• New Town Hall, Munich, Germany
    Marienplatz in Munich
  • Munich's Hofbräuhaus
  • Salzburg
  • Hallstatt, Austria
    Hallstatt
  • Melk Abbey, Melk, Austria
    Melk Abbey
  • State Opera, Vienna, Austria
    Vienna's Opera House
  • Michaelerplatz and Hofburg Palace, Vienna, Austria
    Vienna

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Best of Munich, Salzburg & Vienna in 8 Days Tour

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Let's go where classical music, towering castles, and the-hills-are-alive scenery welcome you to the Gemütlichkeit of Bavaria and opulence of Austria's Golden Age. Your Rick Steves guide will bring this region's rich history and culture to life in festive Munich, fairy-tale Neuschwanstein, Baroque Salzburg, sparkling Lake Hallstatt, monastic Melk, the blue Danube, and royal Vienna — with cozy villages and Alpine vistas all along the way. Join us for the Best of Munich, Salzburg & Vienna in 8 Days! 

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What's Included

  • A small, friendly group of 24–28 people — half the size of most tour groups
  • Full-time services of a professional Rick Steves guide and local experts who will make the rich history, art, and culture of Germany and Austria come alive for you
  • All tours and admissions — at no extra cost — covering at least 16 group sightseeing events • Munich walking tour • Hofbräuhaus beer hall • Viktualienmarkt • Neuschwanstein Castle • Wieskirche • Salzburg walking tour • Salzburg Cathedral • Apple strudel cooking lesson • Christmas markets (season permitting) • Lake Hallstatt boat cruise (season permitting) • Schnapps tasting • Melk Abbey • Danube River cruise (season permitting) • Vienna walking tour • Vienna Opera House (when available) • Hofburg Palace and Treasury…and more
  • All group transportation from Munich, Germany to Vienna, Austria
  • 7 nights' accommodations in memorable, centrally located hotels
  • All breakfasts and half your dinners
  • All tips for guides and driver
  • A tour kit including a guidebook (or books) and a moneybelt
  • Guaranteed tour price, locked in the moment you make your deposit
  • Optional single supplements — this tour has a limited number of private rooms for solo travelers for an additional fee
  • Tour alum discount of $50 for each tour you've taken prior to 2019
  • 50% discount on a consulting appointment with our in-house experts to assist with your pre- or post-tour travel plans
  • Flexibility should you need to transfer or cancel your tour

Fine print: You are responsible for the cost of your drinks and free-time sightseeing. See our Tour Conditions for important details regarding everything listed above.

Itinerary

Daily Activity Key
  • Light = 2–4 miles of mostly level walking throughout the day.
  • Moderate = 2–6 miles walking throughout the day with some hills and stairs.
  • Strenuous = 2–8 miles of walking throughout the day with lots of hills, stairs, and uneven terrain.

Day 1: Welcome to Bavaria

We'll meet at 4 p.m. at our hotel in Munich for a "Welcome to Bavaria" meeting. After an orientation walk through our neighborhood, we'll get introduced to Munich's pedestrian-friendly historic core. This evening we'll enjoy a hearty dinner together. Sleep in Munich (2 nights). No bus. Walking: light.

Day 2: Marvelous Munich

This morning we'll join a local guide for a fascinating walk through Munich's Old Town, weaving together the history and traditions of Munich and Bavaria. We'll visit the legendary Hofbräuhaus beerhall and explore the centuries-old Viktualienmarkt, famous for traditional crafts and gourmet food stalls — your guide can point out some local specialties along the way. The rest of the day is yours to explore the English Garden, take in a museum, or — on winter tours — simply savor the surrounding Gemütlichkeit (comfy-coziness) of Munich's Christmas markets. Tonight, you'll be free to perfect your prost with new friends at one of Munich's historic beerhalls, where you can hoist a liter-sized mug of beer, and a pretzel as big as your head. No Bus. Walking: moderate.

Day 3: Fairy-tale Neuschwanstein and Salzburg

Get your cameras ready! This morning we'll drive through the picturesque villages and lush rolling hills of Bavaria. When we arrive at the foothills of the Alps, we'll hike uphill to tour "Mad" King Ludwig's fantasy that inspired Disney: Neuschwanstein Castle. Afterwards, we'll share a picnic lunch together and visit Germany's greatest Rococo-style church, the Wieskirche. Then, we're off to Austria and charming Salzburg, the city of splendid gardens, Baroque churches, and one of Europe's largest medieval fortresses. We'll settle into our quaint hotel and share dinner together. Sleep in Salzburg (2 nights). Bus: 4 hours. Walking: strenuous.

Day 4: Splendid Salzburg

Salzburg is the perfect town for a walking tour, and together with our local expert, that's how we'll spend our morning: strolling under the wrought-iron signs that line Getreidegasse, through picturesque gardens and going for Baroque at the Salzburg Cathedral. We'll then drop into a cooking school, for a lesson on how to make the amazing, appley Austrian treat Apfelstrudel. The rest of your day is free for hiking up the fortress hill for a panoramic view, or (on winter tours) wandering through the Christmas markets. Your free evening is perfect for a concert featuring the work of Salzburg's favorite son: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. No bus. Walking: moderate.

Day 5: Lovely Lakes and Hallstatt

This morning we'll make our way to the postcard-pretty Lake Hallstatt. On our way, we'll skip like stones across the pristine waters of Austria's Salzkammergut lakes district on a boat cruise enjoying the breathtaking lakeside villages and craggy mountain vistas. This afternoon we'll settle into our cozy lakeside lodging, where you'll be free to commune with Mother Nature on foot or by boat — or hike up to one of the world's oldest salt mines. This evening we'll gather to share dinner together. Sleep on Lake Hallstatt (1 night). Bus: 2 hours. Walking: light.

Day 6: Melk Abbey, the Danube and Vienna

Today we'll take another scenic drive to the Danube Valley, where we'll tour the artistic treasures and Baroque wonders of the Benedictine abbey at Melk. Then we'll cruise Austria's prettiest stretch of the Danube River and check if it really is blue (season permitting). We'll finish our day in the one-time capital of a powerful empire — and our tour's grand finale — extravagant, opulent Vienna. After checking into our hotel we'll take a walk, orienting you to historic Vienna and St. Stephen's Cathedral. The rest of the evening is free to enjoy dinner on your own. Bus: 4 hours. Walking: moderate.

Day 7: Historic and Royal Vienna

This morning we'll be introduced (figuratively, curtsies not required) to the family who created one of Europe's most dynamic empires: the Habsburgs. We'll join our local guide for a walking tour that takes us into their residence: the Hofburg Palace, including their Imperial Apartments and Treasury. Our tour will continue with a behind-the-scenes peek inside Vienna's famous opera house (when available). Your afternoon is free to explore another world-class museum or two, or slow down to enjoy sipping a coffee in the city where Europe's café scene was born. Tonight we'll meet for our last dinner together, where we'll share travel memories and toast new friends. Prost! No bus. Walking: moderate.

Day 8: Tour Over After Breakfast

Breakfast is provided, but there are no group activities today. It's a breeze to reach Vienna's airport by train, bus, or taxi. You'll have easy connections to home, or on to other points in Europe. Auf Wiedersehen!

Itinerary specifics subject to change.

Physical Demands

Our tours are physically active! It's an essential part of the Rick Steves tour experience. On our Best of Munich, Salzburg & Vienna in 8 Days tour — among other things — you'll need to happily…

  1. Carry/roll your luggage over uneven pavement (possibly several blocks) and up stairways to reach your hotel, then up several flights of stairs to reach your room.
  2. Be on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours, indoors and outdoors, in all weather conditions.
  3. Sleep with street noise and no (or weak) air conditioning.
  4. After orientation and transportation lessons, be able to navigate towns and cities on your own.
  5. Handle steep walks and long castle stair climbs at Neuschwanstein and other locations.

Reviews

Denise

Hurst, TX

Tour: 05/26/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Very enjoyable. Lots of unexpected extras (e.g. viennese cookies on the bus, goulash at the Apple Struedel class. Great guide - loved Matti!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lake Halstatt was a wow! It was such a great experience - so beautiful."

Charlotte

Birmingham, AL

Tour: 05/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The weather just didn't seem to cooperate with us[INVALID]3 days of rain, temps that ranged from 44-80[INVALID]and yet, we had such an incredible tour! Austria does NOT disappoint, Munich has so much history, I loved Salzburg despite the fact it rained 100% of the time we were there, and I simply have no words for the stunning town of Hallstatt! Our guide Matthias had many surprises tucked into our time together and his love for his country as well as Austria made the tour interesting and entertaining!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"After reading reviews of this tour before we left, I was determined that I was NOT going to answer this question with "Hallstatt" but my answer is definitely Hallstatt!"

Corilyn

Birmingham, AL

Tour: 05/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steve's tour and I was very please with my experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hallstatt was the best ."

Bob

Moscow, ID

Tour: 05/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Another wonderful experience. New cities and countries, new cultures. Our guide Mattie was outstanding, as were the local guides. Tour mates were great also. Nice people from around the US. Always fun to see new places and meet new people from different parts of the world.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The view of Lake Hallstatt and the surrounding area from the Hallstatt Skywalk. Stunning."

Judy

Coraopolis, PA

Tour: 05/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I liked the towns we visited. Had a good and knowledgeable tour guide. Love the fact you have time on your own to do whatever interests you. We had a nice group of friendly people on our tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"After 3 days with rain it was wonderful to go to Hallstatt and enjoy a lake town. The scenery was gorgeous. The town was relaxing. Could have enjoyed more time here."

Patricia

Toledo, OH

Tour: 05/19/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Really enjoyed the tour and the cities and sights were top notch. There were 28 people on this tour, and I thought the tour maximum was 24.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lake Halstadt- we had 3 days of rain but that day the rain finally ended. It was so beautiful, it was like having a vacation within a vacation"

Andrew

Milwaukee, WI

Tour: 05/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Start to finish everything about the tour was great. The logistics were quite seamless, the accommodations and transportation were very comfortable, the itinerary included must see sites and surprising activities that were not simply "off the shelf," and the general tour guide and city specific guides were incredibly knowledgeable. We had the ability to customize the tour on the fly with input and advice from our tour guide. Overall it was a fantastic experience and would recommend to anyone.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many but the two that stuck out were a private lunch in Salsburg at a bakery where we learned how to make apple strudle by hand from the baker, while it baked we enjoyed a lunch of goulash and enjoyed the opera singing from a staff member, topped with a schnapps flight tasting. The other was a personalized tour from our Vienna city guide, who doubled as the curator of The Third Man museum and gave us great insight into Vienna's post war days."

Hannah

Johns Island, SC

Tour: 05/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had never been on a tour or traveled to Europe prior to going on the Best of Munich, Salzburg, & Vienna tour and now I'm hooked! The tour was very organized and flowed incredibly smoothly thanks in large part to our guide, Torben, and his apprentice, Matti. They handled all of the potentially stressful aspects of the trip, so we could really be present and enjoy the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment from the tour was arriving in Hallstatt. It was like stepping into a fairy tale."

Gregory

Albuquerque, NM

Tour: 05/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour group kept up to the Rick Steves standards. Over all very interesting stops.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Finally getting to see the Neuschwanstein castle. Unfortunately there was a lot of renovation going on that spoiled the photo view. Ti still was very interesting."

Jeff

Richland, WA

Tour: 05/05/19

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

The overall tour experience was the typical well planned and executed Rick Steves tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This tour didn't really provide any "wow" moments, but it was still a nice tour. The closest to a wow moment would have been the lady that sang during the strudel baking demonstration, she was outstanding."

Wanda

Union, KY

Tour: 05/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had never taken a tour before and we weren't sure what to expect. We enjoyed this very much. We liked getting the overview of the city and then having free time. The small group made it so comfortable and let us get to interact with almost everyone in the group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have wanted to see Neuschwanstein Castle for years and actually being there was a surreal experience for me. I was disappointed that the Bridge was closed (due to snow), but that is not the tours fault, that is weather. Oh well. Having said that the "wow" moment had to be Lake Hallstatt. It was breathtakingly beautiful. We were fortunate to get a room with a small balconey and a view of the lakes and mountains. I wish we had more time there. The hotel there was the best one on the tour."

Jim

Carmichael, CA

Tour: 05/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Torben was great. 3rd man museum was very interesting. The Danube was green.The hotels were really good. As always, the tour was taxing for those of us who have acquired aches and pains in our life's path. Painful at times in the pace and quantity of sites of the tour. Maybe one less Abby or museum with so many stairs. In retrospect, looking back, very memorable experience and we enjoyed it thoroughly.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the view of Lake Hallstatt from our hotel room"

Cheryl

Edmonds, WA

Tour: 05/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What a great tour! I learned so much and we had such a friendly and interesting group of travelers.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Approaching Lake Halstatt via boat."

Michael

Bay City, MI

Tour: 04/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Had a great vacation. The only issue my wife and I had was finishing the tour in Vienna. We went from beautiful relaxing Munich and the Alps and ended in the busy city of Vienna. That was not anyone's fault except ours because we didn't realize that Vienna was so busy and hectic. Overall the trip was amazing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lake Hallstatt was breathtaking."

Scott

Orange, CA

Tour: 04/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was great. I appreciated our guides individualized attention and ability to keep things moving smoothly even when things didn't go as planned. Thanks for the extra posh room at Lake Hallstatt.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We enjoyed our walking tour of Saltzburg with our local guide. My wife and I were intrigued by the multiple times the guide pointed out the "bowel movements" we would enjoy on our visit. We found this peculiar. It wasn't until about halfway through the walking tour that we realized that because the guide's accent was unfamiliar to us, when we thought she was saying "bowel movement" she was really saying "wow moment.""

Rick

Poulsbo, WA

Tour: 04/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our 5th RS tour met all the high expectations we had from previous tours. Torben kept the tour moving (with one exception, not his fault) and informed with notes on history and culture that were very open, honest and enlightening. The local guides, especially in Vienna, were all excellent, though the Vienna guide could shorten his presentation a bit. It should also be noted that we got excellent advice from the Edmonds office on where to spend a few extra days between tours.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our brief respite in Hallstadt was scenic and restful (and came at a good time), and an independent visit to a beer hall with some of the other tour members in Salzburg made for a memorable evening. The Third Man Museum showed me an aspect of WWII that I hadn't thought about."

Thomas

Midland, MI

Tour: 04/21/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Enjoyed the sharing of historical perspective for the area, the tour overviews and the free time to add personal interests to the trip

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Halstadt --. All of it!!!!"

John Michael

Bowie, MD

Tour: 04/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our Tour Guides were outstanding, took care of us and allowed us freedoms. Extremely knowledgeable!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Salzburg, and the Alps."

Margaret

Madison, WI

Tour: 04/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was when we were in Hallstatt, and got to sit out and see the lake from our hotel, and just see how truly beautiful Hallstatt was, and how calm and serene it looked."

Elaine

Bowie, MD

Tour: 04/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great guides , great locations , great group meals ; lots of walking !

