• 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

from $2,495 per person + air

Optional Single Supplement $575

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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, 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!

Dates & Prices

2019

2020

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 • Trumer brewery tour • Salzburg walking tour • Salzburg Cathedral • Apple strudel cooking lesson • Christmas markets (season permitting) • Habsburg Kaiservilla • Lake Hallstatt boat cruise (season permitting) • Schnapps tasting • Melk Abbey • Danube River cruise (season permitting) • Vienna walking tour • Vienna Opera House (when available) • Third Man Museum…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 2020
  • 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: Scenic Drive into Austria

Get your cameras ready! This morning we'll drive through the picturesque villages and lush rolling hills of Bavaria as we head into Austria. On our way to Salzburg, we'll visit Trumer Pils, an award-winning brewery crafting German-style pilsners for more than 400 years. Afterwards, we'll have lunch together before continuing on to charming Salzburg, the city of splendid gardens, Baroque churches, and one of Europe's largest medieval fortresses. We'll settle into our quaint hotel before taking a neighborhood orientation walk and sharing dinner together. Sleep in Salzburg (2 nights). Bus: 3 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 stop at the mountain retreat of Kaiservilla, where Emperor Franz Josef signed the declaration that kicked off World War I. Next 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 Vienna

We'll begin our day by joining a local guide for a walking tour that takes us to the Third Man Museum for a fascinating look at the city's post-WWII history. Our walking 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.

Reviews

Ann Marie

Easton, MD

Tour: 09/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Another fabulous, memorable Rick Steves Tour sadly over. We cannot say enough how wonderful these tours are and how much we enjoyed the Best of Munich, Salzburg and Vienna. My wish is that one day we have more time to enjoy these beautiful locations but until then the shorter tours offer a wonderful overview. It helps to have such a wonderful, knowledgeable guide as we did with Nico! Smart, engaging and, great sense of humor! We thoroughly enjoyed our time with Nico and were sad to say goodbye.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Oktoberfest! We chose this tour in order to experience Oktoberfest. Just, wow! Before setting us loose we were given an excellent in-depth overview by a local guide of all the tents and explanation of all that goes into making this incredible event possible. We were so impressed and simply had THE best time. Also, I fell in love with Munich, what a lovely city."

Brian

Orland Park, IL

Tour: 09/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall we liked this tour and each of the locations we visited. Having the combination of structured and unstructured team is a huge bonus. Our tour guide Nico was one of the best we have had on our Rick Steve's tours. Very knowledgeable and good with the overall group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Experiencing Oktoberfest with our fellow tour members. Hallstatt was also awesome. And the strudel making class was a highlight."

Brenda

Bloomington, IN

Tour: 09/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves' tour and we were extremely pleased. The tour size was good. Nico was excellent. This was our first time to revisit these cities in 30+ years and it was a great way to reacquaint.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hallstatt was a perfect small town stop between larger cities. So quaint and picturesque -- complete with funicular -- it was like a movie set. The hotel and staff were lovely -- well appointed rooms and excellent food (breakfast buffet and dinner). Plus a resident kitty."

Nicholas

Bloomington, IN

Tour: 09/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my wife's and my first Rick Steves' tour. It lived up to (and exceeded) expectations prompted by experienced friends. In summary: A well-targeted tour for revisiting Germany & Austria; detailed preparatory guidelines & advisories; hotel accommodations that were clearly top-notch; fun, intelligent & engaging tour director and local guides; insightful looks into historical scenes (many of which we would not have found on our own); and a lively group of fellow-travelers. Perfect!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Overlooking Hallstatt at the funicular summit: charming villages surrounded by mountains and waterfalls against a clear blue sky residing over pristine lakes sparkling in the late afternoon sun. Heaven on earth."

Teresa

Sequim, WA

Tour: 09/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Super trip and Matthias was, as expected, a super guide. Our 5th Rick Steves tour and all the guides, including Matthias have offered the best of travel experiences.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Two wow moments..... Making apple strudel in Salzburg and the Third Man Museum in Vienna..... both allowed for personal interactions and experiences not generally offered with other tours. The Third Man Museum was of particular interest as it showcased the not so glamorous side of Austria before, during, and after the war."

Patricia

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a great time and enjoyed Matti's company throughout.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Waking up and having coffee on our balcony at Lake Hallstatt"

Larry

Los Gatos, CA

Tour: 09/22/19

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

THE BIGEST COMPLAINT WAS IN MANY OF THE AUSTRAIN AND GERMAN BATHROOMS, THE BATHTUBS WERE VERY SLIPPERY AND DANGEROUS, ESPECIALLY WHEN MOST OF THEM HAVE NO SHOWERS. WE HAVE TRAVELED MANY TIMES IN THE PAST WITH RICK'A GROUPS TO EUROPE, YET THIS PROBLEM WAS NEVER THIS PRONOUNCED.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"CITY CENTER OF MUNICH DURING THE OCTOBERFEST."

Rik

Folsom, CA

Tour: 09/15/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Please do not take my Very Good grade on the tour as a complaint on the tour. I thought Munich and Vienna were above outstanding and Salzburg was between Outstanding and Very Good. I was not as big a fan for Neuschwanstein or Melk Abbey and viditing the "Disney Castle" made for a long, long bus ride to Salzburg. Overall very, very beautiful countryside and the ride on the Danube brought old and newer castles in view. I would recommend this tour to others and will do so if anyone asks.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Vienna and all the experiences there was my "wow" moment or "wow" days. The 3rd Man Museum was a signature moment, the Hapsburg palaces took me back hundreds of years, the Opera was a once in a lifetime experience and to think it was a Verdi opera. The Stephansplatz Cathedral across the street from the hotel was majestic and the hotel was outstanding. I do not know if I will ever be in Vienna again but I hope I have the opportunity. It was fantastic!!"

Eugene

Northborough, MA

Tour: 09/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour was well designed with the right amount of scheduled activities and free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the fabulous art work at the Kunst Art Museum in Vienna."

Joanne

Northborough, MA

Tour: 09/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our short tour. There was a good mix of ages, and people from different areas of the country. We all seemed to get along and share a common trait of wanting to experience a cultural awareness as we toured new cities, met locals and gained a historical perceptive on events that occurred over centuries and more recently. We appreciated having a wonderful tour guide in Torben, and we thoroughly enjoyed the local guides, especially Patrick and Gerhardt.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably Lake Hallstatt. We saw so many amazing places, such as: Neuschwanstein, the Hofburg Palace, The Hofbrauhaus House,the Old Town Tours in Munich, Salzburg, and Vienna, but overall Lake Hallstatt was very special, especially since we had beautiful weather. The location of where we stayed in Lake Hallstatt was amazing as well."

Michael

Pinehurst, NC

Tour: 09/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Absolutely enjoyable. Educational and fun, and the pace was very comfortable. I think our guide Torben was particularly gifted as both a tour guide and a history teacher; his talks on the way to different cities/sites helped put things in perspective and as a result, I got more out of it. The local guides were outstanding-- knowledgeable and personable. The folks on our tour were wonderful to get to know. I would highly recommend this tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Of course, the breathtaking scenery of Hallstatt, Austria was definitely a wow moment. Loved the cooking class and tasting the strudel we made there. Another wow moment was celebrating my birthday while on the trip, with all my Rick Steves travel mates/new friends!"

