Whimsical palaces and gingerbread castles set the theme of this
fairy-tale rail tour, during which we relax in the wonderful
Bavarian countryside, visit the mysterious Church of Weis, and take
a trip by train up the Zugspitze, the highest mountain in
First Class rail travel unless otherwise described (Standard Premier Class on Eurostar journeys with a light meal and drinks)
All coach transfers
4* Hotel Accommodation
9 nights' hotel accommodation
NEW Inclusive Luggage Transfer
Throughout 1x bag up to 25kg per hotel room
Excursions & Entertainment
The services of a professional UK Tour Manager from start to finish
Exclusive meeting point at our dedicated Departure Office in St Pancras
Food & Drinks
6 dinners, and a farewell dinner in Füssen
What’s not included
Cancellation & Travel Insurance is not included in the price of the tour but can be arranged
Day 1 - Stuttgart
We meet at our Departure Office in London St Pancras and take
the Eurostar to Brussels. On arrival, change trains and continue to
Stuttgart for an overnight stay.
Day 2 - Füssen
We continue to Bavaria by rail (Standard Class) today. One of
Germany's most popular regions, Bavaria is known for its stunning
natural landscapes, studded with fairytale castles and quaint
medieval towns. We arrive in Füssen on Germany's Romantic Road, set
in an idyllic location in front of the Bavarian Alps, where we
check into the 4-Star Hotel Schlosskrone in the heart of the
Days 3-4 - At leisure in Füssen
Today, and on Day 4, you are at leisure to soak
up the quintessential Bavarian charm of Füssen. Füssen found on the
banks of the Lech River and near the Forggensee lake, with its
settlement dating back to the times of the Roman Empire. The town
is filled with delightful buildings with rust-coloured red roofs
and squares of bars, cafés and restaurants. Well worth a visit is
the pretty St. Mang's Abbey. This wonderful old Benedictine
Monastery boasts ornate plasterwork and splendid interiors within
its noble old buildings. With the town itself being used as a
retreat for the Prince-Bishops of Augsburg, there are strong
religious connotations here, and St. Mang's Abbey is a
demonstration of the wealth which the visiting Prince-Bishops
bestowed upon the region.
Day 3 - Breakfast
Day 4 - Breakfast
Day 5 - The Zugspitze
Today we enjoy one of the region's most popular rail journeys,
as we take an excursion on the Zugspitze Railway, reaching the
summit of Zugspitze - which at 9,718 ft (2,962 m) is the highest
mountain in Germany. Our train departs from the town centre and
climbs along the mountain base, passing the Eibsee Lake as well as
'Hell Valley', named so thanks to it's narrow gorge that gives way
to steep valley walls, on its way to the Zugspitzplatt, situated by
the impressive Schneeferner glacier. Boasting of the title of
Germany's largest glacier, this is a popular place for skiers after
being formed in the 'Little Ice Age' in the 19th century.
From here our journey continues by cable car (weather
permitting) high above the dense forests to the very summit of
Zugspitze. The rocky peak offers breathtaking panoramic views over
Bavaria, Switzerland, Austria and Italy. We pause at Eibsee on our
descent, where you have free time to soak up the natural beauty of
the lake before returning to our hotel.
Days 6-7 - Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau
Today's full-day excursion is arguably the highlight of our
tour, as we visit 2 of Europe's most beautiful castles. We begin
with a visit to King Ludwig's marvellous childhood home of
Hohenschwangau. Situated on a verdant and tree covered hill, this
yellow fortress is covered in towers and turrets that lend an air
of the fanciful to the entire building. Here, we learn about the
fascinating history of the two structures. Hohenschwangau was built
on the site of the 12thcentury Schwanstein Fortress, but fell into
disrepair during the 18th century. It was sold, and then lovingly
reconstructed by Ludwig's father in the 1830s.
From here Ludwig planned his own larger, more impressive castle,
just a stone's throw away: Neuschwanstein. We continue to this
spectacular building, bristling with turrets and parapets, for a
guided tour. The castle was the inspiration behind one of the most
famous castles in modern times - the famed Sleeping Beauty Castle
in Disneyland. Surprisingly enough, for the time it was built,
Neuschwanstein was equipped with many modern conveniences, but
incredibly was only occupied for 170 days before Ludwig was
deposed. We take in the opulence of this awe-inspiring palace - one
of Germany's most popular attractions - with its sumptuous wood
carvings, beautiful chandeliers and lavish paintings which adorn
the majestic rooms.
Day 7 is spent at leisure in picture-book
Füssen. The nearby Forggensee lake is an attractive proposition,
with the town itself having many transport links to this gentle
lake where you can enjoy a leisurely boat ride. Alternatively, you
may wish to visit Munich, the capital of Bavaria. The city has a
wonderful collection of museums, art galleries and architectural
Day 6 - Breakfast, Dinner
Day 7 - Breakfast
Day 8 - The Church of Wies and Linderhof
This morning we visit the mysterious Church of Weis, a
remarkable building whose immaculate Rococco architecture is found
nestled among the deep forests of Bavaria. Its magnificent halls
are classic examples of Bavarian Rococo architecture, featuring
ornate and curved stonework, vibrant and luxurious colours and
shimmering golden furnishings. It's been a church of pilgrimage
ever since the neighbouring hamlet experienced a miracle when tears
appeared on a wooden figure of Christ, and its significance earned
it UNESCO World Heritage status in 1983.
In the afternoon, we visit Linderhof, the smallest palace
commissioned by Ludwig II. The whole complex incorporates a range
of architectural influences and here we explore the striking Hall
of Mirrors which was supposedly used by the king as a type of
living room, he was known to spend a lot of his time sat here
reading solemnly, candles would burn through the night and create a
unique atmosphere because of the myriad of reflections generated in
Days 9-10 - Nuremberg and London
Leaving Füssen today, we travel to Nuremberg (Standard Class),
where you have some free time to explore the attractive city. You
may like to visit the Old Town, which dates back to medieval times
and boasts several wonderful Gothic Churches. We spend the night at
a local hotel.
On Day 10 we travel to Brussels to connect with
the Eurostar service to London.
Please note: One of the excursions on this tour
is at high altitude. If you have any medical conditions or concerns
that could impact this part of the tour, we recommend you seek
medical advice and talk to us. We want to make sure that any
holiday you book is right for you.
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Overall a great holiday but the visits to the fairytale castles were disappointing- rushed through in 30 minutes and very crowded.
Hotels satisfactory but the food at the Garmish venue was rather too little in the evenings. Breakfasts excellent.
Mr R Lennon
It would have been 5 stars if the hotel meals had been better with more choice and larger portions.
all the timetables were well integrated, the tour guide was excellent, and the trips out were interesting and well planed.
The holiday overall was great not to busy time to enjoy the experience.
Mr B Roberts
The arrangements, content, and management of the holiday were all excellent,