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Neuschwanstein castle from a distance , then from Mary's bridge - I could've done without the mile long walk down the steep grade of gravel - need more options to tell people to take the horse and buggy down"

Kathy

Lake Stevens, WA

Tour: 12/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my 3rd Rick Steves Tour and was just as good as the others. Great guide, hotel, meals, people, local guides. Traveling with Rick Steves is the best bang for your buck. Everything is taken care of for you. You only have to show up. I love the format of the tour with a good mixture of organized tour time and free time to explore new places. The hotels are always central to the heart of city or village. You can walk to nearly all top tourist destinations or use public transport.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lake Hallstatt boat ride and arriving in the cutest village ever. Salzburg was fabulous and the Mozart dinner incredible. As if on queue we even had snow in Munich, Salzburg and Vienna. I mean Rick Steves thinks of everything!!!"

Jean Reynolds

Cornelius, OR

Tour: 12/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I want to tell you about the outstanding experience that Daniela provided for each of our tour members! I had hopes about "a Rick Steve's tour" but I can say that this tour exceeded any expectations that I had. Daniela's wonderful personality, sense of humour, generosity of self, and her linguistic abilities provided the perfect combination for her world class tour leadership!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I choose our arrival along the shore of the village of Hollenstadt, Austria. Hollenstadt is a lovely small village that is situated on a picturesque lake. After arriving by bus, we boarded a boat to reach our small 5 star hotel. This hotel provided outstanding food and accommodations. Walking through the narrow, mostly pedestrian, streets was wonderful. The light dusting of snow only enhanced the experience. (I am sure that Daniela was responsible for the snow.-Thanks)"

Diana

Woodinville, WA

Tour: 12/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My European Xmas dreams came true! The cities were fabulous in their own right, but the Xmas lights, Xmas markets, & snow put them over the top! The tour was well planned/efficient, the pre-arranged meals were excellent, & the hotels central to the action. The orientation walks were helpful, & I feel confident going back to these countries on my own. This was my first guided tour, & it was the most stress-free trip to Europe I've ever done. I will definitely do another tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Xmas markets! The hot gluhwein, glowing market stalls, chilly air & snowflakes, sounds of traditional brass bands, throngs of happy people, & the feeling of Xmas magic everywhere. It was special seeing the different Xmas customs, like the Christkind & Germany's version of Santa Claus. Experiencing Salzburg for the 1st time (& in the snow) was also a wow! Mozart dinner concert with opera was amazing. The elegant Xmas lights & beauty in Vienna was a definite wow!"

Dan

Portland, OR

Tour: 12/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was one of the best RSE tours my wife and I have been on. Everything about it was absolutely great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Christmas season there was inspirational and festive and fun and simple and a reminder that the traditions of Christmas (religious and secular) are indeed special. The gluhwein was a treat, too, enjoyed outside in the cold, crisp air with Christmas vendors, cathedrals, food, snow, lovely decorations and many, many locals and visitors gathered round. This tour rekindled our Christmas spirit in many ways."

Lynn

Hillsboro, OR

Tour: 12/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was a wonderful combination of old and new, city and countryside, history and current events. The group was great, the tour guide superb, and the sights were unbeatable. All in all, it was another great experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It was truly a "wow" moment when we arrived in Hallstatt and boarded the boat (operated by local women), from which we were able to enjoy the incredibly lovely scenery as we rode around the lake."

James

Renton, WA

Tour: 12/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was everything I expected. We particularly went to see the Christmas markets. The markets were fascinating,but the scenery,cultural experiences,and historical info.,a fun guide,and great food made the tour that much more special.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wow moment was our time at Lake Hallstadt. The scenery was freshly decorated with snow and was truly spectacular."

Linda

Renton, WA

Tour: 12/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was one of our best Rick Steve's tours ( 10th tour.) It was as I envisioned, snowy European vistas. While the tour members came from across the country, the group quickly jelled. It was an amazing group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"As always there were many "wow" moments. However, the town of Hallstadt consisted of "wow" moments throughout our stay. As we walked around the village, I constantly heard many tourists spontaneously saying "wow" wherever we were. After dinner, we went for a walk. The sky was absolutely amazing without the typical light pollution experienced in most locations. It was an unanticipated treasure on the tour."

David

Sioux Center, IA

Tour: 12/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My experience was far beyond my expectations and ideal in nearly every way. This was our fourth trip to Europe, but our first in joining a tour. I learned more, enjoyed guides that had been chosen for quality, had access to more and better activities than what we would find on our own and enjoyed the company of like minded travelers who were up for adventure.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The drive into Halstatt was stunning. The area had received a dusting of snow, the sun shone brightly and there was a picture post card view in every direction. I know you can't control the weather, but we were in a position to enjoy the good fortune of a perfectly timed arrival."

Terry

Bay St Louis, MS

Tour: 12/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour guide gave such fun & informative information before each city on the tour. Her personality is so bubbly & fun loving that she makes each day a pleasure. Daniela also gave us the expectation of daily events and what to look for at each stop. She is also very generous of her time and gave us special treats daily! We all adore her and would love to have her guide us on another tour! Alles ist better!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every city had "Wow" moments, but my favorite "WOW" moment was the Mozart Concert featuring a short version of the opera "Don Giovanni". The actors were fun to play each part and their voices were excellent. Also, this concert served a wonderful dinner also. Daniela gave us the information to attend if we wished, gave us the time & place to meet her and waited until all of us gathered at the courtyard and escorted us into the venue."

Mary

Bedford, TX

Tour: 12/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great people, Great food, Great 'surprises', and as usual....Great Great Guides!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The SNOW"

Charlene

Sioux Center, IA

Tour: 12/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was better than expected. I'm not a "people person" and wasn't sure if I would enjoy a tour. Being a first time Rick Steves tour member, I was impressed from the moment I booked the tour, the informational materials you sent us and the information we received prior to the start of the tour. The tour guide was exceptional, the city guides were very knowledgeable and fun and the activities and surprises were amazing!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many but the absolute best was driving into Hallstatt and seeing the snow on the mountains and the reflections of the mountains onto the waters of the lake. It was definitely worthy of a picture postcard!"

Phil

Chesapeake, VA

Tour: 12/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was amazing! Tour guide (Daniella) was excellent. Had a fun group to tour with.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Had several, but seeing the marketplatz (in snow) from our hotel window in Hallstat was amazing."

Barbara

Arlington, VA

Tour: 12/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

While I have been to Munich and some of the sites on the tour before, our tour guides introduced new perspectives and fascinating information that made it well worth visiting again! I love that part of Germany even more now that I better understand the history and growth since WWII. Daniela was an excellent overall guide and the tour guides in each city were also exceptional. We appreciated that each city guide was local to the area with their own spin on the city's history and current events.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Third Man museum in Vienna and the visit to Halstatt were two of many highlights of the trip. I am fascinated by the history in this region and learned so much from visits to both of these places. It was particularly special to experience the Christmas markets in each of the cities as well as the Krampus run in Salzburg!"

Jody

Maple Valley, WA

Tour: 12/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I have traveled extensively and really never thought an organized tour would be to my taste I was wrong ! There is a lot to be said about getting to a destination and being handed a ticket , having a private guide give you the "back" story and not having to worry about the details I can see myself returning time and again!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We had several but I'd say our streusel class in a 500 year old cave, followed by a schnapps tasting, then being treated to an aria by a student of opera ending up in a sing a long to Sound of Music medflies is something I won't ever forget!"

Kevin

Edmonds, WA

Tour: 12/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Daniella and all of the local guides were great, balancing information with a Gemutlicheit spirit. The lodging as usual with RS tours were in choice locations. I would have liked more time in Hallstatt since it was more bucolic.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The trip to the salt mine which had unique experience combined with unexpected interesting information. Second was the Melk Abbey."

Mary Ellen

Edmonds, WA

Tour: 12/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was a great introduction to Munich and Salzburg and Vienna. At times the pace seemed a bit rushed but I realize that this was necessary to get all the places and activities to occur. I loved learning the history.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the beautiful countryside between Munich and Salzburg. Also our one day stay at Hallstatt was spectacular!"

Robyn

Maple, WA

Tour: 12/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was everything I expected plus more. Our tour guide, Daniella was fantastic. While there were many highlights, favorite was strudel making in Austria and all that came with this experience; the venue itself - AMAZING, our host and his staff, her singing, schnapps tasting. Vienna hotel was quite dated; recognize it is a good location so may be that's the trade off.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"See above."

Patsy

Houston, TX

Tour: 12/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We wanted to experience Germany and Austria during the Christmas season, and this trip was a great choice! In addition to the beautiful locales, we saw Christmas markets and local decorations, and we experienced cultural events that occur only at this time of year, such as the spookily-fun Krampus run in Salzburg. St. Nicholas (aka our wonderful guide, Daniela) even left treats for us in our shoes!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Coming into Hallstadt, this small, picturesque village nestled in the mountains by a lake, is still my favorite "wow" moment, although the Krampus run is a close second."

Ann

Van, TX

Tour: 12/02/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I have always wanted to visit the Christmas markets in Germany and Austria and this tour did not disappoint! Christmas markets in our free time and regular tour events the rest of the time. This tour at this time of the year did a great job at combining both. Thank you so much.

Katie

Dunwoody, GA

Tour: 11/25/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Andrea was the perfect balance of leadership and providing guidance for independent exploration during free time. She was an amazing wealth of information and well versed on interesting factoids on local customs/culture. Rick Steves would have been impressed!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was hiking to the Neuschwanstein Castle in the snow covered fairy-tale like environment. I also liked the Christmas markets in the evening-lit with Christmas lights."

Betty

Montesano, WA

Tour: 11/25/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This trip was very cold but a lot of fun. We had many mother/daughters and mother/son combinations which was fun!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" experience was at the apple strudel cooking school. It was fun, delicious, and we were treated to a beautiful singing solo. I still have Edelweiss in my head (yes, I know it's not Austria's national anthem!) The sunrise in Hallstatt was breathtaking, the cemetery in Salzburg was the most fantastic cemetery I've seen and the Third Man Museum gave one much to think about!"

Kelly

West Hartford, CT

Tour: 11/25/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall I would recommend this tour. We picked Rick Steve's as it went to all the spots we had hoped to see especially Hallstatt. I think you get a nice overview of each city on the tour and the hotels are in fabulous locations which allows you to really get to see the cities you are staying in! If you want to do a Christmas Markets trip, I'd recommend going a week later as we missed the big one in Munich and it seemed like most were just starting up.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite wow moment was probably Neuschwanstein Castle. We stopped at a church on the way and it was beautiful covered in snow with more snow falling which made a lovely setting. Then we arrived to the town where the castle is which was also snow covered and made the hike up beautiful. The castle was stunning covered in snow. I am sad that Mary's Bridge was closed but that just means I will have to come back again!"

David

Billings, MT

Tour: 11/25/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was our first time with RS Tours. As retirees it was a bit more difficult to keep up with the pace, however, we succeeded, although we (my wife and I) skipped a couple of the "walk-abouts". We found it was a bit compressed time wise (not due to the Guide's efforts). Perhaps an additional day or two for the tour could be in order to appreciate the offerings of each city. Andrea was fun, informed, gracious and professional. I would choose another RS Tours option next time. Everything promised

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hallstadt, by far, with the apfelstrudel class a lot of fun."

Kyle

Portland, OR

Tour: 11/25/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Locations were all great, Andrea was a wonderful guide, and local guides and activities were all informative and fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Relaxing day in Hallstatt"

Paul

San Jose, CA

Tour: 11/25/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We enjoyed visiting southern Germany and Austria in the Christmas season. We were lucky to have snow at Mad King Ludwig's castle, Haslett and Vienna, so everything looked like a postcard.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The wow moment was at Haslett. We took the funicular to the top of the hill for the salt mine tour, and the views of the town and the lake were wonderful."

Jacalyn

Bluffton, SC

Tour: 11/25/18

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

It was a well-organized tour with a good leader, good local guides, and a good group of fellow travelers.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Well, most of my "wows" were reserved for "Wow, my face is freezing and I can't feel my fingers anymore" while we were getting trotted around Munich, Hallstatt, and Vienna. I'd say the closest to a scenic "wow" would have been in Hallstatt, which was frozen but gorgeous. I'd also say Gerhard's Third Man Museum in Vienna was a huge "wow" as in "Wow, I had no idea a museum would be necessary to educate Austrians about their own country's experiences in WWII." It was quite moving."

Laura

Brush, CO

Tour: 11/25/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Christmas season always adds a bit of magic to travels, and this trip was certainly no different. I appreciate that the Rick Steves team was able to coordinate brisk, but beautiful weather - even dusting Vienna with snow, which was just gorgeous!! ;) Learning more about German and Austrian Christmas traditions was very interesting, and I greatly appreciated having both an Austrian guide and a German assistant guide to share their personal experiences.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My absolute favorite moment was at the snowy, cold, beautiful overlook above Lake Hallstatt. I also loved Vienna in the snow, making apple strudel in Salzburg, listening to local guide Patrick's take on Munich, and seeing the Lipizzaners perform on the extra day I added to my stay in Vienna."

Randi

Portland, OR

Tour: 11/25/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was an awesome experience! I loved the areas we stayed, the fantastic tour guides, the food and the whole experience! I keep telling people I know that they should check out the RS tours if they want to travel abroad. I stayed in Europe for a few months about ten years ago and traveled around to the same areas but did not learn as much as I did on the tour. It was also a great way to travel with other family members and take the stress of planning out of a big trip together. Thank you!!!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lake Hallstatt!!! And the AMAZING hotel. It was worth the whole trip! Thank you!"

Jennifer

St Petersburg, FL

Tour: 11/18/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It had been 30 years since I traveled to Europe. The idea of traveling with a guide and becoming familiar with some of the local flavor of a place was appealing. Rolinka was generous and expending much energy in taking care of everyone and enabling us to see some very special sites. The days were quite full and I enjoyed viewing the art and architecture, although I must admit, I did become saturated on various occasions.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The visit to Lake Hallstatt was definitely the highlight of the tour for me. The scenery, quiet village and ability to hike on a nature trail was a great break from the busy city scenes."

Mechelina

Montreal, QC

Tour: 11/18/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was wonderful but although I knew it was only an 8 day tour, I felt it was too short. I would have liked another day in Munich and 2 or 3 more days in Vienna. The length of stay in Salzburg and Hallstatt was fine.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Mozart Dinner Concert we attended was the highlight in my opinion. I liked the views in Hallstatt, the streets of Salzburg and Vienna."

Laura

Santee, CA

Tour: 11/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was fantastic! Rolinka is an exceptional guide. Her attention to details and replacing activities on the itinerary due to this being a winter tour was wonderful (ex. visiting the Silent Night Church, stopping in Bad Ischal to explore a local Christmas market & Habsburg palace). We had wonderful group activities - Apple strudel baking class. And, great time to explore on our own. All the hotels were extremely comfortable and their staff very guest friendly.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lake Hallstatt and staying in the Grüner Baum hotel. Magical!"

Ralph

Phoenix, AZ

Tour: 11/18/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

My experience was great. Local people were utilized to talk to us about their communities and its history. The local personalities showed the feelings of community, present and past.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Standing in the room that the last emperor signed documents of aggression in the Slavic components of his empire. The importance of salt to past civilizations. Seeing a still active salt mine."