David

North Ft Myers, FL

Tour: 09/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We never took a bus tour. We were so pleased with it. Torben was such a great guide. Met so many nice people. Everything was so beautiful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the fact that we got so much history and info from Torben as we went to places but we also had many afternoon free to do what we wanted. Every place was so lovely. Hallstatt was the best!!"

Nanette

North Fort Myers, FL

Tour: 09/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had so many bucket list items on this tour and was so pleased to get to see them. Very organized and professional. recommend to everyone.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"they took me to my childhood bucket list places. Hallstatt was so romantic, wish we had another day there."

Tim

San Diego, CA

Tour: 09/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a great, great trip. I was particularly pleased with the group. We had such a wonderful time together and made some good friends. Torben was a fabulous guide for the trip, and I found his historical insights to be really helpful. The overnight stay in Hallstatt was refreshing. What a gorgeous village! I think Vienna was my favorite of the three cities. The Schonbrunn Palace was stunning. I found it much more enjoyable than the Hapsburg Palace in town.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I was stunned by the church at Melk Abbey. Wow! We went on a "Sound of Music" bus tour which was just OK, but the singing on the bus was fabulous. People from places around the world knew every word of every song, and it was so much fun to join in as one global choir."

Clinton

Orting, WA

Tour: 09/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I felt it was a great mix of exploring with the group as well as having time to go off on your own. I was a little apprehensive when I thought my wife and I would be tied to the group all day but was relived and satisfied to learn we would have time to ourselves. Torben was a great tour guide and I loved listening his oral histories of the region we were traveling through. I will highly consider taking another Rick Steves tour in the future.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The bridge that I walked on that afforded the breathtaking view of Neuschwanstein Castle."

Diane

Lincoln, NE

Tour: 09/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide, Torben, so knowledgeable and organized to make the tour exceptional from the start. We saw a variety of sites and learned along the way. The tour is too short but we felt we used every minute of travel time. This being our third Rick Steve's tour we felt this group of travelers were the best we have toured with. Kind and inclusive to all.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hallstatt in Austria. The accommodation was beautiful on the lake as well as our group dinner at the hotel. A hidden gem in Austria, the lake cruise on a perfect sunny day made our trip."

David

Phoenix, AZ

Tour: 09/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was great. More than I expected. The tour went as planned but there were many other "little" adds that were not described in the itinerary such as a meat and cheese tasting, a vist to a local farm and many of the "little" adds of food that our tour guide did ! Torben our guide always on time, kept the group together and made good efforts to connect us all.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Many moments were awesome but if I had to pick just ONE...probably would be our day in Hallstadt. Between what my wife and I by ourself and the boat ride via the itinerary plus the "little" adds by Torben - happy hour drink and birthday celebration for one member of the group - great day and beautiful spot to be in Austria."

Alan

Ames, IA

Tour: 09/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This trip was everything we expected PLUS more! Even tough we knew the itinerary in advance, there were extra "surprises" such as a visit to an organic dairy farm on the edge of the alps that wowed us. Our group meshed well and even though I sometimes struggle with remembering names, I knew everyone on a first name basis by mid-week. Excellent guides (local as well as the trip guide), wonderful accommodations, and then there is the food! We WILL be doing future Rick Steves trips!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lake Hallstatt. Even though expectations were high, this is a stop that is like a dream! Beautiful and laid back. Could have stayed a year!"

Lynn

Fresno, CA

Tour: 09/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Saw so much and such variety. Tour members were fun and travel savvy.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Residenz in Munich, Melk Abby and Hallstatt. (Can't do just one!!) The Danube River cruise was a nice change."

Allison

Austin, TX

Tour: 09/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I can't say enough great things about Torben, what a wonderful guide. A great sense of humour, knowledgable about the area, and a fantastic historian. He took a genuine interest in going out of his way every day to make the tour memorable for everyone. He was organised and everything was just perfect. I enjoyed the local guides also. The hotels were very good-it was a wonderful experience and it was just what I expected from Rick Steves.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Traveling thru Bavaria and the beauty of the alps and the quant villages-it was breathtaking."

Tom

Kernersville, NC

Tour: 09/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The agenda of the tour effectively breaks up large city, small town and country-side venues. Being in the center of both Munich and Vienna allows easy walking access to most sites. Small-town Salzburg and the lake-side village of Hallstadt are nothing but charming. This tour might be a bit heavy on history, and I say that as a lover of history. Commentary on sites and locales that give context, current events, and observations might be educational and interesting to the wider audience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hallstadt and the Salzkammergut were beautiful. The Alps and Neuschwanstein were picture perfect. The hotels were clean, accommodating and very friendly, with great breakfasts."

Jeremiah

Troy, OH

Tour: 09/08/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I had a cold, especially in the beginning, that got better as the week goes on. The Rick Steves special features allowed us to see the be sites in rather a short period of time. The folks were nice and we had a very good time with some of them. In Vienna - dining at the bomb shelter restaurant was pretty cool - the electricity went out and we spent the 2nd half of the evening in shadowy candelight. A perfect note to end our 'Lights out' Rick Steves tour, literally. Prost!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The river cruise up the Blue Danube. That whole river ride was beautiful. I also like the boat ride at Lake Hallstadt, the rivers between towns and cities such as Salzburg."

Jennifer

Dublin, OH

Tour: 09/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Outstanding. A friendly group of people, experienced personable guide and a wonderful variety of experiences.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The views from Neuschwanstein castle, the Residenz tour in Munich and the amazing churches. Guess I can't choose just one. My favorite experiences were the time spent at the organic farm and the apfelstrudel lesson. The biggest nuisance was having to remember to have change on hand to use the public restrooms."

Daniel

Carmichael, CA

Tour: 09/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A perfect blend of larger and smaller towns and the overall Bavarian region and countryside. I loved learning about the history, food, culture, and seeing the sights. Excellent and informative guides and a very nice balance of both group time and individual exploration time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Gerhard Strassgschwandtner's "Third Man Museum" was a revelation. Not simply for the movie aspect but because his extended museum made wartime Vienna come to life. This was a perfect encapsulated way to get immersed in the history and realities of those important years and Austria's part in it. He also gave us a tour of some of Vienna itself and his knowledge and personal insights were fantastic. We got lucky - time with Gerhard was a treasure! I hope others can experience this."

Christine

Lake Placid, NY

Tour: 09/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very well organized and events very well chosen. All hotels were great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visit to Hallstatt and view overlooking the lake from the balcony of our hotel."

Dawn

Kelowna, BC

Tour: 09/08/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was lots of fun, everyone was very nice and Nico was great. We had no problems, our rooms were good and the food was good. All the individual tours were very informative.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wow moment was seeing St. Stephans cathedral in Vienna, and to think we were staying right beside it."

