Germany and Austria during Christmas time: expect to have a very special vacation in Southern Germany and Austria. Enjoy the visits of the historic Christmas Markets – a unique experience in a festive atmosphere!
This well designed 9-Day Germany & 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.
The rail tour includes unrestricted 2nd-class Rail tickets (see the tableau this is already included in the price of your tour). It is possible to upgrade all of the Rail Tickets to 1st-class Rail for an extra of US $ 179.00 per person (which also includes the reservation fee for specific seats)! 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 $ 1,469||US $ 2,249||US $ 1,299|
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Day 1 Nuremberg
By High-speed Rail (ICE) it takes less than 2,5 hours from Frankfurt/Frankfurt Airport to Nuremberg. Your hotel 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). The “Christkindles Markt” (Christ Child´s Market) in Nuremberg is among the most famous Christmas Markets in Germany. Held on Hauptmarkt square, one can enjoy the delicious Nuremberg Bratwurst while marveling at the beautifully decorated stalls offering local and traditional handicrafts and specialties in a medieval atmosphere.
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. During Christmas time the taste of punch, cookies, cinnamon stars and roasted chestnuts is all around the Old Town of Regensburg. Enjoy a glass of punch with a roll with roasted sausages – it’s a must!
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 Germany & Austria Christmas 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).
The “Christkindlmarkt” on the square in front of the City Hall is Vienna’s classic Christmas Market. Strolling among the elaborately decorated trees in the park, Viennese and visitors from all over the world can enjoy the wonderful Christmas atmosphere. The tree with seals, the “Kasperl tree“, the “Herzerlbaum” (Hearts tree) as well as the “Post office in the clouds” offer a perfect setting for a souvenir photo.
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. In the evening you will have time to visit the Christkindlmarkt again, of course!
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. Or you visit the wonderful Christmas market in Salzburg where you find various kind of delicatessen. The historic market was first mentioned in the 15th century is located at the foot of the Hohensalzburg fortress and around the Cathedral. This Christmas market offers many different crafts, local specialties and other Christmassy items.
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)! This is not far from the Marienplatz (Marien square) where the Christmas Market is located since the 14th century.
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 and/or another visit of the Munich Christmas Market!
Day 8 Heidelberg
In about three hour train ride by speed rail, from Munich to Heidelberg Central Station you will continue you Germany and Austria Rail tour. Since the station 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. The historic Christmas Market is held on seven squares around the Old Town, featuring those typical stalls displaying Christmas handicrafts, local specialties. At night enjoy the splendid view of the illuminated castle.
Day 9 Frankfurt Int. Airport
Today your Germany and Austria Christmas 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 Christmas Rail Tour (9R01) 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.
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- all meals other than breakfast (which is included)
- gratuities (tips)
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GERMANY & AUSTRIA CHRISTMAS RAIL TOUROur 9-Day Germany & Austria Christmas Rail Tour is over…..however, it was AWESOME, PERFECT, MAGICAL and filled us with memories for a life time! Your team did a superb job in arranging each detail – there was never any glitch ! The rail options, the instructions, the hotels were ‘spot on’ as were the tours. We did take advantage of our time in Munich to visit the Dachau concentration camp. We cannot thank you enough for enabling us to thoroughly enjoy our Christmas in Germany and Austria! We have shared our positive impression of your tour company with many of our friends and will continue to so do. – Gary, Judy, Laura, and Matthew L., Germantown, MD, USA View more
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Four of us had to-europe plan a self guided rail tour of Christmas Markets in Austria & Germany. We had a wonderful time partially because to-europe did an exceptional job of arranging all our lodging, train tickets, & extra excursions. Their staff was very professional & timely in responding to all of our pre-trip questions. Contacting a company via internet that I knew nothing about & then entrusting them with money, was somewhat scary for me, but after the success of our trip, I wouldn't hesitate to contact to-europe again to plan another adventure. Our hotels that they selected were great...clean, with friendly staff, & easily walk able to the train station in almost all the cities where we stayed. We paid a little extra to ride first class on the trains, which was worth it. There were no "glitches" with hotel vouchers, train tickets, shuttles to & from the airports, or extra excursion tickets. To-europe's staff did a fantastic job of communicating & organizing. Thanks to them for a very memorable trip.
Our trip was everything I hopped it would be "magical" the beautiful towns the fun markets, each one slightly different then the last, I feared we would be marketed out by the end but we weren't and could have gone longer. We did other things on our holiday beside the Christmas Market tour including France, Norway, the Netherlands, Belgium and Scotland but when people ask me what I liked best I would say the Christmas Market tour. I would highly recommend the To Europe team, everything was covered off and the hotels were all great. Thanks Vanessa and Matt Kelly
Our trip was absolutely magical-even traveling with 11 people (5 of whom were children ages 10-4)! Thank you to Michaela and Thomas for flawless planning! We decided to upgrade our rail tickets to 1st for the second half of the trip (secondary to logistics with baggage and small children) and we were able to work through the details with Thomas and get those printed-huge thank you! The castles, markets and Sound of Music tour in Salzburg were the biggest highlights for the children! It was amazing.
We have just returned from our wonderful holiday to the Christmas
Markets that Michaela very professionally, very understanding and very
knowledgeable, arranged for us.
Everything from the train travel, to the hotels, to the sightseeing tours and the information in each
information and tips in each town was just so well arranged. All went as
planned giving us a most remarkable with no worries, enjoyable and
unforgettable time in Germany and Austria. We included Switzerland in
our tour and we had the same experience there with Michaela's suggestions and arrangements, perfect!