Gerald

Fresno, CA

Tour: 11/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was wonderful to visit these locations at this time of year. There were few crowds, with the exception of the Christmas markets in Vienna... but that was to be expected. I thought it was the best way to experience these locations and get the most out of the experience in a relatively short time. The hotel accommodations were comfortable and convenient. The meals provided were delicious and the restaurants chosen gave me a great sampling of the local menu. Overall I am happy that I went!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Salzburg and Lake Hallstatt were the 2 places I found the most breathtaking. I especially enjoyed anything that included the history of the places we went, like the Hapsburg summer villa tour, and the visit to the treasury in Vienna. I appreciated the visit to the Third Man Museum in Vienna as well. King Ludwig's castle was also impressive, as were the historic buildings and churches/cathedrals. The apple strudel cooking class was also a definite must do activity."

May

Scotts Valley, CA

Tour: 11/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a very enjoyable, educational and interesting tour of the places we visited. It was a bit tiring having to pack and unpack constantly but I can understand the need to do so if we wanted to cover as much ground as we did. I was impressed that our guide was able to make adjustments and changes to our itinerary as she saw fit and as the need arose.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many "wow" moments, it is hard to choose. I think it would be the moment in the chapel where "Silent Night" was first performed. I don't know if this is on the usual itinerary but we were able to visit not only the museum but the chapel itself where we sang the beautiful Christmas carol."

Neil

Alexandria, VA

Tour: 10/21/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was an excellent tour overall, with a great group of people from all over the country, a memorable tour guide, engaging local guides, well-chosen hotels (with roomy rooms for solo travelers), and an unbeatable itinerary that included cities and locales I have never visited before. The tour left me wanting to return for more, with a better grasp of the German language, which is a good thing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Simply being in Munich was special because I recently learned through that my great-great grandfather on my mother's side of the family was born in "Bayern, Germany" in 1829, as was my great-great grandmother. Reconnecting with this past was a good thing. Also, while there were many stunning scenes of art, architecture, and nature, I was deeply impressed by the Third Man museum in Vienna, which documented how the United States contributed to the rebuilding of Europe after WW2."

Kathleen

Cicero, NY

Tour: 10/21/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We enjoyed traveling with a knowledgeable and friendly tour director, Maisie,and a group of fun, punctual people as we explored the well-chosen venues. The itinerary was educational,amazing and well paced. Expert local guides – Patrick in Munich, Sabina in Salzburg,and Gerhard in Vienna- made it possible to see and learn so much. The centrally located hotels enabled us to explore on our own after the group tour activities were done, even after we indulged in a bit of local beers and wines!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So MANY wow moments! Watching the Marienplatz Glockenspiel,making apple strudel,visiting the Neuschwanstein Castle,bus rides through little towns and majestic mountains, the overnight at Lake Hallstatt with a scenic boat ride and beautiful hotel,the Danube River boat ride near the Wachau Valley, connecting with some locals in the Hoffbrau Haus,learning a drinking song from them as we shared stories and photos of our homes and families.Local café time and more strudel!"

Julie

Longwood, FL

Tour: 10/21/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall we had a great time. Maisie along with the local guides were, in my opinion the most valuable part of the trip. We also had a great group of people, everyone got along and we were all punctual!! I especially enjoyed the "little surprises" such as the boat cruise on Lake Hallstat and especially the river cruise. I was a little disappointed in the Ludwig castle, took a lot of time and we have seen other Ludwig castles that are much more impressive.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Not sure if I had a singular "wow" moment. Really enjoyed the 3rd man museum and at the end of the Vienna tour it was interesting to see how all the history was intertwined. Almost an AhAh moment."

Antoinette

New Milford, CT

Tour: 10/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I highly recommend a Rick Steves' tour! This is the first tour I have ever been on for a vacation. The entire trip was well planned giving us time for exploring on our own as well as enjoying the group tours, where the group always received "personal" attention. The tour gave us experiences you would not otherwise have unless you have visited a place before and know of the smaller businesses and experiences that are not touristy, such as having a class for making apple strudel.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Each place we visited had "wow" moments, so I couldn't possibly have just one. Hallstatt was my favorite city by far. Everything about it was wonderful."

Lisa

Walnut Creek, CA

Tour: 10/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first tour experience and it was was a wonderful trip. I felt like we made good use of the time and it was well organized and led.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many good memories. But Halstaat was so beautiful. Salzburg was a close second with the music, baking and views."

Diane

Irvine, CA

Tour: 10/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Highlighes: 1. Holger and his upbeat, service oriented personality 2. Location of hotels, restaurants, activities 3. Mix of walking tours, local guides, info passed around the bus, cooking class, museums 4. Food and snack samples by Holger 5. Buddy connections 6. Attention to individual interests, health issues, etc. 7. Free time 8. Freedom to opt in or out of activities without judgment 9. I needed more WC stops than were scheduled 10. Thankful our bus had a facility which I had to use one time

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seriously, Holger. I would go anywhere he goes on any trip! 1. 3rd Man Museum and meeting the Gerhardt who had a passion for it. A huge treat! 2. Spend 2 nights in each hotel ( Hallstatt 1 night was enough) 3. Personality of our guide and his accessibility and encouragement to meet and talk with local people and to discuss anything! Such freedom he provided and encouragement to explore."

Julia

Dover, DE

Tour: 10/14/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was our first trip to Europe and our first Rick Steves tour. Overall, even with the huge learning curve of novice travelers, it was a great experience. I felt safe on the tour and I believe I was able to truly experience the beauty and history of Germany and Austria.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our favorite stop on the tour was Hallstatt. The scenery and the hotel were both exceptionally beautiful and peaceful. We were there for only one night but my husband and I would have been happy to stay for a week just sitting on the balcony and enjoying the lovely lake and mountains."

Jean

San Angelo, TX

Tour: 10/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved every minute of it. Holger was a fantastic tour guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing Neuschwanstein Castle and going into it."

Eleanor

Norton, MA

Tour: 10/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves tour, and we had an outstanding time. The mix of tour time and personal time was perfect allowing us to experience sites on our own. Our guide Holger lent a great depth of knowledge and experience, besides being flexible. He was always willing to help with recommendations. There was also great camaraderie among the tour members which led to wonderful interaction with others. The choice of hotels in great locations as well as the local restaurants were perfect.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I would say I have two. The first would be the boat ride on our arrival to the town of Hallstatt, simply breathtaking on a spectacular day. The second would be walking into Marienplatz in Munich as all the church bells were ringing. It just simply took my breath away!!"

Mark

San Angelo, TX

Tour: 10/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was fantastic. Holger Zimmer was a marvelous tour guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting the third man museum in Vienna."

Christopher

Norton, MA

Tour: 10/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My wife and I made three trips to Europe prior to this tour, doing all of our own planning. We decided to try a Rick Steves tour after quite a bit of research on possible regions to visit. The tour was exactly as described - the small group, interesting hotels, plenty of walking and a mix of scheduled time and free time. I was very impressed with the way our guide Holger kept us organized and amused at the same time. When plans had to change unexpectedly, he adapted quickly. Great time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My WOW moment was the group dynamics Holger worked so hard on. I had never vacationed with a group and wondered what would happen as we moved along in our travels. The buddy system immediately got each of us involved with a stranger. Then the group meals and bus rides allowed us to get to know each other as much or as little as we pleased. All of the sites we visited were interesting in their own ways. I especially enjoyed the Third Man Museum history of WWII and Austria's involvement."

Daniel

Dover, DE

Tour: 10/14/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We felt this was a once in a lifetime opportunity to see Europe and all the reviews said if this is your first time, go with Rick Steves. We were not disappointed. The entire tour was extremely well organized, we got to see and do a lot, which we would not have been able to do, if we had tried to go on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The sight of Lake Hallstatt as we approached in the bus was just breath taking, after seeing the big cities of Munich and Salzburg."

Robert

Alexandria, VA

Tour: 10/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour had a lot of events packed into 6.5 days. Yet, I didn't feel rushed and thought we had time to absorb what we saw[INVALID]both with the group and on our own (I was with my wife). One thing different (for me) from the two other Rick Steves tours we've done was what I'd call the perks of where we travelled. So, we had the opportunity to be on the water,not once but twice, and do a hands on cooking class. Overall impression[INVALID]excellent tour that should be one day longer (see below)

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The opportunity to do two water excursions and do a hands on cooking class (and yes, I know that's two 'wow' moments). Btw, the expression "wow" moment was also used by our guide in Salzburg (Sabina or Sabine?--she was great)"

Christina

Peterborough, ON

Tour: 10/07/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour overall was very good. This is my second Rick Steve's tour and it did not disappoint. The only thing I would say is it felt like a lot more time on the bus then the previous tour I did. I think in the future I will look at tours that have minimum 2-3 nights in each city. Overall we had great time!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking up the fortress in Salzburg. If I am 100% honest my most memorable experience was prior to the tour starting. We arrived 2 days prior to and went to Dachau memorial. The guided tour there was so well done and a very powerful experience. It is something that will stay with me forever."

Susan

Trabuco Canyon, CA

Tour: 10/07/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall the tour was fantastic. Very well organized and thought out. Even though the tour wasn't very long, only 7 days, at times I felt a little rushed. I would have liked one free day, preferably in Hallstatt, to just rest and enjoy the scenery. Our Vagabond Ireland tour did this. One day just to linger and relax would have been great. Hallstatt was absolutely spectacular and it would have been an ideal resting spot for the group. Too many group dinners.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hallstatt and the Austrian Lake District."

Bob

Coto De Caza, CA

Tour: 10/07/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Local guides were excellent. Too many group Dinners. Would have liked to have spent 2 nights in Hallstatt. In my limited opinion, I think having 28 people in our group is too many. Another tour (not Rick Steves) that my Wife and I really liked was limited to 16 people in a motor coach that was designed for 16 people. We were much more maneuverable compared to a 50-60 passenger motor coach.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Lake District of Austria."

Jennifer

Rochester, NY

Tour: 10/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was expertly planned and seamless in execution. A good mix of planned events and free time to let us explore. Great balance between the cities and countryside / lake district. Even though this tour is on the shorter side compared to most Rick Steves tours, I felt the length was perfect (we added on a day at both ends). Not a big deal, but I could have done with a few less church visits in exchange for something active or more "backdoor."

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably would have to be the breathtaking views overlooking Lake Hallstat paired with the incredibly unique salt mine tour!"

Robby

White Rock, NM

Tour: 09/30/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Was a fun tour ... my Son and Daughter-in-Law were part of our tour group Everyone made the tour more enjoyable. We purposedly picked those dates to be in Munich for Oktoberfest.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The fantasy castle views was likely the most "wow" moment/view. Semi-wow ... Oktoberfest ... had read about the beer tents ... did not realize the real size of them ... and the vast amount of people crowded in each tent."

Paige

Charlotte, NC

Tour: 09/30/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great Tour that was informative...allowed you flexibility if you had plans that varied from the tour. Guide was informative and helpful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's hard to choose 1...maybe the Kaiser Villa, because it wasn't a part of the regular schedule..."

Donald

Le Roy, NY

Tour: 09/30/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It would be hard to replicate the wonderful, authentic experience of this tour on my own. Having the resources of the Rick Steves organization to plan activities was extremely valuable. The knowledge and experience of our guide, Hans, added a depth and a comfort level that would be impossible to duplicate on my own. The activity level was just right-not too strenuous. After 8 days, I was wishing we could go back and start the whole trip over again. I would definitely recommend this tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to pick just one! My favorite moment was the dinner in Vienna on our last evening together. Our whole group of 28 went to a little restaurant with loads of ambience, and a musical duo of violin and accordion. With wine flowing in generous amounts, the food was excellent, and the camaraderie of the group, after eight days together, was especially rewarding. A real "gemutlicheit" moment!"

Maureen

East Greenwich, RI

Tour: 09/30/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first tour of any kind and it truly exceeded our expectations. We thoroughly enjoyed the group experience and made some new friends, which really is the highlight of the trip. Yes, we saw beautiful sites and had wonderful experiences, but the surprise was the social aspect and how easy it was to travel with others.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The stop at Lake Halstatt was perfectly timed on the trip and was superb in all respects. Stunningly beautiful...and perhaps the quietest place we have experienced in years! Peaceful sitting out on the lake looking at the stars with no light pollution...loved it."

Kathryn

Clayton, MO

Tour: 09/30/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

loved Hans. Favorite things are all of the extras that he added in. Stopping at a few extra towns, buying ice cream for all of us at his favorite places, his calm demeanor but also very funny.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"oktoberfest"

Daniel

Concord, CA

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had slightly lower expectations for this tour compared to the other Rick Steves tours that we've taken, but this tour did not disappoint. The scenery at Neuschwanstein, Lake Hallstatt, Salzburg was unbelievably beautiful. Oktoberfest was fun and our guide and the local guides were great. The food was tasty and our fellow travelers were good company.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The scenic views were all wow moments, but added to those was the moment when the chef's assistant at the Strudel bakery, who was also a music student studying in Salzburg, got up and sang a Mozart aria while we waited for our Strudel to bake. Also, the view from our hotel room deck at Lake Hallstatt was amazing."

Maryanne

Mendham, NJ

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Outstanding is probably the best word for my overall experience. Every day was perfectly planned with the right mix of touring, history, and free time. There was a definite vibe of adventure and fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Favorite WOW moment - First sighting of Neuschwanstein Favorite FUN moment - the first beer hall we walked into at Octoberfest Favorite CHURCH moment - Saint Stephen's, Vienna Favorite FOOD moment - Edelweiss Cooking School, streudel making Favorite EVENING moment - Mozart Concert, Salzburg town hall Favorite TOUR- Third Man Museum Favorite HOLY moment - Melk Abbey Favorite IMPERIAL moment - Vienna Palaces Favorite City - Salzburg Favorite non-Rick Steves tour - The Sound of Music"

Leslee

Shoreline, WA

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I enjoyed the tour very much. I saw so many sights that I didn't even expect to see. The major landmarks were on the schedule, like Neuschwanstein Castle, but we stopped for several unscheduled "photo ops." I liked seeing the Hapsburg's hunting lodge in Bad Ischl, and having some time there to walk around the cute town and have some coffee. Lake Hallstatt was wonderful!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We were blessed with bright, sunny, skies the whole week - such a contrast to my rainy week in Ireland the week before. I know Rick can't control this :) So, my favorite "wow" moment was driving through the beautiful Bavarian countryside - green, rolling hills, farms, and lakes - and walking into the Wieskirche, the amazing Rococo-style church out in the middle of nowhere."

John

West Chester, PA

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves' tour and it was a fantastic experience

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is so hard to pick just one. We were lucky enough to be on the tour during Oktoberfest and that was amazing. It was on my bucket list for a long time and it did not disappoint. Great food (smoked mackerel), great people and great beer!"

Diana

Concord, CA

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Could have used another day in Munich, Salzburg and Vienna. Maybe an 11 day trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Neuschwanstein Castle and Salzburg."