Randall

Littleton, CO

Tour: 09/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My first Rick Steves tour was a fantastic experience. Being a relatively 'green' traveler abroad, the tour handled all the logistics in a way that made me feel safe and taken care of. More valuable, the tour taught me many travel skills that i will be able to use in a more independent manner in the future. I feel confident that i could return to any of the cities visited and get along very well by myself with local transportation, type of accommodations, safety, packing, etc.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I love that RS tours try to do things that other providers would never consider. For example, our visit to The Third Man museum in Vienna, and the accompanying 'Austria's Role in WW2' exhibit was the most eye-opening excursion. I felt like i had a semester history course in the matter of a couple hours. Gerhart, the museum curator and local guide, is a treasure."

John

Floral Park, NY

Tour: 09/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a great trip for me. This was my first tour and I am so happy that I did this tour. The tour guides, sights and food were amazing. Also, Peter the bus driver did a great job. The many extras, like apple strudel making, sampling sausage at the Munich market, boat cruise on the Danube to name a few that made this tour memorable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The boat cruise on Lake Halstatt was "WOW" for me, it was so beautiful. The town of Halstatt is such a wonderful place."

Marsha

Dublin, OH

Tour: 09/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We have not been on a tour before with a group. This was the ideal first time experience to travel in this manner. Our guide Nico, and his assistant were both fun, knowledgable, and easy to understand. You could tell they take their jobs seriously by the way they are sure that everyone is taken care of and that we all had a good time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many. A big "wow" moment was the Mozart dinner concert in Salzburg. The atmosphere and music, opera, with the singers in costume while eating under chandeliers, was the perfect moment for being in Salzburg. Hearing an assistant at the Edelweiss Bakery sing opera after group made apple strudel was amazing. Opening my balcony door in Lake Hallstatt to see the mirror- like lake in front of us was spectacular. The view of Neuschwanstein Castle did not disappoint."

Laura

Southlake, TX

Tour: 09/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful experience! Everything was well planned by our tour guide, Nico Favoreel or he made quick adjustments when needed. We had a full tour, 28 people plus 2 tour guides which sometimes felt a bit too big. Fortunately everyone was very prompt and minus any grouches. My husband and I learned a lot, saw a lot, heard a lot of great music, ate some wonderful food, make new friends and walked a lot.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The beautiful, peaceful, tiny town of Hallstatt was absolutely gorgeous. It gave me a sense of history from how it was formed geographically over the centuries. The salt mine tour was very interesting and helped me better understand the extreme importance of salt. I woke up early the next morning with the aroma of fresh bread wafting through my windows. This tiny town, next to a calm lake and surrounded by the Alps, filled my soul with a hint of God's beauty and wonder."

Anastasija

Houston, TX

Tour: 09/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We both enjoyed our tour so much! It is as active as you make it, and we decided to make it pretty active for us! We used the guide's recommendations for all our activities and ended up doing things that we wouldn't know of otherwise!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is so hard to get just one! So I will not: 1) Hallstatt - the balcony! 2) The luge ride - something I really didn't expect! 3) Dinner concert - my two favorite things combined: classical music and eating! 4) all the guides were amazing, Daniela is the BEST!"

Marie

Norfolk, VA

Tour: 09/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a wonderful time on this tour. The sights of Germany and Austria were outstanding. Our tour group included wonderful people from all over the country who meshed marvelously. I could not have asked for a better experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had more than one wow moment. The first was when Helena started singing after our apple strudel making class - what a beautiful voice. Another was the beautiful town of Hallstatt. It was just how I imagined Austria would look."

Irene

North Wales, PA

Tour: 09/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The trip felt effortless. Very well organized, flowed easily, fun and educational at the same time. Delicious food, respectful and courteous co-travelers. Hotels were clean, comfortable, and accomodating. Bus driver Vladimir was great. Whisper system very easy to use and very helpful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Two things: Our guide Daniela surprised us with a luge ride in Austria's lake district. Even though it was a little out of my comfort zone, I actually wound up loving it!! Second, was hearing the choir, soloists, organ, and orchestra music during Sunday mass at St. Stephen's Cathedral in Vienna. The acoustics were amazing and I felt the music just surrounded me in all it's glory."

Daniel

Blacklick, OH

Tour: 09/01/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was very good, and Daniela did an excellent job guiding us along the way. I really like how Rick Steves tours add little side trips and other activities to break up the bus route and keep things interesting. On this tour we went for a luge ride, made apple strudel in Salzburg and had aspiring opera singer perform for us. When we arrived in Hallstatt instead of walking to our hotel we had a boat ride on the lake!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing Neuschwanstein Castle was my wow moment."

Kevin

Littleton, CO

Tour: 08/25/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first tour and it was an exceptional travel experience. Everything was great, the hotels, locations, food, transportation, nothing was lacking. I wish I had more time to stay in Europe longer.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is hard to pick just one "wow" moment but I would have to say that Hallstatt Austria was breath taking. What a gorgeous sight. Needed one more day there!"

John

Walnut Creek, CA

Tour: 08/25/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Well organized and great attractions

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing Lake Hallstadt from a,boat"

Usha

Walnut Creek, CA

Tour: 08/25/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Efficient organization, great locations for hotels, comfortable transportation, friendly guide, vegetarian dietary requirements generally taken care of, nice mix of time for guided tours and lots of time to ourselves.Next time I'll be more careful about packing light and remembering that older European hotels don't seem to have much air conditioning. In addition to the focus on historical stuff, I would like more help with finding active things to do on the tours, like hiking.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Town square in Munich, Lake Hallstat, music in Salzburg, concert at the Fortress, Vienna, visiting the organic farm and making apple strudel."

Kathleen

Manns Choice, PA

Tour: 08/25/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall the tour exceeded my expectations. Iris did an excellent job presenting what a Rick Steves' tour would look like and who she is, and how she facilitates the tour. I loved her!! We had a great group of people, all seemed intent on enjoying the experience and getting to know the other members, which she encouraged. Her word picture describing herself as a coconut and the rest of us as peaches, went a long way to set the tone for the trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the apple strudel making and our surprise concert. I think it helped the group blend together better, to sing, laugh, work and play together! My favorite place was Lake Hallstatt...I loved the view from our room. I could have stayed there for days relaxing, enjoying the view and reading a book!!"

Dennis

Manns Choice, PA

Tour: 08/25/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was a lot of fun. I'm not really a"bus tour" kind of guy and I was somewhat apprehensive on what to expect. Everything was great! The tour, the other people, the guides, where we went and what we did, where we stayed, the food. I was particularly concerned about ending up with that one guy who would spoil it for everyone else, you know, the guy who has a bad attitude and complains constantly. I guess the "no grump" policy really works!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The cooking class in Salzburg. Lots of fun, different, and an operatic solo for dessert."

Katherine

Fredericksburg, VA

Tour: 08/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my second Rick Steve Tour and again it did not disappoint. There was a lot to see, a lot to learn and a lot to explore. We enjoyed all of our tour guides and locations. As with my last tour each place left me with the feeling of I wish we had just one more day to explore more of that particular area. the only stop/tour on this trip I could have done without was the Melk Abby. I was disappointed and felt the time we used at this stop could have been better used elsewhere.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wow! now that is difficult, but I think I'd have to say our stop/time in Halstatt lake area. That was breathe taking and by all means the best time on our trip. I felt we just didn't have enough time to really enjoy this area. There were several options of things to do and less than a day to do them all."

