Salzburg & Munich, April 21 – May 3, 2020
This tour is offered in two parts: The Salzburg, Austria main tour April 21 – 30,
and an optional tour extension to Munich, Germany April 30 – May 3.
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Tuesday, April 21
We will greet each of our travelers at Salzburg Airport and take the hotel shuttle to our 3-star family-owned hotel in the town of Fuschl on Lake Fuschl. There is time to unpack und unwind before meeting for dinner at the hotel restaurant.
Wednesday, April 22
On our first day we explore, with a daytrip to Hallein, the chapel where in 1818 the beloved Christmas hymn “Silent Night, Holy Night” was first performed and the museum dedicated to its composer, Franz X. Gruber. Afterwards we go into Hallein proper for lunch and exploring and shopping and will return to the hotel in time to enjoy views of Lake Fuschl with maybe some fresh-baked Strudel before going inside for dinner.
Thursday, April 23
Today it’s off to Salzburg! We will start by visiting the imposing fortress Hohensalzburg that sits atop a mountain and watches over the ancient city. Then it will be time for lunch as we head downhill into town and stroll through Salzburg’s small and winding streets. In the afternoon we will enjoy the splendor of the Mirabell Gardens with their famous trick fountains adjacent to the princely residence palace. Our bus will meet us here and bring us back to the hotel in time for dinner.
Friday, April 24
For a change of scenery, we head in the opposite direction today and visit Hallstatt. This 750-soul picturesque town and UNESCO World Heritage site is wedged between a lake and a mountain and is most famous for its salt mining since prehistoric times, but also for its charnel house that holds the lovingly decorated skulls of thousands of Hallstatt residents from centuries past. For lunch and the afternoon, we continue to Bad Ischl, a small spa town that used to be the beloved summer residence of Habsburg emperors. The town still celebrates each year the Emperor Franz Josef’s birthday on April 18 with great pomp. We however, will seek out rather the yummy Ischler Lebkuchen or ginger bread specialties.
Saturday, April 25
Salt! This is what it’s all about around here and so it is only fitting that we should see for ourselves. We head into Germany and visit a salt mine in Berchtesgaden. While it’s not the oldest (that would be in Hallstatt and started in the Bronze Age) the salt mining industry in Berchtesgaden formed before the 13th century and was the economic backbone of the Berchtesgaden Provostry.
On our way back we will stop and visit Schönau on the Königssee to enjoy the daylight after having been below ground and some refreshments.
Sunday, April 26
After all this excitement and exploring we will take the morning off to catch our breath and enjoy Fuschl and its glorious lake. Not to dawdle too much though we will head back into Salzburg in the afternoon for a musical experience and performance by one of its many ensembles. The 2020 performance calendar is not out yet, so details will be determined closer to the trip.
Monday, April 27
We start the new week bright and early with a daytour to another imposing medieval castle high atop a mountain. Hohenwerfen is a “sister” of Hohensalzburg Fortress, both built by the Archbishops of Salzburg in the 11th century. While it now houses an extensive weaponry museum and center for falconry with daily raptor flight shows it also has served as backdrop in numerous movies and TV shows. Possibly the most famous one being the “Do-Re-Mi” picnic scene in ”The Sound of Music”. Speaking of which, after marveling at the vistas from the fortress’ towers and admiring the birds of prey we head over to visit Mondsee abbey. Its chapel served as the wedding church for Baron von Trapp and Maria in the movie. Maybe you will recognize it?
Tuesday, April 28
Surely we haven’t seen everything there is to see in Salzburg, so today we head back into town and enjoy an authentic Farmers Market, visit Mozart’s Birthplace in the famous Getreidegasse, stock up on Salzburg chocolates (the ‘Mozartkugel’) and then delve into the art of beer brewing! By now we will have doubtlessly enjoyed some of the Stiegl beers with our dinners and today we visit the brewery to find out more. In 1492, a set of eponymous steps (“stiegl” in Austrian dialect) led down to the waters of the Almkanal (canal) in Salzburg – and since 1992 steps have also led to a very special beer exhibition within the walls of the old malthouse. Not to worry, there will be a tasting, too.