Martin

Edina, MN

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 2 of 5

The tour provided a very nice orientation to the marvelous cities of Munich, Salzburg and Vienna and the delightful village of Hallstatt and Melk Abbey. Octoberfest and festival atmosphere of Munich was delightful. The castle and cooking experience in Salzburg was fun. Hallstatt was quaint and picturesque and the visit to Melk Abbey was outstanding. The rich history of Vienna was extraordinary.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our visits to Hallstatt and Melk were "Wow" moments. Each was truly amazing in distinctive and delightful ways. The picturesque setting of Hallstatt is wonderful and rich history of the Melk Abbey and beautiful setting on the river Danube was remarkable"

Kristin

Aliso Viejo, CA

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

My overall tour experience was very good. This tour covers a beautiful part of the world. Hans was a very good guide. I was at first skeptical about going on this tour during Oktoberfest (I'm not a drinker) but Oktoberfest was a lot more fun than I thought it would be! There was a good mix of group activities and free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment from my tour was when we stopped in an Alpine meadow on the way to Neuschwanstein Castle and could see the castle up in the mountains in the distance. There was even a dusting of snow on the mountain behind the castle. It was magical!"

Gina

Hartford, CT

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Group was large -28 people making it difficult in some locations. Overall it was enjoyable and we experienced things we never would have otherwise due to knowledge of guide or transportation. Nice combination of transportation options such as taking the boat on the Danube river to reduce bus time. Time was not always well spent and sometimes confusing as to what we would just walk by and what we'd actually go see as part of the tour resulting in missing some sites especially in Vienna.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Boat ride in Hallstatt"

Kaye

Marysville, WA

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We had a wonderful first tour experience! We went to Germany a week in advance and rented a car and saw parts of Germany that were not part of this tour. We had a great time, but it was also great to be part of a group all enjoying the sights together and especially having a tour company that has arranged all the transportation, lodging and some of the food, not to mention all the great tours and guides. We learned so much!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think that one "wow" moment that I'll remember was when we went to the Edelweiss Baking Co. in Vienna, and made apple strudel. The WoW part was when one of the helpers, who is an opera student, sang an aria for us. That was a real "Wow!""

Wendeline

Bloomington, IN

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Great trip with a variety of history, architecture, and scenery! Enjoyed the apple streudal session, luncheon, and musical entertainment. The opportunity to a dinner with Mozart was an unexpected and wonderful option! Hans gave us lots of good ideas of activities/sites to explore for our free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lake Hallstatt was an obvious "wow", but even more so for me, were the Lipizzaner horses that passed within 5 feet of us as we were on our Vienna tour of the Imperial Apartments. There were lots of little sites such as a church on a rock, the salt mine in Lake Hallstatt, or experiences such as the Mozart dinner along the way that added to great memories."

Sue A.

Foresthill, CA

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This tour followed the 11day tour of France. We were tired and We had to miss a couple of the walking tours. Overall, We enjoyed the activities, the tour members and the food.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The opera/dinner in Salzburg was the highlight for me. We loved everything about it."

Jose

Anacortes, WA

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves tour and would definitely do this again. My wife and I wanted to take a special trip for our 20th anniversary and this trip did not disappoint. We will have these memories for ever. Thanks for a great experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Absolutely loved Vienna. Highlight city for me."

Diane

Anacortes, WA

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Had a fantastic time. Hans was very knowledgeable as well as entertaining as our tour guide. We appreciated the amount of free time that we had in each city, as well as the guided tours that took us to the highlights. Had a blast making apple strudel in Salzburg.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The whole trip was a wow moment for me. Really enjoyed the scenery along the bus trips between cities as well as the amazing churches and castles. Of course Neuschwanstein was stunning as well."

Judy

Wausau, WI

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves tour and our first trip to Europe. What a wonderful experience!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many. We loved the variety each day offered. A nice blend of group activities and free time. A few WOWs for us were making apple strudel, the view from King Ludwig's castle, the Mozart concert, and Lake Hallstatt (a relaxing break from the tour pace to ejoy an idyllic setting.)"

Christina

Stanwood, WA

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The full day we spent in Salzburg, Austria was my favorite by far. The local walking tour guide was fantastic - she was knowledgeable, fun and friendly. The apple strudel baking class is a must for every tour going through Salzburg! Our tour guide arranged an amazing evening of food and opera at the Mozart dinner theater. Thanks, Hans!!!!!"

Ray

Camano Island, WA

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Everything was excellent with one exception, the 3rd Man museum tour was a bit too long.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lake Hallstatt was incredible, great scenery, village was outstanding and the best hotel room of the tour."

William

Issaquah, WA

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour moved along remarkably efficiently. We saw far more than we ever could on our own. I was very impressed about how it all moved along like clockwork. Our guide, Hans, was always one step ahead, clearing our path of issues for us.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have 2: 1. pulling up to Neuschwanstein Castle with Wagner's Tannhäuser on the speaker. 2. Lake Hallstatt boat ride"

Norma

Coon Rapids, MN

Tour: 09/09/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Going to the opera.Rolinka explained the program which was helpful."

Kimberly

Walnut Creek, CA

Tour: 09/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Munich, Salzburg, Vienna tour exceeded my expectations in so many ways. I was already a Rick Steve's consumer having used his books since 1987. Starting with the Europe 101, I have traveled to all of the EU using recommendations from the series. I knew I liked his style. The difference in having Rolinka as a guide on this tour was just an incredible enhancement of the experience. She was a fountain of knowledge, calm, and fun, which added so much to the enjoyment of each destination.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "wow" moment was when the assistant at the apple strudel making event took the stage and sang features from the Sound of Music in opera style. Her sweet demeanor and incredible voice made me feel lucky to witness such talent in an intimate setting. It gave me chills. The strudel was pretty incredible too!"

Stephen

Burlington, VT

Tour: 09/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My wife had great tour. This was our 1st Rick Steve's tour. It was very well organized. Our tour guide was a lot of fun and easy to get to know. It was nice to break up the days with free time and organized tours. We enjoyed the other members of our group. We tried to mingle with different couples at dinner time. We got to know some folks better than others and I think we all got along very well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think Lake Hallstatt was the physical highlight. I have spent my career as a ferry captain on Lake Champlain I would go back to Lake Hallstatt in a heart beat just to watch the activity. As is the norm travelling these days the crowds can be overwhelming if you let them bother you. I spent my career in the tourist service business. So I'm just seeing it from the other side. The crowds at Neuschwanstein Castle was probable the biggest eye-opener. Hard to imagine being there in high season."

Holly

Columbia, MO

Tour: 09/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very efficient and awesome.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hallstatt Austria was the most scenic and beautiful place to stay - the mountains and lake were just incredible. We very much enjoyed hiking to the falls as well."

Karen

Mentor, OH

Tour: 09/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful hotels, terrific guides.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lake Hallstatt"

Dan

Columbia, MO

Tour: 09/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first trip to Europe and I think the decision to use Rick Steves' Tours was perfect. While there was structure, there was also lots of free time to explore on your own. I was able to challenge myself to try different foods, different languages, experience different cultures and broaden my love of history. I also learned how to be a more savvy traveler and to not be intimidated by visiting another country.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"On the advice of our tour guide, Rolinka, my wife and I along with our new friends, Denise and Esta passed on touring the salt mines in Hallstatt and instead took a hike to a falls outside of town. The natural beauty of the area was absolutely stunning! We were wanting to get some good exercise but we had to stop frequently just to look around and admire the scenery. I have never seen anyplace more beautiful than Hallstatt. It was the highlight of a tour chock full of highlights!"

Randy

Fair Oaks, CA

Tour: 09/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Making strudel was very fun. Scenery at Lake Hallstatt was fantastic. tour guide was knowledgable and helpful. She altered the tour slightly to include some sites from the sound of music movie, which was appreciated by several group members. Good restaurants and good bus driver. Great breakfasts.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lake Hallstatt scenery."

Deanna

Arvada, CO

Tour: 09/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I have not had a guided tour before and will not ever go without one again thanks to Rick Steves and his "one of a kind" tour guide, Rolinka. I can't thank Rolinka enough for the wealth of information she shared with us! She was so educated and versed on every aspect of our tour. It was a pleasure to travel with her and your company. Thank you for the memories!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There are to many to list!"

Catherine

Fair Oaks, CA

Tour: 09/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a great time!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lake Hallstattt, the boat ride there and our hotel room facing the town square, and the trout dinner at the hotel. All were fantastic! Prettiest place Ive ever seen."

Esta

West Hartford, CT

Tour: 09/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first tour and it definitely exceeded my expectations. I was worried that I'd feel "trapped" with a big group of people and that the tour experience would detract from the relaxation of a vacation. I found the Rick Steves experience to be just what my sister and I needed for a fun and immersive trip. I loved how we started each morning learning about the places together, then had free time to explore in the afternoons. It was a great balance of supportive guidance and freedom.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lake Hallstatt was the most beautiful place I've ever been. I really wish we'd had more time there, one night was not enough and I would have gladly eliminated the next day's excursion to spend more time. We hiked to a waterfall in the woods and it was so gorgeous and relaxing, just what we needed mid-trip. We were warned that the town would be filled with tourists, but I didn't find it more packed than the cities that we visited. That place was heaven on earth and I'd love to go back."

Jennifer

Los Gatos, CA

Tour: 09/09/18

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

This was my fourth Rick Steve's trip and I enjoyed the cities, fellow travelers and guide. Salzburg and Lake Hallstatt were my favorite. The pace was good, I wish we had more time in Lake Hallstatt but understand we are on a short trip.I do feel that the quality has somewhat gone down as Rick Steve's gets larger and more travelers.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The view from the top at Lake Hallstatt was my "wow" moment. We went late in the day and it was not crowded. I also enjoyed the boat ride over."

Dorinda

Fort Smith, AR

Tour: 09/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour exceeded my expectations. This was my first trip to Europe and I was not disappointed with what I saw and experienced in Germany and Austria. The tours were seamless from one experience to another.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Friends and family have asked which part of the trip was my favorite. Each day was a new wow day. I think I enjoyed exploring on our own the most. The hotel locations were perfect to embark from for some free time explorations."

Betsy

Burlington, VT

Tour: 09/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My overall tour experience was fantastic! I loved all three cities (M/S/V) and Hallstatt was absolutely incredible. Our tour guide Rolinka was the very best-great at keeping 28 adults on task, knowledgeable and fun! My favorite city was Salzburg - it was beautiful and the right size but Munich was a close second. Our day in Hallstatt was magical to the perfect daytime weather and lovely village. The balance between tour and personal time was just right. Very happy with our experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite experiences were: Mozart dinner in Salzburg, dinner together in Hallstatt and our last dinner in the wine garden in Vienna. Our Mozart dinner was elegant, the three 20 min operas beautiful. In Hallstatt, we had an Aperol cocktail party before dinner, Rolinka showed how to filet the fresh lake trout and we had the dining room to ourselves. The wine garden dinner was amazing-eating outdoors on a beautiful late summer evening, the wine, food and zither player were unforgettable."

Timothy

Aurora, IL

Tour: 09/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was excellent! Aided by great weather and our awesome guide, our tour was enjoyable and enriching. Enjoyed the locations where we stayed and the mixture of "tour time" and free time. What was great was the context Daniella added to what we were seeing!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wow moment for me was being on Lake Hallstatt, absolutely the most beautiful place I've been!"

Scott

Portland, OR

Tour: 09/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my 7th Rick Steves tour. Of course, I've enjoyed all of my tours - I keep coming back for more - but this was my favorite! Our guide, Daniela, was fun, energetic, and informative. She joins my list of best-loved guides, including Federico (Barcelona, Madrid) and Tom (London). And we quickly bonded with our group of fellow travelers, who embraced the Rick Steves "no grumps" policy and the Bavarian culture.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"When I took my first bite of a warm apple-filled Krafpfen at Schmalznudel Café Frischhut in Munich. When the server at Zum Dürnbräu delivered an enormous Kaiserschmarnn, a fluffy pancake with raisins, almonds, and apples, to our table. When Daniela surprised us with an exhilarating luge ride after leaving Salszburg. But my absolute favorite "wow" moment was the private boat ride to the Seehotel Grüner Baum in Hallstatt. Sharing the spectacular vistas with our new friends was extraordinary!"

Darien

Aurora, IL

Tour: 09/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour had just the right amount free time and group time and I loved the location of the hotels we stayed in. Having Daniela give a quick orientation of each place we visited was very helpful for when we had free time. The group size was just perfect and we were able to get to know everyone a little bit in a short time.. Enjoyed all the surprises Daniela had for us from the snacks she had ready for us to the lunch she prepared after we visited Neuschwanstein castle.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hands down it was Hallstatt. What a incredible place to visit. From the boat cruise to just relaxing outside on the balcony at out hotel to our dinner that night with the group."

Toni

Grass Valley, CA

Tour: 09/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful tour guide, wonderful group!! We loved it all.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many! The boat ride around Lake Hallstatt and the views while sampling schnapps an gingerbread. Learning to make apple strudel in Salzburg. And, the opportunity to ride a luge down the Alps is a once in a lifetime opportunity!"

Randy

Issaquah, WA

Tour: 09/02/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

My wife & I enjoyed our first trip to Bavaria and our first Rick Steves guided tour, though we had done another My Way tour last year. Our tour guide Daniela was born & raised near Munich, so she was a great resource for us and added a lot to the experience. Besides sharing her local perspective with us, she also planned several special surprises for all of us. My favorite of these was a side visit while up in the Alps to enjoy a trip down a luge run, definitely an amazing experience for us.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to choose as there were so many: The beauty of Neuschwanstein castle, the fun of making our own strudel, the Danube boat cruise, breathtaking Lake Hallstatt, so many others. I guess my favorite experience was standing outside the Vienna Opera House Friday night with several hundred other people, all of us enjoying a free big screen viewing of the live opera going on inside. Great memory."

Jan

Kelowna, BC

Tour: 09/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was exceptional because of the quality of the guides: Daniela in particular. The guides, overall, were knowledgeable and accessible. Daniela has a genuineness and openness that made it possible to learn, not only about the history and art of the region, but also about the character and values of the people / regions we passed through. She had the ability to pull together the disparate threads into a cohesive whole. Her sense of humor was greatly appreciated.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The 3rd-Man Museum was a highlight for me as was Dachau. The guides were irreverent, but highly informative. Their willingness to share their personal insights and values was refreshing and engaging. Both of those experiences were eye-opening and gave me things to think about long after the tours were over."

Linda

Oregon City, OR

Tour: 09/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fabulous. Lived up to my expectations, again (my third tour). Daniela was super guide; knowledgeable, interesting, creative, and very engaging. We had a fabulous group (exceptionally so) this time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is difficult to choose. There were 2 events Daniela managed to work into our tour that were not "planned" as regularly part of the tour. That made those things seem special. The "luge" run!!! Great fun. And the Third Man Museum in Vienna with Gerhard. That was on my list as #1 for my free time and she announced that our tour would be going there together! I'm obviously a huge fan of the movie and history that goes with it. Gerhard was so interesting and welcoming! Loved it!"

Nancy

Chester Springs, PA

Tour: 09/02/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was our first Rick Steve's tour and we were very pleased with our experience. Daniella, our guide, was great; very knowledgeable, pleasant, helpful, and enthusiastic! One of my favorite things about our tour were the little surprises along the way that weren't part of the itinerary; an additional concert, a luge ride, local food and beverage tastings. We will definitely try another Rick Steve's tour in the future.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's hard to pick one wow moment. I think our luge ride on the way to Vienna, and the lovely boat ride on Hallstatt Lake."

Sarah

Atlanta, GA

Tour: 09/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour exceeded my expectations! Daniela was wonderful. I really enjoyed how she made each day special and was always thoughtful in supplying little treats here and there.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lake Hallstat boat ride with schnapps and riding the luge!"

