Nestled in the heart of Europe, Austria and Germany enchant travelers with a harmonious blend of stunning landscapes, rich history, and vibrant culture. From the majestic peaks of the Bavarian Alps to the timeless elegance of Vienna, these countries offer a treasure trove of experiences for all types of travelers. Explore the lively streets of Munich or discover the melodious serenity of Salzburg. See the region's winter holiday markets or cruise the Danube for the ultimate, all-inclusive trip. Join us as we delve into some of our favorite destinations and activities across Austria and Germany.

Explore Vienna's Imperial Legacy in Austria

Embark on your Austrian adventure in Vienna, a city renowned for its magnificent architecture, café culture, and classical music. Discover the grandeur of Vienna's imperial history with visits to Hofburg Palace, the former royal residence, and Schönbrunn Palace, an opulent summer retreat.

Explore the city's stunning architecture and immerse yourself in its rich heritage. Roam the historic center and be captivated by St. Stephen's Cathedral and immerse yourself in Vienna's musical legacy with a classical concert or opera performance at prestigious venues like the Vienna State Opera. During the winter months, don't miss a change to visit Austria's Christmas Markets, some of the most famous and festive in the area. 

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Gloriette, the Neptune Fountain and Great Parterre in the lush gardens and of Schönbrunn Palace

Discover Bavaria's Fairytale Castles in Germany

Bavaria's enchanting castles, some of the most intriguing castles in Europe, include the iconic Neuschwanstein Castle and the majestic Thurn und Taxis Palace. Visit either and immerse yourself in a fairy tale brought to life.

Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany

Nestled amidst the picturesque landscapes of Bavaria, Germany, Neuschwanstein Castle stands as an iconic symbol of fairy-tale charm and architectural splendor. Commissioned by King Ludwig II of Bavaria in the 19th century, this enchanting castle is a remarkable example of Romanticism and neomedieval architecture. Perched atop a rugged hill, surrounded by lush forests, and overlooking the Hohenschwangau Valley, Neuschwanstein appears as if it emerged from the pages of a storybook.

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Neuschwanstein Castle in Southern Bavaria, overlooking the Hohenschwangau Valley

Stepping inside Neuschwanstein is like entering a realm of fantasy. The interior boasts intricately designed rooms adorned with ornate decorations, including the breathtaking Throne Hall, which draws inspiration from Wagnerian opera. Visitors are captivated by the enchanting ambiance and the castle's connection to Ludwig's deep admiration for the composer Richard Wagner. Its ethereal beauty has made it a popular tourist attraction, inspiring countless artists and filmmakers worldwide. Neuschwanstein Castle's blend of natural beauty and architectural elegance makes it a must-visit destination for those seeking a magical experience in the heart of Bavaria.

Follow the Music in Salzburg, Austria

Wander the labyrinthine cobbled streets of Salzburg's historic Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where every corner unveils a piece of history, from elegant baroque architecture to charming cafes tucked away in centuries-old buildings, creating a truly enchanting experience that resonates with both music and history enthusiasts alike.

Mozart's Birthplace & Museum in Salzburg

Immerse yourself in the cultural riches of Salzburg, the enchanting birthplace of the musical genius Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and embark on a journey through the city's storied past and vibrant present. Delve into the timeless melodies that echo through Mozart's birthplace, now a museum dedicated to his life and works, and marvel at the musical genius that left an indelible mark on the world.

Sound of Music Scenes in Salzburg

While in the city, step into the enchanting world of the classic 1965 musical "The Sound of Music," and retrace iconic scenes from the beloved film amidst the city's stunning backdrop. Follow in the footsteps of the von Trapp family and visit locations like the charming Mirabell Gardens, where Maria and the children danced to the tune of "Do Re Mi," and the awe-inspiring Nonnberg Abbey, where Maria found her calling.

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Mirabell Gardens in Salzburg, Austria featured in the musical, "The Sound of Music"

Take a River Cruise Through Germany and Austria

Cruise the 'Blue Danube' River

Set sail on one of our captivating Danube River Cruises, for an enchanting journey that gracefully winds its way through the heart of both Austria and Germany, offering travelers a mesmerizing tapestry of experiences against the backdrop of stunning landscapes, quaint and picturesque towns, and a rich tapestry of cultural encounters that will leave a wonderful and lasting impression.

Get Festive with a Winter Christmas Market Cruises through Germany and Austria

Step into a world of pure enchantment and immerse yourself in the magical ambiance of Austria and Germany's celebrated Christmas Markets, where the heartwarming spirit of the holiday season comes alive in every glittering corner. Picture yourself beneath the radiant glow of illuminated squares, their cobblestone paths adorned with charming stalls offering a kaleidoscope of handcrafted treasures, from delicate ornaments to intricately carved nativity scenes. The festive atmosphere is further heightened by the towering Christmas trees, resplendently decorated with twinkling lights and glittering ornaments, casting a warm, inviting glow over the bustling marketplaces.

