The Itinerary 16 days / 15 nights
- 1 Day: You arrive to Vienna, start to enjoy your first day in Austria capital and stay overnight
- 2 Day: Your second day in Vienna and stay overnight
- 3 Day: Your third day in Vienna day trip to Baden bie Wien (35 min), in a evening come back to Veinna and stay overnight
- 4 Day: Train from Vienna to Zalsburg (approx. 2 hrs 30 mins), enjoy your day and stay overnight
- 5 Day: Your second day in Zalsburg and stay overnight
- 6 Day: Train from Zalsburg to Munich (approx. 1 hrs 30 mins), enjoy your day and stay overnight
- 7 Day: Your second day in Munich and stay overnight
- 8 Day: Your third day in Munich and stay overnight
- 9 Day: Train from Munich to Innsbruck (approx. 1 hrs 40 mins), enjoy your day and stay overnight
- 10 Day: Your second day in Innsbruck and stay overnight
- 11 Day: Train Brenner Pass* from Innsbruck to Verona (approx. 3 hrs 20 mins), enjoy your day and stay overnight
- 12 Day: Your second day in Verona and stay overnight
- 13 Day: Train from Verona to Venice (approx. 1 h 30 mins), enjoy your day and stay overnight
- 14 Day: Your second day in Venice and stay overnight
- 15 Day: Your third day in Venice and stay overnight
- 16 Day: Take a nice breakfast in your hotel, have a nice walk (depends on time of your fly tickets) and fly back home
Vienna is a compact city and is relatively easy to get round to explore its major sights. Some of the must see landmarks are St Stephen’s Cathedral and the Schonbrumm Palace and Hofburg Palace. If you need a rest from sightseeing, take a break at a Viennese coffee house for an authentic taste of local life.
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The Viennese coffeehouse is an oasis of cosiness. It has historically played a crucial role in the shaping of culture in Vienna. Today, this unique phenomenon is well known all around the world...
"Viennese Apple Strudel"...Some clichés are clichés for a reason. This here is certainly one of them. It took Austria at least two dynasties of decadent monarchs to come up with delicious treats like that while ignoring things like international relations and world politics.
With one single cup of coffee, which traditionally comes served on a silver tray with a glass of water, one is entitled to linger in the coffeehouse for hours and hours, even without ordering anything else, making you feel at home. It is here, in this amazing institution full of history, emotions and life, where poetry comes to life.
But what does the Viennese coffeehouse exactly stand for apart from perfectly brewed coffee?...
...“The Viennese Coffeehouse is like second living room - it is here that you win your everyday inspiration. ”
The imperial town of Baden bie Wien
The imperial town of Baden in Austria has always been the home of fine culture. Villas, Palais houses, noble bourgeoisie town houses all carry the signature of great architects of the Biedermeier time and Art Deco. Follow in the footsteps of Moreau, Josef Kornhäusel and Otto Wagner. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Ludwig van Beethoven composed in Baden As did many other compsers: Franz Liszt; Josef Lanner; the two Strauss composers; Carl Michael Ziehrer and Karl Millöcker.
Apart from tons of art and culture, Baden near Vienna provides nearly inexhaustible options for regional day trips. Enjoy excursions stretching from the castle ruins of the Helenental Valley to the monasteries of Mayerling and Heiligenkreuz
Baden has very nice architecture, abundance of adorable stores, good food and many nice places to visit. One of them, which we due to cold weather missed this time, is Rosarium – the largest rose garden in Austria.
This charming Austrian town is most famous for being the birthplace of the classical composer Mozart, but has so much more in terms of historical sights and fun attractions. The list below details the top things to do in Salzburg and contains a wide variety, from Museums and Gardens to Churches and Mountains.
One of the largest UNESCO World Heritage sights by area, the Salzburg Old town or Altstadt encompasses many of the City’s main sights and is full of historical buildings, beautifully designed squares and quaint little side-streets leading off to forgotten corners.
The building style consists mainly of Medieval and Baroque architecture and the old town is just a great place to walk through.
The Old Town is a perfect starting place for your time in Salzburg and you could easily spend a day getting lost in the streets, admiring the sights, having a coffee or maybe doing some shopping.
