habsburg family and home of Maria Theresa. The Rococo palace is one of the most important architectural, cultural and historical monuments in Austria and nowadays is one of the most visited sights in Vienna. It all started with the building of a mansion on hunting grounds in 1548 just outside of Vienna. The impressive Palace in its present form (it has 1,441 rooms!) was built and remodeled around the 1750s by Maria Theresa. Make sure to plan in some time for a visit of Schonbrunn Garden. There you also find the Neptune Fountain and Gloriette, which was designed to symbolize the glory of the Habsburg power.
Day 5 Salzburg
In about 2 hours and 40 minutes the high-speed “Rail Jet” (RJ) will take you throughout Austria, from Vienna located in the east of Austria, close to the borders to Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary, to Salzburg, all the way in the west of Austria, right at the German border. Salzburg, beautiful town close to the Alp Mountains, birthplace of Mozart is also the site of the popular movie “The Sound of Music”. Your hotel is located in walking distance of Salzburg Central Station and in the early afternoon – after you have checked in – you will join the English-speaking most unique 4-hour Sound of Music tour yourself! This tour is an ideal opportunity to follow in the footsteps of Maria von Trapp while taking in local historical sights both from the city of Salzburg and also the picturesque lakes and mountains surrounding the city. After the tour you may want to walk across the Salzach River to take a look at Mozart’s birth house and the small shopping streets in the area. Here you also find a wide choice of restaurants for dinner.
Day 6 Munich
On board of the high-speed “Rail Jet” (RJ) you will continue your travels along the Germany and Austria Rail tour back into Germany; it takes about 1:40 hours from Salzburg to Munich Central Station. Your hotel is located in short walking distance from the station. The price of your tour already includes admission to many sights in Munich (Munich Residence and Residence Museum, Treasury, Cuvilliés-Theatre, Hall of Fame and Statue of Bavaria, Nymphenburg Palace and Park, Marstallmuseum, Museum of Nymphenburg Porcelain) and with your tour package you will also receive walking suggestions for a self-guided walking tour through Munich City Center. Along this walking tour you will visit the Marienplatz with the New Town Hall (with the “Glockenspiel”), the Konigsplatz (King´s Square), cultural center in the 19th century and later, during the “Third Reich”, site of Nazi Party mass rallies and location of the Nazi Party headquarters in Germany, the English Garden as well as the the State Opera House. You will be able to visit famous churches like Munich Frauenkirche, “Dom zu Unserer Lieben Frau (Cathedral of Our Dear Lady), with a height of 325 ft. a Munich landmark, St. Peters Church, built in the 14th century and the Asam Church, which was built as a private chapel and integrated into an apartment building. The tour will pass by the most famous Munich shopping streets (Kaufinger street and Neuhauser street) as well as by the “Viktualienmarkt”, a traditional farmers market (open every day except on Sundays). The tour will take you by the famous “Alois Dallmayr” luxury delicatessen and coffee store as well as to the Hofbrauhaus of course, probably the world’s most popular beer hall. This may be a great place to enjoy a hearty dinner and a fresh Mass of beer (one mug holds 33.8 US fl oz)!
Day 7 Escorted coach tour to the Royal Castles
Another highlight of your Europe Rail tour will be a visit of the world famous Neuschwanstein Castle. You will be on an all-day escorted coach tour which will first take you to Oberammergau for a photo stop (you may want take a look at the Festival Hall where the Passion Play takes place every ten years.) The coach will then take you to Linderhof Palace, the Royal Villa of King Ludwig II. The Palace and Park were inspired by Versailles and the rooms are beautifully decorated and furnished. After a short drive through Austria and back into Germany you will get to Neuschwanstein Castle. The picture of Neuschwanstein is probably present in everybody’s mind and Neuschwanstein really seems to be taken out of a fairy tale. You will join an English-speaking guided tour through the Castle. The tour of the interior, the Throne Hall, the Hall of the Singers, the Grotto and all of the private rooms which were built for King Ludwig II, will make the picture perfect! After the tour of the inside make sure to take some time to explore the castle grounds. The view of Neuschwanstein from the bridge behind the castle is like no other! Your luxury coach will take you back to Munich where you will arrive in time for dinner.
