- 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: Train from Munich to Stuttgart (approx. 2 hrs 20 mins), enjoy your day and stay overnight
- 9 Day: Your second day in Stuttgart and stay overnight
- 10 Day: Train from Stuttgart to Baden-Baden (approx. 1 hrs 20 mins), enjoy your day and stay overnight
- 11 Day: Your second day in Baden-Baden and stay overnight
- 12 Day: Train from Baden-Baden to Strasbourg (approx. 50 mins), enjoy your day and stay overnight
- 13 Day: Your second day in Strasbourg and stay overnight
- 14 Day: Train from Strasbourg to Zurich (approx. 2 h 50 mins), enjoy your day and stay overnight
- 15 Day: Your second day in Zurich 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.
It’s the capital of Baden-Württemberg and the home of its own dialect called Schwäbisch, but did you know that Stuttgart is also known as the least stressful city in the world? It’s high time you added Stuttgart to your list of must-visit German cities
Back in 2017, Stuttgart was named in a Zipjet survey as the least stressful city in the world, thanks to its green spaces, near-perfect score for family purchasing power and the mental health of its citizens. Indeed, Stuttgart has a lot of green both outdoors and in its citizens' wallets, but the city is also international, friendly and safe.
Everyone knows the Germans like order, but Stuttgarters take it to the next level. Dating from the end of the 15th century, the Swabian Kehrwoche is a communal law which states that individual households must keep common properties, such as staircases, hallways and public pathways, clean
Like many other big German cities, Stuttgart also hosts its own local beer festival every spring and autumn. But there are also more! As soon as the weather starts to warm up, the International Festival of Animated Film opens its doors to animation fans. During the warmer months, you can watch performances at the Sommerfest or try fish delicacies at the Hamburg Fish Festival.
Later in the year, wine sellers from the region showcase their wines at the Weindorf and the Stuttgart Christmas Market is one of the biggest in the country.
Stuttgart is the home of the biggest and only zoological botanical garden in Europe: the Wilhelma. Originally built as a bathhouse and summer villa for royalty, it’s beautiful throughout the year and a favourite picnic, day trip and playtime spot for all. With more than 2 million visitors per year, it’s also a top tourist destination.
Baden - Baden
Baden-Baden is so nice, that you have to name it twice!”
Baden-Baden, Germany’s loveliest spa town, with the scenic beauty of the Black Forest and the romantic charm of Strasbourg. Baden-Baden, one of Europe´s most beautiful health resorts and best preserved spas. The Kurhaus resort in Baden Baden still retains its Belle Epoque elegance.
Framed by wooded hills, Baden-Baden was the 19th century playground of royalty and aristocracy, who came to gamble in the famous Casino and luxuriate in the thermal baths. Today the town is as stylish as ever and you will see why it had such a powerful appeal for the rich and powerful of Europe.
Strasbourg has both the old-fashioned charm of a quaint medieval city and the mighty feel of a powerful European political centre. Located right next to the border with Germany, the city is the capital of the Grand East Region of France and blends French and German influences through its architecture, cuisine, and culture.
From the historical districts that occupy the central area of the city to the modern museum of science and technology, Strasbourg has a timeless feel. Another great asset of Strasbourg is its dining scene. The delectable local dishes, excellent wines and refreshing local beers give credence to the city's nickname as 'the crossroads of Europe'.
Erected in the early 11th century, Cathédrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg is, at 142 metres, one of the tallest churches in the world. During its long history, this remarkable building has been modified from its original Romanesque style by the addition of Gothic architectural elements that make it a piece of art as stunning as it is impressive. Stained glass windows from the 12th century, the St. Pancrace's altar from the 16th century, and an astronomical clock from the 17th century, are just a few of the highlights of the Strasbourg Cathedral.
Baeckoeffe is a sort of Alsatian casserole.
This hearty dish is a mix of beef, lamb and pork, simmered for many hours in Alsatian white wine, all served with potatoes, leeks, carrots, onions and spices.
