Tastes of Rick's Tours Through Germany and Austria

Four fun ways to experience some of the best of Germany and Austria

Germany and Austria are blessed with some of Europe's most high-powered sights. There's spectacular scenery — the jagged Alps, flower-filled meadows, rolling hills of forests and farms, and mighty rivers — dotted all over with castles and churches of every variety. And for the senses...wander through a town and enjoy strudel at the bakery or sip a stein of beer while men in lederhosen play oompah music.

Summer and fall are perfect times to travel here — and these four tours still have seats available on several 2014 departures. But where does one start? Here's a sampling of videos and words to get you on the right path to making your Teutonic travel dreams a reality.

 

Best of Germany, Austria & Switzerland in 14 Days Tour

On this tour, mountains, Mozart, and mugs of beer all clink together to create a totally yodel-y adventure. Starting in Trier, along Germany's scenic Mosel River, your Rick Steves guide will make this region's history and culture come alive in sophisticated Munich, fairy-tale Neuschwanstein, Baroque Salzburg, stately Vienna, relaxing Baden-Baden, the cut-glass Alps of the Swiss Berner Oberland, and beautiful lakeside Hallstatt — with plenty of breathtaking scenery along the way. Learn more...

My Way® Germany, Austria & Switzerland in 12 Days Tour

Lacing together the region's beautiful scenery, fairy-tale castles, and beer-garden friendliness — from Vienna to Hallstatt, Salzburg, Munich, the Swiss Alps, and the Rhine — Rick Steves' money-saving My Way tour gives you the freedom to decide your own daily priorities and pace. We cut the stress by providing comfortable rooms in centrally located hotels, private bus transportation from city to city, and a travel-savvy escort to help advise you along the way. Learn more…


My Way® Alpine Europe in 12 Days Tour

This trip delivers endless opportunities for fresh-air thrills, from Austria's Sound of Music country to flower-carpeted meadows in Italy's Dolomites, fairy-tale castles in Germany's Bavaria, and cut-glass peaks in the Swiss and French Alps. This money-saving My Way tour gives you the freedom to decide your own daily priorities and pace. We cut the stress by providing comfortable rooms in well-located hotels, private bus transportation to each destination, and a travel-savvy escort to help advise you along the way. Learn more…

Best of Berlin, Prague & Vienna in 12 Days Tour

Any listing of Europe's great cities must include these three, where a banquet of travel thrills awaits you. Beginning in Berlin and ending in Vienna — with Prague, Dresden, and the Danube in between — our dozen-day adventure explores the very heart of Europe. From the music of Strauss to the dynasty of the Habsburgs and the idealism of the Velvet Revolution, these remarkable cities have sparked the dangers, hopes, and beauty of Europe — yesterday and today. Learn more…