R J

Atlanta, GA

Tour: 08/19/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was a very good overall tour and the group was diverse, interesting, and fun to travel with the entire time. Donald White is an excellent guide and his vast experience in the business is very apparent. I have a knee with some issues, so the "moderate" walking and multiple stairs in castles and some museums became a challenge for me at times. I take full responsibility for this because you were clear in your literature that it would be an active tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"After learning how to make apple strudels at the cooking school/restaurant in Salzburg, our service person broke out in song. What a wonderful voice and pleasant surprise. She received a standing ovation from the group."

Mark

Evanston, IL

Tour: 08/19/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was our 3rd tour and, like the others, we thought it was great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The scenic beauty of Hallstaat, and the cruise on the River Danube."

Gary

Wauwatosa, WI

Tour: 08/19/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Our tour group was very harmonious. The tour leader Donald handled a small issue of tardiness quickly and quietly. The group dinners turned out to be some of the best times on the tour. The tour was physically challenging. The transportation arrangements all worked out well. Special thanks to Donald for making the tour one I will long remember.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Making apple strudel in Salzburg while listening to the chef's assistant sing an aria from the Magic Flute. A truly unexpected treat."

Joan

Woodbury, MN

Tour: 08/19/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first guided tour, as well as my first trip as a solo participant. I didn't know what to expect, but found that traveling solo with a Rick Steve's tour group was better than what I could have ever expected. Everyone in the group was very friendly, and I was able to comfortably hang out with many of them. I also found that I enjoyed a guided tour, since it was so nice to let the tour guide do all of the planning.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many "wow" moments, since I love the majestic beauty of the Austrian Alps, but two "wow" surprises were when the waitress at our apple streudel cooking class in Salzburg performed a mini opera for us, and the professional zither-board player that entertained us in Vienna."

Anne

Atlanta, GA

Tour: 08/19/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was the perfect tour for us, visiting compelling, historical and walkable cities.The wide variety of superbly planned activities was balanced with plenty of free time which we appreciated. The size and mix of the tour group also worked well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Two favorites - 1) Everything about Hallstatt was wonderful, despite the cancellation of the salt mine tour due to a forest fire. 2) The Third Man Museum. What an amazing collection of important material for Americans to learn more about. In both cases I left wanting more."

Celeste

Decatur, GA

Tour: 08/19/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was my very first tour group experience so I have no comparison point. I was very pleasantly surprised. It was evident that much thought/planning went into each location (hotels, dinner venues, points of interest.) The tour guide was very knowledgeable and experienced. The local guides added an extra authentic feel to the trip. The amount of group time and on your own time was well balanced. Very busy but informative trip. Overall great time!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We stopped at the small town of Hallstatt in the middle of our journey and it was at just the right time in the trip to step back and relax to really enjoy and soak up this small town. The hotel was wonderful. The boat ride allowed a peaceful time to enjoy the scenery. I also enjoyed the tour of the Melk Abbey and that tour guide was great!"

Sara

Charlestown, MA

Tour: 08/19/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves tour. Overall, I loved it. There was a nice balance of scheduled vs unscheduled time. The tour guides provided valuable insight into the cities and their histories. I liked that all the breakfasts were included and that we got some dinners on our own. I love to just walk around cities and absorb new sights, architecture, etc and this trip did a lot of that.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Vienna. I'm a professional musician and have always dreamed of walking the same streets that Beethoven, Mozart, Brahms, and Mahler walked. The Haus der Musik was incredible, and how amazing that Vienna has a walk of fame for classical musicians! The tour of the Third Man museum and the zither player at dinner were fascinating. I took a class with Lewis Lockwood at Boston University and I was so excited that Rick recommended his Beethoven biography in the tour book!"

Jim

Mesa, AZ

Tour: 08/19/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was a bit rushed. It needs to be bumped up to 10 days. There was not adequate time for the gift shop in the tour of the Neuschwanstein castle. Also another day needs to be added to Salzburg and Vienna which would provide more time for music concerts and museum tours.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Salzburg Cooking School: After lunch,the chef's assistant sang an opera aria. What an amazing voice.The tour of the Third Man Museum in Vienna: appreciated and enjoyed Gustaf Gerhard's candor and passion for history. The picturesque beauty of Hallstatt. Magnificent! Vienna, such a classy,elegant city. Absolutely beautiful."

Peggy

Saint Paul, MN

Tour: 08/19/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Enjoyed all

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Tour guide, Donald, was outstanding"

Bill

Fort Collins, CO

Tour: 07/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"One of the best experiences occurred on the day we arrived in Munich and had lunch at the victualienmarkt. The place was crowded and seating was limited , so we asked a local German couple if we could share their table. They said yes, and we had a delightful conversation. It was just like Rick says in his travel programs--visiting with the locals is one of the best experiences on the trip."

John

Woodruff, SC

Tour: 07/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We loved this tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hallstatt - the lake and mountains were breathtaking."

Marianne

Cedar Park, TX

Tour: 07/22/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was good. The hotels were good. The guide was knowledgeable. I especially liked the Third Man Museum.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think the Third Man Museum was a wow moment for me. It was so unexpected, and the Museum owner was just so dang into it, his interest and devotion were contagious."

Judy

Fort Collins, CO

Tour: 07/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Another fabulous Rick Steves tour, our 4th, and we are already planning our next! Trip was so well thought out. So easy to travel with you. We loved Hans, a genuinely warm and kind soul who guided us, looked out for us, and taught us so much about each of our locations. We had a nice mix of tours, and free time to explore on our own, with excellent help from Hans on how to find our destination using public transportation.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's hard to choose just one! I loved Munich, and breathtaking Lake Hallstatt was such a gem, quaint, lovely and relaxing."

Joseph

Woodruff, SC

Tour: 07/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was fantastic! It provided an excellent taste of Germany and Austria. The cities and sites we visited were interesting and beautiful. Overall, it was an incredible tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Vienna is probably my favorite city in Europe, so it was great to finish the tour in Vienna. I love the history, music, art, and way of life of Austria. Salzburg and Hallstatt also exhibit these aspects, but in smaller and more serene settings. I just really enjoyed the opportunity to experience more of Austria!"

Patrick

Deerfield, IL

Tour: 07/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fantastic!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The view from our hotel room on Lake Hallstatt!"

Karen

Deerfield, IL

Tour: 07/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall, this tour was well-planned, fun and interesting. I felt like there were no "boring" times and also a good mix of scheduled activity and personal time. Rick's guidebooks described the sights nicely so I knew what to expect. A friend of mine had visited Munich and Salzburg alone with the guidebooks and enjoyed her visit, but I definitely got a lot out of the local tour guides, the excellent hotels, tour friends, and the restaurants we were booked at.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"By far the "wow" moment was the postcard view from our balcony at the hotel at Hallstatt. Hans, our guide, said it was a "vacation from our vacation," and he was right. My only wish was that we could have stayed longer to linger over the excellent breakfast. Another "wow" moment was the Third Man Museum in Vienna. WWII history buffs will enjoy the loving detail that the owner, Gerhard, has put into his displays on the war and the Orson Welles movie."

Kimberly

Woodruff, SC

Tour: 07/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our second Rick Steves Tour. We had taken the 10-day Venice, Florence, and Rome Tour the previous year, which was fabulous. We wanted to choose a tour that was just as enjoyable. We succeeded with the Munich, Salzburg, and Vienna Tour. We loved all aspects of this tour and had an absolutely wonderful time!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We loved the village of Hallstatt. It was so picturesque."

Robin

Edmonds, WA

Tour: 07/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves trip, and it certainly won't be our last. What an amazing experience! I was hoping to learn more about the German and Austrian cultures, and to SEE where the history I have learned about happened. This tour, however, turned out to be so very much more. We became immersed in the culture and history of the places where we visited. We had the opportunity to navigate around the towns and cities along the way, and to talk with the people who live there.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have to choose???? The moment when the assistant at the Salzburg cooking school began to sing. Wow. Her voice was amazing. We had our own mini-concert right after a most delicious lunch of Goulash and Apfelstrudel. The singing was a surprise for us - an amazing surprise!"

Stephen

Kennesaw, GA

Tour: 07/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We thought it was a well organized and very informative tour. Enjoyed that the formal tour activities were in the morning and that Hans (tour guide) helped recommend interesting activities to explore in the afternoons. The meals were all very well done. Great hospitality and company. We found Hans to be very interesting and conversational.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"1) the dinner concert in Salzburg. 2) Closing dinner in Vienna, 3) Hallstatt lake time."

Bea

Lakewood, WA

Tour: 07/08/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

While I realize that planning what will fit in an eight day trip is challenging as you [INVALID] specific sites and cities to be included, I did feel that our group was wisked along a little too rapidly and didn't spend enough minutes at some sites to absorb and appreciate them. I have taken several other tours (but not with Rick Steves) that were 14-18 days in length and didn't feel rushed. However, if we hadn't traveled at the pace we did, we wouldn't have experienced as much.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hallstatt"

Sam

Lakewood, WA

Tour: 07/08/18

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Thought that the tour at times was a bit rushed. Often not able to pause and take a snapshot or enjoy site for a few minutes. For example at Melk Abbey, after finishing lunch, had only five or ten minutes to enjoy Abbey itself. Felt pressure to meet deadlines even though everyone was on time. Realize that tour was only 8 days and covered a lot of ground, but would have preferred a slower pace and maybe omitting a few things.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Halstatt"

Wendy

Freedom, PA

Tour: 07/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was well organized, many details were thought through. The hotels are right smack in the middle of everything. The tour group members were a great bunch of people, I hope I get to travel with some of these people again. I like that many museum/city tours are part of the tour package.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Perhaps - when we saw our terrace in Halstatt. We happened to get the room with the huge terrace overlooking the lake. - Gorgeous!"

Russell

Freedom, PA

Tour: 07/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great tour! The experience was exceptional and I truly enjoyed all the sites and sounds on the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The "wow" moment was staying at Lake Hallstatt. This was one of the places I will remember forever."

Tom

Homewood, IL

Tour: 07/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was yet another great Rick Steves tour. We have come to expect great informative tours and this one met expectations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hallstadt was better than advertised and a definite Wow moment. The hotel was one of the best we have ever stayed in anywhere and area was the most beautiful I have ever seen. I wish we has been able to stay another day."

Patricia

Homewood, IL

Tour: 07/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved this tour. The itinerary was great but would have loved to have stayed in Hallstatt another night. I enjoyed each city and felt we had a chance to really experience what was special about each one. We became very comfortable getting around and would have no problem exploring more on our own if we ever return. Bavaria and Austria were so beautiful!!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There are several, but probably that first view of the Hallstatt area from the boat on the lake. That was a major WOW! It was also amazing to exit the s-bahn station after coming from the Munich airport and taking the elevator right up to Marianplatz in the middle of town - WOW! What a sight!"

Suzette

Plymouth, MN

Tour: 07/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was definitely our favorite vacation! We had been to Europe several times and loved it, but this trip was truly spectacular. Every day and every excursion had been meticulously researched and planned. Day trips, tours and hotels all exceeded our expectations. Best of the best - our tour guide Hans. He was not only incredibly knowledgeable and skilled at his presentation, he was a magnificent travel companion to all of us. Great sense of humor and just so fun and exciting! He is awesome!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I cannot name just one moment. There were so many. Perhaps our last dinner together in Vienna. Bittersweet. We did not want the trip to end. Delicious food, wine and we were serenaded by a delightful pair of musicians."

Keely

Ruther Glen, VA

Tour: 07/08/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The trip went very smoothly, with easy travel from city to city, fabulous hotels, and some excellent city tour guides. I was especially impressed by the different flavor that each of the guides brought to the experience. Getting around each city was very easy, and our guide was especially helpful in understanding the city transportation when we did have questions.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The drive into Lake Hallstatt area was very impressive. Our guide ensured that we took "off the beaten path" roads through much of the trip, which made the bus rides much more interesting. We also quite enjoyed the 3rd man museum and talks with the proprietor. He was so passionate about Viennese history and it created an engaging city experience."

Lisa

Scottsdale, AZ

Tour: 07/08/18

Overall rating: rating 2 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves' tour. We learned a lot about ourselves from the trip; mainly, that we are more of "independent" type travelers, so the trade off of loss of independence versus the planning of all the trip details was a bit grating on us. We learned that flying twelve hours to go to a European destination demands a substantial front end "soft landing" as well as time on the back end to help with jet lag, and the feeling of being rushed. The 8 day tour was jam packed- too much.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Two choices: making Apple Strudel in Salzburg - just an amazing experience. You have to experience it. Gustaf and the Third Man Museum in Vienna - he is unbelievable and the Third Man Museum is a must for all Americans who desire a deeper understanding of WWII and historical tensions in the region. It was unbelievable to meet a person with such passion for the truth."

Ava

Kennesaw, GA

Tour: 07/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was wonderful! Everything was so well thought out and put together very nicely. I loved everything about the tour and my tour guide (Hans) was outstanding.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hallstatt was STUNNING! It was one of the highlights of my trip and I loved being there."

Meredith

Kennesaw, GA

Tour: 07/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was amazing with a very cultured and open tour guide, beautiful cities, and great food.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"When we went on the boat ride around Lake Hallstatt to get to our hotel. The mountains were breath-taking."

Brenda

Geneseo, IL

Tour: 07/01/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

For our first time out of the States, it was great to have all the details arranged and handled for us. So nice to just sit back and enjoy the sights without having to worry about any arrangements! The small group size is great, and tour guides are very helpful. If there were any gliches, we never knew it because Rolinka kept everything going so smoothly. As my husband said, she was like a swan on a lake - looking very calm on the surface but paddling like crazy under the water.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So hard to pick one moment - most everything wowed me. It might have been the impromptu opera aria sung by the chef's helper at the strudel making session. She had many of us in tears."

Susan

Seattle, WA

Tour: 07/01/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a good tour. I loved the city walks and the countryside. The group was great and there were a lot of opportunities for good social connection. I think that the summer was not the best time as many things were not available such as the opera or music in some cafes. The Neuschanstein Castle so limited and more about large group management. It might be too popular now. The views of the castle and walking around it was satisfying once I new what it was really like inside.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The favorite WOW moment was hearing the young women at the Strudel making class sing a couple of songs. The whole experience was just right. Cooking with the other people on the tour, the nice lunch and a little opera in a cool cavern!"

Norma

Palospark, IL

Tour: 07/01/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our second RS Tour and our first with our 18 and 20 year old children. I was excited to see that there were 4 families traveling with similar young adults. Rolinka,our Guide, is very seasoned and delightful - her knowledge and leadership made this trip very special for us all. She made sure to add some extra experiences for us which we all appreciated. Meals were appropriate for each city - as were the hotels - as always very clean and centrally located.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There was no real "Wow" moment as all cities were so special. This itinerary is very well thought out. Everything you experience fulfills a bucket list sight."

Richard

Banning, CA

Tour: 07/01/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was a great introduction to Bavaria and Austria and I had a great time. The tour members were wonderful and out guide Rolinka was exceptional.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Best moment was going to the Kunsthitorisches Museum in Vienna and actually seeing many of the great old master paintings I had previously only seen in art history books. Second best was visiting Melk Abbey. Truly awe inspiring."