Day 8 Heidelberg
Today you continue your Germany and Austria Rail tour by taking an “InterCity” or “EuroCity” train from Munich to Heidelberg. The direct train takes a little less than three hours – it also passes by the cities of Ulm and Stuttgart and it is likely that you will see cargo trains running by carrying the latest models of Mercedes and Porsche cars which are produced Stuttgart. Since the rail station in Heidelberg is a little bit outside of the Old Town, where your hotel is located, your tour already includes a taxi transfer from Heidelberg Central Station to your hotel. Heidelberg is a beautiful historic town located along the banks of the Neckar River and the most significant sight is certainly the ruin of Heidelberg Castle, which is towering above the city. Since your hotel is located right inside of the Old Town of Heidelberg it is easy to explore historic Heidelberg by foot. Your tour package will include walking tour suggestions for the Old Town. Along the walking tour you will see the Old Bridge from where you have a nice view of the Old Town and the Castle ruins above. You will also pass by the “Marktplatz” (market place) which is the main square of Heidelberg, the “Peterskirche” (St. Peter´s Church) and the historic University of Heidelberg. Heidelberg´s University was founded 1386 and it is the oldest University in Germany and with more than 30.000 students it is still one of the most important universities in Germany today. If you want to enjoy a view over Heidelberg and the Neckar River you may want to walk up to the grounds of the castle ruins or – for a small fee, take the historic funicular up and down Heidelberg Castle.
Day 9 Frankfurt Int. Airport
Today your Germany and Austria Vacation Package ends. Depending on the departure time of your flight from Frankfurt International Airport we will arrange a transfer from your hotel to the airport. The airport shuttle bus will pick you up right at your hotel. Travel time from your hotel in Heidelberg to Frankfurt International Airport is about an hour.Would you like to download an overview of the 9 Day Germany and Austria Rail Circle Tour (9R02) as a pdf to print it out or to forward it to a friend? Please download it right here:
This is already included in the price of your tour
|Day 1 - Frankfurt Int. Airport to Nuremberg/ Nuremberg||Unrestricted High-Speed "ICE" rail ticket ticket (not restricted to a specific time) valid from Frankfurt Int. Airport to Nuremberg (the direct ICE train takes 2:20 hours)||Hotel Victoria (or similar if not available), located within the Old Town, right across from Nuremberg Central Station - 3 walking minutes)||Admission to the Imperial Castle in Nuremberg, admission to the Deep Well and to the Sinwell Tower|
|Day 2 - Nuremberg to Regensburg/ Regensburg||High-Speed "ICE" rail ticket valid from Nuremberg to Regensburg (the direct ICE train takes 55 minutes)||Hotel Bischofshof Am Dom (or similar if not available), located within 10 walking minutes from Regensburg Central Station||Buffet breakfast at your hotel in Nuremberg|
|Day 3 - Regensburg to Vienna/ Vienna||High-Speed "ICE" rail ticket valid from Regensburg to Vienna (the direct ICE train takes 3:22 hours)||Hotel Schani Wien (or similar if not available), located within 10 walking minutes from Vienna Central Station||Buffet breakfast at your hotel in Regensburg, 48h Vienna Card (free use of public transportation system; discounts on many cultural and touristic highlights)|
|Day 4 - Vienna||no rail ticket needed||Hotel Schani Wien (or similar if not available), located within 10 walking minutes from Vienna Central Station||Buffet breakfast at your hotel in Vienna, 48h Vienna Card (free use of public transportation system; discounts on many cultural and touristic highlights)|
|Day 5 - Vienna to Salzburg/ Salzburg||High-Speed "Rail-Jet" rail ticket from Vienna to Salzburg (the direct RJ train takes 2:22 hours)||Mozart Hotel (or similar if not available), located within 10 walking minutes from Salzburg Central Station||Buffet breakfast at your hotel in Vienna, 4 hr Sound of Music tour|
|Day 6 - Salzburg to Munich/ Munich||High-Speed "Rail-Jet" rail ticket valid from Salzburg to Munich (the direct RJ train takes 1:30 hours), ticket for unlimited free use of the public transportation system (buses, trams, subways) within Munich||King´s Hotel Center (or similar if not available), located within 10 walking minutes from Munich Central Station||Buffet breakfast at your hotel in Salzburg, Admission Residence Museum, Treasury
Admission Cuvilliés-Theatre, Admission Hall of Fame and Statue of Bavaria, Admission Nymphenburg Palace and Park, Admission Marstallmuseum and Museum of Nymphenburg Porcelain
|Day 7 - Royal Castles/ Munich||no rail ticket needed||King´s Hotel Center (or similar if not available), located within 10 walking minutes from Munich Central Station||Buffet breakfast at your hotel in Munich, All day escorted coach tour to Oberammergau and to the Royal Castles - Neuschwanstein Castle and Linderhof Palace, Admission Neuschwanstein Castle (Hohenschwangau), Admission Linderhof Palace & Park (Ettal)|
|Day 8 - Munich to Heidelberg/ Heidelberg||Speed "IC" rail ticket valid from Munich to Heidelberg (the direct IC train takes 2:57 hours)||Hotel Hollander Hof (or similar if not available), located in the Old Town (taxi transfer provided)||Buffet breakfast at your hotel in Munich, taxi transfer from Heidelberg Central Station to your hotel in Heidelberg Old Town|
|Day 9 - Heidelberg to Frankfurt Int. Airport/ Frankfurt Int. Airport||no rail ticket needed||no hotel needed||Buffet breakfast at your hotel in Heidelberg, airport shuttle transfer from your hotel in Heidelberg directly to Frankfurt Int. Airport|
The tour package we provide includes a day by day itinerary as well as all tickets, vouchers and information necessary to enjoy a great independent tour. It also contains general information about the cities you visit which you can downloaded from our website once your tour is confirmed.