Steven

Oakland, NJ

Tour: 08/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was really enjoyable and informative. I totally appreciated that everyone in the group (including our guide) went above and beyond to engage my 14 year old son who is typically shy, but will speak when spoken to. We picked this tour because it was the only one that fit my concert schedule, but it turned out to be a great choice. The hotels were mostly great. The last one, in Vienna was amazing. Climate change is making air conditioning a necessity in places where it wasn't in the past.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking around Munich and meeting people there, having truffle pasta at Eataly near the hotel from the previous year RS tour."

David

Cape Coral, FL

Tour: 08/18/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Very pleased with all aspects of the tour attributable to the Rick Steves' organization except one hotel selection. Didn't find Munich, Salzburg or Vienna quite as interesting as other major European cities

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lake Hallstatt and the view from the top of the funicular at Rudolfsturm albeit older tour members should be discouraged from taking the demanding "switchback" walk down. Also the Third Man museum in Wien."

Johanna

Cape Coral, FL

Tour: 08/18/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

My husband and I filled out one form, but I would like to mention a Vegan restaurant that we and one other vegan traveler found to be excellent. It was very close to our hotel, however, I do not have the street name. Siggi's Vegan and Fresh Muenchen, DF

Mark

Berea, OH

Tour: 08/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Well planned with a great group of people. Carlos was fantastic.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lake Hallstadt"

Edward

Silver Spring, MD

Tour: 08/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I really enjoyed this tour and came away with a greater appreciation of central Europe than I had before the trip. The tour was well organized with a good mixture of sight seeing and other activities. Carlos, our guide, did a great job of keeping us on track and taking care of our needs. The hotel's were more posh than I would have expected on a Rick Steves' Tour. The schedule was somewhat exhausting but I can't think of anything that I would change.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Attending Sunday Mass at the Augustiner Church in Vienna. The choir and soloists performed a mass by Mozart. It was the most beautiful classical music that I have ever heard (or imagined hearing). The Augustiner Sunday Mass was recommended by our Vienna guide Gerhard. Note: I am neither Catholic nor a huge fan of classical music."

Linda

Port Townsend, WA

Tour: 08/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 4th Rick Steves' tour. We expected the tour to be excellent and it was.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hallstatt felt like the perfect sweet little Alpen village with marvelous views in every direction[INVALID]-almost Disney-esque in cuteness. We enjoyed the lake cruise but it was a simply elegant day. We took the funicular to the top of the mountain and were dazzled by the view of the See and surrounding mountains from the restaurant there. The town was a perfect low-key break from the hectic, bustling, noisy cities. Our hotel there was lovely, too."

I-wen

Baltimore, MD

Tour: 08/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is my fifth Rick Steves tour and it is one of the most memorable ones. Needless to say the routes were so well planned that we got to visit some unexpected places between point A to point B, such as the organic farm and churches. Even though I was a single traveler but the fellow travelers are so nice that I never felt alone and quite a few of our them were actually always looking out for me, specially my buddy. Personally I feel this tour provides an excellent balance amongst sightseeing,

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Definitely Hallstatt! It's such a picturesque little town, and if one can manage to find a place without the tourist it's a wonderful place to find your own quietness within. That's a place where I want to go back and stay for a few days just to do nothing and regain some clarity in my life."

Daniel

Fredericksburg, VA

Tour: 08/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was fantastic and our guide Carlos was excellent. Our group had many personalities (i.e. characters) and the mood was always fun with plenty of laughter whether on the bus or at the group dinners. The local guides were very knowledgeable and provide the right amount of information. I have no regrets signing up for this tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were two "wow" moments that stick out. The first was the view we had from the balcony overlooking lake Hallstatt. Just a great place to be. The second was meeting and getting to know the "Mayor" of Berea."

Linda

Unionville, IN

Tour: 08/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Can't say enough good things about tour. MY first and better than expected. I traveled alone and felt very comfortable.

Anne

Silver Spring, MD

Tour: 08/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a very enjoyable tour, packing a lot into a short period of time. We especially enjoyed the guide, Carlos, and the tour members, who were a lot of fun. The cities were all lovely, and I felt we had enough time in each city to get a taste of the city and to inspire a return trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our guide in Vienna, Gerhard, mentioned that some of the best music in that city is found in the Augustiner Church on Sunday mornings, so we went to the 11:00 Mass. It was spectacular, and we enjoyed every moment of it. Many thanks to him for recommending that service. The instrumentalists and vocalists were all great."

Pat

Berea, OH

Tour: 08/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steve's Tour. We loved it. Loved Carlos - our Tour guide, loved the little side trips and unexpected goodies.Loved Lake Halstatt the best.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"All of Lake Hallstatt"

Nancy

Ruckersville, VA

Tour: 08/18/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was great! The hotels ( except for not air conditioned), the food, the sights but most of all our group and our guide. We had the best group- looked out for each other, everyone got along and had such a great sense of humor!! Our guide, Carlos, was fantastic! He really introduced us to the different cultures, was always available for questions and really made sure that everything went according to plan! Thank you Carlos!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I would have to say that seeing and staying in Hallstatt was my "wow" moment. Such a lovely, charming town with marvelous scenery!! I could have spent my whole trip there!"

Irene

Federal Way, WA

Tour: 08/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Super! Small group, great people, fantastic tour guide, good balance of scheduled activities and free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Enjoyed the whole trip, can't think of a "wow" moment right now."

Lorraine

Massapequa, NY

Tour: 08/04/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour guides were great! The itinerary and restaurants were super. The weather was too warm for any of the hotels to not have air conditioning. Some of the hotels did not even have fans in the rooms. One of the hotels had very old door locks that required a key to be used to unlock the room doors when inside the room. This is something that I consider to be a fire hazard. The repeating sound track in the museum called The Third Man should be turned off during the presentation.

David

Medford, NJ

Tour: 08/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Can't say enough positive things. Maisie was the best and we took note of the other tours she leads just so we could be a part of her group again. Nico was also a great addition and very helpful. Both were excellent at teaching us the culture, history, and travel advice. Totally felt like an experienced traveler within a few days. The people in our tour were friendly and all very interested in learning the culture which added to the enjoyable experience

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several, but Lake Hallstatt was at the top. Standing on my hotel balcony late at night looking over the lake and observing the stars was lucky enough to see a bright shooting star steak right over the mountains around the lake."

Susan

Granby, CT

Tour: 08/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was well organized and very educational. This was our second Rick Steves tour (Venice, Florence, Rome three years ago) and we like the combination of guided experiences and free time. The local guides for the city walking tours are excellent. There were well spaced little "surprises" specific to the culture during the entire trip. And even when a couple of minor things happened out of the guide's control, Maisie recovered and kept us doing interesting and educational experiences.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to choose just one, but the first walk down the streets in Salzburg is up there. I loved the narrow streets, the architecture, the delicate colors and the wrought iron work. We happened to be there during the Salzburg Music Festival so there was even more music around than usual. The whole city is a delight!"