Daniel

Ballston Lake, NY

Tour: 07/01/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Though I was hesitant to sign up for a tour that involved traveling between cities as compared to staying in one city for the week, I actually found this experience to be a great learning experience with fun and enjoyment at every turn. The cities that we visited were fascinating, our tour guide, Rolinka, was superb and the other members of the tour were fun to share the experience with. It was a mountain top experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Attending the Edelweiss cooking school and listening to the young woman who sang opera songs as well as "Edelweiss" from the Sound of Music. There wasn't a dry eye in the group. Small wonderful moments such as when the bus pulled off of the road between Salzburg and Hallstadt so we could look at a dazzling vista of lake, mountains and steeples. And not to be forgotten was the visit to the "Third Man Museum." What a learning experience. I rented and viewed the movie upon my return."

Scott

Geneseo, IL

Tour: 07/01/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I really enjoyed the tour. It was a great introduction to Munich, Salzburg and Vienna. It was, however, very rushed. But it had to be to cover the sites and atmosphere of these cities in the time allotted. I think I would recommend this tour be bumped up to 10 days. Some of the walking tours were a little repetitive, as well. We walked some areas of the cities with both Rolinka and our local guides.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I don't know that I had a "wow" moment. Having never been to Europe, it was all amazing to me. Plus, being a student of history - I am a history teacher, soon to be retired - I especially enjoyed the royal residences and palaces. The opulence of the Catholic churches also was fascinating. I found all three cities easy to get around in; the people were friendly; and the food was amazing, and, surprisingly to me, very affordable."

Rachel

Knoxville, TN

Tour: 06/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was so much fun! I could not have imagined this trip with out it and I know for a fact I wouldn't have enjoyed the vacation as much if we would have done things on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hallstatt and Neuschwanstein."

Traci

Mill Creek, WA

Tour: 06/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything about the trip was great. From my fellow travelers, our guide (Carlos) to the sites/tours. I could go on and on...

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The royal jewels, clothing, crowns, tapestry at the Vienna Treasury. Also my first experience seeing Baroque in person."

Brittney

Burleson, TX

Tour: 06/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was wonderful. Everyday was very exciting.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The apple strudel cooking class was wonderful. I enjoyed learning how to make the apple strudel and then eating it."

Wanda

Crowley, TX

Tour: 06/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Amazing trip! Excellent guide !

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite Wow moment was touring Neuschwanstein Castle."

Andrew

Austin, TX

Tour: 06/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved this tour. It was as good as the Paris & the heart of France. With one exception - the afternoon in Salzburg. I loved the eidel weiss bakery, the best experience of the trip, but Salzburg itself was AWFUL. It's my least favorite European city I've ever been to, and I've been to around 50 different cities. In Salzburg, there were all of these tours, museums, cathedrals, but they were all mediocre and the people were unfriendly. I'd really recommend limiting the time in Salzburg .

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Eidelweiss bakery. The singing, the schnapps, the baking, just everything. I almost teared up. Also, hiking around Halstatt - it felt like Disneyworld, but you know, actually real."

Amanda

Carrollton, TX

Tour: 06/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was great! Carlos was an excellent guide. I would say that the level of physical activity is greater than it says in the guide: since so much is at such a high altitude, even easier walks become difficult for someone from lower elevation (like me). The tour itself was very interesting; I am glad I went!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing Munich--it was lovely, people were friendly, lots of beautiful places. I never would have thought to see many of the places we saw, which made even more of a surprise."

Robert

Cincinnati, OH

Tour: 06/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was amazing! This was our 1st time to Europe and everything about the tour exceeded our expectations. The hotels were charming and right in the city center, the restaurants were cozy and gave you the real taste of the city, the excursions were exceptional, the transportation was not just a journey but an experience with local snacks or a surprise stopover during the travel, and our tour guide Carlos made it all happen without a hitch-he was truly amazing!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For us, it was the Sound of Music Bike tour (that we scheduled) during our free time in Salzburg. It was our 35th wedding anniversary, and my wife' dream was to visit Salzburg. What better way than to ride a bike through the hillsides, with the Alps in the background, visiting the sites of the SOM movie and singing songs from the movie!"

Jeanne

Loveland, OH

Tour: 06/17/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I had a very nice time, great people to travel with and Donald was an excellent guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The boat ride to Halstatt was wonderful and a great introduction to the village.The lake, mountains and blue sky were beautiful."

Mary

Wichita, KS

Tour: 06/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Well organized and executed. Just the right amount of activities each day. I learned a lot, too.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Salt Museum in Hallstadt and Lake Hallstadt in general.I loved to history and the fun slides inside the museum. Also[INVALID] The Third Man Museum in Vienna. Different from the regular tourist stops. Very important history that this man is saving. I enjoyed it thoroughly. The apple strudel making class was so fun! I thought it would be boring, but the chef made it fun and his assistant sang opera for us."

Jesse

Park Hills, MO

Tour: 06/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I could go on for days singing the praises of this trip. There were far more things available to do than time to do it and we tried to take in as much as possible. My only regret is that I couldn't get any more time off work for the longer tours.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hands down, when we got off the train at the Hallstatt station and saw the town on the other side of the lake. It was like stepping into a postcard. I know the train ride there was a "plan B" due to a road closure but I can't imagine any more perfect arrival."

Lawrence

Mount Pleasant, TX

Tour: 06/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I did two, back to back Steves tours with a few days in Vienna and a few days in Prague in between. Weather was perfect and the travel by bus was comfortable. This was my fourth trip to Europe and my fourth and fifth Steves tours.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The river cruise down the Danube and the visit to the salt mine at Lake Hallstatt stand out. My first European river cruise. Food was good and this was a novel way to see the sights. Also enjoyed sliding down the long 'banisters' in the salt mine. Also enjoyed making edible apple strudel."

John

Aledo, TX

Tour: 06/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved the orientation walk through of the city, telling you the history of the town, and then the free time to go explore on your own the places that interest you. I enjoyed our tour with Donald he was very informative and could tell he loves what he does.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wow moment was our arrival to Salzburg of how beautifull the town was."

Becky

Woodward, OK

Tour: 06/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our recent Rick Steves tour. It was the perfect blend of guided tour and freedom to explore on our own we wound definitely recommend this vacation experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The visit to Hallstatt was a highlight and the only thing we would recommend is perhaps a little more time there. We also enjoyed the visit to The Third Man Museum and felt as if this was truly a hidden gem in Vienna. I'm sure a visit to the opera house would have been enjoyable but very glad we didn't miss this museum."

Douglas

Bloomington, IN

Tour: 06/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Amazing sights and experiences. The only negative thing I would say is that the entire tour felt rushed a bit. Had my daughter and I not come early a few days to Munich and stayed a few days in Vienna after the tour ended, we would have missed so much of what these great cities have to offer. Consideration should be made to expanding the tour, say 10 or 12 days to provide more time to explore, considering the effort made to get to Europe to begin with. The tour didn't disappoint, however.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Definitely the Rococo church, the Wieskirche, in the middle of no where. NOt only was it beautiful, but the peaceful surroundings made it a nice contrast to having spent time in Munich. Also, for me, the 4 musical events we planned on our own (Mozart music/dinner; organ concert at St. Peter's in Vienna; string quartet in Vienna; Vienna Boys' Choir)."

Linda

Hector, NY

Tour: 06/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This trip was our 25th anniversary gift to each other (although it was a few years late). My expectations were surpassed. We experienced more of Europe than we could have alone. I tried to arrange a trip on my own and found it overwhelming so I looked up your tours and found we could be put on the waiting list. In a couple weeks we were notified we could join the group. Maybe we will have the confidence to try it on our own next time but then again it was great to have a wonderful guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This is difficult, I was wowed every day by the views, the history, the local tour guides, the vegan food...there wasn't a day that went by that we didn't feel like we were living a dream."

Carol

Albany, OH

Tour: 06/17/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was wonderful. Many sites and good split of touring time and time on our own armed with ideas of where we may want to go.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lake Hallstatt was my wow moment. It was beautiful."

Dana

Plainfield, IL

Tour: 05/27/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Our trip was wonderful! We enjoyed all the sites and cities that we toured. Everything went smoothly and was very organized. The hotels we stayed at were very nice and accommodating. I look forward to another tour with Rick Steves.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I especially enjoyed the small town of Hallstat and it's cozy charm. The lake and mountains were absolutely stunning. The town was just beautiful with its quaint charm and beautiful landscape."

Kari

Baldwin, KS

Tour: 05/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I enjoyed accommodations near the center of the action, our guide who made the experience easy and informative, our traveling g companions who were fun to be with, and the schedule that perfectly balanced group and alone time. I particularly liked the activities not found in guide books -- like the strudel baking in Salzburg and the Third Man museum in Vienna.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think hiking to the glacier waterfall in Hallstatt (a free time option) was wow!"

Lori

Houston, TX

Tour: 05/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour had a good mix of urban historical sites and natural beauty. Neuschwanstein and the Danube cruise were highlights for me. I liked that we had most afternoons free to explore on our own. I like to linger in art museums. As a solo traveler, I'm glad that everyone in the group was friendly.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think everyone in our group loved Hallstatt even though it rained in the afternoon. The lake was gorgeous and the town charming. After dinner, all the day trippers had left and we practically had the place to ourselves for an evening hike."

Anita

Oak Park, CA

Tour: 05/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was great. We enjoyed the tours, our guide and the places we stayed.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There wasn't just one."

John

Auburn, WA

Tour: 05/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

When we decided to book a trip to Europe and decided that it would be best for us to book a tour, I was worried that meant we'd be spending most of our time viewing Europe from a bus, staying in a different hotel every night, and hustling through each of the sites. I am very happy to report that we could not have been more pleased with our choice! It was a perfect mix between touring with the group and having time to explore on our own. Maisie was the best!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many! The one that seems to pop up in my memory is the afternoon we spent making apple strudel at Edelweiss Cooking School. We had a lot of fun making the strudel, and of course eating it! The lunch was delicious too! But the best part was when one of our hosts serenaded us with songs from the movie Sound of Music. We all joined in on the last one! What a fun day!"

Jenifer

Mason, MI

Tour: 05/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was everything we expected and more. We enjoyed the mixture of guided/structured activities and free time. We loved that our tour bus was only half filled so that we could really relax and spread out. Our guide and driver were wonderfully knowledgeable and friendly. The things we did were very much what we wanted to do with very little that wasn't on our 'want' list. And, our hotels were an absolute delight to open the door for the first time and see what was inside and the window views

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We followed Rick's advise and took two days to ourselves before and after the guided trip. We couldn't afford the posh hotel in center city of Munich that we stayed in on the tour so we used another suggestion from the Rick Steves' guide book and stayed just outside the city center. We took the U-Bahn in on our first morning. When we got off at Odeonplatz and rode the escalator up...wow doesn't even cover it. The yellow Theatinerkirche, the statues at Feldernhall, and the Residenz surrounded us."

Michael

Mason, MI

Tour: 05/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything was fantastic. Maisie made a lot of it because she was so involved. Overall it felt like we had enough time at all of our destinations. Ronnie our bus driver was excellent also. He added a lot of information that would have been missed by a non local driver.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I would have to say seeing Neuschwanstein castle. That was a highlight of the tour and the picture that I show everyone when they ask how it was."

Elizabeth

Murfreesboro, TN

Tour: 05/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Because this tour is offered less frequently than the Venice/Florence/Rome tour I took in June 2017, I wondered if the MSV tour would be of slightly lower quality. That was not at all the case. It was an outstanding 8-day experience, and I look forward to taking part in future RS tours.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The view from the tower of the Peterskirche in Munich was worth every one of the 300+ steps I climbed."

Joshua

Columbus, OH

Tour: 05/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved everything! I thought Maisie did an amazing job taking us around but also getting great local guides. The traveling by bus wasn't bad and the hotels were nice. It was the perfect balance of structured and unstructured time, in my opinion. We had time to be by ourselves and explore without missing all of the history and high points. Also, the pacing of the tour was great. I felt like after Munich and Salzburg we got a little break in Hallstatt before Vienna. Overall, very very satisfied.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think the view at Hallstatt was a wow moment. Munich was my favorite city, though. The beer, the history, the people, I can't wait to go back."

Charles

Olympia, WA

Tour: 05/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Cathy and I had the best time one could possibly imagine. Every aspect of the trip was given the best attention to detail. Maisie was wonderful. We hope to go on a Rick Steves' trip this next May, and would love to have Maisie as our guide again. We don't know if we're allowed to request a guide, but would gladly recommend her to be our leader in traveling through Europe. Could you let us know where she will be guiding nest spring?

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hallstatt was great. Wish we could have spent and extra day there..Also the people were great and everyone put their best foot forward. The Lake area in Austria was magnificent. The lake in Hallstatt was cold. Just enough to wake you up and get the blood moving....Brrrrr!!!"

Christopher

Enid, OK

Tour: 05/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Well planned, hit a lot of the have to see sights, while having enough free time to plan other sights and activities. I really enjoyed the local guides, "Daniel in Munich, Sabine in Salzburg, Gerhard in Vienna" they provided us our city tours along with all kinds of interesting local stories and history. Our tour guide Maisie was exceptional, well organized and awesome personality.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The scenery was spectacular, "Sound of Music scenery up close". Castles, Churches, great architecture, rivers lakes, mountains."

Nicole

Enid, OK

Tour: 05/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our third Rick Steves tour and still are loving them! Great blend of group activities but also time for just to the two of us. We went a day early to catch up with jet lag and worked perfect.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I really loved lake hallstadt, especially in the late evening and early morning when there were less crowds. There were many "wow" moments though! Really enjoyed the cooking class too!"

Bryant

Plainfield, IL

Tour: 05/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very good

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hallstatt"

John

Staunton, VA

Tour: 05/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was very pleased with the experience. I believe that Hans was an excellent guide, who greatly enhanced the tour. Every location was well chosen and unique. The free time periods were enjoyable. Accommodations were comfortable. Even travel between sites was not taxing. Again, a very good experience!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I was surprised by the salt mine at Hallstatt. What I thought might be a somewhat mundane experience was truly enjoyable and informative. A surprise!"

James

East Greenbush, NY

Tour: 05/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I enjoyed the entire experience. Each day was special; everything went smoothly. When we returned home, people asked what our favorite part was. I couldn't answer because every part was outstanding and each moment was special. The memories will, to use a cliche, last a lifetime.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's difficult to pick one wow moment when there were so many special occasions, terrific sights and memorable events. If I have to pick one, I'd choose Salzburg for its beauty, for its connection to "The Sound of Music" and for its charm."

Karol

Bay Village, OH

Tour: 05/20/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

A very good experience. Our guide, Hans, was excellent as was our bus driver Ronnie. The local Munich guide, Daniel, was excellent, the local guide Peter in Salzburg somehow talked too much, was well informed, but dwelt a bit too much on the Sound of Music information, and our local guide in Vienna, Gerhard, was well informed and enthusiastic but maybe gave us too much information. We lucked out in that white asparagus and strawberries were in season. The food selection was great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably the special moment was the Mozart dinner in Salzburg. Very elegant and well done."