Traditionally this speciality is prepared the night before it is eaten and baked in the “baeckeoffe,” i.e. the “baker’s oven.” For a taste of this typically Alsatian dish, head for Baeckeoffe d'Alsace.
As its name indicates, this restaurant has made the dish its speciality; the recipe varies with the seasons. In the spring, asparagus is added; in summer, chicken is included; in autumn, there is wild boar; and in winter, turkey and chestnuts make an appearance.
Switzerland’s largest city is on the shore of its glistening eponymous lake. Zürich is a financial powerhouse with a liveability ranking that outstrips almost anywhere in the world. You can catch trains from the Hauptbahnhof and be on a peak breathing in sparkling air in a matter of minutes, and the city’s rivers and that magnificent lake have supreme water quality for swimming. These outdoor pools, or “badis” have become nightspots in the centre of the city.
Zürich’s sights, eye-wateringly pricey shops and effortlessly cool nightspots are in the Altstadt, a historic centre cut in two by the Limmat river which flows off the lake.
The medieval and early modern streets of the Altstadt are where much of the city’s culture, nightlife and shopping is concentrated.
It’s one of those places you’re happy to get lost in, to chance upon squares, cafes, quirky one-of-a-kind shops and all manner of historic monuments from the four medieval churches to 17th-century Town Hall.
Zurich is the ideal place to test out Switzerland’s culinary traditions. With traditional dishes from across the country’s 26 cantons as well as specialties from Zurich on offer, you’ll have plenty to try.
Here are some of the dishes you really must eat when you’re in Zurich
It goes without saying that cheese fondue is a must for any visit to Switzerland. The first recipe was written down in Zurich, so it would be a shame not to try out the famous Swiss dish.
In Zurich you are well past the Röstigraben, an imaginary line that separates Swiss-French cantons from the Swiss-German cantons. This is a national dish and steeped in farming tradition. Potatoes are fried in oil leaving them crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. Sometimes you can have bacon or even apple mixed into the batter to flavour it up a bit.
The Swiss sure do love their melted cheese and raclette is no exception. A little more lively than fondue as your melted cheese comes with potatoes, onions, gherkins and pickled fruit. They’ll often keep topping up your plate with all of the above until you tell them to stop, so if you’re famished it’s the perfect, filling dish.
One of the quintessential dishes from Zurich, which literally translates as “meat cut Zurich style”. Don’t be put off by the unpronounceable name: Zurcher Geschnetzeltes is quite simple and consists of slices of veal cooked with mushrooms, cream, onions and wine. It’s often served with rösti, rice or noodles
On a cold winter’s day there’s nothing better than a nice hot pot. Zürcher Eintopf is a hearty mix of pork, onions, cabbages, potatoes and carrots cooked in white wine
Perfect for those with a sweet tooth, Zuger Kirschtorte is a cake layered with nut-infused meringue, sponge and butter cream. To add to the sweetness it’s drizzled with cherry brandy. Be sure to look out for this one on the dessert menus.
In Eastern Switzerland meat, usually beef cuts, are cured and air dried in the Alpine air for between 10 to 15 weeks. Traditionally from the canton of Graubünden, this delicacy is available all over the country and you’ll find it in butchers across Zurich.
Zopf is easily recognisable amongst the many types of bread on offer in Switzerland, it’s name means “braid” and it’s not difficult to see why. Before baking, the dough (made from milk, eggs, yeast and flour) is coated with egg yolk, giving it a rich, golden shine. Traditionally the bread is eaten on Sunday mornings but it’s available all week long in most bakeries.
Another fine dish to warm the bones during winter is Bündner Gerstensuppe, a Swiss barley soup. Traditionally eaten by farmers in the Alps to keep warm in the winter months, this soup dish is the most popular in Switzerland and supposedly has over 150 variations. This is also one of the dishes you can easily take away and make for your friends at home.
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