Hank

Mckinney, TX

Tour: 08/04/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Left me wanting to come back for more. Bavaria is beautiful, we enjoyed the 18,800 steps we averaged per day and we found the people on the tour and the people of Bavaria delightful This was my 2nd Rick Steve's experience; the trip delivered what I'd hope for - these are new locations & experiences for us ( and several other 1st timers to Germany), my hope/expectation was to gain a sense of the region, the history, the culture and the events that shaped the region. The trip delivered.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Several: The Congenial attitude of the people - example - the beer garden in Munich. That Hitler's Eagles Nest was so close to Salzburg - the beauty of the land was incongruent with the hatred coming from the Eagles Nest. That Austrians denied their involvement with the Nazi Party. That Vienna rec'd big $$ from the Marshall Plan ( makes sense given it's location ). The extent of the Habsburg Empire. That Public Transportation can work!"

Frances

Chicago, IL

Tour: 07/21/19

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

The tour was well planned and well executed, and we enjoyed it as best we could. The weather was very hot. Hot temperatures with un-air conditioned rooms lead to several sleepless nights. No sleep is no fun. One must get sleep to be able to enjoy the daytime activities, so we paid a really high price to save money on un-cooled rooms. A central location does not offset lack of AC either. I ended up moving hotels on my own nickel one night to get AC and sleep.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Riding the boat to our hotel at Hallstatt, the lake was incredibly beautiful. The singing apple strudel chef in Salzburg was unexpected and really great, that Queen of the Night aria is still running through my head."

Emma

Shoreline, WA

Tour: 07/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Extremely informative and beneficial to my understanding of the places I visited. I enjoyed the tour part of the experience more than I expected, and there was a good balance between the group tour with interesting facts, and free time that let me explore my interests. I would definitely go on another trip by Rick.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our guide suggested to us a small piano concert in Austria that was fitting to our circumstances and interests, and it was one of the best musical performances I've ever experienced."

Shoko

Shoreline, WA

Tour: 07/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent guides, in particular Carlos, but also the local guides Alex, Zabina and Gearheart (spells?), which made the trip very enjoyable as well as informative. The logistics and schedule were well put together, having the right mix of group activities and free time. I also enjoyed the company of our fellow travelers. They were all very nice and fun people, which I credit Rick Steve's with, for attracting a great bunch of people!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"A small concert at a church in Salzburg that Carlos told us about and we attended. It was the most beautiful music I've experienced which made me cry."

Mike

Midland, TX

Tour: 07/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was much better than I anticipated. Very educational and fun. The people in our tour were all very interesting, fun and got along together very well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I did not really have a favorite wow moment. Maybe because it was my first time to Europe and I was impressed by how the whole trip was presented to me."

John

Holland, MN

Tour: 07/21/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We're inexperienced travelers so going as part of a group is ideal for us. Having someone else make all the arrangements for sites to see, hotels, food and transportation is more relaxing and allows us to get more out of the experience than if we were wandering around on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I liked Halstatt the most. It's so beautiful there. We had a room with a view of the lake from the balcony."

Jean

Pharr, TX

Tour: 07/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a fantastic time on the Best of Germany and Austria tour. Seeing the beautiful cities and country side, the beautiful churches and eating the great food. Loved making apple strudel. Carlos and Tara were so informative giving us great historical background on everything. And so were the local guides. Will take another Rick Steve's tour.My

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My Wow moment was after the strudel when the young lady sang to us. What a voice. She surprised all of us. Hope to see her someday perform in an opera."

Arthur

Chicago, IL

Tour: 07/21/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Our tour guide, Carlos, was excellent. Some of tours were better than others. Neuschwanstein was too far of a drive and too many tourists were being pushed through small rooms to be worthwhile.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Munich Residenz."

Julie

Healdsburg, CA

Tour: 07/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My daughter and I term our Rick Steves tour of Munich and Austria an adventure, not a vacation. We are thankful for the action-packed itinerary that allowed us to see and do so much. We appreciate all of the transportation modes that were seamlessly used throughout our days. Our tour guide, Carlos, did an excellent job of shepherding our small "flock".

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The abbey outside of Vienna, Hallstat, the Vienna Opera House."

Mary

Midland, TX

Tour: 07/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a well run tour! Carlos and Tara were excellent guides, as were our local guides. The scenery was beautiful. I enjoyed staying at small, family owned hotels in the middle of the action. The restaurants Carlos took us to were great. My favorite town was Salzburg. The views were amazing, and the city has something for everyone to enjoy. The whole trip was an adventure that I had never experienced. We've already booked a 2020 Rick Steves trip to Switzerland!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the different churches was interesting. The craftsmanship was amazing from the wood carvings to the stone carvings to the gold!"

Pamela

Hudsonville, MI

Tour: 07/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a great tour. I truly enjoyed the sights and the cities that we visited. The food was reasonably good. I enjoyed being able to experience the cuisine of Bavaria. the group of travelers was friendly and I love the mix of group activities and independent time that Rick Steve's tours offer.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I really liked the Abbey at Melk and the apple strudel making class."

Carol

Banning, CA

Tour: 07/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was quite unsure about this type of tour but it was a "sister" trip so I joined my three siblings. Quite to my surprise, it was far more active and informative than I anticipated so I thoroughly enjoyed myself the entire trip. The unexpected activites were enjoyable - the extras at the cooking class and the luge ride are examples. I envisioned a bunch of blue-haired ladies carrying their precious purses toddling around and it was anything but that.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We all loved Lake Hallstatt. What mind-blowing views there were."

Mark

Federal Way, WA

Tour: 07/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Matthias is a very knowledgeable guide and liked the wireless earphones so we always knew what he was talking about. The trip was very educational fun and informative. Would definitely do it again.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lake Hallstatt was a real WOW - the accommodations were first class - the town was awesome along with the salt mines. Would of loved to stay another day there."

Paul

Wilmette, IL

Tour: 07/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fabulous trip ! We have been on several Rick Steves tours and enjoyed them all. This was certainly no exception with a great itinerary and a wonderful group to travel with.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Favorite of all had to be the visit to Lake Hallstat. Beautiful little town nestled in the hills overlooking the lake. Would have liked to have had more free time there to just relax."

Susan

Abington, PA

Tour: 07/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful. My husband and I were hesitant to take an organized tour, but enjoyed it so much that we would do another. We definitely recommend Rick Steves tours.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to answer as I was in a constant state of "wow!" Maybe the Edelweiss cooking school experience. I don't want to ruin the surprise re what happens there, in case a prospective tour guest will be reading this review, but I loved it! Also I had a "wow" moment during our last dinner, while taking a moment to look around the room fondly at the people with whom I had shared this experience, and realizing how glad I was to meet them all."

Susheela

Seattle, WA

Tour: 07/07/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Great itinerary, and Matthias was fabulous. I would have liked more free choice, with some guided tours being optional. The way it was set up, we had to attend the full guided tour each day, and were not able to pick and choose what we wanted to attend.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many! I couldn't possibly choose."

Joanne

Woodland Park, NJ

Tour: 07/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I am so thrilled to have been a part of this tour. Matt was such a super guide in so many ways. He provided interesting facts all along the way on the bus rides and also in the towns on our personal tours. His lunches and dinners were great choices of food which pleased everyone. His positive, happy, yet serene personality put everyone at ease. One of my favorite highpoints was the surprise stop at a farm, between Salzburg and Lake Hallstat. So great to see how Austrian people make a living.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lake Hallstat's boat ride to the lakeside village. I took a hundred pictures from the shoreline and from the boat. It had to be the most beautiful, tranquil spot I have ever seen. And I have been to other European towns. I even enjoyed that lake town more than the Swiss towns I visited in the 80's."