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Town squares and castle courtyards transform across Europe for the holiday Markets

On one of our Christmas Market Cruises, you'll journey to enchanting holiday markets along the Danube, and find yourself transported to cities like Nuremberg, where the world-famous Christkindlesmarkt beckons with its centuries-old tradition and the scent of gingerbread cookies and mulled wine wafting through the air.

In Regensburg, you'll meander through historic streets adorned with festive decorations, relishing the aroma of roasted chestnuts and sizzling bratwurst as you browse stalls filled with unique handcrafted gifts and traditional crafts with the ground of Thurn and Taxis Palace.

Gorgeous Passau, at the confluence of three rivers, offers a picturesque setting for its Christmas market, where you can savor seasonal delights, from warm, spicy Glühwein to delectable pastries, all while soaking in the joyous spirit of the holiday season against the backdrop of the serene and scenic Danube.

Roam the Romantic Rhine Valley, Germany

Embark on a remarkable voyage through the Romantic Rhine Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage site that beckons travelers with its enchanting blend of timeless charm and natural beauty. As you traverse the winding path of the Rhine River, you'll find yourself immersed in a storybook landscape where every bend reveals a new chapter in the form of charming medieval towns, their timeworn streets adorned with half-timbered houses and quaint squares bustling with local life.

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View of the Rhine River at sunset, passing a small town in Germany

Admire the serenity of vineyard-covered hills that stretch as far as the eye can see, a testament to the region's rich winemaking heritage. These terraced vineyards not only create a picturesque backdrop but also offer a delightful opportunity to savor some of the finest wines produced along the Rhine. The journey through the Romantic Rhine Valley is further enriched by the presence of iconic castles that perch atop rugged cliffs, their ancient stones whispering tales of knights, battles, and centuries gone by. Our Rhine River Cruises provide the perfect platform to immerse yourself in this extraordinary journey, where every moment is a postcard-worthy memory waiting to be captured.

7 more amazing places to visit in Austria & Germany

1. Dürnstein

Visit the picturesque town of Dürnstein, nestled along the Danube's serene shores. Roam the quaint streets and immerse yourself in the timeless beauty of well-preserved medieval architecture. Ascend to Dürnstein Castle, perched atop a hill, for sweeping vistas of vineyards and the river below. Savor the region's world-renowned wines at local wineries, a must-experience for wine enthusiasts.

2. Nuremberg

Explore the captivating city of Nuremberg during your river cruise. Wander through the charming old town, admire the Gothic Church of Our Lady, and delve into the city's history at the Documentation Center Nazi Party Rally Grounds and Nuremberg Trials Memorial. Don't miss indulging in local specialties like Nuremberg sausages and immersing yourself in the magic of the Christkindlesmarkt, one of Germany's oldest and most traditional Christmas markets.

3. Passau

Discover Passau, where the Danube, Inn, and Ilz rivers converge. Stroll through the baroque Old Town with its cobblestone streets and visit the awe-inspiring St. Stephen's Cathedral, home to the world's largest church organ. Enjoy a leisurely walk along the riverside promenade and soak in scenic vistas. Explore the city's history at Veste Oberhaus, a medieval fortress offering panoramic views of Passau.

4. Regensburg

Enchanting experiences await in Regensburg as you explore its UNESCO World Heritage-listed medieval Old Town. Marvel at stunning architecture, including the iconic Regensburg Cathedral and the historic Stone Bridge. Dive into the city's rich cultural heritage at the Regensburg Museum and savor the famous "Bratwurst." During the holiday season, immerse yourself in the festive ambiance of Regensburg's Christmas market, where gingerbread cookies, mulled wine, and live performances await.

5. Linz

Dive into the vibrant culture of Austria's third-largest city, Linz. Delve into history by visiting Mozart's apartment and the old Jesuit Cathedral. Satisfy your palate at Konditorei Jindrak, renowned for the Original Linzer Torte. Lose yourself in the charming Old Town's cobblestone streets and admire the medieval architecture. A leisurely stroll along the Danube River and the captivating atmosphere of Donaupark await your exploration.

6. The Wachau Valley

Experience the Wachau Valley's charm with a unique tasting of organic wines at Nikolaihof, one of Austria's oldest wineries. The setting is awe-inspiring, with remnants of an ancient Roman fort and tastings held in a deconsecrated 15th-century chapel. Nikolaihof's biodynamically certified wines, hand-harvested grapes, and meticulous aging in Austrian oak casks for up to two decades exemplify excellence in winemaking.

7. Melk

Venture into Melk, where history and art blend seamlessly. The hill above Melk boasts a castle gifted by the Babenbergs to Benedictine monks, transforming it into Central Europe's premier center of learning. Marvel at the awe-inspiring baroque art and architecture within the fortified abbey. Don't forget to gaze upon the ceiling fresco by Paul Troger, a masterpiece that symbolizes a journey from darkness to enlightenment.

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