This is not included in the price of your tour
- Airfare from/to your origin to/from Frankfurt International Airport
- all meals other than breakfast (which is included)
- gratuities (tips)
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The tour can be extended by adding extra nights in towns you visit along the tour.
Also, if you have two extra days, a day cruise on the Rhine River through the Upper Rhine Valley can be added (we will add two nights in Rudesheim am Rhein as well as the rail tickets needed) or a day trip by Rail to Lake Titisee/Black Forest can be addded (we will add two nights in Freiburg as well as the rail tickets needed – see our blog “Day trip to scenic Lake Titisee and into the Black Forest” for details). Please contact us for any customization requirements you may have – we will be happy to adjust the tour for you to Travel Your Way!
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The pre-planning and attention to detail by to-Europe was exceptional. The train reservations were accurately made. One recommendation would be to go to a DB office to request your tickets and not a kiosk, and make certain that they separate the reservation from the ticket. Hotels were walkable to the Train Stations and were clean and comfortable. Every city we visited was beyond beautiful. To-Europe did a first class job in every aspect.
We wanted a tour that was customized to our interests. to-europe arranged a trip that allowed us to do everything we imagined and more! We appreciated the ease of traveling the rail system. (For anyone going to Germany please remember the word for "ticket" in German is "Fahrkarten" and that the DB will issue 2 documents. One is reservation and the one which has Fahrkarten is the actual ticket. No big deal but we should have reviewed some essential German words before embarking on the trip!) Our accommodations were fine and usually near the train station. We appreciated the inclusion of 48 hr. transportation passes in several cities and the pass to get in to any museum, etc. The attention to details such as these made for a wonderful trip. If you are headed to Bavaria don't go without using to-europe to plan your trip. They will do as much or as little as you desire.
Great way to travel Europe for those with limited planning time and little experience planning train travel. The hotels and breakfasts were a great way to start the day and very close to all of the train stations. Accommodations were set up for triple and double occupancy with not difficulty. Communication was clear and our questions were answered quickly. We enjoyed all of our destinations! Thank you.
Great job by to-Europe in setting us up for our trip. Nice hotels, well-located, and the trains were a breeze thanks to having the coaches and seats booked in advance. The trip was well organized and stress-free. The only mistake was ours in not booking it for a longer stay!
Just got back a week ago from my Germany-Austria by rail trip. Had a great time and was impressed with how well organized T0 Europe was in setting us up. They were very responsive with emails before the trip and with one phone call I had to make with them during it. The hotels we were in were nice and they planned out all our train rides leading to the next city each day. They made it easy on us by planning it all out and even adjusted a few of the tours and added an extra day in Munich for us. Would recommend them to others and will definitely look at using them again. Good job!
Great tour! Excellent people to deal with! Would book another tour with them.
We completed our Germany/Austria vacation last month (July 2017) and had a fantastic time! The existing 9-day posted tour from to-europe.com was very close to what we were looking for, but we had booked flights for an 11-day visit. The to-europe.com team was very helpful in making alterations to accommodate us, adding a day each in Nuremberg and Heidelberg. For the extra Heidelberg day, they arranged an additional day-trip for us to visit the Black Forest.
The big advantage of using to-europe.com is that they handled all the logistics for us regarding all hotels and rail transportation. It would have been a lot more work if we had to research and figure out our own hotels in each city, but this was all arranged for us. Without exception, we liked every hotel that was chosen for us, each with a good breakfast included.
We did not want to book a tour where we would be stuck in a bus doing things as part of a big tourist group; we wanted to explore things ourselves at our own pace. This package was ideal for what we wanted because the arrangements were made for us, but the pace and choices for sightseeing were left up to us. (The two exceptions are the Bavarian castle day-trip, which was included for us as part of the package and was a definite highlight; and there was also a 4-hour Salsburg Sound-of-Music tour, which was an enjoyable overview of Salzburg sights in spite of temporarily being part of a captive audience.)