Herbert

Portland, OR

Tour: 07/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great variety of experiences.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Salzburg"

Christine

Peoria, IL

Tour: 07/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The wow factor was something that I was not interested in attending. I did not want to learn to make apple strudel in Vienna. But it was a lot of fun and interesting. We had a very good time."

Thomas

Westwood, NJ

Tour: 07/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Mattias was fabulous.Everything was great ,hotels,tours.etc.Our group of 28 were very reliable and friendly.The tour guides were very informative. My wife and I would Definitely use Rick Steve's again.A lot of wow moments

Favorite "WOW" moment

"A lot of wow moments! But the most surprising and fun was making apple strudel andAlina singing opera!"

Carol

Westwood, NJ

Tour: 07/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

After watching RS on tv I felt his tour was the best value for my money. I have been on other tours and was constantly going into my pocket for one thing or another. No tips, tourist traps etc. The group was small only 28 people so you got to know everyone and feel like I made some new friends on the trip. Our guide Matti was wonderbar!!! There was enough free time to explore on your own or just relax.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wow moment was definitely Lake Hallstatt, such a beautiful, serene tranquil place. The third man museum was also great but by Saturday morning I was a bit overwhelmed with history. I loved the strudel class and the singing server. If you go during busy season I would pre book sound of music bike tour as we where unable to go as it was booked."

Betty Ann

Federal Way, WA

Tour: 07/07/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was my third trip with Rick Steves. My second best one. It was our daughters & husbands first trip. Our picnic meal was "ok" but wasn't accommodating to our daughter who is gluten free and we that was known. Our time in Salzburg was too short. The hotel was amazing. Both my daughter and son in law needed to get more dinner as they were still very hungry. I got the pasta which was very tasteless. Matthias was a great tour guide. We loved our cooking class very much. Great trip!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The whole experience with our daughter & son in law Matthias and all his knowledge. Castle was a great experience. Salzburg!"

Brenda

Waterford, MI

Tour: 07/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

AWESOME! This was my first Rick Steves Tour and I was traveling solo.As a teacher for 31 years-- a few years back,I have made it a mission to go someplace that I have never been! Seeing Neuschwanstein Castle was on my list. This tour exceeded my expectations! The people, the experiences, the food, the destinations-- all just wonderful!! My heart was full!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Well- Matti knew my awe moment was to see Neuschwanstein and I did love it... but I have to say our drive from Salzburg to Lake Halstatt brought tears to my eyes. The surprise stops were unexpected and such a treat... When we pulled off at an overlook of the Austrian Alps in Gosau (photo labeled that)-- I cried! I'm a sucker for gorgeous landscapes and this site looked like a painting. I look for the "AWE" moment in each of my trips and this was it. Then Lake Halstatt... pure magic!"

Sylvia

West Hartford, CT

Tour: 06/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Saw lots of wonderful places I had and hadn't heard about before. Great guide and great fellow tour-takers. Glad we arrived a day early; had more communication with neighborhood Germans than with ordinary citizens on the tour, when we were clearly a group and other people were unlikely to approach us.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The apple strudel making lesson in a room inside a mountainside in Salzburg with opera arias sung by the cook's assistant as we were waiting for the strudel to cook. Close second was visit to organic farm in Austria, with an inspiring range of diverse ecologically and socially responsible practices that also appear to be economically sustainable (including taking in an older woman who needed a home and giving her meaningful and useful work)."

Kathleen

Orland Park, IL

Tour: 06/30/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I thoroughly enjoyed the tour. I liked having time to go do what I wanted to do after we were done for the day. The hotels with the exception of our Salzburg hotel were outstanding especially in Vienna. The meals that were included were great. Maisie was a great tour guide and worked hard to make sure everyone was having a time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite moment was on top of salt mine hill in Hallstatt. We had a late lunch and had a spectacular view. It doesn't get better than that. I think also appreciated it more because we had toured Frankfurt-Berlin-Nuremburg, Rothenberg on our own so this was our first relax afternoon in almost two weeks."

John

Arvada, CO

Tour: 06/30/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall, great. Maisie was amazing. Hit the tour high spots, had time for our own personal favorites, and Maisie added a side trip to an organic dairy farm to go with our making apple strudel and Third Man Museum tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Third Man Museum helped me better understand my father's WWII Army service in Stuttgart. I picked a personal wow moment and I realize this may not be the favorite for other tour members, but this was completely unexpected while visiting what I thought would only be a movie museum. Far from it. The museum gives a better understanding of Post-WWII in Germany and Austria as well as the beginnings of the Cold War."

Kirstin

Plymouth, MN

Tour: 06/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My experience was 99% fantastic, but 1 thing I would change: we left Munich at 8am and arrived in Salzburg at 7pm: basically lost a whole day to get a 25-min tour of Neuschwanstein and a view from Maria's Bridge – nice, but it just doesn't meet Rick's standard of max travel thrills/mile/minute/$. So many other options closer to the Munich-to-Salzburg route: Nymphenburg, Herrenchiemsee, Eagle's Nest, or get to Salzburg sooner. Anything that lessens bus hours & increases time taking in the sights.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved every day, but that was expected. Unexpected pleasures included: Maria's organic dairy farm. I believe this stop was at the discretion of our guide, so thanks Rick for giving your guides some scheduling leeway and thanks Maisie for taking us to the farm! The Third Man Museum - a great counterpoint to the over-the-top-Habsburg-ness of Vienna. The Danube cruise was a great way to get off the bus and mingle with tourmates. It was scenic, social, relaxing, and a great place for lunch!"

Jacquie

Arlington Heights, IL

Tour: 06/30/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I really enjoyed the Munich-Salzburg-Vienna tour which was my third tour with RS. Compared to previous tours I have taken with RS, I noticed that there was more free time to choose what to do which I liked. While I enjoy seeing palaces of royals, once you see one, you have seen many. I would like to know more about the common people who lived during the times of the royals living in the opulent palaces. Most people were commoners but there was more focus on the richest.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved Halstatt. It is such a picturesque village. I really enjoyed the boat trip around the lake before checking into the hotel. I think another half a day there would have been great to take time to relax before heading to Vienna."

Sue

Kirkland, WA

Tour: 06/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Going on an actual tour was a great experience after using Rick Steves guide books for the last 12 years. It was wonderful to have a guide with us the entire trip informing us, trouble shooting, keeping us on time, etc. and also benefit from local city guides. I appreciated the expertise, the included services and benefits and the right amount of "free time" to explore on our own. The little things that really added to the fun was the apple strudel class and the visit to the farm.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Mozart dinner concert."

Mekel

Monroe, NC

Tour: 06/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my fourth RS tour and it was just as fantastic as all the previous ones. Our RS guide was wonderful in helping everyone customize their experience to their particular interests. The local guides were friendly and knowledgeable. The hotels were in the city centers and had lots of character. Great meals with the group as well plenty of free time to explore on your own. My only suggestion is to book an extra day or two in Vienna at the end of the tour as there is so much to see there.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My personal favorite moment was seeing the Mirabell Palace and gardens in Salzburg. The Marble Hall inside is gorgeous and was where Mozart played for the Archbishop. We even booked a concert there in the evening and really enjoyed the performance. The lake cruise in Hallstatt was also gorgeous...and the Viennese coffee houses are the best in the world. So many great experiences on this tour."