As one of the most visited museums in the world, the birthplace of this legendary Classical Composer is a must see sight in Salzburg. The museum contains everything Mozart, from details of his childhood life, to musical instruments he owned and composed his famous symphonies with.
A fine example of a Baroque Cathedral, the Salzburg Cathedral is located in an enclosed square next to the Salzburg Residenz and St.Peter’s Abbey, creating a lovely historical area to visit.
This Cathedral has been demolished and rebuilt several times from its initial creation in 774 and now stands as a striking piece of architecture; the front facade has dual bell towers and outside sits the Marian Column in the middle of the “Domplatz”. Although a relatively simple design, it is still striking while its interior is magnificent.
Bavaria’s capital is a cocktail of beloved sights, opulent Baroque churches and museums of the highest order. Munich’s Kunstareal is a cluster of art museums with so many masterpieces it’s difficult to know where to begin. A week would never be enough to see all of them, and these invaluable collections were assembled by the Wittelsbach monarchs who ruled Bavaria up to the 20th century.
Their palaces in the city are two of the many glorious monuments to take in, and you’ll catch sight of Alps from the top of the Rathaus and St Peter’s Church. Munich is also the city of some world-famous German exports like BMW, FC Bayern and the incomparable Oktoberfest, more than two weeks of beer-fuelled merrymaking every Autumn.
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What began as a 14th-century castle for the Wittelsbach monarchs on the northern edge of the city burgeoned over the course of several hundred years into a sublime palace complex of ten courtyards and 130 rooms.
Successive dukes, emperors, princes and kings all made grand statements in the Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo and Neoclassical styles. Given the size of the palace and the richness of its art, the Munich Residenz is a sight to do in several visits if you can
Munich is a city of constant eating. In the early morning folks hurry along with a good coffee and a fresh donut to go. Those with the time find a spot in a café at Marienplatz for a lingering breakfast. Do you prefer continental, healthy, sweet, or Bavarian? Doesn't matter, they're all available!
Beginning the day with white veal sausage and wheat beer will, however, provide you with a certain relaxed weightiness that perfectly matches our humanely leisurely city tempo. In between maybe grab a big buttered pretzel or a proper hot bologna roll. At noon, choose from roast pork, meatloaf, river trout, grilled sausages, or crunchy fresh market salads.
Local producers manage to put an amazing variety of foods on our plates. In the afternoon, we are tempted by Bavarian sausage and cheese specialty plates with hearty bread - or by heavenly cakes.
And in the evening? The Munich bars chug merrily along, ranging from rowdy and rustic medieval meals to the quieter romance of - oh yes - Bavarian haute cuisine! End the day with Bavarian tapas or dive into the social life of the city with a bit of glitz and glamor. Munich's real gastronomical highlight is its diversity. We, your Munich city center restaurateurs, invite you to enjoy this variety.
Innsbruck in Tirol is a little different than most European towns as this city is surrounded by majestic mountains.
“The mountains provide a sense of direction, of belonging. A way to escape from the daily grind of life. A simple hike into the mountains refreshes the soul”
You had a good breakfast in your hotel, but if one more coffee, or tea, is what you need first before you start your discovery of Innsbruck, head to "Zimt and Zucker" for some delicious pastries or maybe even a cookie shaped like a tile from the Golden roof!
Emperor Maximilian I of the Habsburgs, one of the most powerful dynasties in Europe had Innsbruck as the capital of his empire and was invested in making sure the world knew and recognized his influence and the power of the Hapsburgs. Innsbruck was already well known since the 1500s.
The Golden Roof, Goldenes Dachl, - a balcony on the main square, with 2657 gold-plated copper tiles, is the main attraction of Innsbruck. It was built in 1946 to commemorate Maximilian’s marriage to Bianca Maria Sforza. The balcony was used b them to watch festivals and tournaments carried out in the main square.
You can visit the small Goldenes Dachl museum and view the old town just as the Emperor did! The museum examines the history of the roof, life in Tyrol in the middle ages, and the life of emperor Maximilian.
Depending on when and where you’d like to have lunch continue your day by taking a walk around the old town Altstadt, an attraction in its own right.
Numerous examples of old Tyrolean architecture in addition to Renaissance, Baroque and Rococo buildings with colorful facades can be found in the old town. Some buildings have been around for more than 500 years! There’s also beautiful doorways, quaint shops, medieval houses with narrow tiled streets here.