Lillian

Solon, OH

Tour: 05/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The trip was even better than we expected. We were a group of five, a college graduation present for one of our sons. Despite the different ages and different interests, the tour activities excited, entertained and educated us all. We were also impressed by how much sharing the experience with a great group of newfound friends enhanced the trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"During the first meeting of the tour, one member of the group said that he was looking forward to the delightfully unexpected. We experienced that on our first night in Vienna. We stopped in the stunning St. Stephen's Cathedral, which was packed with people awaiting the first performance of a citywide Long Night of Churches. The 30-member choir took the stage and unexpectedly launched into joyous Gospel music as the crowd smiled and swayed. It was a wonderful reminder of our interconnectedness."

David

Solon, OH

Tour: 05/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was enjoyable, educational and well designed from start to finish. The thought and care that went into crafting this experience, the selection of the guides, the sites, the food and accommodations lived up to all our expectations. Well done.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The dinner Mozart concert in Salzburg. But I must add the Third Man museum came in a close second. What was surprising about the museum was not the film memorabilia but rather the context and history it gave to the post War period in Vienna."

Pamela

Smithville, TN

Tour: 05/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a blast. It was just the right combination of action/rest. Doing things I would never have found on my own. I loved the chemistry of our group. The guides were top notch, so friendly, informative and engaging.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hallstatt! Hands down, took my breath away. When I get to heaven, it will probably look like Hallstatt. The cathedrals were amazing as well."

Robert

Smithville, TN

Tour: 05/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The group consisting of strangers jelled quickly due in large part to our tour guide. The selection of sites was excellent. The hotels were located in the city centers which made access to the cities so easy. There were opportunities to sample local cuisine but also plenty of free time to strike out on your own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Watching a terrific thunderstorm build over the Alps and make its way to Salzburg. This was while watching from the fortress at Salzburg. Well, there was also Lake Hallstatt which was breathtakingly beautiful."

Charles

Smyrna, GA

Tour: 05/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was excellent! The best part was getting a "locals" look at the four different locations. Hans, the local guides and the free time were excellent made the trip a fun adventure. I also enjoyed our group..it was a real team atmosphere. The hotels exceeded expectation...especially Lake Hallstatt.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many, but the best "wow" moment was seeing the Alps and Lake Hallstatt."

Joy

Gig Harbor, WA

Tour: 05/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Met up with our group in Munich on a church holiday. Everything was closed except museums and restaurants. Found a real hidden gem, The German Museum of Transportation. Enjoyed Neuschwanstein Castle, too crowded, but worth the stop. Best city guide was in Salzburg. He was hilarious, animated, fun, and knowledgeable. Need more days in Salzburg. Glad we got to spend the night in Hallstatt. Everything about the village was perfect. Vienna was outstanding again.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Finding Hallstatt after a beautiful drive from Salzburg. The boat ride to the hotel was extra special for the amazing views. Then our hotel room was perfect. So sorry it was only one night. Don't think we need to drive over to Mondsee. Need more time in Hallstatt. Loved the hiking and exploring in Hallstatt salt mines area. Wild flowers were gorgeous."

Cynthia

Franklin, TN

Tour: 05/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall, this was a beautiful tour filled with lovely cities and fun people. Hans kept us guessing by throwing in a few extras that were not included in the written itinerary which were cherries on top of a great sundae! Getting to stop in Mondsee to see the church where a famous nun got married was such a fun treat! Hallstatt was gorgeous even if it was raining! Thank you for a fun time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved Salzburg[INVALID]from the fortress in the hilltop to the Mirabel gardens to the small streets that made everything accessible. Doing the cooking class inside a cave was a treat, and seeing all the sights from a famous movie was super fun. I wanted to stay a little while longer."

Glenn

Gig Harbor, WA

Tour: 05/20/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Glad I went, had a great time. Salzburg was totally beautiful, and Hallstatt was also (although quite crowded). Food and drink plentiful and mostly good. Accommodations good, although not as spacious as previous tour just taken. Vienna was great, but too crowded. Munich- bleah. Awful beer, fatty food, hot, crowded. Don't need to go there again.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Moon rise from courtyard of Holl castle after hiking all over the ridge/park above Salzburg. Followed closely by hike down from salt mine in Hallstatt."

Mary

East Greenbush, NY

Tour: 05/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time. It exceeded my expectations. Very well planned with a good variety of things to do. Enjoyed our free time in every city. The hotel were central to everything, so it was easy getting around. All the hotels were nice, clean and the staff at each one was very helpful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lake Hallstatt! It was amazing! Loved the boat ride to the hotel. The hotel was just outstanding!"

Leonora

Mishawaka, IN

Tour: 05/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was fantastic, everything I hoped for and much, much more. I was prepared for a few bumps in the road after signing on for "no grumps," but that NEVER happened!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"1) The signing assistant at the cooking school in Salzburg where we made apple strudel. She shocked us with the aria Queen of the Night from Mozart's Magic Flute! She was superb, gave us chills. 2) The Salt Mine in Halstatt, a Fabulous plan B in place of a boat ride on the Lake. It was exciting, surprising, challenging, and fun! The view of the Lake Hallstatt region was STUNNING! 3) The Third Man Museum, another plan B. Fascinating and provacative. Gerhard was a delight!"

Brian

Holyoke, MA

Tour: 05/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour delivered. I learned so much about Munich and Austria. There were plenty of opportunities to socialize (and drink). It was a good balance between the "must-dos" (The Hofburg, Hofbrauhaus), and lesser-known activities (Third Man Museum, Edelweiss cooking school). Lake Halstatt was the highlight of this trip. Once again, the group dynamic was perfect. Our tour leader, Donald, did a fantastic job.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The size of the beers in Munich!"

Mary

Marietta, GA

Tour: 05/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I enjoyed each activity and place that we visited. Each one was special in its own unique way. The bus was very comfortable, the hotel rooms were good , the provided meals were good and Donald was excellent. I liked having free time in the afternoons to do our own activities. As I told Donald on our last evening, the tour was great and he made it delightful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Alps for the first time from the bus and then viewing them up close at the Salt Mines in Hallstatt."

Ann Marie

Davis, CA

Tour: 05/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was very interesting. Our guide Donald was so good and we enjoyed the other people on our tour very much. There was the right balance of RS activities and time on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think it was having a beer at the amazing view spot over Lake Hallstatt after we toured the salt mine."

Gary

The Woodlands, TX

Tour: 05/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What a great time my wife and I had traveling with 24 like minded people from all over. Our tour guide Donald was EXCELLENT and the mix of group/personal time was spot on.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"How can there be just one favorite "wow" moment when there were so many! Was it the beauty and opulence of Neuchwanstein Castle, the tranquility of Lake Hallstatt, or the comraderie at the numerous Beer Gardens. I don't have a favorite. The WHOLE TRIP was my favorite!"

Glenda

Independence, MO

Tour: 05/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The entire tour was wonderful. We had a great guide in Donald and a group of fellow travelers who were congenial - absolutely no whiners in the bunch. Missed the back stage tour of the Vienna Opera House, due to rehearsal needed for the premiere of a new opera that day, but we had an interesting tour of The Third Man museum instead. Since my sister and I stayed for an extra day, we were able to take opera tour on Sunday on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I enjoyed everything, but I especially enjoyed walking through the small village of Hallstatt. It as beautiful. Also, by good fortune (or Donald's extraordinary leadership) we arrived in Mundsee on Ascension Day and were greeted as we came walked up the main street by a parade and marching band."

Bruce

Marietta, GA

Tour: 05/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Outstanding tour. The format of orientation when arriving in a new city coupled with local tour guides (all of whom were excellent) and then free time to explore on our own really works. Our guide, Donald White, did an outstanding job with both his narratives and approach such as playing music from Sound of Music while we traveled to different sights from the movie. Also, getting all required tickets and avoiding standing in line made the tour that much better.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to pick out one but Neuschwanstein castle with paragliders flying over the cliffs was great."

Tina

Fitchburg, WI

Tour: 05/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As usual, never disappointed in a RS tour. This was my 3rd RS tour. The other two being England and Italy. I tell everyone, a Rick Steve's tour is a perfect blend of tour time and free time. The guides are terrific in providing suggestions for free time with great details. The are lovely little, unexpected surprises with the tours also. The guides take such good care of us and do a great job of keeping everyone on track, in a kind way.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The unexpected shift in plan, doing the Salt Mine tour at Lake Halstat instead of Lake boat tour. It was great Donald could shift our plan and come up with a great alternative. Truly, there are too many "WOW" moments. Seeing the beautiful landscape of the countryside in Austria, hilltop castles and watching an opera on a huge outdoor screen....the list goes on."

Scott

Matthews, NC

Tour: 05/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a great tour! We were blessed with great weather, a great guide in Donald and a great group of people on the tour. The local guides were all very good, especially Gerhard who was fascinating in telling us about post WW2 Vienna. My appreciation of Germany and Austria was definitely increased from this experience. Donnie was great at giving us just the right about of information.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many "Wow" moments on this tour and I'll list a few. Looking at Neuschwanstein Castle from Mary's Bridge, the view of the Alps and countryside as we drove from each location, the view of Hallstatt and the lake from the salt mines. Also, we got to slide down 2 bannisters in the salt mines at Hallstatt which was an unexpected twist."

Kathleen

Milwaukee, WI

Tour: 05/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was great! I appreciate all the organization work being done for me, and the best sites selected.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing all the pedestrian malls and thinking how great that is for any society."

David

Milwaukee, WI

Tour: 05/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I liked the variety of experiences, the quality of the explanations from our tour guide, and the locations that were selected.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were a number of great moments; one was right at the start when my wife and I climbed up from the S Bahn to enter the Marienplatz in Munich. Being there, and taking in that scene, is always great!"

Barbara

Dublin, OH

Tour: 05/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Had a great time , our guide was knowledgeable and fun. He helped the group get to know each other and everyone had fun together.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Going to Hallstadt, have seen many pictures but it was even more charming!"

Rosemary

Westfield, NJ

Tour: 05/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My husband and I were in Europe traveling around for a week before joining our tour group. Sometime it can get frustrating navigating in a foreign country where you can not speak the language. After joining Rick Steves Group all the frustrations were taken away and you felt so at easy. It was such a pleasure having such a knowledgeable guide and having so many interesting sights to see.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"When in Salzburg during our cooking lesson having the help there sing an operatic piece. She was fabulous! What an unexpected treat."

Robert

Westfield, NJ

Tour: 05/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time, were pleased with the balance of site visits, pre-arranged experiences, and free time on the Tour. We enjoyed our travel companions and thought Donald was an incredible guide and organizer.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"2 "wow" moments: Salzburg - we were at a cooking class making apple strudel. The quiet, sweet young woman who had been assisting the chef with distributing ingredients, stood up at the end of our course and said she would sing for us. Expecting a song from the Sound of Music, she broke out into an aria from Mozart! Hallstat - looking out onto the Lake from our balcony just after sunset, it was a spectacular view - the Lake, the surrounding mountains, and the quiet stillness of the evening."

Carole

Vancouver, BC

Tour: 04/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was the best experience. The tour was very professionally run and organized. The standards are high. They sourced excellent restaurants and hotels. I am use to small group tours - 8 or 9 - and was apprehensive about a large group of 28. But, it worked well and it was an excellent group of travellers many of whom who had travelled on Rick's tours multiple times.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many 'wow' moments for me on the trip but perhaps Hallstatt stands out. It is a charming Bavarian village nestled in the Alps on Lake Hallstatt. Many of us on the tour voiced our opinion that an extra day in Hallstatt would have been very enjoyable."

Randolph

Glens Falls, NY

Tour: 04/22/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Very satisfied with tour in general.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Really enjoyed the free time afternoon biking trip through The English Garden area and seeing the surfers, a cricket match, the boaters, and traditional German band playing at the pagoda bier garten."

Kenneth

Geneseo, NY

Tour: 04/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time and met wonderful people. This is what makes Rick Steves tours so great. Small groups, entergitic tour members, no tipping, centrally located hotels, family run restaurants, skillled tour giudes, and agendas that take you to the sites, yet allow free time to explore on our own. I have recommend Rick Steves Tours to all my friends.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite wow was the visit to Lake Hallstatt. Great little village and superb scenery. plus the outstanding hotel room we had overlooking the lake. When a person leaves a place and thinks to himself, I would like to come bach here again, you know it was special."

Julie

Woodland, CA

Tour: 04/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As a veteran of four RS tours over the past ten years (and a very seasoned European DIY traveler), I can truly say this particular tour was amongst the very best experience we've ever had. Our guide was just terrific, the hotels were over the top great, the itinerary was perfect for the short time we had in each city. It was a great group of fellow travelers and Carlos, our guide, just made everything come together.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I couldn't possibly have only one "wow" moment. The Bavarian scenery was incredible. The area around Neuschwanstein and the journey to the castle was breathtaking (literally). Salzburg was beautiful and of course, Vienna was just the icing on the cake. This was our second visit to Vienna and lucky us - it was on a Saturday. The RS included the Third Man Museum which is a great idea. Also, because it was Saturday, we got to attend a performance of Spanish Riding School."

Susan

Geneseo, NY

Tour: 04/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour was conducted flawlessly with events, timing, accommodations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Neuschwanstein castle."

Alan

Houston, TX

Tour: 04/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great itinerary and great guide. A perfect blend of beautiful scenery (Apls, Bavarian countryside, Hallstatt) and wonderful urban experiences.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Really enjoyed the walking tour by Gerhardt. He is a Viennese treasure."

Margaret

Winston-salem, NC

Tour: 04/22/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

My first Rick Steves tour & it was better than I expected in many respects. All the tour participants were great fun, an interesting & most pleasant group. The physical levels were about what I expected, but the group size was larger than advertised. Very long travel day from Neuschwanstein to Salzburg was bordering on brutal, comfortable bus but the long route delayed arrival. Guide Carlos gave great history & overview.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Picnic on lake at Neuschwanstein & Mozart dinner in Salzburg"

Barbara

Glens Falls, NY

Tour: 04/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As usual your guides were excellent. I would have loved another day at Lake hallstatt. What a beautiful setting. The City walk in Munich that Carlos took us on was very similar to the one that Christian did. I guess I would suggest perhaps some Museum visits or something else for that day. We look forward to our next tour

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The castle ."

Paula

Houston, TX

Tour: 04/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a great tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It was all great but Hallstatt was magical"

Terry

Raleigh, NC

Tour: 04/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steve's tour and it was great. Our guide Carlos was very knowledgeable and eager to share his insight into the histories of the sights and sounds of the tour. The hotels were very acceptable and in the center of the historical districts.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "wow" moment had to be on a corner in Salzburg looking at the W.A. Mozart House on one corner, the Doppler House on one corner, and the Von Karajan House on the third."

William

Woodland, CA

Tour: 04/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Mildly exhausting, but hotel locations were excellent. Guide was beyond excellent. Food choices reflected local cuisine. Which is a major point of traveling!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Touring Neuschwanstein Castle and realizing Walt Disney had copied scenes from there to use in Snow White and Bambi was the wowest moment. There were others!"