James

Magnolia, TX

Tour: 06/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent balance of organized events, free time. Awesome tour guide in Holger, local guides were incredible, very informative, very engaging. The format and pace work very well - short walking tour on day 1, followed by a longer tour with sites weaved in the next morning. Hotels were very good, even better if all had Air Con as we had very warm temperatures all week. Learned a lot about the Bavaria. Enjoyed the other participants, great company, all meals were tasty, good service.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hallstatt - What a wonderful place. Love the luge and the ride up into that part of the Alps. The Melk Monastery and boat cruise on the Danube was a very good day. Absolutely love Vienna, great hotel and location, the 3rd man was a most interesting and little jewel on the trip."

Mary

Bradenton, FL

Tour: 06/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my second Rick Steves tour and was exceptional, just like the last one. Holger was phenomenal. There was a good mix of tour time and free time, with excellent suggestions and instructions on how we might want to spend our free time. I could have spent another day or half day in Lake Halstett, and another day or half day in Vienna. Loved everything about the tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Luging! Close second: Lake Halstett and Melk Abbey."

Michael

Bradenton, FL

Tour: 06/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Much better than I expected the tour to be. Tour guide, Holger, was outstanding. His timing for the excursions was always on point - we were leaving a place before hordes of others showed up made the tour seem less crowded. Luging was an awesome extra! Holger was very direct and forthright and kept us away from tourist traps. Only downfall was lack of air conditioning and available fans at local hotels. Very difficult to sleep when it's 80 degrees at night with the windows open.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The beautiful town of Lake Halstatt. Water was crisp and clear, boat ride to hotel was great touch. Hotel was beautiful - wish we could have stayed an extra night. Town is a bit touristy and dodging cars (especially of angry locals) on the narrow streets was adventurous, but overall a great experience. Strudel-making followed by listening to three songs from an opera student was amazing!"

Jean

Naperville, IL

Tour: 06/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was a little nervous to sign up for a tour as we have never traveled tour style. I previously traveled all the time and was a little nervous to travel internationally without someone guiding us. It was very pleasant to see multiple ages and a variety of group types on our tour. We had an excellent group that seemed to travel very well together, even though it was beginning to get quite warm in Europe. The tour had an excellent mix of planned events and personal downtime.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were really too many to pick. The kids all really liked the luge. Everyone seemed to like the boat ride on Lake Hallstatt. I really appreciated the small towns and countryside views, as I live in a big city. The churches were fabulous."

Bill

Sanford, NC

Tour: 06/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A very good experience, overall...some factors outside the guide & tour's control kept it from being my favorite vacation, but overall, the tour was as advertised. We got to see and do a lot and the organization was outstanding.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"A thunderstorm reverberate across the lake and echoed off the mountains after supper. While the rest of our family - we had 8 in our group - retreated to the lobby for some game-playing, I rested on the bed in our lakefront room. Suddenly there was a flash of light. I got up to investigate. What I saw was the very definition of "wow" - the clouds had parted and the setting sun cast a brilliant light on the mountains across the water. It was more than breathtaking. I'll never forget it."

Diane

Spring Mills, PA

Tour: 06/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We definitely saw the best-of-the-best on this trip. The included meals were delicious, especially the last dinner where Hans arranged for musicians to play. Visiting the Melk Abbey and cruising the Danube were wonderful. We visited Mondsee during the Corpus Christi celebration. The stores were closed, but the procession was wonderful to see. The balance of free time and scheduled events was perfect. You'll want to plan ahead for filling your free time as some events require reservations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The magical town of Lake Halstatt was beautiful. The cruise on the lake gave us a panoramic view of the lovely town. The hotel was quaint and breakfast was absolutely amazing. During our free time, we toured the salt mines. Very interesting and fun to slide down the chutes. We could have stayed a second day in Halstatt!"

Sonya

High Point, NC

Tour: 06/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Amazing trip! From my research, I knew ahead of time that we wouldn't be "spoiled" on a Rick Steves tour, but it sure felt like we were treated special. Our tour guide was very personable, knowledgeable and generous with his time and attention.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Since there were several Sound of Music fans in our group, Hans made an unplanned stop at Mondsee Abbey on a day which happened to be the Corpus Christi holiday. We had toured the Abbey and when we came out, we were surprised to see the entire procession which was beautiful!"

Robert

Woodinville, WA

Tour: 06/16/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Good value for money. Always confident we will get a fair shake from Rick Steves.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lake Hallstatt was a very pleasant place. Did not understand why the luggage had to packed from the bus to the boat then from the boat to the hotel.. The hotel is a short walk from the boat why not drop the bags at the hotel first. Granted it's not a big deal but if the experience can be improved it's worth the effort."

Scott

Yuba City, CA

Tour: 06/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour guide Han's was excellent and we much appreciated his knowledge and how he commanded our tour and kept everyone on schedule. Tour guides on these tours have to be good at herding cats. The Hotels are good, choice of food locations are excellent, special group activities to special site seeing locations with no waiting in long lines we just buzz right through is just wonderful. I love being dropped off at a hotel, given my room key, and told what time to meet for dinner.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think Salzburg was a wow location as well as the Austrian Alps."

Bob

Palmyra, VA

Tour: 06/09/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall, I thought this was an enjoyable trip/tour. It's hard not to compare it to our Scotland tour with you last fall which was truly outstanding. The trip was well managed; the guide knowledgeable; the pace about right. I think what was different was simply the difference between Scotland and Germany/Austria. On this trip, we spent a lot more time in big or bigger cities (Munich, Salzburg, and Vienna) and it felt like it was one Baroque church or palace after another.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Easily, the small town of Hallstatt was my favorite. We spent the right amount of time there and it was "post card" beautiful. The lake, mountains, and quaint village with it's lovely churches provided "head turning" views and photo opportunities throughout."

Diane

Monrovia, CA

Tour: 06/09/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I think the tour is well planned and implemented, but feels rushed. I do wish the city guides took travelers into more places, rather than just by them (churches and historical buildings, in particular). Also, the directions to the first hotel needed to be clearer. My friend and I were on the DB train, not the S-bahn, but, as we didn't know the difference in terms, got horribly lost attempting to find the hotel and were late. Terms and explanations must be crystal clear. Not a good start for us!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had visited all of the cities on this tour previously, so very little was brand new. But, as I had not ever taken a cruise on the Danube, this was a highlight. The other was staying IN Hallstatt rather than just day-tripping there. I wish it had been longer! It's so crowded in the day, but magical once the majority of the tourists have left. I loved that stop!"

Victoria

Raleigh, NC

Tour: 06/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The combination of the itinerary, the quality leadership of our guide, Hans, and the people who were part of our tour group made this an exceptional experience for each member of our family. Highly recommend this tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Wies Kirche and Halstatt on the Lake were so beautiful and exhilarating but also restful to the spirit."