Just opposite to the Golden Roof is Helblinghaus. Named after one of it’s owners, Sebastian Helbling, it was built in Gothic style and was later renovated with a Baroque facade. There’s cherubs, leaves, shells, fruits and icing-like decor on the facade in Rococo style. Helblinghaus is not open to visitors but can be viewed from the square from the outside.
Supposedly the oldest museum in the world, Schloss Ambras, Ambras Castle. It is the most visited attraction in Innsbruck, supposedly even more than the Golden Roof.
The castle, perched on a hill above Innsbruck, is situated in the center of English landscaped gardens with peacocks roaming freely around. Originally a medieval castle, it was converted to a Renaissance palace by Archduke Ferdinand II and was his residence.
One of the most important Baroque buildings in the Tyrol region, the Innsbruck cathedral, dedicated to Saint James
The most important items are the tomb of Archduke Maximilian III and one of the most important paintings in the Catholic community, of The Madonna and the Child in the Alps, the Maria Hilf aka ‘Maria Help
Saint Jacobs Cathedral is also an important stop on the Way of St. James, a medieval Christian pilgrimage route.
THE IMPERIAL PALACE HOFBURG
The architectural marvel that is the Imperial Palace has been featured in a couple of movies and once you step into the Giant’s hall you’ll understand why! Maximilian I had made Innsbruck his capital and Hofburg, with its white facades, was his palace, full of Rococo murals and motifs in mostly white, gold and pink.
The Giant’s hall was called so because it was originally full of frescoes about the giant, Hercules which were later replaced with portraits of Empress Maria Theresa’s children and grandchildren. The Hofburg also has five themes museums which you can view such as Maria Theresa’s rooms, The Ancestral Gallery, the Furniture museum, the painting gallery and Empress Elisabeth ‘Sisi’ apartment through which you can take a walk through the history of the royal palace.
After a long day of exploring the top things to do in Innsbruck, it’s time to guzzle some beer and try some Tyrolean traditional dishes!
Verona is an ancient city, with its history stretching back to Roman times. It’s a gorgeous town full of winding streets, lively bars, intimate restaurants and bustling piazzas.
Lovers of Renaissance art will find plenty to admire in its museums and churches, while ancient history buffs will delight in the Roman ruins hidden all over the city.
Die-hard romantics will enjoy all the monuments dedicated to Romeo and Juliet, fictitious though they might be. Foodies will find a paradise of good eats, from budget nibbles to luxurious dining.
Personalise Your Holiday with: The Verona Opera Festival
Whether you’re an opera aficionado or not, a trip to the oldest open-air opera festival could not be a better addition to your stay. Held in a Roman amphitheater, the summer performances are truly something special – when the floodlights go down on the 15,000 spectators, the cacophony diminishes to hushed whispers, before the magic begins and the beautiful voices fill the dusky air.
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Known as the City of Water, Venice is the quintessential couple’s retreat - a city steeped in history and split by the flowing ribbons of myriad canals.
Even if you refrain from riding gondolas among the romantic, sun-kissed architecture, you’d be hard-pressed to escape the atmosphere of love that suffuses this city.
Throughout the cobbled streets, there are countless shops where travelers can pick out unique handmade masks painted according to the 800-year-old Venetian tradition.
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To talk about Venice means to say the same sorts of things over and over again. The unique city has inspired writers for generations, but it’s hard these days to say anything about Venice that hasn’t already been said...
One of the bits of advice that is often repeated, is that when you’re in Venice it’s important to get lost. Which sounds like weird advice, do not you think?
"I have, on more than one occasion, thought that if I ever wanted to lose our self entirely for short time that we would go to Venice. To have this feeling that I could forget my name there, and that it wouldn’t bother me..."(Victoria, Travel Dream Club)
It’s a seductive thing, getting lost in Venice...
If you’re pretending there’s no map for Venice, another good way to get truly lost in the city is to pretend there’s no guidebook. Or, if you’re trying extra-hard to lose the crowds, to deliberately avoid any place listed in the guidebook.
In general, however, if you approach Venice as an explorer might then everything has the potential to be wonderful, whether it’s on someone else’s “must-see” list or not.
Just you will lost in love in Venice...
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