Through the historic, the natural, the exceptional this route gives the chance for a quick look at so much, takes you through these seven central European countries. You will see and hear, taste and feel, look back on memories, pictures and souvenirs knowing this incredible time through the seven was heaven.
Your chauffeur-guide will meet and greet you at the arrivals hall and show you to your hotel. Depending on the time of day and your needs, make a little overview of the city of Munich, the capital of Bavaria or choose to visit Nymphenburg- palace and gardens the country residence of the Bavarian Royals Residenz – for centuries the seat of the Dukes, Electors, and Kings of BavariaFrauenkirche – the cathedral Church of Our Lady Allianz Arena – the “Residence” of the Bavarian kings of soccer “Bayern München” and paradise for soccer lovers World of BMW/BMW museum – home of high class cars and lifestyle articles English Garden – charming city center gardens with cafes and space to stroll Hofbrauhaus – the most famous Oktoberfest and beer hall location of Bavaria Marienplatz – the heart of old town Munich with nearby shopping streets and beer halls.
Departure from Munich may be delayed if some sights are yet to be visited. Heading out of Bavariainto the hills of the Czech Republic towards Prague we can visit the Bohemian city of Pilsen, famous for brewing since the 13thcentury. Due to the reputation of the beer, it maybe a suitable lunch spot. The gothic cathedral dominates the old city center. Arriving in Prague, make an overview tour of the city. Prague – the “Golden City of a Hundred Spires” – was residence of the Bohemian Kings. It was a seat of residence of the Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire and became a political and multi-cultural center of middle Europe.
This is the day to discover and enjoy Prague. The main highlights would be the Charles Bridge, the Old Town Square, Wenceslas Square, the Astronomical Clock and the Castle, with a little time for shopping too.
We set off early soon after breakfast to reach Vienna to see the sights of Imperial Vienna in the afternoon. Schonbrunn Palace and the beautiful buildings of the 150 year old Ringstrasse. It is considered the most beautiful boulevard in the world.
Our first stop is the Parndorf Designer Outlet Shopping Centre,a veritable shoppers’ paradise, then onto Slovakia. We take an overview of Bratislava, a city astride the Danube and bordering both Austria and Hungary, moving onto Budapest, visiting both sides Buda and Pest, the castle and Heroes Square.
We take the road to Lake Balaton, for the locals the Hungarian Sea – the largest lake in Central Europe, perhaps good for a scenic lunch breakfast, Hungary’s most popular summer holiday resort. We leave the lake and Hungary crossing into Slovenia. Maribor is the second city of Slovenia with the river Drava passing through it. It is well known for its wines and in the old town a 400 year old vine can be seen, with medieval towers and city walls to see too.
We are off to see the capital city Ljubljana with a riverside walk in the old town before heading to Postonja for a visit to the caves, 24km of passages, galleries and magnificent halls. Time permitting we could also visit the nearby Predjama castle. Then north on the road towards Austria to the Slovenian Alpine resort of Bled. A scenic lakeside town with Slovenia’s only island. Things to do…take a walk, take a boat ride, visit the island, visit the Castle.
Today we are crossing back into Austria, passing through mountainous terrain. On the way we could make a detour to visit the world’s largest Ice Caves or the Werfen Castle, the Golling Waterfall or the Bad Durrnberg Salt Mine, following the Salzachriver into Salzburg. Salzburg is the city of Mozart, ” The Sound of Music” film locations and office of Edelweiss Tours. For the evening your choice of dinners, concerts and dinner-concerts are available.
Most important in Salzburg is walking in the old town, visiting the castleand the Mirabell Gardens. There are two Mozart museums and a good choice of other museums, We can go to a view point to overlook the city and surrounding mountains called Maria Plain, spend some time at the Designer Outlet Shopping Center, view the cars, airplanes and other machines at Red Bull’s Hanger 7. A choice of staying in and around Salzburg, or other side trips possible would be to the Salzkammergut lake district and Hallstatt, or Hitler’s Eagles Nest and Berchtesgaden.
On the road towards Innsbruck detours near the river Inn could include the Upside-Down House, the Schwaz silver mine, the Rattenberg crystal village or The World of Swarovsky. Lunch break in the old town center of Innsbruck walking the old streets and seeing the Golden roof. We follow the Inn further upstream into the mountains passing some famous ski resorts, crossing into Switzerland yet still following the Inn until the village of Susch. We take the 2383m Fluela Pass to reach Davos, Europe’s highest village at 1560m. It has some elegant old hotels and stunning Alpine scenery, and hosts the World Economic Forum each winter.
From Davos we pass Klosters, another famous ski resort, passing some lakes to reach Lucern. Catch the feel of the city by walking over the famous Chapel Bridge and visit the Lion Monument. Now through to Engelberg to visit 3239m Mount Titlis with its glacier and wintery scenery – even in summer! Then we drive through to Interlaken, meaning “between lakes”. It is a resort town between lakes Thun and Brienz with some elegant hotels.
It’s a short ride to Lauterbrunnen to connect up the mountain to the Jungfraujoch. Joch is the saddle at 3466m between the peaks of Jungfrau and Monch. There are restaurants, specialist shops and observatory, views of the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau mountains. On return to the valley we set off for Zurich. In Zurich the old town, town hall and lakeside promenades are enchanting. Bahnhofstrasse is the main old shopping street.
We can choose how to use the time, to leave Zurich later or arrive in Munich earlier. Possible stops include the Rhine Falls at Schaffhausen, the Flower Island of Mainau or the floating stage of Bregenz. In Munich according to time available walking in the MarienplatzHofbrauhaus area with a chance for last minute souvenir shopping.
Some extra time may be available to use in Munich before going to the airport, depending on the departure time.
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