Daniel

Winston Salem, NC

Tour: 04/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Saw a lot of wonderful things and met some great people, not the least of which was our tour guide Carlos ; truly a fine representative of the Rick Steve's organization. I hope you pay him well. It was a fast-paced experience, but I feel like we got a great taste of the areas we visited, both culturally, historically and cuisine-wise. Carlos extensive knowledge of German and Austrian history was a great bonus in giving us a total experience of the area.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Mozart Dinner in Salzburg when the beautiful soprano invited me to share the stage with her ; definitely my 15 minutes of fame! :)"

John

Eau Claire, WI

Tour: 12/10/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The guide was excellent. The trip was overall very nice.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"No real WOW moment, or perhaps the whole trip was a wow moment!"

Darlene

Woodinville, WA

Tour: 12/10/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think the city tour of Vienna with the 3rd Man Museum was the wow moment for me. I enjoyed the Mozart concert and making strudel in Salzburg. I love how the tours not only make history come alive but dance!"

Allison

Wildwood, MO

Tour: 12/10/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was fantastic! We were able to get a good feel for each city because of the well planned itinerary and activities, the nice hotels in convenient locations, and the group meals of local cuisine. Our tour guide, Hans, was so pleasant and knowledgeable and he added little extras that made the trip so special. Visiting during the Christmas season was so festive but I think going anytime would be wonderful! This was my first Rick Steves Tour and I would definitely do one again!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was looking out the window of our charming hotel in Hallstatt, Austria. I really felt like I was in a storybook village. Such a beautiful setting."

Andy

Wildwood, MO

Tour: 12/10/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves tour and we had great time! We loved every place we went.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Third Man Museum in Vienna. I was aware of the movie before our trip but didn't know a lot about post war Vienna. Touring the museum makes me want to learn more about what happened in Vienna in that era."

Ryan

Fort Myers, FL

Tour: 12/10/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I've had a Christmas Market tour on my radar for several years. Everything came together this year to make "this the year". We had taken one of Rick's tours last year and had seen his videos of Christmas so we trusted that this tour would continue with his high standards. We were not disappointed and our trip helped provide many memories that we'll have the rest of our lives.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We had many wonderful moments on our tour but I cannot name one that was a wow moment."

C.B.

Fort Myers, FL

Tour: 12/10/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was very well organized and Hans did a great job explaining things. This was not my first tour and realized that we needed to come a few days early I order to adjust to the time change and be able to see Munich. Enjoyed the activities the tour provided along with the free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have high expectations, when it comes to a tour. So it is difficult to name a wow moment when it all was enjoyable. However, the dinner and concert in Salzburg was the biggest surprise of the trip. I had thought it would be in a regular restuaurant followed by a concert on a small stage. I was Wowed by the spectacular room, high end service, the quality of the musicians. The evening was was so much more than my expectations."

Scott

Jacksonville, FL

Tour: 12/10/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Really enjoyed the entire tour very much. Hans did a great job leading the tour and explaining the history and general information regarding the places we visited. Nice group of people to travel with and plenty of space to spread out when traveling from city to city.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to say as each city had a "wow" moment of its own. Its a challenge to pick between the Christmas markets in Munich, the Mozart concert in Salzburg, the winter snow in Hallstatt, or the museums in Vienna. Each day was unique and special."

Maureen

North Quincy, MA

Tour: 12/10/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

very nice hotels, knowledgeable guides cities are very clean, people are very friendly, the food was great

Favorite "WOW" moment

"the history"

Kathleen

North Quincy, MA

Tour: 12/10/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

very interesting, good tour group and guide

Favorite "WOW" moment

"the beauty of each city."

Kristin

Seattle, WA

Tour: 12/03/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves trip so I was not sure what to expect. I was prepared to carry bags and have hotels that were moderate but each hotel was actually better than expected. I expected that we would hit the big city sites as listed, but special things like the brewery tour and touring Melk that were not on our list were a couple of highlights for me. I cope with motion sickness but having a big bus with plenty of room allowed me to be comfortable on the road trip portion.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lots - but probably Hallstatt if I had to choose just one. Beautiful town in a gorgeous location - had never heard of it before and we were there on a particularly beautiful day after a snow - picture perfect. Plus we learned a lot of the history of the location which was fascinating. But I also loved Salzburg - it lived up to my expectations! And singing Silent Night in the chapel was special this time of year."

James

Plano, TX

Tour: 12/03/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Excellent tour. Typical of the Steves trips we have been on. This was our first winter trip. The Christmas markets were an added plus and the main reason we picked this trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Third Man Museum. Hallstatt was also special."

Dianne

Plano, TX

Tour: 12/03/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

A lot of ground to cover and sites to see in a short period of time in especially cold, winter weather.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Museum of the "Third Man". For me it was an unknown history lesson from WWII. Guide and owner of the museum was excellent."

Jane

Chilliwack, BC

Tour: 12/03/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

My second recent trip with Rick Steves and another splendid itinerary. Hotels comfortable and clean and really well located to the core of each place that we visited. Wonderful, hearty breakfasts with plenty of variation. Some nice evening meals and lunches. This trip was a triple whammy, great locations, a super group and a great way to launch into the Christmas season. Nicely paced, with a chance to visit places in free time. I hoped I would enjoy this trip & it exceeded my expectations!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Well there were a few...the evening tour of Munich was a bonus & surreal - we walked into the square there was singing from the town hall, the place was crowded with visitors at the Christmas markets & it started to snow...it was like being in a movie. The Mozart dinner concert in Salzburg was superb. Melk Abbey was a nice surprise & well worth seeing. Neuschwanstein Castle - incredible especially in the snow, the view from the bridge being worth the extra hike. Strudel making class was fun!"

Steve

Las Vegas, NV

Tour: 12/03/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Arriving in Hallstatt on a clear day..the most stunning beauty of the trip."

John

Seattle, WA

Tour: 12/03/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very good tour with a couple of great additions. Overall the pace was fine, it was well organized, and had some extradinary moments. The skill of the tour guide in shifting/adding things was especially valuable. Touring at Christmas time had some challenges (some rain and often quite cold) but was more than worth it as the cities at night are are lit up and crowded with both locals and tourists.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"OK, I'm going to give you two as I can't choose between them. We had a clear and calm day in Hallstatt and the views of the mountains reflecting on the lake with the beautiful Town was unforgettable. But it's a tie with the chance to learn about immediate post-WW II Vienna from our local guide through his own museum based on the movie the Third Man. For me, it was more interesting than all the Habsburg palaces. (I think it was an addition due to the unavailability of the Opera House.)"

Herma

Las Vegas, NV

Tour: 12/03/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

So much to see. Puts you definitely in the Christmas Spirit.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved Salzburg and the Christkindle Market."

Lori

Arlington, VA

Tour: 12/03/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my fourth RS tour and lived up to the high expectations set by previous tours! Hans was a terrific guide and our group was fantastic. The extras that Hans included made a wonderful trip that much better. From the apple strudel making to the Third Man Museum visit, the extra activities really enhanced the overall experience. The local guides were great, especially Gerhard in Vienna. Cannot recommend this tour enough!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had so many wow moments it's hard to pick my favorite! If i had to narrow it down, I'd say the first group night in Munich. We're doing the walking tour, going through the Marienplatz Christmas Market, there are Christmas carols being performed, and then it starts to snow. Absolutely magical!"

Nancy

Westlake, OH

Tour: 11/26/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Arriving in Hallstatt in a snow storm and waking up the next morning to clear blue skies."

Linda

Gilbert, AZ

Tour: 11/26/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Absolutely loved this tour. The Christmas markets were even better than I'd imagined. Made great memories of lebucken, gluhwein, apple streudel, ... I couldn't believe how many amazing Christmas decorations there were everywhere. My favorite was Hallstadt, then Salzburg, then Munich, then Vienna. Great tour members and a wonderful guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hallstadt in the snow. I will NEVER FORGET that - what a magical sight! The first day the snow came down in big, fluffy flakes (and I live where there isn't any snow). I know we couldn't "see well" on the boat tour because of the snow falling, but that made it mysterious and I loved it - especially with a steaming mug of gluhwein in my hand. And the next day, the sun came out and the snow was sparkling white and the town was SO BEAUTIFUL... I would have loved to stay longer. :) Another time!"

Jo-ellen

Apex, NC

Tour: 11/26/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Amazing and beautiful! So glad I/we did the 8 day November Tour. The palaces and castles were wonderful with the history! The snow added an extra sense of beauty and splendor to the trip! The bus drivers were OK - good "drivers." The 2nd better than the first from Munich.- not as good as John w/Brian Hay on our May trip to Scotland. They were not the best w/personality - especially, the Munich driver. Oh Well - at least we reached destinations safely!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My WoW moments was the snow! . . . AND the amazing castles and palaces! Also, loved the cooking school and chef in Salzburg! Yummy Strudel and very fun ! Chef, a great guy!"

Barbara

Bow, NH

Tour: 11/26/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had never taken a tour before and were a bit skeptical. This tour had a balance between tour time and free time which was great as we like to explore on our own. Each day had a bit of surprise in it, such as the bus ride short cut, cooking class in Salzburg, side trips to view the gazebo from the "Sound of Music" movie. The "get acquainted" tours of each city were helpful in learning to navigate. The Christmas Markets were a fun bonus. Arriving a day early gave us time to explore.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"HALLSTATT definitely. I have never been to a more beautiful and untouched village. It had rained/snowed the day we arrived and it was overcast but when we awoke in the morning the sun was rising over the mountains, the sky was a crisp blue and the views were magnificent!"

Vera

Kansas City, MO

Tour: 11/26/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What is not to love about this trip EXCEPT that it was over too soon. Bavaria has a unique and different feel and Rolinka was great at giving us the experience of these two fantastic countries. Rolinka was a fantastic guide, accommodations were great except last hotel BUT we were not in room much. Our excursions were wonderful. Food was great. The other tour members were wonderful and fun people. Because of this tour I WILL go back for a longer period of time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hallstatt, the Mozart concert, Third Man museum, Christmas markets, the beer tour with the fantastic guide, the walking tour in Vienna.....Help me I can't stop. Seriously, Hallstatt and concert made me weep. Fantastic! And thanks to Rolinka for the snow in Hallstatt!"

Ron

Kansas City, MO

Tour: 11/26/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My experience was very pleasurable. Rolinka was attentive, pleasant and helpful. I was comfortable with her casual style. I enjoyed the locations and learned a great deal. I thought Vienna was overrated but I know you can't please everyone.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The village of Hallstatt, hands down. I felt connected to the culture of the region while in the hotel, eating places and just walking the streets."

Leanora

Seattle, WA

Tour: 11/26/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall it was a fun tour & a great experience. There were lots of fun activities packed in, and I feel like I learned a lot about the history of the places we went, and Germany & Austria.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think Hallstatt was my favorite part, which I'm not sure would be the same in summer. In winter it was so beautiful & peaceful, and the bone house was very interesting! It was freezing cold, but so picturesque on the boat cruise seeing everything covered in snow."

Timothy

Apex, NC

Tour: 11/26/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was an amazing tour and everything we did was outstanding. The weather was perfect for this time of year (we had snow!!) and touring the Christmas Markets. Our tour guide Rolinka was amazing. She really wanted us to have the best possible time and she went out of her way to make that happen!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Snow in Hallstatt! What a beautiful town and the most amazing hotel. It was a dream. We had snow all day the first day. Then we had to leave the next day but were able to take the funicular to the top of the mountain and had an amazing, sunny view of the everything after a fresh snowfall of 8 inches. It was beyond what we could ever have expected."

Ron

Gilbert, AZ

Tour: 11/26/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 3rd Rick Steves' tour and it was fabulous, as have been all the others. It was really magical getting to see snow-covered Austria/Germany. O

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Snow-covered Hallstatt was amazing. It was a winter wonderland. The ride down the funicular early in the morning was truly spectacular."

Judy

Kent, WA

Tour: 11/26/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Rolinka was amazing! We had a great group of people who started out as strangers but ended up friends. The hotels were great, except the hotel in Munich did NOT have any English tv channels. As an American tourist, I like to stay informed of world events. CNN International or BBC World would have been nice. Hotel in Hallstatt was exceptional and the use of headphones during our walking tours was fabulous! We could wander off a bit for a picture and still hear everything our guide was saying!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking in the village of Hallstatt! Never heard of it before, but can't wait to go back!"

Elizabeth

Weehawken, NJ

Tour: 11/26/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first time on a Rick Steves Tour and we would absolutely do it again. Rolinka was fantastic - very organized and always thinking about the best opportunities for our group. A few things: 1. We felt there was not enough unstructured time in the cities we visited. We could have used maybe 1 more block of unstructured time to explore specific things we were interested in. 2. The group meal food was ok not great, but the social opportunity was nice.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many wow moments, but to be honest, we had orchestra center seats at the Vienna Opera and nothing can compare to that."

John

Ann Arbor, MI

Tour: 11/26/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Just an enjoyable experience first time on a Rick Steves tour the guide was outstanding and the fellow travelers were quite enjoyable

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The city of Hallstatt Austria the boat ride to the town the hotel was outstanding and the beauty of the whole area was a picture postcard"

Carrie

Keller, TX

Tour: 11/26/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

While these cities are wonderful to explore during warmer weather, there is nothing like seeing them "dressed up" for Christmas. Christmas markets, seasonal musical venues, the never-ending Christmas trees and lighting, and Gluhwein galore were just a few things presenting to complement the historical beauty of each city. Far exceeding my expectations, this was an over-the-top vacation experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Being gifted with snow the morning we drove to Neuschwanstein Castle Castle and on to Lake Hallstatt. It was magical. Other - dinners together, beer tasting/tour, apple-strudel making, singing Silent Night in Oberndorf, learning how to properly filet a fish, the amazing vistas of countryside and cityscapes."

Elizabeth

Malvern, PA

Tour: 11/26/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This winter tour was just what I had hoped for, and left me wanting a bit more, which I consider a good thing! Rolinka worked hard to make sure we all had a good time, and arranged many extras to make the trip even better. Even the weather cooperated, giving us snow without problems to make Hallstatt even more magical one day, then clear skys the next to appreciate the mountains surrounding Hallstatt. This tour in December is a good way to get a taste of Christmas Markets in Austria, what fun!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many, but I would probably put Hallstatt and the 3rd Man museum in Vienna at the top of the list."

Pattie

Scottsdale, AZ

Tour: 11/19/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time on our Germany/Austria tour. This was my first time in either country and I found them to be comfortable, inviting and totally interesting.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I LOVED the Austrian Treasury - a "must see" for sure. The amount of riches maintained there is overwhelming. The view of the Alps in Salzburg and Hallstatt was incredible."

Weather

Germany / Munich

Munich Weather


Austria / Vienna

Vienna Weather

Hotels & Flights

Tour Hotels

In case you wish to book pre- or post-tour hotel accommodations, the contact information for the tour's first and last hotels is included in your tour confirmation email, as well as in your online customer account. About one month prior to the tour departure, in your customer account you'll find the directions to your first tour hotel and a complete list of hotels where we'll be staying while on tour.

Flights

Our tours don't include airfare, so your flight arrangements are completely up to you.

Most tour members arrange to fly into Munich and out of Vienna ("multicity" on flight-booking websites). Booking round-trip to one city will require a connecting flight, train trip, or additional overnight stay in Europe.

We suggest arriving a day or two before your tour begins to allow ample time to get over jet lag and be well-rested for the first few days of your tour. For more information about transportation options for getting to and from your tour, see your Rick Steves guidebook.