Gary

Auburn, CA

Tour: 06/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The entire experience was special for me: 1) it was my first trip to Europe; 2) my entire family was involved; 3) the guidance provided by our tour guide was superior. 1) length of trip, pacing of itinerary, variety of formats for a first timer was appropriate 2) this specific tour had something for everyone in my family 3) Hans' experience was reflected in his astute handling of group dynamics, flexibility with schedule, and personal relationships with restaurant and venue staff.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"When asked by friends and family, it's difficult to [INVALID] trip highlights. Food Wow: The group dinners developed a sense of community, albeit for the duration of a week, and the food was memorably delicious and visually appealing. Nature Wow: Hallstatter See City Wow: Sitting on our room's balcony in Munich and seeing, smelling, & hearing the sights of our location."

Allison

Auburn, CA

Tour: 06/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What a wonderful trip!! Hans is a fantastic guide. He reads the group dynamics like an expert river guide reads the water, and then he tailors the days' agenda accordingly with all that we hoped for and more. We loved the excellent balance of experiences: from city to village to countryside, various modes of travel, structured & free time, info on history, culture, music, art, food as well as practical skills like using public transportation.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our meals together were outstanding! Each restaurant chosen for our group dinners served delicious fare, typically specific to the specialties of the region. The atmosphere in these establishments was wonderful. Whether we were caught up in the vibe of a beerhall, enjoying the comfort of a private room, or singing along with superb musicians while eating family style at a long common table, these are the memories that I will treasure."

Carolyn

Conroe, TX

Tour: 06/09/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting Hallstadt, Austria"

Matthew

Auburn, CA

Tour: 06/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first trip to Europe and it exceeded all expectations. I learned more about another culture in the span of 2 weeks than I thought would be possible.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Getting out of the Funicular in Hallstatt and taking in the scenery of the lake and town below against the snow-capped Alps."

Joanne

Naperville, IL

Tour: 06/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first trip to Europe and we were not sure what to expect but we had very high hopes. We were not disappointed- it exceeded our expectations. Each city was better than the last as well as the hotel rooms. Hans was phenomenal! Our two young adult sons were with us and we weren't sure if they would enjoy the trip but they loved it was well. Our tour group had two other families with young adults as well. Our fellow tour mates were very sociable and couldn't have been nicer!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Many Wow moments for us, the whole trip felt like a beautiful dream. Halstatt was absolutely breathtaking."

Evelyn

Lisle, IL

Tour: 06/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was the first time my family and I had been on a Rick Steve's tour, and we thoroughly enjoyed our time in Europe! The tour was evidently designed to appeal to multiple types of personalities, in the fact that there was definite structure, but also the free time that allowed you to do some exploring either alone, or in a smaller group setting. We had a wonderful time - and are looking forward to our next adventure.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We went to many different 'wow' places throughout the tour, but one of my favorite places was going to Neuschwanstein, and having some time to hike around the base of the castle before going on the tour. It was such a breathtaking view, and such beautiful architecture."

Michele

Crossville, TN

Tour: 05/26/19

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

We booked this trip specifically to be able to tour Neuschwanstein, to connect to a second RS tour after Switzerland, and to see more of Austria than we had on a previous non-RS tour that included Munich and Salzburg. It felt like we were rushed at most of the stops, especially Wieskirche. The tour of Neuschwanstein was a disappointment - not due to the weather, but due to its limited viewing, given the time it took to get there, the wait, and the limited amount of what we actually saw.

Steven

Crossville, TN

Tour: 05/26/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was very good, a lot of rain, but not much that can be done about that. The rain did not stop us but by the end of 2 days of rain in Salzburg, we were ready to move on. Most of the days moved briskly along but the day that we went to Neuschwanstein was just to rushed. by the time we got to Wieskinche we had 10 minutes to take in such a beautiful church, so it was snap some pictures and run. The other days went very well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I enjoy the history of places and found the 3rd man museum to be very interesting and left me wanting more time there."

Susan

Morristown, NJ

Tour: 05/26/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Very informative and fun. Felt like there were two main themes, glitter and castles on one hand, and two World Wars on the other. Interesting week!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Of course Lake Hallstatt, but also loved Mirabell Palace and gardens, like a perfect little music box, and was fascinated by The Third Man Museum, I would call it a must-see for Americans visiting Vienna!"

Carol

Ardmore, PA

Tour: 05/26/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Excellent tour, I would have liked more time in Vienna, enjoyed the apple strudel workshop, but not the farm trip and cheese demonstration. Felt compelled to purchase goods there. Enjoyed Hallstat more than Mozart's hometown.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite wow moment occurred during our last dinner when our guide sang. He was over the top marvelous. He tried to get the group to sing together after his solo, but I would have preferred an encore."

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."

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 ."

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!"

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."

Keeley

Hurst, TX

Tour: 05/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was probably my favorite Rick Steves tour out of the three that I've been on so far. Matti is a gem and made everyone feel excited, comfortable, safe, and curious while traveling (even despite the occasional rain pour). All the cities we visited were incredible and I potentially would not have visited them otherwise. Great trip all around!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's definitely a tie between entering/exploring Lake Hallstatt and visiting the dairy farm in Kuchl. Oh my goodness, I can't rave about these places enough. They are super different in what they offer, but both places are still must sees in my opinion. Lake Hallstatt is obviously incredibly beautiful and breathtaking, but it's also serene and historic. The dairy farm in Kuchl gave us an in-depth perspective of what life is like for a farmer in Austria. I mean how rare is that? What a treat."

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"

James

White Bear Lake, MN

Tour: 05/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great trip despite rain for two days in Munich! Everything was well planned, also some extras like seeing the Vienna Boys Choir.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I really enjoyed Lake Hofsteat!What a beautiful place! I wish we could have stayed one more day! Also eating at the Augustine restaurant and brewery. We discovered this on our own while walking around Munich. Also Night of the Church which was on while we were in Munich which allowed us to go in churches later at night while activities/services were held. Of course all of the activities of the tour were wonderful!"

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."

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."

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"

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."

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."

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."

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."

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"

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.""

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."

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."

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."

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)"

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."

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!!!"

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!"

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"

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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!"

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.

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."

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."

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."

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!"

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."

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."

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."

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."

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!"

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."

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"

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!"

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!"

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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!!"

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."

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."

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."

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."

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!"

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."

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)"

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..."

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."

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!"

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"

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!"

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."

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."

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"

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!""

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"

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."

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"

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."

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"

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.)"

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."

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."

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."

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!!!!!"

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!"

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."

Karen

Mentor, OH

Tour: 09/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful hotels, terrific guides.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lake Hallstatt"

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."

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."

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."

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!"

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."

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."

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."

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."

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!"

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."

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!"

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."

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!"

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."

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!"

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!"

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."

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."

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."

Peggy

Saint Paul, MN

Tour: 08/19/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Enjoyed all

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Tour guide, Donald, was outstanding"

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."

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!"

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!"

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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!"

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."

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!"

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!"

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

Weather

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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 the Itinerary section of your online customer account. One month prior to the tour departure,  you'll find the directions to your first tour hotel and a complete list of hotels where we'll be staying in the Documents section of your customer account.

Flights

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

Most tour members arrange to fly into Munich (MUC) and out of Vienna (VIE) — choose "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.