The to-europe folks gave good detailed instructions for the rail system and walking maps to get us to our hotel from each train station; all hotels were conveniently located.
This was our first time using to-europe, and we would absolutely use them again. I am confident that they would help customize the itinerary more if we wished -- for example, adding an extra day or two each in Vienna and Munich, given how much there is to see. They also communicated to us through personal email to help answer our extra questions.
AWESOME! I would refer anyone travelling in this area to use t0-europe.com. Everything went smooth. From accommodation, to transportation, to tours. We are a group that was used to having a tour guide so this was a new experience for us, and after a little adjustment at the beginning this trip was AMAZING!
Hotels couldn't have been better, train connections awesome, breakfast at the hotels were fantastic!
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Can't wait to use this tour group again!
One word to describe our review - MAGNIFICENT with 5 stars!
We had Thomas customised the 9 day to a full 15 days tour - adding additional nights in Vienna, Munich, Salzburg, plus a trip to Hallstatt and 2 nights in Rudesheim am Rhein.
All arrangements went like clockwork once we follow his instructions properly (yes, there was the first day where we lost our way getting out of the train station to our hotel, but that was our own doing by taking the lift into the underpass instead of into the main hall!
Requests on roomings were conveyed to all the eight hotels when we checked in. Hotels were of good standards and in great location, a couple were excellent. If I have to rack my brains to give a not-so-perfect comment, it would be that, we being Asians, would love a good hot breakfast. Three of the hotels we stayed in served only cold breakfast. Then again, this is just a matter of lifestyle preference.
To-Europe's kind of 'tour' is not common amongst our friends and in Singapore, and in fact, it's the first we come across. This is the ideal 'tour' for us. We had professional help in the planning of our itinerary, some places would never had been under our radar. This saves me so much work as I used to work very hard, all by myself, in our previous holidays We followed most recommendations, yet we were able to take it easy, as and how we want our day to be. All the places recommended were full of surprises and charm (to be honest, I had doubts on some until we arrived!).
We really do not have a ''review to give, other than that we simply love and were very happy with what To-Europe has done for us. From our first correspondence when we enquired till the receipt of all travel papers, all was prompt and efficient.
Thank you Thomas, Petra, Michaela and Diana - for giving us such a good time in Germany and in Austria.
Yes, we will recommend To-Europe. Yes, we will be looking at our next holiday with To-Europe.
After 6 weeks of business staying at Mannheim, my wife and I would like to have a few days traveling Germany and Austria. We were very fortunate to find this package from To-Europe site which shows us where to go sight seeing, arranging the train tickets (allowing a great deal of flexibility) and the hotels are just short walking distance from the train station. Overall, we had a wonderful experience on this tour and we would recommend to anyone interested in touring Germany and Austria. Thomas and his colleagues have been very helpful in all respects before and during the tour as well.
We were looking at doing a tour entirely by ourselves when we found the TO-Europe site. The services offered filled all those desired and allowed us to not have to worry about the details.
TO-Europe allowed us to customize our tour, and we added a day in Frankfurt both at the beginning and the end of the trip to allow us some time to get accustomed to time change at the beginning and refresh ourselves from the trip at the end. We also added a day in Salzburg so that we could take a tour to the Eagles Nest.
All of the hotels were convenient and the staffs at each location were very helpful. Travel by train was an eye-opener. Accustomed to traveling by auto and plane, we loved it that you could walk to the train station minutes before departure, get on and travel in comfort. We are already planning our future trips to be by train, if possible.
The tours were uniformly informative and interesting. We loved having the freedom to explore on our own and find the out of the way restaurants that the locals went to.
Our suggestion would be to add at least an additional day in Vienna if you can fit it in your schedule. We regretted not doing so. The scheduled tours were great, but one needs more time in that amazing city to visit all the sites!
We loved the trip and TO-Europe delivered everything they promised. We're already looking at a return trip next year to Italy using TO-Europe's services
We had looked at various bus or boat tours when we found the to-europe site. The idea of travelling "on our own" combined with some structured tours along the way sounded good.
To-europe was able to add more time at some cities and adjust other stops accordingly with no problem.
The hotels were all pretty nice and conveniently located. Being able to do a 9 day trip of at least a 1000 miles with hardly ever being in a car was great.
Having most of the planning and reservations covered made it an easy trip. We added a couple of tours (Danube River and Eagle's Nest) from some of the other plans listed here and didn't regret a choice.
We were awed by the beauty of Austria and Bavaria and had a great time figuring out which schnitzel, bier or strudel we liked the best when we took breaks from the sights.
The kid said it was the "Best Vacation Ever" and he's been to Disney World quite a few times!