It truely was a Wonderful White Christmas for us, something that we
would never experience here in Perth, Australia and one we will never
forget. A BIG THANKYOU to the crew of to-europe, Thomas, Michaela
and Petra for helping make this a holiday to remember.
The trip was wonderfully organized and both my daughter and I had a fantastic time. Excellent value for the money.
For 5 ladies travelling from Australia the adventure was exciting, fun, and magical with the weather turning on the snow everywhere we went. The arrangements and instructions for the tour were perfect, the hotels being ideally situated near rail stations and markets.
Knowing that contact with To-Europe was just a phone call away was comforting.
We all would highly recommend your company and the 9 Day tour, which was a perfect time frame.-Helen, Ange, Mal, Kerryn, Jill. Melbourne Australia.
Awesome arrangements. Not one glitch, all of the hotels were great, breakfasts, staff, beds, location! We added an extra two days, one at the beginning in Frankfurt and another in Vienna so we could see the Lippazaners, was glad to have a slower start to the trip as we loved Nuremberg and were a little less tired. Three days in Vienna was awesome as we were finally in sync with the time and the extra days were great. It was cold, but the weather never kept us out of the Markets or inside. This was our first rail tour and we will definitely do it again. Loved seeing the countryside on the rides. The train system is very efficient and easy to navigate as are the other transportation modalities in the cities. Can’t say enough positive about the to Europe team, they are great!
Our trip to the Christmas Markets in Germany was absolutely amazing and we owe it all to
to-Europe.com. Everything was so easy to follow and things were so smooth. I would highly recommend it to anyone!
We took the tour as is, beginning in Frankfurt before Nuremberg. Everything was more beautiful and magical than we anticipated! The to-Europe team did a brilliant job of organising everything, and the maps, guides and information was so incredibly helpful. The team were so quick to respond to our emails which was greatly appreciated. We encountered one issue with printing train tickets from the machine, although instructions were very clear. We just happened to be unlucky, and we suspect a couple of tickets were stuck in the machine. We later learned that you can ask the staff to print the tickets for you at the desk instead, so that would be our recommendation to anyone booking this trip. We would highly recommend this tour! Thanks, to-Europe.
This was our first trip to Europe and first time we have used a tour guide service. to-europe did a great job. everything they said they were going to do was done. We would highly recommend to -europe and will use them again.
Riding the rail was fun. The hotels were convenient, clean, and very nice. Tours were great as well.
Had a great 9 days
Narell and I with the help of the to-europe team customised the tour package to start in Munich, end in Saltzburg (near where our son lives) and adding an additional night in Frankfurt. For this the tour directions were straightforward and easy to follow. All hotels were high standard and conveniently located with english speaking helpful staff. The tour package appeared to be excellent value particularly as it removes the guesswork from self selecting accommodation. The to-europe market circuit and its included excursions is a fascinating and entertaining holiday experience which provides plenty of photo opportunities and fond memories. I think I need to revisit the Regansburg market for another of its steak sandwhices ("...Steak in Brot..."), Hiedelburg for a closer look at its castle and Vienna needs more time to explore. I am confident in recommending this tour.
We just returned from a modified 9 day Germany & Austria Christmas Rail Tour and want to really thank Michaela, Thomas and the rest of the To-Europe team for organizing an amazing journey. Like the other reviewers have said, the hotels, tours, and information were all excellent. At first we were a little hesitant about travelling around Germany by train, on our own, but the information and directions we were provided made everything easy. We did run into one small problem, but a quick email to To-Europe had the problem fixed in less than an hour (on a Sunday!). The fact that we did have a problem, and that it was fixed so quickly and efficiently truly demonstrates what a great organization they have and how much they care about their clients. We wouldn't hesitate to recommend To-Europe for anyone wanting to explore Europe.
Thanks so much to the team at To-Europe for an awesome Christmas trip to Germany and Austria. Everything was organized perfectly and it was an easy and affordable way to see some great cities for the Christmas season. The team accommodated our requested changes making it possible to spend 2 days in Vienna which was phenomenal and a day in Innsbruck, which may have been one of the most picturesque settings I have ever seen. All train tickets were perfect, hotel reservations were in great 4 star hotels and in great locations to enjoy the old towns easily from the train stations. I am already exploring other trips to let To-Europe help me plan. Highly recommended and I will be passing their info on to many American tourists looking to explore new countries.
Thanks very Much and Happy Holidays!!!
My husband and II agree that this was one of the most enjoyable vacations we've experienced and it's definitely deemed a 5 Star Rating!
Thomas, Michaela and Diana did a fabulous job organizing the hotels, 1st class rail tickets and providing ideas of things to do in each town.
Thank you so much for the instructions on how to print out the first rail ticket in Frankfurt and for the directions to each hotel.
The morning breakfasts provided at the hotels were a great way to start our day as there were several warm dishes as well as the standard European breakfast of cheeses, meats, breads, pastries, cereal, etc.
The Christmas Markets were so much fun and our favorites were in Nuremberg, Salzburg, Vienna and Regensberg. We went to the Christmas Market at the Thurn and Taxis Palace in Regensburg and it was truly magical and romantic as there were christmas lights, candles and fire pits all around.
Drinking the Gluhwein was another highlight for us, especially to keep us warm in the cold weather.
This is the 2nd tour we've done with to-europe, and it definitely won't be the last.
Thank you for EVERYTHING
Tracy and Jeff