Wednesday, April 29
After so much city and beer we opt for some fresh mountain air today and travel back into Bavaria and visit Reit im Winkl. A picturesque alpine village most famous for its winter and skiing tourism but also its famous musicians and many cozy restaurants and shops. Here we will change transportation and use a special shuttle to go up to the ‘Hindenburg-Hut’, a genuine alpine mountain restaurant. The views, the food and ambience will surely be unforgettable.
We return to our hotel with enough time to pack our bags before enjoying our last dinner together.
Thursday, April 30
Nothing for us but to check out and board the bus back to the airport.
This tour includes 9 nights at the idyllic Stefanihof hotel on Lake Fuschl,
all breakfasts and dinners, airport transfers, local transportation and most entrance fees.
The price is $2,695 per person based on double occupancy. Single room surcharge is $75.
Airfare, lunch, dinner beverages, alcohol (except for beer tasting) and bus driver gratuity
are not included in the price.
But wait …. there’s more!
For those of you who just cannot say goodbye to the Alps quite yet, we offer an optional extension of a 3-night stay in Munich which can be booked in addition to the Salzburg tour. The days will be packed with sights, scenes and flavors of Bavaria both contemporary and historical in true Fledermaus Tours fashion.
Thursday, April 30
After bidding Farewell to our fellow travelers who are homeward bound, ‘Team Munich’ will board a train in Salzburg and travel in ca. 90 minutes to the Capital of Bavaria. We estimate an arrival shortly after lunch and will check into our cute boutique hotel in a top location. The afternoon is perfect to get a first flavor of Munich by visiting the Marienkirche with its famous double onion dome-towers and stroll through the pedestrian zone towards the majestic town hall with its Glockenspiel. Dinner options are either the hotel itself or a nearby beer garden.
Friday, May 1
Munich is and has been famous for its art and so we start the morning with a visit to the Old Pinakothek. This unique collection comprises more than 700 artworks from the glittering epochs of German, Flemish, Netherlandish, French, Italian and Spanish painting. The neoclassical building, groundbreaking for European museum architecture at the time, provides the setting for this treasure trove of art. After that we will need some lunch and head over to the famous Viktualienmarkt. One of the oldest open-air daily markets in all of Europe surely we will find something yummy here to energize us for the afternoon. Our last official stop for the day brings us to St. Michael’s, a sixteenth century Jesuit church with its impressive high alter and its famous crypt. King Ludwig II, the Bavarian king who commissioned the building of Neuschwanstein castle, is entombed there along with 25 of his family members. We will tour this famous crypt beneath St. Michael’s to marvel at the artistry and history of the tombs and family. Only Vienna has a similar crypt for the Habsburger, and it is well worth seeing and reflecting. After that, its time for dinner and some relaxation at the hotel.
Saturday, May 2
We did a fair amount of walking yesterday so today we opt for the fun and convenient transportation of a Hop-on Hop-off bus and will use its multiple stops to explore more sights of Munich. We will visit Nymphenburg castle with its carriage and porcelain museum as well as the beautiful castle garden. Other famous landmarks along the way include the “Stachus”. A beautiful square officially named Karlsplatz with a large fountain which forms the entrance to the inner city pedestrian zone and is the best place for shops, cafés, street musicians, restaurants and people watching. And then there is the majestic ”Siegestor”, the ‘victory gate’ originally dedicated to the glory of the Bavarian army. After sustaining heavy damage in World War II it was reconstructed and restored only partially. The new inscription on the back side reads, “Dedicated to victory, destroyed by war, urging peace”. We will see many more sights on this scenic route and get our fill of this beautiful and friendly city.
Sunday, May 3
We could spend another week here and explore so much more, but this morning it is off to the airport and we say goodbye to Germany and Austria.
This tour extension includes 3 nights at the boutique Das Kleine Hotel, all breakfasts,
airport transfers, local transportation and most entrance fees.
The price is $695 per person, with no single room surcharge.
Lunch and dinners are not included in the price.
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